FaveQuilts’ Top Five Quilt Films and Documentaries

We’ve talked before about our favorite novels about quilting, and all the ways that quilting affects our lives, from charity quilting to quilt guilds. The best part of quilting is the community built into it; people who understand that “fat quarter” isn’t an insult and exactly how much work the gift of a quilt requires, especially if they’re hand-stitched! Quilting requires a lot of really difficult quilt math, creative energy, and boundless patience. These films and documentaries run the gamut from heartwarming movies to informative history lessons—just like the hobby of quilting itself. So settle in and enjoy! All of these films are available on Amazon.

 

 

Stitched the Film

 

1. Stitched, the Film From Amazon: “Stitched” is a fun-filled documentary following three quilters racing to complete their entries for the International Quilt Festival, the largest and most competitive quilt show in the nation. The compelling doc uncovers an overlooked medium that has progressed from traditional folk to modern art.

 

 

 

how-to-make-an-american-quilt

 

2.How to Make an American Quilt From Amazon: Berkeley graduate student Finn (Winona Ryder) is spending the summer at the home of her sparring grandmother and great aunt (Oscar winners Ellen Burstyn and Anne Bancroft), where she intends to finish her latest thesis and think over a marriage proposal. As she wrestles with her decision, the women in her grandmother’s quilting bee confide to her the stories of the loves that shaped their own lives. Also starring Maya Angelou, Kate Nelligan, Jean Simmons, Lois Smith and Alfre Woodard, How to Make an American Quilt is a deeply moving and funny film that celebrates following your heart.

 

 

Why Quilts Matter: History, Art and Politics

 

3. Why Quilts Matter: History, Art & Politics From Amazon: The nine-part documentary series will change the way you think about quilts. It’s an exploration of quilts with capital Q that takes you on an amazing journey. Episode by episode, this series introduces new ideas and uncovers the unsuspected size and depth of quilt culture. Delve into the inner workings of the art world, explore behind the scenes in the marketplace, and journey into the complicated, kaleidoscopic world of quilts: explore two centuries of history; watch as women gain power from their handiwork; consider the nature of art itself; and more.

 

 

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt

 

 

 

4. Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt From AmazonStories From The QuiltAs of 2004, a variety of drugs have been developed to resist, if not cure, AIDS–yet Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt remains as emotionally powerful as it was during the height of the crisis, when people were dying by the thousands every year. With a combination of photo-montages, interviews with friends and family members, home movies, and news footage, this 1989 documentary captures the grief of those who have survived victims of AIDS. A moving combination of art and politics.

 

 

The Quilts of Gee's Bend5. Quilts of Gee’s Bend

From Vimeo: The Quilts of Gee’s Bend documentary accompanies the major exhibitions of Gee’s Bend quilts. Set in the quiltmaker’s homes and yard, and told through the women’s voices, this music-filled, 28-minute documentary takes viewers inside the art and fascinating living history of a uniquely American community and art form. Available to watch free online here.

 

 

 

 

 

Sizzix Fabi Starter Kit

Don’t miss out! We’re giving away a Sizzix Fabi Starter Kit, absolutely free. 

Cut modern and traditional shapes in a hurry with the new Sizzix Fabi Starter Kit. If you’ve never used a die cutter before, then this is the machine for you! Simply attach the handle and you are ready to cut. The cutting machine is very intuitive to use, and can easily cut through multiple layers of fabric.

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Do you have a favorite film about quilts?

Go with It! Quilt as You Go Tutorials

Have you ever tried the quilt as you go method? Rather than first finishing your quilt top and then layering your quilt sandwich, you piece, sandwich, and quilt a project simultaneously. This method works particularly well for small projects, so we’ve compiled a collection of small quilt projects for your quilt as you go inspiration!

 

Quilt As You Go Tutorials

 


 

Quilt as You Go Video Tutorial How to Quilt As You Go

First, learn how to quilt as you go with some of the fantastic tutorials we have on FaveQuilts! This Quilt As You Go Video Tutorial will make you an expert in no time. This video demonstrates the quilt as you go method for a holiday table runner. The project comes together quickly and beautifully! Also, be sure to check out the Quilt As You Go: Strip Quilting Video Tutorial and the Quilt As You Go: Joining the Blocks tutorial as well.

