Modern Quilt Patterns

FreshDiamondsModern Quilting is a style of quilting that I have watched developing for about 10 years now.  But most quilters are only just now hearing about it.  Here is the official definition according to Google.

Modern quilting is a fresh approach reflecting each quilter’s personality and personal style. Modern quilters embrace functionality, simplicity and minimalism, and use asymmetric designs in their approach. They reinterpret traditional blocks and patterns, and are often inspired by modern art and architecture.

My definition is any quilt that is  does not follow traditional setting patterns, such as 12 blocks with sashing and borders.  It’s a very broad term and can be applied in many different ways.  I love the modern quilting movement and am excited about the creative freedom it lends to each of us.

If you’re looking for some simple modern quilt patterns, we have found some for you to try. And many of them are FREE!

Fresh Diamonds

StepsInTimeStep in Time

Topiary Tiles

Oh My Stars

Dancing Stars


Modern Rainbow Baby Quilt

Steps to the Alter

Water Waves Quilt

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you sign up for Craftsy, it is completely FREE!  I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!







Scrappy Rails Quilt Pattern

This black and white quilt is the “Scrappy Rails” pattern available for free on Craftsy. Sign up for free, and then order the pattern at $0.00.  This pattern is completely free!

The fabrics are Ebony Tonga Treats Strips from Timeless Treasures. You can order the fabrics here on

This bold-patterned quilt is great for a gift for a man or boy.  My daughter would also like it for her black-and-white themed dorm room.

Beginner quilters, this is a great quilt for you! Cutting and assembly on this quilt are EASY!

Happy Quilting,




P.S.  If you purchase the fabrics from the link above, I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!






Applique Quilt Patterns

AutumnFlyApplique quilting is a very traditional form of quilting. Applique refers to attaching one fabric on to another to produce a decorative pattern. There are many types of applique; hand applique, machine applique, raw edge applique, freezer paper applique, needle turn applique, just to name a few.

If you have never tried applique before and are ready to give it a try, or if you are an experiened applique quilter looking for new patterns to try, we have collected some patterns and books that could be your next project.

Autumn Flight Table Runner

whig roseApplique Quilt Whig Rose Pattern

Cat Applique Quilt Pattern

My Enchanted Garden: Appliqué Quilts in Cotton and Wool

The Best-Ever Applique Sampler from Piece O’Cake Designs

Baltimore Blocks for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide

New Ideas in Applique

“Believe” Pillow Applique

Floral Applique Lap-Size Quilt

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you purchase a pattern using the links above, I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!


Candy Squares Quilt Kit by Designer Nancy Smith

This sweet kit , Candy Squares by Designer Nancy Smith, is simply a nine patch alternated with squares of background fabric. This setting gives you a nice running pattern that looks more complicated than it really is.  The Fossil Fern prints really make it pop! And because these are pre-cut Fossil Fern squares, it makes this Craftsy kit much easier to cut and put together.

If you are a beginner, this is a great quilt kit to work on. If you are an experienced quilter, this kit is a good one for that fast quilt you need for a gift for a bridal couple, or an upcoming birthday in your family.

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you purchase the kit using the link above, I will receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!





Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns

craftsypatternOne of my favorite impulse items when shopping in a quilt shop is to pick up Fat Quarters. They are easy to pick up and are inexpensive. They are a fun way to pick up fabrics even when you don’t know yet what you will do with them. I ma a big believer in acquiring a good collection of fat quarter fabrics. If I keep a large assortment on hand, I find it saves me time when I am inspired and ready to begin a new project. Rather than dreaming up a quilt, then going to find just the right fabrics, having a healthy number of fat quarters means I can brainstorm and create without having to stop to go buy fabric.

Fat quarters also cause me to exercise my creativity. Since several fat quarters are needed for a decent sized quilt, it means I will need to mix and match many more colors. This always makes for a far more interesting quilt than I originally planned.

And now there are patterns and books designed by starting with fat quarters. Here are some patterns that will allow you to take advantage of that great stash you are collecting. And some of these are FREE!

Easy Fat Quarter Quilt

Going Dutch Fat Quarter Quilt

Flowers in the Garden Fat Quarter Quilt

Fast Fat-Quarter Quilts (Make It Martingale)

Fat-Quarter Quickies

Take 5 Fat Quarters: 15 Easy Quilt Patterns

Fat Quarter Friendly

Pre-Cut Quilts

Slash Your Stash Quilts

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you purchase patterns from the links above, I do receive a small commission.  Thank you for adding to my fabric stash fund!



Starry Irish Chain Pattern – Quilt Kit


This quilt kit is called the Starry Irish Chain put out by  This is a quilt made by a friend of mine. It is a simple pattern made up of only two quilt blocks repeated over and over again. When finished, the pattern looks far more complex than it actually is.  My favorite kind!

This is a very good pattern for beginners. There seem to be a lot of small pieces, but since it is constructed with strips, there is not a lot of cutting of small pieces.

