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Quilting Quizzes: Name the Quilt Block
Take our quilt block quiz to find out how many designs you recognize.
Sew a Table Runner with Variable Star Quilt...
Try my star table runner pattern to make a table runner that's surrounded by two borders, one plain and one patchwork. Matching placemats are a breeze.
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.
How to Cut Easy 6-Sided Snowflakes from Paper...
Learn how to make fabric and paper snowflakes. Follow our step-by-step instructions and photos to make 6-sided snowflakes, just like Mother Nature's.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get in the Christmas Spirit with Folded Fabric...
Use your imagination to assemble my easy homemade Christmas ornaments. These folded fabric star ornaments are perfect for any holiday or event.
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.
2016 New Year's Day Mystery Quilt Pattern
Join us on January 1, 2016, to work on the New Year's Day Mystery Quilt pattern. An annual event by Janet Wickell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Quick Reference Guide to Standard Mattress...
A mattress size comparison chart to help you make a quilt or purchase bedding for any size mattress.
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 Sew a Miniature Christmas Tree Quilt
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10 Skills Every Beginning Quilter Should Master
Ten important skills every quilter should know are a must-read for beginning quilters. Learn the ins and outs of quilting before you sew that first project.
Make a Quilt with These 10" Christmas Tree Blocks
Try my free Christmas Tree quilt block pattern the next time you're designing a holiday quilting project. This simple quilt block is beginner friendly.
Christmas Tree Rag Quilt Pattern
My Christmas Tree rag quilt pattern is an easy quilting project that's suitable for quilters of all skill levels. A soft and cuddly rag quilt project.
How to Make Quilt Backing from Any Fabric
Learn how to make quilt backing from regular quilting cottons or wide backing fabrics, your choice.
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.
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.
Learn How to Baste a Quilt with Safety Pins
Learn how easy it is to baste a quilt with safety pins to prepare the project for machine quilting.
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.
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.
Sew a Christmas Table Runner with Winged Square...
My Christmas table runner pattern explains how to create a festive look for your holiday decor. Change the fabrics to suit any theme.
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.
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.
Get Inspired by the Photos in Our Online Quilt...
Pictures of hundreds of quilts will inspire you to start a new project. Take a stroll through our quilt photo galleries to see what other quilters are making.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tips You Can Use to Make Denim Quilts
Use my tips and techniques to learn how to make a denim quilt.
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!
How to Sew a Quilt with Interlocking Chains
Use my easy quilt block pattern to create a quilt with a series of interlocking chains.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use My Magic 8 Tutorial to Sew 8 Half Square...
Use my easy Magic 8 tutorial to sew eight quick pieced half square triangles from two squares of fabric. You'll love this simple HST technique.
Make a Star Version of the Labyrinth Quilt Block
Use my Labyrinth quilt block pattern to create an interlocking pathway around Variable Star quilt blocks. Includes options to help you customize the block.
Queen Size Mattress Dimensions and Tips for...
Queen size mattress dimensions, with comparisons to other mattresses on today's market.
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.
How to Do a Fabric Burn Test to Identify a Fabric
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Try My Christmas Quilt Patterns
Free Christmas quilt patterns for bed quilts, table runners, rag quilts, fabric postcards, handcrafted Christmas ornaments and more.
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.
Christmas Tree Skirt
Take a peek at this swirling bargello-like Christmas tree skirt that was sewn in traditional red, white and green fabrics. Page 3.
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.
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.
Take the Fuss Out of Making Dresden Plate Quilt...
An easy Dresden Plate quilt block pattern that takes the chore out of turning under all of those edges of the fans. Give this Dresden Plate block a try.
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 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
Learn the Ins and Outs of Troubleshooting...
Easy tips that explain how to adjust and troubleshoot sewing machine tension problems. It's a breeze to adjust tension once you understand the basics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Basket Quilt Block Patterns in Many Styles and...
Try my free basket quilt block patterns for your next quilting project. Block sizes and styles vary, so there's sure to be something to suit your needs.
A Beginning 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.
Sew Disappearing Quilt Block Patterns
Disappearing quilt block patterns, all created with a technique that explains how to sew a large quilt block and then slice it into sections for more design options.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Learn the Art of Rag Quilting with These Free...
Try my free rag quilts patterns if you're looking for a fun, easy, and cuddly quilt pattern. You'll find rag quilt patterns with triangles, curves, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas Tree Rag Quilt
A ragged version of a Christmas Tree quilt, along with links to a very similar pattern. Page 15.
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.
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.
Have Fun with Round the Twist, a Celtic Twist...
Follow my easy quilt block pattern to make an interlocking patchwork block called Round the Twist, a design cery much like a Celtic Twist quilt block.
Why Quick and Easy Isn't Always the Best Choice...
Quick and easy isn't always the best choice for half square triangle units and there's one quick piecing method that I suggest you avoid.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stitch in the Ditch Machine Quilting Tutorial
Learn how to do stitch in the ditch quilting. This beginner's guide helps you stitch in the ditch with ease and includes plenty of tips to make the task easy.
Easy Patchwork Table Runner Pattern
This easy patchwork table runner is made from four quilt blocks placed on point and surrounded by setting
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.
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.
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.
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.
Use These Quilt Block Patterns to Make a Big...
Patterns for big quilt blocks, all perfect to make a big block quilt or to use in medallion quilts, for throw pillow covers, as wallhangings and much more.
Whip Up Some Friendship Star Quilt Blocks With...
Use my quilt block pattern to make a colorful and easy Friendship Star. Patchwork doesn't get much easier than this simple pattern.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Make a Keepsake Quilt with My Christmas Row...
Use my free row quilt pattern to sew a Christmas row quilt that's made from a combination of patchwork and applique. Omit the applique if you prefer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 a Group of Easy Mock Log Cabin Quilt Blocks
My mock log cabin quilt block pattern explains how to make easy quilt blocks that look much like traditional log cabin blocks but go together very quickly.
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).
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.
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.
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.
How to Make Quilt Sashing with Cornerstones
Use this easy tutorial to learn how to sew sashing with cornerstones to a straight-set quilt.
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.
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.
Christmas Dresden Plate Quilt
A gorgeous Dresden Plate quilt made in the traditional colors of Christmas. Page 4.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas Attic Windows Quilt
A lovely Christmas themed attic windows quilt. Page 4.
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.
It's Oh-So-Simple to Make a Disappearing Bento...
Use Disappearing quilt pattern techniques to sew fast and easy Bento Box quilt block. The method is similar to making a Disappearing Nine Patch.
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.
It's Easy to Make a Sooting Eye Pillow for...
An easy eye pillow pattern that explains how to make a soothing eye comforter that blocks the light.
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.
Bright Pathways Quilt Pattern
Bright Pathways is a quilt pattern designed in U.S. patriotic colors, but the quilt will work with any theme you choose.

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