I recently attended QuiltCon in Austin, Texas. Wow, what a show! I’ve been making modern quilts for some time, and it was wonderful to be at a show where every quilt was a modern quilt! That inspired me to look this week for modern quilt patterns. If you’re starting to catch the modern quilt bug, here are a few patterns try:
I wanted to make this quilt because it is made for Jelly Rolls, and because it uses the TQM Binding Tool that I already own. I am always looking for more ways to use the rulers I buy. Why not get the best value, right? Well, I am pleased with how this “Weave” quilt pattern turned out. I used the Autumn Leaves Jelly Roll by Moda, and the TQM Binding Tool to cut the pieces of the star.
So, not only do I have a great tool for finishing perfect bindings, I also have a ruler perfect for this and other patterns!
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Sometimes I just want an easy quilt to work on. Maybe I’m going to a retreat and want something relaxing to work on. Maybe I’m looking for a pattern for a quilt to give as a gift. It’s nice to have a couple projects on hand for those times when you just want to sew without stress. Here are some super easy patchwork quilt patterns that fit the bill.
After I’ve been working on a couple projects for a while, my sewing room begins to get unruly. Tools I’ve used are still out and not in their proper place. They key to easily cleaning up my sewing room is that I have places close to my machine for all of those small notions and tools to go. In fact, by keeping my organizers near my machine, I can put tools away immediately after I use them. This has made a big difference in the organization of my sewing area!
I wanted to share with you these tools that are helping me stay more organized. When my sewing room is organized, I can think better and can be more creative. You might like to give these a try:
I like to organize my scraps by sorting them according to color and keep them in small boxes. My rule is, when a box fills up, it’s time to use some of those small scraps. That is what happened the day I started dreaming up the design for this quilt. Blue is my favorite color. Since I use it a lot, the scraps pile up quickly. It was time for a blue quilt!
I love these free-form stars. They require no pattern. They use up scraps. And I can sew mindlessly when I’m making them,or, better yet, watch a movie on Netflix. I wanted to share this technique with you so you too can use up some of your scraps and make some fun stars for one of your future quilts.
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Nine-patch blocks are so simple, they are perfect for beginners. If I were to teach a new quilter, I would use a nine-patch pattern for the first block to try. The block is so simple, yet a simple nine-patch can be designed to look sophisticated as well. Those are my favorite types of quilts, the ones that are really easy but look more complex than they really are.
So with that in mind, I found some nine-patch quilt patterns that are perfect for beginners and also great for more experienced quilters too! And some of these patterns are free!
I wanted to share with you one of my favorite projects I’ve been working on over the last few months. My “Star in a Star” Quilt started with an idea for using one of my favorite pattern-less quilt blocks to make a unique quilt. What if I took a star pattern an made one big star out of a lot of little stars? And what if I used only blue and white fabric? “Star in a Star” is what came from those two questions.
Since taking a machine quilting class last fall, I’ve been crazed over the idea of quilting all of my quilts on my machine. I was itching to try out a full-size quilt on my new Janome machine. And so I basted “Star in a Star” together and jumped in. I wanted to use some new thread I purchased, Auriful 100% Cotton Mako 40 in silver. I was hoping this would be a nice thread for machine quilting, and it was! Aurifil Mako 40 is a thin, yet strong, thread that runs smoothly through my machine. I did not have trouble with breaking or tangling. I will definitely be using this thread again in different colors.
I am always trying to challenge myself to be true to my own quilting, to design quilts that are uniquely my own. I am feeling really good about trying new things. I highly recommend that you try some new techniques, even if you know you’re not expert in them yet.
P.S. Aurifil sent me this thread to try. However, I only recommend products that I truly use myself and love. This Aurifil 100% Cotton Mako 40 is definitely one I recommend and will be using more in the future!
One of the first blocks I learned to recognize and name was the Bow Tie quilt block. This traditional block is easy to create and can look very different depending on the fabrics you choose. If I am making a quilt for a boy or man, the Bow Tie block is a great one to use. When done in traditional blues and browns, it has a masculine feel. However, you can do the same pattern in modern fabrics and give it a modern spin too.
Here are some variations of the Bow Tie quilt block for you to try. And some of these patterns are free!