The Chevron Summer: 17 Easy Quilt Patterns

We’ve gathered up the summer’s hottest chevron quilt ideas in this blog post, The Chevron Summer: 17 Easy Quilt Patterns.

The crafting term “chevron” gets tossed around a lot. But let’s step back…what is a chevron pattern?

Basically, a chevron pattern is just a variation of a zig zag pattern, with a reoccurring “v-shape.” You can use chevron in quilting in a variety of ways: with quilt blocks, full-sized projects, baby quilts, and unexpected quilting ideas.

The reason that chevron quilts are so popular with crafters is that they’re so easy to assemble. Because you’re working with simple strips of fabric, you definitely won’t get confused. Chevron stripe is also a more modern design, for quilters who are looking to broaden their quilting horizons.

Regardless of the pattern you choose from this AWESOME (if I do say so myself…) list, you’ll have fun looking through all the latest summer trends. We think you’ll pick a few of our projects, though. Because who can resist a free quilt pattern?

Chevron Quilt Blocks

Herringbone String Block A chevron quilt block pattern is a great way to familiarize yourself with the zig zaggy print. These quilt block ideas will inspire and teach you valuable techniques!

1. Herringbone String Block

2. Chevron Strip Tube Block

3. Zigzag Quilt Block

4. Easy Chevron Quilt Block

 

 

 Easy As Pie Quilt Tutorials

The Easiest Chevron QuiltSummertime is difficult enough. It’s hot, and you have to wrangle the kids in from outside. Make your life easier with these simple quilt patterns. Pick bright and cheery fabrics to channel the summer season.

5. The Easiest Chevron Quilt

6. Easy Peasy Chevron Quilt Pattern

7. Chevron Duvet Cover

8. Quirky Colored Chevron Stripe Quilt

9. Chevron Waves Wedding Quilt

 

Chevron-y Baby Quilt Tutorials

Electric Zig Zag QuiltCrafters often wonder how to make a baby quilt. Luckily, chevron stripes are a wonderful introduction to the art of baby quilting. Follow one of these chevron baby quilt tutorials; we promise you won’t go astray.

10. Electric Zig Zag Quilt

11. Softie Chevron Minkee Baby Quilt

12. Striped Chevrons Baby Quilt Tutorial

13. Zig Zag Baby Quilt

14. Chevron Cut Chenille Baby Quilt

 

 

Unexpected Ideas: DIY Chevron Quilt Patterns

Chevron Fun Book CoverSometimes full-scale projects can be boring. You’ll have the chance to quilt something fun and different with these unexpected, easy quilts to make.

15. Chevron Fun Book Cover

16. Chevron Patchwork Initial

17. Style with Chevrons Placemat

 

 

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13 Reasons to Start Quilting Today

13 Reasons to Start Quilting Today

It’s the middle of the summer, so it’s hot, sticky, humid, and … did I mention … hot? We all need an indoor respite from the brutal summer sun. Why not try quilting? It’s one of the most popular indoor sewing projects among crafters of all kinds.

The reason why quilting is a great craft for anyone is that it’s good for any skill level, amateur or expert. Also, the majority of quilting is just sewing in straight lines (and who can’t do that?!).

The art of quilting also has many benefits for the soul, too. It’s therapeutic, cheap, and old fashioned fun. Blast your summer tunes and sew your little heart out, because this is definitely a quilter’s summer.

Read this article for 13 Reasons to Start Quilting Today …

 

Afternoon High Tea Quilt‘Cause You’re Looking for Ways to Save Money at Home

With these simple quilt patterns, you can live the lap of luxury for free at home. These quick quilt ideas seem expensive, but are actually really inexpensive to make. Pretend you’re on a European getaway with our first two quilts, and create something useful for your home with the next two!

1. Afternoon High Tea Quilt

2. Love from Paris Quilt

3. Preppy DIY Book Cover

4. How to Make a Dog Bed

 

Everyday Easy Baby Quilt‘Cause Quilts are the Best Baby Shower Gifts

Struggling with what to buy your pregnant friend or daughter? Don’t sweat it. These informative tutorials will teach you how to make a baby blanket inexpensively. We picked some of our easier patterns, so you’ll have a stress-free project.

