Spotlight free quilt patterns: Beginners Quilt Project | Spotlight Australia


Beginners Quilt Project | Spotlight Australia


  1. Cut out the following from each fabric:
  • Dark Red Possum – 4 x 21cm (9″) squares
  • Light Animals – 48 x 16.5cm (6 1/2 “) sided right-angle triangles
  • Spearmint Koala – 16 x 16.5cm sided right-angle triangles
  • Blue Green Wombat – 16 x 16.5cm sided right-angle triangles
  • Emerald Green Echidna – 32 x 16.5cm sided right-angle triangles
  1. BLOCK 1 Start by making 4 squares alike, each using 1 x spearmint koala, 1 x light animals and 2 emerald green echidnas. Sew 1 x emerald green triangle to 1 x spearmint triangle along a straight side. Press all seams open as you go. Sew 1 x emerald green triangle to 1 x light triangle (check it is on the correct side to match the picture). Sew the emerald/spearmint triangle to the emerald/light triangle along the diagonal. You should have a square made of 4 triangles. Repeat to make another three the same.

Attach the spearmint side of one square to 1 x dark red square. Attach the spearmint side of another square to the opposite side of the red square. At each end of this 3-square panel, attach a blue-green wombat to the light triangle. This is the centre panel of Block 1.

Side Panel: Sew 2 x light triangles together along one side. Repeat with 2 more light triangles. Sew one of these big light triangles to the emerald green on a previously made square. Sew the other big light triangle to the emerald green on the opposite side of the same square.

Repeat this process for the other side panel. See photo.

To the small light triangle on the outside of each side panel, attach a blue-green wombat to the light triangle. Sew the 3 panels together, matching each join precisely. Block 1 is finished.

  1. Make 3 more blocks the same as Block 1.
  2. Sew 2 x blocks together (right sides together) along one side, matching all joins. Press seams open. Repeat with the other 2 x blocks.
  3. Place the two blocked pieces, right sides together, and stitch along one side, matching all joins. Press open.
  4. Lay backing face down on table, smooth wadding on top of backing and centre the finished blocked square right side up on top of wadding. Pin together through all layers with Quilter’s safety pins every 20-25cm.
  5. Attach walking foot to sewing machine and ditch stitch through all layers along 4 diagonal lines left to right, then 4 diagonals right to left, starting near the centre of the quilt, and moving outwards.
  6. Trim wadding only back to the size of the blocked square. Trim backing so that it extends 3cm from each side.
  7. Fold binding on each side towards the square, then fold again over the edge of the square. Pin in place, making sure the 4 corners are tucked in neatly. Topstitch close to inside edge.

Mix Monotone Square Quilt Project



All strips are cut across the width of fabric unless otherwise stated.
From each of Fabrics A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I & J cut –

  • 1 x 6 1/2 inch strip (10 strips in total) crosscut each strip into 2 x 6 1/2 inch squares and two 3 1/2 inch x 6 1/2 inch rectangles (total of 20 squares and 20 rectangles, 2 in each fabric).
  • 1 x 4 1/2 inch strip (10 strips in total) crosscut each strip into 2 x 4 1/2 inch squares and two 5 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch rectangles (total of 20 squares and 20 rectangles, 2 in each fabric).
    From white homespun cut –
  • 4 x 1 1/2 inch strips, crosscut into 15 x 9 1/2″ strips for block sashing.
  • 5 x 1 1/2 inch strips, sew together end to end into one long strip pressing seams open, crosscut into 4 x 44 inch strips for row sashing.
  • 5 x 2 inch strips, sew together end to end into one long strip pressing seams open, crosscut into 2 x 50 inch strips and 2 x 47″ strips for borders.
    From Fabric D cut
  • 5 x 2 1/2 inch strips for binding.
    From black homespun cut –
  • 5 x 1 1/4 inch strips, sew together end to end into one long strip pressing seams open, crosscut into 2 x 53 inch strips and 2 x 47 inch strips for faux piping.


1. Stack black background fabrics A, C, E, I & J into 6 1/2 inch squares, 3 1/2 inch rectangles, 4 1/2 inch squares and 5 1/2 inch rectangles. Make 4 more stacks with white background fabrics B, D, F, G & H (6 1/2 inch squares, 3 1/2 inch rectangles, 4 1/2 inch squares and 5 1/2 inch rectangles).
2. Sew a 6 1/2 inch black square to a 3 1/2 inch white rectangle. Repeat sewing all black 6 1/2 inch squares to 3 1/2 inch white rectangles to make 10 x 6 1/2 inch black/white units. Press seams towards black fabric.
3. Repeat step 2 to sew all white 6 1/2 inch squares to 3 1/2 inch black rectangles to make 10 x 6 1/2 inch white/black units. Press seams towards black fabric.
4. Sew a 4 1/2 inch black square to a 5 1/2 inch white rectangle. Repeat sewing together all black 4 1/2 inch squares and 3 1/2 inch white rectangles to make 10 x 4 1/2 inch black/white units. Press seams towards black fabric.
5. Repeat step 4 to sew all white 4 1/2 inch squares to 5 1/2 inch black rectangles to make 10 x 4 1/2 inch white/black units. Press seams towards black fabric.
6. Sew a 6 1/2 inch black/white unit to a 4 1/2 inch white/black unit to make Block 1. Repeat to make a total of 5 black/white Block 1.
7. Sew a 6 1/2 inch white/black unit to a 4 1/2 inch black/white unit to make Block 1. Repeat to make a total of 5 white/black Block 1.
8. Sew a 4 1/2 inch black/white unit to a 6 1/2 inch white/black unit to make Block 2. Repeat to make a total of 5 black/white Block 2.
9. Sew a 4 1/2 inch white/black unit to a 6 1/2 inch black/white unit to make Block 2. Repeat to make a total of 5 white/black Block 2.

Spotlight Quilt Block | Heartland Heritage

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It’s October which means time to share the next block from Heartland Heritage. This spotlight quilt block is perfect for adding a splash of color to your world! Since now we are all experts at the HST’s game, this month’s block is gonna be a breeze!

*Find the full supply list here. 

**See the Willow Tree Block from last month here.  

The block finishes 9″ square and uses 3 different fabrics. To keep it fun and fresh, I used my background fabric as the focal point.

Throughout the Heartland Heritage quilt along, I have chatted about key tips for HST’s. They include laser guide beam, 1/4″ seam allowance, and my favorite ruler for the job!


Trimming these babies is truly a breeze with the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers ruler.  One look at my quick video and see what I mean!

We all know it’s best to trim as we go but another great tip for easy assembly on this block is pressing. Following the instructions included in the pattern will help ensure that your finished seams nest and lay flat. For anyone sending their finished quilt out for long-arm stitching, this is key. Trust me when I say, they will thank you!

Spotlight Quilt Block Photo Finish


It’s hard to believe that we only have 2 more blocks to make on the Heartland Heritage quilt. That means it’s time to start thinking of our next one! Introducing Sew Hometown. It’s the perfect project to keep you stitching all year long!

Now, before you head off to make your spotlight blocks be sure to check out Amy’s tips for this month’s block. Then you are good to go! To complete the Heartland Heritage quilt pattern you will need to make 5 blocks and we would love to see them.  Be sure to share a picture of your finished Spotlight quilt blocks with us here.




ps- don’t have the pattern yet and want to join the fun?  You can order Heartland Heritage here.  




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50+ Free Easy Quilt Patterns for Beginners

If you are a beginning quilter looking for free and easy quilt patterns, check out this list of my favorite beginner quilting patterns!

In this list, you’ll find a ton of ideas for easy quilts made from simple shapes or pre-cut fabric, like layer cakes and jelly rolls, too!

Easy Quilt Patterns for Beginners

Anyone can learn to quilt, you just need to know where to start. And in my opinion, the best way to learn how to quilt is to start with an easy pattern designed for beginners.

