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What's a Fat Quarter of Fabric and How is it Cut?
Quilters love fat quarters of fabric. Learn what the term means, how to cut fat quarters, and why they are such good options for a fabric stash.
Try Batiks or Brighty Colored Fabrics to Create...
Try this quilt pattern to create a quilt with colorful overlapping squares that seem to float against a dark background.
29 Easy Quilt Patterns for Beginning Quilters
Easy quilt patterns for beginning quilters, or anyone who'd like to sew a simple, quick quilt. My thorough instructions make quilt assembly a breeze.
Free Quilt Block Patterns, M through S
Free quilt block patterns for beginning quilters and experienced quilters. Browse my quilt block patterns for a wide variety of block sizes and types.
Find Out How Easy it Is to Make a Rag Quilt
My easy tutorial shows you how to make rag quilts. Once you learn rag quilt basics, you'll know how turn other quilt patterns into these comfy quilts.
Free Quilt Patterns for Beginning to Experience...
Free quilt patterns of all types and sizes, including bed quilts, lap quilts, baby quilts, miniatures and more. In-depth instructions by Janet Wickell.
Sewing a Mitered Quilt Binding is Easy with...
Learn how to bind a quilt with easy mitered corners. Just follow my step-by-step binding instructions and and illustrations.
New to Quilting? You'll Love This Easy Endless...
Endless Stairs is an easy quilt block pattern that offers lots of opportunity for layout variations.
Compare Mattress Sizes Before You Buy a Bed or...
Compare mattress sizes to decide which bed size is the best for your needs, and find tips to help you make a quilt that fits perfectly.
Use My Pattern to Make a Unique Nine Patch...
Use my step by step quilt pattern to sew a unique Nine Patch Bento Box quilt. An easy quilt pattern for beginning to experienced quilters.
Make a Colorful Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt with This...
Use this easy quilt pattern to make a scrappy Jigsaw Puzzle quilt. It's baby-quilt sized, but you can easily increase the quilt's dimensions.
Have Fun Sewing With Us During a New Mystery...
Take a look at the reveal of quilt blocks designed for the Springtime Mystery quilt pattern.
It's a Cinch to Sew This Contemporary Baby Quilt
My contemporary baby quilt pattern is an easy quilt that offers lots of opportunities for creating your own unique design.
Stitch a Baby Quilt for That Special Little One
Baby quilt patterns of all types and sizes. You'll find lots of patterns that are easy to sew, and all are suitable for a baby girl or baby boy.
Make a Four-Patch Rag Quilt with This Easy...
Try my easy rag quilt pattern the next time you're looking for a quick quilting project. The rag quilt is made with simple four patch quilt blocks.
Get Crafty and Learn How to Make Your Own Quilts
Learn how to make a quilt, from start to finish. My step by step quilting tutorials, plus hundreds of free quilt patterns, will get you started.
Fill Tall Bug Jar Quilt Blocks With Colorful...
Tall Jar Quilt Blocks My  short and squatty jar quilt block pattern is popular, but I know many quilters
Use These Easy Methods to Make Binding Strips...
It's easy to make binding strips for quilts, and there are several popular quilt binding techniques to choose from. Let's talk about a few favorites.
It's Easy to Calculate How Much Fabric Is...
Use my tutorial to learn how to calculate yardage for a quilt. Once you've practiced a few yardage calculations, they'll all be a cinch.
Create a Custom Pillowcase in 8 Easy Steps
An easy pillowcase pattern, with French seams that keep raw edges under wraps. Instructions and illustrations make this pillowcase pattern a cinch.
Simple Guide to Creating a Lush Puff Quilt
Use our easy puff quilt pattern and step by step photos to learn how to make these comfy quilts, sometimes called biscuit quilts.
Follow My Step-by-Step Tutorial to Sew Easy Log...
Use my easy log cabin quilt block pattern to make a log cabin quilt you'll love. This simple log cabin block is a breeze to sew.
10 Things Every Quilter Should Know About...
Ten important skills every quilter should know. A must-read for new quilters. Learn the ins and outs of quilting before you sew that first project.
How to Finish Sewing a Long Seam When the...
