Have you seen the 40 different Christmas and Winter Holiday 97₵ Fat Quarters in Walmart?
We couldn’t resist making up a quilt to show off some of our favorite prints! The size is 48″ x 56″, a perfect throw quilt for winter snuggling. Cutting and sewing up the squares was super easy and quick. A warm, hand-made quilt would make a beautiful gift, especially if you have a hard-to-buy-for special someone on your list.
Download our free quilt pattern here. While you are shopping, you will also want to pick up 2 1/2 yards of backing so you can finish as soon as the piecing is done. For binding, you could piece up 2 1/4″ strips from your fat quarter scraps or just a 1/2 yard will make your binding and frame the scrappy quilt nicely.
Tips to Inspire:
Design Tips: There is something for everyone – Simply red and white is bold, dark holly and poinsettia traditional, snowflakes and snowmen on blue is whimsical for all winter, the dark greens and paisley are so elegant.
Backing Tips: The instructions let you know how to cut and sew the 2 1/2 yards of backing based on quilting cotton, 42″ wide by the yard fabric. For a ‘modern’ backing, nine fat quarters can be trimmed to 17″ x 20″ and sewn together. This is great if your local store doesn’t have a cutting counter. Flannel or even 60″ wide dot plush can make a warm backing. Both can be quilted, too!
Batting Tip: The quilt should finish at 48″ x 56″. A king-size batting (120″ x 120″) will make 4 quilts. A cotton or cotton-poly blend will hold to your fabric well and wash up to a vintage crinkle, getting softer over time. Poly will give you more loft and maybe a little more warmth, but for me is a bit slippery to machine quilt. However, it usually hand quilts and ties easily.
Quilting Tip: Attach your walking foot to create an orange peel quilt design. To make a template to mark the curves, use a dinner plate to cut an arc from cardboard. Mark the whole top with your stitching lines. Then, start quilting on one side, towards the center, and quilt from side to side. Take your time, keeping the quilt flat and smooth to avoid backing puckers. Start and stop with your needle down at one of the intersections so your arcs will be smooth.
These are just a few of the 100% cotton designs, made for quilters and crafters. Take a look at Walmart’s fabric department, take a little time for sewing. You can do this in time for gift giving. Enjoy the free pattern! Have a wonderful and happy holiday season!