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Super-easy patchwork quilt
Channel your inner Willa Cather (with a little Doris Day) when you make this super-easy patchwork quilt in sassy retro cotton prints. Play mix-and-match with cool fabrics from the store or grab material from your scrap box (that’s what I’ve done here) or even better, cut up old clothes (your niece’s outgrown baby gear, your dad’s frayed Oxford shirts—nothing is safe from your scissors). Formerly loved bedsheets work well as the back layer for your quilt. And colorful yarn ties the whole thing together rather than quilting, saving you a leave of absence from your job to get the thing done.

Measurements
50" x 60"

Seam allowance
1⁄2"

Posted by Diana Rupp Published © 2020 Diana Rupp / Workman · Reproduced with permission.
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  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Get Patchy Quilt - Step 1
    Step 1

    Draw an 11" x 11" square on a piece of card stock. Cut along lines. This is your patch- work template.

  • Step 2

    Using disappearing-ink marker and ruler, draw and cut thirty 11" squares of fabric using template.

  • Step 3

    Create (or find) a piece of fabric 54" x 64". (The backing fabric is cut 2" wider all the way around so it’s easy to line up the patchwork top when it’s time to stitch the layers together. You’ll trim away the excess before binding the edges.)

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Get Patchy Quilt - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sew squares together for patchwork top

    Place two squares on top of each other with right sides together, pin along one side, and stitch. Press seam allowances together and to one side.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Get Patchy Quilt - Step 5
    Step 5

    Repeat with four more squares as shown, creating rows that are five patches long.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Get Patchy Quilt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Sew rows together

    Pin row 1 to row 2 along the lengthwise edge with right sides together and stitch. Press seam allowance to one side.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Get Patchy Quilt - Step 7
    Step 7

    Repeat step 3 for row 2 and row 3 and the rest of the rows until all rows are connected.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Get Patchy Quilt - Step 8
    Step 8

    Assemble the layers (make a quilt sandwich)

    Lay backing fabric on a large, flat surface wrong side up and smooth it out. (Chances are your work table isn’t big enough, so find a space on the floor without carpet.) With masking tape, tape it in place, along the length and then the width.

  • Step 9

    Center the batting on top of the quilt backing and smooth it out as well, working from the center out to the edges.

  • Step 10

    Center the patchwork fabric on the batting with right side up.

  • Step 11

    Use quilter’s pins to attach the layers together, pinning every 3" to 4" to temporarily hold the fabric and the batting together.

  • Step 12

    Tie yarn through the layers

    There are 20 intersections where patches touch at corners to tie off with yarn. (Don’t count outer edge intersections.)

  • Step 13

    Cut 20 pieces of yarn—each 10".

  • Step 14

    Thread the large chenille needle with the yarn. Do not knot the ends.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Get Patchy Quilt - Step 15
    Step 15

    Insert the needle into the quilt top at one intersection and push the needle through all three layers, leaving a 2" tail. Bring the needle back up through the quilt top about a 1⁄4" away from where you entered. Tie the ends into a secure knot.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Get Patchy Quilt - Step 16
    Step 16

    Snip the yarn at each end to 1" or desired length.

  • Step 17

    Repeat step 12 on all intersections (except the outer edges), removing the safety pins as you come to them.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Get Patchy Quilt - Step 18
    Step 18

    Trim the quilt

    Trim away the back so it is even in size to the patchwork top. (You may want to use your yardstick and disappearing-ink marker to draw the necessary cutting lines.)

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Get Patchy Quilt - Step 19
    Step 19

    Bind the edges

    Cut a 60" piece of bias quilt binding. Pin the seam binding to one long edge of the quilt, wrapping it around all three layers. Remember to put the wider side of the quilt binding to the back. Pin.

  • Step 20

    With right side up, edgestitch the binding using a zigzag stitch. Press.

  • Step 21

    Repeat steps 15 and 16 for
    remaining long edge.

  • Step 22

    Cut and pin a 51" strip of quilt binding to a short side as in step 15, tucking the raw edges under 1⁄2" at each end.

  • Step 23

    Edgestitch the binding to quilt, using a zigzag stitch. Press.

  • How to make a patchwork quilt. Get Patchy Quilt - Step 24
    Step 24

    Repeat steps 18 and 19 on remaining short edge.

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Spencer M.
Spencer M.
Love
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Maddi
Maddi
This is just what I've been looking for! Will have a go, thanks Happy x
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Scarlet-Begonias
Scarlet-Begonias · Everett, Washington, US · 15 projects
I must make this... Thanks for sharing!! Happy
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CO + K User

Don't know which I like best...the quilt, or the pretty little baby! Love this!
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