7 Must-Have Quilt Patterns for the Holiday Season

If you love free quilt patterns, then there’s nothing like putting them to use for the upcoming holiday season. Why? Well, they simply make the best DIY gifts! Who wouldn’t want to receive one of these personal and beautiful quilt designs for Christmas? We want nothing more than to hide under a soft, warm quilt during the winter months enjoying some hot cocoa by the fire. They’re undeniably amazing and an absolute necessity in the winter!

7 Must-Have Quilt Patterns for the Holiday SeasonNot only do these quilt ideas make great handmade gifts, but they’re also the perfect DIY home decor project for the holidays. Hanging up a quilt pattern like this Polar Bear Wall Hanging will instantly make a room look festive. Plus, you get say you made these unique pieces! These free quilt patterns are great for a blank wall in your home. If you feel like the walls are looking bare and need some festive flair, then these quilt patterns are the answer to your dilemma. They are so full of details and creativity — they’re surely the most unique DIY home decor item anyone could make.

If you’re learning how to make a quilt, then try your hand at a seasonal quilt will last you for years to come. These designs range in difficulty level, so they’re great for both experienced and beginner quilters. Feel free to use up fabric scraps with any of these quilt patterns because they’re sure to turn out special and unique no matter what. There’s no other craft project idea like a quilt: they’re one-of-a-kind pieces that will be treasured for years.

7 Must-Have Quilt Patterns for the Holiday Season

 

Christmas Stars Quilt

Christmas Ribbons Throw

Spinning and Spiraling Christmas Quilt

A Dotty Christmas Quilt Pattern

Christmas Tree Farm Wall Hanging

Polar Bear Wall Hanging

Patchwork Evergreen Quilt

BONUS!

Have fabric scraps? Love making DIY ornaments? These quilt Christmas ornaments are super fun and will compliment any Christmas tree in your home. They also make great DIY gifts or stocking stuffers!

Quilt Christmas Ornaments! 17 Projects to Hang on Your Tree

Quilt Christmas Ornaments! 17 Projects to Hang on Your Tree

 

Comment below and let us know, which one of these festive quilt patterns is your favorite?

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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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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14 Fabulous Fat Quarter Quilts

So … what’s a fat quarter? It’s not too late to ask. Don’t worry.  A  fat quarter is simply a rectangular piece of fabric  (18″x22″) from 1 yard of a standard bolt of fabric. In other words, it’s one quarter of a yard of fabric. This blog post will give you fun ideas for fat quarters to sew on different occasions. Simple sewing projects are a great way to use fat quarters. Once you have fat quarter quilt patterns down, you should try one of these 10 Fantastic Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns, too. Learning how to make a fat quarter quilt is such a cinch.

 

Four Fat Quarter Quilts for Baby

Bright and Cheery Fat Quarter Crib QuiltIs there a new baby on the way? Make one of these amazing fat quarter baby quilts. All of these patterns are both easy and free! Check them all out and choose the cutest pattern for the family’s new little addition. You will love what you come up with in these easy sewing projects.

1. Bright and Cheery Fat Quarter Crib Quilt

2. Tiny Trails Baby Quilt

3. Afternoon Six and a Half Dozen Baby Quilt Pattern

4. Fabulous Fat Quarter Baby Quilt

 

 

 

Fat Quarter Quilts for YOU

Steps to Tranquility QuiltTired of making quilting gifts all the time? Then it’s time to make something for you. These quilts are adult appropriate and will fit right in at your house. The best part is that these fat quarter quilts are super easy to make. All of the patterns are free, so definitely take a look!

5. Steps to Tranquility Quilt

6. Nostalgic Fat Quarter Quilt

7. Homemade Blessings Patchwork Quilt

8. Indie Chic Circle Quilt

9. Midwest Crossings Quilt

10. Mod Nine Patch Throw

 

Link Love: Simple Fat Quarter Quilts

Super Square Fat Quarter Quilt

These sewing blogs are absolutely adorable. We love them. It’s always fun to check out new bloggers and broaden our quilting horizons. This week, we want to give a shout out to Sara, Melissa, LeAnne, and Jen for their stellar fat quarter projects. They’re perfect for any occasion, but we know that all of them would make a great gift.

11. Super Square Fat Quarter Quilt by Sara

12. Quick and Easy Fat Quarter Quilt by Melissa

13. Just Growing Fat Quarter Quilt by LeAnne

14. Pretty Pastel Fat Quarter Quilt by Jen

 

 

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Peppered Cottons Fat Quarter Collection Enter to win this Peppered Cotton Fat Quarter Collection from Studio e. This is your chance to WIN two 10-piece fat quarter bundles of the Peppered Cottons collection from Studio e Fabrics! The deadline to enter is June 30th at 11:59:59 PM, EST. Click here to enter the contest! You’ll love this luscious collection of fabric for its texture, weight, and rich colors. Submit a form every day, and you could be the ultimate winner!

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

“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.

Download Your Copy!

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!

What’s your favorite style of pre-cut?