I finished my Lucky quilt this weekend and I’m very pleased with how it turned out. Can’t wait to snuggle up with this when the crisp, fall weather sets in!
The Lucky pattern design is by Camille Roskelley, and if interested, you can purchase the downloadable pattern on her website. Below I have outlined some of the steps involved in creating my quilt, but if you need in-depth coverage of quilt construction, I highly recommend taking Camille’s Craftsy class, Pre-Cut Piecing Made Easy. I completed this class last summer, and she will cover making a quilt from start to finish, even pin basting and quilting. Good beginner class, and if you are interested, I did a blog write-up on the class here.
The Lucky quilt pattern consists mainly of half-square triangles (HST). If you haven’t worked with HSTs, I have attached a YouTube tutorial video by Jenny from Missouri Start Quilt at the bottom of this post that is very good. Camille also covers HSTs in her class that I linked to above. Note: I reduced the pattern quilt size by 1/3 and the finished quilt fits perfectly on a twin bed or for a couch throw.
Here is a photo of my completed HST blocks. (You can click on the below photos to see a larger image.)
After completing my squares, I layed out my block pattern and started sewing the blocks together.
First, sew in two rows of two, and then sew rows together to make 8 inch blocks.
Ater you have all your 8″ blocks completed, sew 4 different blocks together as shown below to make one large block.
I then finished up my sashings and completed my quilt top assembly. I LOVE quilt top piecing!
Next up is my least favorite part of quilting, but a necessary evil, pin basting. I usually baste my quilt on a table as shown below.
I quilted Lucky on my Bernina Aurora 440QE sewing machine, using a free-motion quilting foot and templates. I have previously shied away from using templates, too many bad experiences using chalk and marking pens until I tried the Frixion Pilot pens. They are quite magical — easy to mark with, and can be removed from your fabric with the touch of a hot iron. As with any marking pen, you should test on your fabric first to make sure it does not leave a residue.
The best machine quilting class I have taken so far is Design It, Quilt It with Cindy Needham on Craftsy. She covers template and free-motion quilting and also offers many quilting tips and techniques that are invaluable. She also does a comprehensive tutorial on table top pin basting that I now use for most projects. Much easier on these old knees and back!
That pretty much wraps up this blog post on my Lucky Quilt.
Please share, comment, and offer tips below. Happy Sewing!
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Half-Square Triangle Tutorial