My Quilt Blocks
Quilt tips and how-to's that I have collected along the way
I started this to collect quilt information that I wanted to be able to find at a moments notice. It is from all over the Internet and useful since I am still learning. I've finished several quilts and one was a complete rework so I learned more in a hurry. I love quilting.
The quilt shown here is a friendship quilt. Each of us was given a piece of the same fabric to incorporate into our block. This ties all the blocks together. My block is the cowboy hat. We made this for a friend who moved far away and we wanted her to have something from everyone in our quilt guild.
Not a quilter but want to be. Don't really know how to sew?
This sites has valuable sewing information for beginners as well as those who have been sewing for a long time.
- Learn How to Hand Quilt Sew,Mama,Sew! Blog
Good guide on how to hand quilt. Very helpful pictures.
A Great History of Quilts - The most comprehensive listing of quilts that I have found.
The listing of quilts in this site is incredible. It was too good to pass up. Many of the blocks that are shown are one I would like to do. Great resource. Make sure to check out Quilty's Quilt History.
- History of quilts
Take the time to check out the links. There is so much information here, you just might not get that quilt done.
- Enjoy Free Patchwork Quilt Patterns from History & Their Stories
The free quilt patterns on this site are based on those used during periods of America's past. Patterns include information on their history.
More on Quilt History - Amish Quilting
- Amish Quilt Designs & Patterns of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
I love Amish quilts. I love quilting too. As an eternally creative (and yet somehow logical) wife, mom, and lawyer, who loves quilting, art, gardening, baking, reading, hanging out with my husband, and playing with and teaching my daughter, I spend..
My appliqued heart quilt
Quilts tell stories - Three of my favorite books about quilting
Quilt blocks or patterns are always interesting but for those who also love history, quilts tell stories. Three very good books on quilt history are Hidden in Plain View, Hobo Quilts, and The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt. Hobo Quilts and the The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt are treasured books in my personal library and I have played with some of the patterns in both. I have yet to buy Hidden in Plain View but a friend has loaned it to me for an extended visit at my house.
Hidden in Plain View
History says quilts were made showing the way to freedom in the era of slavery. While this bit of quilt folklore is still being proven, this is a fascinating read and full of interesting patterns.
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt
- The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt
The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt by Laurie Aaron Hird is a quilting book and a history book, rolled into one. The first half of the book is the collection of letter with quilt block photos. It is also a book on philosophy where each letter is filled..
- Hobo Quilts: 55 Original Blocks Based on the Secret Language of Riding the Rails
Hobo Quilts, by Debra G. Henninger. is a great history book for the Depression Era hobo codes. It is full of pictures and quotes. Along with that, there are more than 55 symbols transformed into quilting patterns. The book suggests 20 projects but...
Crazy Quilts - This is on my list of new things to try
I have been collecting sites from all over to add to the knowledge base for crazy quilts. I want all this information in one place so when I am ready to try it, I will leave nothing to chance. I have the fabrics (give or take), I am in search of the perfect beads and other embellishments and am practicing my embroidery stitches.
Someday, maybe I can do this
Crazy Quilting - The Complete Guide
After seeing this book at a quilt guild meeting, I knew it was a must have. All the stitches one might need are detailed here as well as lots of illustrations for inspiration. This is a great book!
More on Crazy Quilting because you can never get enough
Good, well- made patchwork quilts have been successfully basted to make the quilting step easier. I have invented a fast- piecing system, and love 'big bits and fast', but there are some things that you MUST NOT take shortcuts with, or disaster w...
When you make a crazy patchwork block, you start with a foundation shape and cover it — either by machine or by hand — with many patches of fabric until the backing is no longer showing. The fun part comes when you start adding se
I love all the wonderful bright fabrics, all the different shapes, and best of all the embellishment on crazy quilts. My very first attempt at patchwork was a crazy patchwork stole. I used to wear it around my hips (they were slimmer then so it fitte
Right behind crazy quilting comes Ribbon Embroidery. This is incredible art work and something else I want to learn.
Tips on how to do different quilting techniques
Don't want to get paper and pencil to figure out how many yards you will need for a quilt project. Use this handy, dandy guide to do it for you. I love it!
- Free Paper Piecing Quilt Block Patterns from Piece By Number
More than 35 free paper piecing (or foundation piecing) quilt block patterns. Paper piecing is an squired skill but these block by number (sort of like paint by number) go a long way to making it easier.
- How to Make String Quilts from Leftover Fabric
String quilts make good use of extra fabric scraps and help reduce waste. Learn all about string quilting and how easy it is to get started.
- Miscellaneous Quilt Stuff!
Lots of helpful information here.
- Quiltsmart 101: Completing Your Quilt
The information that follows will guide you through finishing the quilt.
- Quilt Sizes - bed sizes - how to decide what size quilt to make
Quilt Sizes - bed sizes - how to decide what size quilt to make
- Anyone Can Quilt: Machine Quilting Tutorial
Sharing my love of quilting, fun quilt patterns, and great tools and tips. With a healthy dose of thrifting, sock knitting, sewing projects, and lots of other cottage creations. Thank you for visiting Anyone Can Quilt!
- Print your words as charted design with cross stitch alphabet
Type in what you want and it charts the cross stitch for you. Not a quilt tip but embroidery is part of the process.
- sewtakeahike: "a little help from my friends" scrappy string..
Scrappy string quilt
Rose applique - We all do rework. Sometimes it's more than expected
Sometimes things just don't work out. This quilt was supposed to fray around the roses when washed. Unfortunately, the fabric used for the blocks, frayed at all the seams. This was a total rework. All the roses were cut off and reattached to new blocks. The backing and batting were saved and the border reused. The binding was also reused but to make it all fit, the new fabric for the blocks had to be smaller. I was so upset, the quilt sat for a year before I made myself take it apart and start over. It is very pretty and now I can enjoy it for what it is.
Quilting and Mysteries - Favorite author Earlene Fowler
This is a series of mystery books by Earlene Fowler. These books were shared with me by a family friend long ago. Read them in order to follow the life of Benni Harper. All of them deal with quilts in one way or another. When you put the quilting down, pick up these books. This is only a sample of what's out there. She has other books and I recommend "The Saddle Maker's Wife".
My favorite quilt block patterns
All of us have favorites that we want to try or have completed. These are mine.
- Dresden Plate Block Sew-along
This tutorial makes the Dresden Plate block less threatening.
- Â Easy Log Cabin Quilt Block Pattern - easy for beginner's project
Â Easy Log Cabin Quilt Block Pattern - easy for beginner's project
- Kansas Trouble
This makes a 12" block!
- Broken Dishes
I'm going to elect this one as The Easiest Block of the Year!...Hands Down!It makes a 12" block!
- Quilt Blocks Galore!
OK, I have lots of favorites and you will too. Quilt Blocks Galore has more patterns that a normal person can do in a lifetime. Serious quilters would also have problems getting through this entire list. There are hundreds of free patterns with compl
- A simple rag quilt
This is easy and fun. Even beginners can complete this quilt with the large pictures showing the steps.