In the list below, you’ll find 50 free and easy quilt patterns that I’ve specifically chosen to help you learn how to make a quilt. The patterns have plenty of detailed instructions and photos to guide you through each step, from start to finish.

How to Make a Quilt

If you are new to the world of quilting, all of the different cutting and sewing steps can seem overwhelming. So before we get to the patterns, why don’t we briefly talk about how to make a quilt.

Quilts are made from a patchwork top layer, a middle layer of warm batting, and a bottom layer of backing fabric. The quilt patterns you see in the list below will show you how to cut and sew beautiful quilt tops.

Here are the 7 steps to make a quilt:

  1. Pick a quilt pattern. You can choose one of the free and easy quilt patterns I’ve collected in the list below.
  2. Choose the fabric. You’ll want to shop for high-quality quilting cotton that will wear well over time.
  3. Cut the fabric. Following the pattern instructions, cut out the fabric pieces with a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler.
  4. Piece the quilt top. Sew the fabric pieces together according to the directions in the pattern. Make sure to sew an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance!
  5. Assemble the “quilt sandwich”. Once you’ve finished the top, add a layer of batting and the quilt back.
  6. Quilt the layers together
    . Using a walking foot or free motion foot, quilt through all layers of the quilt sandwich.
  7. Trim and bind the quilt. After quilting, trim the layers so they are even and square. Sew on binding to encase the edges.

What Makes a Quilt Pattern Beginner-Friendly?

The best quilt patterns for a beginner should use simple shapes, be easy to assemble, and come with detailed instructions.

Simple shapes: The easiest quilt patterns are made from simple shapes like squares and rectangles. Squares and rectangles are easy to cut and sew, since you don’t need to worry about curves or bias edges.

Precut fabric

: Some quilt patterns are designed to use bundles of precut fabric, called charm squares, jelly rolls, and layer cakes. Using precut fabric will save you a lot time that you would have spent preparing and cutting fabric.

Larger patchwork pieces: Quilt patterns made with larger fabric pieces will be faster to sew than those made with a lot of small pieces. Larger pieces means fewer seams to sew, and fewer points to match, too.

Detailed pattern: Look for a pattern that includes step-by step instructions with plenty of photos to guide you through the process. Some will even include a video tutorial.

What’s the Easiest Quilt Pattern for a Beginner?

One of the easiest quilts for a beginner to make is a simple patchwork quilt. A square patchwork quilt is made from fabric squares that are sewn together in a simple grid pattern. You can cut squares from your own fabrics, or start with a precut fabric bundle called a “charm pack” or “layer cake”.

Another easy quilt for beginners is called a strip quilt. A strip quilt is made by sewing long strips of fabric together to create a striped effect. You can cut strips from your own fabric, or start with a precut fabric bundle called a “jelly roll”.

Essential Supplies for the Beginning Quilter

After you pick out your pattern, you’ll need to gather your materials. You don’t need a lot of fancy tools, but you do some basic quilting supplies. Here’s what I recommend:

  1. Rotary Cutter
  2. Omnigrip 6″ x 24″ Ruler
  3. Self-Healing Cutting Mat
  4. Straight Pins
  5. Iron and Ironing Board
  6. Sewing Machine

Can you quilt with a regular sewing machine?

Yes, you can piece a quilt top with a regular home sewing machine. You can do straight-line quilting with a walking foot attachment or free motion quilting with a free motion quilting foot.

Where to Buy Quilting Fabric and Precuts

One of my favorite parts of the quilting process is selecting fabrics. I recommend searching out a local quilt shop if you can, since they’ll have the best selection and the experience to guide you.

But if you’d like to shop online, I find that has one of the largest selections of quilting fabrics and precut bundles.

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This quilt top made with half-square blocks is a great project to use up scraps — you gotta love those kinds of projects!

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Here’s a super quick project to make for a baby or toddler. This playmat is made from four large pieces of fabric. You can machine quilt it, or hand quilt it, too!

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This quilt-along tutorial will walk you through every step in the quilt-making process.

The quilt-along includes basic quilting skills like using a rotary cutter, chain-piecing, basting, binding and quilting. 

In this quilt, large pieces of fabric come together quickly, but the overall effect is more interesting than a simple block quilt.

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This easy quilt is the perfect first project to tackle if your a newbie or need a fun, simple, and easy quilt to make as a gift.

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Here’s a fun, colorful quilt! It’s quick to sew up and easy to adapt to your color preferences. it’s made with 16 fat quarters in a variety of shades.

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Try this fast quilt project that comes together easily. It’s made with pre-cut fabrics that make it easy to put together a quilt quickly.
This super simple quilt is perfect for beginners or a great choice when you’re in need of a quick project.

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A simple and sophisticated pattern that’s built from large triangle blocks. It’s a quick quilt to stitch up as it’s just one giant Squash Blossom Quilt Block!

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This lovely quilt top comes together very quickly. You can make it with a precut layer cake, fat quarters, or other fabric.

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The pattern comes together quickly and makes a lap-sized quilt. I am always amazed at how quickly quilts come together when you use precut fabric like a jelly roll. With this pattern, you can make a quilt top in an afternoon!

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This pattern promised a completely quit top in 1 hour! It makes a complicated-looking quilt with a very simple trick. It uses a very unique piecing method involving unpicking seams (on purpose!). It’s a great way to use scraps, and it’s so fun to see how the different patterns emerge as you go.

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The four-patch block is one of my favorite easy quilt blocks!  This pattern shows you a speedy way to make four patches — and by using this method you can crank out a whole stack of blocks in no time! It makes this quilt SO fast to finish!

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If you’ve always wanted to try patchwork, this triangle/chevron design is super simple and can be made to look really different depending on how the blocks are arranged.

You can turn this also turn this patchwork top into a quilt, if you don’t have a duvet.

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Here’s a lovely and simple quilt that simple is a great way to show off your favorite single printed fabrics. You could use a precut charm pack or a fat quarter bundle to make it even easier.

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A quilt with no piecing, you say? It’s simple to make (because the quilt top and backing are both just solid pieces of fabric), but still has lots of interest and texture that comes from the geometric quilting design.

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Try this super easy whole cloth quilt! You could even call it a “cheater quilt” because they’re made from one single piece of fabric for each side.

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If you are an impatient quilter, you’ll love this pattern for a simple strip crib quilt.

It’s also a great pattern is you have a large-scale print that you want to include in a quilt design.

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Here’s another great project for new quilters: an easy, fast, beginner-friendly Fast Four Patch Quilt. It’s perfect if you’re going for a scrappy look and showing-off cute fabric.

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If you hate to measure and prefer to improvise, you’ll love this “lazy quilt”. This tutorial walks you through the process of creating a unique quilt where no measuring is required, and the pieces can be as big or as small as you want.

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Rag quilts are wonderful for a first-time quilting project. They’re simple to make, but full of fun texture. Plus, each step in this tutorial has a video to walk you through it – perfect for beginners!

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Here’s a lovely “cornerstone” block quilt in delightful retro fabric. This tutorial teaches you a great short-cut method for assembly so the quilt top comes together quickly.

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A great beginner project, here’s a scrappy baby quilt made from with a Jelly Roll – aka precut fabric strips.

The great thing about this project is that it also includes a full tutorial in video!

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A simple quilt pattern that makes a big impact. This is a very beginner-friendly pattern and requires no special tools, notions or rulers.

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Like a lot of the traditional quilting blocks, the Plus Quilt works with the classic nine-patch pattern, alternating dark and light colors to make a plus-sign. The pattern itself is really versatile, with the opportunity to use just a few alternating fabric patterns or a ton of scraps.

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A nine patch quilt block is one of the most recognized patterns in quilting — and it’s also one of the easiest patterns for a new beginning quilter to try.

This pattern uses precut strips in a unique way to make the nine patch block in an easy, “cheater” fashion. This quilt is so simple to make and looks beautiful.

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This fun pattern for an arrow-inspired baby quilt is so simple, and easy. It comes together quickly, and can easily be made bigger by adding more blocks. You could also make the blocks bigger if you wanted to make a larger quilt.

