Free Quilt Patterns for Beginning to Experienced Quilters

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    Make a Bright Pathways Quilt

    Bright Pathways Quilt Pattern
    Bright Pathways Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    Try one of my free quilt patterns the next time you're looking for a new quilting project.

    My quilt patterns always include step-by-step instructions and illustrations that show you just how easy it is to make a quilt. Even if a pattern looks complex, I encourage beginning quilters to choose any project in the archives.

    The patterns in this handy index are illustrated in gallery format to help you preview the designs. To view larger images, start with the first page and step through the gallery...MORE one page at a time.

    Some rectangular quilts are skewed or cropped to squares in the thumbnail view. Click on an image to see the actual quilt.

    More Patterns

    For hundreds of individual block patterns, try my quilt block patterns archives. Many of the patterns include instructions for multiple blocks and entire quilts. This on-point bed sized quilt is shown in red, white, and blue, but the design will work just as well sewn in any theme.

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    Colors of Summer in the Garden Lattice Quilt Pattern

    Garden Lattice Quilt Pattern
    Garden Lattice Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

    This easy quilt finishes at about 66-1/2" x 81". Blocks are on point, with the appearance of sashing, but you won't have to sew the sashing into long strips. Instead, each quilt block is framed, and the frames create an automatic sash.

    Garden Lattice Quilt Pattern

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    Try a Scrappy X's and O's Quilt

    X's and O's Quilt Pattern
    Make an X's and O's Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    An X's and O's quilt can be varied in many ways, and you'll find several options in this easy quilt pattern. Three quilt sizes are included, along with instructions that make it a simple task to create quilts with different dimensions.

    X's and O's Quilt Pattern

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    Sew an X's and O's Baby Quilt with Sashing

    X's and O's Baby Quilt Pattern with Sashing
    Make the X's and O's Baby Quilt with Sashing. Janet Wickell

    This X's and O's baby quilt has a much different look than my scrappy X's and O's quilt. In the baby quilt, both shapes are easy to see. Sashing makes the shapes more visible, and sewing the dark areas of each letter with just one fabric makes the shapes pop, too. X's and O's is an easy quilt, and you'll find instructions for two sizes.

    X's and O's Baby Quilt in Two Sizes

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    Sew an On Point Chariot Wheel Quilt

    Chariot Wheel Quilt Pattern
    Chariot Wheel Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    Chariot Wheel is a good pattern choice for a guy's quilt but can be altered for a more feminine appearance.

    Chariot Wheel Quilt Pattern

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    You'll Love the Star Crossed Nine Patch Quilt

    Star Crossed Nine Patch Quilt
    Star Crossed Nine Patch Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

    Use my Star Crossed Nine Patch quilt pattern to make a quilt with lots of visual movement -- courtesy of the no-waste Flying Geese units in its blocks.

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    Sew My Easy Framed Four Patch Quilt

    Easy Framed Four Patch Quilt Pattern
    Four Patch quilt with alternating colors of outer frames. © Janet Wickell

    This four patch quilt is easy to sew, and you can make it unique by varying the fabrics used in the layout.

    The quilt shown here flip-flops the colors of the double frames that surround four patches. Take a look at page 5 to see an example of the quilt with frame colors in the same position throughout.

    Easy Framed Four Patch Quilt Pattern

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    Make an Interlocking Chains Quilt with Sashing

    Interlocking Chains Quilt Pattern
    Interlocking Chains Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    Each Interlocking Chains block in this quilt is surrounded by patchwork sashing, and the sashing extends to form a border. Sew additional borders (or quilt blocks) to increase the size of this 56" x 56" quilt.

    Interlocking Chains Quilt Pattern

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    Recreate a Friendship Quilt Sewn in 1852

    1852 Friendship Quilt Pattern
    1852 Friendship Quilt Pattern. Public Domain Photo Courtesy Los Angeles County Museum of Art

     

    This vintage-inspired project is just as suitable for contemporary fabrics as it is for reproductions of textiles from the era (1852). The quilt is owned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the photo is in the public domain.

    1852 Friendship Quilt Pattern

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    Get Colorful with the Carnival Pinwheels Quilt Pattern

    Pinwheels Quilt Pattern
    Make a Pinwheels Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    My colors are bright, but this 64" x 88" pinwheel quilt can be sewn in fabrics to suit any theme.

    Carnival Pinwheels Quilt Pattern

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    Stitch a Free and Easy Rail Fence Quilt

    Easy Rail Fence Quilt Pattern
    Use my quilt pattern to make an easy Rail Fence Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    Rail Fence quilts can be strip pieced with ease, and after patchwork is cut from the strip sets you'll discover all sorts of potential layouts. The example above is a traditional configuration, but by no means the only way to arrange blocks.

    Give this easy quilt pattern a try the next time you need a quick quilting project. The quilt finishes at about 73" x 85", but is easy to create other size needs.

