Inside: How to Make an Easy Patchwork Quilt
I truly believe that there is an artist in everyone. And quilting is one of the best ways to share your inner artist.
However, there are times when we just want to make an easy quilt…for a quick win. Perfect for the beginner quilter.
And that’s what this easy patchwork quilt is all about. It’s fast, it’s simple, and it uses 10″ precut fabric squares (aka layer cakes)!
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How to Make an Easy Patchwork Quilt
Basic Materials and Sewing Supplies Needed
The main ingredient in this quilt is the precut collection. Choose one you love and you’ll love your quilt!
And, there is no wrong answer! If you love the fabrics, the quilt will be amazing.
When purchasing your precut square collection, I recommend getting border, binding, and backing fabric at the same time. It makes the process simple and fast!
- (35) 10″ x 10″ Your Favorite Precut fabric squares
- 1 Yard Border Fabric (optional)
- I used Debby Maddy Shibori Fabrics for both.
- 1/2 Yard Binding Fabric
- Backing Fabric (approximately 65″ x 85″ or about 3 1/2 yards)
- If you’re using a stack of precuts, there will be several squares left over that can be incorporated into the quilt back and will alter the amount of fabric needed.
- Quilt Batting
- Sewing Machine
- I recommend a 1/4″ sewing foot to help maintain a perfect seam allowance.
- Cotton Thread
- I prefer Aurifil 50 wt. thread
- Sewing Pins
- Rotary Cutter with sharp blade
- Acrylic Ruler
- Rotary Cutting Mat
- Iron & Ironing Board
Step 1: Layout the Design
Set aside (35) 10″ squares of fabric for the project. Lay them out five squares across in a manner that is pleasing to your eye.
Layout seven rows with five squares across each row.
Rearrange them until you like the design. I recommend using a cell phone to snap photos to see if you like the design this creates. Use the black and white feature on your phone to determine color value. Adjust square placement as needed.
In this image you can see that I randomly selected fabrics from my collection and placed them so the design flowed across the quilt.
Step 2: Stitch Squares Together
Once you’ve chosen a layout, begin stitching the fabrics together.
Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, start at the top row and stitch the first of five squares across.
Continue in this manner until you have seven rows.
On each row, press the seam allowances in opposite directions. This will help when you attach your rows.
Step 3: Attach Rows
Pin the rows together at each intersection.
Stitch the seven rows together, one row at a time using a 1/4″ seam allowance
If you pressed each row in opposite directions your seams will nest nicely.
Step 4: Borders (optional)
At this point, you can call your quilt top finished unless you want to add a border.
From the Border Fabric, cut 3″ – 4″ (depending on how wide you want your quilt) strips to create the border.
- Cut two side borders the length of the quilt plus 3″ then attach them to the quilt sides and trim down.
- Cut top and bottom border strips the width of the quilt plus 3″ then attach and trim down.
Step 5: Preparing to Quilt
Make a quilt backing that is wider than the quilt top. I usually like to have 4″ of extra fabric on the top, bottom, and both sides.
This is especially important if you’re sending the quilt out to a longarmer.
If you plan to quilt it yourself, you will want to create a quilt sandwich and baste the quilt together.
Note: Watch a quick video for a simple way to baste your quilt.
Step 6: Quilting
Most people are afraid to tackle a larger quilt, but this one doesn’t have to be complicated.
Try one of these ways to quilt:
- Quilt diagonally in both directions. This will create a diamond effect. Use the squares as your guide. See here for a version of this.
- Straight line quilt about 2″ apart for a modern look. Begin by stitching in the ditch of each seam allowance and moving across from there. I recommend using a guide for straight lines.
- Quilt across using wavy lines. These don’t need to be exact or precise.
- Free motion quilt using a stipple design.
Bind the quilt using my easy Machine Binding Method.
And, that’s all there is to it. Finished quilt size: 52″ x 68″ – perfect for snuggling up and watching TV
I love the quilt I made using this fabric.
It was fast and easy. Because there is very little cutting, I was able to jump in and get the top pieced in a few hours.
As you can see, it gets used daily and can be found wadded up on the end of my sofa.
Which was what I wanted all along.
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