quilt top in an afternoon

I decided to take a break from hand quilting and foundation paper piecing today and make a quilt top.

Sometimes it is fun to make something different and fast.   I purchased a bundle of fat quarters at the Grand Rapids AQS show


The one on the left is what I used.

No pattern here just cutting and sewing.

I started by stacking up 7 of the fat quarters and trimming them even.


Next I cut it into thirds using a rotary cutter…I cut curves (gentle curves are easy to machine piece)


It is hard to tell from the picture but there are 7 layers of fabric here.

Next I rearranged the pieces so the colors alternate


And sewed them together


I stacked them up again and then cut them again


Next I rearranged the fabrics again


and sewed them together


Now I cut them apart in thirds again the opposite direction…this time with straight lines


rearrange those pieces again


sew them together


and then I did it all over again with 7 more fat quarters and then trimmed them all to a uniform size

and then sewed them all together


finished size is about 57 inches square…I have some purple fabric that I will use for backing and binding and I will hand quilt it.   I think I will use black thread.

This was a fun and fast project!

Happy Quilting




29 thoughts on “quilt top in an afternoon

  1. katechiconi says:

    Nothing like a bit of stack and whack to mix things up and make surprising things happen! It’s fun, it’s quick and you’ve got a great result. And perhaps it’s a small visual holiday from very precise stitching and very traditional blocks…

  2. Jill says:

    Gosh, all that I have done with my purchased fabric from the show was photograph it. I am just curious. It doesn’t appear that you prewashed? If not, at one point do you launder?

    • timquilts says:

      I do prewash. but my pictures are after pressing and squaring up …but I also wash every quilt as soon as I finish hand quilting it

      • Jill says:

        I am glad to hear that you prewash. No worries on fabrics bleeding or some shrinking more than others. You did a great job of preparing fat quarters prior to cutting.

  3. Debbie says:

    I love it. Something new to try.

  4. Pat Long says:

    The quilt is awesome as usual!

  5. Pam G. says:

    What a great idea! I love this – a fun and easy one to teach my granddaughters.

  6. Mary Ann says:

    How interesting! Love how it turned out.

  7. Kathryn Tomlinson says:

    WOW! Inspiring….

  8. Susan Dileanis says:

    You are such an industrious, creative quilt maker…and you share it all with us…which I can’t thank you enough for. Teddy must get tired watching you.

  9. […] started hand quilting the top I made over the weekend.  I am using #8 Finca Perle cotton thread and a Big Stitch needle.  I used purple backing fabric […]

  10. LoriD says:

    Hi Tim, Wow! What a fun way to make a quilt top!! The quilting you are doing really suits the quilt top too.

  11. […] made the top on Aug 31…..see that post here https://timquilts.com/2014/08/31/quilt-top-in-an-afternoon/ and I spent the last 4 days hand quilting it.   Sounds really fast (and it was fast to make the […]

  12. Amie says:

    Great stash buster and the results is amazing!!

  13. Amie says:

    Tim, did you decide how you will quilt this one?


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