5. Everyday Easy Baby Quilt

6. Sunday in the Park Baby Quilt

7. Tetris Baby Quilt

8. Simple Quilted Baby Blanket

 

 

  Quilt As You Go Quilt Block‘Cause You Need a New Hobby

These free and easy tutorials will teach you how to make a quilt for beginners. Start with a quilt block, move to a mini quilt, and then try out a full-sized quilt. We think you’ll love these patterns because they’re summery, fun, and totally simple to make.

9. Quilt As You Go Quilt Block

10. Here Comes the Sun Patchwork Quilt

11. Day at the Races Horse Quilt

12. Rainbow Hearts Nine Patch Quilt

13. Kaleidoscope Pinwheel Quilt

 

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15 Disappearing Nine Patch Quilts for Summer

Looking for an easy summer sewing project? Nine patch quilts are perfect because they’re so quick to make. What’s a disappearing nine patch quilt, though?

A disappearing nine patch quilt is a simple rift on the traditional nine patch quilt. Each square quilt block is so unique that you can’t immediately tell where the blocks come together.

Take a look at our favorite 15 Disappearing Nine Patch Quilts for Summer. We admit most of them are disappearing, but we picked a few traditional nine patch quilts for old times’ sake, too.

If you’re feeling extra inspired, you can find more free quilt patterns in this article, 20 Free Nine Patch Quilt Patterns + Other Nine Patch Designs.

 

Link Love: Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Ideas

Pretty in Pink Disappearing Nine Patch QuiltThe following bloggers have a real knack for nine patch quilt patterns. You’ll love their free tutorials because they’re thorough and easy to understand. We like what you’ve done here, ladies!

1. Pretty in Pink Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt by Cathy

2. Cheery Cherry Blossom Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt by Suzan

3. Preppy Pastel Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt by Blenda

4. Wonky Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt by Elizabeth

5. Summer Lovin’ Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt by Sharon

 

 

 

 Easy Disappearing Nine Patch Quilts

The Take Along QuiltThese nine patch quilts are a piece of cake to make. We think that these quilts would be great at the beach, a summer picnic, or a concert in the park. Sew at night time for a relaxing and fun evening activity.

6. The Take Along Quilt

7. Carrie’s Checkerboard Quilt

8. Strawberry Fields Forever Lap Quilt

9.  Lattice Garden Fence Quilt

10. Simply Disappearing Baby Quilt

 

Just for Kicks: Traditional Nine Patch Quilts

These traditional nine patch quilts are absolutely darling. They require a little less time than a disappearing nine patch quilt, and you can even pick a cute theme. We love the under-the-sea motif right now. It’s utterly adorable!

11. Really Simple 9 Patch Quilt

12. Rainbow Squares I Spy Quilt

13. Home Sweet Home Nine Patch Throw

14. Mod Nine Patch Throw

15. Brady Bunch Inspired Nine Patch Block

 

 

FREE BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!Easy-Cut Quilts with a Modern Twist

Enter for the chance to win this awesome Easy-Cut Quilts with a Modern Twist by Laundaur Publishing. This popular quilting book will teach you how to design, layout, and create beautifully composed quilts. This book is perfect to read over in the hammock this summer or on your lawn-chair outside. Click here to enter the contest. The deadline to enter is July 1st at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

 

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FaveQuilts Talks: Jo and Kelli Kramer

Jo and Kelli KramerJo and Kelli Kramer are longtime favorite designers on FaveQuilts. Their frequent updates with new, crystal-clear quilt tutorials and clear quilting expertise has led many of their tutorials to the top of FaveQuilts’ top clicked links. From beautiful full-bed quilts like the Oz’s Log Cabin Quilt Pattern to quiter lifesaver’s like the Easy Race Quilt Strip Calculator, Jo & Kelli are at the forefront of quilt blogging. We asked them to talk a little about their experience as quilters and bloggers and hope you’ll enjoy their answers as much as we do!

 

1. What first drew you two to quilting?

We are so fortunate. We have a line of quilters and seamstresses that came before us-mothers and grandmothers both. We were always drawn to it.

