Easy Quilting

Looking for an easy quilt pattern? We have many tutorials for how to make a simple quilt and easy quilt projects.

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Fabric Collage Technique: String Prayer Flags Together with Crochet

One of the best parts of making prayer flags–for me–is that it gives me the opportunity to use some of the old linens, too-pretty-to-throw-out fabric scraps, and yarns and fibers that are in my stash. On The Prayer Flag Project blog, current coordinator Lisa Chin has been posting tutorials and one in particular caught my…

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Itajime Shibori Dyeing Made Easy

Itajime is a form of shibori dyeing that uses clamped shapes to create the resist. Traditionally, the cloth was compressed between two pieces of wood held in place with string before starting the fabric dyeing process. These days, shapes are generally made from acrylic or Plexiglas and are gripped with C-clamps. The shapes prevent the…

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Sweet and Easy: Tips for Using Jelly Rolls in Patchwork Quilts

Strip quilting, literally stitching strips of fabric together, is one of the easiest ways to create a modern-looking patchwork quilt or quilt project. You can cut your own strips using new or leftover fabrics and a rotary cutter or a die-cutting machine Or you can use pre-cut jelly rolls. This ‘Shoreline’ table runner by Sharon…

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Quick and Easy Frames from Fabric Scraps

Here’s a quick and easy way to incorporate color, design, and fiber art in any décor: these Fabric Frames by Jenean Morrison make great gifts and use up fabric scraps.   Fabric art frames by Jeanean Morrison, using fabric scraps and fat quarters. You’ll need: a small, unfinished wood frame, 1 fat quarter of fabric…

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How to Make a Simple Quilt with a Wow Factor

Novice quilters looking for their first big projects can be intimidated by elaborate patterns with complicated piecing. On the other hand, many beginner quilt patterns lack the wow factor that today’s quilters crave. Here are some tips for how to make a simple quilt pattern into a sophisticated and stylish quilt: 1. Choose cutting-edge fabrics.…

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Easy Shibori Dyeing Method With Textile Paints

Shibori techniques, or pattern resist dyeing, have been used for hundreds of years. The resulting shibori fabric (traditionally indigo blue) is treasured by fiber artists (I have an entire collection). ‘Serenity’ by Susan Purney Mark, using soy wax and shibori resist dyeing. In the February/March 2014 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, Susan Purney Mark detailed…

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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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Quick Quilts from Simple Quilt Block Designs

The Slow Quilting Movement, led by Mark Lipinski, has taken hold, and many fiber artists have joined in. I agree: There is something deeply satisfying about taking one’s time to work on a project that will honor the art and the maker, and last a lifetime. On the other hand, there is something to be…

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Free-Motion Quilting Tutorial: Dots and Dashes by Lori Kennedy

In my experience most quilters’ stitching falls into one of two general categories. First are the ones who can quilt motifs in even, well-spaced, patterns. These stitchers are usually very good at teaching how to machine quilt. In the other camp, there are quilters who prefer to free-motion stitch fanciful motifs and drawings. Maybe it’s…

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Trendy Quilting Blocks: Modern Drunkard’s Path

Is the Drunkard’s Path quilt block the new hexie? We are getting tons of submissions for Drunkard’s Path quilts in our in-boxes. “Drunkard’s Path is definitely on trend right now. Modern quilters often love block quilts with curved piecing, and there have been many variations on the Drunkard’s Path block,” says quilt collector and historian…