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Have you ever wanted to make a chevron quilt? Well, here is a tutorial with lots of tricks to make a chevron quilt the easy way.

The trick is to use pre-cut fabric to save time and a smart technique for making easy triangles.

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This gorgeous pattern makes a beautiful throw-size quilt. It’s put together with half-square triangles and is a great way to use up scraps in your fabric stash.

This is a fantastic pattern for a beginning quilter because of its simplicity,
you just make a whole bunch of the exact same square, and then sew them back together in a herringbone pattern!

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This quilt is beautiful in its simplicity. Simple strips of fabric are sewn together into square blocks, and then the blocks are combined to form the quilt top.

It’s a quicker project, and a great way to showcase your favorite fabric!

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Here’s a beautiful string quilt made from pre-cut strips of fabric from 2 jelly rolls. You can also make it with your own strips of fabric from your stash.

The strips are cut and reassembled to make these stunning, colorful blocks!

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This art-inspired project couldn’t be simpler or more fun to sew. It’s very simple to make, and perfect for beginning quilters.

To make it, you cut a bunch of strips and then sew them together. That’s it, no corners to match up or tricky angles!

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Try this modern baby quilt made with the traditional “broken dishes” pattern. This quilt can be made in any color palette imaginable using any quilt-weight fabric. It looks especially lovely with tonal solids.

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Here’s one of my all-time favorite quilts! And it’s actually quite simple to make.

The longest part of this project will be cutting the strips of fabric. After that, it’s easy as pie.

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This tutorial is going to walk you through the quilt-making process step by step, and promises that you’ll have this quilt top made within two hours! How’s that for an easy quilt?

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Sometimes the simplest designs can be the most striking. In this diagonal stripe quilt, long strips of fabric are cut, pieced, and sewn in random order. They come together by chance in striking diagonal lines. The result is a stunning mix of precise lines, subtle color shifts, and random pops of neon!

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 Make sure to check out this awesome, beginner-friendly chevron baby quilt tutorial. It features a gender-neutral design made from 5 in squares. It’s the perfect quilt to make with a few charm packs!

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Is it Gingham, or is it Buffalo Check? Either way, this quilt is gorgeous! This easy beginner quilt is made with squares of solid fabric, with a few coordinating prints sprinkled in.

The trick, if you can call it that, is choosing shades of fabric that create the gingham illusion.

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I love this quilt because it is a beautiful modern design that is also fast to sew up. Depending on the size of your squares, you can make it as a baby quilt, all the way up to an  80″ by 80″ large quilt.

Plus, it’s easy to make with pre-cut squares from a layer cake.

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If you love triangles, you’ll love this free baby quilt pattern. Half-square triangles and squares are arranged in a new way that’s beautiful and modern.

This quilt pattern can be made using different colors​ or print fabrics. So you can customize it to suit any situation!

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Even though this pattern might look complex, it’s actually really simple to put together!

Essentially, this design is four triangles built by sewing together thick strips of fabric In the end, the four triangle units are sewn together with white sashing to create this awesome plaid design.

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This minimal, modern pattern is fun — and really puts a “twist” on a more traditional strip quilt.

Plus, this tutorial gives lots of tips to ensure that your “twisted” part of the ribbon meets at exact points.

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​This free quilt pattern is perfect for people who are new to sewing, or who have never sewn before. If you are looking for a fast project try this one!

Because it uses large squares, it’s a great pattern to showcase your prized pretty fabric that you don’t want it to get lost in a busy quilt design.

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This quilt’s diagonal lines and tiny pieced diamonds may give the impression of expert quilt making, but the reality is much simpler than that. All you really need is the easiest of building blocks: a basic square… and lots of them!

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If you’re looking to make a sweet baby quilt in a short amount of time, try this easy quilt pattern! It’s made with strips of soft, cuddly, textured fabrics to give a baby a fun, sensory experience.

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This fun scrappy quilt is quick to put together and great for beginners. Use lots of different colors to keep it bright and fun…or just a few colors to keep it calm and simple.

To make it, sew long strips of fabric together, cut them apart, and put them back together again. You won’t believe how fast this one goes!

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Here’s a great way to make a large quilt in a small amount of time. This pattern uses large strips of fabric that are cut selvage to selvage.

You can choose an assortment of tones in the same color family, or choose a mix of solids and patterns!

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Here’s a tutorial for a baby quilt made with the classic hourglass pattern block. You can make this quilt in any size, too, by adjusting the size of the starting squares.

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Check out this dramatic chevron-inspired quilt pattern. It comes with a full tutorial to walk you through every step in the process. And, it includes directions to make different sizes of quilts — from crib size to king size.

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Here’s an easy, modern color-blocked quilt that’s perfect to make for a new baby.

This quilt uses precut squares from a charm pack. Pick up a charm pack of your own, and save time by not having to cut out any fabric.

This is certainly one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a baby quilt!

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If you are new to quilting, you’ll love this easy “cheater” technique for piecing hexagons. You may have heard that hexagons are pretty tricky to piece and the technique is usually not recommended for beginning quilters. But this smart technique is perfect for someone who is new to quilting.

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This triangle quilt is very quick to sew and a great project for a beginning quilter. This post isn’t a full pattern, exactly, but rather an explanation of the method needed to create a quilt of your own. It’s perfect for people who love to improvise!

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Spotlight: Geraldine Wilkins, Modern and Art Quilter

Geraldine Wilkins has tried many styles of quiltmaking, and creates with most of them! An accomplished quilter and certified quilting ruler instructor with numerous published designs in her portfolio, most of all, Geraldine embraces joy when she practices the art and craft of quilting.

How long have you been quilting, and how did you get started?

I started quilting in 2006 when I joined a church group. Soon after I became a member  of two local quilt guilds.

Did you have a “gateway craft” as a kid? If so, which creative projects led you to the work you do today?

No, I unsuccessfully tried garment sewing as a teen and did not sew again until I purchased a condo. Growing up with summer crafts instead of TV is a big influence on my continual desire to create. Then sewing home décor ignited my passion for sewing.

Geese Gone Wild, a quilt designed for Modern Monthly, an online magazine by and for the Modern Quilt Guild. Photo by Austin Day

If we asked a good friend of yours to describe your work, what would they say?

For years my good friend, Wilda, called my work “Dena’s Patternless Creations”. She did so because I never used a pattern and to encourage my creativity. Looking back, the passion for designing quilts started as soon as I started making them.

Another friend recently asked “You work across all styles of quilt making, don’t you? But the truth is, I make what I like. The styles cover modern and traditional, as well as art quilting. This is reflected in the variety of venues and publications like 1,000 Quilt Inspirations and juried exhibits like Sacred Threads and the Virginia Quilt Museum in which my quilts have graciously been included.

The Radiant Star quilt is the canvas for learning how to combine multiple acrylic template and free-motion quilting designs and place them in quilt.

What do you do differently? What is your signature that makes your work stand out as yours?

I don’t know that I have a signature style yet, but a style is developing. I design for national quilting publications and fabric companies. But I love free-motion quilting, so I see every quilt as a free-motion quilting canvas. My interest in free-motion quilting started early in my journey, then teaching free-motion quilting began in 2014, followed by teaching free-motion ruler quilting in 2015. Over 100,000 monthly visitors stop by my Pinterest page to see the variety of sewing and quilting projects.

Eye Peace is part of Sacred Threads 2019 special exhibit, Eye Contact: Making a Connection. It is now part of a 2020 traveling exhibit.

When you begin to create, do you visualize the finished piece, or does the work evolve?

It starts with an idea or a technique I want to learn. So the piece often evolves as I work. Then if I get stuck, I’ll stop and let the piece marinade in a computer program or on my design wall.

Three Times Three is a quilt designed for an Island Batik Ambassador challenge, Star light Star Bright. The quilt is the cover of Curated Quilts issue 10 and will be displayed at the international quilt show QuiltCon 2020.

