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SEW SATURDAY: Part 2--How to Create Beautiful Lap Quilts using only 6 Fat Quarters



Want to use up some of your fabric stash or fat quarters? Follow me over the next couple of weeks to see how you can create different quilt designs using only 6 fat quarters for each lap quilt.


If you missed part 1 of this series you can review--Lap Quilt


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Lap quilts are fun, easy, fast to whoop up and make great gifts for family, friends and co-workers.


This week we will pick up where we left off.

You will need:







Strips


For this design sew your strips together to form a long strip--ironing along the way. There is two methods to iron the seams. For this project on ironed all seam going one direction. But you can choose to iron seams open.

I know I have mentioned this before--I love my Rowenta iron. It is simply an amazing iron. It gets hot fast and really irons those seams flat. So, if you are looking for a great iron this is the one--I promise you will love it. Rowenta's can be pricy but soooo worth the money.

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Something else--you will need an ironing board. I set up my iron and ironing board next to my sewing machine. Saves time and many steps. I love my wide ironing board. I had the same ironing board for 20 years and just recently upgraded mine--again this one is pricy but I LOVE it. It is sturdy and easily adjust to any height.


I also have an office chair I use when I am sewing. This office chair is comfortable but enables me to turn my chair back and forth between the sewing machine and ironing board with ease. I purchased both on Amazon--great chair. Oh did I mention it is on wheels--so easy to manevaur around.


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Once you have your strips sewn together you can decide how you want to cut them. I cut them at an angle. The top row is the same pattern, the middle is its own and the bottom row are alike.


I cut one and used it as a template for the other. I didnt need for the design in the fabric to match--just the strip pattern--if that makes sense. (see picture below).

I traced along my first sqaure--then cut along my ruler with rotary cutter. I am sure there are other ways... :) I like this set from Fiskars: self-healing mat, rotary cutter, and ruler.



Once you have 5 strip square cut, you are ready to sew.


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Take your ruler and cut off any excess along your edge--square it up--so when you sew your next piece it will line up beautifully.

This is the only time I use pins to align the seams together.


I did find due to cutting on the bias the fabric does stretch--so dont pull on fabric. Just pin and sew. (mine didnt perfectly line up--but I will show you how I fix this here in a bit).



Now to fix those annoying corners the fun way.


A few blogs back I introduced the Accuquilt--here is the link if you need some extra information. However, I will talk some here as well.


I will be honest, when I first got my Accuquilt, I didnt see the use for it. But I have grown to value this handy product. I really want to get more dies--especially the ones for christmas cut outs.


But for this project we are going to use the flower die cut along with the two circles for the centers of the flower.

Take your scrap pieces and place some heatbond shiny side--iron to the back of your scrap piece. Place scrap onto die cutter pad and top with the plastic piece that came with your set and wind through.










Once the piece is cut you can peel off the paper backing. The back should now be shiny and ready to iron to your corner (you will need for sets of flowers with circles).





This is where we will stop until next weekend. I sincerely hope you liked this blog and it was easy to follow along. If you have any questions or suggestions please leave me a message.


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Until next week--happy sewing!











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