Free Red, White and Blue Quilt Patterns

Looking for patriotic quilt patterns? You’ve come to the right place! We’ve gathered together five of our favorite red, white and blue patterns for you. And… it gets better… they’re all free! The first three patterns are all included in our Free Summer Quilts ebook, while the other two are available as individual free downloads. These patriotic patterns are perfect for infusing some red, white and blue into your quilting for the Fourth of the July or anytime of the year. We have throw quilts, a table runner and a mini quilt, so there’s plenty of variety for you. Of course, some of the patterns are also perfect to make for a veteran you know or to donate to an organization like the Quilts of Valor® Foundation.

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Star Spangled quilt pattern

Star Spangled quilt pattern: Light up your kitchen table with shining stars this summer. Each block on this red, white and blue table runner designed by QM content director Carolyn Beam is one half of a star. The finished size is 11 3/8” x 34”, but it’s easy to make in any length you want — just add more blocks/setting triangles to each side.

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Star Harbor quilt pattern

Star Harbor quilt pattern: Nestle beneath a starry summertime sky with this lovely throw quilt designed by Eileen Fowler. Two different star blocks set on point create a unique secondary design. The finished size of this quilt is 58 1/2” x 72 1/2”.

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Life’s a Picnic quilt pattern

Life’s a Picnic quilt pattern: Simple blocks paired with patriotic machine embroidery create this festive quilt designed by Kim Hanson. The quilt finishes at 61 1/2” x 61 1/2”.

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Homeland Mini quilt pattern

Homeland quilt pattern: Easy triangle-squares are arranged as a stylized American flag complete with stars and stripes in this mini quilt. A free web bonus from McCall’s Quilting, the pattern is based on a design by Candy Hargrove. When choosing fabrics, look for prints in each of the three color families that incorporate colors from the other two in order to maintain a controlled scrappy look. Finished size is 26 1/2” x 31 1/2”.

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American Independence quilt pattern

American Independence quilt pattern: This free traditional quilt pattern from Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting was designed by Karen Witt. It’s perfect for anyone looking for a nice pattern to create with reproduction fabrics. The design finishes at 66” x 90”.

Explore more red, white and blue quilt patterns in our online shop.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Santa’s Crossing: A Visit with Wendy Sheppard

Hello Quilting Friends, my name is Wendy Sheppard. I believe this is my first time guest-blogging on Quiltmaker’s blog.

santas crossing a visit with wendy sheppard style 236x300 Santas Crossing: A Visit with Wendy SheppardI thought I would start by sharing just a little about myself. I live with my little family in northern Virginia. Despite the frantically paced lifestyle, we love all the historical connections associated with this area. I design and make quilts for magazines as well as fabric companies, at home and abroad. I have a great passion for domestic machine quilting, and document some of my tried and true tips on my website www.wendysheppard.net. I have also authored a couple of quilting books for Landauer Publishing, with a new one due out in October 2017. I call myself a happenstance quilter in that I never thought I would be involved with sewing or quilting in any form or fashion, but here I am. For the rest of my “quilty” beginnings, be sure to check out page 70 of my Santa’s Crossing pattern in the July/August issue of Quiltmaker.

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Quiltmaker July/August 2017

I am very excited to have Santa’s Crossing featured in the latest issue of Quiltmaker. This was a fun quilt for me to design using Moda Fabric’s Snowfall fabrics designed by Minick and Simpson. For the quilt design, I decided to come up with something snow-related to match the name of the fabric line, thus the snowflakes. Each snowflake is made of four quarter blocks separated by sashing pieces and cornerstones. I thought “layering” the different snowflakes might give a fun visual effect by bringing a complete “snowflake” forward, and only letting part of another showing in the background.

And of course, no two snowflakes are alike. I colored my snowflakes in three different colorways, but I think it would be really neat to have all the snowflakes colored differently from each other for a totally scrappy look! How about a completely scrappy red/white or blue/white look?