Tell us about your photojournalism experience. Does it influence your quilt design practice in any way?

Photojournalists are visual storytellers. We tell three-dimensional stories in two-dimensions with light, shadow, color and perspective. I was a photojournalist for over 20 years, and during 11 of those years I photographed fashion, professional sports, travel destinations, Hollywood stars, heads of State, and the average citizen as a Los Angeles Times staff photographer. There was high pressure to produce exceptional work, so it gave me an eye to design emotive quilts with color, composition and texture. In addition to color value I use free-motion quilting to add light and shadow to quilts.

Diamonds Forever, a quilt designed for the Quilter’s Planner 2020 and companion magazine. Photographed by Kitty Wilkin for the Quilter’s Planner 2020.

How many projects do you have going at once, or do you focus on one creative project at a time?

There are always several professional deadlines moving along in multi-step quilt making, which includes prewashing, starching, pressing cutting, and so much more. So as an immediate deadline approaches, it becomes the priority and I will focus on its completion.

Power Curves, One Ruler Many Designs a workshop where students learn basic ruler techniques and many designs. Each student receives a pre-printed panel to apply learned designs.

Do you have a dedicated space for creating? If so, what does it look like?

I am so thankful to have a dedicated space for creating in a cozy space that is perfect for one. The arrangement of the 10 x 10-foot room allows access to three sewing machines, a serger, a sit-down long arm, an ironing board as well as a cutting station. Also, the number of machines allows a quick transition from one step to the next or one project to the next.

Home quilting and sewing studio

What is your favorite storage tip for your fabric and creative supplies?

I store by category rather than color, so bins of various sizes store quilt backing, kits, pre-cuts, and projects. Also, I find it cost effective to use recycled desktop storage found at thrift stores for cutting, sewing and quilting supplies.

What are the indispensable tools and materials in your studio? How do they improve your work?

The everyday tools I reach for are: 1) Creative Grids 3 ½ by 12 ½ Quick Trim and Circle Quilting Ruler 2) Superior Threads titanium-coated sewing machine needles, 3) An oversized ironing board.

Quality tools are so important. Why use the handle of a screwdriver to hammer a nail when we have access to a tool that is made for the job? The right tool for the job improves quality, increases precision and therefore productivity benefits. So why cheat ourselves and our work with poor quality needles?

Brick-by-Brick is a recent make to celebrate history. Brick-by-brick we can remove history from our view or we can preserve it.

Do you use a sketchbook or journal? How does that help your work develop?

I have a bin of recycled printer paper that I use for sketching ideas and practicing free-motion quilting designs. Sketching or writing down ideas moves them closer to reality. It is often where my design starts with actionable tasks. In addition, a similar process happens in quilt design software.

What part of quilt making do you enjoy most?

I love the creative process of designing quilt tops and quilting patterns. This passion has moved from my studio, to classroom, to quilt designing for Island Batik fabrics as well as quilting magazines like McCall’s Quilting and Quiltmaker. I have a passion for free-motion and ruler quilting patterns for every level of quilter, so there are a few free-motion quilting demo videos on my YouTube channel.

Power Lines, One Ruler Many Design is another workshop designed to introduce quilters to basic ruler techniques. Each student receives a pre-printed panel to apply learned designs.

How do you get unstuck creatively?

I pray and wait for an answer.

Do you lecture or teach workshops? If so, how can students/organizers get in touch with you to schedule an event?

Yes, I enjoy developing techniques, quilt designs and free-motion patterns so I can help others learn a new technique, improve or advance in their quilt making journey. Lectures and workshops are listed on my website in two categories, “Westalee Ruler Workshops” and “Lectures and More”. In addition, event schedules are listed on my Facebook page and website. 

The popular lectures are:

  • From Frustration to Fabulous – Taking the fear out of free-motion quilting
  • From Backstage to Main Stage – Drama and surface design with rulers
  • Gifted Eyes: An Artists’ Journey of Faith –  Geraldine’s story of faith weaves a tapestry of faith that encourages and inspires.

Ruler quilting on a domestic machine is popular, so those classes are in demand. I am one of 5 Westalee Design Accredited Teachers in the United States, so I offer many ruler quilting classes, which can be seen on my website or at my educator profile at Sew Steady. 

The popular domestic machine workshops are:

  • Introduction to Free-motion quilting
  • Introduction to Ruler Quilting
  • Powerlines, One Ruler Many Designs
  • ABCs of Ruler Quilting
I am the Vine, a quilt in Sacred Threads 2019 national juried exhibit.

What should a student expect when they attend a lecture or workshop?

Lectures and workshops are filled with numerous samples to inspire and reinforce the educational component. Read what quilters say on my website.

A Student Review:

 “Geraldine is a gifted communicator who backs up her knowledge with numerous samples and live demonstrations. If you’ve been leery of dipping your toe into the ruler-quilting waters, she will give you the courage, the knowledge, the inspiration and enthusiasm to give it a try. I HIGHLY recommend attending her trunk show/demonstrations, more than worth the money!”  Sheryl Bowman

What is on your design wall right now, and what’s next for you?

There are several UFOs for family members, long-term projects in the works and secret projects I cannot share. However, keep an eye on some well-known national quilt magazines.

Interview posted January 2020

Browse through more inspiring quilt projects and Spotlight interviews on Create Whimsy.

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Put a Spotlight on Your Quilts with the New Star Quilt Patterns eBook from

Put a Spotlight on Your Quilts with the New Star Quilt Patterns eBook from

Your quilt patterns will shine in the spotlight with the new star quilts eBook from There’s quilted star patterns for small projects, star quilt block patterns, as well as full sized star quilts.

August 20, 2013—Northbrook, IL—  Patterns that can be used time and time again while providing a challenge aren’t easy to find. According to Fons & Porter’s latest media kit, a majority of quilters considering themselves to be at the intermediate level, meaning basic patterns aren’t always going to cut it. That’s what makes star quilt patterns so exciting. Whether it’s Lone Star or Ohio, quilters have found that quilted star patterns are some of the most versatile and transcendent. They’ve made themselves at home in a number of notable bed quilts, kid’s quilts, and much more, and provide quilters of all skill levels with the perfect challenge.

Classic star quilt patterns have found a special place in the hearts of many quilters. These block patterns, small quilt projects, and full patterns are brightening up homes all over the world. The editors of FaveQuilts have noticed this consistently popular trend within quilting, and wanted to share some of the most amazing star quilt patterns with their readers. Now readers just need to download Spectacular Quilt Star Patterns: How to Make a Quilt with 8 Star Quilt Block Patterns and Quilted Star Designs to access a series of star quilt patterns that are suitable for quilt patterns of any shape and size.

These quilt patterns have many uses, so you’ll be able to download this eBook and be prepared to make quilts for practically any occasion. For those looking to start off with smaller patterns or ones that they can use within their home, there’s the small quilt star patterns section with the  “Starbright Quilted Potholder” (pg. 5) and the “Color Power Folded Star” (pg. 9). You can make these particular star quilt patterns into staples for your kitchen, as well as a quilted wallhanging pattern that makes a dazzling accent full of your favorite colors. Quilters can also find some popular star quilt block patterns that may inspire them to start a new quilt pattern or just experiment with something different in their quilting. AccuGo! users will really enjoy the “Split Drunkard’s Path Star Block” (pg. 20), and those looking to empty their drawers of fabric scraps can try the simple “Scrappy Rainbow Star Quilt Block” (pg. 14). Lastly, there are 4 full star quilt patterns that range in size from decorative patterns like the “Bedtime Wall Hanging” (p. 24) to full size bed quilt patterns like the “My Blue Heaven Bed Quilt” (pg. 37), and plenty of patterns in between.

Get your own free copy of Spectacular Quilt Star Patterns: How to Make a Quilt with 8 Star Quilt Block Patterns and Quilted Star Designs at this URL, or by visiting Download your own copy and start working on brand new star quilt patterns to make any quilted project in your home shine a little brighter.

