Row-By-Row Survivor Quilt
It can be hard to know what to do for a friend or loved one diagnosed with cancer or other health challenges…especially if you live far away and aren’t able to help with day-to-day helping. A handmade quilt or blanket can a very comforting gift and it’s easy to friends involved in creating the quilt by doing a simple row-by-row quilt. Row-by-row quilts allow each participant to put their personal touch on their part of the quilt.
Here’s some tips to make your collaborative row-by-row quilt a success:
- Give general guidelines, but be flexible. A good target width for rows is 42 inches. This is usually the width of most quilting fabrics and leaves the option open for a participant to do a whole-cloth strip featuring applique or embroidery if desired.
- Trim if necessary. Especially if participants have different skill levels, you may find that the rows vary in length…even if you gave everyone a particular length. You may need to trim some rows down. It’s often best to trim equally off both ends. (If one strip is 3″ too long then trim 1 1/2″ from each end to keep things centered.)
- Add extenstions. If you find one or two rows are shorter than all the others, you may want to add extention pieces rather than trimming everything down. Similar to trimming, it will probably look best to add half the length to each end of the row.
- Square the rows before sewing them together.
- Relax and enjoy the process. Remember this is a gift to let the recipient feel loved and appreciated. Don’t stress if there’s a pucker or two, or if a seam doesn’t line up, etc.
What you need to make this project
- 1 yard each of 3-5 coordinating fabrics.
- 2 yards white fabric
- 2 yards fabric for backing
- 1/2 yard fabric for binding
- Nature-Fil™ Bamboo Blend Batting to fit your chosen quilt size