Introduction: Make an Easy Weekend Patchwork Quilt Topper

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The first quilt I ever made was a simple hand sewn patchwork quilt worked in strips at my Grandmothers knee.   A pattern now done on a machine and committed to memory that has been repeated many times over as Christmas, Anniversary, Wedding and Shower gifts.

The size of the squares can be adjusted to make it fit any size bed, crib or daybed by simply measuring the mattress top, dividing by 6 and adding 1/2 inch per square for seam allowances.

Step 1: Materials and Prep

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You will need:
  • 2 yards of each, 3 plain, 3 pattern fabrics  cut into 6 inch Squares for Full/Queen Size Quilt.
  • Pattern, (below)
  • Rotary Mat and Cutter (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors or Pinking Shears
  • Sewing Machine or Serger
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board

Prepare:

When selecting your fabrics try to stick to the same weight and type of material. I found after cutting my squares that the pink butterfly fabric was too heavy or bulky with the other fabrics and had to make a trip back to the fabric store to choose another material. Also make sure your fabrics are machine washable to avoid dry cleaning bills on such a large item.

Wash, dry and iron all fabrics to eliminate the possibility of shrinkage after your quilt is finished.
 
Cut 33 squares of fabrics 1 through 5 and 34 squares of fabric 6.

Once your quilt squares are cut lay them side by side  plain, pattern, plain (or vice versa) to determine how you want your pattern to work out. The last color will be the most prominent on the quilt. Once you have decided how you want your pieces to lay in the design assign each fabric a number from 1 to 6 and set them in order on the table so you only have to move down the line when you pick them up from the pile as they are added to your quilt.

*Note: If you have access to a serger and a rotary cutter and mat I highly recommend using them as it will save 2/3 of the time you will spend cutting squares with scissors, trimming and pressing seams open during the assembly of your quilt and will provide more uniform squares.

If you must cut your squares by hand pinking shears are your best choice to prevent raveling because of heavy handling and will reduce raised or lumpy areas under your seams.

Step 2: Begin First Rows

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Starting on row one and following the pattern chart below, with right sides together match up edges and stitch pieces together at the 1/4 inch mark making one long strip, beginning and ending each row with the same fabric piece.

As you finish each strip match it lengthwise to the previous sewn strip. (If you are using a regular sewing machine press seams open first) Pin on seam lines with the seams facing the center of the quilt row.
6 12 34 56 54 32 16
12 34 56 16 54 32 1
2 34 56 12 16 5432
34 56 1232 16 54 3
4 56 12 34 32 16 54
56 12 34 54 32 16 5
6 1234 56 54 32 16
56 12 34 54 32 16 5
4 56 1234 32 16 54
34 56 12 32 16 54 3
2 34 56 12 16 54 32
12 34 56 16 54 32 1
6 12 34 56 54 32 16

Step 3:

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Once you reach the center square, which will be the same as the first and last squares you will pin one facing to the right, the next side facing to the left and continue pinning left to the end of the row.

Step 4: Half Way Through

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As you add rows to your quilt it will become bulky to manage on the machine.

I recommend sewing strips together until you reach the middle row, which will be a repeat of the very first row you made, set the piece aside and continue making strips, following the pattern for the lower half of the quilt as you did for the upper half.

Once the bottom half is complete pin it to the upper half and stitch both halves together. This way you only have to deal with the full bulk of the quilt once.

Step 5: Finishing

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The picture below shows how your quilt will lay on a double bed with the pattern dropping off the outer edges. On a queen size bed it will all lay on top.

You can add borders now if you want more overhang or extra for tucking pillows under - if you choose not to add a border you are ready to add your batting and backing and finish the quilt.

Note: It is generally less expensive to purchase a flat sheet or sheet set for you backing piece, if you purchase a sheet set then you also have pillow cases and a bottom sheet to match.

Comments

luvdfins (author)2017-11-28

I have made several quilts using this pattern. It's called "Trip Around the World". It's a very easy pattern and I've received many compliments on the quilts I've made. If you're new or just want a quick quilt to make this is the one for you. I've been looking for a similar easy pattern but so far haven't found any. Does anyone have any suggestions?

LoriD69 (author)2017-05-07

where do i get this pattern

josie1957 (author)2017-03-05

Hello, I am a beginner too and have made 3 quilts with a straight stitch sewing machine, I have used this old machine for almost 20yrs now. My friend has asked me to make her one in red and grey, so I'm using two different shades of grey. What colour binding would go nicely with this? Any suggestions? Too me, this pattern with the red and greys looks like a checker board. Lol! I hope the upload went through ok.