For additional information on classic American quilt patterns or this free quilting eBook, please contact editor, Kathryn Wright.

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Today in the Stitched Stuff Spotlight, I am featuring my Scrappy Quilt-y Pin pattern. Fabric flowers make adorable accessories and pins, and are a wonderful way to use up scraps, layer cake squares, and fat quarters. And with this fabric flower pattern, you get to use 4 different fabrics in each pin- yay! (Always looking for an excuse to mix lots of different fabrics….)

I first came up with this idea a few years ago, when I saw some crafts made from flea market quilts. While I guess sometimes a quilt is tattered beyond repair, even so I couldn’t imagine cutting up a lovely old quilt… So I thought, what if I came up with a project that looked like it was made from an old quilt that had been hiding in Grandma’s attic for decades? My method will show you how to use brand new fabrics from your stash to get the look of an old, well-worn quilt which has been cut apart.

Another great thing about this project is that it is an excellent way to practice your machine quilting skills. You can do a grid, or any kind of free-motion quilting. Because you are working on small pieces, it’s very manageable and not intimidating at all. (If the term “drop your feed dogs” makes you panic, then this is the project for you!!)  Last week, I made a couple of pins from my Cottage Charm fabric line. What started out looking like this:

Ended up looking like this:

Cute, huh? And you could also put them on a barrette or use them to embellish headbands, pillows, etc.

Get the digital pattern here.

You can also get a printed paper pattern by clicking here.

In my next post, I am going to share a tutorial for making a reversible purse, and these little pins are perfect for embellishing your finished purse. So come back later this week for that tutorial.

Also, don’t forget Mother’s Day is coming, as well as the end of the school year, and other Spring events- wouldn’t these make great little gifts for mom, sister, favorite teacher, etc! You still have time to make a whole pile of them!



90,000 Patchwork patterns templates and sewing patterns [75 DIY Ideas] 2019

Bedspread patchwork from beautiful luxurious fabric

Fascinating and creative patchwork in the interior with its schemes, patterns and patterns is a real art. After all, creating something from the smallest pieces of fabric is akin to the work of an artist who creates another masterpiece. Patchwork, which is another name for patchwork, has been used by non-wasteful housewives for a long time, because you can create a new blanket or pillow using this needlework technique from the smallest and seemingly unnecessary scraps and remnants of fabric.


Products made using the patchwork technique are always interesting and colorful

Soft Turkish pillow from colored patches

The patchwork style will easily fit into any interior

Bright patchwork curtains in the attic

Warm bedspread in the children’s room made of colorful patches

The history of handicraft techniques

It is rather difficult to trace the origins of this skill. It is known that the mention of patchwork comes from about the Middle Ages.There are examples of such creations in Europe, India, and the Far East. At the moment they are kept in museums.

The name of the style comes from the English word “patchwork”, which means patchwork.

Fact! There is an exhibit in the Bulak Museum in Cairo that confirms that patchwork was practiced as early as the 9th century BC.

Plain pads decorated with colorful patches

For many, it is Slavic women who are associated with the patchwork technique, because many grandmothers and mothers have blankets, pillows and other household items made using this technique.In fact, patchwork came from countries in Africa and Asia. Europe learned about patchwork during the Crusades. He gained particular popularity among the British.

Beautiful patchwork quilt, sewn from strips of different sizes

Americans felt a real boom in this type of handicraft in the 18th century. It was popularized by the Europeans. This distribution was dictated by the need for clothing, and since whole canvases were expensive, it was made from small scraps of waste.

Patchwork has become a wonderful decoration for clothes

Around the same time, patchwork came to us, but at first it was actively used among the Old Believers. He entered wider spaces in the 19th century and was considered a primordially peasant occupation. In 1917, patchwork became arts and crafts.

DIY kids pencil case using patchwork technique

Fact! Patchwork gained particular popularity a couple of decades ago.

Types and techniques

Before you start making any product using the patchwork technique, you need to familiarize yourself with templates and patterns for beginners. After all, a seemingly simple occupation requires scrupulousness and care.

Checkerboard contrasting patchwork as decoration of chairs


  • Traditional. Belongs to the Anglo-American type of needlework. Its main goal is to create a one-piece canvas from shreds. This creates geometric patterns.For this patchwork, you need schemes, patterns and large-scale patterns, for example, blankets. Large pieces are the ones that look best. A lining on the seamy side is often used here.

Traditional patchwork bedspreads for children

  • Crazy scraps. The name says a lot. The material used is fabric scraps of different sizes and geometries. Curved stripes, appliqués, irregular shapes. The seams are masked with tape or embroidery.An indispensable attribute is the generous decoration of the product.

Different shapes and bright colors of patchwork patches add extravagance to an eclectic interior

  • Knitted. Here the fragments are sewn to each other using a crochet hook. It is this patchwork technique that is embodied in bedspreads.

Large knitted parts sewn into a warm blanket

  • Japanese style. He combined Eastern and Western motives. Stitch is used here, as the fabric is silk.In addition to practical bedspreads or clothing, this type of sewing is often used in decorative panels. The composition is based on geometric shapes – rhombus, triangle, corner, square.

Japanese patchwork panels on the wall


The technique of sewing shreds is only at first glance elementary – cut and sew, but this is one of the most common misconceptions of beginners. To create patterns from the same patches or to create integral “pictures” from completely different particles is obtained through the use of different techniques, namely:

  • Fast square.This technique is convenient and easy to learn for beginners. Products in this technique are exclusively square or rectangular.

Pay attention! Using this technique, you can create a bedspread in a matter of hours.

Soft patchwork cushions for chairs from medium square

  • Watercolor. A popular technique, it can also use squares that are sewn into blocks and a canvas is formed from them. The main feature is the correct selection of the color palette of the patches.

A beautiful seam will further decorate the product

  • Strip to strip. Here, as the name implies, strips of fabric of different colors and even textures are used. You can combine the stripes as you like. From such strips, you can create a unique palette, and even patterns. For example, classic parquet floors, herringbones, wells.

Patchwork striped from fabric of similar tonality

  • Log hut. It involves the formation of a pattern of stripes around the central element – a square.They fit in a spiral. There are variations of this technique – offsetting a square into a corner.

Advice! To create a clear pattern, you should collect patterns from stripes of the same color in pairs.

Technique patchwork – log hut

  • Magic triangle. This is the most common pattern in patchwork, in particular, such patterns, patterns and patterns are used to create pillows, potholders, bedspreads. In addition to the magical power of this figure, which many peoples believe in, the triangle is also distinguished by its ease of use.It can be used to create a wide variety of shapes, including complex stars and simple squares. Interesting combinations are achieved using this technique.

Soft cushions in the shape of a pyramid, sewn using the triangular patchwork technique

  • Corners. This is our original invention. The main difference is that the corners are not made from cut out blanks, but are formed from pieces of fabric of different shapes. The resulting stripes are sewn into webs. The result is a volumetric canvas.
  • Chess. Here the main element is small squares or rhombuses. They are staggered in contrasting colors.

Checkerboard patchwork blanket of contrasting patches

  • Russian square. The central part of the canvas is assembled from squares, and around the perimeter is sheathed with isosceles triangles. There is also alternate sewing – squares-triangles-stripes.
  • Honeycomb or grandmother’s garden. The basis of the blade is formed by hexagonal blanks.

A beautiful and unusual piece of hexagonal multi-colored patches


In fact, absolutely any fabric, trimmings and pieces of materials can be used in patchwork. But many craftswomen argue that it is easiest to work with cotton fabric, a striking and inexpensive example is chintz.

Important! Before starting to work with chintz, it must be washed and allowed to dry, as the material tends to shrink.

Beautiful colored chintz in the bedroom will cheer you up for the whole day

An interesting process of work and the result is obtained with a drape. The fabric is soft, often in warm colors. It goes well with tapestry and embroidery. Organza is also popular, especially when applied to fabric in a different color, it creates an unexpected and original motif.

