Elizabeth Ruth

Elizabeth Ruth

Author, Crafter, Entrepreneur

How To Prepare Fabric for a Patchwork Quilt

Today I am sharing how to prepare fabric for a patchwork quilt. This is one of my favourite quilts to make. It’s also my most popular style of signature quilts within the Wedding Collection.

Preparing Fabric for A Patchwork Quilt

Steps To Prepare Fabric for A Patchwork Quilt

  1. Prepare layout – I use the EQ4 Computer Program to draft a visual pattern in the colours that I want and makes it easy to rearrange the fabric examples into a pattern that is pleasing to me. If you do not have a computer program, you could also use it the traditional way with graph paper and pencil crayons. I did this for years and it worked very well.

Patchwork Quilt Digital Layout

2.  Purchase the fabric.  In this specific example, the bride had sent me a photo with her wedding colours so I had a sense of what she was looking for.

Inspiration Photo and Fabric Example

3. Determine how many squares of each colour you will require for the quilt top.

4. Cut the pieces – making your very own “kit”.

5. Sew the pieces to assemble your quilt top. Remember to put the right sides of the fabric together and sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Patchwork Layout

In my next post I will share how to piece the 9-patch pieces.

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Check out the Periscope video I did on this topic – perfect for the visual and audio learner.


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