So, on to the tute...You can probably figure out how to make this without instructions, but I've had a few people ask how I put Cohen's quilt together so here's the rough guide.
I didn't use any measurements as I was making it, and I don't have the quilt anymore. But I thought I could share the general directions and some rough measurements (using the photo as a guide) for those who are interested in making something similar. It's a really easy, fun one to play around with!
So here's a picture of the master plan to refer back to, with VERY rough estimates of measurements. I used a charm pack and a cotton/linen blend for the background.
- I chose (well actually, my husband chose all of the fabrics and laid them out for me to sew) 12, 5" square prints for the main vertical strip and sewed them together.
- Then I cut four 5" squares in half and sewed them together (joining the narrow ends) for the bottom left hand corner.
- I cut the four squares with the fish on them into 3 1/2" squares and set them aside.
Then I took my background fabric and cut it to the approximate size that I wanted the quilt to be (you'll want to cut it approximately 3" longer and 4" narrower than the desired finished size - I would have cut my background piece to approx 38" x 58").
- Using the diagram and photo as a guide, cut a long narrow strip vertically down the side (number 1) approx 8" wide and put it aside.
- Then from the left over fabric cut four 3 1/2" strips and one 2 1/2" strip from the bottom (number 2).
- Lastly, you'll make a horizontal cut where you want the fish strips to go (number 3).
To make the fish strips, lay out your four 3 1/2" strips and make cuts in them where you want the fish squares to go. Then sew the squares where you made the cuts.
Sew the strips together and insert them where you made cut number 3 in the background. Trim the strips in line with the background fabric.
It's pretty easy from here to put the rest of the quilt together. Sew the 2 1/2" background strip to the end of the four half squares strip for the bottom left corner. Add this strip to the bottom of the quilt and trim in line with the background fabric.
Then add the strip of 12 fabric squares to the right of the quilt top and then the thick strip of background fabric (which was your number 1 cut). Trim it to the size you like and voila! You have a funky baby quilt top which you could put together in an evening. Let me know if any of this doesn't make sense. It's meant just as a quick guide not as a pattern.