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This month we’re going bold and getting on point with fresh geometric piecing. Perfect your fussy cutting skills and show off your favourite prints, or master Flying Geese the FPP way!

Take a look at some of our favourites from issue 63, or treat yourself to your own copy! UK readers can buy it here or if you’re overseas, why wait for the mag to arrive in the post? Get it instantly to your phone or tablet with our digital issues on Apple NewsZinio or Google Play.

An exciting colour clash and brilliant diamonds make a cutting edge quilt that dazzles and lights up a room

Capture the spirit of southwest America with a matching quilt and cushion using a reinvention of the Log Cabin block

Set sail with Flying Geese in coastal teal and azure green for true holiday vibes

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Twist and turn the traditional Drunkard’s Path block to recreate a mosaic motif in a striking design that lets the quilting sing

Piece together the full spectrum with a rainbow of solids, to make an FPP Flying Geese design with fresh summer style

Treat yourself with issue 63 of Love Patchwork & Quilting! UK readers can buy it here or if you’re overseas, check out our Digital issues for Zinio, Google Play and Apple Newsstand for instant access without the wait. 

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We’re taking it back to the basics with this complete guide to quilting for all you brand new and curious quilters-to-be out there! Here you’ll find everything you need to make your first quilt.

Here at Love Patchwork & Quilting, we’re on a mission to convert everyone into a quilter. Sounds ambitious? Maybe so, but the beauty of quilting is anyone can get started, even if you’re brand new to sewing. Most quilt designs include the same basic techniques – from cutting and piecing to quilting and binding.

We’ve revamped our Beginner’s Guide to Quilting post below for all those of you who want to start from scratch or just need a little refresher. Read on to discover everything you need to get started with patchwork and quilting.

Beginner’s guide to quilting This post includes the following sections
  1. Features of a quilt
  2. You will need
  3. Pre-washing your fabric
  4. Using a rotary cutter and cutting mat
  5. Squaring up
  6. Piecing patchwork
  7. Measurements and seam allowances
  8. How to make a quilt sandwich
  9. Quilting:the basics
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Features of a quilt

Here are some of the common features that you’ll find in many quilts . You’ll come across these common names for the different parts of a quilt.

  1. Patchwork quilt blocks: these square units are pieced separately, then joined together to make up the quilt pattern.
  2. Appliqué block – some units or quilt blocks are created with appliqué techniques.
  3. Quilting – quilts are secured together with areas of running stitch or other stitches in a decorative pattern.
  4. Quilt sandwich – when you make a quilt you join together three layers – quilt top, wadding and backing fabric.
  5. Border – this surrounding framework of fabric runs around the edge of your quilt top – it can be plain or pieced from shapes.
  6. Cornerstones – squares at the corners of your quilt blocks. Quilts use these units to join lengths of sashing or borders.
  7. Sashing – a lattice of strips that can separate blocks to space them out. Sashing may be plain or pieced.
  8. Binding – the outer edging on a quilt. This thin outer edge also holds the quilt sandwich together.


Quilting tools: You will need

Here we’ll walk you through the basic quilter’s toolkit. These are the essential tools which will help you to make your first quilt…

  • Sewing machine: For sewing fabrics together. Any standard machine is sufficient for patchwork, appliqué and quilting. Machines that have a variable stitch length and a zigzag stitch are the most useful.
  • Quilter’s ruler: For measuring and cutting fabric pieces. An acrylic quilter’s ruler can cope with rotary cutters. A 61⁄2 x 241⁄2in size is most useful or a 3in x 18in. A 121⁄2in square quilter’s ruler is useful for squaring up fabric pieces and quilts.
  • Tape measure: For measuring fabrics; especially useful for measuring quilts.
  • Rotary cutter and mat: These items make cutting multiple fabric pieces much easier. Buy the largest mat you can afford. A 45mm diameter cutter is most useful. Take great care with rotary cutters as they are extremely sharp, and replace or sharpen your blades regularly.
  • Scisssors: For cutting fabric and paper or plastic for templates. Use dressmaking shears for cutting fabric and a separate pair of scissors for paper, card and plastic. Small embroidery scissors are also useful.
  • Scisssors: For cutting fabric and paper or plastic for templates. Use dressmaking shears for cutting fabric and a separate pair of scissors for paper, card and plastic. Small embroidery scissors are also useful.
  • Seam ripper: For unpicking seams and small areas of stitching.
  • Fabric markers: For marking shapes on fabric. Pencils can be used for most fabrics.
  • Chalk markers: are useful for dark-coloured fabrics. Water-soluble or air-erasable markers can also be used.
  • Fabric glue: For temporarily fixing fabrics together. Liquid glues, spray glues and glue sticks for fabric are available.
  • Fine pins: For pinning fabric pieces together. These come with a variety of head types including flat (to slide under the machine foot) and heat resistant glass (suitable for pressing).
  • Small safety pins: For temporarily securing fabrics together and making a ‘quilt sandwich’. Curved safety pins are available for quilting.
  • Steam iron and board: for ironing fabrics and pressing work. Any steam iron can be used and a large ironing board.Essential techniques
Essential quilting techniques