    Easy Rail Fence Quilt Pattern

    Looking for something smaller, try my Rail Fence Baby Quilt Pattern

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    Make an Easy Double Four Patch Scrap Quilt

    Double Four Patch Scrap Quilt Pattern
    Double Four Patch Scrap Quilt. © Janet Wickell

     

    This easy quilt can be sewn as a scrap quilt project or configured to be quite orderly... your choice. Quilt blocks finish at 8" x 8" and the quilt shown is 40" square. Need a larger quilt? Simply sew more quilt blocks.

    Easy Double Four Patch Scrap Quilt Pattern

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    Try My Floating Nine Patch Baby Quilt Pattern

    Nine Patch Baby Quilt Pattern
    Floating Nine Patch Baby Quilt. © Janet Wickell

     

    You might think this baby quilt pattern looks difficult, but it's actually a very easy quilt to put together. Nine patch quilt blocks are alternated with Snowball blocks, all placed on point.

    One reason it appears more complex is likely the quilt's setting triangles, which are created from patchwork (half and quarter nine patch blocks) rather than cut from a single piece of fabric.

    Floating Nine Patch Baby Quilt

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    Monkey Wrench Quilt, Sew a Baby Size or Mini

    Monkey Wrench Baby Quilt Pattern
    Monkey Wrench Baby Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    I've written two versions of this Monkey Wrench quilt pattern. One is a miniature quilt that finishes at 23" x 29". The other is larger, a Monkey Wrench baby quilt that measures 38" x 47"

    Make either or both of the quilts -- a miniature version of a quilt for a baby would make a wonderful coordinating wall hanging.

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    Try My Easy Crafty Windows Quilt Pattern

    Easy Nine Patch Through the Windows Quilt Pattern
    Peeking through the windows of the nine patch quilt blocks. Janet Wickell

     

    Some of my Facebook followers decided this quilt looks like plaids. A few others like its window-like look, especially since it's somewhat reminiscent of the windows we see in Craftsman styled homes.

    Change the quilt's appearance in any way you like, and sew more blocks to increase its size.

    Crafty Windows Quilt Pattern

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    Linked Stars Quilt

    Linked Stars Quilt Pattern
    Sew the Linked Stars Quilt. © Janet Wickell

     

    This easy quilt is made by alternating two traditional patchwork quilt blocks. The blocks finish at 10" square and overall the quilt measures 65" x 85". It's easy to alter the quilt's size by changing the number of blocks sewn. Quick piecing techniques are used for assembly.

    Linked Stars Quilt Pattern

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    Ornate Stars Quilt Pattern

    Ornate Stars Quilt
    Ornate Stars Quilt. © Janet Wickell

     

    Ornate Stars is a quilt pattern that works nicely for a Christmas themed quilt but is perfectly suitable for any other theme you choose. The quilt finishes at about 60" x 84", but can be altered to suit any size.

    In this layout, portions of the background 'drop out,' giving the quilt a trellis-like appearance.

    Ornate Stars Quilt Pattern

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    Civil War Quilt Pattern

    Civil War Quilt
    A quilt pattern inspired by reproduction fabrics from the Civil War era. © Janet Wickell

     

    My Civil War quilt pattern is an example of a strippy quilt, a quilt that's sewn into horizontal or vertical rows separated by long strips of sashing (or other components). This quilt illustrates a vertical strippy design.

    Civil War reproduction fabrics inspired the design, but it will work equally well with any type of theme.

    Civil War Quilt Pattern

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    Christmas Row Quilt Pattern

    Christmas Row Quilt Pattern
    Christmas Row Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    Here's a Christmas quilt pattern made from six different horizontal rows. Quilt blocks vary in size and so do the number of blocks per row. Some rows are applique, but I've included links to holiday-friendly patchwork designs for anyone who'd like to insert patchwork substitutes.

    Christmas Row Quilt Pattern

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    Learn How to Make a Puff Quilt

    Puff Quilt Pattern
    Biscuit Quilt. © Mary Jane Cardwell

     

    You might know these comfy quilts as either biscuit quilts or puff quilts. Mary Jane Cardwell wrote a puff quilt pattern for us, using a method that will help you put your projects together more quickly than is possible with the traditional technique.

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    Indian Hatchet Rag Quilt

    Indian Hatchet Rag Quilt Pattern
    Indian Hatchet Rag Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    If you're ready to make a rag quilt with some angles, rather than a mix of square and rectangular shapes, try my Indian Hatchet rag quilt pattern. Like other rag quilts made using my favorite rag quilting method, it requires no quilting (and goes together quickly, even with the triangles).

    These comfy quilts are perfect for babies and warm lap quilts, but they also work nicely for beds that our furry friends love.

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    Amish Baskets Quilt Pattern

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    Amish Baskets Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    Make 15" square basket quilt blocks in traditional Amish style, or vary your fabrics for a slightly Amish look. The quilt block pattern includes instructions for single quilt blocks (perfect for scrap quilts), but on page 3 you'll find directions to help you make the 63" x 63" quilt illustrated here.

    Slightly Amish Basket Quilt Pattern

    Amish Style Miniature Quilt Pattern
    Here's a little miniature quilt, a double nine-patch sewn in the Amish style. The quilt finishes at about 25-1/2"...MORE square. You can make it much scrappier if you like, and you can go wild with color combinations to brighten it up. Do what feels right to you.

