13 Plus Free Quilting Projects, Downloads and Tutorials

Today we’ve selected a few of our favorite free quilting projects, downloads and tutorials to share with you and your friends. Check out each of the 13 links for wonderful inspiration, tips and quilting patterns:

Moon Forest Block 150x150 13 Plus Free Quilting Projects, Downloads and Tutorials1. Moon Flowers. This appliqued quilt block was on the cover of Quilters Newsletter‘s very first issue in 1969. We recently made modern versions of the block in the Staff Picks section of our 45th Anniversary issue, August/September 2014.

2. Quilt as You Go Pillow Top Project from Quilt Monkey. This video is free today, Thursday December 18, 2014. It’s part of the Quilt Monkey series on QNNtv.com, a fun take on quilting that’s great for beginners as well as for those trying to expand on their quilting and block making skills.

416 UP IN THE AIR w400 150x150 13 Plus Free Quilting Projects, Downloads and Tutorials3. Up in the Air by Dana Jones. Make yourself a beautiful reminder of warmer weather with this fun hot air balloon block from Quilters Newsletter June/July 2010.

4. French Twist Binding by Gretchen Hudock. Originally seen in the September 2001 issue of Quilters Newsletter, this binding method hides the start and finish in your quilting, ending with a narrow binding on the front and wide binding on the back. If you don’t already have the perfect needles for finishing the back of the binding by hand, try Fons & Porter Quilt Binding Needles.

QNM Free Poinsettia 290w 150x150 13 Plus Free Quilting Projects, Downloads and Tutorials5. Picture Perfect Poinsettias Table Runner by Joli Hines Sayasane. This Christmas-themed pattern was originally featured in Quilters Newsletter December/January 2011.

6. Ooh-Rah by Lori Baker. This quilt was first introduced in January 2014 and was released as a block-of-the-month, leading up the final block and instructions earlier in December. Check out Quilters Newsletter February/March 2014 for the introduction and more information on the Quilted in Honor program this quilt was designed to benefit.

CandyStriper 150x150 13 Plus Free Quilting Projects, Downloads and Tutorials7. Candy Striper by Anita Grossman Solomon. The Easy Lesson feature in Quilters Newsletter April/May 2012 shows how to make the block, but we posted the pattern to make the full quilt on our website!

8. Color Wheel by Connie Ewbank. This bright and bold quilt pattern uses all the colors of the rainbow. It originally appeared in Quilters Newsletter April/May 2013.

9. Pants Pocket by Pam Rocco. Lori Baker recently blogged about putting pockets on her quilts. Why not make a full quilt of pockets (whether real or pieced in)? This quilt was originally featured in Quilters Newsletter February/March 2012.

10. Quiltmaking Made Easy with Deb Tucker. This video featuring tips and techniques is a bonus video from our Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community series. See more from The Quilters’ Community as well as 3 free parts of a video interview with Deb Tucker from Quilt with the Stars on QNNtv.com.

TROY 200 150x150 13 Plus Free Quilting Projects, Downloads and Tutorials11. Stars at Dusk by Kathryn Wagar Wright. The intricately pieced stars use both foundation and traditional piecing methods in this lap quilt which originally appeared in Quilters Newsletter October/November 2012.

12. Rainbow Radiance by Donna Lynn Thomas. The Easy Lesson feature in Quilters Newsletter December/January 2014 shows how to make the block, but we posted the pattern to make the full quilt on our website!

13. Free eBooks of nine patch, log cabin, basket and patriotic quilts. While accessing these free eBooks does require creating a free account on our website, these patterns offer tons of inspiration.

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Gifts for Quilters Giveaway Part 1!

The December 2014 / January 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter includes a Quilters’ Wish List featuring fabulous items for quilters of all styles and skill levels. QNDJ15 Cover 200 Gifts for Quilters Giveaway Part 1! Some of the gifts are more whimsical and some are more practical, while some like the teacup pincushion are both whimsical and practical.

