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 But just because it’s been around for a long time doesn’t mean the nine-batch block is old or out of date.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!
Half-square triangles are such a versatile unit, and I can’t stop making them! This quilt is made of 6-inch half-square triangles, which means it’s very fast to put together because the triangles are large. So if you’re looking for a fast pattern that appears more sophisticated, this Honeycomb pattern is for you.
If you like quilts with bold geometric patterns, then you are going to love these Braided and Herringbone Quilts. Although a traditional pattern, Braided and Herringbone quilts can give you a very modern feel. These patterns look complicated but are really easy to execute. Here are several patterns to whet your appetitie!