Make a Baby Quilt – Part 3 – Preparing and Quilting Your Baby Quilt


Hi, it’s Jenny, from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, and this is part three of, Making a Baby Quilt from Beginning to End, and this is where we show you how to put your quilt together so that you can quilt it.

There are three different ways to do that. The easiest way of course is to send it to us, and we’ll quilt it for you on our big machine, or you can quilt it on your sewing machine, or you can hand quilt it, and I’m going to show you how to stack that together.

You need to find the center of your bottom layer. You’re going to want to cut that about 10” bigger. We have on our table a little button taped, or you could use a quarter or whatever. It just let’s you know that this is the center.

So, when we find the back of our quilt, we’re going to lay the right side down. We’re going to fold it in half, and we’re going to fold it in half again, to find that center. So, here’s the center point right over here. You can put a pin in there or you can just hold on to it until you get it unfolded, and laid onto this center button part right here. Which is going to give you the center of your quilt.

So, there we have that, the next thing we’re going to do is we’ve cut a piece of batting that we’ll fit over it, and we’ll lay that batting on. So, here’s our batting, and this is for if you’re going to machine or hand quilt. Then you put your top on.

Now how we attach these together, there’s several ways you can do that, one is basting. Which is where you take, let me make sure I have this little quilt centered on the top, you want to do the same thing to the top that you did to the bottom. Where it’s centered, so we find our center, and you can feel for that button, and this centers you up with the top and your bottom. I remember it’s right in that square, right there. So, I feel for the button, there it is, move this over just a hair, there we go.

Now we’re centered up top and bottom. It really helps to have somebody else help you on this part, but you can do it on your own. What you’re going to do is, there’s several ways you can do it, you can baste your quilt, and basting means you could use a sewing machine needle, and take long stitches that are going to come out really easily, across your quilt, in all directions,
to hold it together, and to do that you want to make sure the back is pulled tight. You can even tape the back down or have someone hold it to get a good, tight pull on it, because you don’t want any rumples in the back, but the way I do it generally is that I will pin it. I use safety pins or regular pins, and I will just pin it, every square through the whole thing. Really pin it all over the place. Just lot’s of them, so that it doesn’t come apart. You’re pinning all three together, and then if I’m going to hand quilt this I’ll use an
embroidery hoop and I’ll start in the middle and work my way out. So, those are really the two ways that you could do it for quilting it together.

Now here at the shop what we do is we attach the bottom and top, of course to our machine, and it makes a beautiful pattern, and it gets done really quickly, and it holds together very well. Whenever we’re doing our baby quilts on the quilts for kids, it has to be machine quilted, so that it holds
together well.

So, that’s how we like to do it, but if I’m doing an heirloom quilt for one
of my precious grandchildren then I probably will hand quilt that quilt so that they have a part of me in that quilt as well, but whatever works for you! You can do it on your sewing machine. If your quilt gets to big you can roll up the edge of it. This won’t work unless you have a pretty good sized sewing machine, and you can just stitch in the ditch, or stitch ¼” in, you could use a fancy pattern if your machine comes with that, and quilt the quilt that way. Once its pinned together it should all hold together, it should be flat.
You shouldn’t have any gaps in the bottom. It should work really well, and that’s how you sandwich a quilt.

So, here we are at the sewing machine and we’re quilting a pattern. This one happens to be, Baby Rattles and Pacifiers. It’s an adorable little pattern. If you can see that closely you can see some of those baby rattles and pacifiers on there. So just a recap, when you’re putting your quilt together, you can do it by hand, you can do it by machine, you can find patterns to trace, you can put it on your sewing machine, you could stitch in the ditch, or you could just go along the edge, or you could trace your own pattern on here, and do it yourself. Let the quilt speak to you be creative and you’ll do just what you’re able to do, best for your quilt!

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  • Kathy

    I love watching Jenny. Im about to make the 2nd quilt in my lifetime. All of the videos have been so helpful to me. Thanks for doing them.

    • MissouriQuiltCo

      I’m so glad they’ve helped Kathy!! Congrats on starting the second quilt!! So cool!

  • I love watching Jenny’s tutorials I can’t wait to get everything I need, I think a pillow I will make to start, the quilts are so beautiful, I can’t stop watching, thank you

    • JenM

      Welcome to quilting! A pillow is a fun place to start. Thanks for watching!

  • Chrissy Oldfield

    I just got started in trying to quilt and sew. I LOVE WATCHING YOU JENNY!!! Thank you so much!

    • JenM

      Welcome to quilting, Chrissy! Let us know if you have any questions along the way. Have fun!

  • bichonmom

    I just got a sewing machine and started watching you. I’ve learned so much in a short time. My first project was to make the potholders and was amazed how nicely they turned out. I am now almost done making placemats in the shape of fish and I’m really getting hooked on quilting. Love your tutorials and your site. My next projec will be a pillow…….than on to a quilt. Thank you.

    • JenM

      Sounds like you’re really diving in! Great! We’re so happy you can quilt along with us. Have fun and feel free to ask questions along the way. Happy Quilting!

  • Carolyn Thibodaux

    I am making a baby quilt for my 5th great grandchild coming tonight; I found some Pilot Pen brand marking pens that are great; after marking, sewing, pass a hot iron over the markings and they are gone! It’s great.