Freeform quilting is one of my favorite types of quilting. When I am tired, or just want a break from precision cutting and piecing, I turn to freeform quilting. I don’t have to measure hardly at all. There are no points to match. I find this type of quilting very relaxing.
If you haven’t tried freeform quilting, this tutorial is a great place to start.
This year I moved into a new house. And with a move comes moving my quilting studio. It was eye-opening to realize about 50 percent of all moving boxes contained stuff for my quilting room! But that’s where I spend most of my time so it actually makes sense.
Now I am working on getting organized again. I am putting all of my precuts in one area. Charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes. I didn’t think I had any layer cakes left. I thought i had used them up. But much to my surprise I found two that are just waiting for a new project.
Here are some fast and easy layer cake quilt patterns I found that I might use for my layer cakes. I thought I would share them with you in case you, too, are looking for a good pattern to use those layer cakes.
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.
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!
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.
I wanted to show you two more quilts I have made using Triangles on a Roll. I have been determined to bring down the size of my scrap pile and these quilts are great for using up those scraps, big and small, especially using my Scrapmaster method!