I’m excited to share this free ‘Playtime’ Beginner Quilt Pattern + Tutorial. The ‘Playtime’ quilt is a beautiful and simple modern quilt that you’ll love.
The overall finished quilt size is 37″ x 53″. Here are the fabrics you’ll need to make your own beginner Quilt:
This free beginner quilt pattern is SUPER fun and easy to put together. If there’s one area you can save time, it’s in making your colorful strips of fabric. You can find some pre-made strips and save a LOT of time HERE.
Now that you have your binding strips, you are ready to sew your fabrics together.
Your quilt will look like this from the back as you add rows and press your seams: (You can see where I sprayed water in this photo if you look closely. I found that spraying water helped the seams lay flat).
Ideas for quilting:
I’ll share with you how I quilted my quilt top, but there are so many fun ways you could quilt this.
I wanted all the seams on one side of my quilt to go one direction, and the seams on the opposite side of my quilt to go the other direction. I love that this quilt is a 3D quilt, and I wanted to strips of fabric to really pop.
I also wanted the place where the seams change direction to be in a certain place, to give the affect of a ripple or wave.
To make sure that the seam direction stayed in the place where I wanted it, I placed a pin on each strip of binding / color fabric where the seam changed direction.
I sewed along the seam in a straight line.
When the seam changed direction, I stopped sewing, then started sewing on the other side of the color strip / binding piece.
When the quilting was done, it was easy to trim the backing and batting and add binding as normal. I wondered how thick the quilt would be with so many layers of fabric. I wondered if sewing the binding on might be difficult, but my needle had NO problem going through the layers of fabric and adding my binding as normal.
Here is a look at the quilt all finished. I will admit that the cool affect of the wave was lost a little after washing the quilt. But the colorful fabric binding pieces looked beautiful and like ruffly ribbon after washing and drying the quilt. I am a MAJOR fan of this quilt design, and fully plan to make a larger size for myself.
Here is the Quilt Top after washing and drying it. You can see how the fabric becomes more ribbon / lace-like.
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