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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Ragtime Blues: 15 Rag Quilt Patterns

What is a rag quilt and how do you make one?

Luckily this blog post will answer any and all of your questions.

A rag quilt uses the quilt-as-you-go technique to create a square quilt with exposed seams.

Rag quilting is much easier than traditional quilting because you fasten the backing, batting, and top fabric to each quilt block before sewing them all together.

DIY quilt projects are really popular for the summer, especially free baby quilt projects. With rag quilts, babies love the texture of the exposed seams, and parents love how they can throw the quilt in the wash without any hesitation.

Here are some hot rag quilt ideas for summer that we absolutely adore. This post features many fellow-bloggers, but the last five patterns come from FaveQuilts . If you want more rag quilt patterns, check out this article, Snuggly Free Rag Quilt Patterns.

 

Link Love: Easy Rag Quilt Ideas

Beach Beauty Rag QuiltLooking for easy quilt pattern ideas for your summer quilt needs? Whether you need a quilt for the beach, a picnic, or a summer sports game, you will love the patterns from these creative bloggers. Thanks for inspiring us, ladies!

1) Beach Beauty Rag Quilt by Heidi

2) Fancy French Rag Quilt by Shabby Soul

3) Dreaming in Denim Rag Quilt by Crystelle

4) Perfect Pastels Rag Quilt by SewDelish

5) Quilter’s Choice: Rag Quilts in Bright Colors by Beckie

 

Link Love: Baby Rag Quilts

Little Monster Baby Rag QuiltBaby rag quilts are too cute to handle. We love these precious projects from other bloggers!

6) Little Monster Baby Rag Quilt by Patricia

7) Duck, Duck, Goose Baby Rag Quilt by Aubrey

8) Three Shades of Blue Baby Rag Quilt by Amber

9) Itty Bitty Blue Baby Rag Quilt by Joan

10) Fabulous Fleece Baby Rag Quilt by Shannon

 

No More Summer Blues: Free Rag Quilt Tutorials

Fuss Free Rag QuiltEach of these tutorials will teach you the quilt-as-you-go technique. The step-by-step instructions will  make your life so much easier. We picked patterns with blue fabrics because blue is definitely on trend this summer!

11) Fuss Free Rag Quilt

12) Easiest Thrifty Rag Quilt

13) Ragtime Quilt

14) Rustic Rag Quilt

15) Adaptable Rag Quilt

CONTEST: A Quilter’s Mixology

A Quilter's Mixology ContestYou absolutely need a copy of  A Quilter’s Mixology: Shaking Up Curved Piecing by Angela Pinge. Luckily if you enter this contest today, you have a chance to win a FREE copy of the book! Don’t pass up this chance because A Quilter’s Mixology is flying off the shelves in the craft world, so be sure to submit your name to the contest by July 21 at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time!

 

 

 

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Global Gala: 14 Around the World Crafts

From the Winter Olympics to the FIFA World Cup, 2014 has been filled with opportunities to celebrate diversity and learn about other cultures. Learning about different countries and their unique customs is a great way to grow a better understanding of those around us.

Of course, nothing beats traveling the globe and experiencing these cultures firsthand, but if you can’t travel, you can make those faraway places feel closer to home. These around the world crafts from FaveCrafts and AllFreeHolidayCrafts will help you realize that it really is a small world after all (sorry, I couldn’t help it!). Here are a few crafts inspired by continents like Africa and Asia, and countries like France and Mexico.

 Around-the-World-Crafts

African Crafts for Kids and Adults

Beautiful Paper BeadsAfrican culture is nothing short of beautiful, and best of all, Africa was where humankind first began. Africa is a collection of unique countries known for their beautiful beads, quilts, and pins. Africans love art, music, and the natural world around them.

  • Beautiful Paper Beads:  These beads are a great way to use up old magazines and protect our planet.
  • Family Love Quilt:  This quilt pattern uses a central panel featuring a touching family scene.
  • Africa Themed Card Set:  An African set of unique stamps creates a collection of beautiful stamped cards.

 

Asian Design Ideas

Asian Inspired Baby Jacket 1The countries that make up Asia are as vast and beautiful as the continent itself.  Asian cultures value wisdom, hard work, and a bit of imagination, which makes this continent the perfect place to find craft inspiration.

 

Mexican Crafts for Kids and Adults

ImageThere’s no place in the world quite like the country of Mexico. From its beautiful holidays like Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) to its fascinating Aztec origins, Mexico is a great place to find inspiration.

 

French Themed Crafts

Must-Make French ChairIt’s no surprise that people flock to France every year for inspiration, whether it be romantic, artistic, or culinary.  These French-inspired crafts are all three!

