How to Make a Cotbed Quilt for Beginners, Step 2: Preparing to Sew the Front of Your Quilt

Feb 11, 2013 by

How to Make a Cotbed Quilt for Beginners, Step 2: Preparing to Sew the Front of Your Quilt

Ok, so we have all of our materials ready for the main part of the quilt, the front.

You should have 64 5 x5″ squares of fabric.

It is time to lay out your quilt.

You need to lay out your squares in eight rows of eight squares as shown below.

This is harder than you first think.  You need to try and avoid bunching up similar colours or patterns and it may take a good few attempts before you are happy with it.

Laying out quilt

This is mine. As you can see Mr B was supervising from above!

Once you are happy with your arrangement you need to start stacking your squares in rows.

We will call the top row Row 1 and number the squares 1 to 8 starting from the left.

Numbering quilt rows and squares

You now need to stack your rows into individual piles. Start with row 1 and stack your squares with square 1 at the top and square 8 at the bottom.

stacking squares

Label this row and pin securely into a pile.

Repeat through rows 2-8 individually.

Preparing to Sew

Now you are ready to begin sewing!

For this move on to Step 3: Sewing a row of squares.


  1. Fab tutorial, thanks so much x

    • I wanted to do something for people like me who have NEVER heard any of the terminology before. A lot of the stuff I read just assumed a certain amount of knowledge that I really didn’t have. I hope this might help people in the same boat :)

  2. This is really beautiful. Something for long winter evenings. :-)

  3. You are really inspiring me with this series. I MUST sort out my stash of fabric.

  4. Wow, you make it look pretty easy. I might just give this a try….

  5. I would love to be able to sew but I have just learnt to crochet so will maybe have to leave quilting until I have mastered that. You have made all the steps so clear I think that even a novice like me could make an attempt at a quilt!

    • Oh I hope so! That is what I found was missing when I looked. Now you couldn’t teach me to crochet could you?

      • :-) I’m afraid that there are much better crochet blogs out there than I could ever attempt. I pour over everything on Attic 24 and just need to keep practising. If you don’t know her blog it is a great place for crochet tutorials.

  6. Lovely selection of fabrics. I’m making a patchwork union jack cover for my little one. A stupidly huge project that I won’t finish until she’s off to Uni!

    • Hahaha. I know my Mum started a knitting project when she was pregnant with my sister. She turns 38 this year and still not finished! ;)

  7. Rachel

    ooh lovely post! I have a hoard of fabric and quilty things to do but haven’t had any time to start yet! This might just be the kick I need!

  8. Ilove that you are keeping this SO SEW simple!

  9. Wow, brilliant, one day I am going to make one. x

  10. The Foodie Blog

    You have the skillz!

  11. What a lovely project! Makes for a great keepsake too! Off to stumble and pin. :-)



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