First little glimpse at progress on the commissioned coin quilt.  Just the binding left to go!

Quilting on Coin Quilt

I’m really no expert, but I’ve been asked by some people about the various steps of making a quilt, and as I’m completely self taught (I’ve learned everything from blogs and books!) I thought I’d put all of my favorite tutorials/posts in one place.  I’ve read a lot of blogs about the process of making quilts and to me, with these specific posts, anyone can make a quilt.  I’m proof of it because this is how I learned!

In terms of making the quilt top, to each their own!  That’s where it’s all about taste and design.  The one thing I am not is a perfectionist, so I’m not all about perfect piecing.   I’ve gotten better with practice and this is a great place to read about the details, from cutting to pressing

Sizes of different quilts and different adjustments can be found here:

For basting layers of the quilt:

For quilting there is lots to be read but I’m personally a free motion quilter.  I love this discussion on flickr.  It’s filled with lots of specific tips from different quilters.

And this post with a video is amazingly helpful!

Once you’ve quilted all that’s left is the binding and this is a great tutorial:

And then your quilt is all done!!  I’ve made many quilts simply by following all of these directions.  I’ve never had another quilter see how I do any of my work so there’s a good chance they would look on in horror at my methods, but in the end, I always end up with a pretty quilt, so I don’t worry myself too much with that!  I have so much fun making my quilts and that’s what matters!

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  • Connie

    August 20, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Reply

    Could you share the size (Length and width) in inches of your pieced strips and also the muslin setting strips in your baby coin quilt? My brain is hurting from trying to do the math, just by looking at your photo.

  • Alissa

    August 20, 2008 at 4:49 pm | Reply


    The gender neutral baby quilt (blogged about here: ‘s dimensions are as follows:

    Full quilt: 45″ x 60″

    The columns measure 6 inches wide by 52 inches long, and the white sashing and border all measure 4 inches wide. The strips in the columns I cut randomly… if I remember correctly they are from 2 to 3 inches wide.

  • Connie

    August 20, 2008 at 7:02 pm | Reply

    Thank you so much….you are very kind!

  • Carrie/Two Dogs and a Quilt

    August 20, 2008 at 10:26 pm | Reply

    Thanks for all the helpful links! If you and the recipient love the quilt, then that’s all that matters and the reason we quilt. Your meandering looks great, mine is still shaky but coming along.

  • Ashley

    August 21, 2008 at 6:47 am | Reply

    Alissa – Thanks for the great information and for the helpful links you sent yesterday! It’s nice to have everything in one place – I know that I’ll find it very useful when I get to that point!

  • ellie

    September 14, 2008 at 12:31 pm | Reply

    Thanks for sharing these Alissa! I just went back through them and bookmarked them all 🙂

  • valerie

    September 14, 2008 at 12:48 pm | Reply

    Thanks for sharing all of this. This is just what I have been looking for. I love your blog.

  • Jodieth

    March 23, 2009 at 10:44 am | Reply

    Thank you so much for the links. I think I am spending more time on line how to quilt. I need to get to it!!! I book marked all your links. Thank you so much!

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