Thursday, November 15, 2012

Which Way Quilt Tutorial

Ok, so here it comes, the tutorial for the "Which Way?" quilt. Have patience with me, it is my first tutorial. Feel free to ask me if you have any questions.

The directions and sizes given here will make a quilt top approx. 27" x 31" (69 x 79 cm) without borders.
Please read everything before you start to make the top!

 You´ll need to cut pieces for at least 96 arrows
I cutted 4 arrows from one fabric, so I used 24 different fabrics, because it was so handy. But you can also cut them from scraps or cut more arrows from less different fabrics.
The fabrics need to have enough contrast so that the arrows stand out against each other.

From each of the 24 fabrics cut one square 5 1/4". Cross-cut it twice to get 4 quarter square triangles.
Also, cut 4 pieces, 1 1/2" x 2 1/2".
If your fabric has a direction, you may want to cut two of the pieces lengthwise and two crosswise so that the pattern aligns. (see picture above)

From the background fabric, cut:
44 pieces 1 1/2" square
56 pieces 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"
8 pieces 1 1/2" x 4 1/2"
4 pieces 2 7/8" square, cross-cut once to get 8 half square triangles
(again, if your fabric has a direction, keep this in mind when cutting)

 Lay everything out on the floor or your design wall until you are satisfied with the placement of your fabrics.
 Then start to sew the triangle units together.
 Press the seams in opposite directions.
 Sew the two halves together and press this seam open to reduce bulk.
 Trim off the dog-ears.Voila, a finished four-triangle-unit!
 Sew the rectangle units together by first joining the arrow pieces and then adding the background pieces. Press towards the background.

Here you can see that I assembled the top in rows. The two left rows are already sewn together.
 So you first sew rows, alternating one narrow row of squares and rectangles, and one wider row of triangle units and rectangle units...
 Continue to sew the rows together. If you sew with the triangles on top, you can see where you sew and the triangle tips get nice and sharp. If you have pressed all seams towards the background, the seams will lock into each other quite nicely, but pinning is a good idea with so many small pieces.
 Press the long seams open. With all the small pieces and many seams this results in a flatter quilt top.
 Congratulations, you now have a finished little quilt top.
 I haven´t quilted mine yet, but I will soon and will show you the finished result here!

When your "Which Way?" version is finished or a work in progress, I would LOVE to see a picture of it!
Please let me know!

This pattern would also look great as a big bed quilt. You could enlarge the size of the pieces to get a bigger quilt or if you don´t like to work with small pieces.
Here, the small background squares are 1 inch square finished size, and the triangle units are 4 inch square finished.
You could double these measurements to get a big quilt and bigger, more handy pieces.


PippaP said...

thanks for offering this tutorial, I love the quilt and it's going in my *one day to make* file :)

Kerstin said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, this one goes on my to do list!

Beth said...

That is a great quilt! I love the design! Thanks for writing out a tutorial.

toll-patchig said...

Vielen Dank für das tolle Tutorial !
Habe gerade mit einem Exemplar angefangen :)

LG Virginia

Teje Karjalainen said...

This is so beautiful quilt and lovely pattern! Thank you for a great tutorial - I would have made it with more difficult way. x Teje