Saturday, May 16, 2015

Free Quilt Patterns

The other day I was thinking about how many free quilt patterns that there are on the web. Then I set out to make a list of as many sites as I could find and share them here. There are more than what's on this list but these are the ones that I think have the best designs.

Riley Blake Designs has tons of patterns. Most are simple with one block repeats and simple borders but there are a few really unique ones. Cinema is one that's interesting and, I think, could be changed to make it veteran's size.

Jinny Beyer has several free patterns and they are more complex than most free patterns. There are even a few bargello designs.

In The Beginning fabrics has lots of patterns and there is a lot of variety in designs. You are bound to like something on their page.

Blank Quilting has a couple dozen free patterns.

Pat Sloan has a bunch of patterns and Traffic Jam would be great for scraps.

Andover Fabrics has TONS of patterns. Sherwood is one that could be a veteran's quilt by eliminating the outer border and making the middle border a little wider.

Hoffman Fabrics has a decent collection of free patterns.

Robert Kaufman has pages and pages of free patterns! has 5 pages of patterns.

Michael Miller has a lot of "modern" quilt patterns.

Clothworks has about 100 free quilt and project patterns.

Fabri-Quilt has a nice variety of patterns.

Windham Fabrics as 33 pages of patterns!

Timeless Treasures has 19 pages of patterns.

Of course Bonnie Hunter has THE best collection of scrap quilt patterns.

There's a Pinterest Board for free patterns and there's even a Facebook page for free patterns!

If you are looking for a new pattern maybe one of these sites will have something you like. If you have a site that I don't have listed here leave a link in the comments.

Sunday, May 10, 2015


The post I made yesterday was about our MAY meeting - I have changed the post to say May, not June.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

May Meeting

Our MAY meeting will be an interesting one with lots going on!
Miriam Ahladas will be presenting a program on crazy quilts - which will be our block of the month. Please bring any crazy quilts (old or new) to share during the program.
1. Bring your oldest quilt and share its story.
2. Remember to bring ALL veterans quilts to the meeting as they will be delivered soon. If your quilt doesn't have a label, you can get one at the meeting and sew it on.
3. Return your 3 Wonky Square blocks to Vicki.
4. Bring your regular Show & Tell.
5. We will NOT be meeting for sewing on Tuesday May 26 (the building is not available to us).
6. JUNE MEETING. Our building will be used for voting on June 9 (our regular meeting date) so we have rescheduled our meeting to JUNE 16.

See you Tuesday - come early to visit - meeting starts at 7 p.m.

Monday, May 4, 2015

May Dates

May 8th & 9th: Fri.-Sat. sewing, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
May 12:  meeting 7 p.m.  program on foundation piecing crazy quilt block by Miriam Ahladas
                                         also bring your oldest quilt(s) & share it's story ( did you or someone in your family make it, was it found at flea market, etc.)
May 26:  NO Tuesday sit & stitch


Monday, April 27, 2015

Schedule Change

Just a reminder that we will not be able to use our building for sewing Tuesday, April 28.

Next sewing days are: Friday and Saturday Sewing on May 8 & 9th

Hope to see you then!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Wonky Square blocks

How are you doing on your wonky squares blocks?

Don't be surprised of they look like this when you are done. These are all OK! I'll trim them once I have them all back. These 3 are all going to be perfect in the quilt.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

April's Block - Wonky Square in a Square

Our April block is a wonky square in a square block. The fabrics you have from the meeting are patriotic. These photos are from blocks that I'm making for another quilt. The blocks that you make will be made into a Quilt of Valor.
It's a pretty straight forward block to make but we want to make these blocks so that each "square" is complete without cut off corners like the block on the left. We want to avoid having blocks look like the one on the right.
You have 3 fabrics. Stack them together and cut them all at once.
The first 2 cuts are diagonal on opposite corners. They are wonky so they can be at any angle but at least one end of the cut should extend beyond the middle of the block (white lines).

The next cuts are on the other corners. Cut these far enough into the block so that end edges are blunt, not pointy like is shown in the white circle. This is how you make sure that none of the corners are cut off.
That's the outside square done.


Next we cut the middle square. Cut it with the same rules. The ends of the cuts should extend beyond the middle of the shape.

Cut the other 2 corners again with wide blunt edges. That leaves the center shape. Don't worry about how small this might be. It's OK!

Now sort the fabrics so that you have some of each fabric in each of the 3 blocks. I take the top fabric from the 4 outside corners and put it on the bottom and then take the bottom fabric from the center and put it on top.

Now, sew your 3 blocks together. Sew the pieces together in the reverse order of how you cut them. The blunt cut corners get sewn first. It's easy to get things out of order with these wonky shapes so give yourself a system to keep everything in order and turned in the right direction.

As you sew these wonky shapes together you will need to trim off edges so that you have an even edge to sew to.
When your 3 blocks are done you are done. Don't trim them. Once I get all the blocks back I will measure them and cut them to the largest possible size.