Simple Basic Beginner Quilt


This quilt idea is surprisingly easy! Great pattern for beginners.

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Simple Basic Beginner Quilt

By Becky Jorgensen

This quilt idea is surprisingly easy! Great pattern for beginners, I'll tell you. Are you in a pinch for a present? Buy three fabrics and whip this one out.

The project will not use a typical binding. It will use more of a rollover. But I believe it still leaves a nice edge…and it really allows you to skip the whole binding thing all together. Who doesn't like that?

Simple Basic Beginner Quilt


Shall we begin?

1) Cut your fabric. Cut your accent fabric (that is the outside border/binding fabric) LARGER than your center fabric.

Accent fabric cut to 40 inches square.

Center fabric cut to 30 inches square.

I'll quickly tell you what the theory of this is: The back or accent fabric will get pulled to the front or center fabric. If you cut the back 10 inches larger than the front, then it will come about 5 inches onto the front on EACH side. Make your own adjustments on these cut measurements. I had one piece that wasn't large enough to get a 40 inch cut, so I went with 36 inches. Therefore, my accent only comes around to the front 3 inches on each side. Get it?

2) Fold the accent and the center fabrics in half and mark the center with a pencil on the wrong side of the fabric the center. Repeat for all 4 sides of each piece.


3) Taking the accent and the center fabrics, match the marked center points and pin in place —right sides together. Continue to pin from the center out to the edge.

***NOTICE that the edges DO NOT MATCH!!!! This is not a mistake. I am not batty. (no comments there please)

Match Marked Centers


See how the accent is dangling in the corner? No worries though - this will become the mitered corner. Nice, huh?

Dangling Accent


4) After pinning from the center to the edges along all 4 sides, it is time to sew!

5) Start in the center on one side and stitch to the edge. ***You will need to STOP SEWING 1/4 inch from the edge***

Start In The Center


6) Start again 1/4 inch from the edge and sew along the next side—again, stopping 1/4 inch from the edge. Repeat until you go around all 4 sides—-LEAVE AN OPENING FOR TURNING—-

7) Now you will need to deal with those floppy corners. Fold that inside center fabric in.

Dealing With Floppy Corners


8) Fold the sides in, matching up the side seams.

Fold Sides In


9) Take a ruler and line it up along the folded edge and the end of the sewing line- where you stopped stitching. Draw a line with a pencil. You will stitch on this line. Pin in place to keep it all in order. *If you line it up on the raw edge, it WILL NOT WORK***

Use a Ruler


10) Sew on the pencil line. Cut off corner 1/4 inch from stitched line.

Sew On Pencil Line


11) Turn right-side-out using the opening you left earlier.

12) Iron down the edges. This takes a bit of coaxing, but really the accent fabric will jump to the front! Fiddle with those mitered  corners to get them just right and perfect. When you get to the opening you left, fold inside the selvedge edge and pin in place.

Iron Down Edges


13) Take the blanket to the sewing machine and stitch on the ACCENT fabric just beyond that edge. This will keep it all from shifting with use and will close that opening for turning. Isn't that just slick, girls?

Stitch Oon The Accent Fabric


Congrats! Yyou are finished!!! I know you noticed that there is no batting in here. You could fiddle with it and get one in there BEFORE you do the stitching along the edge. You could also do a quick little quilting ties to keep it in place. But really, this pattern is great for a quick little wrap or throw. Make it larger for a picnic blanket.


Simple Basic Quilt - Front
Simple Basic Quilt - Back


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The layer in the middle of a quilt sandwich between the Top and Backing layers consisting of wool, polyester, blends, silk, or cotton.

Same As: Stuffing, Filling, Wadding, Filler
Binding is used as both a noun and a verb. As a noun it is the fabric that's used to cover the raw edges of the quilt sandwich after it's quilted. This edging fabric is referred to as the Binding (noun). As a verb it is the process of putting on this fabric, and it referred to as Binding a Quilt.
A strip of fabric or pieced strip of fabric joined to the edges of the inner quilt and used to frame it.
Raw Edge
An unfinished fabric edge of a piece of fabric or a quilt block. For applique, an edge which has not yet been turned under with stitching.
A heavy plastic measuring guide that can come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
The outer edge of both sides of a woven fabric where the weft turns to go back across and through the warp. This is a stiffer and denser woven area of about 1/3-1/2 inch and is usually trimmed off and not sewn into a quilt.

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