How to Make a Quilt from Start to Finish

With the start of the new year I have decided to start at the very ground level of quilting. I am going to go back to the basics and provide some beginning fundamentals. This is a complete guide for a total beginner and can also serve as a refresher for anyone else who wants to learn my own personal spin of quilt-making!

It is important to note that we all have got to start somewhere, so this guide is created specifically to help even the most novice person learn how to make a quilt! I began sewing when I was a kid, and have been quilting for over 6 years, so if there is ever a part in this process that you’d like me to expand on, fill out this quick link to give me some feedback and ideas for future blog posts! Also, you can reach out to me on Instagram or via email with any questions you have!

I’ve broken it down into 12 steps, and I am calling it my Learn to Quilt 12-step program. Once you’ve been quilting for some time, you’ll see why! 😉

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3 Great Quilting Charities to Get Involved With

Are you a quilter looking for a good organization to help you put your quilts into the hands of people who will love and appreciate them? Or maybe you have a lot of fabric you need to get rid of since you have way too much? I am here to help point you in the direction of a few really wonderful non-profit organizations who devote time, energy, and resources to helping get beautiful homemade quilts into the hands of people who need the extra warmth and love!

I hope this post will inspire you towards using your special talents to help spread the warmth and love a quilt can bring to someone else. Please also comment on this post any other wonderful charitable organizations you are a part of as well that could use the help of the quilting community!

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Explore Pillow – a FREE Pattern!

Are you looking for a quick, fun, beginner-friendly quilted pillow or mini quilt pattern? You’ve come to the right place! I’m going to share with you about how I made the Explore Pillow/Wall Hanging Duo! The pattern comes in 3 sizes (pillow, baby, and throw!) and the pillow size of the pattern finishes at just under 20” square. The Explore quilt is a great project for quilters at any skill level!

To get the FREE Explore pattern, sign up for the Homemade Emily Jane Newsletter here!

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Explore Quilt Pattern Release and Quilt-A-Long details!

The day is finally here and I get to officially release my first quilt pattern to you all!

I designed this quilt to be easy enough for anyone at any level, so if you’ve never made a quilt before, this is a great place to start! If you’ve been quilting for years, I am sure you’ll have fun making the Explore Quilt too! You can choose from 3 sizes: Pillow, Baby, and Throw! I’m toying around with the idea of scaling down even further to make a mug-rug size. Would you be into an extension pattern for some tiny piecing?

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Quilt-A-Long Overview!

Have you heard that I will be hosting a QUILT-A-LONG for the new Explore quilt pattern? (I’ve been talking all about it on my Instagram!)

I have planned for the Explore Quilt-A-Long to be super laid back in terms of time commitment, so anyone can do it. I want to let you know we are going to make this thing in its entirety from START to FINISH during this QAL! I am not about unfinished projects! But do not worry, the Quilt-a-Long will be spread out through 7 weeks to make sure we all have plenty of time to finish!

What you need to know about this QAL timeline:

Like I said, we are taking things SLOW. I have things set out in a neat weekly timeline, but some things may actually take more or less time for you. For instance, if you plan on doing tons of intricate hand quilting, you might want to get started on the hand quilting a little early. I am 100% all for working at your own pace, but if you want to be entered to win prizes, you’ve just gotta be careful to post your photos during the correct week!

Oh that’s right, there will be PRIZES!

Each week we will have a prize or two, courtesy of some amazing sponsors! To be entered to win the prize, simply post the corresponding picture for that week’s prompt on Instagram using #ExploreQAL and make sure you register for the QAL at this link here. I will draw each winner at the end of each week, the morning that the next prompt begins. All the prize info will be sent out in the weekly Quilt-A-Long emails you’ll get when you register.

Here’s a shoutout for some of our sponsors! Go check them out!!

What about a GRAND PRIZE?

The #ExploreQAL is going to have a super awesome grand prize! You will only be eligible to win the grand prize if you post your corresponding photos during each week of the QAL!

*drumroll please*

One lucky winner will get their very own HUSQVARNA VIKING EMERALD 118 sewing machine!

This sewing machine is an amazing work horse and lightweight enough for you to take it with to sewing groups and classes; I actually learned to sew on an EMERALD and still have the one my parents gave me for my 16th birthday! I would recommend this machine to anyone, which is why I’m so thrilled that I get to give one away!

But Emily, does it really take 8 weeks to make this quilt?

It actually can come together really fast! One of my pattern testers actually made the baby size quilt with HAND QUILTING in less than 3 days, so if you want to go ahead and sew faster than this QAL timeline, go for it! Just remember that to be eligible for the grand prize, you MUST post pictures for the weekly prompt DURING that week!

