You Will Never Sew Anything More Beautiful Than This Easy Stained Glass Quilt

Advertisement

Alanda Craft / YouTube

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stained glass is one of the most stunning things in the world. Looking at it when the sun shines through them makes my jaw drop every time.

I sometimes wished I had a stained glass window of my own so I could stare at it all the time. I’m not exactly an artist or anything, but there was one thing I was good at that could work to my advantage here: quilting.

Advertisement

I stumbled upon a video tutorial by Alanda Craft for quilting a stained glass effect and I knew I had to try it. I can say with confidence that this is much easier than building a stained glass window.

Here are the materials you’ll need:

  • 20 x 10″ squares of fabric
  • 2 rolls of fusible bias adhesive tape, preferably in black
  • Border fabric 1 – approximately 5/8 of a yard
  • Border fabric 2 – approximately 1 yard

And here are the instructions, given on Alanda Craft’s website.

  • For each row of the quilt, you will need 4 squares measuring 10″ x 10″

stack and slash quilt block

  • Place each of the 4 squares right side up, one on top of the other. Make sure the edges line up.

  • Take your rotary cutter and ruler and slice across the squares. NOTE: Don’t make the angle too sharp and don’t cut on the diagonal from point to point. You don’t want triangles.
  • Now cut across the squares from the other directions.

  • You will end up with your squares cut into 4 pieces.

  • This is how your blocks will look once you have laid out the pieces. Check the video below for an easy way on how to lay out the pieces so that you don’t get lost with this part.

  • Take the top two pieces of the block and lay them right sides together.
  • Sew together with a ¼” seam.
  • Sew the bottom two pieces of the block and lay them right sides together.
  • Sew together with a ¼” seam.
  • Press the seams open.

  • Place the top two pieces on top of the bottom two pieces. Make sure you line up the center seam lines.
  • Sew together with a ¼” seam.
  • The edges may be slightly out, and that’s ok, you’ll be trimming. Just make sure those center seams line up nicely.

  • Cut a piece of bias tape and remove the paper backing.
  • Lay it across the seam line.
  • Press it in place.
  • Sew the tape down each side or you can use a twin needle if you have one.
  • Cut a piece of bias tape and lay it across the other seam line and press it in place.
  • Again sew the tape down each side or you can use a twin needle if you have one.
  • Do this for all 20 blocks.

  • Trim the blocks to 9″. You can check the video to see how to do this.

  • Lay the blocks out and arrange them how you like.
  • Sew the blocks into rows. I usually sew the first two blocks together and the last two blocks together, then sew the four blocks into a row.
  • Do this for all 5 rows.
  • Once all the blocks have been sewn into rows, it’s time to join the rows together.
  • Place the top row on top of the next row, right sides together, and sew with a ¼” seam.

  • Once all the rows have been sewn together, it’s time to add the bias tape.
  • Lay one long piece of tape along the seam line of each of the rows running horizontally across the quilt. Do not apply the tape to the top or bottom rows. Iron these bias strips and sew in place.
  • Now lay one long piece of tape along the seam line of each of the rows running the vertical length of the quilt. Do not apply the tape to the outside edge seams. Iron the bias strips and sew in place.

Border 1

  • Cut side border strips 43 x 2½” wide.
  • Cut top and bottom side border strips 38½”  x 2½” wide.
  • Attach to quilt with a ¼” seam.
  • Cut a piece of adhesive bias tape slightly wider than the quilt. Attach the tape so that it lays along the top of the  seam and cut another piece to lay along the bottom seam where the borders join the quilt but extending it over the border to create a stain glass square.
  • Do the same for the pieces going down the length of the quilt.

Border 2

  • Cut 2  side border strips  47″x 4½” wide
  • Cut top and bottom border strips 42½ x 4½” wide
  • Attach to quilt with a  ¼” seam.

I promise you’ll never want to stop looking at this quilt once you’re done. It’s probably the prettiest quilt I’ve ever made, and I can’t wait to make another one! What colors are you going to use?