The December/January 2015 issue also includes a helpful workshop about adding different kinds of tucks to your quilt for extra dimension; an easy lesson about fun hexagon blocks; history articles about quilts of the Great War and the International Honor Quilt; easy, intermediate and challenging quilt patterns; and much more!

But you’re probably wondering about some of those items on the Quilters’ Wish List. We’re giving away of few of them this week to three lucky winners (and if you aren’t one of those three lucky winners, be sure to visit us again for Part 2 of the Gifts for Quilters Giveaway in a couple of weeks)!

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PRIZE 1 includes a Mastering the Mini Classroom in a Bag from Stone House Quilting, a finger pincushion from Oodles of Pincushions and six assorted sets of Tulip Hiroshima Hand Needles from United Notions.

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PRIZE 2 includes an Ellen Medlock Holiday Stocking Pattern from Ellen Medlock Studio, C&T Quilt Gift Wrap from C&T Publishing, a sunflower pincushion from Oodles of Pincushions and six assorted sets of Tulip Hiroshima Hand Needles from United Notions.

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PRIZE 3 includes C&T Quilt Gift Wrap from C&T Publishing, a teacup pincushion from Oodles of Pincushions, sewing machine earrings from Oodles of Pincushions and six assorted sets of Tulip Hiroshima Hand Needles from United Notions.

To enter for your chance to win one of the three prizes, leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time Sunday December 21, 2014, telling us about one of your quilting resolutions for 2015. Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as the winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line. Please note that any prizes won will likely not arrive in the mail prior to Christmas.

Need some more inspiration for holiday decorations or gifts? Check out the page on our website devoted to Christmas and Winter Quilt Patterns! We also love to share pictures of quilts, quilt news and more on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramGoogle+, Youtube and our website!

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Quick Christmas Projects

With only 10 days to go until Christmas, I hope you are nearly finished with your gift making and gift shopping. If you are still looking for ideas, I have a couple for you.

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I made this cute wall hanging a couple of weeks ago. I finished it in just a few hours.

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This is the pattern.

The pattern by Happy Hollow Designs includes the embellishments and is foundation pieced with a bit of a twist. The foundation is printed on iron-on interfacing.

There is a separate piece of iron-on interfacing to adhere to the fabrics so you get them cut the right shape before you start stitching them in place. I am experienced at foundation piecing so I could have left out that step (and the bulk of the extra layer of interfacing). But for those of you who are new to foundation piecing it seems like a good idea.

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These were my fabrics.

The pattern insert gives you a good idea of what colors you need to choose for your fabrics.

This particular pattern is available in quilt shops.

I quilted by stitching in the ditch and put on the binding. I did laugh at myself because I had the binding on before I realized that I was supposed to put borders on my little wall hanging. I decided not to unsew the binding so my quilt is a bit smaller than the pattern illustration. I stitched on the embellishments and it was done. It was a fun, easy and quick project. It’s hanging on my office door and gets lots of comments.

Here are a few other ideas.

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Winter Pines

This little wall hanging is adapted from Nature Sings by Bev Getschel in Best Christmas Quilts 2014. The pattern in the magazine is for a table runner and placemats. It will be super easy for you to figure out what I did differently in order to make the wall hanging. It’s a really simple adaptation and again, I did it in an afternoon.

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This wall hanging is one of my favorite Christmas projects for the year. I call it Tree-mendous.  I started with Tina Curran’s pattern, Christmas Flag. I photocopied tree #2 at 200% and added borders and embellishments. You could also make the trees as single trees in the size in the pattern and they’d make great mug rugs, tree ornaments and package decorations.

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Calling Birds

I have one other project I hope to finish before our family Christmas celebration. In the Best Christmas Quilts 2012 issue, we gave instructions to make these sweet little bird ornaments. I think I’ve told you that many of our things are in storage so when it came time to decorate for Christmas this year, we bought a small pre-lit tree and a bunch of red balls. I’d like to make 6 or 8 of these little birds to tuck in the branches of our tree. I think they’d be the perfect finishing touch.

I’d love to go home and play but I think I should probably work on some of the things on my desk. I hope you have a lovely week – finishing the last of your Christmas projects. Do remember to follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and our website for more ideas.