Without further ado, I want to show off to you the beautiful & creative ways my pattern testers made their own Explore pillows and quilts! I hope these inspire you and give you ideas for what your own will look like!

I love the modern yet timeless feel of this neutral colored pillow by @hollandhomesteaddesigns.

I also am a total sucker for beautiful soft pinks like @finleyfabric used in hers.

Can anyone resist coordinating Christmas pillows? These beauties are by @sewmanyboys and I can not get enough!

These bright florals speak to me! I love how @redheaded_rita did hers!

THIS was the one that I told you was finished in less than 3 days! @grandmothersbloomers did an amazing job on this baby quilt!

It takes a special kind of skill to back AND bind a quilt with MINKY fabric! I just love how @mandakayquilts did hers!

These pops of pink are my love language on this throw size beauty by @olliequilts!

If you want to turn yours into more of a rectangle, feel free to add some borders to the top and bottom like @chemescraftycorner did on hers!

Another green & red one to really get us in the holiday spirit! Love this one by @kate.vestermark!

The quilting on this pillow is out of this world amazing, done by @sharingseams!

Don’t you think those little plants are the cutest? I love this version by @thealabamastitcher!

The sewing themed sashing on this one really makes me smile! This gorgeous pillow was made by my AUNT & QuiltCon buddy @orthsandy!

This cute combo of modern geometric and floral fabrics by @thehomebodycompany is really nice!

I am super fond of the vibrant color palette @stitch_till_dawn used on hers!

Oh and look, it’s totally scrap friendly too! I love the scrappy, yet still cohesive, look of this one by @sew_ellen_.

This cheerful  yellow print is just divine in this baby size by @crinklyquilts.

I can’t get over the perfect use of fun floral prints in this modern one by @sew.darned.cute.

Model Farm Quilt Pattern Review

Do you know Brittany from @Loandbeholdstitchery? If not, you need to start following her! She designs and writes incredible patterns. Brittany’s grandma Lois was a quilter too and passed down her enthusiasm for this great art. I love this about Brittany/Lois because, I too, come from a quiltin’ grandma!

A few months ago Brittany came up with this awesome way to honor grandma Lois by starting to release patterns that are inspired by her own work: the Lois Quilt Collection. The first pattern to release as part of the collection was the First Gift Quilt, which I loved so much that I made TWO! (Click here to see them!) And now the second pattern inspired by grandma Lois is Model Farm! You can read Brittany’s story behind the quilt design here!

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Therapeutic Quilting and the Japanese Aesthetic of Wabi-sabi

Let me introduce you to my most recent quilt finish: Mod Mountains, a SuzyQuilts Pattern. I recently finished the very long process of making this quilt, and realized through it just how therapeutic quilting can really be when you let go of any stress and just let yourself get lost in the process. The quilt really does not have to take a long time to make, but for me, the time spent on it was so refreshing for my soul.

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How to Embrace & Disguise the Imperfections in a Quilt

Womp Womp Womp… Please tell me I am not the only one who has done this before.

Recently I finished a quilt top and was SO thrilled with how it looked and then when I brought it outside into natural lighting for photos, I noticed that some of the white background pieces got mixed up and I somehow used the WRONG SHADE OF WHITE.

In this post, I want to teach you what I did to try to embrace the imperfections instead of ripping out the seams!

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Reflections Quilt Pattern Review

Are you into awesome quilt patterns that hype up long lines and geometry? If yes, then I am 99% sure you already follow @SuzyQuilts. If you don’t, click this link right now. Suzy probably doesn’t know this, but she has been one of my quilt mentors for literal years. In 2014 when I decided to start an Instagram specifically to log my quilt progress, her account was one of the first I found that allowed me to see quilting as a fun modern thing that hip young people are into too. I loved that she played with crazy fun colors and shared just as much of her heart as her abounding creativity. I was drawn in by her cool downtown Chicago apartment (at the time), super cute dog Scrappy, and ability to break down quilting in a way that makes even tricky steps look easy.

OK, OK, that is enough about my obsession with Suzy. I am here to tell you about her newest quilt pattern: Reflections!

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Bear Path // Quilt Pattern Review

Is it just me or have there been tons of amazing patterns coming out lately?! I’m always so impressed by the amazing creativity of quilt pattern designers and how easy they make it look! I recently got the chance to test @patchworkandpoodles’ newest quilt pattern: Bear Path, and spoiler alert: it’s a fun one!

If you want to purchase this pattern for yourself, you can find it in Patchwork & Poodle’s Pattern shop.

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