 


 

Bloomin' Quilt as You Go Block Quilt As You Go Blocks

Quilt as you go blocks come together beautifully. When you use this method for your quilt blocks, the full quilt is a cinch to piece together! This Bloomin’ Quilt as You Go Block is an excellent option. Floral quilts never go out of style, and this is one you definitely should try!

 

More Quilt As You Go Blocks:

 

A Magical Lands Strip Quilt Quilt As You Go Tutorials

Once you become an expert at the quilt as you go method, make one of these stunning quilt projects! Strip quilts are definitely the go-to style, but you’ll find an array of quilt as you go tutorials below!

 

 


 

For more fantastic Quilt As You Go ideas, visit our new collection of Quick Quilts: 15 Quilt As You Go Tutorials and Quilt As You Go Blocks.

 


 

Martingale Pattern Book Bundle Giveaway

Enter to win three wonderful quilt pattern books from Martingale: Animal Parade, Strip-Smart Quilts II, and Scrap-Basket Beauties. The deadline to enter is May 31th at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Martingale/That Patchwork Place is known for high-quality products. Animal Parade, Strip-Smart Quilts II, and Scrap-Basket Beauties certainly live up to that reputation. The books are each laid out in clear, easy-to-follow formats, with high-resolution photographs that make following a pattern a snap. These are absolute must-have additions to any quilter’s library!

Have you ever tried the quilt as you go method?

 

 

Ahoy, Sailor! Simple Quilt Patterns for the High Seas

Nothing says “summer” like a day on the high seas. Forget beach vacations: we’re talking cruise ships, motorboats, even a fishing dinghy. Quilters are always looking for simple quilt patterns that suit their interests, and for all the sailors out there, your time has come. Today, FaveQuilts is honoring everyone who would rather get sea legs than tan legs, who’d rather set sail than go to a great sale, and who measures speed in knots.

So whether you’re looking for baby quilt patterns, free bed quilt patterns, contemporary quilt block patterns, or just easy quilt designs for your home, these adorable nautical quilts will take you out to sea and back.

Baby Quilt Patterns

Beachy Baby Strip Quilt

1. Out to Sea Baby Quilt
2. Kissy Fish Baby Quilt
3. Beachy Baby Strip Quilt
4. Salt Water Taffy Boy & Girl Quilts

Nautical Quilt Block Patterns

Smooth Sailing Quilt Block

1. Swimming Sea Turtle Block
2. Gone Fishin’ Paper Piecing Block
3. Smooth Sailing Quilt Block

DIY Home Decor Quilt Patterns

A Heart of Sea Glass Mini Quilt

1. Heart of Sea Glass
2. Nautical Applique Pillows
3. Underwater Stripes Quilted Bag
4. Cool Color Checkered Quilt
5. Seaside Chevron Picnic Quilt

And don’t miss…

Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo and No-Touch Blade Change ToolEnter to win the Fiskars Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo and No-Touch Blade Change Tool!

Cutting fabric is easily one of the most difficult and tedious steps in the process of making a quilt. Whether snipping half-square triangles or fighting with fussy cuts, quilting is all about precision. Fiskars’ Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo ensures straight, clean lines through fabric while the No-Touch Blade Tool keeps the quilter’s hands safe from cuts when it comes time to trade out an old blade for a new one.

The deadline to enter is May 23th at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Read the full review here.

Cheverybody’s Favorite Chevron Quilt Patterns

Do you love the pattern chevron? We do! We’re chevron crazy over at FaveQuilts, and you’re sure to see why. These patterns are simply stunning, and they’re also simple to make! Follow any of these easy quilt patterns to create a beautiful new chevron quilt. Make small projects like accessories and baby blankets, or create gorgeous full-size bed quilts. You’re sure to fall in love with chevron once you see these incredible patterns!

Cheverybody's Favorite Chevron Quilt Patterns

 

Baby Quilt Tutorials

 Make a baby quilt with a modern edge! These baby quilt tutorials are totally adorable projects. Use various shades of pink and blue for these cute quilts. These projects are small, so you’ll finish them quickly. These quilts make amazing gifts for new parents. They’re sure to stay in the family for generations!

