Tulip factory – Finishing the quilt

Today is the last day in the Tulip factory QAL.

By now you’ll have all your blocks done.

Step 1 – Assembling the quilt top

On page 6 of the pattern you’ll find instructions and a diagram on how to put the top together.

Do you intend to do quilt-as-you-go?

Skip to QAYG section before you assemble the top.

Step 2 – Quilting

Free motion quilting

There are many ways to do the quilting. I usually do either free motion or straight line quilting for all my quilts.

Free motion is quick and easy once you get the hang of it.

If you wish to try, here’s how you do it:

Check out my free motion tutorial for more details.

Quilt as you go (QAYG)

This quilt can very easily be done with QAYG.

Watch a demo on how to put the quilt together with QAYG:


You can just divide the quilt into 3 or 4 sections, quilt them and assemble them as QAYG.

If you choose to assemble the quilt as QAYG, the sashing strips need to be double the width. This video provides more details on QAYG with wide sashing:

Step 3 – Making the binding

Bias binding

This method demonstrates how to do bias tape quickly. The fabric width I use on the video is narrower than I use for a quilt but the technique remains the same.

Flange or faux piping binding

If you want to add a very special touch to your binding, check this tutorial out:

Check out my flange binding tutorial.

Step 4 – Binding the quilt

This is the final step to making a quilt. Learn to bind the quilt by machine:

Tulip factory pattern

Video tutorials for Tulip factory

Using freezer paper in quilting

How to make a tulip quilt block with foundation paper piecing

How to make a tulip quilt block with traditional piecing

How to make a tulip bud with foundation paper piecing

How to make a tulip bud with traditional piecing

Stem and leaves traditional piecing

Stem and leaves using foundation paper piecing

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Share your work!

If you make any of my tutorials this is how you can share your pictures:

  • On Instagram please tag me with @teresadownunder and hashtag #teresadownunder
  • Join my Facebook group and post your pictures there

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

Buy individual chapters of my book

Now that my publisher is going out of business I have bought the rights to publish my book. Now you can download individual chapters. Each digital download is a bundle with 4 quilt patterns in it.

As well as the instructions and fabric needs to make the blocks you’ll find a section on quiltmaking basics at the end of the pattern that discusses:

  • Tools
  • Squaring up blocks
  • Borders
  • Assembly and quilting
  • Binding

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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  1. Hi Sharon, I used a lot of old fabrics from my stash. I don’t even know the names. There’s a mix of moda, FreeSpirits and no brand fabrics.


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