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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.
Quilting Quizzes: Name the Quilt Block
Take our quilt block quiz to find out how many designs you recognize.
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.
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. You can always depend on my patterns for detailed instructions and illustrations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sew Four Square, Another Pattern in My Easy...
Four Square is an easy quilt block pattern that's suitable for quilts of any size, from quilts for kids to project that cover a bed.
Simple Guide to Creating a Lush Puff Quilt
Our quilt pattern shows you how easy it is to make puff quilts, sometimes called biscuit quilts. Puff quilt instructions and step-by-step photos.
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.
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.
Browse Hundreds of Quilt Block and Quilt...
Browse hundreds of free quilt block and quilt patterns to find the perfect quilt for your next project. Patchwork, appliqué, minis and much more.
5 Inexpensive Ways to Keep Pet Hair and Dander...
If you have indoor pets, you likely deal with hair dust bunnies. Learn five inexpensive ways to keep pet hair and dander from overtaking your home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Old Maid's Puzzle Is a Quick and Easy...
My pattern for this version of the Old Maid's Puzzle quilt block goes together quickly and easily. Quilt blocks finish at 12-inches square.
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.
Tudor Rose Quilt Block Pattern
Stitch the Tudor Rose, an easy quilt block pattern that can be used to create numerous looks in a finished quilt.
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.
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.
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.
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 Quilt Backing from Any Fabric
Learn how to make quilt backing from regular quilting cottons or wide backing fabrics, your choice.
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.
Sometimes It's Perfectly Okay to Break...
Quilters nearly always hear about a few quilting 'rules' that should never be broken, but are those rules correct? Let's talk... five myths about quilting.
Put the X's and O's Quilt on Your To-Do List if...
An X's and O's quilt pattern that shows you how to make this popular quilt, plus options to help you customize your X's and O's quilt layout.
Easy Baby Quilt Patterns for Brand New Quilters
Easy baby quilt patterns are a good choice for beginning quilters. The quilts are simple to sew, even if it's your very first quilting project.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Goose in the Pond Quilt Block Pattern
Subcut the shorter 2" strips from 2" wide selvage to selvage strips. Dark blue-green-purple batik: (1)
Try this Pattern to Make Easy Dresden Plate...
An easy Dresden Plate quilt pattern. You'll love this simple method to make perfect Dresden Plates, every time.
Got Leftover Fabric? It's Easy to Make a Scrap...
Learn how to make a scrap quilt with my scrap quilting tips and techniques. Follow a few important guidelines to make a successful quilt, every time.
Stitch a Splash of Color with Tile Puzzle Quilt...
No matter whether you're a beginning or experienced quilter, I think you'll have fun with the Tile Puzzle quilt block pattern.
Try an Easy Burn Test When You Need to 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.
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.
Arkansas Traveler Is a Spools Design That's...
Scrap quilt fans will love the Arkansas Traveler quilt block pattern. Three quilt block sizes are included to help you use your fabric scraps.
The Basic Tools Every Beginng Quilter Needs
Which quilting tools do beginning quilters really need? Our list of the basic tools every quilter needs will help you cut and sew with ease.
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.
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.
Mattress Sizes Chart
A mattress size chart to help you when making a quilt or purchasing bedding of all types.
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.
Design a Quilt with Colorful Stair-Step Pathways
Use my quilt pattern to make a color-packed quilt with stair step patchwork that offers plenty of options to create a unique layout.
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.
Flying Geese Quilt Pattern... the No Waste Method
Flying Geese quilt patterns that are made using a quick piecing method that doesn't waste fabric, unlike some other types of Flying Geese patterns.
Your Guide to Making Easy String Quilts
Learn string quilting techniques, a simple freehand version of foundation piecing. We'll show you how to make an easy string quilt.
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.
Easy Courthouse Steps Quilt Block and Quilt...
Remember that the words 'dark' and 'light' are usually different for everyone -- one quilter's lightest
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.
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.
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.
Learn Which Sewing Supplies You Can Take as...
Find out which scissors, needles and other sewing tools you can pack in carry-on luggage when you fly on commercial airlines.
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.
Quilting Quiz - Name the Quilt Design
Take this quilting quiz to see how many traditional quilt layouts and designs that you recognize.
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.
Colorful and Fun, Both Words Describe the Easy...
Play with colors when you make the Mosaic Four Patch, an easy quilt pattern with strip pieced blocks.
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.
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.
A Beginning Quilter's Guide to Color Value
Color value determines whether your quilting fabrics contrast with each other, or blend. Get the facts about color value before choosing fabrics.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Use this easy method to print Janet Wickell's...