2. What do you think categorizes most of the quilts you two make? What types of patterns are you typically most attracted to?

This is a hard question because we like it all. We love to see the new trends but we like vintage and Civil War quilts too. I guess over all we could say that scrappy quilts are our favorites.

3. 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?

JO: Oh my, take the leap!! For years I was scared to death of curved seams and never thought I would try a double wedding ring quilt. I thought my piecing skills just weren’t up to it. Then I had two kids get married and both requested double wedding ring quilts. Surprisingly, they truly weren’t that hard to make!! In fact, I made two in nine months!

KELLI: There are still things that I am a bit afraid of, but I think that it is best to start small. You could make a couple of test blocks to see if the new technique you want to try out will be something that will work for you. If you decide that it’s not, you can always turn the few blocks that you tried into a table runner that will make a beautiful table runner!

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

For us, Jo typically starts with some quilt block she saw in a vintage quilt book or a quilt she saw at an antique shop. We also play the “what if” game asking ourselves “what if” we turned the block…”what if” we changed this portion to a different color. The “what ifs” continue until we have our quilt.

5. From where do you draw inspiration?

Everything is inspiration….color palettes, fabric lines, trends, vintage books and antique quilts. We design many more quilts that we make.

6. Do you make your patterns on a computer, by hand, or by some other method?&
Jo does most of the designing all via the computer. Kelli does some work with graph paper but most are from the computer.

7. 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.)

KELLI: Right angle rulers and the companion angle rulers have helped save me time when cutting out a quilt—especially when Jo designs one that needs 2,592 half square triangles. I’ve also learned the importance of making sure that you are comfortable when sewing. I used to get really bad back aches because of the chair that I was sewing on, but with a quilt little change, it was fixed.

8. Do you have a favorite quilt that you’ve made? Or one that you’ve seen, that you wished you designed?

JO: I really don’t have a favorite. Typically it’s whatever quilt I just finished. I think I am most proud of the free form quilts I made with itty bitty fabric scraps that you can see here and Kelli’s wedding quilt.

KELLI: I think that my favorite quilt that I have ever made was this one—Odds and Ends in the June 2010 edition of American Patchwork and Quilting. It was the first 4 or so quilts that I made and looking back, it was quite an undertaking for my skill level at the time as the smallest inner pieces finished at only a half of an inch. I could definitely tell that my sewing skills had improved when I went back to finish it almost 2 years later!

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

JO: I think I like the designing the best. I know my least favorite is cutting and pattern writing.

KELLI: I really like getting the fabrics in and getting a good look at our chosen fabrics. Because most of the quilts that we are currently making or have recently made are ones that mom has designed, it is also nice when I have cut out the quilt and finished the top and know that I didn’t mess up when figuring the yardage. My least favorite is putting on borders (unless they are pieced and can be pinned) and writing the patterns, however I know that mom hates writing the patterns more, so I can usually talk her into adding my borders for me if I write the pattern.

10. A newbie quilter approaches you in a café and says, “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?

1. Quilting is awesome therapy (and its cheaper too!).
2. It’s a way that I can feel connected to my family- in the connection that I share with my mom, as well as the connection that I never had the opportunity to share with my grandma.
3. It is an extremely satisfying feeling to finish something that you have made of yourself to keep in your home or give as a gift.

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What is YOUR favorite part of the quilt-making process?

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

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What quilting notion would you recommend?

 

 

 

Simply Spring Quilt: National Craft Month Project & Giveaway

FaveCrafts Blog Celebrates National Craft Month

Today’s day 14 in our month long National Craft Month Giveaway. Come visit our blog every day to enter to win a different prize of the day. Find the contest rules and enter below.

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Simply Spring Quilt

Simply Spring Quilt

Today’s featured project is from American Quilter’s Society. Get ready for spring with this Simply Spring Quilt. Full of beautiful spring colors and fun prints, there’s no better way to spring forward than with this small quilt pattern. The beautiful mix of patterned fabric pieces jump from the plain white background.

18 Projects Every Crafter Wants free eBook

This pattern is included in the 18 Projects Every Crafter Wants free eBook. Celebrate National Craft Month with us by crafting the great projects in this free downloadable eBook written just for you!

