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Let’s Make a Quilt!

Quilt block of a cute dog face with perky ears and a spot on one eye. Text reads: Let's Make a Quilt! Getting Started with Quilt As You Go and Applique

Let’s learn how to make a quilt!

Any time you make a quilt – even if you’re working from a pattern – there are a bunch of decisions you have to make along the way. Options you need to choose. Maybe skills you need to learn.

I’ve organized here all the quilting tutorials on Shiny Happy World into groups that answer those questions you’ll be asking along the way. Think of this page as the table of contents linking out to all the info you’ll need.

If you’re just getting started, you’ll be able to work systematically through these posts with any Shiny Happy World pattern. There’s even a post about choosing a pattern! And there are plenty of free options if you just want to test out my method for Quilt As You Go and applique with fusible adhesive to see if you like it before you commit to a whole quilt.

So jump right in!

Each of these links will take you to a page with more info on that topic – usually including links to other pages with more detailed info and tutorials.

Each of those pages will have suggested links to keep moving you through the lessons. There will also always be a link back to this – the main Let’s Make a Quilt page – so you can refer back to the main Table of Contents as needed and jump to any topic you like.

Basic Tools

Choose Your Quilt Pattern

Choose Your Quilt Size and Layout

Choose Your Fabric

Get and Prepare Your Supplies

Cut and Quilt Your Background Blocks

Applique Your Blocks

Outline Stitch

Trim and Assemble Your Blocks

Basting and Final Quilting

Bind and Finish Your Quilt

Using Shiny Happy World Applique Patterns to Make Things That Aren’t Quilts

That’s it! I’ll be adding similar posts to organize all the tutorials for crochet, embroidery, and sewing stuffed animals.

Happy stitching!



  1. Kay Greene SAYS...

    Wow, thanks! I’m Bookmarking this.

  2. Rosemary Callahan SAYS...

    I thought you were organized before! You’ve taken it to the next level!