How To Make a Fast & Easy Quilt

How to make this Quilt! It is easy- so easy it could be a MomSpark No-Brainer!

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The most fantastic thing about this quilt is how easy and how fast it comes together. I guess technically that is two fantastic things. Fast and almost effortless are great qualities but my favorite part about this quilt is that you can make it as simple or as complex as you want. It is a great quilt and an even better base pattern. That is what makes this is a great first quilt.

The directions bellow are for a crib/cuddly toddler size quilt.

What you will need:

  • total of 2 yards of Cotton Quilting Fabric
  • 2 yards of Minky fabric
  • 2 yards Flannel for middle layer

** I can not reiterate this enough. This is a basic pattern, because of that you can switch it up very easily. If you want 2 or 6 or 100 different patterned fabrics on the front – go for it. If you want multiple fabrics on the back, that works too. I chose to do one fabric on the back and a simple diagonal pattern on front.

Also this works with a variety of fabrics too. I did this quilt in flannel. It is the same 6inch square pattern, just a slight variation by using two fabrics on the both sides. Also this would be a great scrap quilt. In fact, I plan on making one when our last baby is done with all the flannel receiving blankets and make myself one giant Imissholdingbabies quilt just for me to cuddle under.

Okay. So you got your fabric..

Before you go check out, add these things to your cart if you don’t already have them.

  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Quilt ruler- at least 6 inches wide
  • Seam ripper- because even the best of us make mistakes
  • Thread. This quilt uses quite a bit of thread so I would grab two spools.
  • Oh and if you haven’t already got one, buy a sewing machine – It will be very much needed to make this quilt!

Now the fun begins. Well for me the fun began back at the store choosing the fabrics. But for a good blog arc, lets say the first-rate action packed fun begins NOW!

Start cutting your 6inch by 6inch squares.

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You will want to cutall the fabric (that means the minky, the cotton and the flannel)  into 6 inch squares. This takes a while, but really isn’t that bad. I would suggest a Diet Coke and some reruns of your favorite TV series to pass the time.I got caught up with Mad Men while cutting out the fabric for this quilt.

After you are done with cutting squares, get up, stretch your back, let your eyes focus on something other than your fabric. When you can see straight and your back barely aches, you are ready to start putting together the quilt!

Unlike most quilts, you will do the quilting before sewing the blocks all together.

You will need to do this to every block. It doesn’t matter what side is up while you stitch (unless you chose a different bobbin color-if you did, kudos to you for going the extra step to make the quilt more uniquely yours and you now have to be careful what side is up) all that matters is that the flannel is sandwiched in the middle and that the fabrics all line up to as close to square as possible (perfection is not needed though-this is a very forgiving quilt)

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I chose a simple X pattern, but you can do whatever you want. The goal is to make it so that the flannel does not shift around inside each of the blocks once the quilt is all pieced together and you are cuddling under your one of a kind creation.

How To Make a Fast & Easy Quilt momspark.net

How To Make a Fast & Easy Quilt momspark.net

How To Make a Fast & Easy Quilt momspark.net

Now that all the blocks are quilted, lay out your pattern.

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Next start attaching the blocks. READ THIS: WRONG SIDE FACING IN! Do not make the mistake of putting the patterned fabric facing in….that is unless that is the look you choose. I personally prefer the pattern side to have the ragging.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

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after your rows have been sewn together start attaching the rows.

How To Make a Fast & Easy Quilt momspark.net

when all the rows are attached sew a 1/4 inch seam around the perimeter of the quilt.

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Now admire your work. You did good, very fine indeed. However you are not done yet.  Now you must start cutting, and yet again, get comfy because this can take a while.

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Keep snipping…. and snipping…. and snipping until all seams have been snipped – even around the perimeter.

After you have snipped close to – but not through all the seams, wash the quilt. The first wash is important. This will start the ragging process. Wash on cold and then dry it all the way.

Then you are done!

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Now, you can celebrate. You finished a quilt!