 

 

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Enter to Win Today’s Prize

 

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Today’s prize is from the American Quilter’s Society. This gift certificate is redeemable online to the winner. The limited-edition fabric collection, Anniversary Dogwood, is in celebration of the AQS 30th Anniversary year. Because the symbol of a 30th anniversary is ‘Pearl’, this collection will be delicately pearlized, and it will feature the dogwood, Paducah, Kentucky s glorious flowering tree. The stunning Anniversary Dogwood collection designed by AQS Fabrics denotes springtime at its finest. The warmth of the springtime sun on delicate pink flowers, the gentle breeze as the dogwood blossoms swirl this collection of six premier-quality 100% cottons is a delightful breath of springtime for your next exceptional quilt.

 

In order to win today’s prize, all you need to do is:

  1. Like the FaveQuilts Facebook page here, AND
  2. Like the American Quilter’s Society Facebook page here, AND
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post below telling us:

Which spring flower inspires you to craft?


Don’t miss your chance to stock up your craft stash and win more than $2,000 in crafty prizes! There’s something for everyone in this epic craft giveaway…trust us, you don’t want to miss this one! You can enter to win this awesome assortment of prizes once a day throughout the month of March.

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OFFICIAL RULES FOR DAILY CONTEST

  • There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  • You must “like” both the FaveQuilts Facebook and the American Quilter’s Society Facebook pages to be eligible.
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  • Winner will be announced here on the blog tomorrow as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until tonight, March 20th, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  • Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

 

Interview with Quilting Arts TV’s Susan Brubaker Knapp

Quilting Arts TV - Susan Brubaker Knapp photoCool news, quilters! FaveQuilts recently had the opportunity to correspond with Susan Brubaker Knapp, new anchor of Quilting Arts TV, to talk a little about her own quilting and her advice for all those home-quilters out there.  She was kind enough to answer YOUR questions, which we collected via our Facebook page and our newsletters. Many thanks to Susan and don’t forget to tune in to Quilting Arts TV!

Is investing in a fabric cutter (such as Accuquilt or Sizzix) economical, or should I just keep on cutting the traditional way?

I think it depends on how you work, and what kinds of quilts you want to make. If you make a lot of quilts with traditional shapes, then fabric cutting machines can save you a ton of time.

Is it okay to sew wider top & bottom borders (& keep side borders narrower) to lengthen a quilt?

Absolutely! Why not? Just make sure that the quilt still looks balanced, and that basic design principles have not been compromised just to lengthen it. The most interesting quilts are those where the quiltmaker has taken a basic design or pattern, and changed it in ways that makes it more uniquely hers.

My binding is always uneven–sometimes it looks great, and sometimes it looks terrible. Is there a trick to it that I’m missing? 

I had problems with my bindings when I first started quilting. My mother –who was a former home economics teacher and an excellent quilter – told me so! And I ignored her for a long time (after all, she was my mother). And then I started entering shows and I got marked down for my bindings. I crawled back to her, and asked her to teach me the right way.

My best advice is to find a video or a book by someone who really knows her stuff, and follow the directions exactly. I have several good quilting reference books on my shelf. If you learn better by watching, rather than by reading, you can see my technique in my new Quilting Arts Workshop (available as a DVD or download) called “Fabulous Finishes:  Seven Techniques for Binding, Facing, Framing, and Hanging a Quilt.” Or watch multiple videos by experts online, and experiment with them to determine what works best for you.

By the way, I think double, straight-grain bindings are the easiest to do and achieve great results.

Common binding mistakes:

  1. Cutting off too much, or too little, or cutting unevenly, when squaring up your quilt before binding. This leaves you with the wrong amount of fabric and batting to fill up the binding, so some places are wide and plump, and others are skinny and flat.
  2. Not sewing a uniform ¼” seam allowance when you sew the binding on.
  3. Not paying attention to your corners (or simply not knowing how to handle them) when you machine stitch the binding on, so that they are not square or full. Corners are what separate the newbies from the pros.
  4. Rushing through the step where you hand stitch the binding to the back of the quilt, or failing to align it uniformly (it should just cover the machine stitching line, so that the binding is the same width on the front as the back).
  5. Going too fast, or not caring enough to do it right, because you are desperate to be done!

