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Quilting is my biggest passion. I think it's probably hereditary. :D

I also think it's a skill that is useful beyond words... quilts are beautiful and functional and I consider them to be the greatest gift in the world. (Really, who wouldn't want a quilt?) They're family heirlooms, passed down through the generations until they fall apart. They're an amazing way to use up scrap fabric, and a cheap first sewing project.

Not to mention I find sewing/cutting them very therapeutic... lots of straight lines with no pressure. :)

In this instructable I'm going to take you through creating a basic queen size 9-patch patchwork quilt. These are my favorites because they are not complicated and can be completed in far less time than other quilt types.

I'll teach you about the tools needed for quilting, how to cut squares, choosing fabrics, batting, making a quilt sandwich, how to choose and attach backing, and assembling the quilt top among other things. It's also important to note that you can easily complete one of these in a couple weeks - I started this one on March 7th, and finished it on April 3rd - but that included lots of documentation and only working in good sunlight. ;)

I do hope this instructable is helpful for you and inspires you to quilt. We need more quilts in the world! :D


 
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tsarangova made it!11 months ago

this is my First Quilt ever!!! It took one week :). I did it!)))

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This quilt is absolutely beautiful. I hope someday to do something almost as nice

Thank you! I'm sure you will!

AWESOME! What a recommendation for this instructable :-) Pretty blue theme!

thanks alot!

jessyratfink (author)  tsarangova5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!! :D

Thank you!

That nice is it hard to do

thanks!

Schlep made it!1 year ago

Made this for my wife, as a late xmas gift... (she thought it was worth the wait). Has picture from all the major events of out life together. Thanks for posting this tutorial. Between this tutorial, and one other site, i was able to put this together. Thanks!

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ElaineP1 Schlep15 days ago

Incredible - was this your first effort? Amazing!

shimrit.or.7 made it!6 months ago

My first quilt ever :)

Took everything but the pattern, used the squares a bit different to form the frames. Got a machines with embroidery functions so wanted to try it out on some project and this was it. The fabric is all reclaimed items from the house (cloths no one likes anymore, old pillowcases... ). Guide is absolutely fantastic. So clear and pictures are just what you need up close. Thank you so much!

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Awesome!! Beautiful work.

jessyratfink (author)  shimrit.or.75 months ago

You're welcome! Your quilt looks amazing!! :D

So awesome that you were able to make it from items around the house!

rachel.dewar.14 made it!5 months ago

excellent instructions. Recommended to mainly use 100% cotton for backing so bought some great material from textile traders. Made a small playmat for my 3month old. Thanks.

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jessyratfink (author)  rachel.dewar.145 months ago

That's so cute! Great job. :D

I love the borders and the print!

wizgirl made it!1 year ago
Thank you!
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ashleyhairston9 made it!1 year ago
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I wear Hawaiian print shirts as a general rule and I have closets full of old shirts that frayed around the collars and are unusable as office shirts. My daughter just got married and bought a new house and I wanted to make her a housewarming present out of my old shirts. I thought either a few throw pillows or a quilt. Quilts look daunting, and although your ible is very easy to read I'm not sure I would have the patience to do the bias. The 9 squares seem easy enough though.

On a related note I had a grandmother who made quilts and used old army wool blankets that she picked up at surplus stores for the inserts instead of the batting. Those were the warmest and coziest blankets I ever owned.
jessyratfink (author)  CementTruck1 year ago
What an amazing idea using wool blankets!! Stealing it, haha! There are lots of surplus stores in the bay area so I'll have to go look around. :D
I left the Bay Area right around the time the "Internet" was making it on the scene. How I wished I had that resource to find all these surplus stores you speak of. I only knew of a couple of them.
I LOVE the wool blanket insert idea! Thank you : )
nekokristiaan made it!1 year ago
Here is my version! Thank you for your wonderful instructions.
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jessyratfink (author)  nekokristiaan1 year ago
Yaaaay! It looks great, I love the colors :D
ToniRose made it!2 years ago
It's been a while since I first saw this instructable, but I wanted to show you the quilt I just finished last month. Your instructions were so clear and easy to follow, I was inspired. Thanks!
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jessyratfink (author)  ToniRose2 years ago
Ahhhhhhhhh! So awesome. :D I love the colors!
bethdub6 days ago

I really like this tutorial, but it got a little confusing when you started talking about bias tape. What is that? Also, when sewing long strips of fabric or sewing the length of the quilt, how do you prevent bunching? Pins haven't been enough in the past for me.

jessyratfink (author)  bethdub6 days ago

Bias tape is what makes the border of the quilt! It is basically a strip of fabric that is folded and sewn around the edge. Most bias tape is cut on a 45 degree angle so it conforms well to corners, but I've simply cut strips since this quilt is all straight edges. :)

As far as the bunching, diligent pinning and using a walking foot will help! You can also look into spray basting as a temporary solution to keep quilts layers nice and flat.

Also be wary of the weight of the fabric - letting it hang off the table or your lap at all will add pressure around the foot and causing sewing issues, too!

Thank you! These tips will really help. Another question: I made a quilt awhile ago and prewashed the fabric, but it's still really stiff. Any ideas on a different type of material I should buy? (I really don't remember what type of fabrics I bought either )

jessyratfink (author)  bethdub6 days ago

You're welcome! :)

It sounds like you might have a home decor weight or canvas fabric if it's stiff - a bit too heavy for quilting!

You'll want to stick to muslin or 100% cotton. Most fabric stores will just have a section of fabric labeled "quilting cotton" and that's your best bet! The fabric you want will be tightly woven, very thin and smooth and slightly sheer!

Great tips! Thank you again, this tutorial will definitely help!

I am using T shirts from my daughter's years of dancing. Is it possible to use squares for the front and back of the quilt without making a rag quilt? That is what I would like to do. I can make a rag quilt if I have to.

jessyratfink (author)  billie.s.fuller6 days ago

Absolutely! Just make both sides the same size and you should have no issues. You can add batting as normal, or just sew the two layers together. I would suggest using a stabilizer of some sort of you don't end up putting the batting in, though - otherwise the jersey might try to run all over. :)

Meanebaby9 days ago

This is GREAT!! Thank you for this wonderful tutorial!! I have always wanted to do a quilt. I am making my first one now, it is a rag top quilt. Will have to try this next!!

ali62620 days ago
It's funny, I can make stuffed animals, but I have trouble with quilts. They require too much precision or something I guess. Just started a jelly roll quilt and am stuck on the back. I'm curious if I'd get less puckering on the backing by starting in the middle and working out instead of edge to edge? I've got 3 family members having children in the next 5 months and was planning quilts for each child. Please advise. Also, the walking foot was by far the best $14 I ever spent. I use it for almost all my sewing. It makes almost all sewing easier!
jessyratfink (author)  ali62617 days ago

Working from the middle out might be tricky, honestly! Sometimes you get things aligned a little off doing it that way.

But what you can do is try spray basting! Here's a good tutorial:

http://www.craftsy.com/blog/2013/03/spray-basting-your-quilts/

Very helpful tutorial, I have looked at loads of sites and this is by far the best! Thank you so much, I can see where I went wrong with my first trial very easily - I am now going to use what I've learnt from here and start with mini quilts as pet quilts before moving onto a big one as a form of test :) this has helped so much :) thank you thank you thank you!
Ive actually made a couple of quilts but tacked them w/ yarn as i didnt have a quilting rack but would LOVE to learn how to really do it right
Thank you so much for your tutorial. I have learned more from you in simple language and steps easy to understand than I have learned from the several "beginner" books from my library!
camisetas1 month ago

You've done a excellent work

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