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Free Gingham Quilt Pattern + Tutorial

Get this FREE Gingham Quilt Pattern and Tutorial

Do you want a free gingham quilt pattern and tutorial?  I am sharing how I made this pattern a little different from other gingham quilt patterns, and also sharing a FREE download for the quilt pattern.  GET FREE PATTERN HERE.

My name is Elizabeth Chappell, and I am the owner of Quilters Candy.  I write quilt patterns, am offering a course on how to sell and write quilt patterns, and I host an online modern quilt guild.  I am excited to share this tutorial and free pattern on Amy’s blog.

GIngham Quilt in Orange Fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics

GINGHAM QUILTS

Every other gingham quilt pattern I found had a border that didn’t make my OCD tendencies happy.  If you notice most Gingham Quilts have a border with mis-matching fabrics.  That is why I created this new pattern with a border that has matching fabrics on all sides.  Note the difference in these two photos:

Gingham Quilt Free Pattern

I wanted a Gingham Quilt pattern that looked like the quilt on the bottom.  I wanted a border that had matching fabrics on all sides.  Yet I couldn’t find a gingham pattern (for free or for purchase) that had that.  So I decided to write one, using the simplified strip piecing method.  Get the free pattern HERE.

Strip Piecing your own Gingham Quilt

To make a gingham quilt, there is an easier way than cutting each square and sewing them together.  This easier method is called Strip Piecing.  This is what strip piecing entails:

  • Cutting strips of fabric.
  • Sewing those strips together.
  • Cutting the strips into new strips made up of squares.
  • Sew those newly cut strips (with squares) together.

Steps to Making Free Gingham Quilt

  • Cutting Fabric Strips.  My version of the pattern calls for cutting strips 5 ½” x WOF.

cutting fabric for gingham quilt

  • Pin and sew alternating fabric strips together.  You will want the free pattern download for this step, as it tells you how many and which color strips to sew together.
  • Sew matching strips together, alternating rows so it goes Fabric A, Fabric B, Fabric A, Fabric B, and so on.

Free Gingham Quilt Pattern Tutorial

How to Make a Gingham Quilt + Free Pattern and Tutorial

  • Press seams all in one direction.

Free Gingham Quilt Tutorial

  • Cut your sewn together strips into new rows.  This step will give you strips with squares.  NOTE: Because your fabric is too large to fit on a cutting mat, I carefully fold my sewn together strips in half.  I then press it with an iron and fold in half again.  Make sure your edges line up.  This way you can cut you fabric easily.  However, if you do not fold your fabric carefully in this step, your squares will be wonky.
  • With your new strips that have squares in them, sew alternating rows together.

Steps to making a Gingham Quilt

  • NOTE: Be sure to pin at each corner so the corners match and the seams nest.
  • Sew all rows together.

Finishing Your Gingham Quilt Top - Free pattern and tutorial

  • Press seams in one direction, and your quilt top is ready to be quilted!  That’s it.  This can be done in a matter of hours.
  • Quilt in your desired method.  I, personally, love to use a minky backing when I can, and send it to a long arm quilter.  I consider it treating myself. 😉

Free Gingham Quilt Pattern made with blue fabrics

DOWNLOAD FREE PATTERN HERE


All you need to do now is decide what fabrics you want to use to make your gingham quilt!  Be sure to use the hashtags #QuiltersCandy and #GinghamLove so we can see your finished quilt.

If you like this tutorial, be sure to visit my other free tutorials, like this one on DIY Spray Starch.  Not to mention using spray starch to make your quilt will help your points to match!


More photos of my two versions, one with orange fabrics, the other with blues.

Orange fabrics: Warp and Weft by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star Society.  Colors: Warp Weft Wovens Persimmon, Warp Weft Wovens Dahlia, and Warp Weft Wovens Natural.  Backing, Leos Orchard by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Blue Fabrics: Peppered Cotton by Cottoneer in the following colors: Lake, Fog, and Oyster.

 

 

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Free Beginner Quilt Pattern, ‘Playtime’

Learn to make this ‘Playtime’ Quilt with a Free Tutorial

I’m excited to share this free ‘Playtime’ Beginner Quilt Pattern + Tutorial.  The ‘Playtime’ quilt is a beautiful and simple modern quilt that you’ll love.