TiffanyL41 (author)2016-07-22

How do you recommend washing and drying the fabric so it doesn't unravel?

msmarvrhn (author)TiffanyL412016-10-15

I do not pre wash my fabric before cutting and completing the quilt. If you are afraid of colors running you can purchase a product by shout that catches the colors before they run into your other quit blocks.

msmarvrhn (author)2016-10-15

This quilt pattern looks very easy and surging and sewing machine instructions are available. I am into large blocks and with pattern is very easy to increase block size.

LeeB61 (author)2016-03-06

You can always add borders to make it larger in size

Oliviaschaefer22 (author)2016-01-27

how many yards for the backing and batting

fuffuff (author)2016-01-16

I want to make my son a quilt for him to use while he is at college. This looks like a simple design I can make without too much fuss. Earlier today, I ordered University of Cincinnati fabric for his quilt, not having any idea of what pattern I would use. This may be the winner!

Soh HuiC (author)2015-12-30

If I were to make it for a single bed, how do i calculate the number of squares to arrive at a pattern? Thank you.

ChloeH5 (author)2015-09-07

Thank you for this easy and simple design I'll try to make it for my caravan

kevin1790 (author)2013-10-02

going to have a go , increasing pattern to 90x90 which is 15x6" blocks, drew pattern . using a satin fabric. first attempt at quilting love the pattern , wish me luck . will post pics when finished

Sus93 (author)2013-04-01

Is it possible to make this larger??? I need to make a California King one and I just love your pattern!!! It is so beautiful and I thought maybe just making the squares larger I coul make the quilt bigger. I figured I would ask you before I started cutting 75$ worth of beautiful fabric!!! Thank you.

blossom9283 (author)2012-02-18

Do you add batting to the back of this?? Batting is the one thing I never quite learned how to add. :(

pab59 (author)2010-07-15

Years ago I watched a pbs show that had an easy way to make a quilt and I have made them that way since. The instructions were to lay your squares out in the pattern you planned to use..then sew sets of two together... then sew the pairs to anohter pair...when you have all the sets of 4 sewn ttogether...then you start sewing 2 sets of four to gether. does this make sense? There is an orange bar in my way of seeing what I am typing..so I hope what I typed above is typed correct. In any case... The plan was to keep the seams lined up well by making small groups become bigger and bigger until you are sewing together your groups of 16 etc. I have tried making long strips and I always end up off by the end of the line of sewing two together. Has anyone made quilts the way I describe or have any advice?

gnatquill (author)pab592012-02-12

A walking foot for your machine will solve the mismatched seams issue. Mine cost about £35 and it basically adds feed dogs to the top of your fabric so they are fed through at the same speed/strength. Its slightly noisy though!

alonelymom (author)2012-02-02

Your pattern is very pretty and my daughter liked it so I printed the pattern and and she picked her fabric. Now I have questions for you. Your pattern says 2 yards each, cut 33 6in sq of fabric 1-5 and 34 of fabric 6. Now I bought 7/8 of a yard and got 35 6 in sq of each of 6 fabrics. Then your layout pattern only has 13x13 sq's which would only give a width and height of 72 inches ( you lose 1/2 inch on each square (1/4 each side of square except 1st and last in row).
So my issue is, you said this was for a double/queen but the measurements don't add up. Even a twin bed is 72 inches long but that leaves you no hang over. Your pattern 13x13 = 169 squares, you say 33 1-5 fabrics, 34 of #6 which equals 199 squares, so it just doesn't add up.
Sorry if I confused anyone, it's just the math doesn't add up to the size she says it should be. I now have fabric all cut but it won't be big enough and doubling the pattern will be to big...sigh

mishaz (author)alonelymom2012-02-11

I agree the numbers don't add up

The amount you need for each fabric depends on what size quilt topper/ duvet cover you would like to make.
You can check the size at this site it provides measurements in both imperial and metric
http://www.ilovemyduvet.co.uk/content/view/42/62/

I was making one for a king size duvet cover which is 220cm by 225cm.

The pattern requires us to make a square quilt made up of 13 squares.

So each square will be Size of quilt +1cm/13 in my case 220+1/13 =17cm
1 cm for the seam allowance

17cm should be the finished size of each square. that means leaving a half cm allowance for stitching on each side, you should cut out 18cm squares.

