The premise of this week is simple: I’ll show you how to make four small cuddle quilts out of a single roll of 2.5″ strips and a yard of cuddle fabric or fleece. The final quilts measure 18″×24″, so these are meant for comfort more than sleeping under. Today, we’re making the third quilt top. If you’re just joining in, you may want to hop over to all posts tagged 1+1=4 or start from the beginning of the series.
This top is made up of nine-patch blocks. The strip-piecing will allow us to piece these much faster than having to sew together individual squares.
Take the four strip sets leftover from Top One, and slice them into 2.5″ sections. You will have nine 2.5″×6.5″ pieces from each strip set.
For a very scrappy quilt, sew these rectangles into four rows of nine pieces, then sew the rows together to complete the top.
For a slightly less scrappy look, create nine-patches with matching strips on either side of a different, center strip. Piece the nine-patches into four rows of three blocks, then sew the rows together.
You’ll then have an 18.5″×24.5″ unfinished top.
If you started with 18 strips, you’ve now completed all of the tops. If you have 18 strips but would rather make Top Four instead of Top Three, see alternate cutting method for Top One.
Tomorrow, we’ll piece our final quilt top!
This post is part of a series on making small cuddle quilts for charity. My finished quilts will be donations to the 2012/13 service project being sponsored by the Quilter’s Consortium of New York State. If you’re in a NY quilt guild that is a member of QCNYS, contact your consortium rep to learn how to donate (and tell your guild or club about this series!). If you are not a member of a participating guild, but would still like to donate send me an email and we can figure out how to get the quilts to the right place.