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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.
What's a Fat Quarter of Fabric, and How is it...
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.
Find Out How Easy it Is to Make a Rag Quilt
My easy tutorial explains how to make rag quilts. Once you learn rag quilt basics, you'll know how turn other quilt patterns into these comfy quilts.
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.
Sew a Nine Patch Variation Quilt with Sashing...
Use Presidential Armchair, a quilt block similar to Bear's Paw, to sew this quilt with sashing and cornerstones.
Shoo Fly Quilt Blocks Are Perfect for Beginning...
Shoo Fly is an easy patchwork quilt block, and my quilt block pattern shows you how to stitch a batch of 6-inch square blocks.
Free Quilt Patterns
Free quilt patterns of all types and sizes, from miniatures to baby quilts to bed quilt patterns. In-depth instructions by Janet Wickell.
Free Quilt Block Patterns
Hundreds of free quilt block patterns, with new patterns added each week. Browse block patterns of all sizes and for all skill levels.
10 Things Every Quilter Should Know About...
Ten important skills every quilter should know... a must-read for beginning quilters. Learn the ins and outs of quilting before you begin.
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.
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.
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.
Simple Guide to Creating a Lush Puff Quilt
Use this easy puff quilt pattern and step by step photos to learn how to make these comfy quilts (they're sometimes called biscuit quilts).
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.
Browse Hundreds of Quilt Patterns
Browse hundreds of free quilt block and quilt patterns to find the perfect quilt for your next project. Patchwork, appliqué, minis and much more.
Compare Mattress Sizes Before You Buy a Bed or...
We'll help you compare mattress sizes to decide which bed size is the best for your needs, and offer tips to help you make a quilt that fits perfectly.
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.
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 and easy quilting project.
Easy Log Cabin Quilt Pattern... No Templates...
Use my free log cabin quilt pattern to make log cabin blocks without templates. This easy log cabin quilt is a breeze to sew.
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.
Get in the Christmas Spirit with These Folded...
Use your imagination to assemble our easy homemade Christmas ornaments. These folded fabric star ornament are perfect for any holiday or event.
It's Oh-So-Easy to Make Bear's Paw Quilt Blocks
The traditional Bear's Paw quilt block is always a quilter's favorite. It has lots of patchwork, but Bear's Paw is easy to sew.
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.
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.
Use These Easy Methods to Make Binding for Quilts
It's easy to make binding for quilts, and there are several popular quilt binding techniques to choose from. We'll show you two favorites.
Grab Those Old T-Shirts and Turn Them Into a...
You needn't be a quilter to learn how to make a T shirt quilt. Just follow my easy T shirt quilt tutorial to sew a quilt that's packed with memories.
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.
How to Make Quilt Backing from Any Fabric
Learn how to make quilt backing from regular quilting cottons or wide backing fabrics, your choice.
Why Every Quilter Needs to Understand Fabric...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are Directional Fabrics Good Choices for Quilts?
Learn how to identify a directional fabric, and decide whether it's the best choice for your quilt pattern.
Christmas Log Cabin Quilt Pattern
Use our quilt pattern to sew a log cabin quilt that resembles a series of Christmas wreaths.
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.
Take a Look at a Vintage Whole Cloth Quilt Sewn...
Take a peek at an 18th Century whole cloth quilt made from silk, and learn more about this form of textile art.
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.
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.
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 successful quilt, every time.
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.
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.
T Shirt Quilts
T-Shirt quilts to inspire you, all sewn by members of the online quilting community. Includes a link to my T-shirt quilt instructions.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas Quilt Patterns
My Christmas quilt patterns include table runners, rag quilts, fabric postcards, quilts, homemade Christmas ornaments and more.
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.
How to Print and Save Free Quilt Patterns
You'll find hundreds of free printable quilt patterns on the About.com Quilting site. Use these tips to print or search for patterns and quilting tutorials.
Pink, Yellow, Red and More: A Guide to...
A list of official awareness ribbon colors to help you design a quilt or any other project made to promote disease awareness.
Easy Patterns for a Coordinated Wallhanging,...