Let’s run through a few of the essential techniques that will help you get started…

Pre-washing your fabrics
  • Some people like to wash fabrics before they use them in a quilt so that if they shrink in the wash, they do so before you make them into the quilt and not after. Other quilters do this after a quilt is finished for a slightly crinkled look.
  • If you think a fabric might shrink or bleed dye then wash it before you use it.
  • Pre-cut fabrics, such as charm squares and thin strips should not be washed before use because the shapes will distort.


Using a rotary cutter mat and quilter’s ruler
  • Use a strong acrylic quilter’s ruler when cutting – normal rulers are not suitable.
  • Always cut away from you, replace the guard the moment you have finished cutting and wear suitable shoes in case you drop the cutter.
  • As you cut, keep your fingers away from the ruler’s edge.
  • Replace the blade when the cutter starts skipping threads.
  • Take care! Rotary blades are extremely sharp.

Squaring up
  • Cutting fabric pieces so they are right-angled and on the straight grain will get the best results in patchwork
  • Place the fabric on your cutting mat so a selvedge is aligned with a horizontal marking on the mat. Check the right-hand side of the fabric – if it is also following a horizontal line on the mat then it is square; if not trim that fabric edge. Do the same on the other side of the fabric piece­­­.
  • You can also check that a finished quilt top is right-angled using the same technique.


 Piecing patchwork
  • Pin fabric pieces together well, especially at seam junctions. If you press the seams on one unit in the opposite direction to its neighbouring unit this will help the seams fit together neatly.
  • Open out the completed block and press the seam to one side or according to the project instructions
  • When possible press towards the darker fabric so the colour doesn’t show through pale fabrics on the right side.

Measurements & seam allowances
  • Most quilters describe their measurements in imperial numbers (inches), although either imperial or metric measurements (sometimes both) can be included in a project depending on the designer’s preference. Don’t convert figures unless you have to. If possible, use the measurement system stated within the project you are working on; where both imperial and metric are given, choose one and use that consistently throughout the project.
  • A 1⁄4 inch seam allowance is commonly used by quilters and designers, but always check the specific measurements given for the project you are working on.

Making a quilt sandwich

After you finish making your quilt top, it’s time to create a ‘quilt sandwich’ – this is a layering of the quilt top, wadding and backing.

  • Press the quilt top on both sides, checking seams are pressed in the neatest directions and trim any trailing threads.
  • Cut your wadding and backing so they are several inches larger than the quilt top all round.
  • The sandwich can be fixed together in various ways, including tacking, pins and spray glue.
Step-by-step: quilt sandwich

Step one: Lay the pressed backing fabric right side down on a flat surface and smooth it out.

Step two: Lay the wadding on top of the backing and smooth out any wrinkles.

Step three: Lay the pressed quilt top right side up on top of the wadding, with backing and wadding showing all round. Fix the layers to the surface with masking tape.

Step four: Tack all three layers together with long lengths of thread, working from the centre out in a grid pattern, with lines about 4in (10cm) apart. Alternatively, use pins or safety pins or spray basting glue to secure the layers.