And I really like that Quiltmaker has added coloring pages to the projects featured in the magazine so that you can personalize the project by deciding your own colors before attempting the project. I look forward to seeing the different versions of this quilt.

santas crossing a visit with wendy sheppard flat 248x300 Santas Crossing: A Visit with Wendy SheppardThere are some 1½” pieces, which I know can be tricky to handle. When dealing with narrow or small pieces, I always make sure I press-starch my fabrics with a dry iron before cutting. The starch gives the fabric a little stability, as well as accuracy during the cutting process. That in turn translates to accurate piecing if one is careful to sew ¼” seam allowance for the pieces sewn together. I also use a fine thread (50wt by Aurifil) for piecing. The fine thread doesn’t “eat” into my narrow pieces, which can cause the size of my blocks to shrink. By doing these small workarounds, my blocks end up measuring 13½” x 13½” raw edge to raw edge, or as close as possible. In making the blocks, I only finger press when adding the different 1½” strips to the “X” units. I wait till after all the 1½” strips are added before I press with a dry iron to make sure my blocks are flat. That seems to cut down on wonkiness when making a log cabin typed block with narrow pieces.

The blocks for Santa’s Crossing are really quick to make if you first lay out all the pieces required on a design wall or floor. This preparation helps simplify the process, which makes the quilt top a fun one to construct.

santas crossing a visit with wendy sheppard thread 300x300 Santas Crossing: A Visit with Wendy SheppardIt’s a pleasure for me to visit with you and share a little about making my quilt, Santa’s Crossing, on Quiltmaker’s blog! I hope you enjoy making this quilt for Christmas this year. If you want to have this quilt around for the entire winter season, Moda’s Snowfall fabrics give the perfect balance for the Christmas and winter palettes. In case you are wondering, I will have my Santa Crossing quilt out for Christmas, AND winter later this year.

I hope to visit with you again — till next time!

Quiltingly yours,

Wendy

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10 Fun Summer Quilt Ideas

Summertime has officially arrived, and there are so many fun summer-themed quilts we can make to capture the summer spirit: from beach-inspired designs to patriotic quilts and more. Here, we’ve gathered together a few of our favorite summer quilt and quilt block patterns for inspiration. We’ve even included a couple of free quilt patterns for you!

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Smooth Sailing quilt

Smooth Sailing quilt: Pieced sailboats and stars, framed in a log cabin block silhouette, create this nautical quilt designed by QM content director Carolyn Beam. Included in our Reader’s Favorites ’17 issue (on newsstands soon), it’s a great summer quilt for the living room or a sea-themed nursery. And, it’s perfect for scraps! The finished size is 58” x 70”.

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Flying Glory quilt

Flying Glory quilt: What’s a summer quilt list without a little red, white and blue? Patriotic designs are perennially popular summertime designs, and this flag-themed wall quilt from our current Aug/Sept ’17 issue is a beauty! Designed by Paula Stoddard, it’s easy to make using our fast Flying Geese technique. The design finishes at 36” x 24”.

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Lemons into Lemonade quilt block

Lemons into Lemonade quilt block: Sit back and relax with this super-cute and refreshing block designed by Jennifer Ofenstein for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 7.

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Summer Skinnie quilt

Summer Skinnie quilt: Remember our QM Skinnie series from a few years ago? These seasonal wall quilts designed by Margie Ullery were quite popular. The Summer Skinnie design features sun, sand and beautiful bright colors — pure summer fun! It’s also a great project for using up scraps and leftover 2 1/2” strips. The finished size is 10” x 24”.

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By the Sea quilt

By the Sea quilt: Create clamshell-type curves in this stunning twin-size Log Cabin quilt from quilt design legend Judy Martin. All you need are blues and lights from your scrap stash for the beautiful waves of color. The finished size of the design is 76″ x 88”.

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*FREE PATTERN* Life’s Better at the Beach quilt

*FREE PATTERN* Life’s Better at the Beach quilt: Here’s a fat-quarter friendly sampler all beach lovers will want to make. Traditional and paper foundation piecing are used to create eight different “beachy” quilt blocks and machine appliqué completes the letters. The wall quilt was designed by Angie Milligan. The finished size is 36” x 48”.

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*FREE PATTERN* Lotsa Pops quilt

*FREE PATTERN* Lotsa Pops quilt: Who doesn’t love an ice-cold popsicle on a hot summer day? Lisa Schafer’s baby quilt is a free pattern published in support of Project Linus, an organization that provides handmade blankets for seriously ill or traumatized children (click here for more free Project Linus patterns). The quilt finishes at 38″ x 38″.

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Hang Ten quilt block

Hang Ten quilt block: Surf’s up! Have a little summer fun riding the waves when you make Margie Ullery’s adorable Hang Ten block from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Vol. 11.

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Red Rockets quilt

Red Rockets quilt: Celebrate the start of summer with bursting rockets in a scrappy assortment of reds, whites and blues. Fast fusible applique teams up with easy pieced borders to create a stellar show on Margie Ullery’s design. Finished size is 14″ x 28″.