The pattern requires 27 squares of each fabric, thats approximately 100cm *127cm for

Fabric number 6 requires 28 squares, so you'll need a bit more fabric.

You may re quire extra fabric to make sure the finished quilt covers the bed/duvet, as the square topper is only going to be 221 cm I will add a 5 cm strip to one end, you could add two 2.5 cm to both ends.

I also made this design I' havent posted it on instructables yet but its on my blog. http://daydreamin24-7.blogspot.com

P.S I'm a beginner- so although it is easy -I found it quite time consuming - I don't think its a one weekend project- butthen I maybe v v slow :-)
thank you for the pattern though -I love it!

Slb303 (author)2012-01-06

In your instructions for using the patten on other sizes you advise to divide by 6 and add half an inch for the seams.I find this confusing as the square is thirteen squares by thirteen wouldn't you divide by thirteen and then add the half an inch.eg if the bed is 60 inches and you divide by 6 then the squares are 10 inches but you use 13 to make the quilt so it would be 130 inches wide

caswas (author)2011-06-29

could you please i help me i can not seem to find the pattern to this quilt :/

supegina (author)2011-01-10

it's very nice, i love it

Amiaeagle (author)2010-03-14

This is beautiful!  I've seen it done a thousand times and thought I could never make it look as good as yours does. But after seeing your instructions, I might give it another try. Thanks.

Sew Crafty (author)Amiaeagle2010-03-14

You really should try  it Amiaeagle, it is very simple. I have been doing this quilt since childhood and it is a great one for a first try at quilting.

Judith756 (author)2010-03-13

Great color and pattern combination. Voted and starred.  Love this.  When you sending me the finished product?  King sized....lol. 

Sew Crafty (author)Judith7562010-03-13

LOL thanks Judith, I will see what I can do about dimensions for a King Size, would that be California King or New Orleans King?.

Judith756 (author)Sew Crafty2010-03-14

I do hope you know I was kidding about sending me one.  My dogs sleep in the bed with me and would have something so pretty so stained.  You keep it for grandkids.  MUAH!!!!

Sew Crafty (author)Judith7562010-03-14

LOL Judith I just love you to pieces. BTW My dogs sleep in my bed too, scotch guard does wonders for stain proofing.

Is there really a difference in king size bed sizes, or am I just really gulable?

Judith756 (author)porcupinemamma2010-03-14

A California King is longer then the regular king.  You are not gulible at all. 

Yes there is a difference. A  King Mattress is 76" x 80"  and a California King Mattress is: 72" x 84"

Well!  Blow me over with a feather!  I had no idea-who 'da thunk it?

LOL I think they just changed the dimensions so they could stick the word 'California' on the King Size and make it seem special. Actually it is the same amount of square inches they just put 4 inches in the other direction.

juvinurse (author)2010-03-13

I keep voting everyday!!!! It is beautiful!!!

Sew Crafty (author)juvinurse2010-03-14

LOL Thanks Juvinurse, I appreciate your support and enthusiasm!

maryrussel (author)2010-03-13

Just lovely! Voted for you.

Sew Crafty (author)maryrussel2010-03-13

Thanks I appreciate you Mary

carlprimetimelee (author)2010-03-13

 Gather friend hoping I voted on the right entry.

You sure did Carl, thanks for your support my friend

porcupinemamma (author)2010-03-13

Your directions were so clear!  Any time I've looked at books about quilting, they are so complicated, I walk away.  Your formula is brilliant!  Thanks-voted 100%

Glad to have been of help Lynn and thanks so much for your support.

Lee P. (author)2010-03-13

I think I voted.  I punched the Vote button and it now reads unvote, so I guess I voted.  The quilt is really lovely. 

Sew Crafty (author)Lee P.2010-03-13

LOL Yes Lee you voted, love the new pic BTW

IAMNORA (author)2010-03-12

Wow, this is really gorgeous!  I just joined a little while ago.....you've definitely got my vote!!!

Sew Crafty (author)IAMNORA2010-03-12

Well thank you Nora I hope to see you posting here too!

lostnwv (author)2010-03-12

Very pretty.

Sew Crafty (author)lostnwv2010-03-12

Thank you Lostnwv!

abitosunshine (author)2010-03-12

You're pretty in pink my Gatherin' friend!

Sew Crafty (author)abitosunshine2010-03-12

Thanks so much Sunshine you're pretty special yourself!

williampinn (author)2010-03-12

Nice!

Sew Crafty (author)williampinn2010-03-12

Thanks so much William!

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