 

Striped Chevron Baby Quilt Tutorial

Super cute! This baby quilt pattern takes a step outside the traditional pink or blue and instead features a variety of bright sorbet colors.

Striped Chevrons Baby Quilt Tutorial

Chevron Cut Chenille Baby Quilt

Cozy and cute, this baby quilt is easy to make and would look great in any nursery.

Chevron Cut Chenille Baby Quilt

Electric Zig Zag Quilt

Pick three colors for your fabric and stagger your chevron zig-zag stripes with this quilt pattern.

Electric Zig Zag Quilt

 

Quilted Home Dec and Accessories

 From placemats to tote bags to book covers and more, these quilted home decor and accessories are great starting projects! Incorporate chevron into your favorite new accessory. Quilting projects are fabulous for around the home, and these projects are easy to make and totally chic.

 

Style with Chevrons Placemat

Add a chic chevron design to the edge of your placemat for a stunning table setting.

Style with Chevrons Placemat

Chic Chevron Tote

For a trip to the beach or everyday use, this quilted tote is a must.

Chic Chevron Tote

Chevron Fun Book Cover

Protect your books with an adorable quilting project that you are sure to cherish.

Chevron Fun Book Cover

 

Easy Quilt Patterns

For a brand new full-size quilt project, consider making it chevron! These beautiful quilts will add interest to your home with their eye-catching patterns.

 

Easy Peasy Chevron Quilt Pattern

If you have a stack of fat quarters handy, this coordinating chevron quilt is a perfect project!

Easy Peasy Chevron Quilt Pattern

The Easiest Chevron Quilt

Create a quilt reminiscent of spring with this beautiful chevron pattern. Use floral fabrics!

The Easiest Chevron Quilt

Chevron Duvet Cover

Create bold and beautiful chevron stripes with this stunning duvet cover.

Chevron Duvet Cover

 

Find more fantastic Chevron ideas in our collection of 20 Easy Chevron Quilt Patterns.

20 Easy Chevron Quilt Patterns

 

Also, find even more gorgeous chevron ideas here!

Chevron Quilt Patterns

 

What is your favorite pattern (stripes, argyle, plaid, chevron, etc)?

 

 

 

FaveQuilts Talks with Judy Martin: Author, Teacher, Quiltmaker

FaveQuilts works with so many incredible designers, bloggers, and companies, but it’s a special thing when we get the opportunity to speak with someone who is, to some degree, all three!

Judy Martin, one of our latest designers and the author of Patchwork Among Friends: From Patterns to Potlucks and Stellar Quilts, agreed to answer a few of our questions AND to give away free copies of her books!

We can all benefit from Judy’s insight. And of course, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for her amazing books!

  1. What first drew you to quilting? 

My mother had sewn all my clothes, and when I started Junior High School, I started making my clothes in order to have some control over my wardrobe. In 1969, I made my first quilt for my apartment in college, using my dressmaking scraps. I had never seen a quilt before, and I thought they were made from uniformly sized squares. Making a quilt gave me such a sense of accomplishment that I never went back to making clothing. Besides, I envisioned quilts from all the cotton prints I was buying.

  1. You are known for your dedication to beautiful, but complex, patterns. Can you tell us a little about why this has been such a strong through line in your work? 

I haven’t always made complex quilts. When I was a beginner, I made simple quilts. As I gained experience, some of my quilt patterns grew more complex. Often, though, my quilts are easier than they look. In 1994, when I designed the Staggered Star border that graces a number of my quilts, I designed it for simplicity. It is easier to sew staggered stars than stars in the usual row with all their points touching. However, the look is new, and the rows are not so obvious, so people sometimes think it must be harder to make.

