How to Make a Quilt Using Square Patterns

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A quilt can be the perfect gift for weddings, baby showers or a nice addition to your home. Quilt squares range from simple and classic to intricate and difficult to create. Beautiful quilts can be made by using a simple square pattern with different configurations and fabrics. A nine-patch quilt is a simple square pattern that is perfect for beginners.

Things You'll Need

  • Two colors of fabric -- one dark, one light
  • Washer and dryer
  • Laundry soap
  • Posterboard
  • Pencil
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

Instructions

  • Sew quilt blocks in even numbered inches. For example, the blocks could measure 6 inches by 6 inches, 8 inches by 8 inches, 12 inches by 12 inches, etc.

  • Wash and dry the fabrics before you begin quilting. This will reduce the chance one or both fabrics will shrink after the quilt is created.

  • Create a template for your quilt squares. This will save time and keep all the quilt squares the same size. Measure posterboard to the correct size and cut it out.

  • Use a pencil to trace the posterboard on the wrong side of the fabric, or the side that will not face up when the quilt is together. Cut out five squares from the dark fabric and four squares from the light fabric.

  • Put the squares on a work area. Place four dark squares in four corners and the additional dark square in the center. Fill in the center of the top, bottom, right and left of the block with the light squares. The final pattern will resemble a checkerboard.

  • Sew the first row of squares together. Leave a 1/4-inch seam allowance for sewing purposes. Place the first square on top of the second and sew the right sides together. Place the third square on top of the second square and sew the right sides together. Repeat for the other two rows of squares.

  • Press all the seams of the right side rows and sew the rows together. Place the first row on top of the second and sew the right sides together. Please the last row on top of the second row and sew the right sides together.

  • Press the seams down and repeat until all squares are created. Sew the squares together.

Tips & Warnings

  • When the squares are sewn together, the quilt can be framed for hanging on a wall or a backing can be sewn on it for practical use.
  • The more practice with the square pattern, the more difficult patterns can be attempted
  • Always ask an adult to supervise children using a sewing machine.

References

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