How To: Start a Basic Quilt Part 3

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We’re getting to the home stretch of our basic quilt making tutorial. If you’ve followed along for parts 1 and 2, you should have long strips of patchwork squares that are ready to be sewn into a large spread. If you are making a 15 x 17 quilt – you’ll have 15 columns going across and 17 rows down. All the squares should be sewn into strips already. Here’s what you’ll need to complete your quilt:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins
  • Thread (a color that matches the fabric for your backing)
  • Extra Loft Batting (for full or queen bed)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn in complimentary color
  • Thick (rug) needle

So if you haven’t already done so, you’ll need to pick a fabric for the back of your quilt. I’ve used a fabric that’s already somewhere in the quilt – the solid color works nicely – or I’ve even picked an entirely new pattern or color that ties the whole thing together. Whatever you choose, buy a lot. Since fabric typically comes a lot wider than it is long, you’ll have to cut the piece in half and sew the two pieces together so that it covers the entire width and length of the quilt.


  1. Begin sewing your strips of fabric together. With the pattern sides facing each other, place a pin at each intersection so that your strips stay inline with each other.
  2. When finished, iron the entire quilt-top so it lies flat on the batting.
  3. Sew the backing. Cut fabric in half the wide way- and sew together so that it is long enough and wide enough for the entire quilt.
  4. Lay the backing down, right side down – and get ready to lay your quilt
  5. Unroll your package of extra loft batting. Make sure there is a thin border of fabric that sticks out from underneath the batting.
  6. Lay your patchwork piece on top of the batting. It will be smaller than the back and the batting.
  7. Trim the batting so that it sticks out from under the patchwork top, about an inch and a half.
  8. Fold Back fabric over the batting edge to form a border.
  9. Pin border fabric in place, rolling under to avoid raw edge.
  10. Sew around the entire border of the quilt!

In order to keep the quilt top attached to the bottom, you’ll need to tie off all the intersections of the quilt. Thread the yarn through the large needle, and begin tying off small knots at every corner and every square of your quilt top. This creates a cute look, and keeps the batting secure to the blanket.

If you’ve followed this 3-part basic quilt tutorial, you should have a beautiful quilt! Please send pictures of final products.

For my next quilting project, I’ll be making one for my future sister-in-law. I will update these posts with photos at that time. Thanks for your patience!

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