Saturday, March 3, 2012

Quick and Easy

Maybe you know this about me already 
but I'm a big fan of quick and easy!
I don't spend an entire year, or even months for that matter, on any quilt.
Every quilt in my house gets used and abused!
And I love it!

The complicated quilts are always the last to get chosen 
when everyone reaches for a movie blanket.
Lesson learned.
The simpler the better!

Hudson's quilt is so cute and so very simple.
Anyone could whip this up in one sitting.
I just had to share some details.

You'll need:
1/8 yard cuts (6 or 7)
1 1/4 yard solid
1/2 yard for inner border
1 yard for your border

Before you start cutting, iron and starch 
your fabrics really well!  

  • Cut your eighth yard cuts into random strips varying from 1.5" to 2.5" wide by 42-44" long. 
  • Cut your solid into 3" wide by 42-44" long strips (I used 13 of these)
  • Once they're all cut trim them down so they are all the exact same length.  For instance, if all of your strips are 42"long the will sew together beautifully.  If they are not the same length your quilt will have irregularities like puckers and unsightly curves.
  • Sew all of your strips together beginning and ending with your solid 3" strips (pictured below)
  • Iron as you go.  It will save you a ton of frustration.
Now it's time to add your inner border

Grab your inner border fabric and cut it into 2" strips.
Speaking of quick and easy, this is my favorite method for borders...

This method is so quick and easy and produces fantastic corners!

You just can't get clean corners like this if you don't measure.

Now grab your second border fabric and cut it into 6.5" strips

Using the same method, add your second border.
Aaaaaand, You're done!
And it didn't even take you more than one afternoon.

Sandwich, Quilt, Bind and Snuggle!


  1. Great job!! Thanks for sharing!

    What a handsome boy!

  2. I love quick & easy too Lu. Lovely, sweet quilt xxx
    Your little man looks like he loves it!

  3. I love this quilt! Simple is always my favorite. Do you always starch your fabric?

    1. Hey Natalie :-) I love starch! It is especially helpful when you're sewing long straight lines. It also keeps your fabric from warping under a hot iron. These days, I give everything a light starching before I cut.

  4. He is getting so big. It's been too long since i've seen you. Such a cute quilt. Your amazing.

  5. a simple project is the only kind i seem to finish - so i love this. thanks for sharing.

  6. So cute! I think I might attempt this one ;)

  7. cute cute! love the fabrics!

    missed you at the quilt meetings. sorry i was a slacker and didn't call/text you to remind you. let me know if you want to go this month. i think one got moved to the second tuesday this month and then there's the one on the last tuesday of every month.

    talk to you soon!

  8. I love this quilt, and what a cutie you have made it for!

  9. i love this quilt and i see that you put super soft minky on the back... you are a quilter after my own heart!

  10. I love this quilt and the happy smile on it's cute owner. I couldn't get the link to open for the border tutorial.

  11. Super cute! (Oh, and the quilt is too)

  12. This is so awesome. I just found your blog and it makes me so excited and happy! I love your patterns and already have ideas of the too much fabric I have that could be beautifully put into this quilt. I love quick and easy projects! Thanks for sharing!