Take the top square (square 1) and lay it face up.
Pick-up the square 2 and lay it face down on top of square one.
Pin the right side together.Bring the paired-up squares to the machine. Sew the squares together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
This usually means lining up the edge of the fabric with your presser-foot.
**A consistent seam-allowance is the KEY to good-looking piecing -
just always keep the edge of your fabric lined-up with your presser foot. **
Repeat for the next 5 squares and for rows 2-8.Pressing may seam tedious, but it really makes a difference in how your quilt turns out.
Press your seams to one side (not open).
Then turn over and press from the top to make sure the seams are nice and flat.
This illustration shows rows 1 and 2 with seams pressed alternating directions.
Continue to do that in the rows that follow.Place the two rows facing each other, matching up seams.
The pressed seams should butt up against each other.
There you go – not too bad so far, right?
Find center of the strip and pin to center of the side of the quilt.
Pin ends and then space pins throughout before sewing strips to opposite sides.
Press open again from the front and voila!
Your top is finished and ready to quilt how ever you like. You will need 1 1/4 yards for the back. There is great tutorial here for quilting with your own machine. Or you might like to hand quilt it or tie it. Or you could take it to someone who will professionally machine quilt it for you.
You will need 3/8 of a yard (or 10″ of fabric) for binding.