Decorative Tabbed Quilts

With one base quilt you can change the top layers and have two quilts for one. What a concept! Make one for each holiday and give as gifts.

Approximate Time: 2 hours



  • scraps of red, white, and blue for summer; fall colors for leaves
  • half yard cotton batting
  • fat quarter fabric for base
  • scraps of fall colors
  • 8 matching buttons for each
  • 4 sets of Velcro dots for each wall hanging (8 sets total)
  • 1 skein of matching floss DMC 612
  • permanent marker
  • scissors
  • pins and needle
  • fusible web
  • iron


  1. Trace your patterns onto the fusible web, match the pieces to your chosen scraps of fabric, press to the back of the fabric and cut out on the lines.
  2. From your cotton batting cut the following:
    one piece - 7 inches x 10 inches
    two pieces - 6 inches x 6 1/2 inches
    two pieces - 2 inches x 6 inches
  3. I like to tear all of my fabrics for a softer look. This option is up to you.
  4. For the tabbed bottom layer cut the following:
    one piece - 7 inches x 10 inches from your neutral fabric
    two - 1 inch x 5 inch strips for the tabs
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  6. For each of your top layer background fabrics cut one of each of the following:
    6 inches x 6 1/2 inches
    2 inches x 6 inches
  7. You are now ready to assemble your lil' quilt. Start with the base layer by folding your tabs in half and slipping them in-between the batting and the neutral fabric.
  8. Pin in place and pin all around the two layers, using the floss do a running stitch to secure the two layers.
  9. Iron on your fused pieces to the top layer then assemble these units the same way doing the running stitch; as you come to the corners sew in a button.
  10. Do your saying words in your permanent marker before doing the stitching then assemble in the same way. Use your iron to heat set the ink. You might want to test your marker on a scrap before using it on your quilt.
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  12. Attach your Velcro dots to the top front of the base unit and each of the backs of the top layers at the top corners only. Attach another set at the top of the saying unit to see the placement of the other half on the base unit.
  13. You can make as many top units as you want for all of the seasons and utilize the base for all of them by keeping the base neutral.

Have fun and keep stitchin'.

By Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE

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