  • Must-Make French Chair:  Learn how to paint a chair the French way – with lots of style and plenty of flair.
  • Pretty Paper Pomanders:  Always a classic wedding decoration, the name pomander actually comes from the French for a ball of perfume.
  • Strawberry Macaron Flower Pops:  If you want an adorable baby shower recipe that doubles as a decoration, make these macaroon pops.

 

A little bit of craftiness can go a long way – even to the other side of the world!

 

Which country would you most like to visit and why?

 

 

FaveQuilts Talks: Christa Watson

Christa WatsonChrista Watson is one of our most prolific quilt designers. She is one of our foremost experts, providing her readers with full-length quilt-alongs (like the How to Sew a String of Pearls Quilt quilt-along) and nitty-gritty quilt how-tos, like Basting a Quilt with Safety Pins and Making Your Own Design Wall. From beginner quilters to wizened experts, Christa’s blog is full of amazing tutorials to keep any quilter busy at his or her machine!

1. What first drew you to quilting?
I’ve always been drawn to arts and crafts and tried many mediums until I found one that stuck! About 20 years ago some ladies from church were tying quilts for charity and invited me to help. I was instantly hooked with the tactile nature of the quilts, and with all the colors and patterns in the fabrics they were using. It was love at first stitch!

2. What do you think categorizes most of the quilts you make? What types of patterns are you typically most attracted to?
For the first 18 years of my sewing career I was mainly a traditional quilter. However, I discovered modern quilting about 2 years ago and have totally switched my style because of it. That’s all I make now. I love bright, clear colors, clean lines and lots of negative space for machine quilting.

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?
I would say to just take it one step at a time. I don’t think advanced quilting is hard per se. I just think it takes more time and patience. Whenever I am learning a new technique, I allow myself extra time to figure it out so I don’t get frustrated.

4. When you set out to design a new pattern, what are your first steps?
When I have new idea, I will sketch it out on the computer and manipulate the block design or quilt design to see the different layouts I can come up with. Once I settle on one I like, I take time to color it using fabric swatches downloaded from manufacturer’s websites. I will often save different color combinations of the same pattern and it’s amazing how different colors can change the overall look of a pattern.

5. From where do you draw inspiration?
From literally everywhere! Most of my newer work is very graphic in nature and I take a lot of pictures. When I’m out and about I will see lots of interesting shapes and combinations in nature and architecture. I capture them and think about how I can turn what I see into a quilt design. I also read a lot of quilting books and magazines to get in idea of what’s trending. If I see a particular motif being repeated a lot (like chevrons) I will come up with my own take on it.

6. Do you make your patterns on a computer, by hand, or by some other method?
I design everything on the computer, using Electric Quilt software. I love being able to change things up with the click of a button and save several different versions of my ideas. I write up directions using word processing software and then import my computerized sketches into the pattern. I take lots of pictures while I’m making the quilts so I will use those, too.

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.)
One of my personal mottos is, “It just takes doing.” What it means is that I believe you can accomplish anything you desire, whether it’s tackling a hard quilting design or deciding to design and publish patterns. The first step of taking action is usually the hardest, and it just gets easier from there! To go along with that, I believe practice makes progress when it comes to quilting.

8. Do you have a favorite quilt that you’ve made? Or one that you’ve seen, that you wished you designed?
One of my favorite quilts is my String of Pearls quilt that is listed on the FaveQuilts website. That’s one of my most modern both with the piecing and quilting, and it’s been very well received.

9. What is your favorite part of the quilt-making process?
By far, my favorite part of the process is quilting on my home machine (a Bernina). One of the reasons I enjoy making graphically simple quilt patterns is so that I can have fun with the machine quilting!

10. And now the big one! A newbie quilter approaches you in a café and says, “Christa, 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 cheaper than therapy! And probably much more satisfying. If I’m having a bad day, putting in a few stitches on a current project really brightens my day and makes me feel like I can take on the world.
  2. Revel in the joy of the hand made. Quilting is something in my life that allows me to slow down and enjoy the process. Each step is like a new adventure and when a quilt is complete, there’s nothing quite like the joy and satisfaction of saying, “I did it myself.”
  3. It’s also very social and a great way to make friends. Whether you share with others online or in person, taking part in the quilting community is just as thrilling to me as the actual making. Plus, they say that doing creative things can help you live a longer, more satisfying life. How could I say no to that?