     

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    Attic Windows Quilt with a Touch of Applique

    Attic Windows Quilt Patterns
    Attic Windows Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    Attic Ribbons is a 70" x 94" quilt made from 12" Attic Windows quilt blocks. Some of the blocks feature applique motifs, but you can eliminate the applique if you wish, or use one of my easy suggestions to simplify construction while still adding a bit of variety to the windows. Use different colors to create your own unique theme.

    Attic Windows Quilt Pattern

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    California Hourglass Quilt Pattern

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    California Hourglass Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    There are dozens of quilt block patterns buried within instructions for entire quilts, making them more difficult to find. This set of patterns is the result of an experiment -- two separate block patterns that you can use for any purpose, each linked to the entire quilt that's made from both

    Finished quilt size: 68" x 95 (add blocks and/or borders to increase size)

    The Two Quilt Blocks Used

    California Crossroads Block
    Hourglass Quilt Block

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    Sew a Warm and Cozy Chains Quilt

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    Warm & Cozy Chains Quilt. Janet Wickell

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    Here's a trio of patterns -- two quilt blocks that can be assembled individually, for any project you like, and a large quilt that incorporates both designs (shown above). The blocks finish at 10-inches square and the quilt measures about 70" x 90". Add borders or alter the block count to make a quilt of a different size.

    Both quilt blocks are easy to assemble -- no triangles, just straight-sided patches that can be rotary cut and strip pieced. The "chain"...MORE configuration emerges in the diagonal pathways of the quilt.

    The Quilt Block Patterns

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    Make a Sailboats Quilt

    The Boats at Sea quilt pattern is assembled with two different Sailboats quilt blocks, one with a boat that sits on a strip of water and the other with a boat that rests at the bottom of the block. Using the boats together gives the quilt a bit of up-and-down movement.

    Dark vertical sashing bars separate blocks in individual rows and lighter sashing strips are used horizontally between the rows. Cornerstones are cut from a medium value fabric.

    You can also use the quilt block patterns to make...MORE individual blocks -- perfect for scrap quilts or block swaps. Refer to the quilt pattern for yardages and cutting instructions for an entire quilt. Blocks finish at 12-inches square.

    Individual Quilt Block Patterns

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    Woven Logs Quilt Pattern

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    Woven Logs Quilt.

     

    Woven Logs is an easy-to-assemble patchwork quilt block that gives you a chance to try out the partial seams technique. If you haven't sewn a quilt block with partial seams, you might be surprised at just how simple it is.

    Each Woven Logs quilt block finishes at 10" square. You can make a very orderly quilt or go super-scrappy with the layout. I've included strip piecing instructions, plus yardages and cutting info for a 60" x 80" quilt.

    Woven Logs Quilt & Quilt Block Pattern

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    Bird's Nest Quilt Pattern

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    Bird's Nest Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    The same three fabrics are used in each of the patchwork blocks used in this quilt. The quilt finishes at about 50" x 70". The pattern includes instructions for individual blocks -- see page 4 to make the entire quilt.

    Bird's Nest Quilt Block & Quilt Pattern

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    Improved Four Patch Quilt Block and Quilt Pattern

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    One option for an Improved Four Patch quilt. © Janet Wickell

     

    The Improved Four Patch quilt block is made up of a four patch central unit set on point and then surrounded by triangles. It's an easy patchwork quilt block that's suitable for quilters of every skill level, even beginners. The block finishes at 11-1/4-inches square, and you'll find instructions and fabric requirements for single blocks and for the quilt shown above.

    Improved Four Patch Quilt Pattern

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    Double Nine Patch Quilt Block & Quilt Pattern

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    Double Nine Patch Quilt Layout Example. © Janet Wickell

     

    This blocks in this colorful Double Nine Patch quilt are assembled using a slightly different color value layout in the small corner nine patches than is typical of the traditional design. The block finishes at 11-1/4" square and can be assembled quickly by strip piecing.

    Double Nine Patch Quilt Pattern

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    Five Patch Chain Quilt Pattern

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    Example of one layout for a batch of Five Patch Chain quilt blocks. © Janet Wickell

     

    Five Patch Chain is a quilt block that can be used to create a dramatic diagonal movement across the face of your quilt.

    All pieces in this patchwork quilt block are cut along the straight grain -- no stretchy bias edges means it's super easy to assemble. The quilt block finishes at 10" square, and the quilt pattern includes 18 Five Patch Chains alternated with Snowball blocks.

    Five Patch Chain Quilt Pattern

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    Bonnie Scotsman Quilt Block & Quilt Pattern

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    Bonnie Scotsman Quilt.

     

    Bonnie Scotsman is assembled with straight grain bars and squares -- no stretchy bias edges to deal with, and that means it's definitely a beginner-friendly patchwork quilt.

    You'll find instructions for assembling the quilt blocks one patch at a time, which is perfect for scrappy quilts, and also a strip piecing option for anyone who wants to make a batch of identical blocks.

