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Quilting from the Center Out to the Edges – a video tutorial

detail of modern quilt block in grey, orange, and purple with diagonal quilting lines

What does it mean to start quilting in the middle and work your way out?

I get this question a LOT – so I made a video showing the answers.

That’s right – answers. Plural.

Because the answers are different depending on whether you’re quilting by hand or by machine!


Here are all my posts about layering and basting your quilt, and the final round of quilting.

Here are all my posts about hand quilting and Big Stitch quilting. I don’t use these techniques with fusible applique or Quilt As You Go, but I LOVE using Big Stitch Quilting with my cheater fabric.

Finished with this topic?

Return to the Let’s Make a Quilt main Table of Contents.

Move on to the lessons about binding and finishing your quilt.

Happy quilting!


  1. Sarah SAYS...

    Thank you so much! I am getting ready to start machine quilting my first quilt and was wondering about this exact thing. I plan on doing the vertical lines that you demonstrated. Perfect timing. Thanks!

  2. Barbara SAYS...

    I was thinking the same thing. For someone who is new to quilting they would have been confused by “the center,” but you very well explained it at the end.
    Thank you!

  3. Ann Ratcliff SAYS...

    I am ready to quilt my woodland critters quilt. It is twin sized, it’s all pinned and ready to go but it is not in the standard grid layout because I’ve added some half blocks in it. This is my first time making one of these. So my question is when quilting and I come to a place where the grid is ‘interrupted’ by one of the half blocks, I’m assuming I’ll need to turn the whole quilt 90 degrees to quilt along for 6 or so inches until I can turn it 90 degrees again to keep going down the row. This seems like it would be a big pain to have to keep turning it 90 degrees until I make it all the way from top to bottom. Any tips/suggestions?

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