Kids Can Quilt! – Day 5

Kimberlee Tanner

Kids Can Quilt! – Day 5

We are on the final day of our special series Kids Can Quilt! Can you believe we are almost done? We really hope you’ve enjoyed this week and learned some new things. We absolutely love quilting and are so thrilled we could share it with all of you!

If you liked quilting, keep going! There are so many fun patterns and projects out there that you can work on. You could make another disappearing 9 patch with different fabrics, find an easy quilt pattern to tackle, or even create your own design! Take some graph paper and colored pencils and see what you can come up with.

If you want to encourage quilting in even younger kids, make a quilt out of paper. Cut even sized squares out, cut some into halves, fourths, and triangles and let them put them all back together.

After you watch today’s video, we do have one more bonus video for tomorrow that talks about finishing your quilt, so stay tuned.


Sewing the Rows

Today’s instructions are probably the easiest of all the days. Now that we have all of our blocks laid out, we just need to sew them together. Take row 1 and lay it out next to your sewing machine just as it goes in your quilt. If you need to you can overlap the blocks to fit next to your sewing machine. Take the first block and place it face up. Take your second block and place it face down on top of block one. Sew the right side together. Open these blocks up and add the third block the same say, lining it up on top of block 2.

After you have all 6 blocks sewn together, make sure to iron your seams, reattach your row number if needed and set it aside.

Repeat the same process for all 8 rows.

Sewing the Final Quilt

Now you are going to take row 2 and place it on your table top. Find row 1 and place it face down on top of row two, make sure to keep them lined up the right way. Use lots of pins across the top of the rows, we put one at the beginning, end, and one at each seam. You can put some in between those pins as well if you’d like. Don’t forget to remove the paper that marks row 2. Then sew 1/4″ seam. I do use a small backstitch on my rows since we aren’t sewing any other fabric on at this point.

After you’ve sewn these together, place row 3 on the table and put rows 1/2 on top the same way. Keep going till your top is all done!

Staystitching around the Quilt

One last thing I recommend is to now sew 1/4″ seam all the way around the quilt. This will help hold all those seams together that we cut up as we were rearranging the blocks. We don’t want them to come unsewn before it’s quilted!

This pattern can easily be adapated to make smaller or larger quilt tops. You can start with different sized squares at the beginning or make more or less 9 patches! You can also test out how it looks when sewing all your 9 patches the same or mixing them up like we did. There isn’t really a right or wrong way to complete your top.

As always, if you have any questions at all, let us know!

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