You'll find hundreds of free printable quilt patterns on the About.com Quilting site. Use these tips to print or save the patterns.
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.
A Beginner's Guide to Stitch in the Ditch...
Use this beginners guide to learn more about stitch in the ditch machine quilting.
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.
Correct Pressing is One Way to Instantly...
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!
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).
Take Our Quilting Fabric Quiz
Take the Fabric Quiz to test your knowledge of quilting fabrics.
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.
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 Table Runner Pattern
Our Christmas table runner pattern will offers a festive look for your holiday decor. Sew a table runner for Christmas or change the theme.
How to Square Up Quilt Blocks
Use these easy methods to fix quilt blocks that may have turned out a bit too small, or are skewed. There's usually no reason to throw less-than-perfect blocks aside.
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.
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.
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.
Learn Why Two Methods Are Used to Cut Setting...
Learn how to cut the setting triangles and corner triangles that are used to fill in the gaps at the edges of quilt blocks in an on-point quilt layout.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn to Make a Cathedral Windows Rag Quilt...
Try my Cathedral Windows rag quilt pattern for your next ragged project. The pattern is suitable for all quilters, beginners to experienced.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas Quilt Patterns
My Christmas quilt patterns include table runners, rag quilts, fabric postcards, quilts, homemade Christmas ornaments and more.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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 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.
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.
Best Rotary Cutting Tools for Beginning Quilters
Use my quick tips to help choose the best rotary cutting mat for your needs.
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.
Sew a Small Log Cabin Quilt with Easy Applique...
Make a small quilt designed with a combination of applique pitcher blocks and the traditional Courthouse Steps, a variation of the Log Cabin design.
Create a Unique Quilt Layout With Rainbow...
Grab your fabric and sew this rainbow-like stairways quilt block, an easy quilt block pattern that's assembled with strip piecing techniques.
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.
Eccentric Star Quilt Block Pattern
Use our easy quilt block pattern to stitch the Eccentric Star, a block with a bit of spin.
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.
Learn to Sew Colorful Pinwheel Quilt Blocks...
Learn how to make easy pinwheel quilt blocks from quick pieced half square triangle units.
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.
Fill Double Hearts Quilt Blocks With a Scrappy...
Double Hearts is a patchwork quilt block pattern that's a heart within a heart. Grab your stash and begin sewing this easy scrap quilt block. Four sizes.
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.
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.
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.
New to Quilting? You'll Love This Easy Endless...
Endless Stairs is an easy quilt block pattern that offers lots of opportunity for layout variations.
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
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 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.
Follow These Easy Instructions to Make Bear's...
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.
Jigsaw Puzzle Baby Quilt Pattern
This jigsaw puzzle baby quilt pattern is an easy quilt that goes together quickly. Page 34.
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.
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
You'll Love the Look from Extra Patchwork in...
Medium or medium dark warm fabric for half square triangles in block corners: (2) 3-7/8" x 3-7/8" squares
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.
You'll Love This Easy Bricks and Cobblestones...
Bricks and Cobblestones is an easy quilt block pattern that's perfect for beginners or experienced quilters.
Make Attic Windows Quilt Blocks with an...
Use our easy technique to make Attic Windows quilt blocks with an assortment of oriental fabrics.
Scrap Quilts Photo Gallery
Pictures of scrap quilts made by members of the online quilting community.
Learn When You Can Ditch the Binding and Opt...
Learn how to finish your quilt with knife edges, an alternative to traditional binding.
Double Four Patch Quilt Block Pattern
Our quilt block pattern for white and blue double four-patch quilt blocks is a quick and easy project, but results in a design that looks complex.
How to Design and Make a Zipperless Throw...
Try this easy throw pillow pattern, made with an unused quilt block from your stash or with a plain panel of fabric. No zippers required.
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.
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 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.
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.
What Is Fussy Cut Fabric? Learn to Use these...
Learn how to fussy cut fabric for quilts when you'd like to target a special motif.
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.
Easy Ways to Secure Hand Quilting Stitches with...
Use these easy techniques to create a quilter's knot that secures your hand quilting stitches at the beginning and end of a length of thread.
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.
See How Easy it Is to Make a Custom Attic...
My miniature Attic Windows quilt pattern is made from quilt blocks that are arranged in three different layouts.
Learn How to Sew an Easy Variation of the...
This easy pinwheel quilt block pattern is assembled with one simple patchwork unit that's sewn in different color combinations.
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