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Get Creative with the Bowl of Fruit Quilt Block...
Try my Bowl of Fruit quilt block pattern, and make just one little change to give the patchwork design a completely different look.
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.
Sew 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.
Learn How to Make One Version of Traditional...
This patchwork quilt block pattern is a variation of the design commonly referred to as Broken Dishes
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.
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, with new patterns added each week. Browse block patterns of all sizes and for all skill levels. Blocks M through S.
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.
Grab Your Scraps of Fabric to Sew a Colorful...
My Twinkling Star quilt block pattern is a bit challenging, but once you've finished assembling the block I'll bet you'll make more.
Free Quilt Patterns for Beginning to Experience...
Free quilt patterns of all types and sizes, from miniatures to baby quilts to bed quilt patterns. In-depth instructions by Janet Wickell.
Woven Baskets Quilt Block and Quilt Pattern
Woven Baskets is a quilt block pattern with lots of patchwork, -- the design is perfect for scrap quilts and quilts with a more orderly appearance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Applique with the Easy Sew and Turn Method
Learn how to use easy sew and turn applique when you want to avoid the fuss of turning under edges as you 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.
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.
How to Make Quilt Backing from Any Fabric
Learn how to make quilt backing from regular quilting cottons or wide backing fabrics, your choice.
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.
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.
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.
Have Fun Sewing With Us During a New Mystery...
Do you love mystery quilt patterns? Join our group as we stitch the Springtime mystery quilt at About.com Quilting.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Fusible Web Applique Tips and Techniques
Use my easy tips to learn how to work with fusible web when you applique, and follow the link to make an easy patchwork and applique wallhanging.
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.
How to Print and Save Free Quilt Patterns
You'll find hundreds of free printable quilt patterns on the About.com Quilting site. Use my tips to print and search for patterns and tutorials.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Little Boat Sails Away at the Center of This...
This easy Sailboat Log Cabin quilt block pattern finishes at 12" x 12". My log cabin block is designed
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.
Mattress Sizes Chart
A mattress size chart to help you when making a quilt or purchasing bedding of all types.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quilting Quizzes: Name the Quilt Block
Take our quilt block quiz to find out how many designs you recognize.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn to Sew Colorful Pinwheel Quilt Blocks...
Learn how to make easy pinwheel quilt blocks from quick pieced half square triangle units.
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.
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.
Use this Pattern to Surround 12 Quilt Blocks...
The setting-in technique is used to sew mitered frames around each of the twelve blocks. An alternate
Easy Way to Make 8 Identical Quick Pieced Half...
Use this easy method to sew eight quick pieced half square triangles of any size from just two squares of fabric.
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 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.
Queen Size Mattress Dimensions
Queen size mattress dimensions, with comparisons to other mattresses on today's market.
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.
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.
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.
Your Guide to Making a Traditional Cracker Quilt
Use my easy quilt pattern to learn how to make a traditional patchwork Cracker quilt.
A Beginner's Guide to Stitch in the Ditch...
Use this beginners guide to learn more about stitch in the ditch machine quilting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Try Bonnie Scotsman if You're Looking for a...
Learn how to sew Bonnie Scotsman quilt blocks patch by patch, a perfect method when you'd like to make a scrap 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.
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 a baby quilt pattern that lets you create spin, but without triangles. This easy baby quilt is perfect for beginning quilters.
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.
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.
High School Grad T Shirt Quilt
This t-shirt quilt makes sure that the quilter's daughter will have lasting memories of her high school years. Page 19.
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.
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 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 Cat Quilt Blocks for Your Feline-Loving...
Our patchwork cat quilt block pattern is an easy quilting project that finishes at 12-inches square.
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.
It's a Cinch to Sew a Batch of Easy Center Nine...
Center Nine Patch is an easy quilt block pattern that you can customize by shifting the color and contrast of its patches. Quilt examples are included.
Make Easy Courthouse Steps, aLog cabin Quilt...
Remember that the words 'dark' and 'light' are usually different for everyone -- one quilter's lightest
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 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).
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 63.
Hopscotch Quilt Pattern
Hopscotch is an easy quilt pattern with all straight grain patches -- perfect for beginning quilters. Page 44.
Use My Pattern to Make a Unique Nine Patch...
Use my step by step quilt pattern too sew a unique Nine Patch Bento Box quilt. By Janet Wickell at About.com Quilting.
Racing Themed T-Shirt Quilt
This wonderful T-shirt quilt is based on memories of a husband's love of kart racing. Page 20.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
New to Applique? Use Fusible Web to Make this...
Part patchwork, and part applique. Use my easy quilt pattern to learn how to make a simple applique quilt with fusible web.
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.
Peter's T-Shirt Quilt
Nicky made this large T-Shirt quilt from 36 shirts -- a memory quilt for Peter, the son of a friend. Page 16.
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Making Comforts of...
Use this free quilt block pattern to make a batch of quick and easy Comforts of Home quilt blocks.
Harley-Davidson T-Shirt Quilt
Ojeda made this quilt from Harley-Davidson T-Shirts. Its quilt blocks are surrounded by pieced sashing and cornerstones. Page 31.
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.
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.
Floating Stars May Be One of the Easiest Quilts...
Use my easy instructions to make Scrappy Floating Stars quilt blocks. Fast and easy, and the perfect go-to pattern for a quick quilt.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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