Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Along (Reprise)

Are you in the mood to create a sweet quilt for that special someone in time for Valentine’s Day? Then how about making my Hugs ‘N Kisses quilt? Just pick up a Jelly Roll of your favorite fabric line and some background fabric and you are good to go!

Since I don’t have any new quilt alongs scheduled for the next few months, I thought I would share this one with you. I’ve had so many new followers join my blog since last year (lots of hugs and thanks to you all!), that many are seeing this quilt for the first time.

Hugs 'N Kisses

Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Along by Christa Watson

Hugs and Kisses is an updated version of a previous quilt from 12+ years ago. I made the original quilt in spicy reds, oranges and yellows for my husband who is hot stuff! The newer version in soft pretty pinks (with all x blocks) was made for my sweet daughter.

Hugs 'n Kisses

Hugs ‘n Kisses by Christa Watson

Hugs ‘N Kisses Stats:

  • Finished Size: 48″ x 64″
  • Completed: April 2013
  • Pieced and Quilted: on my Bernina 1630
  • Fabrics: BasicGrey Kissing Booth and Kona Snow Jelly Rolls (plus scraps)
  • Piecing Thread: Superior Masterpiece, 50wt Cotton
  • Quilting Thread: Glide High Sheen Polyester, Cream
  • Batting: Legacy 100% Wool
  • Quilting Design: FMQ Flowers in the O’s with Serpentine Lines Quilted Across the X’s with a Walking Foot
  • Binding: By Hand
  • Total Sewing Time: 47 Hours

Quilt Along Tutorials – Click the Links Below for Each Step:


FMQ Flowers

EQClick here for an EQ7 download of this pattern.

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Christa’s Quilt Along 5.11 Hugs ‘n Kisses Binding – It’s Finished!

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I love a good finish! Today I will share with you my favorite hand binding techniques to finish up Hugs ‘n Kisses. It took me a total of 3.5 hours to prep and bind.

Hugs 'n Kisses

Hugs ‘n Kisses 48″ x 64″

Step 1 – Prepping the Binding (1 Hour)

First, square up your quilt and trim off the excess batting and backing fabric.

Square up the quilt.

Next, cut out 6 binding strips that measure 2.25 inches by the width of your fabric. Using a blending thread helps to hide the seams.

Binding Strips

Join them together into one continuous length and press in half wrong sides together. If using solids with no right or wrong side, be careful when joining seams.

Sew Continuous Binding

Be sure to trim one end to a 45 degree angle before pressing in half and sewing to the quilt. Press all of your seams open to reduce the bulk.

Press the Binding in HalfNext, measure around the length of your quilt to make sure the binding is long enough. You can adjust where you start sewing the binding so you do not end up with any bulky seams in your corners. Leave a few inches of overlap, but trim some of the excess length.

Measure the Binding

Starting away from the corners and leaving a few inches of tail at the beginning, attach the binding to your quilt on the front using 1/4 inch seams. The edge of your walking foot may be a good guide.

When you get to a corner, stop 1/4 inch away from the end, turn your quilt and sew off at the corner. This will help make a 45 degree miter.

Sew off the corner.Remove the quilt from the machine and pull the unsewn binding up in a continuous line.

Remove the quilt.

Tuck the strip of binding back on top of itself. This excess binding fabric will fold over and create a nice mitered corner.

Tuck the corners.

Continue sewing from the corner and sew all the way around the quilt, leaving a few inches of space in between the start and end of your continuous binding strip. Mark the angle where the two binding stripes meet.

Ending Angle

Cut your ending piece 1/2 inch away from your mark, then join the two ends to finish the continuous strip and finish attaching it to the front.

Join the ends.

Step 2 – Finish by Hand (2.5 Hours)

Clover Wonder Clips

My new favorite notion is a package of 50 Clover Wonder Clips. They hold the binding in place much more securely than pins or clips. They are easy to add and remove as needed.

Finish by hand.

Finish stitching the binding on the backside by hand using small hidden stitches in a thread color that matches the binding fabric. If you want a quicker finish, please see my machine binding tutorial here.

Now you have a finished quilt! Pat yourself on the back and congratulate yourself on a job well done. Be sure to visit my Quilt Along page for upcoming announcements about the next one.

