I have had several friends ask me about how to make a quilt top for beginners.  That is why I have decided to share how to make your first quilt top.  I am going to start from the very beginning and try to make this tutorial easy to follow.  Feel free to comment at the end if you have any questions about what I have shared.  


As you probably know, quilts are made up of quilt blocks.  So, to get started on your quilt top, you need to make your first quilt block.  One of the basic quilt blocks and I think a good one to start with is The Four Patch Block.  


The first step in making your four patch quilt block is to pick your fabric.  You will need to choose 4 different fabrics – 2 light fabrics and 2 dark, one half yard of each fabric.  

Your fabric will need to be cut into 5 inch squares.  This can be done in a variety of ways.  You can use…

  • a ruler and rotary cutter on your mat
  • a 5 inch template
  • charm packs – Charm packs are a collection of coordinating fabrics already cut into 5 inch squares.

Green Fairy Quilts have a lot of beautiful charm packs.  Check them out…     

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Check out my Etsy Shop for some Charm Packs you might want to see.

Etsy Shop

using a rotary cutter and ruler on the mat
charm pack with light and dark fabrics

Putting it together

Now that you have your 5 inch squares, you will start putting together your first block.  Pick two light squares and two dark squares.  With one light and one dark square, right sides together and pin on one side. 

Right sides together, pin on one side.

Set your sewing machine to a straight stitch, and lay fabric on the 1/4 inch line of your machine and stitch on the pinned side.

*side note:  a light grey thread is a good idea to use to piece quilts

Stitch 1/4 inch with a straight stitch

Clip your threads and press your seam to one side. 

Now get another light and dark square, pin, stitch and press. 

Press toward darker print fabric

You will now put these squares together.  It is very important to pin because you want the seams to match.  So right sides together, with light facing a dark, pin, stitch and press.

Make sure the seams match

 Sew, down the side, open, and press.

And that’s your first completed block!

finished four patch quilt block

The number of blocks you finish, depends on how big you want your quilt top to be.

  • 9 blocks (3 blocks x 3 blocks) 
  • 12 blocks (3 blocks x 4 blocks) 
  • 16 blocks (4 blocks x 4 blocks) 

Stay tuned for Part 2 to finish your quilt top…

Feel free to comment with any questions you have.

Happy Sewing!