Cleaning Out the Closet Book GiveawayLike Christa’s Quilts? Then you’ll love the quilt patterns in these amazing free pattern books! FaveQuilts is cleaning out the closet so you can win a random assortment of incredible quilt patterns and technique tutorials from the FaveQuilts libary.

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Do you have any other questions for Christa, or a question you’d like us to ask in our next FaveQuilts Talks installment?

Get In Shape! Geometric Patterns for Summer

When I sat down to review Simply Modern Christmas: Fresh Quilting Patterns for the Holidays, I was expecting 80 pages of red and green quilts. Instead, I was greeted by page after page of sewing projects that would look just as great in June as they would in December. The author, Cindy Lammon, is a designer and blogger known for her floral patterns. With the 14 tutorials in this book, Lammon balances tradition and innovation by using basic shapes and bold fabric. Geometric shapes allow each pattern to pop. Plus, they are easier for beginner and intermediate sewists to piece together. I decided to pull together some stand-out projects that rely on the beauty of simple shapes. Whether they use circles, squares, triangles, or a combination of all three, these projects are chic and summery.

 

Get In Shape! Geometric Patterns for Summer

 

Squares: DIY Jewelry, Handmade Wreaths, and Granny Squares

 

Knots and Nuts Bracelet

Knot and Nuts Bracelet – The light colored cord and gold hexnuts in this DIY bracelet contrast beautifully.

Thrifty Square Rose Wreath – Roses bloom in the summer, but you can keep these lovely buds on your door all year long with this handmade wreath.

Angel Heart Granny – Let your heart soar with this adorable granny square pattern.

 

CHRISTMAS BONUS: Snowflake Square Motif

 

Triangles: Handmade Baskets, Shawl Patterns, and DIY Necklaces

 

Wire Mesh BasketWire Mesh Basket – This pretty DIY basket is modern and elegant.

Knotted Lace Shawl – Get warmth without weight for that cool summer breeze.

Blue Triangle Necklace – For a night on the town, you can’t beat this handmade necklace.

 

CHRISTMAS BONUS: Knit Pillow with Aran Triangle

 

 

 

 

Circles: Handmade Wreaths, DIY Bookshelves, and Bracelet Patterns

 

Circle of Leaves Knit Wreath

Circle of Leaves Knit Wreath – Play with different colors of yarn to make this wreath green for summer or red for fall.

String of Circles Bookshelf – The perfect gift for the high school grad who’s heading for college.

Circles and Pearls Bracelet – This dainty DIY bracelet is a cinch to make.

 

CHRISTMAS BONUS: Circle Bell Ornaments

 

 

 

Hexagons: How to Make Your Own Bag and Crochet Rug Patterns

 

Drawstring Tote Bag

Drawstring Tote Bag – Great for little girls, we love the backpack-esque style of this purple and green bag.

Hexagonal Market Bag – Pick up your produce and store it in an eco-friendly bag.

Crochet Hexagon Rug – This hexagon rug pattern is small enough to fit in any room, but eye-catching enough to draw some attention.

CHRISTMAS BONUS: White Hibiscus Afghan

 

 

 

Simply Modern Christmas: Fresh Quilting Patterns for the HolidaysEnter for your chance to win a copy of Simply Modern Christmas: Fresh Quilting Patterns for the Holidays, a book of patterns for  quilts, table toppers, stockings, and more. Great for beginners and intermediate sewists alike, these patterns are universal, so a simple fabric swap makes them appropriate for any season. Read our full review here, and enter the giveaway here.

What geometric shapes do you like to use in your crafts?

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.
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What first drew YOU to quilting (or crafting)?

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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Grandma’s Favorite: English Paper Piecing Techniques and Flower Garden Quilt Patterns

The tradition of quilting is often one that’s passed down between family members, so many quilters can recall fond memories of the patterns their mothers and grandmothers used to make. One classic style that’s still very popular within both traditional and contemporary quilting is English paper piecing; these little hexies can be used to make flowers, chic designs, and much more. No matter what size your dream pattern is, English paper piecing can really come in handy.

 

English Paper Piecing for Your Home Decor

Hexagon designs have a certain old fashioned look to them that becomes incredibly stylish and modern when used within a home decor pattern. It’s amazing; just one little shape can turn into an entire table runner, a mod bed quilt pattern, or even a festive little pop up basket for the holidays. Once you’ve made a few, building an entire design will seem like such a breeze, giving you plenty of room to experiment with your color schemes and detail work.

Quilted Wearables

What better way to represent your quilting in your everyday life than with a beautiful quilted accessories? They’re great for quilters who want to work on their hand stitching, and they’re so small that they’ll barely require any materials. If you have any jewelry fans in your family, these designs are also excellent gift ideas that are even more special because you made them yourself.