When I got my start designing for Quilter’s Newsletter in 1979, I was known for fairly simple patterns that could be presented in a page or two. This was in the days of templates, when there wasn’t such a distinction between easy and hard quilts. All patch shapes and sizes were pretty much the same level of difficulty. Furthermore, one method once served for all shapes. I suppose that I grew accustomed to the variety of shapes and blocks available to those who made quilts in the days of traditional template cutting and hand piecing, even though I never used those methods myself. When rotary cutting came along, I continued to design quilts made from uncommon shapes because I think they make some of the most beautiful quilts.

Nowadays, I think rotary cutting and “shortcuts” for making specific units have winnowed down the variety of patch shapes and blocks that most quilt makers use. While I am not about to give up rotary cutting, I think the method should serve the aesthetic of the quilts you want to make. For instance, if I want to use true diamonds for their elegant proportions, I figure out a way to rotary cut and machine piece them instead of substituting half-square triangles.

  1. What advice do you have for quilters who are on the verge of (or nervous to) take the next step, from easy to intermediate/advanced quilting? 

Once you are comfortable with your sewing machine and have mastered the perfect scant quarter-inch seam allowance, you have the skill to make intermediate to advanced blocks. That’s all it takes. Having success with patterns should give you the confidence to venture further.

I like making intricate, nuanced quilts because they give me more of a sense of accomplishment. When you would rather make one quilt that takes some time, rather than making several quick quilts, you are ready to take this step. For me personally I feel I don’t have time to make ordinary quilts. I would rather make fewer quilts but make them all special.

  1. When you set out to design a new pattern, what are your first steps? 

I often combine traditional patterns, such as Lone Star and Log Cabin, for example. I visualize the combination in my head or I may sketch the basic idea on paper. Then I head to the computer to work out the details. I work first with shapes, then with colors.

  1. From where do you draw inspiration? 

I tend to work in series. While I am working on one quilt, I am already thinking of what I can do to take my idea to the next level. Most of my recent quilts are inspired by my earlier quilts.

  1. Do you make your patterns on a computer, by hand, or by some other method? 

I may jot down ideas in a notebook or on the back of a receipt. However, I develop these ideas and come up with other ideas in the computer. I use a graphics program, Adobe Illustrator. It allows me the freedom to work outside the grid. I draw shapes based on mathematically precise dimensions and angles. In the computer I can change colors ’til the cows come home. I sometimes make scores of variations before I find the variation I like best and consider the pattern done.

  1. What’s the greatest or most helpful “quilting secret” you’ve learned or created during your years of quilting? (For example, a trick to cutting half-square triangles, the key to mastering free-motion quilting, etc.) 

I learned a tip that I have never forgotten in a 1970s class taught by Beth Gutcheon. She encouraged her students to mix in some clashing fabric in a scrap quilt. She said it added color tension. To this day, in my work, I like to dance all around a color, mixing in neighboring hues as well as tints and shades. I combine fabrics from different lines, different manufacturers, and different eras, as long as the colors work for my plan. As for quilting secrets I have discovered myself, my favorite is finding dimensions that work for rotary cutting diamonds, triangles and squares that fit together, as when making LeMoyne Stars or Lone Stars. Not all dimensions are ruler friendly, as the finished square dimension is based on 1.4142 times the finished width of the diamond. However, I have found some numbers that work together. For example, if you cut diamonds 2” wide (1-1/2” finished), they will fit squares cut 2-5/8” (2-1/8” finished) and quarter-square triangles cut 4-1/4” (3” finished) to make a LeMoyne Star that finishes at 7-1/4”.

  1. Do you have a favorite quilt that you’ve made? 

My favorite quilts that I have made are those based on wholly new ideas, whether it be adding a shadow, superimposing an off-center star over another one, or piecing a Wedding Ring from logs. I don’t have a favorite single quilt, but I love pretty much everything that Ruth McDowell makes. She makes fantastic pieced pictures.  She is this year’s inductee into the Quilters’ Hall of Fame. I especially like her pieced quilts of people and animals.

  1. What is your favorite part of the quilt-making process? 

My two favorite parts of making a quilt are: designing the quilt in the computer and binding the quilt. The designing offers so much promise, and the binding makes the quilt real and complete.

  1. And now the big one! A newbie quilter approaches you in a café and says, “Judy, I don’t know if I really want to start quilting. Can you give me three reasons why I should?” What reasons do you give him or her? 

