Shaggy Quilts Hints and Tips
Guest Blog by Toni Avery of Totally Toni
Hi there! I’d like to take a moment to introduce myself and to thank Tracy for inviting me to do a guest blog for her. My name is Toni Avery and I have a handmade handbag business called Totally Toni.
I have been wanting to make my 3 year old daughter a quilt for quite some time however, having 4 children and 2 businesses to run, I am fairly time poor. I consider myself a novice when it comes to quilting, so when Tracy introduced me to the Shaggy Quilt Kits I couldn’t wait to give it a go. I was even more excited when she asked me to put together some tips, hints and challenges about my new project to share with you all, so here they are:
1) Try not to disturb the pre-cut squares whilst planning your layout. The squares come pre-layered with the top layer, the wadding and the bottom layer, and already has the fringing laser cut around the edge to create the “shaggy” look once it is sewn. If the layers are disturbed it can be difficult to get all the fringing lined up again. You may like to consider basting a diagonal cross on each square to assist with holding it in place during the construction.
2) Take a photo of your layout before sewing!! That way if anything goes amiss during the construction phase (ask me how I know!!), you have a photo to refer back to.
3) When pinning your squares together, make sure all the fringing cuts are not tucked inside the seam line or you will end up with gaps in your sewing where it hasn’t caught the fabric and little pesky fringing sticking out on the wrong side (see pics below). Likewise, whilst sewing I found it beneficial to use something to hold the fringing down to stop it getting tangled around your foot and caught up whilst you’re sewing. I used my 6 inch ruler – perfect size!
4) Finally, sew with the shaggy side up! It makes it much easier to see if any of the fringing is getting caught in between and to make sure your corners are matching up for a neat finish.
And at the end of it all, you’re left with a beautiful quilt that has really taken no time at all!