How to Assemble a Quilt Top – FREE Beginner Quilting Videos and Pattern
When pattern writers and quilt magazine or book editors make assembly diagrams for putting the quilt top together, they assume you already know how to do that step and the instructions are very brief. Sometimes there aren’t instructions at all and there is just a diagram of the quilt in various pieces.
That can be very confusing when you are just getting started, because a computer generated image of a partially assembled quilt makes absolutely no sense if you don’t know the steps to get it together. So I break it down in today’s video to help you understand what it means when you see those diagrams.
It may be helpful to go back and rewatch the How to Read a Quilt Pattern tutorial before watching this video and to have your quilt pattern with you as you watch. You can download it for free by clicking here.
For most patterns you are going to start by assembling your blocks into rows, then joining your rows together to complete the quilt top. I know that sounds super basic, but even with the most complicated quilts, that is how it goes.
In the video I give you some good tips on how to pin your blocks so the fabric is evenly distributed across the block, press your seams so the points where the blocks join are absolutely perfect and how to manage the weight of the quilt top as it gets bigger.
If you are enjoying these videos, but haven’t downloaded the pattern yet, make sure you do it! We’ll send it to your for FREE, plus a 20% off coupon that you can use on everything we use in the beginner quilting series.
That includes all of your notions and in-stock fabric from QT Fabrics, our class sponsor! We also have created a few quilt kits for the Split Nine Patch pattern and have made digital versions of the quilts so you’ll know you love it before you start sewing.
The coupon will be sent to you via email after you download your FREE pattern to go along with this course. Click here to download your free copy.
Other videos in the series:
- Beginner Class Introduction
- Must Have Quilting Supplies and Tools
- How to Read a Quilt Pattern
- What’s the Difference??? Quilt Shop vs. Chain Store Fabric
- How to Use a Rotary Cutter
- 3 Ways to Sew a Perfect Quarter-Inch Seam Every Time
- How to Sew a Split Nine Patch Quilt Block
- How to Chain Piece Quilt Blocks
- How to Layer and Baste a Quilt aka Make the Quilt Sandwich