Jenna's Hugs'n Kisses

My daughter claimed this quilt early on and she’s happy that it’s finally finished!

Hugs and Kisses Quilt Stats

  • Name: Hugs ‘n Kisses for Jenna
  • Finished Size: 48″ x 64″
  • Materials Used: Kissing Booth Fabric, Scraps, Kona Snow, Wool Batting
  • Thread: Glide Polyester
  • Total Time:  47 Hours from Start to Finish

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Hugs 'N Kisses

Hugs ‘N Kisses 48″ x 64″

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Christa’s Quilt Along 5.10 – Hugs ‘n Kisses Extra Quilting

For today’s lesson, I will show you how I used a simple serpentine stitch to quickly quilt through all the centers of my X’s. It only took about 2 hours and gave a really nice finish.

Because the flower quilting I did in the “O” spaces is really the star of the show in this quilt, I didn’t want to overwhelm the quilt with much more quilting.

Extra Quilting

Therefore I chose a simple wiggly line that is one of the decorative stitch options on my sewing machine.  I just eyeballed the quilting as I went and didn’t mark anything.

Wiggly Quilting

I used a light pink thread that blended with most of the fabrics and gave a nice texture even on the darker prints.  I went all the way across the X’s in one direction, then turned the quilt and crossed over in the opposite direction.

Quilting the X'sI like the little bit of “poof” it gives to the quilt in the un-quilted areas. I use this wiggly stitch quite a bit. It’s more forgiving that trying to stitch perfectly straight lines, and I can cover a lot of area quickly!

For the borders, I quilted 3 lines of wiggles which finished it off nicely.

Wiggly Quilting

For another idea on how to quilt the blocks, here’s a picture of my original Hugs and Kisses quilt in yellow and orange. I used a stencil to mark motifs in the O blocks and I quilted straight lines through the X blocks. Then I stippled the rest of the background spaces.

Alternate Quilting IdeaYou’ll notice the original Hugs and Kisses is flatter than the updated version. That’s because I used cotton batting. In the pink version, I used wool batting which gives more of a trapunto look to the quilting. Both are great – it just depends on the look you prefer!

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Hugs ‘N Kisses 48″ x 64″

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Christa’s Quilt Along 5.9 – Hugs ‘n Kisses FMQ Double Flowers

This week’s lesson is probably the most fun part of making this quilt! Today I will focus solely on quilting decorative flowers in the center of the O’s (or in my case the space in between the x’s). Because of this, I’ve added on an extra week of quilting to this quilt along.

Double Flowers

When I took Angela Walters‘ Quilting Negative Space class at QuiltCon, she showed us a quick sketch of how to make these adorable flowers. I was immediately struck and knew I wanted to use them in a future quilt along and asked her about that. She was cool with it. So here is my version of her “double flowers” and how I stitched them out.

Flower 1First, start quilting a little spiral in the center of the block. This does not have to be exact.

Flower 2Next, start “bouncing” off the spiral to create a few smooth petal shapes. You may or may not touch the center spiral and that is ok.

Flower 3For the second row of petals, try to echo the first row and stitch all the way to the space in between each petal.

Flower 4For the 3rd row, bounce around the petals again, but do not echo them exactly. You will have more petal “bumps” this time around.

Flower 5Echo the 4th row (and every even row), and connect your stitches in between each petal.

Flower 6On row 5 (and every odd row), bounce around again, creating more petals that do not connect to the centers.

Flower 7Finish up by echoing row 6 and then going straight into a background design to fill the rest of the space (or add more rows of petals if desired). I quilted a close series of vertical lines all the way around each flower.

Flower 8Secure your threads and then move onto the next block. It took about 8 minutes to stitch out each flower, or a total of about 8.5 hours to quilt all of the centers. Do not rush it!

Border FlowersFor the borders, I marked the rest of the block outline, then stitched the same flower in the negative space. This took an additional 5 hours for all of the border flowers.

Alternate Quilting

Here is a simpler quilting design I stitched on my original Hugs and Kisses Quilt. I used stencils to mark motifs in the middle of the O blocks plus the surrounding fabric. A fun fill such as pebbles or stippling would look great too!

Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Kits are available for purchase while supplies last. If you have any questions about this week’s homework, please be sure to join my flickr discussion, leave a comment, or email me directly at

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Hugs ‘N Kisses 48″ x 64″

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Las Vegas Quilt Show This Weekend!

If you are in the Las Vegas area this weekend, please come check out the Desert Quilters of Nevada‘s annual quilt show at the Henderson Convention Center. See the flyer below for complete details:

DQN Quilt Show

I am very excited for this show. My guild just celebrated their 26th anniversary and they’ve been putting on a quilt show for nearly as long.

I’ve entered my 5 quilts below as part of the show. Quilting really is such good therapy for me so I’m excited to be a part of this, especially this week!

Detail of my Hugs ‘n Kisses quilt. It’s finished, but in my haste to get it delivered by the check-in deadline, I forgot to snap a completed picture. I’ll take one later this week at the show. (Read more about the quilting during tomorrow’s quilt along lesson). This one is going to my daughter after the show and she’s very excited about that.

Hugs 'n Kisses

French Roses for Katelyn is going to my sister for her brand new little baby girl that she just adopted in February. Now she has 3 kids like me, so when we go to Utah for a visit next month, it will be quite the noisy (but fun) house!

Roses for Katelyn

My Charming Chevrons Quilt will be included in my guild’s first-ever modern quilt category. I can’t wait to see the other entries in this category!

Charming Chevrons

Baby Bricks in Pink was one of my early a quilt alongs and is still a favorite of mine.

Baby Bricks in Pink

I like the low volume look of Baby Bricks in Blue. It’s fun to see how a pattern can look so completely different depending on the fabrics.

Baby Bricks in Blue

Whenever I enter anything in a show I never set any expectations of winning. It’s just fun for me to hear what the judges have to say, and learn from them on how to improve my techniques. Plus it’s pretty awesome to stand back and watch the reactions of others as they view my quilts in person. 🙂

Christa’s Quilt Along 5.8 – Hugs ‘n Kisses Stitching in the Ditch

Although machine quilting is my absolute favorite part of making a quilt, stitching in the ditch is my least favorite part of the quilting process. Stitching in the ditch means quilting right in the middle of the seam lines, usually outlining a block or part of the quilt. Think of stitching in the ditch as the anchor that holds the quilt together and provides stability so you can have fun quilting more exciting motifs later (as in next week)!

Step 1 – Gather the Needed Supplies

My Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt is basted and ready to go so now it’s time to give a little thought to quilting supplies and thread selection.  Below are my absolute favorite supplies for machine quilting: a Supreme Slider, quilting gloves, a free-motion foot and a walking foot.

Machine Quilting Supplies

The Supreme Slider enables me to slide the quilt around easily during free-motion quilting.  It sits on the bed of the machine and covers the feed dogs so I don’t even have to drop them if I don’t want to (some machines perform better when the feed dogs are still engaged). However, one word of caution – remember to remove it when doing any walking foot quilting or you’ll stitch right through it!

I wear a pair of quilting gloves the entire time while quilting (both with the walking foot and the free motion foot). They allow me to grip the quilt, smoosh it around and push it through with ease. If you can only buy one tool for quilting, this is my number one recommendation. They are machine washable, too.

Thread and Needles

My favorite needles to use are titanium topstitch needles from Superior Threads. They have a longer eye so the thread can easily glide through the hole. I use them for all sewing from piecing to quilting. I use a size 70 or 80 needle for thinner polyester threads (50-60 weight) and a size 90 needle for thicker (30-40 weight) cotton or polyester threads, or specialty threads.

Whenever possible, I like to choose a stitch in the ditch thread that blends with most of the colors of my quilt top. In this case a light pink thread will work well for this quilt. A 50 weight cotton or 50-60 weight polyester are good choices for stitching in the ditch. I use the same color thread in top and bobbin.

Step 2 – Stitch in the Ditch to Anchor the Quilt (4.5 Hours)

First, decide which “ditches” you want to stitch. If you are quilting the X and O configuration it’s very easy to stitch between each row of blocks. Start in the middle of the quilt and stitch all of the horizontal rows from one end of the row to the other. Move over one row, and quilt all of the rows on that side. Then finish the other side, turn the quilt 90 degrees and stitch through all of the vertical rows. I’ve also included a closeup of my original Hug’s N Kisses where I was able to stitch through all of the ditches in white thread.

