Adams First Quilt


Adam used a 30 wt. Multi-Colored Rayon #2204 in both the needle and bobbin. Grandma " stitched in the ditch" of the Sashing with Sulky Smoke Invisible Thread to stabilize the quilt sandwich. Then Adam used a beading stitch to stitch from corner-to-corner on all the squares in the blocks. You could also elongate your straight stitch to 3.0 for a similar looking stitch. A "feather stitch" was used along the Sashing and Borders.
Adam's First Quilt

From the new book:
Sulky Secrets to Successful Quilting

Finished Size - Quilted
87" x 90"

Designed, Pieced and Quilted by Adam Drexler on a New Home 8000 with a little help from Grandma Joyce Drexler

As seen on the PBS TV Show - "SEW CREATIVE"

When Adam was 5 years old in 1993, he began sewing on the Computerized New Home 8000 when it first arrived in his Grandpa's Sewing Store. Adam's Dad, Eric Drexler managed the Charlotte County Sewing Center in Port Charlotte, FL and Adam would spend time there on weekends and after school. 

In 1994. Eric took Adam to a New Home Dealer Training Meeting and everyone there was amazed that Adam knew how to do embroidery on the machine. When he returned from the meeting, he promptly began doing embroidery in the store. He had so much fun showing the instructors in the store, his Grandma, and customers all about the machine. 

At age 10, Grandma Joyce Drexler and Adam began getting together whenever they could to work on his quilt. Because of Grandma's traveling schedule and Adam's baseball, Boy Scouts, Church and School schedule, time together was precious and little. So it took 2 years! Finally, at age 12, Adam appeared with his Grandma on the SEW CREATIVE TV Program and shared his quilt with everyone! The quilt turned out great, but Grandma says, "The time spent together was the best part."
A Perfect Quilt for a Beginner. 
Cutting Guide for a Queen Size Quilt

Always cut the selvages off the fabric before cutting strips

  • 1/2 yd. each of four solid Fabrics cut into 4" x 44" strips
  • 1/2 yd. each of four printed Fabrics cut into 4" x 44" strips
  • 2 yds. solid black Fabric for Sashing cut into 4" x 44" strips
  • 1 yd. print Fabric for Border cut into 4" x 44" strips
  • 1/3 yd. for each side border (one purple and one blue in our quilt - because we ran out of fabric!)
  • 5/8 yd. - Fabric for Binding
  • 5-1/2 yds. Fabric for Backing
  • Batting - Queen Size
  • Zig-Zag sewing machine with 1/4" Foot and Even-Feed Foot
  • Quality Sewing Thread
  • New 14/90 Quilting Needle
  • Sulky 30 wt Rayon Multi-Color Thread #2204
  • Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive
  • Safety Pins for Basting

Making Strip Sets

1. Use a 1/4" seam to sew Strip Set "A" consisting of alternating 4" x 44" solid and printed fabrics. Adam chose his printed strips randomly.

PRESS the seams up for this set. Turn the strip set sideways, then use a rotary cutter, mat and ruler to cut it into 4" strips.
2. Sew Strip Set "B" consisting of alternating prints and solid fabrics
PRESS the seams down for this set. Turn the strip set sideways, then use a rotary cutter, mat and ruler to cut it into 4" strips.
Re-sew the cut sets into blocks by combining 3 strips together, alternating the direction of the strip. Match seams as you combine strips - pin them together for accuracy.



  1. Measure your blocks to make sure they are of an equal measurement. Block them if needed to get a uniform size.
  2. Cut 20 Sashing Strips 4" x 13". Arrange your Blocks in the desired order.
  3. Use a 1/4" seam to sew Sashing between the Blocks.
  4. Sew a 4" x 67" horizontal Sashing onto each end and in between each row of Blocks.
  5. Add Sashing to each long side.
  6. Add print Border to all four sides.
For extra width, add a border strip of print to each long side as desired. With the added Border Strips, this quilt will fit a queen-size bed.

  1. Use a 1/2" seam allowance to piece together a quilt backing that is at least 4" larger on all sides than the quilt top. PRESS SEAMS OPEN and press out all wrinkles.
  2. Make a Quilt Sandwich: 
    First Layer: Quilt Back - right side down 
    Second Layer: Batting 
    Third (top) Layer: Quilt Top - right side up
  3. Grandpa (Fred Drexler) helped Adam pin baste his quilt together on the ping-pong table so they could spend some quality time together too.

For more information on quilting, pin basting, adding borders and more, look for our latest book, Sulky Secrets to Successful Quilting, featuring this project, 12 different quilt blocks and over 30 exciting step-by-step projects.


To make quilting easier, Adam used a Quilter's Ruler and Chalk Rolling Marker to mark a line from corner to corner through the 12 squares that made up each block so he would have a straight line to follow.


Machine Set-up:

  • Even Feed Foot
  • New Quilting Needle size 14/90
  • Thread - Sulky Polyester Smoke Invisible and Sulky 30 wt. #2204
  • Beading Stitch or a Straight Stitch at 3.0 length
  1. Grandma "stitched in the ditch" using Sulky Smoke Invisible between all the Sashing Strips to stabilize the quilt sandwich.
  2. Adam used the Beading Stitch and Sulky 30 wt. #2204 to stitch from corner to corner on all the squares in the blocks.
  3. Adam and Grandma stitched in the center of the seams of the Sashing using the "Feather Stitch".
  4. Once all the quilting was finished, Adam trimmed off the excess batting and backing.
  5. Grandma added the binding and hanging sleeve.