Part 1-Beginning Part Two-A (this page) Part 2-B Part 3 Part 4 (sample quilt layouts)
Added Another Typing Paper #2 Project
a slightly more complex (but still easy!) and larger quilts
First Typing Paper Quilt Project
This first project using this technique is for a wall quilt approx. 36" x 36" made of 16 blocks. After this project, we'll do a larger, slightly more complex quilt with a modification of this same technique.
Getting ready your paper squares
If you are using typing or copy paper from the No. America you'll have 8.5" x 11" pieces of paper to start. If you are in Europe, Australia, New Zealand or several other countries you may be using A4 size paper which measures 210mm x 297 mm (8.27" x 11.69"). Both of these will work just fine. Or any other standard paper will do. There is NO need to measure anything. As long as the papers are square, that is all that is needed.
See the diagrams below to make your squares. Just fold the paper as shown to form a square. Trim off the extra piece to give a square. Make 16 of these squares.
If you are using North American sized paper you will now have squares which are 8.5" on a side. If you are using A4 paper you will have squares which are approx. 8.25" squares. It doesn't matter exactly what size your squares are, as long as they are all the same.
Types of Fabrics
As mentioned in Part One, you should have your fabrics divided into 2 groups, we're calling them Families A and B. These could be darks and lights, or two different fabric color families, or perhaps black-and-whites combined with another color family (I'll show samples of black-and-whites combined with reds in the illustrations a bit later).
Fabric should be washed and pressed and cut into strips varying in width from 1.5" to 2". You may use a rotary cutter and mat if you have these, but you may also use scissors to cut freehand. Perfectly straight edges are not necessary. Try to cut along fabric grain lines rather than on the bias to prevent stretchiness.
Cut 16 Center Strips
For this Project One you need to have a CENTER STRIP of fabric which in some way contrasts to the Family A and B fabrics used. This Center Strip could be a bold stripe, or a strong color (I'll show a sample layout using Black). You will need 16 of these strips and each one should be 14"-15" long (35-36 cm if using A4 paper) and approximately 2-2.5 inches wide (5-6 cm).
Start Sewing your Blocks
Go to this next page, part 2-B for a series of diagrams
showing you how to start sewing your blocks.
Remember, I really hope you'll send me photos of your projects. I don't care if they are finished or just are photos of the tops un-quilted. Be sure to include a paragraph about your project, your name and where you live. Email any photos to me at 'quilting -at- equilters.com'
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