Quilting: the basics
  • Quilting is the stitching that is worked on a quilt or project to secure the layers together and add surface texture and embellishment. It can be worked by hand or machine.
  • Marking a quilting design can be done before the quilt sandwich is assembled or after. Marking methods include pencil, chalk, erasable pens, templates and masking tape.
Machine quilting
  • Use a machine quilting needle and a quilting thread suitable for the fabrics you are using. Use a walking foot on the machine to feed the fabric layers evenly.
  • Select a stitch length of about 10–12 stitches per inch (2.5cm). Check your machine tension to make sure the stitches look good from the front and back.
  • A quick way to secure the layers of the quilt is by straight stitching ‘in the ditch’ (between the seams). You can also quilt ¼in away from the seams of all the quilt blocks.
Hand quilting
  • A hand quilting stitch is a running stitch.
  • Generally, start quilting at the centre of the quilt and work outwards.
  • The length of quilting stitches can be whatever you are comfortable with. The consistency of the stitches is more important than size.

Binding your quilt

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The binding you make for your quilt can change the whole look of your finished creation. Consider the colours and patterns in the quilt and then select a fabric that will enhance or contrast with these. Think of it as your quilt’s frame.

Your binding needs to be strong and hard-wearing, so when you’re shopping for binding fabric, opt for a 100% cotton fabric that will survive handling. Before transforming your chosen fabric into the binding, first you’ll need to work out how much you need. Measure the quilt all round and then add 10in (25cm) extra – you’ll need the excess! If you’re making your binding from a single fabric, buy the full width of the fabric 42 to 44in (106 to 111cm wide) so you don’t end up with too many seams to sew.

Finally, take your time with the hand sewing. This should be a pleasurable experience, so enjoy the beauty of your quilt as you go!

Before you begin: binding basics
  • Before binding your quilt, make a quilt sandwich (we show you how here), then remove any tacking or pins and deal with thread ends by burying them in the wadding.
  • Press the quilt sandwich and trim the edges so they are even with the quilt top all round. Check the quilt is right-angled.
How to make binding strips for your quilt

Step one: Begin by cutting fabric strips across the width of the fabric to form the basis of your binding. To work out much binding you will need, measure the quilt all round and add about 8in extra, then cut your binding strips to measure 2½in (6.5cm) wide.For a single-fold binding (one layer of fabric) the strips should be cut 10in (3.8cm) wide. For double-fold binding the strips should be cut 20in (6.4cm) wide.

Step two: Using 1⁄4 inch (6mm) seam allowances, join the strips together to the length required. Sew them together at right angles to create a diagonal join once the strip is laid out flat, or you can sew them straight.

Step three: Press the seams open, then press the binding in half, with wrong sides together. Lay your quilt out on the floor or a large flat surface in front of you and arrange the binding strip around the edges to work out a starting position where the seams won’t fall on any of the 4 corners.

How bind a quilt with mitred corners

Now you’re ready to bind your quilt! We show you how in our guide to binding a quilt with double-fold binding.

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Our new issue goes on sale this week! Download your templates for issue 63 of Love Patchwork & Quilting below…  This issue’s set includes everything you need to sew the projects from the mag.

Downloading your templates is handy if you don’t want to damage your magazine, or if we couldn’t fit a template on the magazine page at 100% size. It’s also super-useful if you’re a digital subscriber! Whether you use Apple NewsZinio or Google Play, this is the easiest way to print your templates onto paper – no fuss!

Download your templates here

Click here to download a PDF file of all the templates from inside issue 63 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.

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Keep up to date with all the latest trends in the world of modern quilting by subscribing to Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine with our fantastic limited offer for UK quilters…

We’re so excited about this month’s subscription offer from one of our favourite designers, Tula Pink. UK readers can get this 45mm Rotary Cutter worth £80 when you subscribe to us! Plus save 10% on the shop price and enjoy free delivery plus a quilter’s cover gift every issue. Snap up this amazing offer now, while stocks last!

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Get your tech as set for summer as you are with our free wallpapers for July! Karen Lewis’ ombre effect Peach and Umber quilt is just the thing to brighten up your screen, whatever the weather.

This latest addition to our free wallpapers series is the seventh of twelve that we’ll be bringing you throughout the year! You’ll find the desktop wallpaper for laptops and computers includes a handy monthly calendar, while the iPad and iPhone versions offer a simpler design to fit the space.

July’s quilt is courtesy of Karen Lewis, whose modern mirrored design can be found in issue 45 of Love Patchwork & Quilting. See more of her brilliant work over at karenlewistextiles.com.

This is the latest in our 2018 series of free desktop wallpapers, sponsored by Purple Stitches. In case you missed last month’s wallpapers post, click through to see which gorgeous quilt we brought you for June!

