Make your morning cup of coffee way more colorful with a rainbow ray mug rug. This project is pure fun — and a great introduction to the sew-and-flip technique on a paper foundation.
Foundation paper piecing is like the paint-by-numbers of quilting. You use a paper template to outline which fabric goes where, then stitch both the paper and the fabric together along dotted lines. Remove the paper, and voilà — you have a perfectly pieced block!
English paper piecing, or EPP, is a classic quilting technique that never gets old. It involves wrapping fabric around a paper piece to stabilize and form a specific shape — usually hexagons — then basting and sewing by hand. It's a fun, yet simple way to create complex quilt blocks, and it's super easy to incorporate the technique into a ton of different projects. And since many EPP projects are comprised of little pieces of fabric, they're perfect to take on whenever your fabric stash starts to overflow juuust a smidge.
If there's anything we like more than making quilts, it's got to be free quilt patterns. Which is why Angela Walters, host of our uber-popular Midnight Quilt Show series, is our quilting BFF: not only can you download her most popular patterns below (did we mention they're free?!), but you can also stitch along with Angela as she works up each quilt. The only question: Which one will you make first?!
Get ready to become obsessed with English paper piecing (and this pillow!). Use paper templates and some simple hand-stitching to piece together the top (choose from two different layouts), then bust out your machine, quilt the top and turn it into a pillow. Before you know it, you'll be lounging in style.
Join the modern quilt movement with Fresh Quilting. Today’s most innovative modern quilters reinterpret traditional techniques with a fresh, modern aesthetic. Season 2 builds on the lessons from the first season as we give a fresh twist to traditional designs and quilting techniques to create, memorable, high-impact quilts. Using avant-garde color palettes and negative space and manipulating familiar shapes in new ways; add dynamic energy to the timeless art of quilting.
Triangles and wedges are the building blocks of modern quilts. Color enthusiast Rebecca Bryan creates graphic quilt samplers with bold-colored triangles. Quilters Kara Sanders and Elizabeth Dackson talk about organizing quilting retreats that refuel creative energy. Designer Christina Cameli uses 10-degree triangles to create a versatile blocks for a variety of modern designs.
Modern quilts express personal statements. Quilt artist Chawne Kimber creates raw edge appliqué quilts focused on social justice. Quilt guild activist Katie Burford and Elizabeth Dackson share ideas for organizing unique quilt shows on a shoestring budget. Using the latest design and quilting technology, Rebecca Kemp Brent quilts an updated feather design on a whole cloth quilt.
Create it. Then recreate it. Improv quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe precision cuts fabrics and pieces free-form. Quilt blogger, Brenda Ratliff joins Heather Grant with ideas for starting a quilting round robin. Designer Heather Jones enlarges a single traditional block into a full-size quilt design. She shows how to design oversized quilt blocks and cut large pieces of fabric, too.
Curved or straight, pieces define the design. Modern quilter Jen Carlton-Bailly uses templates to create contemporary curves. Fiber artist Shelly Gilliland joins Heather Grant with ideas for a quilting service day. Textile artist Chawne Kimber's colorful designs emerge as she pieces and sews a log cabin design with very small strips.