Stitch in the Ditch Closeup

Hugs 'N Kisses

Stitching in between the X and O blocks and should take a lot less time. Because I made my quilt with all X’s, getting in between the ditches took a lot longer.

For the all X configuration, I had to constantly turn and pivot to outline all of the blocks. In some cases, I back-stitched through previous lines of stitching. Here are some in process photos below:

Pulling up the Bobbin ThreadAlways thread your machine with the needle in the “up” position. This ensures proper threading of the top thread in between the tension discs.

When starting a line of stitching, pull your bobbin thread up to the top. Remember this phrase, “needle down, foot down – needle up, foot up” to grab your bobbin thread. You can either tie off your thread ends, or start and stop each  line of stitching with a few tiny stitches to secure your threads.

You can pull your bobbin thread up to the top at the end of a line of stitching by yanking on the top thread until a little loop of bobbin thread comes to the surface. Then pull it through with a needle or small pin.

Stitch in the DitchPivot When Needed

Using an open-toe walking foot really helps so you can see where you are stitching! Try to stay as close to the ditch as possible and slow down if needed so your stitches are straight and consistent. I only removed pins as they got in my way. I left the rest of the pins in for stability as I stitched.

About halfway through quilting, I decided to see if I could stitch in the ditch using my free-motion foot. This is a little more advanced technique which requires a lot of control over the movement of the foot. I found that if I slowed down enough I could stitch in the ditch with my free motion foot. The upside is that I didn’t have to pivot the quilt so much. I could just move the foot where I needed to go to get around all of the ditches.

FMQ Ditching
Whenever I’m quilting, my hands act as a hoop constantly surrounding the needle, giving me more control over the quilting process.

Step 3 – Quilting the Border Outlines (30 Minutes)

Some of the inner border will have already been quilted from outlining the blocks. I quilted the rest of the inner border seams and the outer border seam. This will stabilize the borders for now so I can add more decorative quilting later.

Stitch the BordersYou can see that I’ve left in most of my basting pins. I will remove them as I need to next week when doing the decorative free-motion work.

Stitched in the Ditch

All of my ditches have been stitched! I know it doesn’t look like much but you can sort of see the “poof” left by the quilting. The quilt is nice and flat and stable and I’m ready to move onto the “exciting” quilting next week!

Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Kits are available for purchase while supplies last. If you have any questions about this week’s homework, please be sure to join my flickr discussion, leave a comment, or email me directly at

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Hugs ‘N Kisses 48″ x 64″

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2013 Finish Along Quarter 2

Finish AlongI’m participating in the 2013 2nd Quarter Finish Along hosted by Leanne at She Can Quilt.

I first met Leanne when her mini quilt Shattered was entered into QuiltCon (and won a ribbon I might add). I saw it on her blog weeks before and knew it was something special!

I am actually wearing two hats for the FAL – that of sponsor and participant. I’m sponsoring one of the giveaway prizes because that’s just what I do, LOL!!

Also, I’m linking up my UFO’s as motivation to get them finished on time. So without further ado, here are the quilts I hope to finish this quarter (keeping it simple and manageable):

Girl Baby Bricks

Baby Bricks in Pink and Green

#1 Pink Baby Bricks – this quilt was one of my early quilt alongs and is technically finished. However, it’s just begging for more quilting to be added in the “bricks” so that’s just what I intend to do.

French Rose Buds Top

French Rose Buds Baby Quilt

#2 Baby French Roses is my version of Heather French’s fantastic French Rose Buds pattern. I tweaked the design a bit and made it slightly bigger. I basted it last week so now all I have to do is quilt it and bind it. Easy peasy, right? It’s going to my sister’s brand new baby when I visit next month so now I have double motivation to finish!

Hugs 'n Kisses Quilt Top

Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Top

#3 Hugs ‘n Kisses – an updated version of a quilt I designed and made over 10 years ago. This quilt serves double duty – It’s my current quilt along project and I plan on using it for some intense FMQ practice. Also, my daughter has claimed it so it’s going straight on her bed when done.  It will definitely be out of my sewing room then!

Christa’s Quilt Along 5.7 – Hugs ‘n Kisses Safety Pin Basting

For today’s Quilt Along lesson, we will tackle basting which is usually the least fun part of making a quilt. However, I’m giving you a whole week to do it and it only took me 2 hours including ironing and lots of pinning!