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Block Friday — Whirligig Block

It’s the second Friday in December, and thus the second Friday I’m celebrating BLOCK Friday! It’s a quilting-friendly day, and it reminds me that my sewing machine is calling my name. When I first got it in my head that I wanted to make a quilt, I had no idea what I was doing. Whirligig QM282 Block Friday    Whirligig BlockAs an apparel and home dec sewer, I had the basic sewing skills but no idea how to really make something work as a quilt. My first quilt featured assorted fabrics like fleece, flannel and organza as well as quilting cotton. It turned out rather well given the difficulties (I do not recommend using organza in a quilt with other fabrics), but the further into quilting I get, the more interested I am in trying different quilt blocks than different fabrics.

Quiltmaker released an episode of Quiltmaker’s Block Network not so long ago about the whirligig block, using a band technique I haven’t tried yet but look forward to using. Watch the YouTube video below or check it out for free on QNNtv:

This technique uses templates that can be made out of a variety of things. I sometimes cut cardboard from spare boxes using a dull rotary blade, or for something I won’t use too many times card-stock also works, but my favorite way to make templates is with template plastic. I particularly like using the heat-resistant kind since it not only works for items I’m going to piece but is also helpful when doing turned-edge applique since you can press the fabric right over the edges of the template. It’s also clear so that you can see both the fabric seams and the lines drawn on the template at the same time, which is very important for placing it properly to make the whirligig block. Try Templar Template Plastic Sheets if you don’t already have some on hand. They’re available online from Quilt and Sew Shop.

QM100Blocksvol3 Block Friday    Whirligig BlockQuiltmaker’s 100 Blocks vol. 3, from which this is block #282, designed by Susan Knapp and Mary Jane Mattingly, also has instructions for using template plastic, and the video shows you how to use a quilting ruler and rotary cutter around the template to get the shape. If you notice that all your rotary blades seem a little dull when searching for one to cut your templates with, Keepsake Quilting has replacement blades.

Have you made this block? What did you think of it?

If you’re looking for even more cool quilt block patterns, Quilters Newsletter‘s 9 Beautiful Blocks eBook is a great place to start!

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Fat Quarter Friday

Well, you’ve seen Lori’s finished quilt and Mary Kate’s quilt top, both made from patterns published in our Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 issue. I wanted in on the fun, so I opened one of my fat quarter bundles and chose a pattern to recreate. There are a lot of really nice patterns in the issue, which is available at the Quilt & Sew Shop, so it was hard to narrow it down to only one quilt. The pattern I ultimately chose was Rectangular Prisms by Marcia Harmening. Here’s her version from the magazine:

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Rectangular Prisms by Marcia Harmening

I’d been holding onto a bundle of Nature’s Basket by Blackbird Designs for Moda. It’s a really pretty, rather traditional collection in creams, taupes, browns and blues. There are a number of cute prints but the most obvious characteristic is the cross stitch prints, which are adorable. I figured I could use the two shades of neutrals and darks and lights, and put the blue prints in the diamond shapes.

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Nature’s Basket by Blackbird Designs for Moda

I planned to make the pattern exactly how it’s written, just in different colors, so I had to find a few fat quarters from my stash so I’d have enough fabric in every color. I added a few coordinating cream and brown prints, some blue prints from Morris Modernized by Barbara Brackman for Moda and a few other blue scraps so I’d have more variety in those brighter patches.

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Now I have enough fat quarters in every color. I made the blues scrappier than what you see here, however.

When everything was cut and I began to sew, I decided that one of the cross stitch prints was a bit too dark for my overall composition. Rather than find a replacement print and re-cut, I simply put the wrong side of the fabric facing up. You can see the print from the wrong side, but it’s more muted and fits in better on the quilt top. Whatever works!

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Getting ready to sew patches – right side to wrong side!

The pattern is great; it comes together nicely. If you make it, I advise you to plan ahead while pressing to make the seams nest into each other. I did this by pressing all the seams up on one row, then down on the next. When your 1/4″ seams are accurate and pressed in opposite directions, the seams sit together so nicely and you don’t even need any pins to join the long rows together.

