Getting Started with Quiltmaking

How do you make a quilt?

By Sam from MO


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July 15, 20090 found this helpful

The way I make quilts(I don't have the patience to make the fancy ones), is I cut squares of fabric in the size that I want. Sometimes I buy the fabrics so that I kind of have co-ordinating fabrics, but then other times I use scraps of cotton type fabric that I have left from making clothes, etc. Figure out how many squares you need for a row, across and how many rows lengthwise you will need, and arrange them in a pleasing color arrangement, then sew them together.

When you get that part done, for the back of it a lot of people use a flat sheet in whatever color they want, then you also have to buy a quilt bat in the size you want, some people use an old blanket instead of the quilt bat. Then you sew all three layers together, making sure to have the two fabric pieces inside out. Leave an opening so that you can turn it right side out. When you get it turned right side out lay it on a large flat surface and make sure it is completely smoothed out and use safety pins(you will need a lot of pins), pin the layers together in several places, and then either sew the opening by hand or machine. I use the machine because it is faster.


Now the final step is to use yarn in whatever color you want to tie the layers together, about every nine inches or whatever will work for the size of quilt you are making. Some people do the actual quilting, but I'm not into that so I do the tieing.

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July 15, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks so much!

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July 16, 20090 found this helpful

I would get a pattern that is marked easy or for beginners and start by following the directions for that project. Is this going to a hand sewn quilt or one you piece together on the sewing machine?

A class through your local Joannes or a fabric store would be a good way to get started. Below is one of my recent projects and it was fairly easy to do.

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July 16, 20090 found this helpful

It would be on a sewing machine, but I could hand sew. I'll look into a pattern for beginners. Thanks!

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July 17, 20090 found this helpful

Make your quilt top with squares as Redhatter describes. I usually make my squares about 9". Don't even bother with batting. The 40" x 60" "microfleece" throws that you can get at the drugstore or WalMart are the perfect size for a child. Or sew 2 of them together side by side for a twinbed size quilt. You can also get larger ones at Target or WalMart if you want to make a fullsize or queensize quilt all in one piece.


Lay your quilt top on top of the micro fleece. Pin along all the seam lines then stitch with a zigzag that overlaps the seams. It is easier to sew these quilting seams on your sewing machine if you roll up the quilt so it fits through the space on your machine. Bind the edges with bias binding made from some of your scraps. It is easier to bind corners if you round them off using a salad plate for the curve. A quilt made this way is almost indestructible. For more instructions try about.com and put quilts in the search box.

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