|Super soft flannel fabrics|
In case you fancy making one yourself, I thought I'd share with you a tutorial of how I've made the quilt.
I ironed the fabrics and then cut the 2 pieces to size (42" width x 1/2 yard), removing the selvedge edges, but you adapt this to whatever size works best for your pram/stroller.
|Piecing batting scraps|
|Hold fabric in place with tape|
Next lay the top sheet face down directly on top of the backing sheet and fasten this with sellotape also. When both sheets are secure then place the batting sheet over them and baste with basting/safety pins through all 3 layers. I use lots and lots of basting pins in my work - it's back breaking stuff but it's the best way to keep the tension and placement across the fabric layers and this ensures that your finished quilt lies flat. This batting sheet is larger than the fabrics beneath but this can easily be trimmed once the layers are stitched together.
|Backing sheet - face up||Top sheet - face down||Pieced batting laid over||Basting pins through all layers|
|Stitching the fabric sandwich with |
a straight 1/4" seam
|Leave 1/3 of bottom edge open |
to allow for turning and
on this edge use a 1/2" seam
|Trim away excess batting|
|Zigzag the raw quilt edges||Finished edges and |
showing pieced batting
Change to an open embroidery or zigzag foot and zigzag around all raw edges of quilt 2.4 length and 5.5 width.
|Turn fabrics through bottom edge opening||Turning the fabrics|
|Ironed flat||Open bottom seam, |
ironed and ready to sew
|1/4" top stitch sewn line||top stitch finished edges and corners|
|Baste quilt sandwich together again to hold in position for quilting. I didn't tape the fabric down this time - the small quilt size and edge stitching held everything nicely in place and I just put the basting pins through the quilt.|
I wanted to free motion quilt this piece - it seemed to me that straight line quilting would be too formal for a fun quilt. My Bernina has a BSR (Bernina Stitch Regulator) which is perfect for free motion quilting regulating the stitch length for me and reacting to the movement of the fabric rather than me having to use the foot pedal. If you don't have a BSR the same effect can be achieved using a free motion machine foot/ Bernina Darning foot no 9.
If you're using a BSR unplug the foot pedal and attach the BSR foot. If you're using a free motion machine foot then attach this to your machine. Lower your feed dogs. Stitch length 1.5 to 2.5 - I used 2.0 for this piece. If you have an extra embroidery thread hole in the finger of your bobbin holder then thread through this as well. Bring the bobbin thread up through the fabric to the top and do a couple of small stitches and cut the threads away so they don't become tangled in your work.
Keep your fabric flat on the machine bed so the stitch is formed in the centre of the batting.
|When you're done, knot and sew in the thread ends through to the centre of the batting and trim off excess thread.|
|The finished quilt - front and back|
All done, we're loving it and Tatty is raring to go!
Added on 23 June 2013:
Maggie @Flowers in the Window has put the tute to great use, by adding a few ties she's made reversible garden chair covers. Thanks so much for contacting me Maggie, it's such fun to see how others interpret the tute and this looks amazing :D
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