Vintage quilts have a lot to teach us. These two quilts have great lessons about two specific design elements: scale and value.
These are part of my Outsider Quilts collection. What are Outsider Quilts? They are quilts that have been put together with non-traditional elements, often by beginner quilters and self-taught quilters.
Layer Cakes are collections of 10″ x 10″ squares of fabric. The phrase “layer cake” is used widely by Moda. Other fabric manufacturers have similar packs of 10″ inch squares but they may be called different names. They are similar to a charm pack but a larger size. Layer Cakes are available by collection and typically include 42 pieces of fabric, though the number may vary.
Layer cakes arrived on the scene after Charm Packs became popular. The patterns you make from 5″ squares can also be used for 10″ squares in the Layer Cakes.
Here are some patterns written especially for using Layer Cakes. However, as always, if you do not have a pack of 10″ squares, you can always cut them from your own stash.
I just finished working on a table runner this week. It was a pattern I wanted to try out and, after completing the table runner, I decided I liked it enough that I will be making a full quilt from the same block pattern soon. You just cant beat using a table runner as a test piece. Not only does it help you test the colors and pattern, but when you’re done, you have a new runner for yourself or to give as a gift.
If you’re looking for a good table runner pattern for yourself, or to give to a friend, here are some great patterns from which to choose:
There is no better place to start learning to quilt than a nine-patch block. This is one of the most traditional block construction patterns and they are easy to put together.
A nine-patch block is a block that is made up of nine squares; three rows of three squares. These blocks have been found as early as the 1800s in American quilts. But just because it’s been around for a long time doesn’t mean the nine-batch block is old or out of date. Today nine-patch quilts can be found even in new patterns from new designers, as are many of the blocks listed below.
Take a look at the large variety in these links below, and you will surely find one you want to make this weekend!
The bow tie quilt pattern is a widely recognized block design. You can make many blocks and create a quilt, or you can use one bow tie block in a sampler quilt. The country charm and simplicity of the block makes it perfect for beginners, as well as experienced quilters.
I often think of bow tie quilts done in 30’s fabrics. This makes a nice summery quilt. However, there are many other looks you can achieve with this one block. Below are a few to try:
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!
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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!