Oh no! The bobbin thread ran out midway through a long seam on your quilt. What's the best solution for the problem? My tips will help.
It's Easy to Print and Save Patterns on the...
You'll find hundreds of free printable quilt patterns on the About.com Quilting site. Use my tips to easily print and search for patterns and tutorials.
Learn How to Sew a Quarter Inch Seam Allowance...
Learn how to sew a quarter inch seam allowance so that your quilt blocks and quilts are perfect, every time.
How to Make Quilt Backing from Any Fabric
Learn how to make quilt backing from regular quilting cottons or wide backing fabrics, your choice.
New to Quilting? Try Some of These Free and...
My easy quilt patterns are a good choice for a beginning quilters, or anyone who's looking for a quick quilting project.
Quilting 101: How to Make Half-Square Triangle...
Use my easy method to make quick pieced half square triangle units, one of the most commonly used components in patchwork quilts.
What Every Quilter Needs to Know about Rotary...
Rotary cutting is one of the most important skills a new quilter should master. My rotary cutting tutorial gets you off to a quick start.
Correct Pressing Will Instantly Improve Your...
Your quilting skills will improve immediately when you learn how to press quilt blocks and quilts as you sew. And remember... press, don't iron!
Facts About Fabric Grain that Every Quilter...
Understanding fabric grain helps you make a quilt that's accurate and easy to assemble. Put fabric grain to work and your quilting skills will blossom.
Sew Two Different Quilt Blocks to Create this...
Twists and Turns is an easy quilt pattern that's assembled with two quilt blocks sewn in a way that makes some patchwork seem to float.
A Beginner's Guide to Cutting Patchwork Shapes...
Use my easy rotary cutting instructions to cut patchwork shapes like squares and rectangles, diamonds, all sorts of triangles and more.
Pros and Cons of Prewashing Your Quilting Fabrics
Should you pre-wash your quilting fabrics? The answer depends on the fabrics and the final design of the quilt. We'll help you decide.
Learn Color Wheel Basics Before You Choose...
A color wheel can help you choose colors for quilts and other crafts. My easy color wheel advice simplifies the process of choosing colors and contrast.
Bring Color Into Your Home With a Disappearing...
An easy disappearing nine patch quilt pattern that's perfect for quilters of all skill levels, including beginners.
Free Quilting Pattern: A Floating Nine Patch...
Floating Nine Patch is an easy baby quilt pattern that's designed with patchwork setting triangles. Give this easy quilt a try.
Check Out All These Free 12-Inch Quilt Block...
All of the free quilt block patterns in this collection finish at 12-inches square, a popular size for nearly any quilting project.
Use the Sew and Slice Method to Make a Bonnie...
Try my Sew and Slice Bonnie Scotsman quilt block pattern to sew large 'parent' blocks that each produce four small daughters.
A Quick Reference Guide to Standard Mattress...
A mattress size chart to help you when making a quilt or purchasing bedding for any size mattress.
Forget about Color, It's Color Value That Can...
Learn how important color value (contrast) is to quilters, and experiment with fabrics just a bit before you make a quilt.
Dig Into Your Fabric Stash to Make This Scrap...
Grab your leftover pieces of fabric and get ready to sew an easy color-packed scrap quilt.
Fill Double Hearts Quilt Blocks With a Scrappy...
Double Hearts is a patchwork quilt block pattern that's a heart within a heart. Grab your scraps and begin sewing this easy quilt block.
Put the X's and O's Quilt on Your To-Do List if...
An X's and O's quilt pattern that shows you how to make this popular quilt, plus options to help you customize your X's and O's quilt layout.
Easy Baby Quilt Patterns for Brand New Quilters
Easy baby quilt patterns are a good choice for beginning quilters. The quilts are simple to sew, even if it's your very first quilting project.
Try this Pattern to Make Easy Dresden Plate...
An easy Dresden Plate quilt pattern. You'll love this simple method to make perfect Dresden Plates, every time.
Got Leftover Fabric? It's Easy to Make a Scrap...
Learn how to make a scrap quilt with my scrap quilting tips and techniques. Follow a few important guidelines to make a quilt you love, every time.
