Quilting Tutorial: Easy Signature Quilt – Suitable for Beginners

If you have a special occasion coming up here is an easy to make Signature Quilt that will really be a hit with the recipient.

The white or cream strips give ample room for guests to write a message of congratulations, bon voyage or whatever else they wish to write.

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The quilt in the background is one I made for my granddaughter Ishta, when she and Evan got married. I used a woodland themed charm pack with owls, as Ishta loves owls.

You will really be surprised at how easy this is to make and you should get it done in a day or less.

Watch the video tutorial below or scroll down for the written instructions

The signature quilt in the video is made from 5″ squares with 2½” strips in between and around the edges. We used our June Taylor Shape Cut Pro to cut out our squares, it makes it so easy to cut the squares and the strips exactly to size. You can read our review on the ShapeCut Pro here.

We have used 5 contrasting fabrics and used 5 squares across and 7 squares down. You can make your quilt whatever width and length you want but you will need to adjust the amount of material for the backing and the batting accordingly. This quilt measures 35″. x 47″

We used beautiful Japanese style materials for this quilt. Now we made this quilt with fabric in our stash and at the time we had no idea how much material was needed (we have rectified this and the fabric requirements are below).

Fabric requirements:

You can use a charm pack and all the squares will be different colors or you can use your own fabric and design your quilt as we have done.

  • Colour 1: ¼ yard
  • Colour 2: ¼ yard
  • Colour 3: ¼ yard
  • Colour 4: ¼ yard
  • Colour 5: ¼ yard
  • Sashing: 1 1/8 yards
  • Backing Fabric: 1 3/8 yard
  • Batting: 1 3/8 yards


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  • Main Contrasting Fabrics: Cut 35 squares @ 5″ x 5″
  • Sashing: Cut 28 pieces @ 5″ x 2½”
  • Sashing: Cut 10 pieces @ 2½” x width of fabric

From the 10 pieces of sashing cut:

  • 8 strips 2½” x 31½” (or width of your quilt)
  • 2 pieces @ 2½” x x 46″ (or length of your quilt)

  • Lay your squares out how you want them to look in your finished quilt.
  • I have lain out the sashing as well to get an idea of how it will look when it’s finished.

  • Lay a piece of 5″x 2½” sashing along one side of each square except the first square in each row. Do not add sashing to that square.

  • Starting with the top row, and ignoring the first block, lay the piece of sashing along the edge of each of the other 5″ squares in the row, right sides together.

  • Sew the two pieces together with a ¼” seam.

  • Once you have sewn a strip of sashing onto each of the squares, it’s time to sew the squares together. (Remember we still have one square without any sashing attached)
  • Lay the edge of the square without sashing along the edge of the sashing, right sides together.
  • Sew together with a ¼” seam.

  • Now add the square that doesn’t have any sashing attached, to a piece that does have sashing attached.

  • The squares are now all sewn together and they form a row.
  • Repeat the same process to create all of the rows.

Now we want to attach the long pieces of sashing to the rows.

  • Starting at one end, lay the sashing strip along the row of joined squares, right sides together.
  • Pin the two pieces together and sew with a ¼” seam.

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  • Repeat this process for each of the rows.

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  • Once you have sewn all the long strips of sashing to your rows it’s now time to sew the rows together.
  • Take the first row and lay the sashing along the edge of the colored squares, right sides together.
  • Pin in place. Take time with the pinning to make sure the seams on the short pieces of sashing line up. You don’t want wonky sashing pieces when you have finished sewing the rows together.
  • Sew with a ¼” seam.

It pays to do this in a methodical manner so that you know exactly where you are with it. Take 2 rows, sew them together then lay them back on the table in the position they are supposed to be in.

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  • Repeat the process with the next two rows and so on until all the rows are sewn together in sets of two.

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Now it’s time to add our outside sashing strips.

  • Add your first strip to one of the short edges.
  • Lay the sashing strip along the edge, right sides together.
  • Pin one end, then pin the other. I generally give the sashing and the quilt a tug and place a pin in the middle. Now pin all along the edge. This evens out the sashing.
  • Sew with a ¼” seam.
  • Now do the same with the sashing on the other short edge.

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Next, we need to attach the long pieces of sashing.

  • Line the long piece of sashing up with the edge of the sashing you have just attached to the short edge.
  • Pin in place and sew with a ¼” seam
  • Complete the other side in the same manner.

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  • Lay your batting on the floor and place the quilt top on top of the batting.
  • Cut around the quilt top.

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  • Repeat the process with the backing.

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  • Lay the batting down on your work surface.
  • Lay the backing on top of the batting, right side facing up.
  • Smooth it down. You can spray with some 505 adhesive spray to make sure it is really smoothed out and there are no wrinkles.
  • Lay the quilt top, face down on top of the backing.
  • Pin all the layers together.

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  • Sew around the edge with a ¼” seam
  • Leave an opening on one side of about 6″-8″ to turn the quilt through when we have finished sewing it together.
  • Backstitch when you start and finish on either side of the opening.

  • Clip the corners taking care not to clip your stitching,
  • Trim some of the excess along the side edge from the corner to reduce some of the bulk.

  • Turn the quilt through to the right side.
  • Give the quilt a press.
  • Press in the edges of the opening.

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  • Top stitch about an 1/8th of an inch all around the edge.
  • This will catch in and seal the opening.

  • Now its time to ditch stitch the Signature Quilt to finish it.
  • Pin the quilt well to hold the layers together while you are ditch stitching.
  • Ditch stitch around the outer sashing pieces


  • Now start in the middle of the quilt and work outwards.
  • Stitch along each of the rows.