How to Patchwork Quilt – Part 3


We finished How to Patchwork Quilt – Part 2 with the patchwork completed and now it’s time to move onto the quilting part.

There are many different ways to make a quilt but, for the purpose of this tutorial I’m doing it the simplest way.

Making the quilt.

A quick note here….3 layers of patchwork quiltI decided to add a cream strip along the top of the patchwork, (about 15/16 cm), the idea being I can embroider the baby’s name in the corner once he/she’s born.

Lay the batting/wadding on the bottom, then the patchwork facing up, then the backing.


Sew around 3 sides Open End of patchwork quiltleaving the top open. Trim the seam then turn right sides out leaving the batting in the middle.




Time to get the iron Patchwork quilt ironedout again! Turn the open edges in and give the quilt a good press. Top stitch all the way around the edge. You can use a contrasting thread colour for this, I kept it white as I don’t know whether it’s for a boy or girl.




As with the joining of the pieces, there are many different methods and patterns for the quilting part. You can see some elaborate examples in How to Quilt – Part 1

A lot will depend on the machine Patchwork quilt squareyou have and the thickness of the quilt. My sewing machine isn’t a quilting machine so I chose a simple straight machine stitch criss-crossed over a 4×4 square. Again I kept the white thread. It’s hard to see in the image but hopefully you get the idea.


Another press and finished! How to patchwork quilt finishedThis was the easiest patchwork quilt I could make, it’s a new skill for me to learn so always best to start simple! It’s not perfect, there are some “wobbly” bits but for a first attempt I’m pleased with it.



I enjoyed the process and some of the examples I saw in my research have inspired me to do more. Proper quilting rulers would have made cutting the patchwork pieces easier. If you want to learn more about quilting and the best tools to us, take a look at this site.

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  1. I love this type of quilt. It reminds me of my grandma. I really appreciate every piece of work as each piece is unique and only one in the world, each piece is a master piece! I still remember I bought one when I went to visit China 15 years ago and I am still using it until today! I bet my wife will love to learn the sewn technique if there is a video for it. By the way, are those quilt for sale?

    • Yes, all the quilts are unique but it isn’t that hard to make a patchwork quilt
      I’ll bet the quilt you bought from China is beautiful, hard wearing too by the sound of it!

      The quilts I made from the “How To Patchwork Quilt” tutorial have all been given as presents now, but I might make more in the future. 🙂

  2. Hi Kathy,
    This article reminds me of all the handmade quilts that I grew up with. My grandma made all of them from blankets to coffee coasters and they were beautiful. I never learned the skills while she was around. But, now with the internet and YouTube, I am hoping to make my own quilts someday. Thanks for the inspiration Kathy.

    • Thanks Cathy. I got inspiration researching for this “how to patchwork quilt article.” Seeing all the beautiful quilts has made me want to learn more! 🙂

  3. What a lovely quilt – and WELL DONE since this is a skill new to you. I am sure you will be inspired to go on and make more now. You write really good tutorials.

    • Thanks Jennie, you are a wonderful quilter so high praise! I definitely want to make more but need more accuracy in cutting the shapes. I also want a new super duper quilting sewing machine 😉

  4. I LOVE patchwork! It just feels different, and I’ve always loved how unique every single piece is!

  5. Hey Kathy, I really liked the extra info on what tools and such would’ve help at the bottom. It gave me some real insight as to what things I might realistically need to quilt instead of just having a list of tools and not knowing why I need them. I’ve bought way too many sets of tools for different things all to find out that 50% of them are only if I was doing something specific and fancy that I hadn’t planned on doing to at all.

    • Yes Megan, I know we can sometimes buy too much but having the right tools does help. The Brother cs600i computerized sewing machine is a great all round machine and also copes with quilting. Thanks for the comment. 🙂

  6. I love quilts. They add a wonderful touch to any atmosphere. I think quilting is a real art. I have seen some quilts that are really pieces of art. I like the idea of leaving a strip ready to embroider the baby’s name. I am sure that using an excellent sewing machine like the one you recommend here, plays a crucial role on the quality of the quilt. Thanks for the step by step explanation. Blessings!

    • Thank you Hilda, I really want to do more of this. During my research I aw some amazing patchwork quilts, many of them hand sewn. An computerized quilting sewing machine is on my wish list!

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