Category Archives: Tutorials

Quilt Finishes!!

I’d love to tell you that all the quilt finishes were mine, but alas, they aren’t.

I am excited about them though!!

First up is a charity quilt that was sent out to one of our volunteer binders, Karen Green.  The top came to me from Nancy Clarke from Homestead, FL….and now the quilt will be donated to Quilts of Compassion.  Isn’t that awesome?  Another quilt going out to help someone in need.

Jellyroll race quilts like this one are fast and perfect for giving.  I’ve seen many and no matter the colors, I always like them.  Sometimes simplicity is fun.

Thanks ladies for helping with the charity quilt project.

Next up is a quilt from a blog reader who used one of our free patterns to make a quilt:

Cathy Witt writes, “I am from Tellico Plains, TN.  I have followed your blog for years.  When the red and green Christmas Star quilt first appeared I knew I had to make it. I was so anxious, I didn’t even wait for the tutorial.. I just jumped in and tried to figure it out.  Although technically what I figured out wasn’t exactly your method of assembling it,  it was working. Then life got in the way.  I put it away and haven’t touched it in quite some time.  This week a good friend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I knew I needed to send him a quilt.  I didn’t have anything at all suitable for a man.. Then I remembered your star quilt. I was using greens, blue and creams.. perfect for a man.. It was barely underway. I had only a handful of blocks and a number of “components” made up, but it was all there in the bag where I left it.  I started sewing and sewing and yesterday I had it ready for quilting.  I quilted it last night, bound it this morning and put it in the mail to him this afternoon.  Thank you for such a great pattern.”

Well thank you for sharing the photo.  I love to see what you guys do with our patterns.

Jo's star quilt (002)
As noted we made the original one in Christmas colors…boy does it look nice it these colors and as said, it’s a perfect “guy” quilt.

If you are looking for the free pattern to make this quilt you can find it here.

Quilters have such big hearts.  It so awesome to belong to a community of givers.  I couldn’t feel more blessed.

A Free Printable Quilt Pattern: Pinkie Swear

I finally finished up this little baby quilt.  It’s been on my to do list since last December.  That’s about the time we were moving and I just didn’t have the time to finish it.  I could have finished it since then but we planned to write a free pattern for the project and that made us delay longer…

Well wait no more!!

This quilt we are calling Pinkie Swear.  The name…nothing too special.  It has pink and the brown kind of wraps around it just like when people actually pinkie swear with their pinkie fingers.  Let me tell you…quilt naming is a challenge and that’s all I can say about that.  I have no idea how prolific pattern writers come up with quilt names all the time.  We’re lucky we came up with Pinkie Swear!!

Anyway back to the quilt.  I made my version with the bonus triangles I had left over from my Grand Illusion mystery quilt.  I have LOTS and LOTS of pink triangles waiting for a home and they found it in this quilt.  It’s really quite an easy quilt to make.

The quilting is simple just an all over floral stipple that I do.  It’s one of my go to designs that I can do in my sleep…sometimes easy and go to designs are just what a quilt, and a quilter, need.

I am so proud of myself.  I used up one of my favorite fabrics on the back.  I had been saving it for awhile for the perfect project…kind of hoarding it.  Then I read the book that I talked about in an earlier blog post (catch that here if you missed it) and decided to use it up.  I think it’s going to be a perfect baby quilt.  I am happy to report that there was a little bit of the fabric left.  I stripped it up and it will now be seen in several scrap quilts in the future.

I used a cream thread on the front (Mother Goose by Maxi Lock) and a brown on the back.  I think pink and brown make a great color combo for a girl baby quilt.


I don’t make small baby quilts.  This one is 50″ x 50″.  With dangers of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome I want the quilts not be used in cribs but on floors and used well into toddler years.  The bigger size helps with that I think.


If you read the title it says free printable pattern and there is one.  You can find the free pattern by following this link.  In the future you can find it along the right hand column in our free pattern section.

Although I used bonus triangles we wrote the pattern for those who don’t have them as well.   Enjoy the pattern.

Today we’re sharing our finished quilt at  Confessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom Quilts, and Link a Finish Friday.


Moda Bake Shop Day: Step Up

Hooray!!  It’s a Moda Bake Shop day!!  It’s a giveaway day too!  Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop have a special prize for one of our readers.  Keep reading and I’ll tell you about the giveaway soon.  First off, here’s our quilt!


We are calling the quilt Step Up.  The design came to me when I was in the shower one day.  Amazingly, the shower has been where several quilt design ideas have come to me.  I wanted something simple and this was it.  All you do is sew two strips to a square…of course it’s not quite that easy…but close.   You can find the complete free pattern over at Moda Bake Shop.


The quilt ended up really big, 84″ x 100″.  Kelli and I just have trouble making anything small.  You can easily make yours smaller by taking off a row.

For the quilting motif I played and played around hoping to come up with some that looked like paw prints being the fabric line is “Here Boy”.

We used this fabric from the line for the backing….cute, right??

Our quilt will be donated to the Humane Society for their next fund raising event.  We hope it brings in some money to help some needy dogs.

I love when simple designs come together and look cute like this quilt.

Quilting Fabric at the Fat Quarter Shop

So are you wondering what the Fat Quarter Shop is going to give one of my lucky readers….How about jelly roll of your choice??  That sounds great to me!

If you want a chance to win, just leave a comment telling what organization or group you volunteer for.  We’ll pick a winner next week!

Today I am hooking up with Michelle’s Romantic Tangle,  Confessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom Quilts, and Link a Finish Friday.

Ins and Outs: An New FREE Quilt Pattern

I told you about a month ago that we had a few projects featuring jelly rolls in the works.  So far we’ve shown you “Jimmy John” and last week’s free pattern “Meet in the Middle“.  Today we have another new quilt with free printable pattern that we’re calling “Ins and Outs”.


When we made ours we used one jelly roll then pulled from our scrap bucket to provide the rest of the fabric.  The jelly roll that we started with was Blooming Fresh from Moda.  It was bright and fun, perfect for the look we were going for.

You can see why we named the quilt Ins and Outs.  The colored pieces go in and out.


I quilted it with a pastel thread in an all over edge to edge design.  I love looking at all the fun printed white fabrics.


I found a backing piece in my stash.  It’s one I bought from the thrift store for $2.  I love it when that happens!!



This is a great pattern for you to use up scraps…LOTS of scraps.

There are so many options for this quilt.  I can see it with all dark back grounds and light columns.  I can see it as a Quilt of Valor.  I can see it as a two color quilt.  The options are really endless.

If you’re looking for the printable pattern, you can find that HERE.

Last week we featured a free pattern.  The weather wasn’t the best that day and I didn’t have many pictures of the quilt.  I took more pictures and added them to the old post.  Head on over HERE and check them out.

You can find MANY other free patterns on our site by looking under the free patterns tab at the top of the page under our banner.  Stop by again…

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We’ll be hooking up with Confessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom Quilts, and Link a Finish Friday.