Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!
Hexies are so trendy! Try sewing them all by machine applique. All you need is two templates and the cutest fabric! It makes a fresh and modern table topper and a perfect chance to practice your quilting skills!
Love You Dish Towels by Natalia Bonner of Piece N Quilt
Perfect for a Valentine’s Day gift (but so cute for every day!), these dish towels use graphic prints paired with machine-embroidered messages.
Striped Starburst from Robert Kaufman Fabrics
We’re addicted to Kona solids! And they look amazing in a striking star quilt that measures only 12″ square. Since it’s small enough, it makes a great first paper-piecing project!
Just what we need in winter–a bright and happy quilt! Karin uncovered an amazing (we even had an a-ha moment) way to form the blocks that’s easier than foundation piecing.
Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. This month, we’re showcasing authors from our most recent issues of American Patchwork & Quilting June 2014 (see featured quilts here) and Quilts and More Spring 2014 (see featured projects here). We love that all our designers are so talented (and busy!).
From American Patchwork & Quilting June 2014
S is for Stitch: 52 Embroidered Alphabet Designs + Charming Projects for Little Ones
Embroider lots of adorable projects from A to Z for all the little ones in your life…to decorate their rooms, help them learn the alphabet, or just to make them smile. Kristyne’s designs are detailed and easy and include both a boy-theme and a girl-theme set of embroidery patterns. Projects include quilts, pillows, soft blocks, and wall art!
A Baker’s Dozen: 13 Kitchen Quilts from American Jane
If you’ve got quilts in every room of the house, it’s time to start on the kitchen! Sandy Klop of American Jane presents 13 designs — a Baker’s Dozen — to use throughout your kitchen: on the walls, and as tablerunners too. Many feature Sandy’s signature appliqué designs — several are pieced patterns. All are cheery, bright and just right for this favorite gathering place of every home.
Fresh Family Traditions: 18 Heirloom Quilts for a New Generation
This collection of 18 charming quilts and home accessories from Sherri McConnell brings together the best of the old and the new in quilting. Sherri’s new designs update traditional blocks (many handed down from her grandmothers) with fresh colors and fabrics from some of today’s top designers. You’ll also visit Sherri’s quilting room and learn her methods for finding inspiration as a quilter.
From Quilts and More Spring 2014
Quilty Fun: Lessons in Scrappy Patchwork
This book includes complete instructions for her incredibly popular Bee in My Bonnet Row Along quilt, along with 10 brand-new coordinating projects! This book is packed with over 100 pages of projects, tips, and inspiration to use all around your home!
Modern Bee: 13 Quilts to Make with Friends
Create. Grow. Connect. This how-to book features 13 projects for a virtual one-year quilting bee. Crafted with a modern aesthetic, the patterns are inspired by traditional quilt blocks. As you quilt along with this book from month to month, you’ll master sewing techniques of increasing difficulty—from easy to advanced. Each project includes instructions for assembling the block and for finishing a full-size quilt. You’ll also find a section on organizing your own virtual bee.
The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips
By Ebony Love for Love Bug Studios
This book contains almost everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how to die cut fabric successfully! Written especially for the quilter and sewist who love to die cut or want to try, you’ll refer to this book again and again as you learn the secrets of die-cutting fabric.
Get Addicted to Free-Motion Quilting: Go From Simple to Sensational
Give your quilts the fancy finish they deserve with more than 60 lively continuous-line quilting designs from quilting pro Sheila Sinclair Snyder. Learn to stitch free-form spirals, feathers, flowers, bubbles, leaves, cables, and much more. Sheila shows you how to combine individual motifs into fluid designs for quilting blocks, borders, sashing, and all over the quilt. All designs work equally well on home sewing machines, mid-arm, and long-arm quilting machines, or for hand quilting.
