Hi All–Carolyn Friedlander has graciously put together a darling tutorial for us as part of our Easy Homemade Gifts series as we move closer to the holidays. She is a quilt and fabric designer with a background in architecture. Check out her other work here and read on for instructions on how to make this great gift!
This is a fun and fast project that you can make for yourself or for anyone who enjoys a good pot of tea (or coffee). It’s a great way to show off your favorite Auriful thread and to practice your free-motion quilting skills. (The fabrics in this project are from the Organic Solids and Alyssa Thomas Picnic Pals collections.)
- 8″ x 8″ fabric (top panel)
- 9″ x 9″ fabric (back panel)
- (roughly) 9″ x 9″ batting piece
- 2 1/4″ x width of fabric strip for binding
- Removable marking tool (I am using a Pilot Frixion(TM) pen. Always test on scraps prior to use on final project.)
- Laurel Burch thread set by Aurifil
In addition you will use your rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat, safety pins, and sewing machine.
After selecting and cutting your fabrics, mark design on top panel with removable marker–I’m going with a linear, sunrise-ish motif.
Baste your layers with safety pins so that backing is on bottom (RIGHT side OUT), batting is in the middle, and top panel is on top (RIGHT side OUT). Pick your thread. Since the colors are super fun in this set, I’m going for some contrast with the lime green.
Start quilting layers together along drawn lines. With this particular design, you can either use your darning or walking foot.
After quilting all of your lines, remove markings (with iron if using Frixion pen).
Trim project to 7 3/4″ x 7 3/4″. Press binding strip in half lengthwise and attach using your favorite method.
Sit back with a pot of tea, and enjoy your completed project!
And make more if you enjoyed making yours as much as I did.