How to Make a Patchwork Quilt – Part 1

Let’s Begin………

How to make a patchwork quilt - 1 - Cherry Menlove

The measurements used in this ‘how-to’ are for a quilt that sits fantastically on a Kingsize (UK) bed and measures approximately 210 cm square (82 inches square)

  • Once you have selected your fabrics for the quilt, start by cutting them into squares. I chose a palette of light ‘springlike’ colours and patterns that would pretty much suit every room in my house. If you’re after something a bit more colourful, never fear, we’ve got our Summertime quilt to come later in the year!
  • We cut our squares of fabric 8″ x 8″ and used 121 squares.
  • Arrange all the squares out on the floor in the pattern you want . This way you can see the approximate size and what it will be like, it is much easier to move squares around now rather than when it is all stitched together!

How to make a patchwork quilt - 2 - Cherry Menlove

  • Starting with the top row, sew the squares into strips.

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  • Then sew (quilt) all the strips together. Once this has been completed you’ll get a real sense of what the finished quilt will look like and it’s exciting to say the least.

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  • Take care to ensure that all of the seams meet up. To do this you’ll need to be meticulous when sewing the squares and strips together. You’ll also need to make sure that your hems are all of the same size. The picture above is a great example of the hems meeting up superbly and if you can achieve this then your quilt will look wonderful when spread out in all its glory on the bed.
  • However, you’re NOT to beat yourself up if this doesn’t happen. Especially if this is your first time at making a patchwork quilt of this size.

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  • When sewing together the individual squares and strips of the quilt I used a stitch and hem of this size. This ensures that the quilt is strong and secure.

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