Hello Sizzix friends, Nicole here today from Modern Handcraft with a quilting tutorial featuring a favorite Sizzix Bigz Pro die of mine: Robbing Peter to Pay Paul. It may be a long name for a quilt block, but using a glue basting method to sew the pieces together makes for a short amount of time spent!
You may remember my Wave Quilt for Sizzix, the last project where I used a glue tip / glue basting method. Anytime I have curves to sew I really feel, for me at least, this to be the most accurate and fastest way. This project is for a throw sized quilt that is perfect for your living room and pairing it with some fun springtime fabrics will definitely brighten up your space. The 9" blocks may also be sewn together creating an orange peel look, but I thought some simple sashing really made the blocks stand out on their own.
You will begin by taking your fat quarters and cutting 12" square pieces from each one, this will be for your first round of cuts. The remaining pieces can be split between side pieces and main pieces - for the main parts of the block I used a shape that had already been cut as my cutting guide, and for the sides I cut pieces measuring 2.5" x 9".
At your Pro machine create your Sizzix Sandwich: Big Shot Pro Sliding Tray, Big Shot Pro Extended Adapter Pad, Cutting Pad, Robbing Peter to Pay Paul Bigz Pro Die, Fabric layers, Cutting Pad and roll through your Big Shot Pro Machine. Using the 13 fat quarters for this project I created enough combinations to have 20 finished Robbing Peter to Pay Paul blocks and some scraps left over for a fun quilt back detail.
Once cut your pieces will look like this, then switch around the side pieces and make fun fabric combinations for each block.
To begin glue basting each block I lay one side piece facing up and lay the main middle piece face down on top matching up the notched guides. Pin in the middle to hold for gluing.
Using your glue tip and washable kids glue, run a thin line along the edge of your fabric staying within the 1/4" seam allowance you will later sew. The pin acts as a great guide to show the middle point, and to only glue one side at a time. Using a washable glue is necessary, when you wash your quilt any trace of the glue washes right out!
I like to add an old towel or washcloth to my ironing board just in case any glue seeps out during the ironing process.
Remove your pin, and with a hot - dry iron begin ironing your edges down from the middle to the edge. Carefully position your fabric as you make your curve until you reach the very end.
Glue the other side in the same manner and finish by ironing down. I like to glue baste the opposite side so I have two sides to sew at once at my machine.
At your machine and using a scant 1/4" seam allowance sew along the edge.
Iron your seam allowance, folding towards the smaller piece.
Glue baste and sew your last two sides, iron seam allowances towards the outside and you have a complete block!
You may now line up your 20 blocks 4 x 5 and make a fun baby quilt or add sashing to make the throw blanket.
For your sashing you will need to cut 7 - 2.5" WOF (width of fabric) strips for in between your blocks. Cut 3 strips into 15 - 2.5" x 9" sections for in between each block horizontally (three for each 5 rows) and then use the remaining 4 WOF strips for joining your 5 rows together. For the perimeter of my quilt I make a border using 4" cuts of fabric, later trimming the quilt down to 3" wide when squaring up. Modify your sashing and border measurements to create the quilt size of your liking.
Once you complete your quilt top - baste, quilt and bind.
I cut some of my scraps into 2.5" squares and joined them into rows to add to the back of my quilt.
Also, a big thank you to Dear Stella for the beautiful bundle of Flower Daze - it makes for a perfect springtime quilt with just the right amount of masculine colors to appease my husbands tastes.
Other Supplies Used:
This throw sized quilt finishes up measuring 44" x 53", add to your borders and sashing for a larger quilt.
- 13 - fat quarters for quilt blocks - Flower Daze by Dear Stella Fabrics
- .5 yard fabric for binding
- 1 yard of cream solid fabric for quilt sashing and borders
- 2.5 yards of cream solid fabric for quilt back
- Coordinating thread for quilting
- Cotton batting
- Sewing machine and notions (rotary cutter, cutting mat, acrylic ruler, straight pins)
- Glue tip, not necessary but extremely helpful
- Washable children's school glue
- Iron, ironing board and towel for ironing on
Thank you for stopping by today for the tutorial!