And here’s my completed quilt top!

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Completed quilt top! What should I call it?

I really liked the idea of the traditional prints in a more modern design. I also really like the pointy edges of the quilt and I look forward to learning how to do the binding on tricky corners like that. I may be singing a different tune when I am actually sewing the binding, but we’ll see.

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Here’s a closer look.

And check out this lucky print match! That lighter patch is one that’s got the wrong side of the fabric facing up.

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The flowers match, but the rest of the print doesn’t. Adventures in fabric facing wrong-side-up!

Now I just need to throw together a backing for this thing and get to quilting and binding! I hope the binding doesn’t take too long, because there are many more quilt patterns I want to try! What patterns are you into these days? Tell us about your favorites on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and our website. Have a great weekend!

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Quilting with little kids

This week’s episode of Quilters Newsletter TV: The Quilters’ Community is one in which I played the part of the guest and Lori Baker played the part of the host. The title of the episode is “Quilting with Preschoolers,” and that’s what I talked about: how I involved my young children in a few different quilt projects. Although we covered a lot in the episode, I wanted to give some more information here on the blog, especially considering that the holidays are coming up and you may find yourself looking for something to do with kids on vacation.

To recap, the first time I had my older daughter “assist” me, she was not yet 3-1/2 years old. I had her help me design the placement of mini charms to make a doll quilt, which I blogged about in detail a couple of years ago; click here to read that blog post. (How is it possible that it’s already been two years? I feel like I should start singing “Sunrise, Sunset.”)

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the first child’s first doll quilt, 2012

Below are photos of the doll quilt my younger daughter “assisted” me with when she was a little over 2-1/2 years old. Very different stage of development, and a very different child.

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First doll quilt by the second child, 2014

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back of the second child’s first doll quilt

We made it using a mini charm pack combination of the Quill and Blueprint Basics collections by Valori Wells for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I used a print from the Out to Sea collection by Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Fabrics for the backing.








When my older daughter was approaching her 5th birthday I tried a couple of new projects with her. First, I chose 16 squares from a regular 5″ charm pack of mottled blenders (Fresco by Patrick Lose for Robert Kaufman). Then I cut them into triangles, squares or rectangles and had her reassemble the pieces. I kind of love the result. Although her placement was random, I can see all sorts of new combinations I don’t think I would have come up with on my own.

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Second doll quilt by the first child, 2014

And finally, I let my older daughter try some hand sewing using a very blunt Sashiko needle from Olympus. As I said in the video, I bought them when I was testing needles for big stitch hand quilting. While I don’t like to use the Sashiko needles for quilting through three layers, they’re great for stitching with heavier threads through one layer of fabric. Not only that, but they’re very sturdy and easy to handle, and you’re not going to get pricked by the point, which makes them a good choice for kids.

I gave my daughter some fabric in a small embroidery hoop, threaded the needle with whatever thread tickled her fancy (in this case, sparkly purple metallic thread — I did mention she was about to turn 5, right?), and let her start stitching. Although she still required supervision, it was a nice way to keep her focused on an interesting activity while I prepped fabric for my own project.

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Hand sewing for the first time

The full episode of “Quilting with Preschoolers” is available to QNNtv.com subscribers. If you’ve tried sewing with young kids I’d love to hear how it went — I’m always looking for new ideas! And be sure to regularly check on our website and our QNNtv.com and YouTube channels for the latest episodes of Quilters Newsletter TV.

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Quilting in 2015


Maybe it’s just that I’ve been busy, but I’m not sure how we already got to the 2nd week of December. 2015 is just around the corner, and if you’re wondering how you’re going to keep track of the time next year, we’ve got just the solution for you in this week’s giveaway. Five lucky winners will each receive a quilt-themed perpetual or 2015 calendar.

We have one copy of the 365 Quilt-Block Patterns Perpetual Calendar by Judy Hopkins, one copy of the Award-Winning Quilts 2015 Calendar, one copy of the A Year of Quilts 2015 Calendar and two copies of the Quilt Calendar 2015 with Complete Instructions for Each Quilt, all from That Patchwork Place to give away.

