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Lap Quilt

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.


Display your favorite embroidery on a homemade lap quilt! This project tutorial demonstrates how to embroider on quilt blocks, then assemble to make your own blanket.
 

Project Needs & Notes:

- 1/2 yard of white Kona cotton (for embroidered blocks)
- 1/2 yard each of two colors of patterned Kona cotton (for accent blocks)
- 1 1/4 yards of patterned Kona cotton (for borders)
- 1 1/4 yards of red Kona cotton (for backing)
- 1 1/4 yards of cotton quilt batting
- 4 1/4 yards of double fold bias tape
- Sheer mesh cutaway stabilizer
- Nylon monofilament thread
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Quilting ruler
- Rotary cutter
- Curved safety pins
- Hand sewing needle

Designs featured in this tutorial include:
-X13588, A Nostalgic Nature (Redwork) Design Pack
Free project instructions on quilting with embroidery designs. 

Special Notes:
This lap quilt will be made of twelve embroidered blocks and 13 total fabric accent blocks (7 of one patterned fabric and 6 of another).

Finished Size:
38" x 38"


Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Using an air-erase pen, draw a 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" square on the fabric meant for the embroidered blocks.

This size includes the 6" x 6" block size, plus a 1/4" seam allowance on all four sides.

Then, mark the fabric for the other embroidered blocks. Line them up and draw them side by side to make cutting them easier later on. There are 12 in total.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software. If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom TrueSizer is a free program to use.

Center the template inside the drawn square, and mark the center point and vertical and horizontal axis lines.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Spray a piece of sheer mesh cutaway stabilizer and smooth it on the back of the fabric.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer together, aligning the marks on the hoop with the marks on the fabric.

Use clips to hold the excess fabric if necessary to keep it from sliding under the hoop while embroidering.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the design.

Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric.

Embroider the design.


Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

When the first design has finished embroidering, repeat and embroider the other eleven blocks needed to make the quilt.


Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Now that all the embroidery is finished, lay the fabric on a cutting pad, and cut out the blocks using a quilting ruler and rotary cutter.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Then mark and cut out thirteen 6 1/2" x 6 1/2" fabric accent blocks.

In this tutorial, we are using two different fabrics, so cut seven of the first color, and six of the second.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

First we will assemble the quilt row by row.

Start with the block on the far top left, making sure it is made of the patterned fabric that you cut seven blocks out of (not the fabric that you cut only six).

Align it on top of the block that goes next to it with the right sides together, and pin in place along the left side.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge only.

In this tutorial, we used a walking foot attachment on the sewing machine. This type of foot moves the fabric along the top in sync with the feed dogs of the machine, keeping the layers aligned together.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Next press the back seam with a hot dry iron.

Make sure not to use steam when pressing a quilt project as it will distort the fabric.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Repeat the previous steps to add all of the blocks in the top row, making sure to press each seam in the same direction.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Then repeat to make the other four rows of the quilt.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Once all the rows are finished, align the first and second row on top of each other with the right sides together. Pin along the top edge.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edge only, and press the seam.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Repeat to add the other four rows, making sure to press the seams in the same direction.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

To make the top and bottom borders, first measure the top edge of the quilt top. Our quilt measured 30 3/8" long.

In this tutorial, the finished borders are going to be 3" wide, and the width needs a seam allowance of 1 1/4".

Mark and draw the top and bottom borders to 30 3/8" long x 4 1/4" wide.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Align the borders along the top and bottom of the quilt top with the right sides together, and pin in place.

Sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges and press the seams.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

For the side borders, measure the sides of the quilt top including the added top and bottom borders. Ours measures 37 1/2".

Mark and cut two sides borders that are 37 1/2" tall x 4 1/4" wide. Then align them with the side edges, pin them in place, and sew a 1/4" seam along the pinned edges.

Press the seams.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Next, cut the backing and batting so that they are slightly bigger than the quilt top.

Then, layer the quilt top, batting, and quilt backing fabric together. To do this, lay the quilt backing down with the wrong side up, lay the batting on top of that, and finally add the quilt top with the right side facing up.

Line up the edges and pin the layers together. Use curved safety pins for best results

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Quilt through all the layers, starting in the center and working your way out towards the edges.

In this tutorial, we used nylon monofilament thread in the needle and sewing thread in the bobbin, making sure the bobbin thread matched the color of the backing fabric.

Drop the feed dogs, and sew along the existing seams using a free motion foot.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Sew right along the outer edges of the quilt top, and then trim away the excess batting and backing fabric..

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Lay the quilt flat with the quilt top facing up.

Unfold the bias tape and lay it flat with the wrong side facing up. Then align the edge of the tape with the outer edge of the quilt, and pin in place.

Make sure to start the bias tape in the middle of one side of the quilt and not at a corner.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Fold over the starting edge of the bias tape, and begin to sew the bias tape down, making sure to stitch right on the fold closest to the edge.

This quilt features a 3/4" seam along the edge -- make sure to stop sewing the bias tape 3/4" away from the edge to make a mitered corner.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Once you have sewn right before each corner, bring the tape up to form an angled fold.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Then, fold the tape down and continue to pin and sew along the remaining sides.

Make sure to repeat the above steps at every corner.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

When you reach where you started the bias tape, stop, and trim the end of the bias tape so that it overlaps the starting edge by a few inches. Sew the overlapping bias tape piece along the fold.

Free project instructions to create a lap quilt.

Next, fold the tape around the raw edges of the quilt to the back.

Pin and hand sew the bias tape in place. If preferred, you can also machine sew the bias tape in place to finish.

Lap Quilt



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