Step 1: Fabric
My son's Easy Quilt will be twin size. I chose a green geometric design for the front and found a solid green for the back. I'm using an old comforter for the batting. It's a vintage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comforter that has seen better days. The stuffing is showing and the stitching has come undone. But it just doesn't matter.
Pre-wash everything. Hot water, hot dryer. If it's going to shrink, you want it to do that before you get it all quilted up.
Step 2: Laying Out the Layers
There was a hole in the center, so I used some scraps of batting to even things out and make a patch. It just doesn't matter.
We are going to make a sandwich of three layers. But instead of bread/cheese/bread it will be cheese/bread/bread. Trust me. Lay out the fluffy batting layer (the TMNT comforter). I used temporary basting adhesive to stick the layers together instead of using lots of pins. This stuff dries pretty fast so work on small areas at at time and smooth out the top layer pretty side up. Spread out the backing fabric, pretty side down. Spray 6" of adhesive along each edge.
Head straight to the serger...
Step 3: To the Serger Machine!
Start at the middle of a side, serge around the edge. The extra material from the sheets will be trimmed off and you'll be left with a nice bound edge.
Since your corners are rounded off, it's a smooth transition from one side to the next.
Stop serging about 12-18" from where you started. Leave yourself a big opening for the next step.
Trim your threads.
Step 4: Turning Right Side Out
I laid it all out and gave it another spray in between the layers.
If you are fussy, Using a hot iron, press your edge nice and crisp. Press the seam allowance around that opening. Starting to look like a quilt?
Step 5: To the Sewing Machine!
Step 6: Quilting the Layers
It takes two hands to keep the fabric taut and to encourage the machine to sew thru this thickness. Just a gentle tug behind the needle, and the other hand keeps the fabric squished and even in front.
Step 7: But Wait There Is More!
Step 8: His Turn.
He is very proud of his sewing project.
Step 9: Two Blankets From One
It was huge! I cut two twin size blankets out of it, serged the cut edges and then topstiched a hem.
There are still 2 smaller pieces left, long rectangles. Will make good blankets for the car or tv.
Step 10: Finishing...
It didn't take me that long at all. I got the machines set up and threaded and the floor space cleared while everything was being pre-washed. Layering and serging took about a half hour, another half hour to turn and topstitch, maybe an hour to quilt. Another 15 minutes for the two blankets and three pillow cases. Cost $15.
A quilt set to be proud of in an afternoon. I have two more quilts waiting in the wings.