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To enter for your chance to win one of five calendars, leave a comment on this post below by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time Sunday December 14, 2014, telling us about the last quilting project you completed. If you have a favorite between the calendars, let us know that in your comment as well. Since winners are randomly selected, it’s not guaranteed you’ll win your favorite calendar, but we’ll do our best! Open to anyone worldwide who has not won anything from Quilters Newsletter in the past 90 days. If you are randomly selected as the winner, the email will come from QNMquestions@fwmedia.com with “Quilters Newsletter blog giveaway” in the subject line.

Need some inspiration for holiday decorations or gifts? Check out the page on our website devoted to Christmas and Winter Quilt Patterns!

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It’s a Fat Quarter but Not a Fat Quarter Quilt

I had a great weekend. We bought a Christmas tree and it’s up and the apartment is decorated for Christmas. That’s a nice thing to check off my to-do list. Then I finished a quilt. I started this quilt way back in August and blogged about it in September. I didn’t show you the quilt top at that point but I did show you the quilt back. Then other deadlines got in the way and I put it away for awhile.

In early November, Gigi and I pin-basted it, then I started quilting it. Then other deadlines got in the way and I put it away again. I’m sensing a pattern here.

Last week, I was finally caught up and was able to get it back out and finish it. Here’s the front.

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The Completed Quilt

This is my take on a quilt designed by Bev Getschel for our Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 issue. Bev’s quilt is called Square Dance. I changed things up a bit when I made my version. I made my quilt larger than Bev’s by simply making the squares larger. Bev’s squares finished at 3” but my squares finish at 4”, making my quilt 88” x 96”. I did not use fat quarters to make my quilt so there are more different blue fabrics in mine than in the original. So the quilt is from the Best Fat Quarters Quilts 2014 issue but it isn’t a fat quarter quilt. That’s one of the things I love about quilting – patterns are a starting point. You don’t have to follow them exactly. You can change colors, sizes, block arrangement, just about anything to what you want. After all, it’s your quilt.

I pieced the back as I often do.

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The Quilt Back

It has two orphan blocks, one machine embroidery stitch-out and one sweet little hand-embroidered block from 1970.

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A Hand-Embroidered Block

I made a baby bib for my daughter and thought it was so cute that I started making a quilt with the same little embroidered kittens. Unfortunately, I only made one block before I was bored with the whole idea. This block has been in my stash ever since.

I free-motion quilted just doing loop-de-loops. It’s an easy, mindless pattern to quilt. I have to admit that I struggled with the quilting though. This size of quilt is so much easier to quilt with one of the bigger machines. I quilted using one of my older machines and I shouldn’t have done that.

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Here’s the label.

When I told my husband Bev Getschel’s quilt was named Square Dance and I wanted something  along that line, he immediately suggested Hoedown. I thought that was a perfect name.

Now I have to give you a hint. One of the things I often tell people is not to point out their mistakes. If someone is admiring your quilt, just thank them; don’t feel like you have to show them your mistakes. However, I’m going to point out a mistake because I have a solution I want to share.

I have a couple of wrinkles on the back of the quilt.

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See this one? The squares are 1¾”. So the wrinkle is small. The ideal solution would be to take out the stitching and redo that section. But I’m not going to do that. This is a utility quilt. It is never going to be entered in a show. I could just leave the wrinkle but I’m going to cover it up. I frequently put small pockets on my quilts. It started as a joke.

Once upon a time, I started making shirts for my grandsons. I cut them out and embroidered the grandson’s names on the pockets. Then I got sidetracked and they never got finished. Years later, I cut up the shirt parts and put them into a series of quilts I made. I cut the shirt fronts so one of the patches included the entire pocket. So there were pockets that worked on those quilts. My kids thought they were great fun so now there are often pockets on my quilts.

This quilt will have several pockets. There are 4 wrinkles so I’ll make 4 pockets. I have two of them done. Here’s one.