What do you do with the blocks that just don’t turn out for some reason? Perhaps due to color combinations or you just don’t like the block. You spend a lot of time and money into the block, hate to just toss them in a land fill.

Hmmm…. Here are some ideas:

  1. Take them to a friend, or offer them up to someone at your guild.
  2. Put them into a sampler quilt with neutral sashings and borders. Donate it to a charity so that you will never have to see it again! Not nice enough for a child, vet, or the elderly? It would still make good pet bedding!
  3. Sew a bunch together, and then sandwich them with batting and backing and use them to practice machine quilting.
  4. Make them into potholders and donate them to your guild’s quilt show boutique. Or give them to someone as a birthday or holiday gift.

What marking method do you prefer?

I don’t mark very much (I am usually free-motion quilting and thread sketching), but when I do, I really like the mechanical pencils with ceramic leads by Bohin and Sewline.

What has been the most difficult quilt /quilt block you have done personally?

The two that have been the most challenging for me are probably Pickle Dish and Feathered Star.

Do you have any tips or trade secrets about how to master free motion quilting? 

First, relax. If you partake, have a beer or glass of wine. (Not too much; you don’t want to stitch through your fingers!) Put on music that makes you chill out (for me, it is classical. For some reason, music with words doesn’t work for me.) If you are tense, your quilting will be tight and jerky. Tell yourself that this is going to be fun, and liberating.

Start on a project that is not dear to you. Make a sandwich from solid fabric, batting and backing fabric; pin and use it to practice. Consider buying one of those panels – you know, the ones with teddy bears or flowers on it – and use it to practice quilting around the elements. Practice, practice, practice. Chances are, you won’t be good at free-motion quilting unless you practice MANY hours. Set a goal of doing five to ten minutes of free-motion stitching each day, and use this time to practice different motifs. I’m convinced that anyone can learn to be a great free-motion quilter; it just takes practice.

What are some of your quilt inspirations? Where do you get your ideas for your quilts?

Almost always my art quilts are based on my original photos. I take photos almost every day, where ever I am – even when I’m out walking my dog – and choose the best ones to convert into works of art made with fabric and thread. For my traditional (contemporary) quilts, my inspiration may come from a great fabric or fabric collection, or a color combination I’ve noticed in nature.

What is your design process?

For my art quilts, I start by taking a great photo and tracing the basic color areas in the photo onto tracing paper. I enlarge my drawing to create a pattern. I use this pattern as the basic template, and then create my pieces using either wholecloth painting (painting with acrylic textile paints on white fabric) or fusible applique (using fusible adhesive to fuse down the pieces). Then I heavily thread sketch (free motion stitching through the surface of the quilt and interfacing/stabilizer) before I machine quilt.

For my traditional/contemporary quilts, I often design using graphic design/illustration software (I use Adobe Illustrator), so that I can scale elements, and move blocks around on my computer before settling on a final design. If you don’t have this kind of software, you can often do the same thing with graph paper.

Are there any shortcuts to cutting and measuring triangles?

I can’t really speak to this, as I’ve always done it the traditional way.

Scrap quilts can be a little overwhelming–many quilters have huge scrap fabric bins and no idea of how to start using them. Any advice?

If you make a lot of scrap quilts, I highly recommend getting into the habit of cutting up fabric remnants (from other projects) into the shapes you use most often in your scrap quilts. Do this each time you find yourself with a remnant that it is not big enough to use for a new  project. This could be 2” strips, or 4” squares, for example. Then put them into zippered plastic bags or bins according to color or value. This way, they will be ready to go when you want to make your next scrap quilt.

Need new fabric?

Lily Ashbury High Street Jelly RollInspired by Susan’s advice and want to get started on a new project? We’re giving away a FREE jelly roll, the Lily Ashbury High Street Jelly Roll, courtesy of Moda Fabrics!

Moda Jelly Rolls are always a great investment, as the pre-cut fabric drastically cuts down on preparation time without sacrificing piecing accuracy. They are cut specifically to minimize fraying while you work, and are perfect for a wide variety of projects, from home decor to clothing.

