You will need:
- A selection of fabrics
- transparent ruler
- A cutting mat
- Rotary knife
- Batting (the filling that goes inside the quilt)
- Sharp scissors
- Lots of pins and safety pins
- A needle and thread or sewing machine
- A pattern – either design your own or find inspiration in a book or online
- Once you’ve decided on your design, divide it into 15-30cm squares (called blocks, made up of smaller shapes). Working on each block individually is more manageable than doing a whole quilt at once.
- Wash and iron your fabric. Cut into the shapes needed for the pattern using your paper templates. Be sure to allow 6mm extra per square for seaming. Once you have cut out all the pieces, lay them out on the floor to check the pattern.
- Now it’s time to start sewing. Sandwich two patches together, with the right side of the fabric facing inwards, and using a basic running stitch, sew them together up one side.
- Join more patches until you have made a block (a block is one square portion of the whole design). Once all the blocks are completed, sew them together according to your pattern. That’s the quilt top done. Iron to flatten out seams.
- Spread out a plain piece of fabric, which will be the back of your quilt, and place the batting on top. Both the fabric and batting should be cut to the same size as your quilt top, which you now lay on top of the batting, right side up.
- Choose a colour of thread that goes with the quilt design, then, starting in the centre of the quilt and working outwards, sew through all three layers around the individual blocks, or in lines across your whole quilt.
- Finally, make the binding, a border that protects the seams and adds a more finished look. Cut four separate strips of fabric, about 12cm wide and of the same length as each side of your quilt, plus 25mm spare.
- Make a 6mm fold along each of the long edges and iron it, then fold the whole strip in half, lengthways.
- Pin one side of the strip along the edge of the quilt top, then flip it over and pin the strip to the backing. Then sew both sides in place. Repeat along the other three sides of the quilt. You’re done.