Step 1 – Give your top and backing a final pressing (30 Minutes)

This is the first time I have used starch on a quilt throughout the entire process and I loved it! Not only did I press all of my seams open, I starched the completed top and back.

Before Final Pressing

Before Final Pressing

This really made the top lie flat and made it easier to baste. When starching the top for the final pressing, I only starched the back side, waited a few minutes to let the starch soak in, and went over every seam with my iron. Just take a look at the before and after pics to see what a difference pressing with starch makes.

After Final Pressing

After Final Pressing

Step 2 – Lay Out The Quilt Sandwich (15 Minutes)

Use a large flat surface to lay out your quilt. I have 2 long banquet tables that I purchased from an office supply store. I leave them up in my sewing loft all the time and use them as my cutting area, too. Before I got these tables I used to baste on my wooden kitchen table.

Quilt Backing

I use binder clips to secure two edges of the table and painter’s tape to secure the other two edges. You want the backing to be secure but not overly tight. If you have just one table to work with, secure the middle of the quilt, baste it, and then move on to the rest of the quilt, pinning one section at a time.

Add the BattingAdd the Top

Next, add your layer of batting and smooth it out and look for any stray threads. Then add your quilt top. I don’t secure either of these two layers – just the backing.

Step 3 – Pin Basting (1 Hour, 15 Minutes)

I have learned that the key to good basting is using lots of pins! I start out by sprinkling a few safety pins on one side of the quilt. I leave them open after removing them from my previous quilt so they are already open, ready to be pinned.

Sprinkling of Pins

I divide the quilt into 4 areas and completely baste one section at a time. I put all of the pins into the quilt sandwich first, then go back and close them all. A band-aid really comes in handy on my index finger to protect it and help close the pins.

Baste the QuiltBand Aid for Protection

I used a variety of pins – some large, some small, some straight, some bent – whatever I had on hand. I pinned every other square.

Safety Pins

After pinning the entire quilt, I trimmed off the excess batting and backing fabric so there’s only an inch or two around all sides. The less fabric under the machine, the better!

Safety Pin Basting

Basted and Ready to Quilt!

Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Kits are available for purchase while supplies last. If you have any questions about this week’s homework, please be sure to join my flickr discussion, leave a comment, or email me directly at

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Hugs ‘N Kisses 48″ x 64″

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Christa’s Quilt Along Update and Weekly Giveaway #5.6

Congratulations to Heidi from Red Letter Quilts for winning last week’s giveaway. Heidi is doing a wonderful job keeping up with her “homework” and you can see pictures of her progress on her blog. Way to go Heidi!

Hugs 'n Kisses #1Hugs 'n Kisses #2Hugs 'n Kisses #3Hugs 'n Kisses #4Hugs 'n Kisses #5Hugs 'n Kisses #6

Here are just a few thumbnail pics of some of the quilts in progress so far. You can see full sized pictures and share some of your own at Christa’s Quilt Along on flickr.

Quilt Along Giveaway #5.6 – Win a Pair of Machingers Quilting Gloves

These will come in handy when we begin quilting in a couple of weeks!

Machingers Quilting Gloves
Here’s how to enter:

  • Post a picture of your quilt along WIP on my flickr group:  Christa’s Quilt Along.
  • This can be a picture of the current quilt along, or any of my previous quilt alongs.
  • If you don’t have a flickr account you can email me directly and I’ll post it for you.
  • If you’ve already shared a picture that’s great – but I still need you to leave a comment here because I will draw one of the winner’s names at random from this post only! 🙂
  • Comments are open through Tuesday, April 9th, at 6 PM Eastern Time (3 PM Pacific).

Now remember, it’s not a race. If all you have done so far is picked out your fabrics or just starting cutting, that’s ok. I still want to see it, and so does everyone else!

Hugs 'n Kisses Quilt TopIf you have just now found my Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Along that’s no problem – come join the fun!

You can find Step 1 of Hugs ‘n Kisses Here and the current week’s tutorial here.

You can also purchase a Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Kit from my shop while supplies last.

Good luck and happy sewing!

