Sewing your cot quilt pieces together

Ok,  so now you should now have a few stacks of cut fabric ready for your cot quilt.  You should have the following:

  • large rectangles of the patterned material (refer to cars and trucks in photos);
  • small rectangles of the striped material (refer to green stripe in photos);
  • full length strips of the same striped material (refer to green stripe in photos) and
  • very large rectangles of the orange material for the borders.  You may choose to cut these after you’ve got the inner part done so you can better gage the size you want.

A quick way to sew your cot quilt pieces

I’m always looking at ways to make the sewing quicker, for less effort etc.  A trick I learnt is to have your 2 piles of pre-cut rectangles (cars & trucks and the green stripe) material that you’re going to sew together, ready and paired up – as if you were going to sew them. However you don’t sew then one at a time in the traditional method, cutting off each ‘pair’ from the thread on the machine.  Instead, without ever having to lift your presser foot, you sew the first set together, sew along a bit more (without any material) then start sewing the next set together.  This not only saved time but also saves thread.  So what you end up with is a long string of pieces all sewn together.

  1. Sew your blocks of patterned material and small rectangles together.(see photo 1 below)
    You need to sew 14 of these pairs.
  2. Next I cut the the small piece of thread holding them together and iron the seam towards the patterned fabric.
  3. Now join 2 of those block together and add one patterned block to the end of the row. (see photo 2 below)
    You should end up with 7 rows of 3 patterned blocks joined together.
  4. Iron the seams flat (see photo 3 below)
  5. Now join those long strips together with the long strips of striped fabric you’ve got ready.  (see photo 4 below).
    Be careful to check that the vertical seams, from one block to another, match up.  I do this by pinning the material and carefully opening it out to check.  (see photos 5  below)
  6. Lastly you attach the orange border.  Doesn’t matter where you start, the horizontal or vertical sides.
    In this instance I attached the orange material to the top and bottom, then I pinned the vertical strips to the quilt, taking care that where the 2 orange pieces crossed over I kept a straight line.  (see photos 6 & 7 below)
  7. Iron the material really well.
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You’re now ready for the next step: preparing for hand quilting.

Hope you’ve enjoyed these tips for sewing your cot quilt fabric pieces together.