We love to travel with our quilting. Whether it’s sewing with the guild, taking a class or attending a retreat, many of us take our quilting with us. Quilt Product Makers are now designing products that are great tools that are easy to take along. Fiskars Folding Ruler is one of my favorite tools.
When I was a beginner quilter, I was always looking for new quit block patterns to make into a quilt. After many years, I realized that each quilt block is made up of simple units that can be arranged and rearranged in an infinite number of patterns. One of my favorite units is the simple triangle. I am always fascinated at the many many stunning quilts that can be created from such a simple unit.
Here are some great triangle patterns that I want to share with you. And some of them are free!
Big stitch quilting is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to finish a quilt. It is fast, easy, and inexpensive. It’s great for finishing baby quilts, utility quilts, scrap quilts, charity quilts, and just about any kind of quilt!
If you would like to purchase any of the items mentioned in the video, you can do so here:
The Pinwheel quilt block – such a simple unit, with many different possibilities! When I think of pinwheel quilts, I think of those lovely thin summer quilts, with pastel blocks on a white background, the kind your Grandmother would have had at the summer cottage. While I love this very traditional way of putting the pinwheels together, there are many other ways to interpret this block.
I found 12 different patterns for you to consider for your next quilt, and all are very different!
Half-square triangles are such a versatile unit, and I can’t stop making them! This quilt is made of 6-inch half-square triangles, which means it’s very fast to put together because the triangles are large. So if you’re looking for a fast pattern that appears more sophisticated, this Honeycomb pattern is for you.
If you like quilts with bold geometric patterns, then you are going to love these Braided and Herringbone Quilts. Although a traditional pattern, Braided and Herringbone quilts can give you a very modern feel. These patterns look complicated but are really easy to execute. Here are several patterns to whet your appetitie!
I just started using these bobbin boxes and I am loving them. Anything that helps me stay organized in my sewing room is a big bonus! Now my bobbins stay organized and don’t unravel. I can easily grab the box out of my drawer next to my sewing machine when I need another bobbin.
When I first saw a paper-pieced quilt, I couldn’t figure out how it was made. The geometric pattern seemed so intricate. It was not obvious, by looking at it, how it was constructed. But I knew I would never be able to use such unusual quilt pieces and actually make a successful block. But then I learned the paper-piecing technique and discovered how easy it was once I know how.
Whether you’re a beginner or already have made paper-pieced quilts, I have found some new patterns that you might like to try:
One of the most important tools any quilter owns is a rotary cutter. I admit, I have several. This is one of my most favorites. The automatic closing feature is a huge benefit for me. If you’re looking for a good all-purpose rotary cutter, this one is for you!
One of the funniest names for a quit block is the Drunkard’s Path quilt block. With it’s curved pieces, you can arrange the blocks into many different variations that can create a topsy turvy pattern. This block gives you plenty of practice with curved piecing. Don’t be afraid to try curved piecing. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you will be able to take that skill and use it to make many different blocks that have curved piecing in them.
Here are a few books and patterns with variations of the Drunkard’s Path.