Simple patchwork quilts consist of one shape, which allows for quick and easy construction. Patchwork quilts are frequently made with left over materials from previous sewing projects, and offer an opportunity to display decorative material patterns. This article details in seven steps, how to make a patchwork quilt.
1. You will need a sewing machine, two colors complimentary colors or patterns of cotton fabric, cutting mat, rotary cutter,iron, batting, fabric pencil, zip lock bags, straight pins, ruler or measuring tape, and scissors. Measure the bed for which you are making the quilt.
2. As the second step in how to make a patchwork quilt quickly, determine your quilt’s dimensions. The normal drop, or overhang for a bed quilt is 8.” Calculate the number of 4”squares needed for your project, then cut fabric into 4.5” squares, which allows ¼” seams.
3. Lay cloth out on flat surface, and mark 4 ½’ wide strips with a white pencil. Layering the fabric lets you cut several layers at once. Press rotary cutter firmly on the line and roll. Turn strips over, measure again and cut 4 ½ inch squares. Stack alternate blocks according to your design plan.
4. Lay pieces out on large flat surface as you want them to appear. Pick up one row of pieces in order as it was laid out, from bottom to top. Place first stack in sandwich bag, then label ‘row one.’ Repeat with row 2, and so forth until all the rows are bagged and labeled.
5. This step in how to make a patchwork quilt involves sewing squares together. Remove squares from bag labeled ‘row 1. Sew first two pieces together, unfold and lay on back side, iron edges flat. Repeat with next piece, and continue until entire row of squares are sewn. Line up blocks carefully, sew together and turn on back, iron edges flat. Add next row and repeat until all rows are joined. Cut a single back piece the size of your bed measurements, then lay flat.
6. Cut batting to 1” overlaid on all sides. Place batting over backing and smooth flat. Layer blocked top over batting with back side down. Pin sides together with stick pins. Hand stitch holding threads through the fabric with a sharp needle and embroidery thread. At center of each square, make a stitch down through the top, out the bottom and back up to the top. Tie off with a knot.
7. The final step in how to make a patchwork quilt quickly entails cutting 3” wide strips of material for edging that overlaps quilt dimensions by 1 inch. Line edges along sides and fold excess batting. Pin edging into place, fold under. Pin in place again, and repeat on other side. Fold corners neatly with rough edges tucked in. Pin edging into place, then hand sew corners first, Sew edges into place. Remove pins.