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Quilting: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
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.
Free Quilt Block Patterns
Hundreds of free quilt block patterns, with new patterns added each week. Browse block patterns of all sizes and for all skill levels.
Framed Squares Are Perfect for a Baby or...
Try this easy quilt block pattern if you'd like to make an I Spy quilt, or choose completely different fabrics to dress up its series of framed squares.
Stretching to the Stars: A Super-Easy Quilt...
My easy stretched stars quilt pattern is a cinch to make when you use speed piecing techniques to assemble its 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
You'll Discover Lots of Layout Options With...
Learn how to quick piece a traditional patchwork quilt block known as Tumbling Blocks Frame. Quick Piecing makes this pattern 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's Easy to Customize Continuous Squares, a...
Continuous Squares is an easy quilt pattern that gives you lots of opportunity to play with color and contrast to create a unique quilt.
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.
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.
Maple Leaf Quilt Block Pattern
The traditional Maple Leaf quilt block pattern is easy to make. This maple leaf is sewn in fall colors with daylight sky backgrounds -- alter the theme to suit your needs.
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.
7 Easy Ways to Start Quilting on a Budget
Tips to help you start quilting on a budget, a good option for anyone who's not sure if quilting will be a long-term favorite pastime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Make Quilt Backing from Any Fabric
Learn how to make quilt backing from regular quilting cottons or wide backing fabrics, your choice.
It's Easy to Create a 3D Look with the Merry...
Try the Merry Kite quilt block pattern if you'd like to create a quilt with a 3D appearance.
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.
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.
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.
Quilting Quizzes: Name the Quilt Block
Take our quilt block quiz to find out how many designs you recognize.
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.
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.
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 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.
How to Choose Machine Quilting Needles
Use these tips to choose the best machine quilting needles for all of your machine quilted projects.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mattress Sizes Chart
A mattress size chart to help you when making a quilt or purchasing bedding of all types.
Learn the Easy No-Waste Method for Flying Geese
You'll love this easy, no-waste method that explains how to sew accurate flying geese for your quilts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Try A Few Easy Solutions Before You Toss Those...
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.
Pictures of Quilts with a Circular Theme
Pictures of quilts with a circular theme to inspire your next quilting project. You'll love these gorgeous quilts.
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.
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.
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 Color Wheel Basics Before You Choose...
Use a color wheel to learn how to mix colors to create tertiary colors, shades, tones and tints.
Forget about Color, It's Color Value That's...
Color value determines whether your quilting fabrics contrast with each other, or blend. Get the facts about color value before choosing fabrics.
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.
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.
Best Rotary Cutting Tools for Beginning Quilters
Use my quick tips to help choose the best rotary cutting mat for your needs.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
A Beginner's Guide to Stitch in the Ditch...
Use this beginners guide to learn more about stitch in the ditch machine quilting.
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.
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.
Mystery Quilt Patterns
You'll find many mystery quilt patterns at About.com Quilting, and even a table runner with instructions written as a mystery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
It's Easy to Make a Quilt Design Wall to...
It's easy to make a quilt design wall, and I guarantee that your quilt design skills will improve dramatically once you put the wall to work.
Quilt Pattern: A Nine-Patch Contemporary Quilt
In this easy quilt pattern, frames surround a simple nine patch and are flip-flopped to create visual movement across the face of the quilt.
How to Chain Piece
Chain piecing can be used to greatly speed up many piecing tasks when making a quilt. It's easy to chain piece, and we'll show you how.
Take Our Quilting Fabric Quiz
Take the Fabric Quiz to test your knowledge of quilting fabrics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christmas Quilt Patterns
My Christmas quilt patterns include table runners, rag quilts, fabric postcards, quilts, homemade Christmas ornaments and more.
Easy Courthouse Steps Quilt Block and Quilt...
Remember that the words 'dark' and 'light' are usually different for everyone -- one quilter's lightest
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.
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.
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.
Jigsaw Puzzle Baby Quilt Pattern
This jigsaw puzzle baby quilt pattern is an easy quilt that goes together quickly. Page 34.
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.
Easy Patchwork Table Runner Pattern
This easy patchwork table runner is made from four quilt blocks placed on point and surrounded by setting
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.
California Crossroads Quilt Block Pattern
Make scrappy California Crossroads quilt blocks for your own quilt design, or follow our pattern instructions to make our California Hourglass quilt. Page 4.
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.
Learn to Make a Lovely Variation of the "Shoo...
Use my easy quilt block pattern to make this pretty variation of the Shoo Fly quilt block. I've included instructions for three different block sizes.
Learn to Sew Colorful Pinwheel Quilt Blocks...
Learn how to make easy pinwheel quilt blocks from quick pieced half square triangle units.
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.
Quilt Design Wizard
Quilt Design Wizard's controls are intuitive and the program offers lots of options and flexibility to help you show off your creative skills. Our review explains.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Easy Rag Quilt Pattern
This easy rag quilt pattern is a breeze to assemble. Give it a try the next time you're looking for a simple quilting project. Page 20.
Christmas Tree Rag Quilt Pattern
Our Christmas Tree rag quilt pattern is an easy quilting project that's suitable for quilters of all skill levels.
Learn How to Make a Puff Quilt
Use our instructions to learn how to make a puff quilt, also known as biscuit quilts. Page 27.
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
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.
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.
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.
Make an I Spy Quilt That the Kids Will Have Fun...
These easy snowball quilt blocks have bright, I-Spy centers and dark, tone on tone corner tips. A quilt block pattern that's perfect for beginning quilters.
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.
Hopscotch Quilt Pattern
Quilting. Page 58.
What's a Fat Eighth of Fabric?
Definition of the term fat eighth. From the quilting glossary at About Quilting.
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.
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.
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.
Your Guide to Making a Single Irish Chain Baby...
Learn how to use strip piecing techniques to make a Single Irish Chain quilt block.
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.
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.
What Is Stipple Quilting?
Definition of the term stipple quilting, from the quilting glossary at About.com Quilting.
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.
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.
Little Spinners Baby Quilt Pattern
Little Spinners is an easy baby quilt pattern that's a cinch for even beginning quilters.
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.
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.
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