Stitch a Batch of Memories by Making a T Shirt...
Use my tips and techniques to learn how to make a T shirt quilt. The quilts aren't difficult, but they are sewn a bit differently than other quilts.
Explore Hundreds of Quilt Block and Quilt...
Explore hundreds of free quilt block and quilt patterns to find the perfect quilt for your next project. Patchwork, applique, mini quilts and more.
Attention, Quilters: Here's How to Measure and...
Use my easy instructions to learn how to measure and sew straight borders to a quilt -- an important step that can help square up skewed projects.
Combine Bright Colors with Black and White...
Have fun with this Double Framed Four Patch baby quilt pattern. It's designed with splashes of bright fabrics mixed with black and white prints.
Free Nine Patch Quilt Block Patterns
Looking for nine patch quilt block patterns? You've come to the right place, and will discover all sorts of nine patch blocks for your next quilt.
Machine Quilting Options for Quilters
Let's take a look at some of the machine quilting options you can choose from when you decide it's time to learn how to machine quilt.
A Simple Burn Test Can Help You Identify...
Learn how to do a fabric burn test to help determine if a fabric is made from cotton or other fibers, such as wool, silk or polyester.
Rolling Stars Quilt Blocks, a Scrap-Friendly...
Use my free quilt block pattern to make Rolling Stars, an easy quilt block for beginning to experienced quilters.
Tips You Can Use to Make Denim Quilts
Use my tips and techniques to learn how to make a denim quilt.
Pink, Yellow, Red and More: A Guide to...
A list of awareness ribbon colors to help you design a quilt or any other project made to promote disease research and awareness.
Make a Batch of Colorful Framed Friendship Star...
Make Friendship Star quilt blocks with four-patch units at their corners, and surrounded by sashing and cornerstones.
This Roman Square Quilt Block Pattern Is Just...
My Roman Square quilt block and quilt pattern is a perfect choice for beginning quilters. Discover just how easy it is to make a quilt.
7 Easy Ways to Start Quilting on a Budget
Tips to help you start quilting on a budget, a good option for anyone who's not sure if quilting will be a long-term favorite pastime.
Follow These Simple Instructions to Make a...
Learn how to make a string quilt, a simple freehand version of foundation piecing. String quilting is perfect for both scrap and themed quilting projects.
Thread Tips for Quilters: How Do You Know What...
Use my thread guide to learn about the numerous types of threads available to quilters, and which threads work best for patchwork, applique and more.
Learn the Easy No-Waste Method for Flying Geese
Learn an easy, no-waste method to assemble Flying Geese for quilts. The no waste Flying Geese method is easy and accurate -- a win-win technique.
Pictures of Baby Quilts for Boys
Have fun browsing this large photo gallery of baby quilts made for boys. You'll love the inspiring ideas found in our baby quilts galleries.
Grab Your Fabric Scraps and Make a Unique...
Grab your fabric stash, because scraps are key when you work with my Scrap Happy Sampler quilt pattern.
A Beginner Quilter's Guide to Paper Piecing
Paper piecing is a simple and traditional quilt making technique. After you've made one paper pieced quilt, sewing more will be a breeze.
Best Rotary Cutting Tools for Beginning Quilters
Find out which rotary cutting tools to put on your must-have list when you begin to make quilts. A look at some of the many rotary cutting options.
How to Print on Fabric with an Inkjet or Laser...
Tips and techniques to help you learn how to print on fabric using inkjet and laser printers.
Which Sewing Supplies Are Allowed in Carry-on...
Find out which scissors, needles and other sewing tools you can pack in carry-on luggage when you fly on commercial airlines.
9 Patterns for the Frugal Quilter
My frugal quilt patterns help you put your fabric scraps to good use. Let's see if we can use even the smallest scraps to make a quilt.
Learn how easy it is to make a Disappearing...
My Disappearing Nine Patch quilt pattern explains how to make these popular quilts, and illustrates some some of the many choices for quilt blocks.
Making a Bow Tie Quilt Block Is Easy With This...
My easy Bow Tie quilt block pattern goes together quickly, and without set in seams. You can choose from three different block sizes.
