Sew A Quilt In A Weekend

Tonya Grant | Posted on 14 August 2012 |

Have you ever looked at a quilt and thought “I couldn’t make that!”?

Well, I think you could make this one!

It is small – perfect for a baby cot or pram. It is all machine sewn – apart from 15cm of hand stitching to close a seam. It is made from pre-cut fabric squares so there is very little measuring and cutting involved.

Bottom line? I think this one is easy enough for anyone!

What you will need

  • 42 pre-cut charm squares (These are 5” (12.5cm) squares that come in packs. I used half a pack of a patterned fabric and half a pack of a mostly one colour or solid fabric.)
  • Fabric for backing – 75cm x 85cm (I use 100% cotton and pre-washed it)
  • Wadding (or batting) for between the top and the backing – 75cm x 85cm (I used Warm & White wadding but I would also recommend Matilda’s Own which is Australian Made)
  • Usual sewing supplies: thread, pins, scissors, sewing machine

What to do

Step 1:

Lay out your fabrics in 7 rows of 6. I alternated my patterns and solids but any arrangement is fine.

Step 2:

Starting at the top row, flip the second square onto the first square so the right sides are together and pin along the side that you will join.

Step 3:

Sew the two squares together down that side, about 6mm or quarter of an inch from the edge of the fabric.

Step 4:

Open them up and iron the seam towards one side. I ironed all my seams towards the solid fabric. This helps the rows to join up neatly later on.

Step 5:

Work along the row joining each of the squares. Then do the same for each row until you have 7 rows of fabric squares.

Step 6:

Next join the top row to the second row. Lay them right sides together and carefully pin each of the seams where two squares meet. If you have ironed each one towards the darker colour, you should find that the seams nest together where they meet.

Join the two rows, then do the same for each of the other rows until you have the whole quilt top finished. Iron the whole lot well, pressing the seams to one side as you go.

Step 7:

Cut your backing fabric and batting to size. It should be a little larger than your quilt top.

Lay the batting out nice and flat, then lay the backing fabric on top, right side up.

Then lay the quilt top on top of that, right side down. (It is really important that the backing is right side UP and the quilt top right is side DOWN.)

Pin them carefully all around the edges.

Step 8:

Sew all around the outside joining all three layers together about 6mm or quarter of an inch in from the edge, but leave a gap of about 15cm for turning in the middle of one side.

Trim back the excess fabric to about 1cm from your seam and clip a triangle off each corner to reduce bulk. Then turn the quilt through – just like you would turn through a Tshirt! You should end up with the wadding in between the quilt top and the backing. You can use a knitting needle to gently push the corners through.

Carefully iron it flat. Hand stitch the 15cm gap closed.

Step 9:

Super simple quilting – sewing through the three layers to hold them together. I stitched around the edge about 1cm in to create a border. Then I chose 3 squares and stitched around them. You could stitch lines back and forth across the whole quilt, or stitch “in the ditch” where all the blocks join together. Just take it slowly so the fabric doesn’t bunch up.

Some Tips:

  • I use a Pfaff machine with an in-built walking foot which makes the quilting a bit easier
  • It is really important to use the same seam width for joining all the squares – the patchwork. Most quilters use a quarter inch seam – about 6mm. You can get a quarter inch foot for your sewing machine to help.
  • Make sure you iron all your fabric before you start and iron the seams as you go along. I gently ironed the wadding for this project too.
  • Washing: Gentle machine washing in cold water should be fine. Try to dry your quilt in a shady spot if you can so that the lovely colours don’t fade.

About the author:
Tonya Grant

Hi! I'm Tonya, also known as The Crafty Mummy. I'm a Wife, Mum of two, Blogger and Crafter in Queensland. I spend way too much time blogging and hanging out online. Plus I sew, quilt, crochet and Read more of my articles