## You don't need years of experience to make a patchwork quilt. Here's some tips and instructions on how to make one easily.

Start with a bed sheet that has been laundered at least once. Patchwork fabrics should also be laundered before beginning. Iron or make sure all fabrics are free of wrinkles. Lay it on the bed and cut it to the size you would like your quilt to be. The sheet should be coordinating with the cloth pieces used for making the patchwork. You don't want to make the patch work black and brown only, then have a pink sheet underneath. During the cutting of the size of the sheet, decide on a number that will go into the width and length of the sheet equally. For example, if your sheet is 50" wide, 5 is a number you might want to work with, or 2 or 10. Whatever number you decide on, that number must also go into the length equally. You can cut the sheet to fit the numbers needed.

The numbers are important because for a beginner's quilt, you'll need to cut squares. 4"X4" squares, 5"X5" squares, but definitely squares. After making a couple of square quilts, you can try new patterns, like triangles, rectangles and so on, but squares are great for beginners. Decide on how many squares you will need by counting how many you'll need to do the width and how many you'll need for the length, then multiply those numbers. That is the amount of squares to cut. You decide on the pattern. Two blue squares, then a red, or white, gray, black, white, gray, black. Whatever you decide, cut the appropriate amount of squares for each color.

Now begin by sewing the first square to the second square, and so on, until you have the first row of the width of the quilt. Now sew together the squares of the second row, and so forth, until all the rows are done. Assemble the rows by sewing the first and second rows together, sewing the third row to the second, and continue until all of the rows are sewn together.

You now have a huge rectangle of squares sewn together. Lay the patchwork on the bed, right side up, and place the sheet on top of it, right side down. Pin to hold them together while you stitch. Begin at what will be the bottom of the quilt. Start about a third of the way from the middle of the bottom and stitch to the corner, up the side, across the top, down the other side to the corner, and about a third of the way across the bottom. You should have an opening in the middle of the bottom portion of the quilt, for turning the quilt right side out. Turn the quilt and press. Now fold the hems in on the patchwork and the sheet, and stitch shut. Press. You're done.

The next easiest quilt to make is the triangle quilt where you follow all of the above steps, but after cutting the squares, cut them in half, in triangles, and decide on the pattern. Now sew the triangles to other colors to make squares that are two different colored triangles. Sew the squares together as above to make quilt.

To eliminate the sheet from the quilt, make the square or triangular quilt top twice, using different colors and patterns if desired, put right sides together, and sew around. Turn, stitch shut and press. The quilt is now reversible and extra-heavy.