Thursday, January 15, 2015

Crafty Thursdays: Detecting Drew Table Quilt

Dru Ann Love, from Dru's Book Musings, is visiting Mystery Playground today to tell us how to make this wonderful Nancy Drew Table Quilt.  Dru Ann makes all kinds of quilts and you can see her other creations here. But for now, let's get back to Nancy Drew. Take it away Dru Ann...

24 5-inch pre-cut squares
Three quarter yard of backing material
Three quarter yard of batting
Cutting mat 
Quilting ruler
Rotary cutter
Basting spray
Basting spray

Step 1
In my Nancy Drew fabric pack, there were eight different patterned fabrics with blue, red, yellow, black and white backgrounds and I chose the six that would pair nicely. Each pile contains 4 squares, two of which complement each other.  

Step 2
I will be creating six “four-patch” quilt blocks which comprises 4 squares. Example I will use is the Black and White patterned fabric. Piece together the contrasting fabric – making sure when you stitch the two pairs, the same color touches diagonal.  Make sure the middle seams are aligned.  Continue for the other fabric pairings until you have six separate four-patch quilt blocks.  

Step 3
Once you have all the quilt blocks, stitch the blocks together, again making sure the middle seams are aligned.  Once this is complete, you now have what is called the top quilt. 

Step 4
Now it is time to pick your backing material.  I had five to choose from and I picked the one that would best complement the top quilt.  You will also need batting for your quilt project. 

Step 5
Place top quilt on batting and trim the batting along the outside of the quilt right to the edge of the quilt top.  Place the paired top quilt on top of the backing.  Do not trim backing yet. This is known as the quilt sandwich. You can either pin or use basting spray to keep all three pieces together.  If you plan to use a label on your quilt, stitch the label only using the backing and the batting. Do not stitch onto the top quilt.  

Step 6
You’re almost finished with the quilt. Now you stitched all three pieces (top quilt, batting and backing). You can stitch diagonal or straight line stitch along the seams making sure each square has a quilt stitch running through it. Trim backing to ONE INCH all the way around the quilt. 

Step 7
You are now ready to do the binding.  Fold the backing in half so that the edge lines up with the edge of the quilt top.  Fold backing again so that it overlaps the quilt top by half an inch and in pin in place. Repeat folding and pinning around the entire quilt. 

Step 8

Stitch on backing around the entire quilt until complete.  

Mystery Playground also has other Nancy Drew related craft tutorials:

Come back next Thursday for more bookish craftiness. 


  1. You're so talented Dru Ann, this is beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you Dru Ann for letting us share this one! Love the theme and the final product!

  3. I followed you on FB making this on your vacation and it turned out fabulous.

  4. Beautiful! I'm such a fan of Dru and Drew, so this is a double treat.

  5. Now I have to get out my sewing machine! What a fun project. Thank you so much for sharing the idea and the clear descriptive steps!