Quilt Designs

When you design a quilt, you should consider many factors, from whether to use hand-dyed or contemporary fabric to whether you will use complementary or contrasting quilt borders–or any borders at all. You can use a contemporary patchwork design, select from traditional quilt patterns, or make a wholecloth quilt design. The choice is yours!

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…

The Challenge of Quilt Designs

Have you ever seen a quilt design, whether in a magazine or in person, and fallen head over heels? More often than I’d like to admit, I see a modern quilt that captures my heart and all of a sudden my imagination goes into overdrive. I start by scrolling through the mental Rolodex of fabrics in…

Easy Quilted Gifts: Potholders with Pizazz

The last time I visited my sister and brought her a small quilted gift: a potholder. We have a joke between the two of us that nearly every hand made gift we give one another is made of fabric. In the past year alone, we’ve exchanged tote bags, tea towels, and tablecloths. I’m sure it…

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…

Quilt with the Pros: Weekend Quilting Book Showcase

It’s the eternal struggle for quilters—time. Fortunately, popular Tied with a Ribbon blogger Jemima Flendt understands wanting to quilt but not having time to tackle a big project. Her new book, Weekend Quilting, features 16 beginner-friendly projects to sew in no time. Using eight basic blocks and techniques, from Nine Patches and Pinwheels to English paper…

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…

Interview with Weekend Quilting Expert Jemima Flendt

Like most quilters with a full-time job, I’m always looking for projects I’ll enjoy making in a day or two.  Lucky for us, Jemima Flendt has just written a book featuring small quilting projects you can complete in a weekend. In, the aptly named, Weekend Quilting Jemima shares step-by-step instructions for 16 quilt designs featuring…

4 Ways to Increase Your Stash of Fabric Scraps

Scrap quilts are a great way to use up the bits and pieces of fabric we have left over after finishing a project. But what if you don’t have enough fabric scraps for a quilt? Maybe you need to broaden your collection, round out the colors and values of your stash, or even add a…

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…