The Lily Ashbury High Street Jelly Roll comes with 40 2.5X44-inch die cut fabric strips (including duplicates), so there is plenty of material for you to work with. Lily Ashbury has done an absolutely fabulous job of blending softer pastel shades with a bolder, almost neon spring palette. The fabric design has a sweet bohemian feel, very easygoing and light, which would be appropriate for any season.

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Let Me See That Jelly Roll! 10 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns

 I absolutely love jelly roll fabric. They’re so versatile and fun. You can make almost any project with a jelly roll, from home decor to clothes and accessories to full bed quilts. They’re great for any season and any skill level. Are you a beginner just learning piecework? A jelly roll race quilt is the pattern for you. Are you an experienced sewist looking for your next project? Jelly roll quilts are a great way to mix and match, use up scraps, and even create your own designs.

My favorite thing about a jelly roll is how much variation there is. From race quilts to patchwork to chevron, no two jelly roll quilts look the same. You can use jelly rolls to make improv quilts that challenge your skill level or stick with something simple that you can make quickly. Add free-motion or applique to make a simple quilt just a little more personal or detailed. There’s really no limit to what you can do with a jelly roll, which is why I’ve put together some of my favorite patterns—so what are you waiting for? Your next quilt is waiting in the wings!

10 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns

10 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns for Your Next Quilt

  1. Etchy Floral Bed Quilt
  2. Granny Square Quilt
  3. Hello Spring Strippy Pillow Cover
  4. Umbrella Friendly Patio Table Topper
  5. Race to the Finish Jelly Roll Quilt
  6. Chevron Strip Tube Block
  7. Twists and Turns Improv Quilt
  8. Circus is in Town Quilt
  9. Rolling Rail Fence Quilt
  10. Jelly Roll Race Quilt

BONUS! Like these patterns? Find more with our newly updated pattern collection, 34 Jelly Roll Patterns!

And  if that’s not enough, win big with our Henry Glass & Co. fabric bundle giveaway!

Henry Glass & Co Fabric Bundle

We’re giving away the Honey Bee Mine fabric bundle from Henry Glass & Co.! It may not be a jelly roll, but this adorable fabric bundle will be perfect for your spring quilts. Whether you use them all together for a cute baby quilt or spread them out across a couple of throws or lap quilts, these will be the perfect new addition to your stash.

Ready for Love: The Best Valentine’s Day Quilts to Make This Year

Heart Embers Quilt Block

Can you feel the love tonight? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s time to start on those romantic quilts and quilt projects for that special someone! Whether you’re sewing a new bed quilt or just a little something, these projects are a wonderful way to show you care. What everyone forgets about Valentine’s Day is that you don’t have to limit your gifts to a spouse or significant other. Give all your loved ones a token of your affection this February and bring a little warmth to the dreariest time of the year with projects like the Heart Embers Quilt Block.

Home Decor: Romance Your Man…tel

Be My Valentine GarlandThis collection of adorable table runners, garlands, wall quilts and more is perfect for quick, easy decorations. You don’t have to completely deck out our house to get into the holiday—just a little touch here and there will make all the difference. Make this gorgeous Be My Valentine Garland in no time flat and let it put a smile on that special someone’s face.

1. Hearts a Flutter Table Runner
2. Improv Valentine Wall Quilt
3. Checkered Heart Wall Quilt
4. Heart Strings Table Runner

Knotty Little Valentine's Day ApronCook Up Some Romance

They say the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, so get your kitchen in tip-top shape with these adorable quilted kitchen crafts! They’ll be sure to add a little extra warmth to any cup of cocoa, piece of chocolate, or dinner for two. Make the adorable Knotty Little Valentine’s Day Apron to keep you and anyone who’s cooking with you nice and tidy! Remember: love doesn’t have to be messy. (But just in case, wear the apron.)

