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SEW SUNDAY: Make a Lap Quilt Top with Only Six Fat Quarters--Quick & Easy Gifts: Part 1

Not only is this fun & easy but a great way to bust through some of your fat quarter stash. Or you can make your own fat quarters 18" x 22". However, for this project I am using a set of fat quarters given to me by a co-worker (friend). I wanted to make something for her out of these 6 coordinating pieces of fabric--so I sat down and created this design.


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There is much debate on pre-washing--I do not prewash my fabrics. I iron each piece really well using steam. I love this German made iron Rowenta. It is light-weight but does an exceptional job when it comes to ironing.


It is time to cut your pieces. Start with trimming off selvege edges first using a new blade in your rotary cutter. If you dont have a rotary cutter, ruler, or mat this set is great.


I always cut a couple of layers at a time but no more than 4--otherwise the fabric becomes skewed and will not be straight. This causes small frustrations when trying to line up your fabric pieces.

Need 1 piece of fabric to cut into 9" squares. One fat quarter can easily be cut into 4-9" squares.


The other 5 pieces are cut into 3" strips. If you fold you piece so the length is 18" long, you will get 6-3" strips out of one fat quarter.


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If you are in the market for fat quarters Amazon has a zillion sets under $20

Did you think I was going to list the Zillion? :)


Ready to sew--This is always the fun part for me.


All you need is a sewing machine that sews a straight stitch. Sew your seams at 1/4" seam allowance and small stitching--I set mine at 2 or 2.5 stitch length. If you have a quilting foot this makes your life easier when sewing quilts. It is really important that every seam is sewn exactly the same so when it comes time to line up our seams--life is wonderful.


If you are in the market for a good but inexpensive sewing machine that will sew a nice stitch-I recommend a Singer or Brother ranging from <$500-around $200.


Also to consider--do you plan on quilting your own quilt tops? If so, I recommend a walking foot. A walking foot guides your material over multiple layers without bunching up and causing wrinkles in your work.


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Here is a great Singer Quilting Machine with quilting foot and walking foot plus many extras for <$450. This Brother has a wide table, quilting foot but no walking foot attachment--<$160.00

BOTH are automatice needle threaders--nice feature.


All depends on your budget, needs & must haves. I have been sewing a long time--I love my bells and whistles. I purchased my machine through sewingmachineplus. They have hundreds of machines at various pricing ranges and they offer free interest financing.


Until next week when we will put our lap top pieces together--think about a coordinating fabric for the back and strips around the front.


Thank you for visiting and learning with me. Please leave me some feedback--love to hear what you are thinking.



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