How to Design a Quilt: No Pattern Needed! | Quilting TutorialOn August 29, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
No pattern? No problem! Find out how to design
a quilt with no pattern, just blocks. Hi, I am Angela Walters, a quilt designer
and instructor on craftsy dot come and I am going to you how easy it is to make a quilt
when you don’t have a pattern. Designing your own quilt top is easy when you start
with the blocks and build up. First, make it easy on yourself and your calculator
by making all of the quilt blocks the same size.
If they are an assortment of sizes, lay them out and determine which block is the largest.
Use coordinating fabrics to add “borders” to the sides of the smaller blocks to make
them as big as the largest block When doing this, I find that it is easier
to add borders that are too big and them trim the block down do the desired size.
Once the blocks are all the same size, use a design wall to audition some different layouts.
A piece of batting hung on the wall or a fleece blanket will allow you to “stick” the
blocks together and see what they would look like when assembled. If wallspace is scarce,
you can lay the blocks out on the floor. Sometimes deciding on the perfect arrangement
is the hardest part. If you aren’t sure which layout is your favorite, take pictures
to compare the layouts side by side. Once the blocks are in an arrangement that
you like, start sewing them together. Depending on the layout you have selected, you might
be able to sew them together in rows. If that isn’t possible sew them in groups.
Now that the center of the quilt is finished, you can add borders to the sides. This is
a great option to make the quilt larger or to incorporate other fabrics into the quilt
top. While it may be tempting to just start sewing borders onto the quilt, a little time
spent measuring will ensure that the quilt is square
Determine the length of the two sides of the quilt, then cut and measure the border fabric
before sewing it to the quilt. Repeat with the other two sides.
Now that you know how to design your own quilt, experiment to come up with some of your favorite
variations. Thanks for watching, and don’t forget you
can click the “i” in the top-right corner of this video to learn more quilting techniques
or to find the supplies I’ve been using in this video.