Secrets Schemes & Sewing Machines

Sewing through the Story: Patchwork Quilt

The last project in Secrets, Schemes and Sewing Machines might take the longest to make, but it might last the longest and get the most use, too, making it well worth the effort. Who can resist a cosy patchwork quilt to curl up under on a winter’s night, or to lay out on the grass to stargaze on, one warm summer’s evening?

Photos still to follow on this one, I’m afraid, as I’m still in the process of making a woodland themed quilt for our latest addition!

Patchwork Quilt


7 different complementary patterned fabrics

Plain backing fabric

Sheet wadding


What to do:

Cut 56 squares, measuring 22cm each, out of your patterned fabrics

Lay your squares into eight rows of seven squares, in the order you want them to appear in your quilt

Start with the first row. Take the first two squares and pin them right sides together, then stitch a 1cm seam on the side where you want them to join

Add on the third square to the second square in the same way, and repeat for the rest of the row, making sure your seams are all exactly 1cm.

Repeat with the other rows.

Line up the rows in order, then pin the first two rows together, lining up the seams exactly. Stitch in place with a 1cm seam allowance again, then add the next row and so on until the end.

Iron all the seams flat.

Measure and cut your backing fabric and wadding to fit the patchwork

Lay the patchwork and lining, right sides together, then add the wadding on top. Pin all four sides, leaving a 30cm gap on one of the short sides.

Stitch all the way around, except the gap. Turn inside out and hand sew the gap closed.

For a quilted effect, sew along each of the seams between squares, sewing through all three layers.




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