Happy New Year! January 1 is one of my favorite days of the year. There’s just something I love about taking time to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for a better one ahead. It’s a cleansing process and something I find completely motivating. One of my resolutions in 2014 is to make more time to be creative. This past year got so busy that I definitely picked catching up with a favorite TV show or taking a quick nap over sewing. This year, I want to carve out time in my schedule to be creative–whether that means quilting, designing, choosing fabrics, or even browsing through books and magazines to get my thoughts flowing. I don’t want to let another year go by without taking time to create something for myself.
This morning I woke up and made my 2014 quilting to-do list. I wrote down a list of projects I wanted to complete (let me say that again: complete) this year. Some have been on my list for awhile, some just sound fun, and some are uncompleted quilts that I just want off my design wall. I’m going to hang my list where I can see it every day as extra motivation to stay productive and make time for the creative process.
On my to-do list this year:
- Tula Pink‘s City Sampler (I’ve made a few blocks in 2013. See them here.)
- American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along (Read more about it here.)
- Pat Sloan‘s Globetrotting Block of the Month with Free Quilt Patterns (Get details here.)
- Finish my Project 48 (See our staff’s Project 48 rules here.)
- Quilts and More Welcome Home wall hanging series (to come in Quilts and More Spring, out on newsstands 2/4/14)
Want to make your own quilting to-do list? Here are some tips:
1. Don’t make it too big. My list is only 5 quilts long. That way, I won’t get overwhelmed or feel under pressure to sew every day. It also allows me some time to be thinking about the projects, to take time to choose the perfect fabric, and to enjoy the experience. I don’t want my list to feel like work. And I want to be able to complete everything by the end of the year.
2. Choose a variety of projects. My list includes a Block of the Month, a quilt along, a City Sampler, a series of applique wall hangings, and finishing an old quilt. I don’t want to get bored while working on my projects. Making sure my list includes a variety of different size quilts that cover a variety of techniques will keep me interested in what I’m doing and allow me to work on more than one project at a time.
3. Get social. I love connecting with quilting blogs and social media sites. I purposely chose a quilt along and a Block of the Month for the social components. I can see the process of other bloggers and quilters and post my own progress to keep me accountable and on track.
Happy quilting in 2014! Share your own quilting to-do list in the comments and make sure to check back to see my progress.
Once a month, we highlight our favorite free quilt and sewing patterns around the web!
Dress up your mornings a little with matching cozies for your coffee press and coffee cup! We love the idea of choosing brown fabric to hide any spills.
Whether you coordinate prints or just want to use up your scraps, this throw is perfect for showing off fabric! Fun Flying Geese head in every direction forming a controlled chaotic design (and sometimes even a square!).
Everyone loves a key fob! They’re a great way to use up your favorite fabric scraps and try out some decorative stitches on your sewing machine. They’re so little and fast to make that they’re perfect for a stocking stuffer or even for a teacher’s gift.
Stellar Satchel by Lauv for Art Gallery Fabrics
This bag is perfect for beginners! Make your first bag to carry essentials in style or make it as a gift using a friend’s favorite fabric!
Each month, learn a fun trick or tip to make your quilting easier and more polished!
The rules for string piecing are simple–there are no rules! So give this technique a try. It’s the perfect way to use up your scraps while enjoying the freedom of piecing without perfection.
1. Position a strip diagonally across center of a muslin foundation square. (Note: foundation square should be 1/4″ larger on all sides than finished block.) Pin in place.
2. From an assorted print scrap, cut a strip that is at least as long as first strip.
3. Place print strip right side down on first strip; align a pair of long edges. Sew through all layers with a 1⁄4″ seam allowance.
4. Press print strip open.
5. Roughly trim print strip about 1/2″ beyond muslin foundation (Photo D).
6. Cut a third print strip that is at least as long as the long raw edge of the first print strip. Repeat steps 3–5 to add third print strip to foundation.
7. Continue in same manner, covering each half of foundation square with print strips; skew strips in opposite directions so interesting angles are created.
8. Trim foundation to desired square including seam allowances to complete a string block.