Remember that you can change the quilt's theme entirely by choosing different fabrics -- make a Thanksgiving
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.
Learn Color Wheel Basics Before You Choose...
Use a color wheel to learn how to mix colors to create tertiary colors, shades, tones and tints.
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.
Should You Prewash 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.
Mattress Sizes Chart
A mattress size chart to help you when making a quilt or purchasing bedding of all types.
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.
Christmas Table Runner Pattern
Sew this easy table runner in a Christmas theme, or switch the fabrics to suit any decor or season. Your choice. Page 118.
Learn the Easy No-Waste Method for Flying Geese
You'll love this easy, no-waste method that explains how to sew accurate flying geese for your quilts.
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!
Tips You Can Use to Make Denim Quilts
You don't need a special quilt pattern to make a denim quilt, often called a blue jeans quilt, but my denim quilts advice will help you sew with ease.
Forget about Color, It's Color Value That's...
Color value determines whether your quilting fabrics contrast with each other, or blend. Get the facts about color value before choosing fabrics.
Easy Patchwork Table Runner Pattern
This easy patchwork table runner is made from four quilt blocks placed on point and surrounded by setting
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Rotary Cutting Tools for Beginning Quilters
Use my quick tips to help choose the best rotary cutting mat for your needs.
Tips to Help You Choose the Best Sewing Machine...
Let's take a look at some of the qualities that make a sewing machine a best choice for quilters.
A Beginner's Guide to Stitch in the Ditch...
Use this beginners guide to learn more about stitch in the ditch machine quilting.
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 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.
Learn How to Choose the Best Rotary Cutter for...
My advice helps you choose the best rotary cutter for your needs. Rotary cutters are available in different sizes and styles, and one is perfect for you.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You'll have fun dressing up this easy Christmas...
You'll have fun sewing my Christmas Stocking quilt block pattern. The quick and easy stocking blocks can be dressed up with optional embellishments.
Make Awareness Ribbon Quilt Blocks for a Friend...
Use my Awareness Ribbon quilt block pattern to make a breast cancer awareness quilt or change the ribbon color to raise awareness of other diseases.
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.
Hopscotch Quilt Pattern
Quilting. Page 58.
Christmas Tree Skirt
Christmas quilts on display in the About.com Quilting photo galleries. Page 3.
Baby Quilts Photo Gallery
A photo gallery packed with pictures of baby quilts and quilts made for toddlers. You'll love the inspiring ideas found in our baby quilts gallery.
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.
Grab Your Fabric and Sew This Easy, Contemporar...
My contemporary baby quilt pattern is an easy quilt that offers lots of opportunities for creating your own unique design.
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.
Maple Leaf Quilt Block Pattern
The traditional Maple Leaf quilt block pattern is easy to make. This maple leaf is sewn in fall colors with daylight sky backgrounds -- alter the theme to suit your needs.
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.
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.
Christmas Tree Quilt Pattern: Rag Quilt &...
Make a Christmas Tree rag quilt or use my quilt pattern to sew a traditional (non rag) version. Page 117.
Have Fun Sewing These Easy Bricks and...
Bricks and Cobblestones is a scrap-friendly quilt block pattern that's perfect for any quilter, beginning to experienced.
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.
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.
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.
Easy Rag Quilt Pattern
This easy rag quilt pattern is a breeze to assemble. Give it a try the next time you're looking for a simple quilting project. Page 20.
Learn to Make a Lovely Variation of the "Shoo...
Use my easy quilt block pattern to make this pretty variation of the Shoo Fly quilt block. I've included instructions for three different block sizes.
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.
Quick Pieced Quarter Square Triangle Units
Quarter square triangle units are popular quilt block components, and quick piecing them is a breeze. We'll show you how. Page 2.
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.
Easy Courthouse Steps Quilt Block and Quilt...
Remember that the words 'dark' and 'light' are usually different for everyone -- one quilter's lightest
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.
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.
Find a New Favorite in this Collection of...
All of the quilt block patterns in this index finish at 6-inches square, a perfect size for wallhangings, baby quilts or any other quilting project.
