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 But just because it’s been around for a long time doesn’t mean the nine-batch block is old or out of date.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:
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!
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!
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!
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.