Today we are excited to share with you a fun lap quilt pattern and tutorial.
The idea for this quilt began when we were invited to contribute to a blog tour that was celebrating the release of the new line of wool from Penny Rose Fabrics. Not only were we able to give their new wool a whirl but we were able to choose a line of fabric to play with as well….and once I saw their Menswear line I knew that is exactly what I wanted to pair with that wool. The prints reminded me of my grandpa and the second I saw them I knew that I was going to make him a lap quilt with them…which is exactly what I did.
Now don’t let the wool scare you off. All you need to know is a few simple tricks and suddenly you can add a whole new dimension of texture to your quilt.
Let’s get started. First we need to gather supplies.
For this quilt you will need:
*1 yard of wool
*10 Fat Quarters
*Standard sewing supplies (rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat, sewing machine, thread, scissors, etc.)
Next we need to prepare our fabric. It is always a good idea to wash, dry, and press your fabric before you cut it. Now…I said it’s always a good idea…and it is..but that doesn’t mean that I do it….I’m usually too impatient to get started. That being said, even I wash my wool before cutting it. In fact I have to…it’s more than a good idea, it’s a necessity.
Before you cut your wool you should always prepare it! And to do that give it a nice hot wash in your washing machine and then throw it in the drier until its dry and fluffy soft! Once you’ve done that it’s ready to be cut.
Here is what you will need to cut:
From your wool cut 6 squares that are each 10″ x 10″
Then cut each of your 10 fat quarters according to the cutting map below:
This quilt is constructed from 10″ quilt blocks. 6 of them are wool, 9 of them are the 10″ squares you cut from your fat quarters, and the remaining 10 blocks are modified scotch blocks that I am going to show you how to build from your remaining fat quarter pieces but before we get to that let’s look at a photo of the quilt top laid out so you can see where you are going!
NOTE: The photo is before the quilt top was pressed or squared up…so…go easy on the judgement….
ONE MORE NOTE: You will have enough wool left over to cut enough 4″ x 4″ squares to put one of them on the corner of each of your modified Scotch Blocks instead of using the pieces from your fat quarters. I chose to use my wool but that was a last second change.
Now…let’s start making these blocks!
How to Construct a Modified Scotch Block:
The modified Scotch blocks we are making today are constructed from one small square, one large square, and two rectangles and will look like the photo below:
To construct these blocks choose your pieces from four different prints and lay them out according to the map below.
Once you are happy with your layout sew block #1 to block #2.
Then sew block #3 to block #4.
And finally sew blocks #1 and #2 to blocks #3 and #4.
Press and square to an even 10″.
Repeat this process to make 10 modified Scotch Blocks.
Now it’s time to lay out your quilt.
Using the quilt map below lay out your 10″ wool blocks, your 10″ fat quarter blocks, and your modified Scotch blocks.
NOTE: The cream color represents the wool squares and the green patterned squares represent the fat quarter squares and the modified Scotch blocks represent themselves. 🙂
It may take a few minutes to get a pattern that you like for your quilt so spread it our on the floor and change squares to different locations until you have a design that you like. Once you are satisfied all you have left to do is to sew those blocks together and your quilt top is done!
So there you have it..and easy lap quilt.
But as I’m sure you have noticed in the photos….I haven’t finished this quilt…I’m waiting and wondering….Right now the quilt measures just under 50″ by 50″ which is a great size for my grandpa a lap quilt but…I’m debating whether or not I should add a boarder.
What do you think boarder or no?
I’m kind of thinking yes, a 5 inch boarder from the plaid. But I’m totally on the fence. Someone just make the decision for me so I can move on and finish this up for my grandpa before it’s too warm outside for a lap quilt!