Celebrate March as National Quilting Month and sew a super-easy quilt, with six fun fabrics, and Nancy Zieman’s I Sew For Fun Two-Piece Quilt Block Tutorial (below). Precut your fabrics; then set a stitching date with your little sewing partner!

Two-Piece Block Quilt from the I Sew For Fun Book, by Nancy Zieman

Approximate Finished Block Size: 8″ x 8″

Approximate Unfinished Block Size: 8½” x 8½”

Approximate Quilt Finished Size: 36″ x 44½”

Supplies Needed:

  • ⅜ yd. Fabric A-blocks
  • ⅜ yd. Fabric B-blocks
  • ⅜ yd. Fabric C-blocks
  • ⅜ yd. Fabric D-blocks
  • ⅜ yd. Fabric E-blocks
  • 1-3/4 yd. Fabric F—blocks and backing
  • 36″ x 44½” batting

 

Optional: Spray-starch fabrics with a starch alternative, such as Best Press.

Instructions:

Please read all instructions before beginning. Use the width of the presser foot as the depth of the seam allowances.

1. Prepare and cut fabrics:

  • Press and straighten fabrics.
  • Using a rotary cutter, ruler, and mat:

- Cut two 4½” crosswise strips from Fabrics A–F.

 - Cut one 50″ x 41-1/2” rectangle from Fabric F, for backing with self-binding. Set aside.

2. Pair the following sets, right sides together, long edges aligned:

• Fabric A with Fabric B

• Fabric C with Fabric D

• Fabric E with Fabric F


  • Stitch each pair along one lengthwise seam to form strata.

  • Press seam flat, then toward darker fabric.

  • Subcut each strata into 8½” blocks.

- Cut seven A/B blocks.

- Cut six C/D blocks.

- Cut seven E/F blocks.

 3. Arrange blocks as diagrammed below.

This is a fun part of quilting! It is much easier to visualize the quilt at this stage.

 

4. Assemble quilt top:

  • In each row, place blocks from Column B onto Column A and Column D onto Column C, right sides together aligning cut edges.

· Chain stitch block sets.

- Stitch lengthwise edges of one pair, guiding presser foot along edge of fabric.

- Kiss a second pair to the first and continue stitching. Repeat until all pairs in each column are joined.

- Clip threads between blocks.

-Repeat steps for Column C & D

  • Press block seams in odd rows in one direction and even rows in opposite direction.

  •  Place stitched blocks from columns C/D onto stitched blocks from columns A/B, right sides together. Stitch two block units into rows.

  • Press seams flat, then press seams in the same direction at the block seams. Press all block seams in odd numbered rows in the same direction. Press all block seams in even numbered rows in the opposite direction.

  • Stitch rows, right sides together, nesting seam allow­ances to create quilt top. Press seams flat, then press seams open.

 

5. Finish quilt by following instructions for layering, quilting, and easy self-binding on pages 61–65 of Nancy Zieman’s I Sew For Fun book.

 

Watch I Sew For Fun on Sewing With Nancy online at NancyZieman.com.

For a complete listing of all I Sew For Fun companion products by Nancy Zieman, visit isewforfun.com

I Sew For Fun Products by Nancy Zieman

For a chance to win a copy of Nancy Zieman’s I Sew For Fun book with DVD from Nancy’s Notions, please leave a comment below sharing what you’re making to celebrate March as National Quilting Month.

 

 

The randomly selected winner of a copy of NZP’s NEW! McCalls M7893 Wrap Dress Pattern, from the February 23 blog post, is Lee Ann Wagner.

McCalls M7893 Wrap Dress Pattern by Nancy Zieman ProductionsHer comment is: Purchased some fabric for an Easter dress, and would like to make several spring dresses. Would also love to make some flowery spring tops to wear with jeans or leggings. I love the wrap dress. Would love to make one of those.

Quilted Lunch Bag Tutorial by Baby Lock

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March is National Quilting Month!

Learn and Create with FREE! Baby Lock Quilting Project Tutorials, like this quilty lunch bag, over at BabyLock.com

 

 

Be sure to join in and follow the 2019 Nancy Zieman Productions Pillow Sewing Challenge at the NZP Blog. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

 

Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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