Decorative Quilted Bag Patterns and Organization Ideas

These patterns are such treats for quilters; they’re colorful, super cute, and all serve a purpose. Hexies can turn any regular bag pattern into a modern fashion statement, and even items you make to help you stay organized like pincushions and pouches will look more decorative and at home with a few hexies popping within their patterns.

Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt Patterns

The most classic use for hexagon patterns has to be the grandmother’s flower garden quilt. The simple, but eye-catching style complements just about anything and provides quilts with a refined delicacy that looks like it came straight out of the past.

 


Learn how you can create a magical quilt pattern with English paper piecing techniques with Quilts from Grandmother’s Garden: A Fresh Look at English Paper Piecing. We’re giving away a free copy, so enter to win before November 12th!

 

What’s your favorite way to use English paper piecing?

 

 

 

 

Classic vs. Contemporary: Which Style of Art Quilt Reigns Supreme?

This past weekend, my boyfriend and I finally found time to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. After wandering through a few hallways occupied by contemplating Roman gods made of cool marble and archaic jade figurines from China, we found ourselves at a dead end between two exhibits. To the left of us was a collection of portraits from the impressionism period, to the right was the modern art exhibit featuring local artists’ newest work.

As I started to turn towards the renowned works of Monet and Degas, I realized my boyfriend was already staring at what looked like a line of broken Christmas lights in the modern art wing.

We ended up humoring each other and visited both exhibits, but our difference in preference made me wonder — could classic and modern artistic styles be applied to art quilts as well?

Luckily, FaveQuilts has a wide collection of diverse art quilts to choose from; many of which combine different fiber art techniques, including piecework, fabric painting, applique, and embroidery. Whichever your preferred style of art, you’re sure to enjoy these surprisingly easy tutorials for intriguing mixed media art quilt designs.

 

Natural Bird Design

A quilt intended to be viewed as art. Art quilts may combine many different fiber art techniques, including piecework, applique, fabric painting, and embroidery.
Read more at http://www.favequilts.com/Techniques-and-Videos/Glossary-of-Quilting-Words-and-Terms/ct/1#BkExTS7YVi1aiVGd.99
A quilt intended to be viewed as art. Art quilts may combine many different fiber art techniques, including piecework, applique, fabric painting, and embroidery.
Read more at http://www.favequilts.com/Techniques-and-Videos/Glossary-of-Quilting-Words-and-Terms/ct/1#BkExTS7YVi1aiVGd.99
A quilt intended to be viewed as art. Art quilts may combine many different fiber art techniques, including piecework, applique, fabric painting, and embroidery.
Read more at http://www.favequilts.com/Techniques-and-Videos/Glossary-of-Quilting-Words-and-Terms/ct/1#BkExTS7YVi1aiVGd.99
A quilt intended to be viewed as art. Art quilts may combine many different fiber art techniques, including piecework, applique, fabric painting, and embroidery.
Read more at http://www.favequilts.com/Techniques-and-Videos/Glossary-of-Quilting-Words-and-Terms/ct/1#BkExTS7YVi1aiVGd.99

Classic Nature-Inspired Art Quilts

Call me old fashioned, but I am a huge fan of art quilts that feature animals, landscapes, and other beautiful scenes from nature. For example, the tutorial on how to Paint a Fall Scene on a Quilted Tote features a lovely autumn foliage design that is perfect for a DIY Halloween candy bag. For a springtime art quilt, the Painted Pansy Quilt incorporates flower quilt patterns and gorgeous purple paint. My favorite kind of art quilt is one that showcases cute little creatures, like this Natural Bird Design (shown), which adds just the perfect amount of dainty detail for a larger quilt pattern.

 

 

Contemporary Art QuiltsEye Candy Quilt Art Tutorial

For those of you that love making artistic creations that have a contemporary vibe, you’ll love art quilt patterns such as the retro-looking Eye Candy Quilt Art Tutorial (show). In addition, the vivid tree appliques, and bright watercolor background of the Aprons on Clothesline Wall Hanging art quilt truly look like a painting. If you are a beginner quilter, than you can easily learn how to make a quick and easy art quilt design with this tutorial for the funky Free-Form Patchwork Mini Art Quilt.

 

 

 

Studio E Fabric Bundle and Ocean View Pattern
Develop a real sense of artistry in your next quilt pattern with the intricate beauty of the Just Color! fabric collection and the accompanying Ocean View quilt pattern. Enter for your chance to win by October 8th.

 

 

 

Do you prefer classic-looking art quilts or modern art quilts?