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!
Quilting is forever changing. Our craft has continued to evolve, and thank goodness it has. I think the reason there are so many quilters is because of how versatile quilting has become. If you liked the old tradtional patterns, that’s great. Many people are still making traditional patterns. And over the last few years, modern quilts have begun to sneak in to the mainstream quilt world. If you’d like to try your hand at a modern quilt, here are some patterns to tempt you!
Making a table runner is a great way to try out a new pattern, or learn a new technique without committing to a full-sized quilt. Because a table runner is small, that means I am able to complete it quickly and get a sense of accomplishment when finished.
Table runners make great gifts for weddings, birthdays, Christmas, house-warming parties, etc. Here are a few I found that I think you will like:
I’m back from quilt camp and cannot believe how much I got done! I was able to finish this Ohio Star Quilt. The fabrics are a 6-inch bundle from Craftsy.com. The line of fabric is called Boundless, and the color way is called Crayon Box.
When these arrived, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them. Then I knew I was going to do Ohio Star blocks. Once I had a few of them, I could see, with the luscious colors, all this quilt needed was a little bit of black fabric for the border to make these colors really pop!
P.S. Craftsy is one of my favorite websites for video quilt classes. And I’m starting to get hooked on their fabrics too!
As far as quilting blocks go, you can’t get more simple than a basic nine patch. A nine-patch block is 9 squares sewed in rows of three to form the square block. Nine-patches are great for beginners. They are also handy when you need a quick quilt for a gift. And, of course, they are wonderful for using up scraps!
This week I am looking for my next quilt to make using scraps, so I’m looking at lots of nine-patches. A few of these I shared in a previous posts, but I included them in case you missed them the first time.