Now start making your blocks using a different fabric for each numbered piece below stitiching them together as per the diagram below...
Keep going until you have stitched all the fabric pieces together - at the end you should have nine blocks! Shuffle the blocks about turning them and placing them in a pleasing arrangement of 3x3. Stitch the blocks together first to make three rows then stitch the rows together to complete the top.
We cheated a bit with the backing so that gives us a perfect opportunity to tell you about a little money and time saving trick (not a trick actually, just an idea). We found these gorge little fleecey throws for a mere £3.99 each in a local mill shop.
They make a lovely backing for these lap quilts and of course you don’t need to use wadding with them. Purists/sensible people will tell you that as they’re not 100% cotton they will not wash in the same way as the top of the quilt but to be honest if you are careful and don’t boil wash and tumble dry at "surface of the sun" heat we think you’ll be ok. So we reckon this little beaut only cost about £22 max (loads less if you’re sale shopping!)
We’re a bit hooked on this one and are aiming big for the next one – maybe four times the size for a fantastic bed cover….hmmmmm…..