    I've included two layout suggestions for 35 blocks (plus yardages), but many more arrangements are possible for this...MORE versatile design.

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    Greek Cross Quilt Pattern

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    Example of one layout possibility for a Greek Cross quilt. © Janet Wickell

     

    Greek Cross quilt blocks are all about color value. You can dramatically alter their appearance by shifting value positions within the block.

    I've included drawings to illustrate some of the differences and included a quilt suggestion, along with yardages and extra instructions, of course. Such a simple block, but one that can be either traditional or dramatic, depending on your fabric choices.

    Greek Cross Quilt Pattern

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    Wishing Ring Quilt Block & Quilt Pattern

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    Wishing Ring Quilt.

     

    This 15" version of the Wishing Ring helps you make a large quilt in no time at all. Blocks this size are versatile, and can be used for bed quilts, throw pillow covers, medallion quilts and more.

    Wishing Ring Quilt Block & Quilt Pattern

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    Framed Sixteen Patch Quilt Pattern

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    Coffin Star Quilt.

     

    The traditional name of this quilt block is Coffin Star, not the most upbeat name for a design. But the block is lovely and finishes at 12" square. It's constructed by surrounding a scrappy 16-patch center with setting triangles. My example is filled with bright pinks and purples flanked by gray, but you can personalize your quilt by changing the fabric theme.

    I've included yardages and one potential layout for the quilt shown above.

    Coffin Star Quilt and Quilt Block Pattern

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    Make a Framed Friendship Stars Quilt with Sashing

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    Framed Friendship Stars Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    Framed Friendship Stars quilt blocks finish at 12-inches square, and can be assembled with quick piecing techniques. You'll find the quilt layout suggestion on page 4 of the block pattern, along with yardages to make the quilt shown.

    You might notice that the quilt block is much like the traditional Milky Way design, but its half square triangles are arranged a bit differently. 

    Framed Friendship Stars Quilt Pattern

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    Sew a Lovely Unequal Nine Patch Quilt

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    Quilt layout example for nine unequal nine patch quilt blocks sewn next to setting squares and setting triangles. © Janet Wickell

     

    This Framed Unequal Nine Patch quilt block finishes at 12-inches square and is made with batik fabrics in shades of brown and teal. It's easy to assemble, with straight-edge patches that let you avoid the stretchy bias edges created by triangles.

    I've included instructions and yardages for an on-point wallhanging, but you can easily make modifications to create a quilt of any size.

    Batik Unequal Nine Patch Quilt Pattern

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    Philadelphia Pavement Quilt Block and Quilt Pattern

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    Philadelphia Pavement Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    The Philadelphia Pavement block used in this quilt finishes at 10-inches square. The design is made up of a Shoo Fly center surrounded by sashing bars and corner squares.

    The pattern includes an option for assembling the blocks one patch at a time, and another for strip piecing if you prefer that method. You'll also find yardages and instructions for the quilt shown here.

    Philadelphia Pavement Quilt Pattern

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    Double Four Patch Quilt in Pink and Orange

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    Double Four Patch Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    Stitched in focal fabrics of pink, rose and orange, this Double Four Patch quilt is sure to be an attention-getter. The pattern includes instructions for single quilt blocks and an entire quilt.

    Double Four Patch Quilt in Pink and Orange

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    Broken Dishes Quilt Pattern

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    Broken Dishes Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    This quilt is made from a patchwork block that's a variation of the design often referred to as Broken Dishes. Its center, made from four half square triangle units, is the layout that typically comes to mind when we hear that name.

    Use this free quilt pattern to make single blocks finishing at 15" square, or sew the quilt illustrated above.

    Broken Dishes Quilt and Quilt Block Pattern

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    Hopscotch Quilt Pattern

     

    The Hopscotch Quilt is a bit larger than a typical crib quilt, but still a good size for a baby or toddler. The quilt contains no triangles so it's an easy quilting project for beginners who might want to stick to straight edge pieces of fabric.

    Hopscotch Baby/Toddler Quilt Pattern

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    Sawtooth Stars Quilt Pattern

    Sawtooth Stars Quilt Pattern
    Make a pink and cheddar quilt or alter fabrics to suit your needs. Janet Wickell

     

    Many, many years ago my sister, Carol, began making a pink and orange quilt. Sadly, it wasn't finished when she passed away. I have the pieces, though, tucked away until I feel I can dig in and combine colors in the same way she did. An artist, colors were always her strong point.

    She introduced me to the pink/orange look, which I've incorporated into the Cheddar and Pink Sawtooth Stars quilt, which is a bit more subdued and also sewn with the additional of green. You say you aren't a...MORE fan of orange and pink combos? Then simply change the colors to suit your tastes.

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    Strippy Set Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt

    Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Pattern
    Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt. © Janet Wickell

     

    Make 35 quilt blocks to assemble a strippy set look quilt like this example, with blocks that appear to be sewn into vertical columns. It's a very good pattern for scrap quilts.