A quilt is a creative expression of yourself. Everyone needs a creative outlet, and this is one creative pursuit that rewards you from the first project you make.

If you want either attention or self satisfaction, there is nothing like a quilt. The time and effort evident in a quilt, as well as the artistry, have a big impact.

Finally, there is nothing like a quilt to wrap your family and friends in love. Your self expression as well as your time and effort in making a quilt are obvious, and the gift of a quilt is everywhere viewed as a gift of love.

Liked what you read?

Judy Martin Pattern Book BundleThen enter to win TWO of Judy Martin’s phenomenal pattern booksPatchwork Among Friends: From Patterns to Potlucks and Stellar Quilts!

Visually complex, colorful, and completely unique, these quilts are not for the faint of heart. But each of Martin’s patterns has a detailed step-by-step which makes even the most complicated patterns accessible to quilters of various skill levels and experience.

Read the full Patchwork Among Friends review.
Read the full Stellar Quilts review.
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What first drew YOU to quilting (or crafting)?

FaveQuilts’ Top 5 Quilt Novels

It can be hard to explain to friends and family why we quilt. Why do we spend so much time, effort, and pain (not to mention money!) at the sewing machine? Besides an easy baby blanket or a memory quilt, what exactly is to be gotten from so many hours of stitching and cutting and folding and measuring?

Well, it’s hard to put a finger on it, exactly. Many of us make simple quilt patterns because we love to create; others because quilting is a hobby and a gift passed down from generation to generation. Either way, we love quilting for much more than just the finished product! We love our quilt guilds, quilt fairs, message boards, quilt blogs, charity quilts, and of course  the story that comes with the process of making every quilt, even the simple quilt patterns that we could sew in our sleep. Every quilt has a story.

Speaking of stories, maybe the best way to explain to others isn’t to tell them about the minutiae of quilting or explain how to cut half-square triangles, but to show them a story about how quilting can touch the life of the quilter. So, with no further ado, FaveQuilts presents: our top 5 quilt novels, available on Amazon!

The Wedding Quilt1. The Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

As her daughter’s wedding day approaches, Sarah McClure reflects upon Elm Creek brides past and present—the traditions they honored, the legacies they bequeathed, the wedding quilts that contain their stories in every stitch.

Unexpectedly, Caroline confides, “I wish I had a wedding quilt, one I made myself.” Even the most talented novice would be daunted by the task of stitching, mere days before the wedding, a worthy symbol of the couple’s bonds of love, commitment, trust, and hope for the future. Turning to her cherished friends, the Elm Creek Quilters, Sarah asks them to pool their creative gifts. As the women stitch, their memories render a vivid pastiche of family, friendship, and love in all its varieties.

 

The Basement Quilt2. The Basement Quilt by Ann Hazelwood

In The Basement Quilt, a novel by Ann Hazelwood, you’ll get to know the family and friends of Anne Brown, a plucky florist whose daily ups and downs will seem so familiar—you’ll identify with her right away. 

Anne decides to learn to quilt to help her aunt, and in the process learns family secrets. Then she uncovers a mysterious presence in her mother’s basement—or does she? 

Anne learns about love, too, in various forms. She and the members of the Colebridge community go through some big life changes. Are their decisions wise or does trouble lie ahead? 

 

Apart at the Seams3. Apart at the Seams by Marie Bostwick

Twice in her life, college counselor Gayla Oliver fell in love at first sight. The first time was with Brian–a lean, longhaired, British bass player. Marriage followed quickly, then twins, and gradually their bohemian lifestyle gave way to busy careers in New York. Gayla’s second love affair is with New Bern, Connecticut. Like Brian, the laid back town is charming without trying too hard. It’s the ideal place to buy a second home and reignite the spark in their twenty-six year marriage. Not that Gayla is worried. At least, not until she finds a discarded memo in which Brian admits to a past affair and suggests an amicable divorce.

