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Looking for a quick birthday or Christmas present for your little gamer this year? If your kids and adults..you know who you are…have been hit by the MineCraft craze, then I know they’d be super excited to have this throw to snuggle up with on the couch. It also makes perfect decor for their bedroom or game room.
This is my third MineCraft quilt this year! I’ve had a few questions on size and cutting, so I thought I’d share with you how easy this is to make! A great beginner project from start to finish.
MineCraft Creeper Quilt
1 Half Yard Black
5 Half Yards Assorted Kona Greens in Honeydew, Basil, Grass, Tarragon & Chartreuse
Binding: scrappy or 1/2 yard, cut into 2-1/2″ strips
Backing 2-2/3 yards for machine quilting. May require slightly more if you’re taking it to a long arm quilter.
Batting 48″ x 57″
Quilt measures approx. 45″ x 54″
With a 10 x 12 setting, you will need (120) 5″ (charm) squares…
20 black & 100 green. I used a variety of Kona Cottons in green to create the pixel effect.
1/2 yard = 24 charm squares
Minecraft needs (5)-1/2 yards for variety
Cut each half yard into 3 strips of 5″ WOF.
You will have a little strip left over after cutting the (3) 5″ strips. Save those for your scrappy binding.
Trim the selvedge from your 5″ strips.
Cut each strip into (8) 5 inch squares. These are doubled from cutting…Each half yard will yield 24 squares.
Lay your quilt out according to the drawing in a 10 x 12 block setting. And if you’re wondering…why, yes, I was working on this at Starbucks and all this green talk made me thirsty for a Green Tea Frappuccino!
Sew your charm squares together into rows, Pressing each row in alternating directions.
Sew the rows together. Press.
For the backing fabric, cut the 2-2/3 yards into (2) 48″ long pieces. Trim the selvedge edges and sew the pieces together lengthwise. Now you should have a pieced backing that measures approx. 48″ x 84″. We only need a backing that measures approx. 48″ x 57″, so let’s trim 13-1/2″ off of each side lengthwise. Press your seam open. The backing seam will run horizontally in the middle of the back of your quilt instead of vertically. This saved us a little bit of $$ and if your backing is not directional, then it’s no biggie!
Layer your quilt top, batting and backing.
I can give you a few tips that I use to help me with successful quilting.
This quilt is small enough so that I can work at my kitchen table. I begin by placing a well pressed backing face down. Next, I add batting, smoothing out from the middle so that there are no wrinkles. Finally, I add my pressed quilt top, right side up, on top of the batting, once again smoothing the fabric out from the middle to make sure there are no bumps or wrinkles.
Pin your quilt sandwich well, making sure you’re catching all the layers. The more pins you use, the less likely you will have any puckers as you’re quilting. I use a pin in each of the squares on my Minecraft quilt. ….sorry for the icky pic…indoor lighting in the winter here is, well, icky! I really do need a crash course in Photoshop…
**a note on pins..buy the ‘fine wire‘ pins from the notions wall. They are not the same pins as the ones found in the office supply section at Walmart..no matter how hard your boyfriend tries to convince you that they are lol!
Some of you may need to attach your walking foot at this point to quilt.
To begin quilting, I increase my stitch length .5 and always work from the middle out. So this means when quilting the Minecraft quilt, I start at the top, 5 rows over, and work my way down the quilt and all the way over to one side. Then I work toward the other side from the middle out.
I quilted mine with straight lines approximately 3/8″ on each side of the ‘ditch’, horizontally and vertically to keep with the pixel effect of the game using green thread. I eyeballed it by sewing with the edge of my presser foot butted against the seam as my guide.
Bind your quilt. I like scrappy binding so I pieced all of my leftover strips together.
If you’re machine binding, you might find this tutorial helpful.
And in keeping with the ‘theme of the game’, the backing is a black and white skull fabric. So perfect!
sssSSSsss…BOOM you’re finished!