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How to Make a Quilt Top

Laura’s method for making  small quilts

Part 2 of 7 How to Make a Small Quilt

This tutorial is very long so I broke it up into sections. Please visit all of them for comprehensive instructions.

Follow the tutorials in this order:

  1. The Quarter Inch Foot
  2. Precedes this tutorial

  3. Layering a Quilt
  4. Quilting a small quilt
  5. The Quilt Sleeve
  6. How to Make a Quilt Label
  7. Laura’s Affordable way to hang a quilt

For the non quilter - so far. smiles The best part about making quilts is they don’t have to fit or look good on you. Make any color or style that catches you eye and enjoy the rewards.

I started making door quilts to replace wreaths that are so difficult to store. We have a storm door on the front so it is protected from the elements and does not get direct sun. Also, I must admit I hang them on the inside of the front door too  - for my viewing.

Door quilts have become very popular with my followers. The second most question I get asked is how to make them.

The quarter inch presser foot

I’ll start here since it is vital to this technique. Please visit my tutorial The Quarter Inch Presser Foot.

 

Notions

  1. Quarter inch presser foot
  2. Size 12 topstitch needle - recommended
  3. Quilt batting - not fusible
  4. Embroidery design already sewn - visit my website for the designs
  5. Fabric for borders
  6. Fabric for quilt backing
  7. Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler (24 inch)
  8. Cotton thread for construction (size 50) - match color(s) of fabric
  9. Cotton thread for the bobbin that matches the backing fabric - size 50 or 60
  10. Cotton thread for the quilting - size 40, 50, or 60
  11. Straight pins - 1.25 inch sharp glass head pins
  12. Use inch seam allowances unless otherwise noted.
  13. I will not be using quilt binding on the quilt in this tutorial.

Embroidery Design

Follow the directions for sewing the embroidery design with fusible quilt batting. See the pdf that came with the collection. I’m using the embroidery design Our Whole Life as the example in this tutorial. This design itself is quilted in the hoop. But the rest of the quilt will need to be quilted. Continue through the tutorials as outlined at the top of the page.

Preparing the embroidery for the quilt top

I’m using the embroidery design Our Whole Life as the example in this tutorial. The rectangular embroidery design is 7.75 x 11 inches.

After the embroidery is finished and fringe released (this embroidery design has fringe), remove it from the hoop.

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Spritz the hoop marks with clear water. I hold my hand next to the embroidery so it will not get wet. Press (not iron) the creases out. There should be no wrinkles in the embroidery if you followed my directions for making the design.

Using your rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, trim off the excess around the design leaving 1 inches outside the design.

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Now the piece is now a 10.75 x 14 inch and so far the it is the quilt top.

If there are other designs to add to the quilt, repeat the same procedure with the other designs.

See my banners with 2 designs - Spring Banner, Summer in My Heart, Welcome Fall, Poinsettias & Pomegranates, Welcome, Winter Magic, and others.   

 

 

Making the Quilt Top

The embroidery design is the center focus of this quilt top. Borders are added around the design to create the rest of the quilt top.

Borders

On each border around, I make the side borders first and the top/bottom borders second

Cut the borders as wide as desired. However, the length must be measured and cut as described below

Border 1

In this example border 1 is blue fabric.

The length of the quilt top noted above is 14 inches

Cut the 2 side borders 14 inches long x 1.5 inches wide.

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Right sides together sew them on either side of the quilt top

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Press seams flat first. Then press the seam to the side and away from the embroidery.

Glorious Hearts

Measure across the center of the quilt including the borders

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Cut the top and bottom border this length x 1.5 inches wide.

Right sides together sew them on the top and bottom of the quilt top

Press seams flat first and then to the side and away from the embroidery.

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Border 2

In this example border 2 is orange fabric

Measure top to bottom the length of the center of the quilt top

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The Boutonniere No. 7

Cut the 2 side borders this length x 2 inches wide

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Right sides together sew them on either side of the quilt top

Press seams flat first and then to the side and away from the embroidery.

 

Measure across the center of the quilt top including the 2 borders

Cut the top and bottom border this length x 2 inch wide

 

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Right sides together sew them on the top and bottom of the quilt top

Press seams flat first and then to the side and away from the embroidery.

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Border 3

In this example border 3 is blue fabric

Following the same procedure as for borders 1 and 2, cut border #3 pieces 3 inch inches wide.

Press seams flat first and then to the side and away from the embroidery

Press the completed quilt top on both sides. When pressing the embroidery portion of the quilt, press it face down over a thick terry towel or wool press mat to prevent crushing the embroidery.

Now the quilt top is ready to be made into a quilt.

 

Front side of the quilt

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Back side of the quilt

QuiltTutorial_300_012_400This concludes making the quilt top

Continue with this tutorial in this order:

  1. Layering a Quilt
  2. How to Quilt a Quilt
  3. How to Make a Quilt Label
  4. Quilt Sleeve
  5. Laura’s affordable Method of Hanging a Quilt

Outdoor Quilts

 

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