Learn to Sew Colorful Pinwheel Quilt Blocks...
Learn how to make easy pinwheel quilt blocks from quick pieced half square triangle units.
Jewel Box Quilt Pattern
Our Jewel Box quilt pattern shows you how to make Jewel Box quilt blocks (if you'd like to go scrappy) and an entire Jewel Box quilt.
Learn How to Make a Puff Quilt
Use our instructions to learn how to make a puff quilt, also known as biscuit quilts. Page 27.
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.
Easy Floral Appliqué Quilt Pattern
Learn how easy it is to make an applique quilt with fusible fusible web. If you prefer, use traditional hand appliqué or another favorite method.
Love Traditional Quilts? Try Churn Dash, a...
Churn Dash is an easy traditional patchwork quilt block that can be easily customized to suit any theme. My quilt block pattern shows you how.
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 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.
The House Quilt Block Pattern is a Fun,...
Use my house quilt pattern to stitch easy template-free houses. Patchwork is rotary cut and quick pieced.
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.
Quilt Pattern: How to Make an Easy Card Trick...
The Card Trick quilt pattern might look complicated at first glance, but keep fabrics organized and your quilt will go together with ease.
Use These Tips to Learn How to Make a Quilt...
Learn how to prepare a quilt sandwich for basting, whether it will be quilted by hand or machine.
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.
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.
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.
Your Guide to Making a Single Irish Chain Baby...
Learn how to use strip piecing techniques to make a Single Irish Chain quilt block.
Get Inspired by the Photos in Our Online Quilt...
Get inspired for your next project by taking a stroll through our online quilt show. You'll find lots of galleries and hundreds of gorgeous quilts.
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 Flying in Circles, an Easy Flying Geese...
Learn how to make Flying Geese patchwork for any easy quilt block pattern called Flying in Circles.
Katie's Graduation Quilt
Sherri's t-shirt quilt is made with more than t-shirts -- you'll see pictures her daughter drew as a youngster, charms, photos and more. Page 10.
Try My Free Wallhanging Patterns
Explore my free wallhanging patterns when you'd like to decorate a room with a small quilt or two, or make a quick gift for someone special.
How to Choose Thread for Machine Quilting
Not sure which threads work best for machine quilting? Our thread advice can help you choose the best thread for your machine quilted project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn to Machine Quilt Like a Pro with These...
Use our tutorials to learn how to machine quilt on a regular sewing machine. Machine quilting takes practice, but you'll get the knack of it in no time.
How to Make Half Square Triangle Units on a...
Use my easy instructions to make half square triangle units on a long grid -- one of the ways to quick piece these popular patchwork units.
Learn how to make marbled fabrics for quilts...
Use my step by step instructions to learn how to create hand marbled fabric. It's easy to make unique hand fabrics for quilts and other projects.
Use Quick Pieced Patchwork to Sew This Easy...
Use the Center Nine Patch quilt block to assemble this easy baby quilt pattern. Suitable for all quilters, beginning to experienced.
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
Choose the Best Hand Sewing Needles for Sewing...
A look at hand sewing needles, with details that will help you choose the best needles for your sewing and quilting projects.
Queen Size Mattress Dimensions
Queen size mattress dimensions, with comparisons to other mattresses on today's market.
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.
Full Size Mattress Dimensions
A quick look at the standard measurements of a full size mattress, along with some of the variations you'll see when you shop for a mattress.
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.
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.
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.
Make a Warm and Cuddly Indian Hatchet Rag Quilt...
Try my Indian Hatchet rag quilt pattern if you'd like to try an easy rag quilt that's assembled with triangles.
Table Runner Pattern
One of the free table runner patterns you'll find at About.com Quilting. This table runner pattern is made in holiday colors -- simply switch fabrics to change its theme. Page 152.
15" Premium Star Quilt Block Pattern
Use my free quilt block pattern to sew one or more Premium Star quilt blocks, a traditional design that's similar to Bear's Paw quilt blocks.
Jigsaw Puzzle Baby Quilt Pattern
This jigsaw puzzle baby quilt pattern is an easy quilt that goes together quickly. Page 34.
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