Nov 30

Raw-Edge 2.5 Inch Square Quilts (132, 133)

Welcome back!  I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I was able to visit with a lot of family, and we had a really good time!

I had a few extra scraps from my “Stars and Sparks” quilt, so I decided to use them in some fun baby girl quilts.

 

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These two quilts were made using the same technique and the same fabric, so I don’t blame you for not being able to tell them apart.  🙂  I used 2.5 inch squares and sewed them to the fabric during the quilting process, creating a raw edge applique design.  I did it before on this quilt, and thought it was time to revisit the technique.  I love the results.

Raw edge square quilt

I first create a grid on the quilt using 1 inch masking tape.  I leave 2.5 inches between the two pieced of masking tape in the horizontal and vertical directions. leaving me with 2.5 inch background squares exposed.  I glue the fabric square on to the white background fabric in between the masking tape.

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I learned through this process that Lapel Stick adhesive glue works MUCH BETTER than a regular glue stick.  Since I move the quilt around a lot during the quilting process, the quilt with the Lapel Stick was less frustrating to quilt than the quilt where I used the regular glue stick, since the squares did not tend to separate from the background fabric.  Now I know, and maybe I’ll ask for Lapel Sticks for Christmas.  I am not advertising them, just trying to share my experience.

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I used a straight line quilting method.  I removed one direction of tape from between the squares (but left the ends of the tape on the edge of the quilt) so that I could quilt the other direction lines without crossing over the tape.  I then took off those lines of tape, and quilted in the opposite direction, using the squares themselves and the ends of the tape lines as sewing guides.

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The backing was a fabric from the “Silk Road” line, the binding was a small pink flower fabric, not from the line, but it adds a nice soft edge to the quilt.  The quilting left a beautiful grid on the back of the fabric.

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This is officially one of my favorite quilts to make.  The sewing and quilting is done at the same time, and it leaves such a lovely quilt design.  Plus, I am a sucker for a baby quilt with raw edges.  I did have to spray baste the quilts before hand, when I normally pin baste, but it was a nice warm 40 degrees outside, so no problem. And, now that I know how well lapel sticks work, maybe I could one day do one of these raw edge quilts in a twin size (with larger squares of course).  Who knows!

These quilts are about 39 inches by 39 inches.  Thank you for visiting my blog!

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2 comments!!!

  1. Deb f says:

    Love this! I want to try it RIGHT NOW, I have a whole bin of little squares.

  2. Diana says:

    Very, very cute blankets and clever technique!