Make an Easy Weekend Patchwork Quilt Topper

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Introduction: Make an Easy Weekend Patchwork Quilt Topper

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

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

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:

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

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

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.

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    60 Discussions

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    linzelou
    linzelou

    Question 8 months ago on Step 5

    How many yards are needed for the backing?

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    maryknowsbest2
    maryknowsbest2

    Question 11 months ago on Step 5

    im a beginner can you tell me what color each number represents please

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    MikeB706
    MikeB706

    Question 1 year ago on Step 2

    What stitch did you use on the serger?

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    luvdfins
    luvdfins

    2 years ago

    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?

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    LoriD69
    LoriD69

    3 years ago

    where do i get this pattern

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    josie1957
    josie1957

    3 years ago

    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.

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    TiffanyL41
    TiffanyL41

    4 years ago

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

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    msmarvrhn
    msmarvrhn

    Reply 4 years ago

    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.

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    msmarvrhn
    msmarvrhn

    4 years ago

    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.

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    LeeB61
    LeeB61

    4 years ago

    You can always add borders to make it larger in size

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    Oliviaschaefer22
    Oliviaschaefer22

    4 years ago

    how many yards for the backing and batting

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    fuffuff
    fuffuff

    4 years ago

    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!

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    Soh HuiC
    Soh HuiC

    4 years ago

    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.

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    ChloeH5
    ChloeH5

    5 years ago on Introduction

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

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    kevin1790
    kevin1790

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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

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    Sus93
    Sus93

    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    blossom9283
    blossom9283

    8 years ago on Introduction

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

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    pab59
    pab59

    10 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    gnatquill
    gnatquill

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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!