Different shades of jeans also work well, and made from these shreds a blanket, pillow, potholder or chair cover looks great.

The most difficult thing, but it is possible to create products from silk, staple and modern artificial materials. But the result is worth it.

New Year’s boot made of drape and other materials using the patchwork technique

Advice! For beginners, chintz is undoubtedly the best material. It is easy to sew, iron, cut. The colorful pattern on the fabrics will hide a certain ineptitude, which will definitely be at first.

The headboard of the children’s bed is decorated with chintz patchwork

Material storage tips:

  1. Sort the fabrics by type – cotton, silk, woolen.
  2. Single-species inside the common compartment according to colors.
  3. In a separate group, it is worth highlighting variegated fabrics with flowers, ornaments and other prints.
  4. Small shreds in separate containers according to colors, which can be used for panels and appliqués.

Sofa cover made of bright print patches

Color Matching

When choosing a color, it is important to achieve harmony in the finished product. In the absence of experience, it is not so easy.

Advice! The first patchwork products, diagrams, patterns and templates that you find with us should start with small items, for example, kitchen potholders or hot coasters.

Beautiful multi-colored textile coasters for each

To begin with, imagine what color scheme you would like to see the finished product. If you need to fit it into the existing interior, then the colors should be selected from those that are already present in it, then it will turn out to create a harmonious picture.

Kitchen mitten – potholder

The selection of shades and colors also depends on the intended use of the product. For example, a blanket for a baby should be done in calm pastel shades.If the child is older, then the brightness and contrast are only welcome.

Warm children’s plaid patchwork from stripes with stripes

Patchwork patterns templates and sewing patterns (minimum set of tools)

Of course, it is quite possible to get by with an ordinary needle, fabric cuts and threads. But in order for needlework to really bring pleasure and results, it is worth acquiring such tools:

  • Sewing machine. It will not only facilitate, but also speed up the process of creating things.Of course, you can also sew with your hands, but making the required allowance of 0.6 mm will be very difficult.

For convenience and time saving when making a patchwork product, you will need a sewing machine

  • Fabric.
  • Knife, mat and ruler. And not simple, but especially for patchwork. They facilitate and significantly accelerate the process of cutting blanks. The mats are often self-healing, the blades in the knives are replaceable. Interestingly, the knife is also atypical, it is roller and is intended specifically for use in patchwork.
  • Ironing board and iron. These attributes can be used to create clean lines and neat products. In fact, patchwork is 3 operations – cut, sew, smooth.

Unique home slippers with patchwork technique

  • Design wall. It is created from white flannel. This material is the best. After all, other fabrics adhere to it without problems. It is best to hang it on the wall, first having made it into a rigid frame. The size is not less than 1.5 by 2 meters.With this simple device it will be possible to create like an artist on a canvas.
  • Pins and cushion.
  • Scissors, threads.

Essential tools for comfortable work

Advice! For starters, don’t try to create something new and unique with your own hands. Use ready-made design projects. Having received minimal experience and using the technique in practice, you can already easily create unique products.

  • Time. This is perhaps one of the most important “tools”. Time constraints and haste will not give you the desired result.

Patchwork applique with needle

Features of patchwork

There are subtleties and secrets in patchwork, including some nuances:

  • use the template. It is made from a dense material. Its inner side – according to the size of the part, the outer one along the sewing contour – allowances;
  • It is better to draw on the fabric with a pencil, soap, crayon, a special washable marker;
  • guarantee of success in patchwork – precision and accuracy;

Bright colorful painting in the children’s room in the patchwork style

  • when sewing in a straight line, the seam must pass strictly along the markings;
  • you need to create a composition from the center of the product;
  • you need to smooth the stitched parts with a fan, so they become as flat as possible.

Sewing triangular pieces patchwork

A visual aid for patchwork: patterns, patterns and patterns are presented in the video:


This is a needleless patchwork technique (see diagrams, patterns and sewing patterns) that originated in Asia. The owners of expensive and very short-lived kimonos sought to give them a second life. The clothes were steamed, cut into shreds and with their help sketches of drawings were created on the board. Moreover, the components were not stitched, but pushed into the prepared slots in the base, they were fixed on the back side.

Children’s ball, made by kinusaiga technology – one of the patchwork varieties

Pay attention! Such paintings turned out to be very dense and bright, despite the fact that they were textile.

Europeans quickly adopted this technique and began using it to decorate and create unique paintings that adorn the interior.

A beautiful textile picture with your own hands, “sewn” without a needle

Materials for the implementation of this technique are somewhat different:

  • Styrofoam – base.Wooden planks can be used, but they do not lend themselves as well to carving.
  • Stationery knife. To cut out the contours, you will need a clerical knife.
  • PVA glue, they will stick to fabrics from the back side.
  • Decorative items – beads, buttons, braids, cords.

The exquisite work of the patchwork professional with kinusaiga technology

There are no limitations in creative imagination, as well as in the materials used.The difference from the traditional patchwork is that there is really nothing to iron out here, which means that there will be no difficulties in working with fabrics.

Patchwork technique is an interesting and unusual method of creating cozy things for home decor and interior design. With their help, it is possible to decorate and transform any design. You can create such masterpieces with your own hands, and you don’t need a lot of materials and tools for this.

Decorative pillow patchwork with “scaly” patches

How to sew a patchwork quilt with your own hands – Master classes at

A do-it-yourself patchwork blanket will perfectly fit into the interior of the summer cottage, and in addition, it can be used as a picnic blanket – the main thing is to choose a dense, non-marking material for the wrong side.

Sewing a patchwork bedspread with your own hands is not so difficult, even if you have no experience in such a field of needlework as patchwork.Of course, working with a large number of fabrics requires good taste and a subtle sense of color, but you can also use ready-made sets of pre-selected cotton shreds that are guaranteed to be combined with each other.

In our workshop you will find recommendations for sewing a picnic patchwork quilt, so thick denim is used for the seamy side. Also laminated cotton is perfect for such a bedspread.

You will need:

  • 20 squares from a variety of cotton fabrics of your choice and discretion (25 x 25 cm)
  • Seal or fleece (130 cm)
  • Back side fabric (130 cm)

Step 1

Arrange the squares so that you like the combination of prints and patterns.

Step 2

Now we have to sew the horizontal rows. Start at the top and stack the squares one on top of the other, starting from the far right, that is, each square should lie on top of the one to the left of it. Place the last square face to face with the top square from the stack.

Begin stitching the squares until you have sewn them in one line.

Step 3

Next, we have to sew four horizontal rows together.Start at the top, lay it face to face on the next row, and sew them over. Then stitch the third row to the second, and so on.

The only difficulty in this process is to carefully align all the seams.

Step 4

Iron the resulting blanket.

Step 5

Measure the blanket and cut the seal to size. Spread it out on a flat surface with a blanket on top, face up.

Step 6

Cut a matching piece for the back of the duvet and lay the fabric face down on top of your stack, that is, over the front of the outer piece.

Pin through all three layers and sew around the perimeter, leaving a hole to turn out.

Step 7

Trim excess and corners. Turn it out.

Step 8

Iron thoroughly and sew the hole by hand.

Step 9

If you wish, you can add a decorative stitch along the seams.



90,000 Free Quilt Patterns X & O

Spruce / Janet Wickell

How to make a hug and kiss blanket

Quilt aficionados will love this simple Hugs and Kisses patchwork pattern. The traditional name for this patchwork quilt is Paths to Piece, but in recent years it has become known as X and O and Hugs and Kisses.Depending on how the quilt blocks are sewn together, one or both of these letters will appear in the design.

In this template, the quilt blocks are quickly assembled into pieces and connected very quickly. Each quilt block is made up of four smaller blocks. If you are not a fan of the quilt, develop a structured color scheme for the quilt and buy a new material. This photo is an example of a patchwork quilt, but with a more controlled look.

