This June Tailor Quilt as you Go pattern is a fun and fast way to create a holiday stocking. The pattern is printed on the batting and you sew your strips directly onto the pattern using the stitch and flip method. Katrina, our Design Team Expert Quilter made a stocking and here are some of her observations and tips for you.
- You can use 8-16 strips from a jelly roll or 2½” strips of scraps for the sock. Each strip needs to be 8” long.
- In addition to the strips for the front and back of the stocking, you will need another 18” long strip for binding the top, a 6” piece of ribbon for the loop to hang your stocking, (I created a loop from a leftover strip) and 1/3 yard of lining fabric.
- Spray adhesive (we use 505 Spray) is optional but helpful for pieces this small, especially if you are new quilting. Also optional, is spray starch. We use Mary Ellen’s Best Pressed spray starch.
- This project is small enough that heavy pinning will hold your pieces in place when sewing the front and back together thus eliminating the need for a walking foot.
- If your prints have a direction, check their orientation on your sock before sewing. It may look odd at that angle or even upside down! See if it works better on the other side of the sock before making your final decision.
- The lines printed on the batting are not sewing lines, they are fabric placement lines. Remember to have your fabric strips extend past the sock edges since you are dealing with angles. You will trim the edges even when all of the strips are sewn.
DESIGNER TIP: You may add rick rack or lace in between strips for a more personal stocking. If your machine has decorative stitches, you can use them after your strips are sewn on – but before you sew the front and back together.
This project takes about 2 hours to complete this project and is Beginner level.