Learn the Ins and Outs of Troubleshooting...
Advice to help you adjust and troubleshoot problems with sewing machine tension. Learn how to evaluate and correct sewing machine tension problems.
Antique Tile Is an Easy Quilt Block That's...
Antique Tile is an easy quilt block pattern, but a design with lots of potential for color and color value variations.
T Shirt Quilts Photo Gallery
Our T-Shirt quilts photo gallery offers lots of inspiration to help you design a T Shirt quilt of your very own. Includes a link to T-shirt quilt instructions.
Learn How to Sew Colorful 14" Square Tea Rose...
Tea Rose is a quilt block pattern with lots of patchwork -- the perfect quilt block for experimenting with color and contrast layouts.
Make a Watercolor Quilt Filled With Kitties and...
Stitch this cat quilt pattern, with kitties peeking out at a garden while watching butterflies dance around watercolor-style windows. Page 1 of 4.
Try Continuous Squares, An Easy Quilt Pattern
Continuous Squares is an easy quilt pattern that gives you lots of opportunity to play with color and contrast to create a unique quilt.
Your Guide to Identifying Patchwork Quilt Blocks
Learn how to analyze the grids that makes up four patch and other patchwork quilt blocks, and discover why understanding the grids is so important.
The Basic Tools Every Beginng Quilter Needs
Which quilting tools do beginning quilters really need? My list of the basic tools every quilter needs will help you start cutting and sewing with ease.
Save Those Little Scraps of Fabric to Make a...
Tips and techniques you can use to make a Charm quilt, a type of quilt where each fabric is used only one time.
Learn a few ways to make easy quilt hanging...
Use my tutorial to make two types of easy quilt hanging sleeves. One type of sleeve is sewn as you assemble the quilt, and the other after completion.
Free Quilt Block Patterns, A Through E
Try my free quilt block patterns the next time you'd like to create a quilt or hold a block swap. Browse quilt blocks with names starting with A through E.
Easy Double Four Patch Scrap Quilt Pattern
Looking for an easy quilt pattern with lots of possibilities for a custom layout? Give this Double Four Patch quilt a try.
Make Cat Quilt Blocks for Your Feline-Loving...
Our patchwork cat quilt block pattern is an easy quilting project that finishes at 12-inches square.
Learn the Art of Rag Quilting with These Free...
Rag quilts patterns are fun and easy to make -- a perfect choice for beginning quilters. Learn how easy it is to sew my free rag quilt patterns.
Learn How to Make Easy Bug Jar Quilt Blocks...
Here's an easy jar quilt block pattern. The finished block is square, so it's a bit different from many traditional jar quilt designs.
Learn Paper Piecing With This Log Cabin Quilt...
It's easy to learn paper piecing by making a paper pieced log cabin quilt block. Try my paper piecing instructions to learn this simple technique.
Learn to Sew Colorful Pinwheel Quilt Blocks...
Choose a fabric you love and use it as color inspiration for my easy pinwheel quilt block pattern.
How to Choose the Best Rotary Cutter for Your...
Tips to help you choose the best rotary cutter for your needs. Rotary cutters are available in different sizes and styles, and one is perfect for you.
Learn How to Cut Setting and Corner Triangles...
Learn the correct way to cut setting triangles and corner triangles to fill in the gaps around the edges of quilts designed with an on-point layout.
Colorful and Cute, You'll Love this Easy Baby...
Little Spinners is an easy baby quilt pattern. Its spin is created with simple strip pieced rectangles -- perfect for beginning quilters.
Stars Through the Windows
Stars Through the Windows is an easy baby quilt pattern that can easily be used to suit an I Spy quit theme. Page 56.
It's Easy to Make a Quilt Design Wall to...
It's easy to make a quilt design wall, and I guarantee that your quilt design skills will improve dramatically once you put the wall to work.
It's Fun to Sew Small with These Miniature...
Try one of my free miniature quilt patterns if you'd like to sew a small project. The collection includes both patchwork and applique mini quilts.
Queen Size Mattress Dimensions
Queen size mattress dimensions, with comparisons to other mattresses on today's market.
