Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Super Simple Curiosities Quilt (with tutorial and a tip about basting with voile)

super simple curiosities quilt
Have you seen Jeni Baker's new collection, Curiosities?  It is adorable and so when Art Gallery asked me to make a little something with it, I was pretty excited.  
super simple curiosities quilt
I knew that I wanted to make a quilt that would really show off the fabrics so I thought it was a great opportunity to put together a tutorial for a beginner quilt.  And of course this quilt isn't just for beginners, it is also a great quick project.  
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You don't have to use a computer program to plan out your quilt, but if you do, I highly recommend EQ7.  If you are more old school, this is a great graph paper notebook.  
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I didn't get a good photo of this, but you can actually cut one of the strips in half (see photo below).  It doesn't have to be exact, I just cut where the fabric had been folded.
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And press the seams toward the darker fabric.
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Piece your fabric into columns. 
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And then sew together the columns.  Baste, quilt, and bind as desired.

I was excited to use a Curiosities voile for the back of the quilt.  This was the first time I have used an Art Gallery voile and though it is buttery soft, basting with it was a little challenging!  When I taped the voile down to the floor to baste the quilt, it would not stick to the tape.  At all.  So I came up with a solution:
Before the tape (I recommend this one) could unstick itself from the voile, I hurried and put pins in about 2" apart.  And it worked!  
super simple curiosities quilt
I quilted it with my favorite style - diamond crosshatch - and the voile on the back is just wonderful.  Definitely worth a little extra effort.

Finished size: 40" x 48"

7 comments :

  1. I can't imagine choosing to use voile as a backing fabric. It is usually thin, see through, and surely won't wear very well...aren't you going to end up with holes in your quilt?

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  2. Its really beautiful! Its such a great design for showing off those lovely prints.

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  3. Simple design yes, but wonderful! You have a great eye for color play. Thanks for the tip on using voile for a backing - I've been wanting to try it.

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  4. It may be simple, but it sure is beautiful! I love that collection.

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  5. I love voile on the back of a quilt! When I get to the basting stage, I use wide masking tape, not painters tape. It has a little more tack, but won't damage floors.

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