Make a quilt: 17 free tutorials of my quilts


In this post I’m putting together a number of the quilts I have learned with and the techniques I’ve experimented with. You will find traditional quilts along side improv patchwork and textured quilts.

Improv quilts

Improv/free form quilt series

Each of these six blocks are in themselves a mini quilt and could be turned into a larger quilt as well.

Semi-improv 9-patch quilt tutorial

A traditional block taken a step further by splicing it and rearranging it into making a different block.

Improv patchwork back of quilt

This is a good way to get into improv quilting. Just make a strip of random pieces of fabric stitched together.

Improv patchwork Christmas back of quilt

Doing an improv back of a quilt is a way to loosen up after you complete a highly structured quilt like the zig zag quilt on the other side of this back of quilt.

Free form, free motion patchwork trial

This mini quilt was my first attempt at free form or improv patchwork. It is done in a kind of log cabin way from the inside out.


Free form patchwork mini quilt – visual creative process

I liked my first free form mini quilt so much I made a second one. This time the quilt is assembled out of different pieces.


Textured quilts

Textured 4-patch quilt tutorial (16 textures)

Some traditional and some new textures in this quilt.

Textured quilt sampler (25 textures)

Most textures in this quilt are traditiona such as pin tucks, shirring, pleats but also there are more uncommon fabric manipulations such as fabric origami.

 Charm pack quilts

“Doubly charming” charm pack quilt tutorial

Made with charm packs this is a very quick but beautiful quilt .

“Doubly charming” charm pack back of quilt tutorial

Made with the left over charms, this back of quilt could very well be a quilt top on its own.

Disappearing nine patch quilt

This is a very easy quilt made with charm squares. The fabric is also beautiful.

Disappearing nine patch variation quilt top

Disappearing nine patch was fun to do so I made a second one using a variation of the block using the same charm packs. I think the prairie points make this quilt look girly and cute.

Père-Noël zigzag quilt tutorial

This zigzag quilt comes with a twist: it uses rectangles to make the zigzag lines. Very easy to do and finished with some embroidery touches.


Scrappy quilts

Wonky log cabin tutorial

Use bright fabrics to make this quilt more fun and add to the wonkiness.



Sampler quilt

A traditional quilt made with fat quarters though it could well be made with fabric scraps. I made this quilt because I wanted to improve my patchwork skills. I think it worked.


Coin quilt

You don’t know what to do with all those fabric scraps in your scrap bin? Make a coin quilt. Try different colour combinations, even alternating white and colour rectangles, different thickness, etc for a different look.

Paper pieced scrappy flower hexagon quilt

This quilt is in progress and a long term project where I can use all the small scraps from other projects.

I have made a couple more quilts, including my biggest project: Farmer’s wife quilt sampler but this sample should be enough to choose from.

 

Hardest blocks – Farmer’s wife quilt sampler

The most difficult thing about Farmer’s wife sampler is the number of blocks rather than block complexity. Most blocks are quite straight forward to cut and assemble. Having said that, there’s one block that stood up for me and that was Homemaker. For some reason I just couldn’t make this block work.

Homemaker

I must say that I’m not the most experienced quilter in the world and up until this project I had only made a handful of easy quilts.

This block gave me such a hard time that it deserves the first place and almost only place.

I had to press this block into submission. I made it twice. I even considered not using the block at all.

Somehow the sewing instructions didn’t help much.

The second time I changed the way I put all the pieces together and the result was better but far from right.

Still I had to add an extra bit of fabric to it and press the block really hard.

All the other blocks were more or less fine to assemble. The only difficulty was having enough patience to sit through cutting the many pieces and then stitching them together.

Here the rest of the hardest blocks for me. Which blocks did you find the hardest to make?

Four Winds

Very time consuming block. I think the choice of fabric wasn’t the best. It lacks contrast. With a better choice of fabrics this could have been one of my favourite blocks.

Spider legs

This one took forever! Perhaps it felt longer because I was almost done with all blocks and it was the last hurdle so to speak.

Star Gardener

Nice easy block but too time consuming.

Shooting star

I had to add a small strip to one side of this block. Somehow I’m not able to sew triangles with funny angles.

Country Path

Garden Path

One of my favourites too.

More information about how I am making this quilt.

 

 

Easiest blocks – Farmer’s wife sampler quilt

I’m not done with FWQS yet!

There were simple blocks and there were beautiful and simple blocks.  My selection includes not only the easiest blocks -there are many more than those- but blocks that are both easy and beautiful.

Which blocks did you find easy and beautiful?

Waste Not

Also one of my top 10.

Churn Dash

This is a very common block. I actually published a tutorial for an improv patchwork quilt using this block in a different variations.

I think that what makes this block striking is the choice of fabrics.

Friendship

Mother’s Dream

Friendship Block

Old Windmill

Calico Puzzle

More information about how I am making this quilt.