Hi! I’m Diana from dianadragne.ro and I’m here to contemplate summer a little. It’s definitely picnic season, so my husband and I are trying to make the best of it, especially since we’ve recently moved to the countryside. We’ve spent the past weekend days preparing goodies to eat outside. When golden light hits, we grab a blanket and enjoy summer at its best, in our own backyard. We’re planning on building a fire pit for the chilly nights but until then, a nice quilt and a cool rattan basket are more than enough. So I came up with the idea to make a quilt using two old dresses I never wore but didn’t have the heart to throw away. Here is how:
What you need:
- 2 yards colored cotton fabric (I used two dresses)
- 2 yards cotton fabric in white (or contrasting color)
- sewing machine
- cotton thread
- straight pins
- iron and ironing board
We’ll keep the white fabric for the back of the quilt. You can use a darker color so it won’t get dirty easily, but if you do, switch to darker colors for the front as well.
Start by cutting the colored fabric into 10 x 15 cm rectangular pieces. When all the pieces are cut, you’ll need to start sewing them together, making sure you always stitch on the wrong side of the fabric. You should get a quilted piece of colorful fabric that’s roughly the same size as the white fabric. My quilted fabric was a little too small, so I added a white border all around it.
Now place the quilted fabric and the white fabric with the right sides together and pin them in place. Sew the rectangle on three sides, then turn the quilt on the right side. On the fourth side, the one you didn’t already sew, fold the edges inside and iron them neatly. Then sew over this side to close the quilt. Finish with a few more stitches over the middle of the quilt, through both sides of the fabric.
I used a textile marker to write “Endless summer” on the edge of the quilt while wishing this lemonade and sunglasses mood could last forever.