12" Merry Kite Quilt Block Pattern
Try my free quilt block patterns the next time you'd like to make a sampler quilt, host a block swap, or sew a project of your own design.
How to Change the Size of a Quilt Block
Have you found the perfect quilt block pattern, but in the wrong size? No problem, use our simple instructions to change the size of any quilt block.
Create Unique Marbled Fabrics for Quilts and...
Use my step by step instructions to learn how to create hand marbled fabric. Discover how easy it is to make unique fabrics for quilts and other projects.
Sew Paths and Stiles, an Easy Quilt Block Pattern
Two 3-1/2" squares From the white fabric, cut: Four strips 1-1/2" x 15" Four 3-7/8" squares (or slightly
Make a Gorgeous Yo-Yo Quilt With This Free...
Learn how to make Yo-Yos quilts from little rosettes of fabric. Use yo yos to make an entire quilt, or as 3-dimensional applique.
Choose from 2 Sizes when You Sew the All...
Follow a few simple steps to finish sewing the All Hallows quilt block.
Whip Up Some Friendship Star Quilt Blocks With...
Use our quilt block pattern to make this colorful Friendship Star. Patchwork doesn't get much easier than this simple pattern.
Quilt Pattern: A Nine-Patch Contemporary Quilt
In this easy quilt pattern, frames surround a simple nine patch and are flip-flopped to create visual movement across the face of the quilt.
Learn to Use Partial Seams With This Bright...
Bright Hopes is a quilt block pattern that's sewn with a technique called 'partial seams.' Give this easy method a try.
Your Guide to Making a Single Irish Chain Baby...
Instructions that show you how easy it is to make a Single Irish Chain quilt block and quilt.
Sew a Cute Sailboats Quilt for Baby
Sew this cute sailboats baby quilt the next time you need a quilting project for a special little one.
Christopher's Graduation Quilt
Sherri's t-shirt quilt, made for her son, was designed with t-shirts, of course, but also includes photos, charms, award patches and much more. Page 15.
A Collection of Scrap Quilt Patterns for Your...
A selection of patterns that are perfect for scrap quilt lovers. Choose a pattern and make it your own.
Curved Seams are a Cinch in this Cathedral...
Try my easy Cathedral Windows rag quilt pattern for your next ragged quilt project. The pattern is suitable for all quilters, beginners to experienced.
Jewel Box Quilt Pattern
I love the illusion of depth created when bright fabrics are sewn next to deep black fabric. Jewel Box fits that look, and doesn't disappoint. Page 60.
A Beginner's Guide to Stitch in the Ditch...
Use this beginners guide to learn more about stitch in the ditch machine quilting.
Make a TARDIS Quilt for Your Favorite Doctor...
Use my TARDIS quilt pattern to make a quilt for your favorite Doctor Who fan. This wallhanging sized TARDIS will fit in even small spaces.
You'll Love the Look and Feel of Cotton Quilt...
Cotton quilt batting is a traditional choice for the center of your quilt sandwich. Use our tips to choose cotton batting for your next quilt.
Make Easy Courthouse Steps, aLog cabin Quilt...
Remember that the words 'dark' and 'light' are usually different for everyone -- one quilter's lightest
Get in the Christmas Spirit with These Folded...
Use your imagination to assemble my easy homemade Christmas ornaments. These folded fabric star ornaments are perfect for any holiday or event.
Quilting Quizzes: Name the Quilt Block
Take our quilt block quiz to find out how many designs you recognize.
Paths and Stiles Quilt Block Pattern - 9" Blocks
It's easy to make this 9 inch variation of the traditional Paths and Stiles quilt block. Page 67.
Try Bonnie Scotsman if You're Looking for a...
Basic Skills to Make the Bonnie Scotsman Block How to Sew a Quarter Inch Seam Allowance How to Press
Use Color and Contrast to Sew a Unique (And...
Use my easy Bento Box quilt pattern to sew Bento Box blocks that finish at 12-inches square. A beginner friendly quilt pattern.
Make an Interlocking Chains Quilt with Sashing
Interlocking Chains is a quilt pattern reminiscent of Celtic twists. Choose contrasting fabrics to create a 3-dimensional look. Page 8.