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Summer Flip-Flops quilt

Summer Flip-Flops quilt: This playful quilt designed by Carol Burniston features bright and happy prints and a Log Cabin block border. The quilt finishes at 52” x 62”.

What are you planning to quilt this summer? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Quilting in the Kitchen with Jenny Kae Parks

quilting in the kitchen Quilting in the Kitchen with Jenny Kae Parks

Quilted kitchen items are such fun projects to create, and always make perfect gifts. We have a new three-lesson online course on Craft University — Quilting in the Kitchen — that will walk you step-by-step through creating beautiful potholders, trivets, oven mitts and decorative towels. The course is taught by the always-entertaining Jenny Kae Parks.

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Jenny Kae is well-known in the quilt industry as a talented designer and teacher. But she first caught a case of the quilting bug back in 2001 when she made some quilted  place mats for the kitchen. “This course is in honor of our mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers who made the kitchen the heart of the home,” she says about the course.

As a bonus, a recipe comes with each lesson! Jenny Kae has included her personal recipes for chocolate chip cookies, buttery dinner rolls and “Miss Jenny’s Scones.” YUM!

Let’s take a closer look at everything included:

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Lesson 1: Potholders and Trivets

The first lesson is all about making quilted potholders and trivets. Jenny Kae will walk you through her process for layering, quilting, binding and adding lovely decorative touches. She shares great tips and techniques, like how to make continuous bias binding. Jenny Kae uses a simple pieced block made up of half-square triangles for her demonstration. “You can use any pieced block that you have,” she explains. “Really, there’s no specific size that it has to be, and there’s no specific way that it has to be. You’re the designer. However you want it to look, that’s how it’s supposed to look.” If you want some block design ideas, the course includes a link to whole bunch of free McCalls Quilting quilt block patterns.

Jenny Kae’s award-winning chocolate chip cookie recipe is also featured in this lesson. (She actually won a contest at her church cooking bake-off for these delicious cookies!)

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Lesson 2: Oven Mitts, two ways

In the second lesson, Jenny Kae shares her expert techniques for creating two different types of oven mitts: a single mitt and a double mitt. A template from The Warm Company  is included for the single oven mitt; no pattern is needed for the double oven mitt.

No matter which oven mitt style you prefer, you’re going to want to use your new mitt when you make Jenny Kae’s buttery dinner rolls (the recipe included with this lesson).

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Lesson 3: Decorative Towels

The last lesson focuses on making two different types of decorative towels: a terry cloth towel and a more lightweight towel. Jenny Kae will show you how to add fun embellishments using fabric, embroidery, lace and ribbon. “It’s nice to have those things that make the kitchen a nice place to be: enjoyable, special little touches,” Jenny says.

The recipe for “Miss Jenny’s Scones” is featured in this lesson.

Throughout this fun online course you can share your progress with fellow students and work directly with the Jenny Kae in a collaborative and interactive online environment.

Visit CraftU to learn more and to register for Quilting in the Kitchen!

Happy Quilting!
Natalie

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New Special Issue: Quiltmaker Reader Favorites Summer ’17

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On the Cover: Lime Grape Fizz designed by Scott Hansen

We have a brand new special issue hitting newsstands soon: Quiltmaker Reader Favorites Summer ’17. This special collector’s edition features 16 of our most popular patterns ever. There’s a classic Bonnie Hunter scrap quilt, traditional designs, sweet baby quilts, holiday-themed quilts and more. We remade some of these tried and true favorites in fresh, new fabric, plus you’ll find additional color and design option ideas all throughout the issue.

Here are some of the favorites that made the list:

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My Neighborhood quilt pattern

My Neighborhood: This darling design was inspired by a vintage 19th century schoolhouse quilt. Mix up stripes, plaids and “shot” cottons for the look we achieved, or bring your own style to each house. The finished size of the quilt is 54″ x 64″.

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Blue Ridge Beauty quilt pattern

Blue Ridge Beauty: The beauty of this stunning scrap quilt from Bonnie Hunter is that everything works. When searching through your stash for fabrics, don’t rule out any that don’t “match.” Looking at Bonnie’s quilt, you’ll see a whole spectrum of values and prints. The finished size of Blue Ridge Beauty is 96″ x 108″. We’ve also included Bonnie’s popular “Leaders & Enders” article in this issue so you can learn Bonnie’s genius method for using your stash to make a bonus quilt while sewing blocks for a different quilt.

