Big stitch quilting is a great way to quilt a large scrap quilt. The colored threads and big stitches add a layer of interest to a quilt, even a busy one like a scrap quilt. Big stitch is a great way to learn to hand quilt.
Making a quilt for a family wedding is one of the best ways to pass on a quilt as a family heirloom. I find that, when a couple receives a quilt as a wedding gift, they tend to cherish it in the manner that a hand-made quilt deserves. When I’m thinking about making a wedding quilt, I like to choose very traditional quilts. Nothing too outlandish or too bright. I want something that is going to stand the test of time, that they will still love for years and years.
Here are some patterns that would make wonderful wedding quilts:
If you’re like many quilters, chances are a few of the quilts you make are for family members. Whether it’s birthday presents, or Christmas gifts, or baby shower presents, quilts are a great way of showing your family how much you love them. If your family member is important to you, you will spend many hours making a quilt you know they will treasure for a long time.
And gifts for children are the best of all. Children love bright cheerful quilts. I found several quilt patterns that would make great quilts for the children in your life.
What do you think of when you think of summer? For me, time spent up north at the lake is what summer is all about. The breeze coming off the lake, cooling you down. Warm sun on your skin after a swim. And there is nothing like a nice light-weight summer quilt for those cool nights with the windows open. I have found a few summer quilts you may want to make this summer!
Another traditional quilt block pattern is the Chevron. What’s really nice about this pattern is that it really stands the test of time. We now have many variations of this block. Every quilt is unique depending on the size of the chevron pattern and the colors you use. Take a look at a few of the patterns I found, and you will see big variations on this one block.
If you’re looking at old quilts online, or in museums, there are some traditional patterns that you will see over and over. I’ve been spending some time looking at them myself because I have fallen in love with those quilts from the ’20s, 30’s and 40’s. Even if you are a new quilter, it is a good idea to be able to identify some of the most common and best traditional blocks. Here are some patterns that I’ve come across in my searches. Everything old is new again!
The nine-patch block has been around for a long time. And yet, even a traditional format such as the nine-patch can be put together to look old-fashioned or modern. The versatility of the nine-patch means you can find nine-patch patterns in all sorts of styles. Here are a few I found this week.
One of the simplest types of quilt blocks is a four patch. I love these blocks because you can get a complex-looking quilt out of a simple block. This type of block is also a good way to use a larger variety of fabrics. And some are great for scrap quilts. I love to watch movies while I piece. The four-patch blocks are often very easy to construct, which means I don’t have to think as much as I would with a complex block design; perfect for piecing while watching a movie.
Here are some four-patch quilt blocks I think you will like.
Baby Quilts are a great gift AND a great way to try out a new pattern. Because they are smaller quitls, it’s nice to try out a pattern to see if you like it. If you do, you can always take the same pattern, add to it and make a bigger quilt. I have come to really love baby quilts for this reason. Here are a few new baby quilt patterns you can whip up this weekend!