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Beginner Quilts: Cheater Quilts

A step by step tutorial on how to make beginner quilts. They’re called “cheater quilts” because they’re so easy to make, and are perfect for beginners.

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So, I have a style of quilt that I make a lot. A LOT.  Like, pretty much all the time.  Cause I’m lazy and these super easy quilts are cheater style quilts.  Once you make one, you’ll see how freaking simple they are to make.  I can turn one of these babies out in about 1.5 days…and that is only working on it after Jack goes to bed.

So do you wanna learn?  Have you just figured out how to turn on your sewing machine?  Don’t worry, this is an easy enough project to tackle.  Just make a small – like baby size – quilt to start, and you can get bigger after that.  That’s what she said.

Beginner Quilts/Cheater Quilts Supply List

If you’re interested, here are supplies that I’ve accumulated over time that make this project easier:
Sewing machine (it only looks complicated, but I’m a sewing idiot and it works for me)
Rotary cutter
Cutting mat
Ruler thingies

You’re going to need some fabric for this.  Newsflash!  The amount depends on what size quilt you’re going to be making.  I always start with multiple kinds of fabric that is 1/4th of a yard.  It’s cheap to buy 1/4th of a yard, and it allows you to put in tons of different choices.

How to Make Beginner Quilts/Cheater Quilts – Step by Step:

So, here’s what we’re gonna do.  First, iron all your fabric.

Next, figure out how large you want your individual strips to be.  I typically make mine about 2-3 inches wide.  Using some sort of guide, cut the fabric in a strip.  Then, make like 2-4 more strips of the same fabric.  Repeat with all the other fabrics. Mix and match. Again, this is quilting for cheaters.  I ain’t gonna judge.

Now you have a big ole pile of strips.

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Take two of the strips, and put the right side (it’s the pretty side) of both pieces of fabric together.  Then, stitch two of those strips together on one side.

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quilts

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quilts

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quilts

Then, take another strip, and add it “pretty” side to “pretty” side to one of the strips you just connected, and sew it together.

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quilts

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quilts

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quilts

 Repeat until you have a whole bunch of strips connected.  Iron.

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quiltsThen, cut off the non-equal edges from your strips.  This is where the rotary cutter and rulers come in handy!

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quilts

From there, choose how wide you want your strips to be, and cut multiple strips of that width.  Now you’re rocking some ready to use quilt strips!

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quilts

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quilts

Take two of the strips, and place them “pretty” side to “pretty” side.  Sew.  Repeat until you have strips that are your desired length.  Connect other strips until you have 5-6 that are of the same length.

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quilts

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quilts

Take the fabric you want for your “filler” in-between the strips, and cut 4-6 of the same width and length.

Cheater quilt, easy quilts, speed quilts, holiday quilts, fast quiltsTake the “pretty” side of your quilted strips, and put it on the “pretty” side of your filler fabric.  Sew.  Add another piece of the filler to the other side of the quilted strip.  You’re adding pieces like you did above to connect the solid strips.

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Now here is where things got fuzzy, it got to be late at night, and stupid me forgot to keep taking photos.

Once the quilt top is at your desired size, stop adding strips.  Cut a piece of fabric that is the same size as the top.  This will be your quilt back.  Put the “pretty” side of your quilt top on the “pretty” side of the quilt back.  Sew the two pieces together around the edges, leaving about 6 inches of the outside unstitched.

When you only have those 6 inches left to connect, remove the quilt from the sewing machine.  Turn the fabric inside out. You should now see the pretty side of the quilt top and the back.

Fold the ragged edges of the fabric that is not yet stitched together, and push them inside of the quilt.  Pinch this area together, and then sew a seam along the edge to “close” the quilt.

And voila, you’ve just completed a “cheater’s” quilt, better known as an easy quilt!

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Now that you realize how easy these beginner quilts are to churn out, you’ll be addicted. You’re welcome.

Suckah!

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27 comments on “Beginner Quilts: Cheater Quilts”

  1. I love this! Thank you so much! =)

  2. Great idea! I’m very *non-crafty*, but I think I might even be able to give this a try. 🙂

  3. This is awesome. Thank you!

  4. This is a really great, accessible tutorial for strip piecing. :o) Have you heard of Rita Hutchens? I went to a presentation she put on once . . . she takes this technique to the nth degree. Her quilts are astounding, and all done this way. Here’s her site–the galleries always blow my mind.

    http://www.ritahutchens.com

  5. This is similar to Seminole piecing. You might want to check it out.

  6. i’ve yet to make a blanket but this makes me want to give it a try 🙂

  7. I’m completely new to sewing but this is so cute I want to try! I’m wondering if I could make this using the little bundles of fabric squares you can pick up fairly cheap?

    • You could, but you’d be sewing each of those squares together individually. It would still be pretty easy, but would require a lot more starting and stopping of the sewing machine.

  8. Need I say this again? You are freaking awesome. Now I’m not going to say it again because I don’t want you getting a big head. 😉

  9. I think now I can tackle making a quilt using your instructions. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  10. I made one the other day for a gift! It was my first week with a sewing machine! I worked on it over 3 days, but only about an hour / hour 1/2 each day! Thanks for the instructions!

  11. My only resolution for 2013 was to complete a quilt. Thanks to your tutorial I was able to complete this goal, only 12 days into the year.

  12. Let me add one more step to your quilt…wash all the fabric ahead of time and then iron. Fabrics shrink differently and if you wash ahead of time, you don’t have to worry about it. Quilt is cute! d

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  14. My friend is a quilte r and I am not . I don’t have the patience she does . I did make an easy baby quilt using 9 inch squares .
    I love how easy yours is . I am
    Going to try it ! But did you put
    Batting in ?

  15. Do you put any batting in between the top & bottom? Im just starting to learn to quilt and this sound so easy. Im going to try but, can’t figure out how you added in the batting if you do.

    • You can if you’d like. You’d sew the top of the quilt on to the batting. I don’t always use batting depending if the fabric is heavy/warm enough.

      • Of course, if you put batting in it, you’d actually have to quilt it. That would defeat the purpose of cheating.

  16. You are a riot! Thanks for the giggle.

  17. I am slightly more advanced than you, but I can read your posts all day. Keep posting. I need the smileys.

  18. I think the name of the quilt is Chinese Coins. The squares are the stacks of coins with background showing between. It’s a great way to use up scraps.

  19. Hey. This looks super nice.
    Can you tell me how large yours is?
    😀