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Stylish Baby Nursery: Sunny Horizons Dresser Cloth/Crib Quilt


Editor: Liz Johnson Tuesday, 11 August 2009 10:00

If you want to ease into trying your hand at quilting, this project is for you. It introduces the technique of joining together small strips to create a single large piece. We originally designed this tutorial as a little crib quilt, but decided we liked it better as a dresser cloth for our changing table. So, we omitted the batting and quilting through all the layers. So, the purists out there are hurling quilt pins at me, because without out those things it's not really quilting. I know, I know ... it'll be our little secret. We've given you everything you need to create a quilt that looks exactly like ours. But there are oodles of fabric choices out there so feel free to have fun with your own combinations. And, feel free to use the word 'oodles' in your own sentence today! Our sample was made for a baby girl's nursery, using the stunning Patty Young Andalucia collection. For information on where to buy, read Stylish Baby Nursery: Designing with Bold Colors & Patterns. This article also includes suggestions for creating an alternate fabric palette that would work well for a boy's nursery.

Sewing Tools You Need


Any Sewing Machine (we recommend the Janome Sewist 500) Inch Seam foot O (optional)

Fabric and Other Supplies

We used seven horizontal bands to make up the center of the quilt/dresser cloth. As we note the fabric yardage needed below, we will refer to them as 'band 1', 'band 2', etc., starting at band 1 on the top, down to band 7 at the bottom. Fabric for band 1 and band 7: yard of 45" wide fabric: we used Patty Young's Andalucia in Fire Flowery Stripe Fabric for band 2 and band 6: yard of 45" wide fabric: we used Patty Young's Andalucia in Earth Mod Dots Fabric for band 3: yard of 45" wide fabric: we used Patty Young's Andalucia in Kiwi Jester Fabric for band 4: yard of 45" wide fabric: we used Patty Young's Andalucia in Fire Mod Blooms Fabric for band 5 AND the entire back: 1 yards of 45" wide fabric: we used Patty Young's Andalucia in Kiwi Tiny Dots Fabric for quilt borders: yard of 45" wide fabric: we used Patty Young "Andalucia" in Kiwi Flora Lightweight batting between quilt layers (optional): 1 yards of 45" wide quilt batting (must be a rectangle that is at least 37" width x 45" length) All purpose thread See-through ruler Fabric pencil Iron and ironing board Scissors Straight pins

Getting Started
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. From the Kiwi Flora, cut two 3"x 41" strips and two 3" x 37" strips. From the Fire Flowery Stripe, cut two 9" x 33" strips. From the Fire Mod Blooms, cut one 13" x 33" strip. From the Kiwi Tiny Dots, cut one 4" x 33" strip. From the Kiwi Jester, cut one 4" x 33" strip. From the Earth Mod Dots, cut two 4" x 33" strips. Also from the Kiwi Tiny Dots, cut one 37" x 45" piece.

At Your Sewing Machine & Ironing Board


1. 2. 3. 4. Locate one Fire Flowery Stripe 9" x 33" strip and one 4" x 33" Earth Mod Dots strip. Stitch these two pieces, right sides together, along the 33" side using a seam allowance. Press the seam allowance toward the darker fabric (because you are less likely to see it behind the darker fabric). Following the quilt center diagram below (or making up your own fabric combos), continue to add pieces in the same manner to create the 33" x 41" quilt center. Press all of the seams allowances toward the darker fabric.

5. Add a 3" x 41" Kiwi Flora strip to each side of the quilt center. Match the raw edges, pin and stitch, right sides together, making a " seam along the 41" side. Remember to remove pins as you go; don't sew over them. Press the seam allowances toward the quilt center. You now have a piece measuring 37" x 41".

6. Add a 3" x 37" Kiwi Flora fabric strip to the top and bottom of the quilt center. Match raw edges, pin and stitch, right sides together, making a " seam along the 37" side. Remember to remove pins as you go; don't sew over them. Press the sea allowances toward the quilt center. You will have nice, right angles at all four corners.

7. You have completed the quilt top; it should measure 37" x 45". 8. Place the Kiwi Tiny Dots 37" x 45" backing fabric and the finished quilt top right sides together. Pin in place. 9. Stitch around all four sides using a " seam allowance, removing the pins as you go so you don't stitch over them, and leaving an 6-8" opening for turning. 10. Turn right side out and press, making sure your opening's seam allowance in pressed to the inside. 11. Slip stitch the opening closed.

Hints and Tips


Adapt The Dresser Cloth Into A Crib Quilt
Follow all the steps above as-is until you get to Step 8 in At Your Sewing Machine. Complete as follows: 1. Place the Kiwi Tiny Dots 37" x 45" backing fabric and the finished quilt top right sides together with the batting sandwiched in between. Pin in place through all three layers. 2. Stitch around all four sides using a " seam allowance, removing the pins as you go so you don't stitch over them, and leaving an 6-8" opening for turning. 3. Within the seam allowance, trim the batting close to the seam. 4. Turn right side out and press, making sure your opening's seam allowance in pressed to the inside. 5. Slip stitch the opening closed. 6. Topstitch " in from the egdge on all sides. 7. To quilt all the layers together, sew along each horizontal seam within your top piece. This is called 'stitching in the ditch' because you are actually following the seam line (the ditch) with your new line of stitching.

Finished, showing back side. The steps above are the simplest way to quilt your layers. If you want to get fancy, you could add more parallel lines of stitching within each stripe or even the decorative swirls and curves of free-hand stippling. But .... that's a whole 'nother can of quilting worms, and those purists are going to throw more pins at me if I gloss over the steps. So, for now, I'm considering this a very basic tutorial and the perfect way to dip your toe into the wonderful world of quilting. (Once you wade in and are immersed in it, no one will throw pins at you any more.) Contributors Project Design: Alicia Thommas Sample Creation: Aimee McGaffey Instructional Editing: Alison Newman Other machines suitable for this project include the Singer 8770 Curvy and the White Sew Easy 2335.

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