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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.
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.
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.
Use Quick Piecing Techniques to Sew Kentucky...
Kentucky Cross Roads is a quilt block pattern that's made with a combination of quick pieced patchwork and easy to cut triangles.
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.
Surround a Quilt Block with Rows to Design a...
Learn how to use plain and patchwork borders to create a unique medallion quilt from the Arrow Crown quilt block.
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, 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.
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).
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.
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.
6" Square Buckeye Beauty Quilt Blocks Are...
Make a 6" Square Buckeye Beauty Quilt Block This 6" square version of the Buckeye Beauty quilt block
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.
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.
Make Arrow Crown, a 24" Quilt Block with Plenty...
Begin thinking about the types of patchwork borders you think would be a perfect fit to surround your Arrow Crown quilt block.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mattress Sizes Chart
A mattress size chart to help you when making a quilt or purchasing bedding of all types.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Try this Pattern to Make Easy Dresden Plate...
Follow a few simple steps to make easy blades for a Dresden Plate quilt block. You'll love this simple technique.
How to Make Quilt Backing from Any Fabric
Learn how to make quilt backing from regular quilting cottons or wide backing fabrics, your choice.
Use These Easy Methods to Make Binding for Quilts
Use this easy method to make continuous quilt binding strips from fabric cut across the crosswise grain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the Easy No-Waste Method for Flying Geese
My easy instructions explain how to make no waste flying geese for your quilts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Queen Size Mattress Dimensions
Queen size mattress dimensions, with comparisons to other mattresses on today's market.
Pictures of Baby Quilts for Boys
Have fun browsing this large gallery of baby quilts made for boys. You'll love the inspiring ideas found in our baby quilts galleries.
Join Us for a Quilting Sew Along on February 1,...
Join us for a quilting sew along on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015. You'll have time to sew the focal quilt block before the day of the event.
Quilt Design and Layout Options
Learn what the term 'medallion quilt' means, and find patterns for medallion quilts.
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.
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 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.
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 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 to Sew Colorful Pinwheel Quilt Blocks...
Learn how to make easy pinwheel quilt blocks from quick pieced half square triangle units.
Heads Up... You Can Still Make the 2015 Mystery...
You're invited to a sew-a-long on January 1, 2015. Join us for a day of sewing as we stitch the 2015 New Year's Day Mystery quilt.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Your Guide to Identifying Patchwork Quilt Blocks
Nine patch quilt blocks are popular patchwork layouts. Learn how to identify a nine patch design, and how to decide if it will work in your quilt.
Sew a Traditional Patchwork Design Called Old...
Follow my step by step quilt block pattern to sew Old Time quilt blocks, a design attributed to Nancy Cabot of the Chicago Tribune.
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.
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.
It's Oh-So-Simple to Make a Sew and Slice Bento...
This Bento Box quilt block pattern uses a sew-and-slice technique to divide easy parent blocks into quarters -- similar to making a Disappearing Nine Patch.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Beginner's Guide to Stitch in the Ditch...
Use this beginners guide to learn more about stitch in the ditch machine quilting.
Hopscotch Quilt Pattern
Quilting. Page 44.
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.
Attic Windows Quilt Pattern
Make Attic Ribbons, an attic windows quilt pattern. Some of the windows in this quilt are filled with (optional) applique motifs. Page 22.
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.
Choose from 2 Sizes when You Sew the All...
Follow a few simple steps to finish sewing the All Hallows quilt block.
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.
Make Easy Courthouse Steps, aLog cabin Quilt...
Remember that the words 'dark' and 'light' are usually different for everyone -- one quilter's lightest
Sew Brightly Colored Batik Fabrics on Black to...
Follow my simple instructions to sew Jewel Box quilt blocks. An easy quilt block pattern that's suitable for beginning to experienced quilters.
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.
Free Quilt Block Patterns, Names A Through E
Browse this gallery for a preview of free quilt block patterns with names starting with the letters A through E.
Jewel Box Quilt Pattern
Quilting. Page 63.
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.
Square Up Problem Quilt Blocks with Just a...
Use my easy methods to square up quilt blocks that may be skewed or a bit too small. Don't toss those blocks until you've tried a few simple fixes.
Learn How to Make a Puff Quilt
Use our instructions to learn how to make a puff quilt, also known as biscuit quilts. Page 19.
Best Rotary Cutting Tools for Beginning Quilters
Use my quick tips to help choose the best rotary cutting mat for your needs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Harley Davidson Quilt
Ojeda made this quilt from Harley-Davidson T-Shirts. Its quilt blocks are surrounded by pieced sashing and cornerstones. Page 31.
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.
New to Applique? Use Fusible Web to Make this...
Use my easy appliqué quilt pattern to learn how easy it is to make an applique quilt with fusible fusible web.
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.
Scrap Quilts Photo Gallery
Pictures of scrap quilts made by members of the online quilting community.
Sports T-Shirt Quilt by Emily
Emily designed this T-Shirt quilt with a sports theme. Page 11.
Learn to Make Gorgeous Ohio Star Quilt Blocks
Use quick piecing techniques to assemble Ohio Star quilt blocks, a traditional quilt block pattern that's always popular.
Your Guide to Making a Single Irish Chain Baby...
Learn how to use strip piecing techniques to make a Single Irish Chain quilt block.
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 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.
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.
9 Patterns for the Frugal Quilter
Quilters are famous for being frugal, and using every bit of fabric in their stashes. My frugal quilt patterns help you put your fabric scraps to good use.
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.
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 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.
High School Grad Shirt
This t-shirt quilt makes sure that the quilter's daughter will have lasting memories of her high school years. Page 19.
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 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.
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. Page 3.
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.
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.
5 Common Quilting Errors You Don't Have to Make
Nearly all beginning quilters experience a few common problems with first quilts. Frustrating... yes, but try not to stress. We'll help you get it right.
Softball T-Shirt Quilt
Phyllis designed this t-shirt quilt from her granddaughter's sports jerseys. It's a wonderful example of a sports themed t-shirt quilt. Page 17.
Make a Yo Yo Quilt
Quilting. Page 97.
Jim's Place T-Shirt Quilt
Marge made T-Shirt quilts for her son's friends after her son passed away. This is one of several shirts she designed and sewed. Page 12.
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.
Looking for an Easy Quilt Pattern? You'll Love...
Rail Fence is an easy quilt pattern that's a cinch to customize. Each quilt block is made up of four
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.
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.
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