cheaty mc-cheats-a-lot quilt how to!

Forever ago I made this quilt...and promised soon after that I would show you how I did it....and now here I am. :)
For the last one I used a down comforter...full size.  For this tutorial I am using a crib sized one...those lap sized down comforters they sell at Target would be perfect for this too...
So you need a "blank slate" blanket...down is best for making poofy squares. 
Scraps of fabric...size depends on your particular blanket.
Determine the size you want to make your squares...this blanket had 8in squares so I thought 6in squares would look best...
Cut as many squares as you need for your particular blanket...
Play around with the patterns...you could use a different fabric for each square...or use your kids old t-shirts...or anything...
Then cut out squares of iron on material (I used Wonder Under found at Joanns)
Cut your squares a little smaller than your fabric squares...for my 6in squares I cut 5in squares of backing...
Iron on according to directions...
Arrange your pattern again and iron on...peel paper off first.
Then starting in a corner...sew along the edge of the square...
when you get to the end of the square...cross the "road" to the other square...
and sew along all edge of that row...when you get to the other end of the blanket...turn the corner...sew to the edge of that square...turn the corner again and sew down to the other end of the blanket...parallel to the line you just sewed. 
Continue back and forth until you get to the end...
Then...start doing the same in the other direction...if you are doing it in true mc cheats style you will go over some of the stitching you did going the other way...
When you are done you will have sewn around all four sides of each leaving you with nice poofy squares...if you want you could also sew around each square individually.
Perfect puffy cuteness...cheater quilt style. :)
And it's hoho approved. :) 

Enjoy!

P.S. the edges will fray...I like that look.  If you don't want this you can zig-zag stitch around the squares. :) 
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39 comments:

Miss G said...

did you take your playlist off your blog? Kelly

The Cummings Family said...

This is totally my kind of quilt! How do the fabric squares not fray though?
Thanks!
Patti
pbandjcummings@msn.com

carey said...

cheaty mc cheats is just my style! i love it. ikea has good prices on all sizes of down comforters, too! i see a bedroom redo in my kids' future, featuring this super cute "patchwork". thanks for the how-to!! :)

Ben and Taryn said...

Oh yeah! That was easy, so easy I may have to try it out. Thanks for the tutorial!

Simona Walters said...

My sister and I were just talking about this 2 weeks ago.. we were pondering the exact technique... Thanks so much... we are so looking forward to cheating... I finally picked up my machine last week, pumped out a dress for miss g and one for her teddy bear(yay points for me huh:D ) and then the feeder feet stopped working and I am gonna have to take my machine to the "dr's" b/c I can't seem to fix the feet... such is life though... I will make sure my sis see's this.. and hopefully our hubbies won't mind us confiscating the manly looking down comforters and making them girly :) they can just flip them over right :D hehehe...
Much love ~ Thanks~

MJ said...

So clever! Very tempting also as my quilt has been in the planning for about 3 years now, this would save so much time! LOL

Susie said...

Oh my goodness this is cheaty mccheats lovliness. Thanks for the tip. I am going to try this with my girls quilts!

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

i love mccheats alot projects!! and this one is going on my to do list. so fun!! thanks for the tutorial.

Karen for Jenny and Pearl said...

This is super cute and uber-easy! I must do!
Thanks for the tutorial. I will have to go back through your archives for your other Mc Cheats!

Limey said...

I love how chunky and comfy this looks. Great job! Very inspirational!

Amanda said...

I love this idea! I always want to learn how to quilt but never know where to start. Cheating on a quilt might be a perfect place to start!

Tasha said...

What a great idea!!!!

mommy2luke2008 said...

I have been waiting for this!!!! I would love to make one for my king sized bed!!!

Robin said...

Love this idea! I'm thinking a halloween or Christmas theme could be very cute too!

kim said...

Finally! A quilt that even I can finish. Thank you. :-)

mommy2luke2008 said...

I'm featuring this on my friday favorites...I'm scheduling it to go up tomorrow morning. Here is a link to my blog http://www.lilbitofus.blogspot.com

Tracey said...

I am a huge sewing cheater and this is right up my alley. I can't wait to try one!

lola b gifts said...

