If you live in California like we do, you might be very well acquainted with the periodic fires that occur. This past year was a taxing year as we saw a few fires cause devasting damage and force hundreds out of their homes. It's very difficult to see a natural disaster like that in our very own state and not want to immediately reach out to help. Our amazing QSA (quilting, sewing, applique) Team sprung into action to create this beautiful quilt to donate to this worthy cause. This photo was taken at the site of the Canyon Fire which is showing some beautiful growth since the fire. It took a few months of prepping, die cutting and sewing, but we're happy to present to you the Perkiomen Valley Quilt! This quilt is being given to the Thomas Fire victims as we truly believe that giving quilts helps the healing process for both the maker and the recipient. It brings a community together to help rebuild homes in the area. We truly hope you enjoy the full tutorial below and who knows...maybe it will inspire you to make a few quilts of your own.
Finished Size: 72" x 96"
657613 Sizzix® Bigz™ Die - Half-Square Triangles, 4 1/2" Assembled Square
657609 Sizzix Bigz Die - Square, 4" Finished (4 1/2" Unfinished)
658328 Sizzix Bigz XL 25" Die - Strips, 2 1/2" Wide
- All seam allowances are 1/4" unless noted.
- WOF = width of fabric
Piecing the Quilt Top:
- Sew one black and white print 4 1/2" Half-Square Triangle to one white and black print 4 1/2" Half-Square Triangle. Press toward the dark side. Make 96 sets.
- Using Diagram 1 (shown below) sew the blocks together into rows. Press the seams to one side.
- Sew the rows together until you have completed the block. Press.
- Arrange block in a pleasing manner 6 across by 8 down.
- Sew blocks together into horizontal rows.
- Sew vertical rows together and press.
- Layer the backing, batting and quilt top. Quilt by hand or machine as desired.
- Sew binding Strips together to form one long Strip. Fold wrong sides together lengthwise, and press.
- With a 1/4" seam, sew the raw edges of the binding to the edges of the right side of the quilt. Turn the folded edge of the binding to the back side of the quilt and stitch in place by hand, mitering the corners.
That's everything, makers! We hope this has inspired you to make something to help a worthy cause of your own.