Devastated, Gayla flees to New Bern. Though Brian insists he’s since recommitted to his family, Gayla’s feelings of betrayal may go too deep for forgiveness. Besides, her solo sabbatical is a chance to explore the creative impulses she sidelined long ago–quilting, gardening, and striking up new friendships with the women of the Cobbled Court circle–particularly Ivy, a single mother confronting fresh starts and past hurts of her own. With all of their support, Gayla just might find the courage to look ahead, decide which fragments of her old life she wants to keep, which are beyond repair–and how to knot the fraying ends until a bold new design reveals itself. . .

Tie Died4. Tie Died: A Quilting Cozy

Sixty-seven year old Sarah Miller sat among her unpacked boxes reliving the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and now the place that had been home for forty two years. Everything she unpacked carried a memory, some warm and some painful. But, Sarah is a survivor.

As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become ‘home’, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, and possibly a love interest. When one of her new friends is murdered, she and her feisty friend, Sophie, are determined to find the killer.

 

The Quilt Walk5. The Quilt Walk by Sandra Dallas

It’s 1863 and 10-year-old Emmy Blue Hatchett has been told by her father that soon their family will leave their farm, family, and friends in Illinois, and travel west to a new home in Colorado. It’s difficult leaving family and friends behind. They might not see one another ever again. When Emmy’s grandmother comes to say goodbye, she gives Emmy a special gift to keep her occupied on the trip.

The journey by wagon train is long and full of hardships. But the Hatchetts persevere and reach their destination in Colorado, ready to start their new life.

Follow Emmy’s journey of family, love, and adventure.

By the way … 

Easy and Fun Free-Motion QuiltingHave you heard about our current giveaway? It’s a copy of Easy and Fun Free-Motion Quilting by Eva Larkin! Free motion quilting is one of the most common techniques quilters used to add detailing to their patterns. If you’re in need of some beautiful patterns or want to begin learning how to incorporate free motion quilting into your patterns, read Easy and Fun Free-Motion Quilting. This book takes a different approach to machine quilting, and instead of simply giving you quilting designs, focuses on frames and fillers that encourage quilters to think about how they add their swirls and lines in a new way.

Don’t miss this book of awesome patterns and tutorials to have you free-motion quilting like a pro! Read the full review and then head over to our giveaway page to enter for your chance to win!

Do you have any favorite quilting stories or memories? Share them below!

9 Quilt As You Go Patterns + Giveaway!

Learn how to quilt as you go! These beautiful quilt as you go patterns are popular for a reason! With the help of detailed step-by-step tutorials and a variety of patterns to choose from, these tutorials will charm you. Switch up your usual quilting style! These projects are great for the beginner and experienced quilter alike because they involve a different quilting technique that is easy to learn. Say hello to a gorgeous new project when you quilt as you go.

Small Quilt Projects

For a floral quilt as you go pattern that literally blossoms. . . .

Bloomin’ Quilt as You Go Block

Bloomin' Quilt as You Go Block

This pattern is just like the one your grandma used to make! Adorn a spring or summer table with floral blooms.

Grandmother’s Flower Garden Table Topper Pattern

Grandmother's Flower Garden Table Topper Pattern

For a rustic touch, try this log cabin block. Log cabin quilts are my personal favorites!

Quilt As You Go Log Cabin Block

Quilt As You Go Log Cabin Block

Speaking of rustic. . . .

Raggedy Quilt Table Runner

Raggedy Quilt Table Runner

These quilt as you go coasters are a great project for beginners! They’re so bright and cheery.

Scrappy Quilt As You Go Coasters

Scrappy Quilt As You Go Coasters

Big Quilt Projects

For a project that’s earthy and bright. . . .

A Magical Lands Strip Quilt

A Magical Lands Strip Quilt

This quilt as you go pattern is a personal favorite. I love the rag quilt look and this project is so easy to complete!

Fuss Free Rag Quilt

Fuss Free Rag Quilt

Create a harmony! This stunning project uses beautiful colors and a lovely pattern.

Playing the Scales Pattern

Playing the Scales Pattern

This is our top rag quilt pattern right now and it is so sweet! Perfect for picnics, this pattern is lovely for summer.

