Hi all! It’s Christa Watson here, I’m excited to team up with BERNINA to share a brand-new quilt-along that you are sure to love! Over the next five weeks, I will be showing you how to make my Simple Strips Quilt, completely by machine—including the binding. Whether this is your first quilt, or your fiftieth, you’ll enjoy making this quilt from start to finish.
About This Quilt
Finished Quilt Size: 48″ x 60″
Finished Block Size: 12″ x 12″
Number of Blocks: 20, set 4 x 5
Quilt Along Schedule
- Part 1 – selecting fabrics and cutting the fabric pieces
- Part 2 – sewing the blocks and quilt top
- Part 3 – piecing the backing, basting the quilt
- Part 4 – machine quilting using the integrated Dual Feed
- Part 5 – binding by machine
Above is a closeup of the machine quilting we will accomplish in week 4. It is fun, quick and easy to do!
Let’s Get Started
I love using precuts whenever possible. Because much of the cutting work has already been done, it means I can start machine quilting much more quickly!
Materials to Make a Complete Quilt
- 40 precut strips, 2 1/2″ x 42″ (half light, half dark) for the quilt top
- 1/2 yard of coordinating fabric for the binding (or leftover precut strips)
- 3 yards of fabric for the backing
- 52″ x 65″ piece of batting
- Thread for machine quilting (I will be using Aurifil, 50 weight cotton)
- Rotary cutter, self-healing mat and acrylic ruler
- Sewing machine that has decorative stitch capabilities
- Walking foot or integrated Dual Feed function, preferably with an open toe for visibility
For my version I used ½ Jelly Roll of the Valley collection by Sherri & Chelsi, plus one Junior Jelly Roll of Moda Bella Solids in Ivory. When choosing fabrics, be sure that your dark or print strips contrast well with your light, or background strips.
Cutting the Fabric Strips
Tip: Lay out the precut strips on a self healing rotary cutting mat. Use the lines on the mat lined up with the lines on the ruler to make a precise cut. I like to use a small square ruler that is at least 6 1/2″ wide for cutting the strips into rectangles.
From each of 20 precut print strips, cut:
6 rectangles, 2 ½” x 6 ½”, for a total of 120 rectangles for blocks.
From each of 20 precut background strips, cut:
6 rectangles, 2 ½” x 6 ½”, for a total of 120 rectangles for backgrounds.
Tip: for faster cutting, keep strips folded and layer two strips at a time, for a total of 4 layers of cutting.
Wasn’t that fun? Be sure and join me here again next week and be ready to sew! I’ll be piecing this quilt on my BERNINA 770 QE. It comes with the Patchwork foot # 97D for perfect ¼” seams, every time!
Your Quilt “Homework”
I am the author of two machine quilting books that show you how to make a complete quilt from start to finish, check them out to learn more about quilting.