In the fall I moved into a new (bigger apartment) which meant I got to have a bigger bed which then meant I needed to make a quilt. I started this project back in November and come back to it every so often. Right now I have just over half of the 56 squares pieced together. Today I'm going to share my method for making this quilt. If you feel intimidated by precise measurements and exact cutting---then this technique is for you! It's really quite fun to make it up as you go along AND there isn't much math involved.
To start cut out a bunch of strips from the fabrics of your choice. I chose some neutrals, some accent colors, some solids, some prints, and cut them in varying widths from 1"-3" wide. I used my rotary cutter to do this but you can certainly use scissors (it just might take a little longer). Then I cut squares and rectangles anywhere from 3" to 6" in size that make up the centers of my blocks. Nothing has to be exact or perfectly square, which makes it a lot less tedious than most quilts.
After stitching, I use my scissors to trim the strip to be the same length as the center.
Then I press the seams open using my iron.
You end up with a little something like this!
Trim and press and you've now got something that looks like this!
Just one more side to go! Repeat the same process of stitching, trimming, and pressing.
For the fourth side I used a slightly wider strip of the same fabric. You can mix up the widths of your fabric on each side or keep them all the same.
Ta-da! You now have a square with a border around it! Continue these steps to add more borders until you have a block that is your desired size. For my quilt I am making all of my blocks 12.5". I find it helpful to make them a little bigger and then trim down to the size I want. As you are making it is helpful to have a ruler handy so you know when it's getting close to your finished size. In total for my queen size quilt I will make 56 blocks (so that I will have 8 rows of 7 blocks). You can make your blocks any size you might want, however, and adjust this technique for any size quilt.
Happy improvisational stitching!
p.s. you can also find this tutorial over in my Craftsy shop as a free PDF printable download here