Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!
It uses precuts, it’s scrappy, and reminds us of the beach. Do we need any more excuses to make this beautiful table runner?
Poolside Pillows by Coats & Clark
This is a great intro to outdoor fabric and outdoor thread! Plus, these pillows are a perfect way to add pops of color to your deck, outdoor playtime, and the beach!
We’re pretty much obsessed with both solids and hexagons in the office! So you can bet these fresh and fun coasters are on our to-do list for summer!
All my light green blocks for my Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks are done! I now have a total of 80 blocks. I’m racing toward the finish line on this project and can’t wait to get the last blocks done and start on this scrappy bed quilt! I have a great mix of scrappy green, blue, teal, and brown blocks, which you can see in my previous blogs. (See my past blogs here.)
These 20 blocks have taught me an important lesson about looking at the whole quilt rather than always judging individual blocks. For example, I chose a neon green color, which I used in three blocks. I don’t necessarily love the look of it in those blocks and the color was hard to match. But it will provide an unexpected sparkle and a little surprise to the overall quilt. There were other fabrics in previous blocks that had a standout pattern or a crazy color that I included. These fabrics will be little charms to find throughout the quilt and (hopefully) a pleasing overall look!
My last 20 blocks blocks will be dark green! I have all the fabrics picked out and a list of the last blocks I need. I’m getting sad this project is coming to an end, but am looking forward to the process of laying all the blocks out and deciding placement! I’m sure this will take me longer than I think. Follow our blog to watch my progress! And follow us on Instagram at @allpeoplequilt to see weekly pics of the blocks I’m making.
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Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!
At Spring Quilt Market in Pittsburgh, we noticed a lot of butterflies! From fun fabric motifs to sophisticated designs to quilt patterns, this cute trend was floating around everywhere (pun intended). With summer right around the corner, we’re excited to add butterflies to our must-have list so we can start quilting.
Butterfly items for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):
- Winged by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics
- Emma’s Garden by Pat Sloniger for Michael Miller Fabrics
- A Field Guide by Janet Clare for Moda Fabrics
- Harmony by Jessica Swift for Blend Fabrics
- Spring Symphony by Dan Morris for RJR Fabrics
- Stonehenge Kids Little Girls by Deborah Edwards and Linda Ludovico for Northcott
Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
Jennifer and Jessica are the cutest! They love all things vintage, so their blog makes you yearn for years past, but also inspired to bring that history to more modern projects. Showcasing fun custom slipcovers, sewing projects, and quilts, their blog is eye candy for fabric lovers. They even delve into knitting, which is so fun to see for those of us crafting addicts.
Piece N Quilt
We’ve ooh’ed and ahh’ed over Piece N Quilt before on our Instagram account. But if you’ve never seen this blog by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting, you’re missing out! Not only do they feature the most beautiful quilts and quilting (both personal projects and ones they’re doing for others), but they also sell machine embroidery and machine quilting patterns, so you can get your own amazing designs on your home machine.
Heather’s fabric is happy, bright, and full of florals! Her blog offers the same creative, breezy, and infectious vibes. Featuring beautiful photography, free patterns for little projects, great tutorials, and drool-worthy embroidery designs, this blog not only inspires, but educates.
Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. This month, we’re all about finding more time to sew. The sun is out, the weather is nice, and we don’t want to be stuck inside sewing. These books include on-the-go projects, as well as tips for finding more time to sew!
Quilting on the Go
By Jessica Alexandrakis for Potter Craft
Learn to break free from your sewing machine with this beginner-friendly book. Whether your style is classic or modern, Jessica offers a range of stunning projects, from small home accessories to full-size quilts, for all skill levels. She includes tips on packing sewing supplies for traveling, stash organization tips, and 10 step-by-step projects that you can easily do in the car or on the beach.
The Busy Girl’s Guide to Sewing
By Carrie Maclennan
This title is designed for crafters who find there is never enough time in the day – which is most of them! The fun projects can be completed in a day, or spaced over a few weekends, so crafters can fit them into their time constraints. This book is written by a truly busy gal with tons of personality, as she learns to fit sewing into her lifestyle. It includes advice on sourcing fabric, upcycling, blogging, joining online communities, and more for the ultimate experience for busy girls who sew.
Playful Little Paper-Pieced Projects
Compiled by Tacha Bruecher for Stash Books
This collection of paper-pieced projects features some of the best work from today’s most talented modern quilters. You can learn everything you need to know about foundation paper piecing, and then test your skills with 37 projects ranging in difficulty and complexity. Bursting with ideas and ingenuity, this book will inspire you to include paper piecing in all your sewing projects.