Whipup tutorial: Mid-season quilt

by kath_red on 10/01/2012

in Quilting, Whip Up Tutorials

Mid-season quilt

This super simple quilt pattern uses a pack of pre-cut layer cakes and is perfect for boys or girls and with a few short cut methods you can make it in a weekend.


  • 42 squares of 25 x 25 cm fabric / 10 inch square (pre-washed if you are worried colours might run) (use a pack of pre-cut layer cakes if you have one)
  • Cotton batting (1.5 x 1.7 metres / 60 x 67 inches)
  • Backing fabric (Feel free to recycle something from your linen closet that you don’t use very often) (1.5 x 1.7 metres / 60 x 67 inches)
  • Neutral coloured cotton thread for sewing and quilting
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter, cutting mat and quilt ruler (or scissors)
  • Basting spray


  • – Use 1/4 inch seam allowances throughout
  • – Ensure your backing is 10 cm / 4 inches larger than your quilt top all the way around – don’t cut it until after your quilt top is finished.
  • – Cut your batting to the same size as your quilt top – again after you have finished sewing it.
  • – Only use basting spray in a well ventilated space and read the manufacturer instructions before using.
  • – When machine quilting on your sewing machine – remember to take regular breaks and stretch your back.
  • – If using all cotton you can wash this quilt in the washing machine.

Step 1. Sewing

  • – Lay out your fabric squares and arrange into 6 rows of 7 squares, then sew the rows together. Press seams in one direction.
  • – Pin your rows together, matching up your seams and sew your rows together. Press the entire quilt top.
  • – Now measure it – and cut your batting 5 cm / 2 inches larger on all sides, then cut your quilt backing 10 cm / 4 inches larger on all sides.

Step 2. Basting the quilt

  • – Lay your quilt backing right side down onto your surface in a well ventilated space, and tape down the corners with masking tape – ensuring it is evenly taught all around.
  • – Lay your batting centred on top and lay your quilt top right side up centred on the top, tape down the backing and quilt top at one end.
  • – Have your basting spray ready and roll or fold back your quilt top carefully from the non-taped end to the taped end. Spray your batting evenly all over, then carefully roll your quilt top back, a little bit at a time, smoothing as you go. Repeat for the batting+quilt top so that all three layers are stuck together with the basting spray.
  • – Remove the masking tape and turn your quilt over and starting from the middle smooth the wrinkles out of the back. You are now ready to quilt.

 Step 3. Quilting the quilt

  • – Get comfortable, this is going to take about 2-3 hours to stipple quilt, ensure you have good lighting, music, a comfortable chair, plenty of filled bobbins and a new needle in your machine. Choose a big stipple design and practice with pencil and paper first.
  • – Lower the feed dogs on your sewing machine and an use an embroidery foot.
  • – Start stipple quilting in a random design from one corner of the quilt, gradually making your way over the entire surface, bunching or folding or rolling (whatever works for you) the quilt under your machine as you go. 2-3 hours later you have finished quilting your quilt. Take a break and have a cup of tea (or a slug of the stipple of your choice – you deserve it).

Step 4. Binding the quilt

  • – Lay out your quilt and check the quilt top and backing are even – you may need to measure and trim so that your quilt backing overhang is an even 4-5 cm / about 2 inches all around. You will use this to self bind the quilt.
  • – Fold the edge of the backing over to the quilt top edge and then fold the backing over again so it cover the quilt top and folds over to the front of the quilt. Pin around the entire quilt edge. When it comes to the corners you can make a neat mitred corner or square it off. Take this to your sewing machine and machine sew this down using a straight stitch or zigzag stitch. Now you are done – congratulations! Wash and use.
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1 ang January 10, 2012 at 8:21 am

i wish we were having a coffee :: i’ve so many questions ! and ideas !
this is great , thanks for the inspiration.. what the heck is basting spray .. ive been living in the dark ages apparently. i cant WAIT to get a machine quilter, those squigglies look divine. xxx


2 kath_red January 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

Hi Ang, Basting spray is a spray fabric glue, here is a great tutorial showing you how to use it http://www.filminthefridge.com/2011/03/03/spray-adhesive-for-quilt-basting-a-quick-how-to/, you can get it from quilt or craft stores. Good luck


3 davin January 10, 2012 at 9:49 am

That is really lovely! Do you have a favorite kind of batting? I’m looking for some for my first real quilt and I’d love some advice!


4 kath_red January 10, 2012 at 4:33 pm

I generally just use a thin cotton batting – which is very easy to quilt by machine – \


5 Lola Nova January 11, 2012 at 1:52 am

Gorgeous! It really is high time I did another quilt!


6 Ana January 11, 2012 at 2:20 am

You know, I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve been dreaming about it for some time now. Thanks for very straightforward explanation, it’s great! Now all I have to do is – start!


7 Sophie January 13, 2012 at 5:53 am

very beautiful and great instructions!


8 Mandy December 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm

I am looking to make a quilt like this but a queen size.
Would you be able to modify the intructions for me?


9 kath_red December 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm

i’d just grab another layer cake and sew it larger.

this quilt ends up being just under 55 x 63 inches – it is 5 x 7 squares.

To make a queen size you’ll want it to be 80 x 90 inches – which will be 9 x 10 squares (approx) so you will need 2 packs of layer cakes + an extra 6 (10 inch) squares cut from your stash (maybe in some solid fabrics).

good luck

good luck


10 Alison March 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Thanks for the tutorial, love the basting spray technique!


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