Free beginner quilt tutorial for Playtime Quilt

Needed Fabric to make Playtime Quilt

The overall finished quilt size is 37″ x 53″.  Here are the fabrics you’ll need to make your own beginner Quilt:

  1. (1) Jelly Roll, or (30) 2 ½” x 42″ strips of fabric.  I used a jelly roll because it is already cut and ready to go.  Talk about convenient!
  2. (29) 1 ¾” x 42″ strips of fabric in various colors.  These will make the colorful strips you see in the quilt.
  3. Backing – (1) 60″ x 42″ piece of fabric for the backing.
  4. Batting – at least 60″ x 42″ batting.  I used Dream Puff Batting, because I like how puffy and soft it makes the finished quilt.  But you can use whatever kind you prefer.
  5. Binding – (5) 2 ½” x 42″ strips of fabric for binding.

How to Make Your Free Beginner Quilt

This free beginner quilt pattern is SUPER fun and easy to put together.  If there’s one area you can save time, it’s in making your colorful strips of fabric.  You can find some pre-made strips and save a LOT of time HERE.

Making Colorful Strips

  • Take (1) 1 ¾” x 42″ strip.  Lay it out on a flat surface and starting at one end, fold in half.  As you fold in half, place your iron on your strip to set your crease.

Making Quilt Binding for Playtime Quilt

Fabrics used for a pre-made binding kit

The fabrics Bessie Pearl is using for pre-made strips to make your ‘Playtime’ Quilt

Sewing Strips Together

Now that you have your binding strips, you are ready to sew your fabrics together.

  • Take (1) jelly roll piece, or 2 ½” x 42″ strip of fabric.  Lay it out on a flat surface.  Iron it to make sure its totally flat.
  • Place one of your binding strips, raw edge to raw edge, along that top of your jelly roll strip.
  • Place a second jelly roll strip on top, to make a sandwich.  Be sure that all raw edges line up.  I place pins as layer the top jelly roll strip.  Note in the photo below how I place my pins.  This placement makes it easy to take the pins out as I sew.

Free Modern Quilt Pattern and Tutorial

  • Double check both front and back of your pieced sandwich.  Make sure all the edges are evenly lined and pinned together.
  • Sew your fabric strips together, pulling out pins as you go.
  • Keep adding one binding strip at a time following the steps above.
  • You can press seams as you go, or wait until the end and press them all at once.

Your quilt will look like this from the back as you add rows and press your seams: (You can see where I sprayed water in this photo if you look closely.  I found that spraying water helped the seams lay flat).

Free Modern Quilt Tutorial Strip Assembly

Quilting Your Playtime Quilt

Ideas for quilting:

  • Hand quilt a straight line on each of the jelly rolls, either with one color of thread or changing up the colors of thread.
  • Quilt right along the seam of the color strips of fabric and the jelly roll to hide the quilting. (What I did).
  • Do a fun wave or design on the jelly roll with a machine.

I’ll share with you how I quilted my quilt top, but there are so many fun ways you could quilt this.

How I Quilted my Playtime Quilt

I wanted all the seams on one side of my quilt to go one direction, and the seams on the opposite side of my quilt to go the other direction.  I love that this quilt is a 3D quilt, and I wanted to strips of fabric to really pop.

I also wanted the place where the seams change direction to be in a certain place, to give the affect of a ripple or wave.

A free modern quilt pattern for Playtime Quilt

To make sure that the seam direction stayed in the place where I wanted it, I placed a pin on each strip of binding / color fabric where the seam changed direction.

How to prepare your quilt for quilting

I sewed along the seam in a straight line.

How to quilt on your domestic machine

When the seam changed direction, I stopped sewing, then started sewing on the other side of the color strip / binding piece.

Free Modern Quilt Pattern and Tutorial

Finishing Your Quilt

When the quilting was done, it was easy to trim the backing and batting and add binding as normal.  I wondered how thick the quilt would be with so many layers of fabric.  I wondered if sewing the binding on might be difficult, but my needle had NO problem going through the layers of fabric and adding my binding as normal.

The End Product

Here is a look at the quilt all finished.  I will admit that the cool affect of the wave was lost a little after washing the quilt.  But the colorful fabric binding pieces looked beautiful and like ruffly ribbon after washing and drying the quilt.  I am a MAJOR fan of this quilt design, and fully plan to make a larger size for myself.

Free modern quilt pattern and tutorial

Playtime Quilt, a free modern quilt pattern and tutorialHere is the Quilt Top after washing and drying it.  You can see how the fabric becomes more ribbon / lace-like.

Other Tutorials

If you enjoyed this Free Beginner Quilt Pattern, you will love these others that I share:

 

 

 

 

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