It's true! This really is an easy and fast quilted throw! Perfect for beginners who feel a bit intimidated about quilting, or for the more experienced who want to put something together super-quick! This quilt utilizes the "pillow-case" method of binding, so there are no bias strips to make. Please note, however, this method of binding quilts is best only for small quilts like throws and baby blankets.
The 3-2-1 Quilted Throw is made with organic fabrics and organic batting. I used fabric from the My Happy Garden collection by Cloud9 Organics. (Found at Modern Organic Fabrics Shop)
~My Happy Garden organic cotton fabric as follows:
- Speckle Grass - 12 1/2" x 48"
- Meadow - 12 1/2" x 24 1/4"
- Speckle Sun - 12 1/2" x 24 1/4"
- Speckle Sky - 12 1/2" x 16 1/4"
- Toadstools - 12 1/2" x 16 1/2"
- Flock - 12 1/2" x 16 1/4"
- Lines - approximately 37" x 49" (this is the backing fabric, it is cut a little large at first and will be cut to size after the front is finished)
~Organic cotton batting:
Approximately 40" x 50" (cut a little large, will be cut to size when the front is finished)
~Rotary cutter & cutting mat (or scissors)
~masking or painter's tape
~sewing machine (or needle & thread)
***1/4 inch seam allowances are used, unless stated otherwise***
Cut pieces for quilt front. Do not cut back to exact size yet.
With right sides together, pin Speckle Sky and Toadstools together on one short side and stitch. Place Flock on Toadstools, right sides together, pin and stitch on short side.
With right sides together, pin Meadow and Speckle Sun together and stitch on one short side.
Place each column on the batting in it's approximate finished spot. Remove the 3-piece column and the 1-piece column. Pin the 2-piece (middle) column to batting.
Stitch the middle row to the batting by stitching around the edge.
Place the 1-piece column right side down on the 2-piece column. Pin and stitch long sides together (you are also stitching it to the batting).
Flip the 1-piece column back, pin wrong side to batting. Stitch around edge.
Place the 3-piece column face down on the 2-piece column. Pin and stitch long sides together (you are also stitching it to the batting).
Flip the 3-piece column back, pin wrong side to batting. Stitch around edge.
Trim the batting to the quilt top. Make sure the quilt edges are straight and corners are squared up, trim if necessary.
Tape the backing fabric to a table or the floor right side up. Place the quilt top right side down on the backing and pin. Trim the backing to same size as top, keep quilt pinned together.
Stitch front and back together, leaving a 4-inch opening on one short side.
Trim the corners. Turn quilt inside-out and use a dull, pointed instrument (such as a chopstick) to turn out corners.
Press edges. Sew opening closed (the best way is to hand sew it closed).
Sew around edge of quilt using a 1/2-inch seam allowance.
You can be finished, if you'd like. This quilt is small enough that you don't have to quilt the back. However, this is a great little quilt to practice some machine quilting. I used a walking foot on my machine and stitched random diagonal lines.
Wash the quilt in cold water with a mild, eco-friendly detergent. Hang dry, or put in the dryer on low heat.