Black Friday comes once a year, but we can celebrate Block Friday every week, if we want, with how-tos for making contemporary designs from traditional quilt block patterns.
Today, many contemporary quilters are taking a new angle on quilting square, with "wonky" improvisational piecing. We've embraced this creative trend and want to help you join the block party with six quilt block patterns--free!
Do you long to make a quilt but don't know where to start? Or do you have a friend who could lessons on quilting for beginners? We have the perfect starter's guide, and it includes free quilt patterns for beginners!
Many of us cherish the heirloom block quilts handed down to us--or even the ones we discover at flea markets and thrift shops. But when it comes to our own quilting, we like a more contemporary style.
What is modern quilting? There's no set definition. Typically, though, modern quilts have large fields of solid colors, take an improvisational approach to cutting and piecing, and highlight contemporary commercial fabrics.
You would think that everything you could do with fabric, fibers, and
shapes had been done before. But from art quilts to modern quilts to
traditional quilts, each one offered a new experience in fiber art.
One really has to marvel at the talent of our quilting foremothers. With basic geometric shapes and materials they had at hand, these (mostly) women made quilt block patterns. Then they made them their own, taking the traditional quilt blocks and putting their own spin on the design.
When I first became interested in quilting, I spent hours staring at traditional quilt squares trying to figure out how they were pieced. Some, like the log cabin pattern, are pretty obvious.
These days, in the quilting and sewing world it's hip to be square. The popularity of modern patchwork designs means that fiber artists are creating—and clamoring for—contemporary quilt block patterns for quilt designs and other patchwork projects.