Go show off your quilt, wrap it up as a gift, or hand it over to your little one who doesn’t understand how much he should appreciate his mommy’s hard work, effort and love that went into their one of a kind, mom made quilt.

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Meg

Meg was married in July of 2005 to her self proclaimed geeky husband. Two months after getting married they adopted a golden retriever mutt who was a product of her paper certified, pure bred, golden retriever mom and the neighborhood mutt. Not long after Lucy the mutt came into the picture, Meg peed on a stick and from that moment on, everything changed. Almost 5 years later Meg's life has morphed from her dream of bolting out Broadway ballads on stage to the more exciting, challenging, draining and wonderful life of a SAHM to two energetic little boys. Meg is pregnant with her third child who, according to the ultrasound technician, is definitely a girl! To keep sane she locks herself in her office and sews, she works in the yard, does DIY style home improvement projects, contributes to Mom Spark and blogs on her own site, http://www.thoughtsnstuff.com.

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24 Responses to “How To Make a Fast & Easy Quilt”

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    Jenn — March 29, 2010 at 9:49 am

    What a fabulous idea. I started making a quilt two years ago but I only got the top done. I’m totally paralyzed by the actual “quilting” process, afraid I’ll mess it up beyond repair. I’ll give this one a try for my son’s room. Messing up one square is nothing to ruining an entire quilt top. Hopefully it will give me the courage to finish the one I started years ago. Thanks for a great idea!!!

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    Meg — March 29, 2010 at 11:05 am

    @Jenn I know what you mean about unfinished quilt tops… it can be very daunting. I would suggest starting small with a baby/toddler size quilt to practice quilting. Or if you have a spare hundred or so dollars, send it a professional to get it quilted. I have done that once and the results are well worth the money.

    This is a great quilt. If you are looking to step it up a notch (since you seem to know what you are doing in the sewing department!) you can cut the squares into triangles. Then you would have the ragging effect as a diagonal line through the quilt as well as the ragging around the edge of each block.
    Here is the best pic I could find after a quick google search of what I am talking about. This quilt has both full squares and triangle blocks:
    http://www.aokcorral.com/pmpre/images/kathysquilts/kathysquilts_image3.jpg

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    Elizabeth — March 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I have done this except with denim for the back and flannel for the top. It’s heavy enough not to need the extra layer. Same process but skip the quilting layer. Just sew the squares together and snip. I recycle old jeans for the denim squares.

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    • Meg replied: — March 29th, 2010 @ 1:24 pm

      @Elizabeth, I have a jean quilt like that too.

      How does yours wash up? I have had mine for about a decade now and it is just starting to pull at the seams and tear apart. When I asked my Grandma about this (a quilting expert ;) ) she said that if it would have been quilted it probably wouldn’t be pulling apart. Without the quilting the weight of the denim puts a lot of pressure on the seam.

      That said… I have had the quilt for a little over 10 years and it is used often and washed often so a little wear and tear is to be expected!

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    Lindsey — October 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Meg, how did you get into quilting and learn how?

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    • Meg replied: — October 20th, 2010 @ 5:23 pm

      @Lindsey, My Grandma is a incredible quilter so I guess I could blame her for my obsession! She never really taught me how to quilt though. I started easy with jean quilts, rag quilts and baby quilts and have been learning as I go. I love fabric and quilting lends it self well to a fabric lover!

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    Barb — May 25, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I love this quilt and I’ve bought material and I’m ready to sew! One question… do you wash the material first???

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    • Meg replied: — May 26th, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

      @Barb, I never wash my fabric before… I think that it just adds one more step and I am too impatient. Some die-hards swear it is the only way to quilt but I disagree. If you don’t wash the fabric you get a “stippling’ look (little little bumps along the quilting seams) which I think makes the quilt look more “loved”. I think it fits the style of this quilt best.

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    Shairbearg — February 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I am sooooo going to make this! I have been wanting to make one for a while, but had no idea how. Thanks for sharing!

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