Download them today!

*We’ve created these digital calendar wallpapers in association with Purple Stitches. Purple Stitches is our go-to store for modern quilting fabrics, and owner Viv hand-curates an amazing selection of prints from the very best designers the world over. Quirky quilting cottons line the walls in both her online shop and bricks and mortar store in Basingstoke. To find out more, follow them on Facebook or Twitter or visit www.purple-stitches.com.

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This month we’re getting scrap happy and dusting off our summery shades! Take it easy with simple strip piecing and super cute cushions, or challenge yourself with fancy FPP and floral curves…

Take a look at some of our favourites from issue 62, or treat yourself to your own copy! UK readers can buy it here or if you’re overseas, why wait for the mag to arrive in the post? Get it instantly to your phone or tablet with our digital issues on Apple NewsZinio or Google Play.

Play with print petals to create an eye-catching appliqué design with dainty florals and fresh, feminine colours

Foundation Paper Piece the only bugs you’ll want in the house this summer, to make a set of fresh scented lavender bags

Simple solids in amethyst and aquamarine make a statement in a design that shines through speedy strip piecing

Create a super-cute cushion with a sweet appliqué sentiment, simple straight line quilting and plenty of pompoms!

Evoke the spirit of the desert valleys with super-sized traditional blocks in earthy ochre, cool greys and inky blues

Treat yourself with issue 62 of Love Patchwork & Quilting! UK readers can buy it here or if you’re overseas, check out our Digital issues for Zinio, Google Play and Apple Newsstand for instant access without the wait. 

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Our new issue goes on sale this week! Download your templates for issue 62 of Love Patchwork & Quilting below…  This issue’s set includes everything you need to sew the projects from the mag.

Downloading your templates is handy if you don’t want to damage your magazine, or if we couldn’t fit a template on the magazine page at 100% size. It’s also super-useful if you’re a digital subscriber! Whether you use Apple NewsZinio or Google Play, this is the easiest way to print your templates onto paper – no fuss!

Download your templates here

Click here to download a PDF file of all the templates from inside issue 62 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine.

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Give your phone, tablet or computer a summer twist with our free wallpaper this month! Joanna Marsh’s sunny Sorbet Shades quilt is the perfect pic to sail you into summer.

This latest addition to our free wallpapers series is the sixth of twelve that we’ll be bringing you throughout the year! You’ll find the desktop wallpaper for laptops and computers includes a handy monthly calendar, while the iPad and iPhone versions offer a simpler design to fit the space.

June’s quilt is courtesy of Joanna Marsh, whose candy-coloured churn dash pattern can be found in issue 54 of Love Patchwork & Quilting. See more of her brilliant work over at kustomkwilter.com.

This is the latest in our 2018 series of free desktop wallpapers, sponsored by Purple Stitches. In case you missed last month’s wallpapers post, click through to see which gorgeous quilt we brought you for May!

Download them today!

*We’ve created these digital calendar wallpapers in association with Purple Stitches. Purple Stitches is our go-to store for modern quilting fabrics, and owner Viv hand-curates an amazing selection of prints from the very best designers the world over. Quirky quilting cottons line the walls in both her online shop and bricks and mortar store in Basingstoke. To find out more, follow them on Facebook or Twitter or visit www.purple-stitches.com.

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The sun is finally starting to shine, and we’re feeling energised and ready to tackle our piles of WIPs! To celebrate the onset of summertime, we’re bringing you a handful of projects that embrace the season.

Take a look at some of our favourites from issue 61, or treat yourself to your own copy! UK readers can buy it here or if you’re overseas, why wait for the mag to arrive in the post? Get it instantly to your phone or tablet with our digital issues on Apple NewsZinio or Google Play.

Mix low volume prints with grey sashing and bright rainbow solids for a modern FPP design with a fresh finish

Piece a bold curved block and combine with fresh floral prints to create a striking, structured quilt design

Make sure you’re always ready to sew on the go with a travel pouch that’s bursting with pockets in cute candy colours

Sew the rainbow with a curvy design that embraces colour-clashing solids and creates instant feel-good vibes

Treat yourself with issue 61 of Love Patchwork & Quilting! UK readers can buy it here or if you’re overseas, check out our Digital issues for Zinio, Google Play and Apple Newsstand for instant access without the wait. 

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