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What You Will Need:

Sewing Scissors

White Thread

Pins and Pin Cushions

Needle
 
2 white fabrics with different designs

5 various other fabrics

Paper and measuring stick

White flannel

Cotton batting

Lace

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On the blank sheet of paper, measure a 2x2" square and mark it with a pen. 

Cut it out.

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Measuring in about a quarter of an inch, mark the sides with dotted black lines. 
This is the seam allowance for where you will be sewing.

This square is your block pattern.

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Next, start cutting out squares using your pattern.  Fold over the fabric to cut out two squares at once. 

Pin the pattern down on all four sides.

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Using your sewing scissors, carefully cut out the quilt block and stack the blocks by color.

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In order to make the full quilt you will need:

14 blocks of each colored fabric

83 blocks of one white fabric

33 blocks of the other white fabric

You should probably make extras of each one, just in case you lose one.


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Before you begin sewing, lay your blocks out on a large table in the pattern you would like them to be in when you sew it together.

The quilt should measure 14 blocks by 13 blocks.

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The top, bottom, and both sides should be solid white blocks. 

For the rest of the quilt, alternate white blocks and colored blocks in vertical rows, like in this picture.

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Using your white paper, make labels for 13 rows. 

Cut them out.

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Starting at the top of the quilt, stack the blocks on top of each other, from right to left. 
Then pin a number to the top of the stack.

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When you have 13 neatly stacked labeled rows, then it is time to begin sewing! 

Thread your needle and knot the end. 
If you don't know how to knot the end, ask an adult.

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Un-pinning the stack marked "1," (which should be all white patches since it's the top row) put two squares together, right sides facing together.

The right side of a fabric is the side where you can see the pattern most clearly.

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Pin the two squares together on one side.

Opening up the two squares, pin a new square to the right side edge of one of the already pinned squares.

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Keep pinning until you have pinned all the squares together to form one long row of squares.

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Now sew the squares together, along the same edge that you pinned. 

Try to make your seam about a quarter inch from the edge of the fabric, like the dots on your pattern, and use as tiny stitches as possible because they need to be able to look doll-sized, like the rest of the quilt.

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When you have sewn all the seams together, roll the row up and fasten the ends with a pin and the number so you still know what row it is.

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This part can take a long time, so be patient. 
The finished quilt will be worth the hard work.

When you finish sewing blocks together in all the rows, roll them out in order and make sure that you put everything in the right place.  Does this look like the quilt that you want to make?

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Next, starting at the top, pin two of the rows together. 

Line up the seams of squares and pin them vertically, then put horizontal pins in between seams to keep the squares straight.

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The quilt will look much nicer if you make sure the seams are lined up, because then the patches will all be in neat rows.

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After you've pinned each row, sew along what you've pinned.

Keep adding more rows until you have sewed them all together.

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Your quilt is almost finished! 

Now you just need to finish it off.

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Carefully cut out 22 x 24" squares out of your white flannel and cotton batting.

This will be the cozy backing for your quilt.

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Pin the cotton batting and white flannel together on the edges, then baste (loosely sew) them together.

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With the RIGHT SIDE of the quilt facing the white flannel side of the backing, line the two fabrics up with each other.

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The next part is tricky, so look very carefully at the picture before you start.

Place your lace between the quilt and the backing, with the lace part facing IN towards the middle of the quilt. 

Then pin the quilt, lace, and backing together like a sandwhich.

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Keep pinning until there is only ONE corner of the quilt. 

Leave this corner unpinned. 

Don't cut the lace off yet.

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Sew along the three pinned edges, cut your thread, and turn the quilt inside out. 

Or in this case, right side out.

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Now there should be just one open edge of the quilt and backing. 

Turning in the edges of the quilt and the backing seperately to make neat seams of both sides, pin them and sew them.

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Now, put the lace between hems, this time with the lace facing out. 

Pin the quilt seam, lace, and backing seam together.

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Since this is the part of the quilt where your stitches will be the most visible, make sure they are very tiny.

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Your quilt has backing and lace now, and is almost complete besides the last section -  the quilting.

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At the corner of each square, poke your needle up and through, to sew the corner down. 

Start it on the back of the quilt, and tie it off on the back of the quilt as well.

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When you're finished with all the squares, the quilting on the back should look like this.

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You're all finished, and just in time for winter!  Now your doll will be cozy through the cold winter months.

If you make a quilt following these instructions, make sure to take a picture of your finished quilt and send it to us!

ourdolls@hotmail.com .



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