Picture of how to sew a quilt! (quilting 101)
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!10 months ago

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


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

thanks alot!

jessyratfink (author)  tsarangova4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!! :D

Thank you!

That nice is it hard to do


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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jessyratfink (author)  shimrit.or.74 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.

jessyratfink (author)  rachel.dewar.144 months ago

That's so cute! Great job. :D

I love the borders and the print!

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!

wizgirl made it!1 year ago
Thank you!
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.
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!
jessyratfink (author)  ToniRose2 years ago
Ahhhhhhhhh! So awesome. :D I love the colors!
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!
camisetas11 days ago

You've done a excellent work

MomMaters15 days ago
I have 1 more question...
I'm wanting to put a border around each 9 block, but don't know how. Please please tell me you do!! ?
jessyratfink (author)  MomMaters15 days ago

Here we go! This is the way I've always done it:

jessyratfink (author)  MomMaters15 days ago

Sure, no problem! I think I'll actually do an instructable over that. I'll try to get it posted asap and link you :)

JasonH1616 days ago

Just a quick heads up; the amazon link to the bias tape maker above is actually to a 1-1/8" bias tape maker tip that goes onto a machine for making it. The amazon link for the actual bias tape maker you are using in your fantastic write-up is:

Thanks for such a great how-to.

jessyratfink (author)  JasonH1615 days ago

Thanks very much for finding that - I'll update it now! :D

And you're welcome!

MomMaters1 month ago
Thanks for the help! You're awesome!!
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carly.mobbs made it!1 month ago

This was my very first attempt at making a quilt! Thank you for the very complete instructions!

jessyratfink (author)  carly.mobbs1 month ago

That's beautiful! I love the bright colors. :D

thank you!

lily.audhui1 month ago

ouah, well done . we can feel the hard work and passion in it .

Very nice step by step instruction

Thank you


MomMaters1 month ago
Ok great! I am making my quilt for my sisters queen size bed, the problem with that is she wants it longer and wider than a standard queen... Can I make it 8 wide & 10 long, and still have it turn out?
You are soooooo much help!! I truly can't thank you enough!!!
jessyratfink (author)  MomMaters1 month ago

Absolutely!! If you buy a king size flat sheet for the back it should all go super smoothly. :)

And you're welcome!! I'm excited to help. :D

MomMaters1 month ago
I am just curious about one other thing...
There are pictures of smaller 9 blocks with solid blocks, what size material squares you use for these? Reference to tsarsngova blue quilt.
jessyratfink (author)  MomMaters1 month ago

If you'd like to use a solid color for one block, you can just match them to the size of a pieced block. In this case that would mean you'd want a piece of solid fabric 10.5x10.5 inches. :)

barbara.anne.96 made it!2 months ago

My son and his wife decided to have napkins of all different colors for their wedding. They mail the remnant material to my 90 year old mother to sew the hems into napkins. The weekend of the wedding as we are setting everything up (it was all outside) my mom is told that they want them make into bow ties. She thought this was the last of the napkins. While my brother and I were shopping for rehearsal dinner equipment, she made all the bow ties (around 125). Wedding goes off without a hitch, everything is beautiful. So I ask them for the napkins back so I can make a quilt. I have never made a quilt before. I even bought a new sewing machine to undertake this task. So I search the web for the best tutorial. I find yours. I cannot thank you enough for how easy you made this undertaking. I have created the wedding quilt. See images from wedding napkins to wedding quilt. I wrapped it up for them for Christmas. However, I really wanted to keep it for myself.

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