SOOOO, I made a cheaty-mc-cheatigans quilt... boy it was an adventure. I didn't do enough rows so I had to embelish with bows and then added a tulle ruffle (I have 3 girls) around the edges {pant}... you are a GENIUS!!! Love this idea - I hope to make one for my bed one day... thank you!!!

breanna said...

absolutely blown away by your genius!!!!!! can't wait to make one!!!

breanna said...

have I mentioned I adore this cheat? just had to share your post!! http://dollarstoremom.com/2011/11/pinterest-picks-17/

Deanne said...

I love this idea, but I only have a standard machine. Do I need anything special (like a long arm) to get to the center of the quilt if I'm doing a twin size?

Also, how do you make it so the fabric squares don't fray? Are you just sewing really close to the edges?

Thanks,
deannedraeger@gmail.com

Unknown said...

love love love this idea....was wondering if doing "apple cores" would also work? I'm thinking of doing a zig zag around them....also does the wonder-under make it a little stiff? thanks!!

Jayme said...

This looks great! One question: why do the backing on the squares? I'm not experienced enough to know what that gets you. Thanks!

jaymemassman@hotmail.com

Jayme said...

Looks fun!
Question: Why do the backing on the back of the fabric squares? I'm not experienced enough at sewing to know what that 'gets' you? Is it just a preference thing?

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Total happy goodness!!!!!!! Super excited to make this happen with all of my hubby's old tshirts!!!!!! Thanks so much!
Chartrueselover @pinterest!!!

Donna said...

This is a great way to bring new life to an old quilt! I have one that I love, but have washed several times and the stuffing is all wrong. This technique will keep the stuffing in place, AND revive the look! Thanks for the great idea!

Donna said...

This is a great wayto give new life to an old quilt! I have one that I love, but the stuffing is all over the place! This is a great way to get the stuffing to stay put, AND revive the look of the quilt! Thanks!

mtnmovers said...

Hi
I am considering making this with old t-shirts but what I'm wondering is what does the other side look like? Ideally I would like to put the t-shirts on boths side but I was unsue if that was possible. Thanks for your help and I love this idea!!

Helen said...

OMG that is aorable I am going to make one of these for my Grandson. What a great idea I have never seen this before. You are brilliant

Cheri Rumsey said...

I am making your beautiful quilt using my husbands old t-shirts. I am using a twin size comforter. Is there a trick to getting it to fit through my machine?

cherirumsey@gmail.com

April said...

For anyone wanting to escape the frayed edges, make your squares 6 1/2" instead of 6". Iron a 6" square of freezer paper to the middle leaving 1/4" around the edges. Then fold the 1/4" edge over and press. THEN apply your Stitch Witchery (or whatever you're using to fuse) and carry on! I adore this idea. I've wanted to make one for our master bedroom ever since I saw the first one!!!! Thanks for a brilliant idea!

April said...

Anyone wanting to avoid frayed edges on their appliques: Cut your fabric squares 1/2" larger on each side and fold over and press 1/4" on each edge. THEN apply your fusible backing and continue. This is such a BRILLIANT cheat! I want to make something with this technique for MY bedroom!

Jen Grantham said...

Mine turned out so well I did a post on it and linked back to your wonderful tutorial!

http://www.craftymisadventures.com/2013/03/cheater-quilt.html#

Jen @ CraftyMisAdventures.com

Lauren D said...

Why do you use the iron ons? Are they necessary?

Lauren D said...

Are the iron ons necessary? Why did you use them?

Steph P said...

Where did you find the crib size down comforter? I looked on Ikea and they have one, but it says recommended for children 12 months and up. I want to use this to make a quilt for our baby that is on the way....not diggin' the conformters the stores are selling and I found napkins I love that I wasn't sure how to incorporate. You just saved me with this idea!

Christina Nielsen said...

Thank you so much for your how to directions they are fabulous. I'm new to sewing, finally made the decision this year to learn, and I think even I can do this!! This design is absolutely genius!!!!!!

Christina Nielsen said...

Try a catalog called " the company store" they have numerous sizes and weights of comforters you might b...e able to find something there and they also come in a variety of colorsnot just white...good luck.... They also have a website

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