Hugs and Kisses are ideal when you want to make a lightweight baby patchwork quilt, but can be used for any size patchwork quilt.The 4-part blocks in this pattern end in a 9 “square, and each quarter block ends in a 4-1 / 2” square.

If you like Hugs and Kisses quilts with more definite lettering, check out the baby cross and O quilt made with a belt. The kit comes in two sizes: a large version that can even be used as a lap blanket and a small baby blanket suitable for a newborn.

Beginner quilters should familiarize themselves with these skills

If you are new to quilting, it is recommended that you review the following articles before starting your first project:

  • How to make a patchwork quilt
  • Color value for quilters
  • Simplified color wheel
  • How to rotate strips of fabric
  • How to cut shapes for patchwork
  • How to sew a quarter-inch allowance

Hug and Kiss Quilting Options

Spruce / Janet Wickell

How Quilting Blocks for Hugs and Kisses Are Made

Quilting blocks are made by stitching small squares in two opposite corners of a larger square using the same technique used to quickly make Snowball quilting blocks.After sewing, some of the squares are cut off, leaving triangles in these two corners.

Each Hugs and Kisses Quilt Block is made up of four smaller, quickly assembled squares. Two options are shown above. Dark fabrics form an X in the block on the left, and light fabrics form an X in the block on the right. These can be mixed in a layout experiment to see if you like the look.

Quilt blocks can be sewn together as O, like the blocks in this example. The layout of the quilt will be slightly different, but in reality the outer areas of the smaller blocks change the appearance of the quilt.

To make the two letters more distinguishable, create both block configurations and use the same fabric to sew the patchwork that forms each X or O.

Change the size of the quilt blocks

Quilt blocks can be any size, and if you see other designs you will find that some people change the proportions of the corner squares used for the triangles. As long as the square dimensions are the same, you shouldn’t have a problem with different sizes.

Many quilters make quilting blocks from pre-cut 5 “squares, often referred to as” charming squares “, which are available in matched color packs. Some of the larger squares are cut into quarters to make four 2-1 / 2 “squares, which are then used to create triangles at the corners of the remaining 5” squares.

Compare prices for charm sets on You will find different sizes of squares and a different number of squares in the package.

Resizing Quilt Blocks

If you want to change the block size and are not sure how large the small squares should be, refer to the following guidelines:

  • Cut out small squares 1/2 the size of the larger square. This is different from the traditional pattern, but it works great and produces shorter crosses and zeros.
  • Finished Block Size is the finished size of two square patchwork horizontally and two squares vertically.

Collect Quilt Blocks X and O

Spruce / Janet Wickell

Area Requirements in Yards

Yards are helpful, but you need to pay more attention to the amount of detail required when sewing a patchwork quilt. You will need the following materials to make a patchwork quilt similar to the design shown in step one.

  • (168) 5 “x 5” dark squares (3-1 / 4 yards)
  • (336) 2-3 / 4 “x 2-3 / 4” light squares, 2 yards (if using talisman kits, cut 5 “light squares into quarters to create (4) 2-1 / 2” squares each , size difference does not matter)

Other materials

  • Quilt Lining and Batting 54 “x 63” (Quilt Padding Instructions)
  • Approx. 240 linear inches of double fold for 1/4 ” finishing (how to make binding strips for quilts)

Collect Quilt Blocks X and O

  1. Draw a line from one corner to the opposite on the back of each square.
  2. Collect (1) 5-inch dark square and (2) highlighted light squares.
  3. Align the right sides of the light square with the corner of the dark square in the upper middle illustration, making sure all the edges match and the line you drew is slanted as shown.
  4. Sew a seam straight along the line, top right pattern.
  5. Cut all layers about 1/4 inch from the seam towards the corner, middle left picture.
  6. Press to secure the seam, and then press the light fabric right side up to create a triangle, middle pattern, center.
  7. In the same way, sew another light square to the opposite edge of the larger dark square.
  8. The above steps will be much faster if you attach a piece of chain. Set up the assembly line and do similar tasks, instead of stopping to cut and press each section.
  9. Make a total of (168) 5 “dark squares with light triangles on opposite sides.
  10. Place the four blocks in two rows as shown in the lower left illustration.Sew the blocks in each row together. Smooth seams in adjacent rows in opposite directions, and then join the rows. You may want to wait with pressing the last seam until you have worked out the layout for the blocks, and then squeeze the center seams of adjacent blocks in opposite directions.
  11. Repeat to assemble 42 quilt blocks.

Craft Patchwork X and O

  1. Use a designer wall or other flat surface to arrange the blocks in seven rows, each of which consists of six quilt blocks.
  2. Step back and examine the blanket. If you are not satisfied with the layout, shuffle the blocks and check again. It is sometimes helpful to leave the area for a while, if possible even for a day or so, and then return to freshen up.
  3. Once you are happy with the layout, sew the blocks in each row together. Smooth new adjoining seams and any other unpressed seams in opposite directions.
  4. Join the rows, carefully matching all intersections of the seams.Click.
  5. If necessary, mark the quilt for quilting. Sandwich with batting and base and baste the layers together. Quilting or tying the layers together.
  6. Remove excess wadding and carefully line the edges of the blanket. Sew a double binding around the edges of the quilt.

Duvet X and O in different proportions

Spruce / Janet Wickell

This is a slightly different version of the Hugs and Kisses duvet, made from corner squares that are half the size of the larger squares.The crosses are chunky in this version of the quilt.

Cloth squares for other sizes
Quilting Batting, lining and binding – see previous instructions in step 3.

36 “x 45” Hugs & Kisses Baby Blanket (9 “blocks as shown in this picture)

  • (80) 5 “x 5” dark squares (1-1 / 2 yard)
  • (160) 2-3 / 4 “x 2-3 / 4” light squares (or 2-1 / 2 “squares for larger crosses on this page) (1 yard)

Blanket for 77 “x 88” bed (11 “large blocks)

  • (224) 6 x 6 in (6-1 / 2 yd) squares
  • (448) 2-3 / 4 “squares x 2-3 / 4” squares (or 3 “squares for larger crosses) (3 yards)

How to remake a patchwork quilt

  • Add or subtract blocks from its width and height; remember to add or subtract four large squares and eight smaller squares per block
  • Sew one or more borders to the quilt.

A few facts about mattress sizes will help you create the perfect duvet for your bed.

90,000 Patchwork for beginners: patterns and patterns for patchwork

Newfangled trends have brought back to life the manufacture of products from scraps of fabric, returning patchwork to its former popularity. The patchwork is useful for everyone who wants to decorate their home in an original way, have exclusive clothes and accessories, or please their loved ones with a cozy gift.

At the very beginning of the journey into the wonderful world of patchwork for beginner needlewomen, it is extremely important to remember a few rules that will make learning easy and enjoyable.

Patchwork templates

Let’s learn some rules before making your own patchwork products.

Sewing blocks from rags is the key and most difficult stage in the creative process. Templates will come to your aid, thanks to which you will learn how to cut and sew shreds.

Template is a cardboard or plastic pattern of a piece of a flap of the corresponding shape. Templates can be purchased at handicraft stores, or you can make your own.In order to create a template for the required element, draw it on paper without margins on the seams. Next, make a 5 mm indent on all sides and outline the second contour – this is a seam allowance. Cut both of these outlines from thick cardboard and as a result you get 2 blanks for each part.

Remember: the side that must exactly match the dimensions of the finished piece of the product is called the inside side and is the sewing line. Outside is the cut line and includes seam allowances

Especially for beginner needlewomen, we decided to publish on the “Cross” a selection of existing patterns for patchwork with examples of finished products.

At first, do not take complex projects such as circular patterns, templates with rounded edges. In patchwork, it is easier for novice craftswomen to cope with simple shapes: a square and a triangle.

