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No-Piece Geometric Quilt Tutorial: Part One

No Piece Geometric Quilt Tutorial - it is easier than you might think!




Hey there! It’s Alexis from Persia Lou and today I’m sharing my latest quilting project with you all. This quilt is king-size, but it took less time to make than you might think because this quilt is made without any piecing at all! Piecing together a quilt-top can be fun, but it is definitely time-consuming as well. Rather than using piecing to create the quilt’s pattern and design, this quilt relies on contrasting geometric quilting. Here’s how to make one for yourself!

How to Sew a No-Piece Geometric Quilt Tutorial (Part 1)

Materials

  • Two flat sheets (queen-size for king-size quilt)
  • Cotton Batting
  • 1 yard cotton fabric for binding
  • Thread (2 spools for quilting, 1 for binding)
  • Safety Pins

The trick to keeping this quilt absolutely no-piece is using flat sheets for the quilt top and backing. Originally, I thought I would have to buy king-size sheets, but when I was looking at flat sheets, I noticed that the queen sheets’ dimensions were 102″x94″, which was just a few inches off of the 106″x94″ size of a king-size quilt. Buying the queen-size sheets saved me a few dollars and some time trimming off excess fabric. Score!

I chose a white sheet for the quilt top and a gray sheet for the quilt backing.

quilt tutorial

To get the sheets all ready to be quilted, you will need to do just a few things. First, cut off the small hems from three sides of the sheets.

no piece quilt tutorial

To get a few more inches of length, use a seam ripper to undo the wider hem on the last side of the sheet. This should give you about five more inches of length.

no piece geometric quilt

When your sheets are all trimmed and pressed, it is time to stack up a quilt sandwich. Spread out the backing sheet first (mine is gray), then the cotton batting, and top it off with the other sheet (white for me).

quilt tutorial

You will need to spread everything out smoothly to avoid any lumps or folds. I had to move some furniture around to find a space large enough to accommodate the quilt. Trim the excess batting so that everything is about the same size (it doesn’t have to be perfect at this point).

To keep everything in place, baste the quilt together with large safety pins. I spaced the pins about 6-8 inches apart.

how to make a no piece quilt

After the quilt sandwich is basted, it’s time to get quilting! To make the large quilt easier to work, I recommend rolling both sides of the quilt up.

how to make a quilt

This will make it much easier to get to the middle of the quilt with your sewing machine. (And, yes, you can absolutely quilt a King size quilt on a regular ol’ sewing machine! It can get a bit cramped, but it is completely doable. Rolling up the quilt’s sides makes it much easier.)

how to sew a quilt - great tutorial for an awesome geometric quilt!I used contrasting black thread since the quilting was the quilt’s main design element. If you want your quilting to be more subtle and textural, try a matching thread.

Start off by quilting horizontal lines across the quilt at various intervals starting in the middle of the quilt. I tried to keep the line as straight as possible, but since I don’t mind imperfections, I didn’t stress about it. If you are more of a perfectionist, you can use a ruler and chalk or an erasable fabric marker to mark the line first.

After stitching the first line, stitch the rest of the lines working out towards the edges of the quilt and keeping all the lines parallel. The lines in my quilt are spaced from one to six inches apart. I just varied the width as I went, and then went back and filled in any particularly empty looking spots later. Remove the safety pins as you come to them. Pretty soon the entire quilt will be filled up with parallel lines of stitching.

How to sew a geometric quilt -love this simple, modern quilt! #quilt #tutorialNext, it’s time to go back in and fill in all those lines with triangles, crosses, diamonds, and other geometric shapes. This gives the quilt a lot of texture and interest.

geometric quilt tutorial

 

All of these varieties of shapes and patterns are made using the same basic technique of a zig-zag stitch between the horizontal quilting.

  1. Starting at one of the lines of horizontal stitching, stitch at an angle to the next line of stitching.
  2. When you come to the next line of stitching, stop with the needle down in the quilt.
  3. With the needle still down, lift up the foot and turn the quilt so the foot is facing back in the direction you came from.
  4. Continue on to the other line of stitching and repeat.

how to sew a zig zag pattern when quilting #quiltingTo make the rows of triangles, I repeated this technique twice in opposite directions across three lines of stitching.

how to quilt - love the geometric design! It took some time to finish the quilting, but I am really happy with the way it came out!

geometric quilt

When the quilting is all done, there are only a few more steps to finish off the quilt. I will be back soon with the tutorial for completing your quilt with a pretty contrasting binding!

geometric quilt tutorial. super easy tutorial with great tips!

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  1. 1
    Terrie says:

    What a great idea! I like the geometric look and the simplicity of this technique :)

  2. 2
    hungryhippie says:

    SUPER clever! Love the colors as well. Pinned!

  3. 3
    Katie says:

    Beautiful!! I just love this idea. I’m dreaming of making one with the quilting done using neon thread!

  4. 4
    Vanessa says:

    I absolutely love this, Alexis! Must make one for my bed!

  5. 5
    laura middleton says:

    The only thing I do not understand about this is. Quilters from all the quilting shows have always said not to use sheets from bedding. The reason is you are making holes in them and in time will tear apart easily. Sheets aren’t meant to put thousand of tiny holes in? So are you using a special type of needle or special type of sheet count thread. Please explain. I am a quilter and do many shows, I do not understand this. To me it would be a waste of good sheets and lots of time. Although, this is very pretty design, to me I’d just get the yardage I wanted for the front and back and do it right, the first time. Please explain your thoughts. Thank you.

    • 5.1
      Jennifer says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Unless these are high quality sheets I would just purchase either a good muslim or other broadcloth material(can come in width’s up to 108″) in the sizes you want then quilt. It would probably end up being cheaper. Though I do know a few quilters who have backed quilts with sheets. Just not when there’s alot of intricate quilting being done.

    • 5.2
      Taylor says:

      I have quilts that my Mum made that are about 30 years old that are backed with a sheet and they’ve never torn. They have been used and washed hundreds of times. I also back all of my quilts with sheets and never had an issue. The only thing I have heard is that quilts backed with sheets can be harder to hand quilt because of the high thread count making the needle harder to push through the fabric. Anyway, is there really a ‘right way’ to quilt? Our ancestors used any material they could to make their beautiful warm quilts. I don’t think there are any rules.

  6. 6
    Marty says:

    Just found site and wow, I am new at this so take it easy ha

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