Quick and Cuddly Rag Quilt

Quick and Cuddly Rag Quilt

 

 

QuiltWoman Pattern Bundle

 

BONUS! Enter to win this gorgeous QuiltWoman Pattern Bundle! Find a wide variety of quilt styles when you enter to win. This contest lasts through 5/1/14.

 

 

 

 

 

Do you prefer traditional quilting (making the quilt top and then the quilt sandwich) or quilt as you go projects? Why?

 

Top 5 Quilting YouTubers

We here at FaveQuilts are all about mixed media. We love printable patterns, books, eBooks, social media, and of course, YouTube. Video tutorials are such a great way to learn how to make a quilt. The visual component of a video tutorial makes every pattern just that much easier, since you can actually watch the process of sewing a quilt. But it can be a headache to sort through the huge number of posters on YouTube, since it’s a medium that anyone can create content for.

If you love video tutorials, but don’t love watching dozens of unhelpful videos, this is the blog roundup for you! We’ve gone through and found our favorite YouTube tutorial makers so that you don’t have to. Check out these awesome content creators for easy quilting tutorials that you’ll use again and again.

1. Interweave Craft

As the force behind Quilting Arts TV, you can be sure that Interweave always has top-notch content. Their picture quality is unparalleled and their video topics range from teaching you how to make a quilt using a specific pattern to insider tips and techniques that will improve your quilting across the board. They’re not to be missed!

Fat Quarter Shop2. Fat Quarter Shop

Fat Quarter Shop is known for its phenomenal quilt tutorial videos. These tutorials have everything you could ask for: great quality, clear instructions, and downloadable patterns to go along what what you see on screen. Each video also includes suggested fabrics and pre-cuts for purchase. Beyond quilt pattern tutorials, Fat Quarter Shop also has a host of instructional videos which teach you about the latest in quilting tools and technology, as well as giving you clever tricks to make your quilting as easy and painless as possible.

3. Marguerita McManus

There’s not enough praise in the world for the videos that Marguerita McManus puts out! These tutorials are so clear cut and easy to follow. A true expert in the quilting arts, McManus is full of secrets, shortcuts, and awesome step-by-steps. You won’t want to miss a single video!

Jo's Country Junction4. Jo’s Country Junction

We’ve got a whole bunch of Jo’s Country Junction tutorials over on FaveQuilts, but did you know that they have a while YouTube account, filled with great video tutorials? If you want awesome extras from the ladies at the Junction, be sure to go through their fabulous instructables for tips on everything from full quilts to dish towels.

 

5. FaveQuilts!

Not to toot our own horn or anything, but we think we’ve got a pretty great channel. We do our best to make sure there’s a great variety of content, from book trailers to quilt tutorials. Not only that, but we always aim to include videos that will teach you not just patterns, but skills, so that you can get better with every quilt you make. Come hang out with us!

 

 

 

Quilting Arts TV Series 400

Speaking of TV, our exciting new giveaway is a free DVD set of Quilting Arts TV Series 400! The deadline to enter is April 23rd at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Quilting Arts TV is, hands down, the premiere source of quilt programming. In the Series 400 DVD set, host Patricia “Pokey” Bolton talks every week with experts and designers to bring viewers the best in tips, tricks, and advice.

Read the full review here.

Do you prefer printable tutorials or video tutorials? Sound off below!

“How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns” free eBook

What is the worst thing about quilting?

C’mon, everyone has that one step in the process that they just hate. And if you’re like us here at FaveQuilts, it’s pretty straightforward: cutting. It’s such a tedious process that requires so much focus; unlike piecing, which you can do in a rhythm while listening to music and getting into the zone, cutting requires careful attention to detail—both because you want your squares or strips or triangles to be the right size and because you don’t want to lose a finger.

Well, there’s a solution: pre-cuts. Jelly rolls, charm packs, fat quarters … pre-cut fabrics either completely avoid or greatly reduce the amount of time you need to spend snipping and slicing on your cutting mat. Since we love pre-cuts so much, we decided to make a whole book out of them! In How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns, you will find some of our favorite jelly roll quilt tutorials from the site. These patterns range in size, shape, and purpose, but trust us, you’ll love them all equally.

