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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.
Use the Sew and Slice Method to Make Antique...
Use my quilt block pattern to make easy Sew and Slice Antique Tile quilt blocks that can be cut apart to create a brand new look.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Fabric Hexagons to Make a Handcrafted...
Use easy to sew hexagons to create a floral cover for a retractable tape measure. Have fun making these colorful tape measures for yourself and for friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
It's Oh-So-Simple to Make a Sew and Slice Bento...
This Bento Box quilt block pattern uses a sew-and-slice technique to divide easy parent blocks into quarters -- similar to making a Disappearing Nine Patch.
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.
How to Make Quilt Backing from Any Fabric
Learn how to make quilt backing from regular quilting cottons or wide backing fabrics, your choice.
Imrpove Your Quilting Skills with Careful...
Learn how to press quilt blocks carefully and accurately and I guarantee that your quilting skills will improve immediately. And remember... press, don't iron!
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.
Love Southwestern Themes? Sew a Batch of Navajo...
The Navajo quilt block pattern is a lovely traditional patchwork quilt block that's easy to assemble.
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.
Stitch a Baby Quilt for That Special Little One
Baby quilt patterns of all types and sizes. You'll find lots of quilt patterns that are easy to sew, and all are suitable for a baby girl or baby boy.
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.
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.
Grab Your Fabrics and Stitch 10-inch Lady of...
This Lady of the Lake quilt block pattern is a five-patch version of the popular design, and finishes at 10-inches square.
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.
Windmills, a Free Quilt Block Pattern
Windmills is a quilt block pattern that looks fantastic no matter how you choose fabrics, so either choose a theme or make it scrappy.
Sew an On-Point Quilt for Baby with the Dawn's...
Use my free baby quilt pattern to make Dawn's Light, a mixture of pinwheel and framed four-patch quilt blocks.
Watermill, a Free Quilt Block Pattern by Janet...
Watermill, a free quilt block pattern that's easy to assemble and offers lots of opportunity for color play.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's Easy to Make Bias Binding Strips for Your...
Learn how easy it is to make continuous bias binding strips for quilts. Bias binding strips are best for quilts with curved or irregular edges.
Make Lady of the Lake Blocks and Create a...
This version of Lady of the Lake quilt block pattern is a nine patch quilt block. The design is made
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sometimes It's Necessary to Change the Size of...
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.
How to Choose the Best Threads for Patchwork...
Use my thread guide to learn about the numerous types of threads available to quilters, and to find out which threads work best for patchwork, applique and more.
Tips You Can Use to Make Denim Quilts
Use my tips and techniques to learn how to make a denim quilt.
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.
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 scrap quilts and themed quilting projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make a Colorful Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt with This...
Use my easy Jigsaw Puzzle quilt pattern to make a scrappy or choose a coordinated theme. The project is a baby quilt, but I've added info for larger blocks.
8" Butterfly Chain, a Free Quilt Block Pattern
Butterfly Chain quilt blocks are easy to sew, and can be used to create unique pathways in a quilt. Use my free quilt block pattern to make this lovely design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips to Help You Choose the Best Sewing Machine...
Advice to help quilters buy a sewing machine that's the best choice for their own specific sewing needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make Easy Courthouse Steps, a Log cabin Quilt...
Remember that the words 'dark' and 'light' are usually different for everyone -- one quilter's lightest
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.
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.
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.
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 'Finished' and 'Unfinished' Quilt...
Let's talk about the important differences between 'finished size' and 'unfinished size' when you're making a quilt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Cat Quilt Blocks for Your Feline-Loving...
Our patchwork cat quilt block pattern is an easy quilting project that finishes at 12-inches square.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quilting Quizzes: Name the Quilt Block
Take our quilt block quiz to find out how many designs you recognize.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's Easy to Make This Rail Fence Baby Quilt
Use my Rail Fence baby quilt pattern to sew a an easy patchwork quilt that's perfect for beginning quilters.
Mock Log Cabin Quilt Block Pattern
My mock log cabin quilt block looks a bit like a traditional log cabin, but the pattern goes together more quickly, especially when you chain piece.
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.
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.
10" Christmas Tree Quilt Block Pattern
Try my free and easy Christmas Tree quilt block pattern the next time you're designing a holiday quilting project.
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.
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.
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.
Make Flying in Circles, an Easy Flying Geese...
Cut two 3-7/8" squares. Center Square and Half Square Triangles: Cut a 6-1/2" square. Cut two 3-7/8"
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.
Sew a Mystery Holiday Table Runner (Or Peek...
Our Christmas table runner pattern will offers a festive look for your holiday decor. Sew a table runner for Christmas or change the theme.
An Easy Baby Quilt Pattern That's Perfect for...
This quick and easy baby quilt pattern is assembled with patchwork squares and bars, two shapes that are simple to cut and sew. Perfect for beginning quilters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Floating Stars May Be One of the Easiest Quilts...
Try my Floating Stars quilt block and quilt pattern. It's one of the quickest and easiest quilts you'll ever make.
Learn to Make Gorgeous Ohio Star Quilt Blocks
Use quick piecing techniques to assemble Ohio Star quilt blocks, a traditional quilt block pattern that's always popular.
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.
Hopscotch Quilt Pattern
Hopscotch is an easy quilt pattern with all straight grain patches -- perfect for beginning quilters. Page 41.
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.
Use Variable Windows to Create this Little...
My miniature Attic Windows quilt pattern is made from quilt blocks that are arranged in three different layouts.
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.
Learn How to Make the Traditional Jacob's...
My free quilt block pattern shows you how to make traditional Jacob's Ladder quilt blocks, a popular patchwork design.
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.
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
These Double Four Patch Quilt Blocks are Simple...
My easy quilt block pattern shows you how to make a colorful batch of Double Four Patch quilt blocks.
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.
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.
Try Sarah's Choice if You Love Star Quilt Blocks
My Sarah's Choice quilt block pattern combines the look of a star and a pinwheel. Choose from four sizes or mix and match sizes for a unique quilt.
How to Design and Sew an Easy Zipperless Throw...
Try my easy throw pillow pattern to create a pillow with an unused quilt block from your stash or with a plain piece of fabric. No zippers required.
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.
Double Nine-Patch Quilt Block Pattern
Use our Double Nine Patch quilt block pattern to sew a batch of this all-time favorite design. An easy pattern, and perfect for beginning quilters.
Follow These Steps to Make a Beautiful Framed...
Framed Nine Patch Baby Quilt Pattern Beginning quilters will find that taking a few preparatory steps
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.
Wonky Log Cabin Quilt Block Pattern
My easy Wonky Log Cabin quilt block pattern explains how to make a scrappy batch of freestyle log cabin quilt blocks. Grab your scraps and start sewing.
A Beginner's Guide to Stitch in the Ditch...
Use this beginners guide to learn more about stitch in the ditch machine quilting.
Sew a Quilt from an All-Time Favorite Design,...
A free quilt pattern made with Maple Leaf and another easy quilt block, and designed to showcase the changing of seasons.
How to Make Prairie Points for Quilts
Learn how to make Prairie Points, folded fabrics that are used to adorn the edges (or other areas) of a quilt. Two Prairie Point methods are explained.

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