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Perennial Petals quilt pattern

Perennial Petals: The overall look of this quilt designed by Caroline Reardon is scrappy, but each block has controlled elements.  The finished size of the quilt is 65″ x 84 1/2″.

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Mezzanine quilt pattern

Mezzanine: A beautiful secondary design emerges from the angles in a single block on this gorgeous quilt designed by Monique Dillard. The quilt finishes at 75″ x 92″.

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Retro Romance quilt pattern

Retro Romance: Choose colorful fabrics that make a bold statement to create this fun and romantic throw quilt designed by Jocelyn Ueng. The design finishes at 56″ x 72″.

Browse our online gallery to preview ALL the quilts featured in this new issue!

Look for the issue on newsstands soon. Print and digital issues are also available in our online shop. We also have a special issue auto ship program, which lets you to sign up to have all our special issues delivered straight to your mailbox as they’re released.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Quilting Video Tutorials: What’s New @ QNNtv

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What inspires you in your quilting? It’s a simple question with an infinite number of answers. We can find inspiration for a new quilt design in nature or from a beautiful piece of art. We can get inspired to make a new project while flipping through a magazine or book. But if you’re looking for inspiration to take your quilting skills to the next level or learn new techniques, where do you go? There are so many wonderful resources out there, between in-person classes, online courses, video tutorials, books, articles and more.

qnntv Quilting Video Tutorials: Whats New @ QNNtv

One of our favorite go-to learning sources is our sister site, QNNtv.com. QNNtv videos are streamed and available to watch from any computer or hand-held viewing device with a high-speed internet connection. The mobility makes it easy to watch the online quilting videos from the comfort of your home – or on-the-go from your mobile device. There are two levels of membership available on the site: a FREE version and a premium version.

There are dozens of shows available on the site, with new content going up weekly. When you’re logged in, you can keep track of what videos you’ve watched and see those “in progress” so you can pick up where you left off and continue watching. It’s an easy, hassle-free experience, whether at home or on-the-go. Here’s a taste of what we’re watching:

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Longarm Quilting Demystified

*FREE* Longarm Quilting Demystified:  In this series accompanying a new column in Quiltmaker, professional longarm quilter ZJ Humbach takes the intimidation out of longarm quilting. The Grace Company has graciously set up both an electronic machine and a computerized one at the Quiltmaker office, and because these Q’nique 14+ machines are so intuitive and fun to use, we’re using them in video demos to reinforce the concepts you’ll learn in the column. Learn the benefits of a longarm machine, how to thread it, how to load a quilt sandwich onto it, how to quilt basic patterns, and much, much more.

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My First Quilt — Sailboat Block

*FREE* My First Quilt: Sara Gallegos’ popular free show is back for season two, and it’s just as fun and inspiring as ever! These videos are great for anyone new to quilting, or anyone just wanting to get out of their comfort zone and try out some new techniques.

The sailboat quilt block is the focus of one of the latest episodes, and Sara walks you through making this easy block. The first thing to piece together involves sewing the bottom of the boat to the water triangles, which are made using a stitch-and-flip method. Then you add the ocean piece to the bottom of the boat. From there, you can play with how you’d like the sails arranged, and Sara shares different ideas for that arrangement.

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery — Creating Personalized Pillowcases

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery: This premium show is also hosted by Sara Gallegos, and also recently back for season two. If you’re interested in using machine embroidery on your quilting projects, or if you’ve done a bit of machine embroidery but need inspiration or tips to take your skills to the next level, this show is for you.

One of the newest episodes focuses on how to personalize pillowcases with embroidery — a quick and easy beginner-level project. Sara demonstrates how to find the center of the cuff (or band) of the pillowcase in the hoop before showing how to embroider a name on it.

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Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist — Remixing Botanica

*FREE* Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist: The premise for this show hosted by Kelly Bowser is pretty cool — each month, the series takes a different vintage or traditional quilt pattern each month and makes it with a fun and modern twist. Kelly first presents her modern twist on the original pattern, then welcomes a featured guest who present his or her modern twist. Through the weekly episodes, both Kelly and her guest demonstrate the techniques that helped them in making their quilt variations, and in the last segment of each month, longarm quilter Lynn Bell demonstrates ways to complete your quilt with modern quilting (and sometimes traditional or contemporary quilting)!

This month, Kelly and special guest Jenny Kae Parks are sharing their remixed versions of Krisanne Watkin’s Botanica. Kelly felt a bit intimidated by the complex blocks in the design and made her modern version using only one block, but enlarged to the size of a full picnic-blanket quilt. Jenny decided to deconstruct the block in a Fibonacci spiral.

