I decided to make an I spy quilt for the grandchildren, it was great fun gathering the different fabrics, but when it came to sewing squares together I panicked. Would I be patient enough to sew 63 squares together and keep them perfectly square ?.
I spoke to Claire about my concerns and she introduced me to Pellon a new grid paper she had started stocking to enable easy square quilting (also known as Vilene Quilter’s Grid).
Perfect just what I needed, now everyone thinks I can sew perfect squares!!
I have detailed the steps I took to make my I spy Panel below.
Cut Pellon to the size required for your completed Quilt
Lay Pellon sticky side up and lay your squares right sides up raw edges together
When happy with design Iron squares onto Pellon
Fold and pin across Horizontal lines
Note lines should be the size of your square apart
Example 5” squares line should be 5” apart
Sew each line with a 1/4” seam allowance
I then cut piece of fusible fleece the same size as the backing fabric to go in between the panel and backing fabric. (I used Vilene – Fusible Fleece 3 Fusible on Both Sides H650 as this does not have to be stitched through to hold in place).
I then cut a piece of backing fabric the same size as the quilt front (including border)
This was all sandwiched together with fusible fleece in the middle of the sandwich
Next step to iron both sides of quilt to ensure wadding is stuck to both sides
The final step was to bind the edges and hey presto I had my I Spy quilt
No further sewing required as the fusible fleece does not break up like wadding.if you are local you can join us for a fun evening making one of these – click here.
Good Luck and Enjoy