How to Make a Quick Patchwork Quilt for a Queen Size Bed

By Lisbeth Booth
A patchwork quilt, a folksy style Images

A homemade queen-size quilt gives an impressive look to any bedroom. While many quilts require a great deal of skill and precision to make, it is possible for a beginner to make a quick and stylish queen-size quilt. If you stick to simple lines and large patchwork squares, you should be able to whip up a quilt that will both give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you warm at night.

Step 1

Cut squares out of several different fabrics of your choice. Since you want your quilt to be made quickly, opt for large squares that measure 8 to 10 inches on each side. Make sure your squares are perfectly uniform in size by measuring them on a self-healing quilting mat and cutting them with a rotary cutter and a straight edge ruler.

Step 2

Lay a queen size bedspread on the floor to act as a size guide for your quilt. Place the cut fabric squares in rows and columns until you have covered the bedspread, and then add one extra horizontal row and one extra vertical column to allow for seams. If you do not have enough fabric squares, cut more. Once you have enough squares, arrange them until you end up with an attractive combination of patterns and colors. Take a photograph of your layout for future reference.

Step 3

Sew the fabric squares together in rows on a sewing machine with a long quilting arm. Use a neutral colored thread, allowing for a 1/8 inch seam allowance. When all the rows are complete, sew the rows together, consulting your reference photo to ensure that you put the rows together in the correct order. You have now completed the top of your quilt.

Step 4

Cut a large piece of fabric for the back of the quilt in a color that compliments those used on your patchwork quilt top. If you do not have enough fabric for the entire quilt back, cut several large pieces and sew them together to create a piece that matches the finished quilt top in size. Lay the quilt back on the floor and cover it with a piece of quilt batting slightly larger than the quilt back. Lay the quilt top on top of the batting. Secure the three layers of the quilt together by placing a safety pin in the center of each of the patchwork squares.

Step 5

Quilt the blanket together by sewing straight lines down the length of the quilt. You will be sewing through all three layers of the quilt. Start by machine sewing down the length of the seams of each strip of patches, otherwise known as "stitching in the ditch." Once you have gone down all the columns, give the quilt a quarter turn and stitch down the seams of the rows. Since the patchwork squares are large, sew extra quilting lines through the middle of each row and column, both vertically and horizontally, to prevent the batting from shifting. Remove the safety pins.

Step 6

Trim around the quilt with the rotary cutter so all the edges are even. To make the edge binding, cut a strip of contrasting fabric that is long enough to go around the perimeter of the entire quilt. With the sewing machine, sew the binding around the top of the quilt, folding around the corners as your reach them. Fold the binding over and attach to the back of the quilt by hand-stitching.

About the Author

As a professional journalist since 1998, Lisbeth Booth has worked as a writer and an editor at several magazines. Her career has focused on music and film criticism but she has also written about lifestyle topics such as parenting and home design. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Calgary.