    Each block's color value (contrast) arrangement is split vertically, and deviates from the norm, with a dark background in one-half of the block and a light background in the other. The pattern walks you through the construction of two quilt blocks, and although they have the same components, they're sewn...MORE together in different ways.

    Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Pattern

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    A Walk Through the Maze Quilt Pattern

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    A Walk Through the Maze Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    A Walk Through the Maze is a bed quilt made from two traditional patchwork quilt blocks, Christmas Star and Single Chain and Knot. Only four fabrics are used, and colors link to create a somewhat circular motion across the quilt. Change the fabrics for a completely different look.

    Try a black background instead of using the light fabric shown, and replace the remaining colors with bright fabrics that contrast with the black.

    A Walk Through the Maze Quilt Pattern

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    Illinois Road Quilt Pattern

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    Illinois Road Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    Illinois Roads is made from two different quilt blocks, the traditional patchwork Illinois Road and a variation of the Calico Puzzle design. The pattern helps you make the square quilt sewn here, but it's easy to switch to a rectangular layout if you like. The quilt is perfect for a scrappy layout that uses bright fabrics for the small pinwheel-like units in the Illinois Roadblock.

    Illinois Road Quilt Pattern

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    Hula Twist Quilt Pattern

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    Hula Stars Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    Hula Twist is a quilt made with 12" square blocks. Two traditional designs are used, the Friendship Star and the Eccentric Star. The blocks link together to give the quilt a bit of twist, helped by the very light background that allows the "legs" of the Eccentrics to move forward.

    The quilt finishes at 72" x 92", but you can adjust its size by playing with border numbers and dimensions.

    Hula Twist Quilt Pattern

     

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    Ohio Star Quilt Pattern

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    Ohio Star Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    This quilt is sewn with a couple of blocks -- one is the traditional Ohio Star. Its color values are altered slightly and the block is placed on point -- both actions that change the Ohio Star's appearance.

    Make the 48" square wallhanging for yourself or when you need a gift. The quilt goes together fairly quickly, and its theme can be altered dramatically by simply changing the fabrics.

    Ohio Star Wallhanging Pattern

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    Whirlpools Baby Quilt Pattern

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    Whirlpools Baby Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    The Whirlpools baby quilt goes together pretty quickly and might come in handy if you need a last minute gift.

    The quilt is made with one traditional block sewn in two different colorways. Blocks are assembled entirely with quick pieced flying geese units, but using two different methods. With one technique, you'll sew small squares to a larger square to create the geese, and with the other method, you'll start with rectangles.

    Whirlpools Baby Quilt Pattern

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    Cozy Chains Quilt Pattern

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    Cozy Chains Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    Cozy Chains is a layout that's somewhat like my Easy Framed Nine-Patch Quilt. The two are made with different quilt blocks but are similar in that the same block is used throughout in two different colors to create definition where the blocks are sewn together.

    The Cozy Chains quilt has dark squares than run diagonally through all of the blocks, adding another bit of visual texture.

    Cozy Chains Quilt Pattern

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    Choose Fall Colors to Sew an Autumn Leaves Quilt

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    Autumn Leaves Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    Each block in this quilt is made from four small maple leaf units separated by sashing and a center cornerstone. Alternate blocks are Snowballs with deep red corners that link with the maple leaves to create the diagonal flow. This large quilt finishes at 82" x 110".

    Autumn Leaves Quilt Pattern

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    Framed Nine Patch Quilt Pattern in Two Sizes

    Framed Nine Patch Quilt Pattern
    Framed Nine Patch Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    I've included instructions for two sizes with this pattern, a bed quilt made with 10" square blocks and a baby quilt made with 5" square blocks.

    Easy Framed Nine Patch Quilt Pattern

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    Monkey Wrench Baby Quilt Pattern

    Monkey Wrench Baby Quilt Pattern
    Baby Monkey Wrench Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    Here's a Monkey Wrench baby quilt pattern that measures about 38" x 45". Made with 6" square blocks, it's pretty simple to construct.

    Sashing and cornerstones separate the scrappy blocks, which are sewn in brightly colored, warm patchwork set on a dark brown background. Simply change the color scheme if you'd like to give the quilt a different appearance.

    Monkey Wrench Baby Quilt Pattern

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    Make an Easy Holiday Ribbons Wallhanging

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    Christmas Ribbons Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

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    Holiday Ribbons includes a pattern for a 30" square quilt, along with a coordinating table runner and placemats.

    Holiday Ribbons Quilt Pattern & Accessories

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    Make a Harvest Stars Quilt

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    Harvest Stars Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    You'll see toasty brown fabrics, plus green, black and red in this 72" x 96" quilt made from two different quilt blocks. The blocks appear to be set on point, but they're actually sewn side by side in a straight setting.

    Harvest Stars Quilt Pattern

     

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    Hearts 'n Rags Rag Quilt Pattern

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    Hearts 'n Rags Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    Hearts 'n Rags is an easy rag quilt pattern, one that you can assemble pretty quickly. The quilt is made with a combination of block types: squares with raggy heart applique, plain floral squares, blocks cut from a border print and another unit created by sewing two bars together.