Let’s take a peek at what’s inside…

Rail Fence Picnic Quilt

Summer Quilt Patterns

Some quilts are made for snuggling, and some quilts are made for celebrating! Jelly roll quilt patterns like the Rail Fence Picnic Quilt are perfect for picnics, roadtrips, and family reunions. Everybody loves being outside in the summer, but for those of us who are in charge of doing the family laundry, there’s a lot to be said for a protective barrier between our butts and the grass.

Keep your pants stain-free and your food ant-protected with one of these gorgeous summer quilts!

Baby Quilt Tutorials

Striped Chevrons Baby Quilt TutorialBaby quilt patterns are consistently among the most popular tutorials that we offer on FaveQuilts, and it’s not hard to see why. Learning how to make a baby quilt in the span of one or two days makes for a serious increase in quilt production—and guarantees that not only will you never show up to a baby shower empty-handed, but your gift will always put all the others to shame.

The easy baby quilts that we chose for this book were picked especially because of how easy and fast they are. Patterns like the Striped Chevrons Baby Quilt are guaranteed to be fun and stress-free.

Four Hour Lasagna QuiltQuick and Easy Quilt Patterns

Of course, you can only make so many baby quilts before you start to go a little crazy, so add some variety to your To Do list with one of our easy-breezy lap and throw quilt patterns. These are easily the most versatile of quilt patterns, since you can use them for just about anything. They’re big enough to keep you warm and comfortable on the couch in winter, but small enough to be packed up and taken along on a long trip or vacation. (Not to mention their excellence for building blanket forts.)

Still, even bigger projects like throw quilts shouldn’t take you forever, which is why we’ve included awesome patterns like the Four Hour Lasagna Quilt, which you can make in time for dinner.

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If, somehow, all this wasn’t enough to convince you, well, we have one more trick up our sleeve. Check out some of the gorgeous quilts in store with our sneak peak video:

 

How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns

So what are you waiting for? Download your free copy of How to Make a Jelly Roll Quilt: 9 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns today, and get quilting!

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5 Must-Have Quilting Notions

You may want to delve into the world of quilting, but it can be intimidating to see the list of supplies that are recommended or required! Keep it simple by checking out these basic must-have quilting notions. There are a variety of intuitive supplies you will need, such as a sewing machine, needles, and thread. However, if you’re new to quilting, make sure you have these recommended notions to get started.

1. Rotary Cutter

This will make your fabric cutting life exponentially easier. Say goodbye to attempting to cut perfect squares with fabric scissors and hello to cutting with ease. A rotary cutter looks incredibly similar to a pizza cutter and works in a similar way. The blade is extremely sharp, which is perfect for cutting through not only one fabric layer but several.

Rotary Cutter

2. Self-healing Mat

One Does Not Simply

One does not simply use a rotary cutter without a self-healing mat. You could theoretically use a regular mat, but a self-healing mat lasts much longer. Try to purchase the largest one you can afford. The bigger the mat, the more convenient.

Rotary Cutting Mat

3. Acrylic Rulers for Quilting

These go hand in hand with your rotary cutter and self-healing mat. Measure out perfect quilt blocks, charm packs, or otherwise when you use this essential quilting supply. Simply align the ruler and use your rotary cutter to trim your fabric.

Acrylic Ruler

4. Marking Tools

It is extremely difficult, possibly impossible, to eyeball your work when it comes to quilting. Marking your quilt can be intimidating, but don’t fear! From water-soluble pens to chalk, you can mark your quilt without hesitation.

5. Pins and Pin Cushion

Pins aren’t just for beginners! Make sure you have sharp pins on hand to keep your fabric together. Even experienced quilters use pins! A few tips: make sure your pins are sharp, and make sure you have a handy pin cushion. The pin cushion both stores your pins and prevents them from rusting!

Scrumptious Scrappy Four Square Pin Cushion

 Watermark Fabric Collection from Studio e

BONUS! Enter to win a fantastic fat quarter bundle! The Watermark Fabric Fat Quarter Bundle from Studio e is a beautiful fabric collection that includes 28 fat quarters. Enter to win! Contest ends April 8th, 2014.

 

 

 

What quilting notion would you recommend?