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Making a quilt from start to end

Making a quilt from start to end - free tutorials

These are the steps I follow for all my quilts.

Step 1 – Making the quilt top

Choose a quilt pattern or design your own. Here you have 2 of my free patterns:

Free pattern: Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt
Disappearing pinwheel sampler quilt.

Half square triangles sampler quilt
16 Half Square Triangles quilt.

Step 2 – Quilting

Free motion quilting

There are many ways to do the quilting. I usually do free motion for all my quilts.

It’s quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

If you wish to try, here’s how you do it:

Check out my free motion tutorial for more details.

Quilt as you go (QAYG)

You can quilt the top as one piece or block by block with sashing. I prefer QAYG. It’s a lot easier on a domestic machine.

QAYG with narrow sashing

The finished sashing width for this technique is 1/2 inch. Learn the  technique in under 3 minutes:

Check out my Quilt as you go with narrow sashing tutorial.

QAYG with wide sashing

The finished sashing width for this technique is 2 inches. Learn the  technique in 3 minutes:

Check out my Quilt as you go with wide sashing tutorial.

Step 3 – Making flange or faux piping binding

If you want to add a very special touch to your binding, check this tutorial out:

Check out my flange binding tutorial.

Step 4 – Binding the quilt

This is the final step to making a quilt. Learn to bind the quilt by machine:

Video tutorial: Storm at sea quilt block – version 1

Storm at sea quilt block - video tutorial

This block is deceptively easy to make. The beauty of this block resides in the many quilt layouts you can make by just using different colours for each piece.

How to make a Storm at sea block

Watch a short video demonstrating how to make this block.

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This block is a perfect block to learn foundation paper piecing.

I know a lot of people feel a bit confused by foundation piecing. I hope this video makes sense to you.

Storm at sea block size

9 1/2 inches.

Download pattern

Note: the paper pattern has one extra small square in a square pattern piece that you don’t  need to use.

Some quilt layouts that can be made with this block

Storm at sea quilt layouts - video tutorial


2 Disappearing 9-patch blocks – video tutorials

Video tutorial: 2 disappearing 9-patch blocks

How to make a disappearing 9-patch block

See what quilt designs you can make with this block.

How to make a double disappearing 9-patch quilt block

See what quilt designs you can make with this variation of the block.