Cat Basket Quilt


Cat Basket Quilt
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Here are the instructions for the Cat Basket Quilt. I used Makower Kitty with Makower Linea for the background, but you can use any fabric you wish.

The finished size of the quilt is 44” x 49½”

Requirements
9 fat quarters (of different patterns or colours)
1.5m of fabric for background
1.75m for backing
0.4m of fabric for binding
48” x 54” Wadding

Cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter
Sewing machine with ¼” foot
Optional Walking Foot


Method
From each of the fat quarters cut 3 strips of 3½” wide by 18” - 20” long. By cutting parallel to the selvedge, you should have a length of at least 18”. The minimum length should be 18”.

Cut 3 more strips, so you now have 30 strips in total.

Cut the background fabric into 3 strips across the width of the fabric. You should now have 3 strips 20” wide by the width of the fabric long.

Cut these into 60 strips, each 1¾” x 20”.

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Sew a background fabric strip to each side of the patterned strips like this:


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Sub cut into 6” squares. You will get a maximum of 90 squares, but you will need only 82 of these. These extra can give you scope to change the colour placement.

Sew these into rows, turning each alternate square to produce the weave pattern. You will need 9 rows of 8 squares, 72 blocks in total. Alternating the rows so that the blocks are rotating next to each other, like this:

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From the remaining 18 blocks, sew 10 together, alternating the blocks as before.

Press the backing fabric and from one of the selvedge edges draw a line 15” parallel to this edge.

Cut along this line.

Assemble the back by sewing the strip of 10 blocks between these two pieces.

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Finish your quilt by basting and quilting. For the quilt in the picture, I have stitched in the ditch between each block. However, feel free to choose your own design.

Cut the binding fabric into either 2¼” or 2½” strips depending on the thickness of your wadding and bind the quilt.

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A pdf version of the quilt is available here

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How to make continuos Bias Binding


Cut a square of material and mark the diagonal and cut across the diagonal

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Place the pieces side by side and sew a narrow seam. Press.

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Turn the material so that the seam is diagonal, draw width of bias on the bottom edge

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Roll the material to make a square with the edges now diagonal
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Pin together, so that the drawn line is the edge of the other side. Sew and press open.

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Cut along this line and by drawing and cutting you will get a continuous length of bias binding
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Roman Blind


Roman Blind Instructions

Measure window length (l) and width (w) if putting blind inside window.

If putting blind on outside measure length (l) and width (w) of the actual blind. Included in this is baton depth.

Cut main piece (l+3”) x (w+5”)
Cut lining l x (w-3”)

Use ½” seam allowance.

1.
Sew lining to main, right sides together with lining placed ½” down from the top. Sew both sides top to bottom.
2. Press seams open and turn right way round.
3. Press the blind ensuring the sides are even. There should be 2” of the main fabric on the back at each side.
4.
Turn the top down ½”, pin and press. Pin the female side (fluffy) over the raw edge, with the bottom of the Velcro being 1” from the folded top. Tuck the ends in and sew on.
5. Turn the hem up 2½”. Check the length of the blind and adjust if needed.
6. Pin along the bottom and press.
7.
Turn down top of hem ½”, pin and press.
8.
Sew hem all the way round, including the sides. Leaving a 2” gap on the top on the right hand side. As you look at the back of the blind this is the left hand side!
9.
Now make these calculations
a = (l-1) / 4½
b = (l-1)-(4a)
(b should be just over half of a) Check that 4 times a plus b equals the length of the blind less 1”. Sorry you thought you’d left algebra in school!
10.
Mark the lines across the blind, from the bottom, up b, then up a, a, a, leaving a gap of a.
11.
Cut 4 lengths of Roman Blind Tape, each 1” longer that the width of the blind.
12.
From the left hand side of the blind (if you are looking at the back then it is the right hand side) sew tape along this line, with the line on the tap towards the bottom of the blind. The tape should be above the line and you are sewing along the bottom of the tape. Fold over the first ½”. At the end (the right hand side) stop sewing ½” from the end. Leaving the end of the tapes open. These will be sewn closed when the rods have been put in.

For a printable version click here
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