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Christa’s Quilt Along 5.6 – Hugs ‘n Kisses Pieced Backing

I just love creative quilt backs, don’t you? For today’s Quilt Along lesson, I will show how I made my pieced scrappy backing for Hugs ‘n Kisses using fabric from my stash. It took me 4 hours to complete my pieced backing.

Backing FabricStep 1 – Choose Your Backing Fabric (30 Minutes)

To get started, comb through your stash for any fabrics you want to use up that “go” with your Hugs ‘n Kisses quilt top.  Don’t worry about pulling too many or too few, you can finalize it a bit later.

I wanted to use up a few pinks and greens and I tried to pull fabrics that were light (or the backside was very light) so that they would not shadow (show through) the quilt top.

Step 2 – Estimate the Yardage (30 Minutes)

Next, lay out your quilt top so you can see how much area you need to cover. I laid mine out wrong side up so I could see where the darker and lighter blocks were. I wanted to mimic a little bit of the light and dark areas on the back of the quilt.

Hugs 'n Kisses TopCovering the Back

Now start covering up the quilt! It’s kind of like a puzzle. I played around with several different arrangements until the top was covered and I liked the way it looked. Don’t forget to stack your pieces so that there are a few extra inches of fabric hanging off all four sides.

Fill in the puzzle.Completely Covered

Step 3 – Figuring Out Exact Measurements (1 Hour)

I drew a sketch of my layout in EQ7 so I could figure out the measurements. You can also do this on graph paper. Start with the finished size of your quilt top which should be around 48″ x 64″. Then add 6 inches to both directions to figure out how large your backing needs to be. This brings me to a total backing size of 54″ x 70″.

Backing PIeces

I drew rectangles of each fabric piece in place on my diagram based on the finished size.  When I cut the pieces I will include 1/2″ for seam allowances. If you would like to skip figuring it out for yourself, you can use my exact cutting measurements below.

Step 4 – Cutting the Backing Pieces (1 Hour)

I recommend pre-washing and starching your backing fabrics. I have listed two charts below. The first one is how much fabric you would need as yardage (with some leftover). The second chart is how big to cut each piece, including seam allowances.

4.5 Yards Total ScrapsQuilt Back Diagram

  1. 5/8 Yard
  2. 1/2 Yard
  3. 1/3 Yard
  4. 1/3 Yard
  5. Fat Quarter
  6. 1/3 Yard
  7. 1/4 Yard
  8. 1 Yard
  9. 5/8 Yard
  10. Fat Quarter

Cutting Measurements

  1. 20.5″ x 20.5″
  2. 34.5″ x 12.5″
  3. 34.5″ x 8.5″
  4. 40.5″ x 8.5″
  5. 14.5″ x 8.5″
  6. 30.5″ x 8.5″
  7. 6.5″ x 42.5″
  8. 30.5″ x 34.5″
  9. 18.5″ x 30.5″
  10. 18.5″ x 12.5″

You may need use a bigger backing if you are sending it out to be quilted, but no one here is going to do that, right?? We are all going to quilt our own quilts and have fun doing it!

Step 5 – Piecing the Backing (1 Hour)

Use 1/4″ seam allowances and press all seams open. Follow the diagram above:

  • Sew piece 2 and 3 together; add to piece 1.
  • Join pieces 4 and 5.
  • Add 6 to the top of piece 8; then add piece 7 to the side.
  • Join pieces 9 and 10
  • Add unit 1-2-3 to unit 4-5
  • Add unit 6-7-8 to unit 9-10
  • So both larger units together to complete the backing and give it a final pressing.

Pieced Backing

Optional Non-Scrappy Backing

Plain BackingIf you would like to sew your backing using all one fabric, you will need a total of 3 yards.

Cut it into 2 equal pieces and trim off the selvedges. Then join the pieces together parallel to the selvedge.

You will have now a large piece measuring approximately 54″ x 80″.

Cut off about 10″ of excess length so that you have a piece measuring approximately 54″ x 70″.

Hugs ‘n Kisses Quilt Kits are available for purchase while supplies last. If you have any questions about this week’s homework, please be sure to join my flickr discussion, leave a comment, or email me directly at

Quilt Along Schedule – Links will go to each active post when published.

Hugs 'N Kisses

Hugs ‘N Kisses 48″ x 64″