Quilt Patterns

Quilt patterns are typically used by traditional quilters to create pieces based on a specific design, but contemporary quilt artists may also use patterns as guides to creating their work. Some quilt patterns are very precise, while others can be used as flexible guides to creating a work of art. Many art quilters also use patterns to create small projects, bags, wearable art, and other accessories.

Animal & Pet Quilts by Elizabeth Hartman

Pet quilts, whether they are a portrait of your furry friend or a depiction of wildlife found in oceans, forests, or even zoos, are turning heads. One quilter and pattern designer who is embracing this type of modern quilt is Elizabeth Hartman. You’ve probably seen her quilt patterns Fancy Forest or Fancy Foxes with the…

Sew & Quilt Handbags: 5 Projects to Make

During the hot days of summer, some days the prospect of sewing a quilt top just sounds, well, hot. My desire to sew is still at full capacity, but having a quilt top, or even a quilt sandwich, covering my legs for hours on end doesn’t sound so appealing. I’ve come to the conclusion that…

Modern Quilts: Patterns You Can’t Put Down

As a life-long lover of exploring ideas, time periods, and lands through reading, it’s no surprise that I’m captivated by book-inspired modern quilts. Patterns and fabrics depicting passages from beloved books have become more and more popular. I have been collecting fabric inspired by authors from Dr. Seuss to Jane Austen and have just completed…

Patchwork Quilts to Make with Jelly Rolls & Strips

Strip piecing is a great way to make patchwork quilts quickly and easily. And when you use jelly rolls they are even faster to make, but not every pattern calls for 2 ½” strips. Combine those precuts with wider strips, use them to make strip sets that can be cut and reassembled, or use those…

Modern Quilting Patterns & Kits: Summer Edition

Have you heard the news? Our friends at Keepsake Quilting have just launched Keepsake Modern! Now you can quickly and easily find modern quilting patterns and kits without having to comb through the entire website. In my excitement for this new addition, I rounded up a handful of compelling contemporary quilts to share with you…

5 Fresh Modern Quilts Featuring Flying Geese

Now that Memorial Day has passed, it feels like summer has officially begun! In my world the longer days means it’s time to scope out fresh modern quilts to make this summer. In between trips to the swimming pool and backyard barbecues, I’ve decided to hone my skills at making Flying Geese quilt blocks this…

Submit your work to Quilt Scene 2017-2018

We’re looking for quilters who want to be published and have great projects and ideas to share. Is that you? The editors of Quilting Arts Magazine and the staff of Quilts, Inc. are proud to be working together on the ninth annual edition of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene magazine. This publication captures the excitement and creativity…

Bold Projects to Quilt in a Day or Two

Small quilting projects are some of my favorites because they are so quick to complete. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the process of quilting–I absolutely do–but the sense of accomplishment and pride I feel when I have a completed a project is the best. This aspect of quilting is the one that keeps me…

Learn paper-piecing with this fat quarter-friendly quilt project

5 Patchwork Quilts Perfect for Spring

Spring is finally here! The trees in my backyard are starting to bud with leaves, my tulips have begun to make their debut, and the weather is warming here in Colorado.  In celebration of this season full of new beginnings, I’ve gathered a handful of patchwork quilts inspired by blooming gardens and spring break travels.…

Mix curved and stripped piecing to create a graphic modern quilt.

Modern Quilt Patterns: Captivating Curves

I don’t know about you, but I am completely captivated by modern quilt patterns that feature circular shapes. I’d love to be a quilter who has conquered curvy quilts, but in reality, I’d classify myself as new and nervous when it comes to curved piecing. Quilts with curves have become quite popular in the realm…