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Block of the Month Sew-Alongs — Aviary

*FREE* Block of the Month Sew-Alongs: There are also free video tutorials available for all of our current block of the month quilts, including Aviary with Nancy Mahoney.

Want to join the fun? Sign up for QNNtv with a membership option that’s right for you:

FREE membership: Simply register with your name and email. NO credit card required.

Premium membership: Premium members get access to all the free content, plus a variety of shows available only to premium members. You can subscribe monthly or yearly.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Thanks to the sponsors of the shows mentioned above:

Longarm Quilting Demystified — The Grace Company

My First Quilt — Baby Lock, Omnigrid, Koala Studios

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery – Baby Lock, Madeira Threads, Hatch by Wilcom and Koala Studios

Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist – Baby Lock, Tin Lizzie, Ink & Arrow Fabrics, Madeira Threads, Oliso, Quilters Select and Koala Studios

Aviary Block of the Month — Hoffman California Fabrics and Quilt Fusion

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Course Preview: Essential Math for Quilters

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Math is an essential part of the quiltmaking process. However, for those who are a bit math-challenged (present company included), it’s can often be the least fun part of that process. That’s why I was excited when I heard about Essential Math for Quilters, a new online course taught by Donna Mae Norris that covers all the “quilt math” basics.

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Donna Mae Norris

Donna Mae has been quilting for more than 30 years — and teaching quilting for more than 27 of those years. “Quilting is my passion and I am happy to show you how to do some math that will make your quiltmaking faster and easier,” Donna Mae says in the course’s first of five video lessons. “None of the math is complicated or hard. It’s all straight-forward.” Perfect!

In the first lesson, Donna Mae discusses the difference between cut sizes and finished sizes. She goes over using a calculator as a tool in your sewing area and “rounding off” your calculations.

In the next lesson, she moves in to common quilting geometric shapes and reviews their angles: squares, rectangles, triangles, trapezoids, hexagons, circles and more. She also goes over all types of basic rulers and specialty rulers that are used in quilting.

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Lesson 3 covers “everything you need to know about triangles” – Donna Mae defines half square and quarter square triangles and shares the four fractions you should memorize. She also goes over on-point setting triangles, corner triangles and side triangles.

triangles Course Preview: Essential Math for Quilters

So what about calculating fabric needs for a quilt? Donna Mae has you covered in the fourth lesson as she shows you how to calculate fabric needs for squares, rectangles, sashing and corner stones; triangles; borders; backing; and binding. You’ll be able to easily answer the question “How much fabric do I need?” after Donna Mae shares her tips.

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We’ve all fallen in love with a quilt pattern, but wanted to make it in a different size than the original pattern. The last lesson will guide you through the process of figuring out how to make size changes to your quilt and using spacer borders with pieced borders.

There are also helpful handouts you can download during the course that will help guide you through the learning process, as well as optional quizzes so you can test your skills.

Visit CraftU to learn more and to register for your seat in Essential Math for Quilters.

Happy Quilting!
Natalie

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Two New Block of the Month Quilts!

There’s so much to love about Block of the Month quilts. First there’s the anticipation of receiving a fun monthly shipment in the mail; then there’s the excitement when your “quilt mail” arrives! And of course, there’s the pleasure of having a larger quilt project in the works that you can create a little at a time while you carry on with your other projects.

We have two new Block of the Month quilts available, and we’re so excited to show them to you. One is a bright and happy modern design featuring star blocks. The other is a lovely batik quilt featuring appliqué. For each of these great BOM projects you will receive a monthly shipment that includes fabric and instructions to make a section of the quilt. Plus – you’ll get access to free video tutorials on QNNtv.com to help guide you to completion!

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Urban Basix

Urban Basix: First up we have Urban Basix — a new 6-month BOM starting in June! This queen-size quilt finishes at  81″ x 96″ and features a variety of star blocks in two sizes. Techniques you’ll use while making this quilt include: four-at-a-time Flying Geese Units, quick triangle-squares and the diagonal seams method for patchwork.

Kits will include fabric from the Urban Elementz Basix collection by Northcott Fabrics, the program sponsor. The free video lessons will be taught by Jenny Kae Parks.

Backing fabric for Urban Basix is also available separately.

