Monday, August 14, 2023

Quick N Cozy Quilt


It's hard to think of winter, but I have a quick and cozy quilt pattern that is a breeze to stitch together. It uses my Strip It fabric from Marcus Fabrics and with just a few seams you can have a quilt top done in no time. Let me show you how you can have this quilt top done in an afternoon. First the pattern can be download at Marcus Fabrics and also on my website for FREE. This is a great project to take along on a quilt retreat. The finished measurement of the quilt is 57" x 72".

Go on over and download your free pattern from either Quilt Doodle Designs or Marcus Fabrics.

Then gather your Snowfolks Fabric. It is available at a quilt shop near you or on the Quilt Doodle Designs website.

I started out by cutting 12, 5 1/2" by WOF (width of fabric) strips.

Here are my 12 strips ready to be sub cut following the Quick and Cozy directions. The trick is making the sub cuts to piece together to make the scrappy border to go around the panel. Grab some post it notes to label each strip.

I have all of my strips labeled and ready to assemble to form the scrappy border.

Cutting the Panel

The saying ‘measure twice, cut once’ is especially important in this step. Trim the Snowfolks panel to measure, 22 ½” x 43”. After squaring up the panel  block, stitch a 1/8” seam along the edge to hold the interfacing in place if you embroidered the panel and lined it. If you block is cattywampus you may have to block it to straighten it out before you start cutting it out to the measurements. 

Panel border

From Navy fabric (2) cut:

                                2- 4 ½” x 43” strips

                                2- 1 ¾” x 30 ½” strips

Sew the 4 ½” x 43” strip to each side of the Snowfolks panel using a ¼” seam. Iron. Sew the 1 ¾” x 30 ½” strips to the top and bottom of the Snowfolks panel using a ¼” seam. Iron. 

Referring to the quilt layout, sew the following sections together lengthwise; A and B, C and D, E and G, F and H, I and K, J and L matching up the blocks in each strip as if you are nesting seams on a pieced strip, forming 6 scrappy square strips.

Attach the JL section to the bottom of the panel and the KI section to the top of the panel.

Sew the GE/AB strip to the left side of the panel section and the DC/FH strip to the right side of the panel section. Iron.

From the navy fabric cut: 6 - 3 1/2" WOF strips. Then sew the strips together end to end. Then cut: 
2 - 56 1/2" strips for the top and bottom of the quilt.
2 - 65 1/2" strips for the sides of the quilt.
Sew the 65 1/2" strips to each side of the quilt using a 1/4" seam. Iron. Sew the 56 1/2" strips to the top and bottom of the quilt. Iron.

I made binding using a half yard of strip it fabric. It makes a wonderful scrappy binding without having to piece fabric together! So easy!

Here is my finished quilt top before I sent it to Darci to quilt.

I hope that you enjoy making this fun quilt. The Strip It fabric is so much fun to play with. With just a few seams it's easy to create a scrappy border. The five inch squares are the perfect space to feature some fun quilting. Darci quilted a fun orange peel design. It is also a great space for squiggles, snowflakes, meandering, let your imagination go! I used a coordinating cream swirl fabric for the backing but a minkie would be so yummy on a wintery quilt. 

I hope you have a wonderful day and find some time to do some stitching,

Happy quilting,
Cindy and Josephine