Learn how to make a quilt from start to finish. Materials list, piecing the quilt, machine quilting and binding. Share your finished quilt in the gallery!
For me, quilting was the first thing I tackled when I got my first sewing machine. Â I was curious how they were made, the design process and having it finished fairly quick…immediate satisfaction. Â That’s what I love.
You might find that quilting isn’t where you’re at….or you are afraid a little bit of some of the steps. Â No matter what you feel– today is the day that you need to get over it and give a little baby quilt a try.
The quilt finishes to size: 32″ X 35″
Basic Quilting Supplies
- Rotary cutterÂ or aÂ new sharp blade
- Cutting Mat
- Quilt Ruler
- Sewing MachineÂ â€“ this brother is my favorite!
- Iron â€“ hereÂ orÂ here
- Seam RipperÂ â€“ not my favorite thing to do!
How to make a quilt from start to finish:
Step one— Materials List. Â Gather them and get ready for the next step
Step two– piecing the quilt. Â This is where you will be sewing the whole quilt top. Â This baby quilt has a super simple and uncomplicated pattern. Â Great for beginners!
Step three– machine quilting. Â Don’t be afraid of your sewing machine and the chunky sewing foot called the walking foot. Â Learn how to use it…you’ll love it!
Step four– binding the quilt. Â Let’s get this finished and ready for snuggle time
Step five– share it. Â We would love to see how your baby quilt looks. Â Load up your pictures in the photo gallery.
Let’s start today with-
Quilting Supplies– Â these are my favorites and I use them with every project.
Fabric Quality- Â nothings worse than finishing a quilt and then not having it last more than a few washes.
Squares: 30 â€” 5â€³ X 5â€³ squares
Sashing: Â 2â€“ 2 Â 1/2â€³ X 23â€³
Borders: Â 2â€“ 2 1/2â€³ X 23â€³ Â and 5â€³ X 35â€³ Â (these were the same as the sashing, but for your quilt you can choose to do different fabric)
For this little quilt along we will be covering- piecing the quilt, Â machine quilting (yes, you can totally do it with your home machine!), binding. Â From the beginning to the end you will be shown how to make a quilt.
How to Make a Quilt – Piecing a Quilt
Have you gathered all of your goods? Â Ready to start sewing? This little quilt is a perfect way to start quilting. It’s a manageable size–to even quilt too.
The design itself is simple. Â Great for modern fabric and design or traditional colors….or fun and funky fabric + scraps! Â All around you can do whatever you’d like.
I am kind of the sewer that adjusts things though…so if you find that you want something a bit different– then do it. Â Exploring and changing things to our own style is the best way to learn.
Piecing a quilt tutorial~
Before we get started lets check your seam allowance. Â I sew my quilts with a 1/4″ seam. Â Whatever you use, you will just need to keep it consistent. Â Things just don’t line up if you are all over the place on your seams. Â I don’t currently have a 1/4″ seam guided sewing machine foot, so for now I have a piece of tape that lines up with the 1.4 inch to keep things equal.
1) Â Sew your squares into pairs….the easiest way to do this is pair them up, sew them together, pair them up, sew them together- don’t snip threads in between. Â Just chain piece them.
2) Â Cut the pairs apart and lay themÂ out –Â arrange how you’d like
3) Â Sew the blocks into 3 columns– each has 10 squares in the set
4) Â Sew the strips in between each column of squares
At first I did use a different fabric– but didn’t like how it turned out. Â It was too dark and wasn’t as fun and bright. So I unpicked it all and started again with the yellow polka dot fabric
5) Â Sew your borders on the outside.
For this quilt the top and bottom borders are smaller or thinner than the sides.
This was to let the quilt get a little bit wider since it was looking a bit narrow.
Let’s work on our machine quilting- Â Machine quilting can be a little bit tricky.
The smaller the quilt the easier it is…not to say it’s not impossible Â to do a larger.
The machine that I am using for this is the Brother Sewing Machine. Â In the past I have used a Janome also. Â Both worked great. Â You will need to use a quilting foot, lower the feed dogs (or change the setting to 0 so they don’t move) or use a walking foot.
The thing that I do that works the best and is the most time saver is use Thermoweb- Spray n Bond Basting Adhesive. Â This stuff is awesome! Â It takes the place of a thousand pins. Â It’s super easy to use.
Machine Quilting How To:
1- Spray the backing fabric and then lay your batting on top– smoothing out everything. Â If there is a wrinkle in the batting pull on it gently to release it and then smooth again.
2- Spray the batting of the fabric with the spray adhesive again.
3) Â Smoothing out everything. Â If there is a wrinkle in the batting pull on it gently to release it and then smooth again.
I found when I turned the quilt over there were a few wrinkles in the backing.
Pull the fabric back, smooth out again to release the wrinkles…..you might need to give a few shots of adhesive to keep it in place. No biggie.
4) Â Take the quilt sandwich to you machine and start quilting!
5) Â Use a walking foot for straight line quilting. Â This foot allows the fabric to move ahead on the top and on the bottom. Nothing gets shifted when using this foot. Â Love it!
I set my stitch to a 3.5 and it’s worked well. Â The stitches were a little bit bigger…but that’s what I was going for.
I used a variegated thread by Coats n Clark. Â Love it! Â It was a blend of yellows and brown/reds. Â Turned out great.
There will be times when you need to quilt a section that is in the middle of the quilt. Â Roll up the sides to get it to fit in the arm area of the sewing machine.
There are times when things are all bunched up!
Just keep going- slow and steady wins the race.
Even with all of this bunching the spray worked great and there weren’t any puckers anywhere.
I kept with simple quilting for this small baby quilt. Â Just went around the squares once– using the seam as the guide for the distance. Â I also quilted the sashing and the border just once. Â I was thinking I could have done more quilting, but kept this simple.
Up next we will be tackling the binding!
How to bind a quilt.
There are a few ways that you can bind your quilt- today I am keeping it simple with the roll over binding. Â That is where the backside comes to the front.
How to Bind aÂ Quilt:
1) Â Trim off the excess batting. Â You will want to fold back the backing fabric so you don’t catch it when you are trimming!
2) Â Measure from the quilt border out- 1″ and trim
3) Â Fold over the backing fabric to line up with the border
4) Â Fold this over one more time -this time is overlaps the border area
5) Â Stitch in place. Â I kept the walking foot on and it helped alot! Â The binding didn’t have any pucker spots at all!
If you are interested in doing a traditional strip binding here are some great tutorials to help you out-Â