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Aviary

Aviary: Next up, check out Aviary – a new 9-month BOM that just started this month! This batik quilt was designed by Keith Phillips of QuiltFusion and features beautiful bird and nature appliques of various sizes and shapes. All appliqué pieces will come pre-cut and fused, so all you will have to do is cut the backgrounds and assemble the quilt. You’ll learn some great techniques while making this one, like how to use an applique pressing sheet to make applique assemblies to speed up the construction of the quilt top. The quilt also features a unique filigree border. The finished size is 72 1/2″ x 87 1/2″.

Kits will include batiks from Hoffman California Fabrics, the program sponsor. The free video lessons are taught by Nancy Mahoney and the first couple are available now!

Backing fabric for Aviary is also available separately.

Want more BOMs to choose from? Here are some other current selections:

What’s your favorite BOM? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy Quilting!
Natalie

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New Issue: Quiltmaker July/August ’17

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Quiltmaker July/August 2017 | On the cover: Sweet Twisters designed by Denise Russart

Quiltmaker’s July/August 2017 issue hits newsstands soon, and this issue is sizzling! Seriously, just look at that red-hot cover. Isn’t it a beauty? This edition is chock-full of 14 fun new quilt patterns to keep you busy all summer long (and then some). Sew a darling little summer camper, or get a jump start on winter sewing with two different holiday designs. Combine a flowering vine with pieced stars, or try your hand at foundation piecing miniature Flying Geese. We also have coloring pages so you can design your own color palettes and a new Bonnie Hunter block. Plus, continue with managing editor Tricia Patterson’s journey into learning to machine quilt on a domestic sewing machine, and learn different methods for loading a quilt on a longarm machine with ZJ Humbach.

Sweet Twisters:  The sparkling cover quilt designed by Denise Russart is a great project for batiks or any scraps you’ve been saving! The wall quilt pattern finishes at 36″ x 36″, and we’ve also included an alternate size chart to make a throw, twin or king-size quilt.

Let’s take a look inside at a few more of the quilt patterns:

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Garden Path Daisies quilt

Garden Path Daisies: An appliqued flowering vine is the perfect addition to the collection of stars featured on this quilt designed by the team at Bound to Be Quilting. The enchanting and easy-to-make design finishes at 61″ x 78″. Kits are available.

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Back Track quilt pattern

Back Track: Dig into your stash to make this quick and easy throw quilt designed by Scott Flanagan. The finished size is 70″ x 94″. For some extra fun, we’ve also included a pattern for Mini Tracks, a wall-sized version that finishes at 28 1/2″ x 37 1/2″.

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Happy Camper quilt pattern

Happy Camper: Terri Vanden Bosch brings the magic of camping to this special appliquéd wall quilt. Isn’t it sweet? It finishes at 16″ x 16″ and a kit is available.

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Santa Crossing quilt pattern

Santa Crossing: Get a head start on your holiday quilting with this creative quilt designed by Wendy Sheppard. The finished size is 69″ x 83″. Kits are available! Bonus: Get to know Wendy in our designer spotlight featured with the pattern in this issue.

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Berry Mint Starburst quilt pattern

Berry Mint Starburst: This quilt designed by Pam Boswell is bursting with texture! From florals to plaids, Pam’s fabric choices work perfectly with the design. It’s based on a single block design using only two patch sizes; the blocks are placed in different orientations to create a unique overall arrangement. The quilt finishes at 80″ x 80″.

Browse our online gallery to preview all the quilt patterns included in this issue.

Keep an eye out for the issue at newsstands! Print and digital copies are also available now in our online shop. You can also subscribe to Quiltmaker and never miss an issue.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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Win Some of the Designer Quilt Blocks from 100 Blocks Vol. 15!

Ten lucky quilters will win the original blocks

Vol 15 Contest Image 3 Win Some of the Designer Quilt Blocks from 100 Blocks Vol. 15!

Did you think the 100 Blocks Vol. 15 giveaways were all over at the end of last week’s Blog Tour Road Rally celebration? They’re not! We have one more chance for you to win some quilty goodies, and this prize is pretty amazing. We’re giving away the actual designer-made blocks from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol. 15 to 10 lucky quilters like you!

That’s right, these are the original quilt blocks made by your favorite designers: from Kate Colleran to Bonnie Hunter to Wendy Sheppard and many more. Don’t delay: we’ll choose 10 random winners on June 26, 2017. Each winner will receive 10 blocks each.

NOTE: This contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (exluding Quebec) only.

Click here to visit the contest page and enter.

Good luck!
The Quiltmaker Team

P.S. Don’t have your copy of Vol. 15 yet? Print and digital copies are available here!

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