Choose a quilt pattern

The first step in making a quilt is to find a pattern that you love. There are so many types of quilts and patterns that your best bet is to pick an aesthetic or type of quilting and then go from there.

Gather the Materials and Tools

If you have decided to make a simple block (like a patchwork square or simple half square triangle) and aren’t sure how much fabric to buy, try to find the dimensions of each block, then decide how many blocks you need to build the size quilt you want. This process may seem a bit difficult if you’ve never tackled it before, and you can try checking an online quilt fabric calculator.

Cut and Sew the Patchwork

Stitching together accurate patchwork starts with accurate cutting. Sewing a perfect straight stitch seam will help your final quilt come together without puckers, wavy, or unmatched seams.

Basting the Quilt

Putting together the quilt sandwich and basting all the layers together is an important step. A quilt sandwich basted well is less likely to bunch-up, pucker, or become distorted during the quilting process.


Adding binding finishes the edges of your quilt nicely after quilting. There are a few methods to binding, and quilters usually find a favorite method and stick to it.

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