One of the funniest names for a quit block is the Drunkard’s Path quilt block. With it’s curved pieces, you can arrange the blocks into many different variations that can create a topsy turvy pattern. This block gives you plenty of practice with curved piecing. Don’t be afraid to try curved piecing. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you will be able to take that skill and use it to make many different blocks that have curved piecing in them.
Here are a few books and patterns with variations of the Drunkard’s Path.
There are some tools that are so simple, yet so valuable. The Quilters Magic Wand is one of those tools. In this tutorial, I show you how to make a traditional Churn Dash Quilt Block. To make the half-square triangles, I use the Quilters Magic Wand half inch ruler. It helps me piece accurate quarter inch seams. Once you know how to use it, you will find yourself reaching for this ruler again and again!
The Churn Dash quilt block is such a versatile and traditional block. You can take any of the patterns below, and depending on where you place your fabrics, and how many colors you use, the one block can create endless design options. Or make them exactly as they are shown here!
Applique gives us much freedom of pattern. There is so much we can do with applique that we cannot do with traditional quilt piecing. Whether you like to do needle-turn applique, machine applique or raw-edge applique, your only limit in pattern-making is your own imagination.
Here are some great applique quilt patterns, some traditional, some non-traditional and some whimsical.
Table runners are a great way to decorate your home. You can use them on dining room tables, coffee tables, end tables, under lamps, on dressers, and more! Table runners give you a way to change out a little bit of color in a room each season or when you just need a change, a fresh look.
A table runner is an easy way to try out a quilt pattern without having to make a whole quilt. If I make a table runner, and find I like the pattern, I will then go ahead and make the whole quilt. If I find I didn’t have fun working on the pattern, I finish the table runner, and move on to another pattern.
Table runners make great gifts. Keep a few on hand, and you’ll always have a gift, even for unexpected gift-giving events.
Hexagon quilts are hot hot hot! New patterns and styles go way beyond Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The design possibilities are endless.
Hexagons started showing up in quilts in the early 1800s. Simple single-unit quilts were often the how hex’s were assembled, often by hand. Since then, hexagons have gone through an evolution. Hexagons can be used as a simple unit, or pieced out of many other pieces to create the hexagon. They can be put into a quilt by hand piecing, machine piecing, or English paper piecing.
You can now find whole books full of just hexagon quilts. I’ve discovered these patterns easily available with the internet:
Rail Fence quilt patterns are great to use with Jelly Rolls. If you need a quick and easy quilt, you can’t go wrong with this easy traditional pattern. And this easy pattern is also reat for scrap quilts.
If you are a beginner, this pattern is for you. You will be able to create a pretty quilt with very simple construction. If you are not a beginner, this is a great one for quick baby quilts or charity quilts.
Here are a few rail fence patterns I found just for you.
Quilters make quilts for people they love. That is a long-standing tradition. And on off the most popular symbols of love is the heart. Quilt patterns have contained hearts for centuries. Folk art quilts often are embellished with applique hearts. Patchwork heart blocks have been popular for a very long time. If you’re looking for a quilt pattern to express your love for your sweetheart, a relative, or friend, here are some patterns to choose from. And some of them are free!
Fabrics without prints can make a beautiful quilt. Most quilt fabrics have some sort of print on them and often more than one color. But fabrics in solid colors can make a stunning quilt all on their own. The Amish have been using solid fabrics for years. You can achieve a very dramatic look with solids. And, here’s a tip, solid fabrics often cost a bit less than printed cottons.