This quilt kit, Starry Irish Chain, is offered by Craftsy. The instructions are very good and I highly recommend this kit for beginning quilters as well as more experienced quilters.

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you order a kit using the links above, I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!


12 Traditional Patchwork Quilt Block Patterns

Some of my favorite quilt blocks are the traditional blocks that have been put into quilts for many many years. I have been looking at some patterns of some of my favorites and wanted to share them with you. These can all by found online. Many of them are free!

churndashChurn Dash

Jacob’s Ladder

Ohio Star

Log Cabin

Bear Paw

Bow Tie

Broken Dish

cardtrickCard Trick

Courthouse Steps

Drunkard’s Path

Dresden Plate

Happy Quilting




P.S.  Many of these patterns are free. There are some that are for sale for a small fee. (If you purchase a pattern from a link above I do receive a small commission.  Thank you for contributing to my Fabric Stash Fund.}


A Fast and Easy Scrap Quilt to Make and Use Up Those Scraps!

I love scraps and I love scrap quilts. The more I sew, the more scraps I accumulate. But once in a while it’s time to bring the size of my scrap basket down. That was the case this week. So I started looking for a scrap quilt idea that would be fast and easy.

I have been using Pinterest more and more, and found a quilt that looked simple to make, but gave a more complex look. Always my favorite kind!

This video shows you exactly how to make these simple blocks and create this quilt. I think the style would be great to give to a boy or man as a gift.

To make this quilt, you will need a quilt ruler that has 45 degree angle demarcations.  I recommend the Quilter’s Rule Original Ruler 6.5×24″ Black. If you are a beginner and do not have one of these rulers, get one right away!  You will use it on every quilt you make!

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you purchase a ruler with the link above, I do receive a small commission. I promise, I only recommend products that I use and know are a really good value!

AQS Quilt Show Chattanooga, TN – 2014 – What You Need to Know


September 10-13, 2014

QuiltWeek Hours

Wed.–Fri., 9:00am – 6:00pm
Sat., 9:00am – 5:00pm

chattanooga 2014Chattanooga Convention Center
1150 Carter St
Chattanooga, TN 37401

The Chattanooga Quilt Show is just around the corner.  If you’re going, here is some of the information you will need to know.


To book a room for the Chattanooga Quilt Show, go to this link.  This service books rooms in dozens of hotels in the Chattanooga area, and you will get a discounted rate especially for quilters if you use this service to book your room.

Tickets Can be Purchased at the Show

Daily Admission
Members $11/ Retail $14

2-Day Admission
Members $20/ Retail $25

Multi-Day Admission
Members $25/Retail $35


Directions to the Show

There is a handy tool for you to use for directions and a map to get to the show.  For directions to the show, go to the AQS Chattanooga page and click the Directions tab.  You will then enter your location, and will be given directions from your location to the quilt show.

For your convenience, download a map of downtown Chattanooga here.

Chattanooga Special Exhibits

Don’t miss these special exhibits while at the show.  There is a lot of variety and you will find something for everyone!

Modern Quilt Challenge
Caohagan Exhibit 22 quilts
SAQA Masters II Exhibit
Stitch Like an Egyptian
New Quilts from an Old Favorite – Carolina Lily / National Quilt Museum
Pilgrim/Roy Challenge 2015
Quilted In Honor
Badass Quilters Exhibit
Cow Stampede
Melody Johnson
AQS Authors’ Exhibit

Happy Quilting,


P.S.  For any other questions about the show, go to AQS Quilt Week Chattanooga.


How I Made My First Lemoyne Star Quilt Block

I am proud to tell you that I have made my first Lemoyne Star Quilt Block.  Even though I have been quilting for over 30 years, this is one block I have never attempted.  Matching points has never been my strong suit. So whenever I would see this pattern, I would think “That’s pretty, but I’m never going to be able to match all of those points”.  But I’ve done it!  And here’s how.

I have been working through the Craftsy free video class, 2013 Block of the Month Class.  Sampler quilts and block-of-the-month quilts cause me to step outside of my comfort one occasionally.  As a quilter, this is a good thing because it gives you the push you need to try something new and practice new skills.

That’s what happened with this block. I would never choose this one myself, but here it is in this quilt.  So I jumped in and figured I would give it my best shot.  And guess what!? I was able to put this block together correctly the First Time!  No ripping and resewing!  I’m still amazed at how well it turned out. The only reason it did is because I was able to follow along with my video class as quilt instructor Laura Knownes walked me through the process step by step.  My iPad sat right next to me as I sewed. And because I can watch the video as many times as I want, I was able to rewatch the points that I needed to slow down the process.  It worked like a charm.

If you would like to make this quilt along with me, go to Craftsy and sign up for a free account. Once you do, you can then sign up for the class for Free!  You will not pay a cent to get full access to these patterns and videos. I highly recommend it!

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you sign up for the class using the links above, I do receive a small commission.  Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund.