Patchwork Quilts

Learn how to make a patchwork quilt using modern patchwork patterns and techniques like strip quilting, string piecing, and more..

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Make It! Patchwork Summer 2016

Welcome summer with more that 25 designs that range from full-size quilts to gifts you can finish in an afternoon—the summer issue of Make it! Patchwork is sure to please. Order or instantly download your copy of the summer issue of Make it! Patchwork magazine today! In addition to four galleries of projects, read interesting and on-trend articles: Paper Piecing, Here’s…

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Sister Sampler Pillows You Can Quilt in a Day

In her book Sister Sampler Quilts, AnneMarie Chany injects new life into the sampler quilts of old by integrating bold colors, high contrast, minimalism, and expansive areas of negative space. If you aren’t sure about jumping into an entire sampler quilt, try using sister blocks to make a set of pillows you can quilt in a day or two. Get started sewing up a set of Ataraxy & Ataraxy Inverse Envelope Pillows designed by AnneMarie when you download the FREE quilt patterns today!






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Blocking My Pixelated Quilt

Please enjoy Vivika’s journey creating a pixelated quilt. KL It’s done! My quilt, titled “Ed Note,” has finally moved officially from the UFO list and on to the Finished list. This quilt began as a lark. I met Andi Herman from YouPatch last year at QuiltCon and admired the software she and her husband developed…

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Tips for Choosing Fabrics for Patchwork Quilts

Most quilt artists have a good eye for color, pattern, and what goes together. If they didn’t, they probably wouldn’t be quilting. But when deciding how to make a patchwork quilt design, your fabric choices can make a big difference in how the overall design looks. Whether you’re working from your stash or purchasing commercial…

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Patchwork Quilting: Master the Half-Square Triangle

Anyone wondering how to make a patchwork quilt with their scrap stash or using some of the fun, new commercial fabrics should learn the half-square triangle technique. It's one of the basic piecing techniques for patchwork quilting. Once you know how to do it, you can apply it to a lot of different patchwork projects,…

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Patchwork Quilts Then and Now

I’m jumping on the Throwback Thursday bandwagon (#tbt) and posting this image of me with a patchwork quilt I made many years ago. It was the second quilt I’d ever made, a wedding gift for a friend, from pattern by Eleanor Burns. Me with my second patchwork quilt, about 25 years ago. It’s surprising, really,…

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Designing Modern Quilts: Tips for Selecting Solids

“Solids and nearly solids play such a big role in contemporary quilting, and especially in improv piecing. But many people find it hard to choose dynamic color combinations when they don’t have a place to start,” writes modern quilt artist Christine Ravish in the Summer 2014 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine. I agree. When I…

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Pressing Matters: How to Press Seams for Patchwork Quilts

Quilters have many jokes about owning several irons–but never ironing laundry. That's because quilters don't iron, we press. Correctly pressing the many seams on patchwork quilts like this Back to Basics design allows the blocks to lie flat and makes it easier to align the blocks and quilt them. What's the difference? Ironing is a…

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How to Make a Patchwork Quilt: Tips for Using Jelly Rolls

I know quilters who enjoy piecing quilts and quilters who enjoy free-motion stitching quilts. But I don’t know too many whose favorite part of quilting is cutting the fabric–especially if they’re preparing to make a large patchwork quilt. Cutting takes a long time and it can be back-breaking work. “Unexpected Treasure” patchwork quilt pattern using…