Square Up Problem Quilt Blocks with Just a...
Use my easy methods to square up quilt blocks that may be skewed or a bit too small. Don't toss those blocks until you've tried a few simple fixes.
Christmas Tree Rag Quilt Pattern
Our Christmas Tree rag quilt pattern is an easy quilting project that's suitable for quilters of all skill levels.
Make Double Four Patch Blocks that Are Just a...
It's not a typical Double Four Patch quilt block pattern. Instead, this version shows you how to make blocks with reverse pathways.
Pictures of 2015 New Year's Day Mystery Quilts
Take a look at some of the gorgeous quilts made during our 2015 New Year's Day Mystery Quilt event, a perfect example of choices that make each quilt unique.
Your Guide to Making a Traditional Cracker Quilt
Use my easy quilt pattern to learn how to make a traditional patchwork Cracker quilt.
Make Easy Fabric Postcards to Mail to Friends
Make easy fabric postcards to mail to your family and friends. Follow our guidelines and the cards will arrive in perfect condition.
Try X's and O's Whenever You're Looking for an...
An X's and O's baby quilt pattern in two sizes. This easy baby quilt's sashing helps make the X and O shapes pop out in the design.
Sew Two Easy Quilt Blocks When You Make a...
Have fun with this free quilt pattern, a star quilt that's sewn with a couple of easy to assemble blocks.
Your Easy Guide to Making Framed Four-Patch...
Framed Four-Patch quilt blocks are a breeze to make. Use our Framed Four-Patch quilt block pattern to sew a simple quilt in any size.
Mock Log Cabin Quilt Block Pattern - 8" Blocks
Here's a simple quilt block pattern that resembles the traditional Log Cabin, but goes together much more quickly. Page 74.
Sew Hopscotch, a Beginner-Friendly Baby Quilt...
Hopscotch is an easy baby quilt pattern that's perfect for beginning quilters (or experienced quilters who are looking for a quick quilting project).
What Is an I Spy Quilt?
What's an I Spy Quilt? We have the answer, along with I Spy quilt patterns and photos of I Spy Quilts for inspiration.
How to Clean and Care for a Rotary Cutting Mat
Tips and techniques to help you clean fibers that become embedded in your rotary cutting mat, along with instructions to extend a cutting mat's life.
Make Traditional Maple Leaf Quilt Blocks with...
Use the traditional Maple Leaf quilt block pattern to sew a colorful quilt that's easy to customize for any season of the year.
Katie's T-Shirt Quilt is Packed with Memories
Sherri's T shirt quilt is made with more than t-shirts -- she included pictures her daughter drew as a youngster, charms, photos and more. Page 10.
You'll Love These Easy Patchwork Heart Quilt...
My quick and easy patchwork heart quilt pattern is the perfect project for Valentine's Day or to say 'I love you' any day of the year.
Sew Brightly Colored Fabrics on Black to Make a...
Use my Jewel Box quilt pattern to make a gorgeous quilt from a combination of vividly colored fabrics sewn against a black background.
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making a Gorgeous...
Use my Split Nine Patch quilt pattern to make a strip pieced quilt that can arranged into many different layout variations.
Quilt Design and Layout Options
Take a look at some of the many quilt layout options you'll encounter when you learn how to design and sew quilts.
Hopscotch Quilt Pattern
Hopscotch is an easy quilt pattern with all straight grain patches -- perfect for beginning quilters. Page 41.
An Evening Star Quilt Block Pattern for...
Evening star is a favorite quilt block pattern, and this lovely version of the star has a nine-patch block at its center.
Love Civil War Quilts? Sew Vintage Chains with...
Make Vintage Chains, a quilt pattern that's perfect for Civil War reproduction fabrics, or any theme you choose.
Make a Joyous Celebration Star Quilt With This...
This blocks in this small star quilt appear to be placed on point, but the setting is really a simple horizontal arrangement.
Sew Traditional (and Easy) Friendship Star...
Use my free quilt block pattern to stitch a variation of the Friendship Star quilt block, an easy patchwork design with triangles in its corners.

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