“Chocolates & Cherries” Ribbon Embellished Quilt Tutorial


I love this quilt for so many reasons….

1. It sews up super fast. (Strip piecing is key!)

2. The ribbon sewn into the top makes it look way more complicated than it really is.

3. This is the first quilt I designed myself!!

So, below you will find the tutorial.  As always, if you have questions, ask away!

Enjoy!

Nikki, In Stitches

Materials:

3/8 yard of each of 4 fabrics for top center

3/8 yard of inner border fabric

1 1/4 yards of outer border fabric  (Only 3/4 yard needed, if border is pieced.)

2 3/4 yards of backing fabric

3/8 yard of binding fabric

4 1/2 yards of 7/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon

4 1/2 yards of 5/8″ wide double-sided fusible

Decorative thread for permanently attaching ribbon to quilt top

Basic sewing supplies

Directions:

1.  Number your fabrics from 1 – 4.

2.  Cut 2 strips 2 1/2″ wide from each of the 4 prints for top center.  (Strips will be 2 1/2″ x length of fabric, approximately 42″.) You will cut 8 strips total.

 

3.  Sew the 8 strips together using, using the picture provided as a guide.  (Sew them together in the following order: 1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4.) Press in one direction.

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4.  Crosscut into 2 1/2″ pieces, to make 16 Unit A’s.

5.  Cut one 2 1/2″ strip from each of the 4 fabrics for the top center.  Crosscut each into 2 smaller pieces,        2 1/2″ x 16″.  Save the left overs!

6.  Sew the 8 shorter strips together as in Step 2.  Press in one direction.

7.  Crosscut into 2 1/2″ pieces, just as in Step 3, to make 6 more Unit A’s.  (You should now have 22 Unit A’s.)

8.  Cut 2 strips 2 1/2″ wide from each of the 4 prints for top center.  (Again, strips will be 2 1/2″ x length of fabric, approximately 42″.) Crosscut each into 2 smaller pieces, 2 1/2″ x 34″.  Save the left overs!


9.  Sew matching fabrics together, using the picture to the left as a guide.

10.  Crosscut each of these pieces into 2 1/2″ strips, to get 12 Unit B’s of each print.

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11.  Cut 2 1/2″ squares from your left overs, to create Unit C’s.  You will need the following: 5 of fabric 1, 4 of fabric 2, 4 of fabric 3, 4 of fabric 4.

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12.  Sew rows together, using the charts below as guides.

Chocolates & Cherries Chart 1

Chocolates & Cherries Chart with Units Highlighted

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The picture to the left shows the rows assembled.  Now you’re ready to embellish with ribbon!

13.  Cut 61 pieces of ribbon, each 2 1/2″ long.

14.  Cut 61 pieces of fusible, each 2 1/2″ long.

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15.  Using Chart 2 as a guide, iron the ribbon to the corresponding squares.

Chocolates & Cherries Chart 2

 

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16.  With coordinating thread, top stitch approximately 1/8″ in along each side of ribbon.

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17.  Working from top to bottom, sew Rows 1 to 17 together.  Press in one direction.

18.  From inner border fabric, cut 2 pieces 1 1/2″ x 34 1/2″.  Sew one to each side of the quilt top.  Press seams out.

19.  From inner border fabric, cut 2 pieces 1 1/2″ x 36 1/2″.  Sew one to the top, then bottom of the quilt top.  Press seams out.

20.  From outer border fabric, cut 2 pieces 4 1/2″ x 36 1/2″.  Sew one to each side of the quilt top.  Press seams out.

21.  From outer border fabric, cut 2 pieces 4 1/2″ x 44 1/2″.  Sew one to the top, then bottom of the quilt top.  Press seams out.

You can visit the following two tutorials I posted last year for step-by-step directions to quilt and bind your finished product:

A Quilt Sambo! – How to pin baste your layers together and stitch in the ditch

Bound and Determined – How to assemble your binding and attach it to your quilt

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2 Responses to “Chocolates & Cherries” Ribbon Embellished Quilt Tutorial

  1. Mibbs says:

    Nikki,

    I really wished we lived closer together so that I could come over and you could teach me!!! Agh!! If you ever come back to the Philly area I am going to be at your house all the time stalking your crafty ways!!! ROFL!!!

    <3 Mibbs!

  2. Annmaree says:

    OH WOW this is amazing, Wish I could do something like that!

    hey I hope to be joining in a clothes sewing and design course at my local college here next semester, going to an info session next week, so who knows!

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