    My quilt is lightweight, with no batting, but I've provided yardage and cutting instructions for a middle layer if you choose to add it.

    Hearts 'n Rags Rag Quilt Pattern

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    Stars Through the Windows

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    Stars Through the Windows Baby Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    My Stars Through the Windows quilt pattern is assembled with two quilt blocks, Snowball, and a four patch variation. Both blocks are easy to sew and perfect for a first quilting project.

    Use the open areas to create an I Spy quilt.

    Stars Through the Windows Baby Quilt Pattern

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    Midnight Blues Quilt Pattern

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    Midnight Blues Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    Click through to see a large image of the Midnight Blues quilt (the thumbnail doesn't offer a good preview of the layout). I like this quilt, because when it's put together the quilt blocks, sashing, and cornerstones flow into each other, creating what I'll call sub-blocks.

    Midnight Blues finishes at 59" x 79".

    Midnight Blues Quilt Patten

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    Cathedral Windows Rag Quilt Pattern

    Cathedral Windows Rag Quilt Pattern
    Cathedral Windows Rag quilt after one washing. © Janet Wickell

     

    It's easy to create your own size and layout for the Cathedral Windows rag quilt, but if this is your first rag quilt, be sure to read Rag Quilt General Instructions before you begin. 

    I've seen this design referred to in other ways, including 'circle rag quilt.'

    Cathedral Windows Rag Quilt Pattern

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    Under the Stars Quilt Pattern

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    Under the Stars Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    Under the Stars is a quilt made with 35 of the same quilt blocks but in two color variations.

    Under the Stars Quilt Pattern

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    Jewel Box Quilt Pattern

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    Jewel Box Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    I've added a few options to the popular Jewel Box quilt pattern — instructions for one-at-a-time blocks, plus extra directions at the end for enough blocks to make an entire (scrappy, but quick pieced) quilt.

    Jewel Box Quilt Pattern

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    Summer Dragon Quilt Pattern

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    Summer Dragon Bed Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    This version of the Summer Dragon quilt finishes at 69" x 90". Adjust its size by changing the width of borders, adding more borders than shown or by eliminating borders altogether.

    Summer Dragon Bed Quilt Pattern

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    Oriental Courtyards Quilt Pattern

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    Oriental Courtyards Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    Oriental Courtyards finishes at about 65" x 85". The quilt is made with two blocks, Snowball and a block I named Courtyard.

    Oriental Courtyards Quilt Pattern

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    Springtime Ribbons Quilt Pattern

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    Springtime Ribbons Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    Springtime Ribbons was designed for breast cancer awareness fabrics, but feel free to change its theme to suit your needs.

    Springtime Ribbons Quilt Pattern

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    Framed Nine Patch Quilt

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    Framed Nine Patch Baby Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    The Framed Nine Patch finishes at 45-1/2" x 60-1/2", so it's larger than most baby quilts, but works perfectly as baby becomes a toddler.

    New: Framed Nine Patch Baby Quilt Pattern

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    Grandma's Favorite Quilt and Quilt Block Pattern

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    Grandma's Favorite Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    Grandma's Favorite quilt blocks finish at 10" square, and the pattern includes instructions and yardages for a 50" x 50" quilt.

    Grandma's Favorite Quilt Pattern

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    Card Trick Quilt Pattern

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    Card Trick Quilt.

     

    Card Trick quilt blocks go together easily. The 9" blocks in this Card Trick quilt are separated by sashing and cornerstones and surrounded by a wide border.

    The quilt finishes at 63-1/2" x 84-1/2".

    Card Trick Quilt Pattern

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    Starry Night Quilt Pattern

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    Starry Night Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    Starry Nights is a strippy set quilt pattern sewn with Pinwheel and Snowball quilt blocks that finish at 8-inches square. The quilt measures about 72" x 104".

    Starry Nights Strippy Set Quilt Pattern

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    Snowballing Economy Quilt Pattern

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    Snowballing Economy Quilt.

     

    This easy quilt finishes at about 54" x 70", and is made by combining two traditional patchwork quilt blocks: Snowball and Economy.

    Snowballing Economy Quilt Pattern

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    Christmas Orchard Quilt Pattern

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    Christmas Orchard is made from Snowball and Practical Orchard quilt blocks.

    Christmas Orchard Quilt Pattern

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    Rocky Glen Quilt Pattern

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    Rocky Glen Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    Rocky Glen is a quilt pattern that will give you lots of practice making half square triangle units -- the only patchwork used in the quilt.

    Rocky Glen Quilt Pattern

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    Double Stars Quilt Pattern

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    Double Star Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    The Double Star Quilt is made from 20 quilt blocks that are separated by sashing and cornerstones.

    Double Stars Quilt Pattern

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    Holiday Harvest Quilt Pattern

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    Holiday Harvest Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    Holiday Harvest is a quilt that combines 10" Grape Basket blocks with applique Oak Leaf and Acorn blocks. Two options are included for the applique, one a bit more simple than the other.

