How to Make a Plain & Solid Quilt Pattern

By Karen Ellis ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Quilt sandwich
  • Quilting thread
  • Quilt pattern stencil
  • Pencil or quilting pencil
  • Ruler
  • Large safety pins
  • Quilting needles
  • Quilting hoop

A plain and solid quilt pattern is made with a one-piece quilt top. Your pattern will be created by the quilting stitch design. Purchase a pre-made quilting pattern stencil. If you wish the stitching to show prominently, choose a contrasting quilt thread color. If you wish it to be subtle, choose a thread shade that is the same or close to the color of the quilt top fabric. Start with a quilt sandwich, which is the full-piece backing fabric, the center quilt batting and the plain and solid fabric top.

Remove the plain and solid quilt fabric from the quilt sandwich. Lay it flat on a large work surface.

Measure your stencil and decide how you will space it over the fabric, in multiples, going vertically and horizontally. Depending on the size of the quilt, the pattern may be touching or have ¼ inch to 2 inches between each replication. Remember, ¼ inch of the edges must remain clear for binding the quilt.

Use the stencil and a pencil or quilting pencil to draw the pattern onto the fabric. Trace around the cutouts of the stencil onto the quilt top fabric. Use a light color quilting pencil if the fabric is dark.

Place the quilt top fabric back onto the quilt sandwich. Use large safety pins to connect the three pieces of the sandwich together, starting in the center and working outward.

Attach your quilting hoop in the center of your quilt. Use quilting stitches and quilt the three sandwiched pieces together, working stitches over the pattern. Continue to move the hoop as you finish the design within it. Always work outward from the center. Remove the safety pins. Finish the edges of the quilt with a binding.

Tip

There are many styles of quilt pattern templates found in quilt stores, fabric stores and online.

Use large basting stitches through the three layers of the quilt sandwich instead of safety pins, as an alternate, to hold the quilt together.

About the Author

Karen Ellis has been a full-time writer since 2006. She is an expert crafter, with more than 30 years of experience in knitting, chrocheting, quilting, sewing, scrapbooking and other arts. She is an expert gardener, with lifelong experience. Ellis has taken many classes in these subjects and taught classes, as well.