Quilts were famous luxury objects of trade in Europe and Asia during the 15th century. Made by combining fabric layers of batting and backing using sewing or tying techniques, quilts make adorable bed comforters, decorations, perfect traditional gifts and a unique way of commemorating history. With an unlimited number of designs to make, quilt making is a very rewarding activity that anyone can do and this guide will help you make your first quilt using an Arizona Cactus Flower as the inspiration.
While your quilt size will depend on where you're planning to use it, this tutorial will teach you how to make a standard 12.00 inch x 12.00 inch block size. The color and design of your material is all up to your preferences but the traditional orange shade of Arizona cacti can be a good option.
The first step is to cut your blocks before sewing it all together.
On a piece of white fabric:
- Measure and cut 4 blocks with 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches (width x length). This is for the corners of the quilt. Label this with an "A."
- You will need 4 patches of 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches. Once done, you need to cut it diagonally, forming two triangles per block. Label this with a "C."
- Take the fabric and cut 4 blocks with 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 inches. Make two triangles by making a diagonal cut. Label this with a "D."
- You also need 4 patches of 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 inch sizes. Label this with an "F."
On your colored-designed fabric:
- Cut 24 patches with 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 inch sizes and cut the blocks into two triangles by making a diagonal cut. This will be labeled "B."
- Make 4 pieces with a 6 7/8 x 1 1/4 inch pattern and measure a 45-degree angle on both sides. You shall be forming a lengthened trapezoidal pattern here. Label this with an "E."
- Cut two blocks of 2 5/8 x 1 7/8 inch sizes. Label this with a "G."
- Lastly, cut a 6 1/8 x 1 7/8 inch block and label it with an "H."
In sewing the blocks together, you can decide to do the inner blocks or the outer part of the quilt. Either way you should be doing fine and done in no time.
- If you decided to go out first, pin and sew together blocks A, B and C. The tricky part is, since your B blocks are triangular in shape, you need to make sure you are forming a symmetrical pattern. On every side, you should be having two A blocks, six B blocks, and one C block. Continue doing the same thing until all four sides of the quilt are done.
- For the inner block, this should be easy. Sew together blocks D, E, F and G together. Your D blocks will form the corners, and then it is sewn with your trapezoid-shaped E blocks. The E blocks will then be sewn with your F and G blocks and lastly, for the middle, the G block. Continue until you formed your inner square.
- Now that you have both the outer and inner parts, just pin and sew them together.
Now that you have completed your quilt top, the next step is easy. Since a quilt is made up with a topmost layer (the one you just did), a batting in between and another layer of fabric for backing (bottom layer of the quilt), just find two sets of fabric that match the measurement of your top layer and sew it all together forming three layers.
Now that you're done, you have created a historic American tradition that will surely leave a lasting impression on your friends and family!