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An Easy Fix for a Wrinkle

It’s only about 3” x 3¼” so it’s just for fun. This evening, I’m going to stitch on two more pockets and Hoedown will truly be finished. And I’ll be on to the next project.

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Bill Volckening and His Quilts

We love quilt history and were thrilled when Bill Volckening agreed to conduct a web seminar for us: Quilt Collecting 101: A Survey of American Quilts as Seen Through My Collection to be offered January 14, 2015.

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This New York Beauty from Bill Volckening’s collection was made by an unknown Oklahoma quiltmaker around 1870. It measures 70″ x 88″ and has fewer pieces than earlier examples. The points are rendered more like dovetail joints as seen in furniture.

Bill is a highly respected quilt collector who began collecting 25 years ago and now owns more than 250 quilts made between 1760 and present day. Quilters Newsletter featured his New York Beauties collection in the August/September 2012 issue. He told us then that he never intended to be a quilt collector. He was pursuing a master’s degree in photography when he attended an antique auction and bought a mid-19th century New York Beauty from Kentucky. He was drawn to the design and workmanship. Suddenly he was hooked and the collecting instincts he inherited from his family of collectors took over. He now says he’s a quilt magnet because he has an uncanny ability to unearth incredible quilts.

Bill also has a great collection of 1970s quilts that you can see and read about in the February/March 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter, on newsstands January 27.

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This nine-patch variation is one of Bill Volckening’s 1970s quilts and was made by an unknown quiltmaker. It measures 74″ x 84″. See more of his ’70s quilts in the February/March 2015 issue of Quilters Newsletter, on sale January 27.

During the Quilt Collecting 101 webinar, Bill will share some of the more unusual quilts from his collection and he’ll talk about what today’s quilters can learn from quilt history. He’ll also offer advice for investing in old quilts, including care, conservation and storage. In addition, he’ll focus on:

  • How specific styles of quilts were made in certain time periods.
  • What fabrics and methods of construction were popular at different times.
  • How the traditions of whole-cloth, applique and pieced quiltmaking developed.
  • And more!

The live web seminar takes place January 14, 2015, 1-2 p.m. Eastern time. The cost is just $19.99 – money well spent! If you can’t log into the live presentation, you’ll also be able to view it on demand. More details and registration information are available at Quilt and Sew Shop.

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Block Friday — Log Cabin

Black Friday has come and gone, and I didn’t get any quilting done that day since I spent most of it out shopping. This Friday however, and each Friday in December, I’d like to celebrate BLOCK Friday instead. Much more fun, I think! For today’s block, I’d like to focus on the log cabinLogCabinExample Block Friday    Log Cabin, a personal favorite that I’m sure I’m not alone in. In fact, when we asked in a giveaway a few months ago what our readers’ favorite quilt block was,  number one was overwhelmingly the log cabin. It’s not a terribly complex block and is fairly easy for a beginner, but it has enough variations that you could likely spend a lifetime making nothing but log cabin quilts and still never make the same variation twice. Some famous quilters like Emiko Toda Loeb, who we featured in Meetin’ Place in Quilters Newsletter June/July 2014, have devoted a large chunk of their quilting careers to making more and more complex and beautiful quilts using the log cabin block as a starting point.

Quilty recently aired an episode showing how to make the log cabin block with a twist, using Cynthia Brunz’s quilt Strawberries & Cream to demonstrate how different block placements can dramatically alter the look of your finished quilt (watch the YouTube video below or catch it for free on QNNtv):

Quilters Newsletter featured a very different-looking log cabin quilt block in our 9 Beautiful Blocks eBook (it’s the one in the middle in the bottom row): 9BeautifulBlocks Block Friday    Log Cabin

The log cabin block is also featured in a handful of the quilts in our upcoming Best Tradition with a Twist Quilts 2015 issue, on newsstands January 6. Stay tuned for more information and previews about those and other quilts from the issue.

Care to learn more about this fascinating block? Marti Michell has a Log Cabin ABCs Master Class you can get on DVD and QNNtv has other videos which will introduce you to a number of different log cabin variations.

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