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A cosy patchwork quilt.
My Mum use to make patchwork quilts and won lots of awards for her designs, so I decided to see if I had it in my genes and made my very own.

I'm not the most patient crafter, as I like to jump on to new projects quickly, so even though I had the majority of this quilt finished within two days, I left it for a few months before the cold weather finally forced me to finish it.

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1129 projects »
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  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 1
    Step 1

    First I cut my squares, these were 3" x 3". I used around 30 different types of fabric for my quilt and cut 256 squares.

    Put them in to neat little piles to make your project easier.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Arrange the squares in a nice way. I did blocks of 16, and I made two different types of blocks. So in total, you should end up with 16 blocks, made up of 16 squares.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Spread out the vertical rows to give you a bit of space in between each.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fold the top square down, so that the wrong side is facing up and place a pin along the top edge, so that you're pinning it to the square behind.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Continue folding down until each square is pinned to the one above. Fold it back up and it should look like this.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Do the same process for the rest of the vertical strips.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Sew along these edges, removing the pins as you go.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 8
    Step 8

    When they're all sewn together they should look like this.

    Place two of the vertical rows side by side.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 9
    Step 9

    Place one row on top of the other (wrong side facing up) and pin along the top edge. Repeat this for the other rows in the block.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now sew the rows together, removing the pins as you go.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 11
    Step 11

    Your finished block should look like this.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 12
    Step 12

    Here are my two types of blocks. Continue sewing together the remaining squares in to matching blocks.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 13
    Step 13

    We're going to join the blocks together with black strips of fabric. Cut these out measuring 15" x 3". You will need 24 of these.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 14
    Step 14

    Pin the strip along the top edge of one of the blocks. Sew this in place.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 15
    Step 15

    Take one of the contrasting blocks and sew it to the black strip. Repeat this until you have a row of 4.

    Do this for all of the blocks.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 16
    Step 16

    I found it easiest to sew four of the black strips together and then pin it to the top edge of the row of four blocks, before sewing in place.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 17
    Step 17

    Sew another row of blocks on top of the black strip. I put the blocks in an alternative order, so that you would have a different block to the top, left and right of each other.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 18
    Step 18

    Your patchwork is starting to take shape now.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 19
    Step 19

    Sew on the other rows and that's the time consuming part of your patchwork finished.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 20
    Step 20

    Now, it's time to add the batting. The thicker the batting you use, the cosier your quilt will be. I gave my quilt a 15" overlap of batting at the top edge to make it a bit longer.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 21
    Step 21

    I also gave my quilt a 3" overlap at the bottom. Stitch the batting in place. To get the edges all nice, fold the quilt inside out (so that the wrong sides are facing up) and then stitch along the edge, leaving a small area unstitched, so that you can fold it right side out and then sew the opening closed.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Cosy Patchwork Quilt - Step 22
    Step 22

    To give your quilt a nice finish, sew along all the sides of the black strips.

    All done, now snuggle under and enjoy!

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anna.ramsden2115
anna.ramsden2115
You might like to quilt right through the top and bottom, otherwise the whole thing will fall apart in a few years time. I liked the simple straightforward design. I
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oakley
oakley · Olympia, Washington, US · 16 projects
I love your quilt. I'm working on a version right now. I actually tie dyed each little square. My 3 mo old loves bright colors so i figured it would be a perfect little blankie for him thanks for this wonderful tutorial.
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M4ri
M4ri · Seattle, Washington, US · 16 projects
Looks very comfortable! I am working on a quilt of my own right now, but it's made in triangles and diamonds.
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Ask Netfah from J&O Fabrics · Pennsauken Township, New Jersey, US
Great tutorial! Absolutely LOVE quilts from a distance, especially memory quilts. Really like the multitude of prints and patterns chosen too. If you are ever looking for a really cool selection of themed novelty cottons, check us out online at www.jofabrics.com.
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Nattie Gurl
Nattie Gurl · 58 projects
Absolutely beautiful! And what a fantastic tut! Ty so much, you have really pumped me up on my desire to make a quilt sometime in this lifetime...lol. Now I am far more prepared. I doubt mine will be as beautiful as yours ;-).
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Sarah D
Sarah D · La Cañada Flintridge, California, US · 31 projects
what a great tutorial! will definitely post my version when I get finished. (which could and will be months from now)
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Amelia R.
Amelia R.
ive been looking for days for a quilting 'how to' that actually makes sense.

Thank god for this tutorial.

Thank *YOU* for this tutorial. I was almost at the stage of giving up.
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Marbear
Marbear · Virginia, Minnesota, US
This was very helpful! Although I'm a little confused, would I need a backing to cover the batting? >.>
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DarkAshHurts
DarkAshHurts · 119 projects
I need this! Mine quilt now (I sleep with) is falling apart! XD

Now i just wish i had scrap fabric for squares. >.<
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KMOM14
KMOM14 · Fort Wayne, Indiana, US · 373 projects
I have always been to intimidated to make an actual quilt but your tutorial makes it sound very doable and the quilt looks fabulous - going to give this a try.

Thanks for sharing this with us!
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