Created by: Nikki Johnson of fabric.com
Wrap yourself up in this amazingly soft and comfy quilt using Anna Maria Horner’s new Loominous 2 line of lovely yarn-dyes. This bohemian blanket takes all the hard parts out of quilting, leaving you with an easy project that brings you back to the 70’s, with modern flair.
- (42) 12.5” squares of Anna Maria’s Loominous Collection or Loominous 2 Collection
- 1 Twin Size Wool Batting: (This one or this one are great choices)
- 4.5 yards 44” backing fabric (I used this one)
- 1 skein of lightweight yarn (We used Paton's Baby Beehive Sport but you can use any fingering weight or sport weight yarn as long as it’s washable).
- Thread (we chose this grey one)
- A large and sharp hand sewing needle
For the patchwork squares on the front of the quilt, I used 10 yards of 10 different fabrics and used an average of 4 each. This has a fair amount of fabric waste, because you’ll need a yard each if you want more than 3 squares out of each fabric.
Some other fabric cutting options for the fronts:
- 14 half yard cuts
- 7-8 full yard cuts (depending on if you’re fussy cutting or not)
Assembling your quilt top
This is a very simple quilt. The trickiest part will be the pressing.
To create your patchwork top, we’re going to use a ½” seam allowance due to the looser weave of the fabric.
First, determine your preferred layout. I like to lay them all out on the floor and play around with the color placement. Then, I take a picture of it and use that to reference during sewing.
You’ll sew two squares together, and then another two. I then make patches of four, and then sew into columns of 2x6.
Here’s a little pressing diagram for a block of four.
Sew your first two blocks together, right sides together. Then press the seam to the RIGHT.
Sew your second two blocks together, right sides together, then press that seam to the LEFT.
Your seams should be nicely nested with that pressing technique.
See how the chartreuse block’s seam is pressed to the right? The one on the bottom will have its seam pressed to the left.
Repeat this until you have 3 of these, and then make a column. In the end, you should have 4 columns. 3 of these columns will be 2x6, one will be 1x6. For the last column, you can just sew the blocks in segments of 2, and then all together. No need for squares here.
Here is how we want to sew the quilt top. This diagram shows how to press your seams. The first column you will press your seams down, the second up, and so on.
This will make sewing your columns together (still a ½” seam allowance) a lot easier. Sew the first two columns together, then the second two, and then sew THOSE two together.
To make your backing, cut your 4.5 yards in half, and then sew together along the selvedge edges with a ½” seam allowance.
Sewing your quilt together
Now we’ll make the quilt!
We want to make a sandwich a little different than we would a standard quilt. You will want to have your backing and quilt top pinned right sides together, and then the batting on top of your quilt top. Trim your batting and backing to fit your quilt top.
Pin along the edges every few inches all the way around (1/2” seam allowance), and then sew along those edges, leaving an opening that is about 8” wide, backstitching when you begin and end.
Clip your corners, and then turn right sides out. Your batting should be in the middle now, with the right sides of your back and front facing outwards.
Flatten our your blanket, making sure your corners are nice and pointed.
Closing the opening
Pin the opening closed that we used to turn the quilt. Using a small hand needle and thread, close up this opening with a ladder stitch.
After burying your knot in the seam, follow the pictures to create a ladder stitch.
It’s that simple, you’ll end up with an invisible stitch once you tug on your working thread. Do this until the entire opening is closed.
Tying your quilt
With a doll needle and your thread, cut off a long length to work with. No need to make a knot.
I tied at the corners and middle of each block, but you can do as many as you want. Just make sure you have no less than that amount. Insert your needle to the back and then back to the front without pulling through.
Pull your thread through, all the way to the end so there’s about an inch left. Cut off an inch to the other side, and make a knot with the two ends. You’ll want to double knot to make it extra secure.
Trim your ends if you have extra. Aim for about ½”-1” length on each tail.
Repeat until you’ve tied off the whole quilt.
And you’re finished! Cuddle up and enjoy!