Saturday, 26 January 2013

Frugal Quilt in a day

Hello Dear Reader,

As promised, I'll share with you a really easy quilt you can make in a day. I'm also going to share with you that I'm taking part in a frugaleur challenge which really is about the frugal way to boost your income and those details will be explained in full tomorrow. For now, here's the quilt.

I started with a pack of fat quarters:

and one metre of green chartreuse

and some remnants of vintage St. Michael/M&S table cloth from the 70's!

I started by cutting the fabric into 5" wide strips.

 I then used my quarter inch seam foot and sewed the strips together.

I then cut them down into 5" strips and you can see from here how I formed the rest of the 'steps' pattern. I sewed two of the blocks of strips together and then for each subsequent row, unpicked where required and moved the blocks to the front of the row. 

A great way of stretching fat quarters that little bit further is to use sashing around the blocks. It gives a lovely finish and it makes quilt making really quick. I made the quilt top in two hours and got the fat quarters and fabric here as part of their £15 challenge. It goes to show you can make a lovely throw in no time at all and for a low price even if you buy the fabric new. I sometimes buy fabric but there will always be an addition of thrifted or vintage fabric to make the quilt more affordable. As a jumble sale quilter, there is a real luxury of using new fabric. I'll finish the quilted throw tomorrow, have pictures of it and tell you all about the frugaleur challenge and invite you all to join me and others doing something positive to increase their income.

If you've missed the frugal gardening give away, then click here to see my earlier post and follow the t&cs at the bottom of the post and take part in the give away.


  1. It really is nice to use new fabrics, isn't it? Most of my quilts have been made with clothing remnants, where I can get just a handful of squares at a time, which means I have all that much more individual piece work to do.

    Your quilt front looks lovely.

  2. looking forward with interest to your next post. Mind you I look forward to all your posts. Love the greens in the quilt, I am quite taken with green at the moment. Still haven't got to grips with my grandsons quilt because some of the fabric (his outgrown shirts) got packed away at Christmas and I can't bloomin find them yet. He loved Monsieur elephanto and the seal that I won in your giveaway as well as the glove puppets and book. He carries the seal around a lot and loves pulling the ball out of his flippers cos the velcro makes a lovely sound !

  3. Are you using the green fabric for the backing and what about wadding? I always think it is the wadding that makes quilting expensive.

    1. I use fleece blankets or towels as wadding or shop bought wadding if it's on special offer. I will be putting a photo of the quilted door curtain I made last week on my blog as soon as I can upload it.

  4. I think even I could do one...wad ditching?

  5. Blimey, IN A DAY? You're a genius. Like Taleedee, I'd be interested to know what kind of wadding you use. Xx

  6. chautreuse is my favourite colour apart from pink.

    I luff it and wish I lived locally so you could teach me.

    Meanwhile I have been getting up ealy to bake beadrools before work these days and everyone is shocked and asking how do you find the time and I thought of you getting up early to clean. Seriously it's not that hard people!

    Mr FF reminded me it's almost frugal feb- bring it on I say!!

  7. I have found, like you, that sashing or borders really enhance a quilt. It is like the frame on a picture. The eyes focus and the heart smiles.
    Here is a frugal trick for the binding around the edge. Take all your scraps from the pieces you have just used. Cut them the width of the binding strip that you like to use, like a jelly roll. Join them with diagonal seams into one humongous long strip. Press the seams open. Yes, it is all different colours, but they are the colours of your quilt. Apply as a binding. The effect is more than you expect.
    Wadding? You can join odd pieces with your sewing machine. Join edge to edge with a wide zigzag. Always buy the same type of wadding. Buy when it is on sale at a reduced price. It costs almost nothing compared to the price of a new wool blanket, especially one designed specifically for your home.

  8. You used my favorite shade of GREEN! ;)

  9. Hi Froogs. I've had a similar thought for a quick quilt. If you've ever seen the 'Jelly Roll Race' videos on YouTube, that is one quick quilt! I was thinking of going through the stash and grabbing everything that was unlikely to make it into a project. I'm toying with 4-1/2 to 5 inch strips and sew them together as per the Jelly Roll Race, a couple of borders later and it will be a quilt top!
    I've got a lovely old wool blanket here that I am saving for batting. It will be such a warm quilt, whichever project gets it.
    Love your ideas.

  10. That is really pretty, haven't yet tried quilting, still got to learn crochet! On a different tack, I have now got to grip with one of your recipes for faggots and want to have a go at your haslet recipe. If I use 1lb of meat, do I also need 1lb of breadcrumbs and 1lb of onions?

  11. I like the idea of sewing strips then turning them in to squares... the thought of sewing a gazillion squares has always been intimidating to me, but this looks doable even for me... one to add to the list!

  12. I so wish I lived nearer to you so that I could attend one of your workshops :-( I have been reading/following your blog for a few months now and absolutely love all of the frugal advice you give...I'm trying to follow in your footsteps with batch cooking, making my own bread and being more mindful about the heat I use. BUT I would LOVE to attend a sewing workshop :-(


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