    Holiday Harvest Quilt Pattern

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    Eight Hands Around Quilt Pattern

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    Eight Hands Around Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

     

    Eight Hands Around is a quilt that finishes at about 68" x 80", with blocks measuring 12" square. It's easy to change the theme -- just choose different fabrics.

    Eight Hands Around Quilt Pattern

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    Pineapple Quilt Pattern

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    Pineapple Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    My pineapple quilt pattern is assembled with thirty-five 9" pineapple quilt blocks. Two color layouts are used in this illustration, but you can sew identical blocks for a more traditional layout.

    Pineapple Quilt Pattern

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    Got Blues? - One Color Quilt Pattern

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    Got Blues? = a One Color Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    We did a poll awhile back that asked, Which Color Stacks Are Tallest at Your House?. Guess what the overwhelming answer was -- yep, you got it -- blue. So here's a monochromatic blue quilt to help you use up your stash.

    The blocks in this quilt pattern are 10" square and the quilt finishes at about 55" x 69". Change the look if you'd like. Use bright juvenile prints for a child's quilt or go a little softer for a baby quilt. How about batiks? Or maybe white and black prints with a touch of red.

    Go...MOREt Blues? Quilt Pattern

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    Patriotic Quilt Pattern That's Perfect for Picnics

    Patriotic Quilt Pattern That's Perfect for Picnics
    Square quilt made with quarter-square triangle blocks (sometimes called Four X quilt blocks) in a patriotic theme. © Janet Wickell

     

    Here's a quilt that measures about 66" square, a perfect size to take along on picnics or July 4th celebrations. Use flannel for the batting to get by with minimal quilting stitches since good old flannel stays intact in the wash. T

    T​he fabrics illustrated work with a U.S. patriotic theme, but the pattern itself is generic -- try juvenile prints, florals, batiks, reproductions -- anything goes.

    Waving the Flag - Free Quilt Pattern

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    Missouri Puzzle Quilt Pattern

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    Missouri Puzzle Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    I'm from Missouri, so I thought it was about time I came up with a quilt pattern that shows off one of the blocks named to commemorate the state. This one's the Missouri Puzzle, a square quilt with sashing and cornerstones between blocks.

    The quilt blocks finish at 11-1/4" square and the quilt itself measures about 66" x 66".

    Missouri Puzzle Quilt Pattern

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    Spring Pinwheels Quilt Pattern

    Spring Pinwheels Quilt Pattern
    Spring Pinwheels Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    The Springtime Pinwheels quilt is made from a combination of two quilt blocks:

    Quilt blocks are alternated from row to row to create a secondary design when blocks are joined. The layout makes it look like blocks are placed on-point, but they're actually sewn together horizontally.

    Quilt blocks finish at 8-inches square and the quilt measures about 53" x 69".

    Springtime Pinwheels Quilt Pattern

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    Friendship Star Quilt Pattern - 6" Quilt Blocks

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    Little Friendship Stars Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

     

    Friendship quilts have been popular forever, but they don't all have signature panels like the centers of these 6" patchwork star blocks. The blocks are easy to make and the dark star tips and center bars don't require much fabric at all -- it's an excellent pattern to help you use up your scraps.

    If you'd rather make the quilt all by yourself, use the signature panels to honor family members, or sew a darker strip in that slot if you'd prefer to do away with signatures.

    Little Friendship Stars...MORE Quilt Pattern

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    Marina Blues Quilt Pattern

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    Marina Blues Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

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    Marina Blues is a 68-inch square quilt made with two different quilt blocks. It was inspired by a model home I toured many, many years ago -- all teals and blues and sea-greens, with a crystal clear blue-lined pool outside the back door -- a perfect match for the Florida beach town it sat in. 

    Marina Blues Quilt Pattern

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    Snail's Trail Quilt Pattern

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    Snail's Trail Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell, designed in EQ v6

    I like the neutral theme of this Snail's Trail quilt, but the pattern will look good sewn with any contrasting fabrics you choose.

    The 9-inch quilt blocks are constructed with two different fabrics, one a light neutral and one dark. The quilt measures about 70" x 77".

    Snail's Trail Quilt Pattern

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    Vintage Chains Quilt Pattern

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    Vintage Chains Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

    I rarely sew with solids, but this is a pattern I might consider for an Amish style quilt, combining deep navy or black with brighter colors. To make the quilt, you'll sew batches of two different blocks, and then place them on point and add a couple of borders.

    The quilt finishes at about 84" x 98".

    Vintage Chains Quilt Pattern

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    Sunbonnet Sue and Overalls Sam Quilt Pattern

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    Here's My Heart Quilt - Sunbonnet Sue and Overalls Sam Quilt. © Janet Wickell, designed in EQ v6

    The Here's My Heart quilt pattern explains how to make a 64" x 84" quilt that's a combination of patchwork and appliqué.

    Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Pattern

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    Floral Rag Quilt Pattern

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    Floral Rag Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell

    This easy 2-block rag quilt pattern is perfect for floral fabrics. Its border is pieced from scraps of all fabrics used.

