Step 6: Chain stitching and adding to your rows

Because you don't have to back stitch, you can save time and thread by "chain stitching" your quilt squares together. This means that as you sew 2 squares together, just after the end of the set of squares passes the needle of your machine, instead of cutting the thread, feed in the next stack of squares and continue sewing. See photos below to understand how this should look.

You will end up with a little chain of squares coming out the back of your machine all connected by thread. Now snip apart (being sure to keep them in order) and lay them out again on your work surface.

Next add square 3 to the first row (made up of square 1 sewed to square 2). You can see in the fourth photo below how I arranged the 2 square sets and flipped squares 3, 7, 11, 15 and 19 over onto the patches. I stacked them in order and set them next to the machine so I could chain stitch them and keep them in order.
I am making my first quilt for my daughters baby. Not a baby quilt but more of a child quilt. Anyway, I did an equally eye-catching design on both sides and they are also equal in size. Is that going to be a problem? I was going to send it out for "quilting" and now I've seen a couple put together beginning with a backing much larger than the front! EEEK!! I've already put so much work into it.
<p>great instructions, a real help for me :)</p>
<p>Love it. Looks great.</p>
So cool. You really don't see very many <a href="http://www.winthropgifts.com/srchresult.asp?tag=Handmade+Patch+Quilts" rel="nofollow">handmade quilts for sale</a> anymore. I love it.
Thank you! You have just saved me countless hours. I never knew quite what that ball was for and have been using one of these for years.
I'm planning to make my first quilt, these instructions are very helpful, thanks!
this is such a great instructable. i'm finishing up my first quilt and although the process is simple, your tricks made it so much simpler. especially ironing the rows in opposite directions, the &quot;perfect corners&quot; trick, and your method for tying knots for hand sewing. thank you!
you could easily strip piece these together, i love that orange and the blue! and the wavy stripes!!<br />
can anyone share with me a quilt pattern called "Turning 21"?
Great Instructable. I have been planning a tshirt quilt and I think your method will work wonderfully.
for your t-shirt quilt, one tip, put iron on interfacing on the back of the t-shirts before cutting them out. It reduces stretching.
Thanks so much! I am a complete novice at quilting. Do you think I could use fleece as the backing and as borders between the tshirts, or would that also stretch? Should I use interfacing on the fleece as well?
Personally, I would not use fleece as borders between the shirts (or, if you do, DON"T interface the shirts and just resign yourself to a puckery quilt). Stretchy fabrics are hard to incorporate into quilting, especially for a novice. Fleece on the back would still be a pain but MUCH easier than on the front. If I were you, I'd use pre-washed quilting cotton in between your interfaced shirts and if you're in love with fleece, fleece on the back with no interfacing on the fleece and no batting in the quilt. Good luck!
this is how I make the few quilts I do make. :) Yay!
Cool methodology!! I have been sewing for years but am new to quilting. I just finished my first quilt. My wife has been quilting for years so I learned from her. Your method of sewing and inverting the quilt is cool. Eliminates the need for binding and make things go much quicker. I also love your description for lining up the seams. It is what I did in my Radiant (Morning) Star. Worked great. Have you ever sewn a small border on both sides so it looks like binding when it is done ?? If someone cannot make a quilt with these instructions they just don't want to make a quilt. GREAT JOB!!
Thanks for the nice feedback. I haven't done that with a border but i think it would work...you may need to top stitch after.
This is so awesome!!!! Thank you so much!! I'm new to sewing/quilting, tho I've made a few things. They were not the best looking! You have encouraged me to try again!! Thank You, Thank You!! Give yourself a warm Texas hug!!!
Thank you very much for posting these instructions. I have made a big blanket commemorating my sister's wedding. I folloed your instructions step by step. It was the first time I have ever made anything of this magnitude, and it turned out great! You can find the full process with here: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.43things.com/people/progress/redbandita/7897830">http://www.43things.com/people/progress/redbandita/7897830</a><br/>
Thank you for this instructable! It is very clear, and I'm going to start as soon as I pick up some fabric!
Thank you so much for your instructions!!! I had one failed attempt and after seeing your instructions, you've sparked my interest again! I already started and it looks great so far! YIPPY!
Every other set of instructions I've come across for quilting are disgustingly complicated. This is EASY! My great grandmother used to make quilts. Now I know how too!
Glad you found it helpful. -Melissa
This is a lovely, well written, clear instructable! Now I'm inspired to finish the quilt I started six months ago for my new little nephew. Thanks!

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