1. Knotty Little Valentine’s Day Apron
2. Cross Your Hear Mug Rug
3. Ruffled Mug Rug Valentine
4. Valentine’s Day Table Topper

Quilted Valentine Hearts PillowLove Cushion

Soften the blow of lost love with one of these gorgeous Valentine’s Day pillows. You can keep these adorable pillows out all year long, but they’re especially relevant in February! This precious Quilted Valentine Hearts Pillow will make any couch look just a little more inviting. Some may say that love is a battlefield, but we here at FaveQuilts don’t see why it can’t be something a little bit softer.

1. Quilted Valentine Hearts Pillow
2. Beginner’s Patchwork Heart Pillow
3. Pocket Full of Love Pillow
4. Reverse Applique Gathered Heart Pillow
5. Cross My Heart Appliqued Pillow

What’s the most romantic Valentine’s Day you’ve ever had?

How to Make a Quilt: Trivia Edition

Log Cabin Star Wall Hanging Quilt

Okay, quilters. The holiday season has started and we’re all beginning to plan out and piece together our Christmas quilts. But have you ever looked at a finished product and wondered where the techniques came from? Whether your mother, grandmother, or one of FaveQuilts‘ amazing YouTube tutorials taught you the difference between a quilt binding and a quilt border, you’re participating in a process that has been practiced and refined through centuries. Pretty cool, right?

Well, it’s time to put all that knowledge to the test! How much do you know about the art of quilting? Take our quiz, “How to Make a Quilt: Trivia Edition” to find out.

Q: In what country did archaeologists find the world’s oldest quilt?

Stars and Loops Pattern Tutorial A: Mongolia!

The oldest quilt in existence is currently housed at the Saint Petersburg Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The quilted linen carpet was discovered in a Mongolian cave. Other candidates for World’s Oldest Quilt are an Egyptian leather quilt discovered on a carved ivory statue (dating to about 980 B.C.) and the Tristan Quilt (1360-1400 C.A.) in Italy. The Tristan Quilt, like this Stars and Loops Pattern, is a free-form quilt pattern which uses artistic stitching as the primary design feature.

Sleeping on Squares QuiltQ: Should you wash your quilting fabric before you use it?

A: Yes!

It’s always a good idea to prewash your fabric before you begin to work with it, particularly if you’re working with cotton. This way you can be sure that you won’t find yourself facing any unpleasant surprises that might ruin your beautiful finished product, such as bleeding or uneven shrinking. If you want to be sure your quilts are going to come out as neat and tidy as this gorgeous Sleeping on Squares Quilt, be sure to give the fabric a run through the washer before you begin to quilt!

How to Add Scalloped Binding to Your QuiltQ: But wait! Prewashing fabric can lead to fraying. What’s the best way to prevent frayed edges?

A: Cut a little piece from the corners.

It’s true that prewashing can cause fabric to fray. But cutting a little piece from the corners can help prevent fraying. If you find that your quilt still looks a little rough around the edges, try adding a border or binding! This gives a quilt a professional, finished look like the Scalloped Binding that you see here.

Brick Pattern Fat Quarter Quilt

Q: True or False – Using fabric scraps for patchwork quilts comes from Colonial America.

A: False! 

Surprised? Not when you consider that while there were dressmakers and tailors in Colonial America, many women made their everyday clothes (and those of their husbands and children). Fabric at the time was costly, and scraps were more likely to be put to use than collect in a “stash.” Homemade quilts like this Brick Pattern Fat Quarter Quilt  were almost certainly deliberate projects which required fabric of their own to be purchased. It wasn’t until the 1850s, when the cost of fabric lowered drastically due to new commercial technology, that quilting began to become anything that resembled a “hobby.”

Fluffy Flannel Baby QuiltQ: Which is the best type of needle to use in hand quilting: sharps, milliners, crewels, or betweens?

A: Betweens.

Betweens are short and sharp, which make pushing through a quilt’s many layers much easier. They’re a bit tougher than some other needle options, which can help keep your hands from getting too sore! If you’ve never hand quilted before, the Fluffy Flannel Baby Quilt is the project to begin with. Go back to quilting’s roots by making this blanket the same way that your ancestors might have!

During the Crusades, women used to sew quilts as protective armor to be worn under their husbands’ and sons’ chain mail. You probably won’t need to pad anybody’s armor, but a cozy baby quilt will go a long way to fighting off the cold!

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