Cutting rules

Before the nesting step, remember the following things:

  • Before opening, a new fabric must be washed and then steam ironed.This is done in order to prevent possible shrinkage and discoloration of the fabric after washing the finished product.
  • Previously used patches should be starch and ironed.
  • It is recommended to draw the fabric with a pencil, chalk or soap, but not with pens (ballpoint or gel), since traces from them may appear on the back of the fabric and cannot be removed from the finished product.
  • It is always customary to cut in the direction of the shared thread, then the patchwork parts will not be skewed during sewing.When using new fabric, be guided by the hem.

In order to cut the desired element, attach a template with indents to the back of the fabric, circle it with chalk, then attach a template without an allowance on top and trace again along the contour.

After you have cut all the necessary parts, you can sew them according to the selected patchwork pattern.

Charts for patchwork

Oddly enough, mastering the patchwork technique is better to start with large things, for example, making a traditional patchwork bedspread.

First, you will get a spectacular bedspread that will surprise your friends. Secondly, this technique is much easier to master on a large product made from large sections. Thirdly, you will spend no more time on making a bedspread than on creating this heating pad for a teapot:

Download absolutely free a selection of patterns for patchwork, choose the one you like, purchase all the necessary materials and tools and create with pleasure!

In her video, Alexandra Zakharchuk talks about the tools used in patchwork:

“Cross” will not advise bad! 🙂 90,000 Learn the art of quilting rags with these free sewing patterns – Like

Quilt patterns are some of the easiest you will find and are suitable for everyone from quilting beginners to those with a lot of experience.However, this does not mean that projects are boring. This


Quilt patterns are some of the easiest you will find and are suitable for everyone from quilting beginners to those with a lot of experience. However, this does not mean that projects are boring. This type of quilt has a deep texture created by ragged edges that give the final look an amazing depth that a regular quilt cannot achieve.

Quilts are made by stitching together so they are visible on the front of the quilt rather than hidden under the quilt. The seam allowances are wider than usual and when finished, the excess fabric is trimmed inward. After several wash and dry cycles, the cut fabric will wear out and form soft lines between the quilt.

You will love making cute patchwork quilts and these patterns are great introductory projects.

  • Easy Four-Patch Quilt Pattern

    This patchwork quilt is made by alternating simple four-patch quilting blocks with simple squares of fabric.You can create completely different looks by choosing different fabrics, so this is a pattern that you can turn to for many projects in the future.

    If you’re looking to start your first patchwork quilt, this pattern is a great choice. You will have a lot of practice, and the best thing about quilts is that you don’t have to sew perfect seams.

  • Indian Ax Patchwork Pattern

    The Indian Hatchet Patchwork Pattern is made from triangular patchwork blocks, so this is a nice departure from squares and rectangles.It is based on traditional designs and is a natural choice for a ragged look.

    This blanket is very easy to make and does not require small bulky blocks. Once you get the hang of the units it gets even easier because you can chain them along the way. Just make sure your stacks are organized carefully.

  • Rag quilt pattern on cathedral windows

    Cathedral windows are another traditional patchwork quilt pattern that transforms perfectly into a patchwork quilt.It moves perfectly in a circle, and circles can have any diameter. You can also have tons of fun with your fabric selection. Denim versions of this design are great.

    Like other templates, this one is easy to create. Although the methods are slightly different from those you will come across when working with products with straight sides, they are nevertheless convenient for beginners.

  • Floral Quilt Pattern

    Floral Fabrics are great for patchwork quilts.They have a natural softness that is accentuated by frayed hem, leaving you with an amazing multi-dimensional patchwork quilt.

    To create this patchwork quilt, you will stitch alternating squares of fabric between blocks containing three long strips of other fabric designs. Use leftover fabric to create a torn patchwork piping around the quilt that perfectly accentuates your inner work. It is easy to change the character of this quilt by choosing from completely different types of fabrics.

  • Christmas Tree Rag Quilt Pattern

    This Christmas tree quilt pattern has a fantastic window pane look. This is a great way to use different green and light brown fabrics with different patterns. Since this is not too much of a Christmas holiday, you can enjoy it all winter if you like.

    Blocks end on a 4-inch square. Some of them are simple squares and some are semi-square triangles, so it’s pretty straightforward.It has a border cut from stripes 3 1/2 inches wide, but you can replace the long borders by cutting out a patchwork set of green squares.

90,000 Free Patterns of 9 “Patchwork Blocks | AS

Nine-inch quilting blocks are almost always nine-patch designs. This means that the layout starts with a grid of nine squares – three across and three down.Otde


Nine-inch quilting blocks are almost always nine-patch designs. This means that the layout starts with a grid of nine squares – three across and three down. Individual meshes are usually subdivided to create more meshes.

Nine-patch quilting blocks can be created in any size, but we usually look at the mesh and assign a size to each mesh that is best suited for rotary cutting applications.Many of the quilt block designs referenced below provide instructions for different sizes.

Straight Grain Patches

All quilters in this group have a rectangular or square patchwork cut along the strong, straight grain of the fabric. This means less stretching and more precision.

  • Bishop Hall Quilt Blocks is based on a series of trellises and squares.
  • The Domino Net quilting block is shown in the photo.
  • Framed squares are ideal for baby blankets and quilts.
  • Nine Patch Chain Quilting Blocks have diagonal patchwork.
  • Rainbow Stairways Patchwork Blocks are ladder-like and can be sewn in rainbow colors or any other theme.
  • The Roman square quilting block pattern is the all-time favorite design.
  • The chicken and its chicks are created from strips and small nine patches.

Triangles and Other Offset Areas

Although all the quilting blocks in this group are made of triangles, I used a quick assembly technique to help you avoid overlapping the elastic edge of the fabric.

  • The scrapbook sheet has a center patch that you can use for signatures.
  • Card Trick Quilt Block Pattern is a favorite patchwork block.
  • The Churn Dash Quilting Block is a simple traditional quilting block.
  • Diamond Panes quilting blocks are composed of large triangles separated by a narrow band.
  • The Garden Maze quilting pattern is a traditional favorite.
  • Grecian Square Quilt Block Pattern is a block similar to Churn Dash.
  • The Lady in the Red Patchwork Quilt is a version of the Lady of the Lake.
  • The Maple Leaf Quilting Pattern is a traditional Bear Paw-like pattern, another all-time favorite.
  • Maryland Beauty is a very simple quilting block made from quickly assembled triangles.
  • Ohio Star Quilt Block Available in various sizes.
  • Patchwork Tulip Quilt Block Pattern is easy to build with quick piecing techniques.
  • The Paths & Styles pattern is one of my favorites.
  • The Road to California is a quilt block with strong diagonal focus.
  • A simplified quilt block for Dolly Madison’s star looks like an Ohio star.
  • Watermill Blocks Easily create and combine rods and triangles.
90,000 how to sew a patchwork quilt | I love needlework

Ragami is a patchwork quilt that has been left untreated in cuts so that it looses over time, creating a beautiful fringe.I have been planning to sew such a blanket for a long time, and now I finally found a reason – my daughter’s birthday – the main connoisseur of my patchwork needlework 🙂 Ragas are often sewn from jeans, using fleece, flannel or cotton for the second layer, but I liked the option completely flannel, both top and bottom. Moreover, I have already accumulated a sufficient number of colors of this material. Today I will tell you how to sew rag quilt . It was decided that the size of the squares in the finished blanket would be 5 “, and 3/4” would go for the allowances.Based on this, the size of the squares to cut is 6 1/2 inches. I cut out squares from a fabric folded in half (wrong side) of double squares, I cut out 117 pieces of flannel in 7 colors (that is, there are twice as many single squares, 234 pieces). From the inside, my rag looks the same, but without the “fringe”, but you can fantasize and arrange the squares on the wrong side in a different way.

I sewed two-layer squares on a typewriter along two diagonals using the flow method (that is, without cutting the thread, I sewed all the squares first along one diagonal, as if in a chain, and then in the same way along the second diagonal)

The next stage is the layout of the squares in random order, I tried to alternate dark colors with light ones:

My rag consists of 13 rows, 9 squares each.

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