    Floral Rag Quilt Pattern (2 sizes)

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    Easy Four Patch Rag Quilt Pattern

    Easy Four Patch Rag Quilt Pattern
    This rag quilt is sewn in holiday colors, but prints are generic enough to make it usable in any season. © Janet Wickell

    Rag quilts are super soft and cuddly -- and one of the easiest types of quilts you'll ever make once you get accustomed to putting wrong sides together when you sew. Change the theme of this easy rag quilt to make it suit your needs.

    Free Rag Quilt Pattern

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    2007 Anniversary Sampler Quilt

    Sampler Quilt Pattern
    About Quilting Year One Anniversary Sampler Quilt Layout. © Janet Wickell

    The Anniversary Sampler Quilt is a scrap quilt with some orderly components that help bring its design elements together.

    The quilt is suitable for quilters of any skill level.

    Anniversary Sampler Quilt Index

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    Make a Denim Quilt

    Denim Quilt Pattern
    Make a Denim Quilt. © Janet Wickell

    You don't need a special quilt pattern to sew a denim quilt, but denim's heavy weight means that some quilting patterns are easier to assemble than others.

    How to Make a Denim Quilt

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    King's Crown Quilt Pattern

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    King's Grown Quilt. Janet Wickell

    The King's Crown quilt block used in this quilt pattern finishes at 8-inches square.

    The pattern includes instructions for single blocks, plus yardages and the extra details you need to construct a small quilt with King's Crown blocks on-point.

    King's Crown Quilt Pattern

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    Scrappy Hearts Quilt Pattern

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    Scrappy Hearts Quilt Pattern. © Janet Wickell, designed in EQ v6

    You'll find instructions for this scrappy hearts quilt on the last page of the pattern for the 6" heart block.

    Scrappy Hearts Quilt Pattern

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    Grandmother's Choice Quilt

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    Single quilt block, left. Wallhanging with sashing, right. © Janet Wickell

    This quilt uses a variation of the Grandmother's Choice quilt block, each sewn with four pinwheel units separated by sashing.

    Grandmother's Choice Quilt Pattern

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    Ocean Waves Quilt Pattern

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    Ocean Waves Quilt. Janet Wickell

     

    Ocean Waves is a quilt pattern that's packed with half square triangle units. The quilt isn't difficult to make, but it does have lots and lots of pieces.

    The Ocean Waves quilt pattern is perfect for scrap quilts, but looks great sewn in an orderly fashion, too. If the number of patches the quilt requires seems like more than you want to take on, just assemble a small batch of the units each time you sit down to sew. Accumulate them in a box, keeping track of how many you add each time.

    For a...MORE true scrap quilt, sew the units with random fabrics from each day's sewing tasks. The end result is definitely worth the effort.

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    Clownin' Around Quilt Pattern

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    Example of Traditional Clown Blocks Placed Side by Side. © Janet Wickell

    Clownin' Around is made with the traditional patchwork Clown quilt block. I used vibrant colors in this example, for a circus-like theme, but included a monochromatic version with vertical sashing as an example for those of you who like to designs that are a bit more toned-down.

    Clownin' Around Quilt Pattern

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    Learn How to String Piece

    Learn How to String Quilt
    String block cut into quarters and then reassembled into a square block with a different configuration. © Janet Wickell

    String piecing is one type of foundation piecing. Fabrics are sewn onto a backing material -- the foundation. The technique gets its name from the long strips of fabric that are used -- the strings, which are sewn randomly to a permanent foundation that's typically cut from muslin.

    Learn to String Piece

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    Make a Yo-Yo Quilt

    How to Make a Yo Yo Quilt
    Make a Yo Yo Quilt or Use Yo Yos as Trim.

    Yo-Yos are little rosettes made by gathering circles of fabric. Yo-yos are typically sewn side by side into rows, but they also make nice little rosettes that can be used as dimensional applique and other types of embellishment.

    Yo Yo Quilt Instructions

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    Christmas Star Wallhanging Pattern

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    Christmas Star Quilt Pattern. Janet Wickell

    Christmas Star is an easy wallhanging made from a 20" square quilt block. It doesn't take long to put the quilt together, and its looks can be changed dramatically by altering color and color value.

    Christmas Star Quilt Pattern

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    Kate's Oriental Lanterns Quilt

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    Kate's Oriental Lanterns Quilt. © Kate North

    Kate North, a former Quilting Forum Hostess, designed these pretty Oriental Lanterns for a block swap. The swap has ended, but you can use the pattern to make a quilt of your very own.

    Make the Oriental Lanterns Quilt

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    Lilacs and Roses Quilt Pattern

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    Two different blocks are sewn in horizontal rows to make a quilt with lots of movement across its surface. Sew it with florals or choose another ty[e of fabrics to change the quilt's character.

    Lilacs & Roses Free Quilt Pattern

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    Two Ways to Make Prairie Points

    How to Make Prairie Points
    Making Prairie Points. © Janet Wickell

    Prairie points are folded triangles that are most often sewn around the quilt's outer edges, but can be placed anywhere you'd like a little extra decor.

    Make Prairie Points