Pattern Trends

In the last two blogs I talked about the top 20 patterns that were purchased by our customers during June.

In case you missed them here are the links. 20 Patterns – Part 1 and 20 Patterns – Part 2

During the first week of each month we are always busy with our end of the month reports and number crunching. And of course I am always looking at the top sellers and for the more unique patterns that normally get overlooked by our customers (and me!).

This week I will talk about the Top 20 for the month of July. There are some favorites that are still in the top 20 and a lot of newcomers.

Here are the favorites back for another month.

And here are the newcomers.

Knot Handle Reversible Tote BH-101

The Knot Handle Reversible Tote is a roomy tote that is easy to sew, has optional pocket, and is reversible! It’s like getting two bags in one. Denims and decorator fabrics work great alone or use lighter weight cottons with interfacing.

Finished Size: 17″ x 24″ including handles

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Log Cabin in the Pines MF-201

Can’t you just hear the fire crackling while you relax at your cabin on the lake? This quilted table runner will be the perfect addition for warm, casual decorating any season. It features log cabin and evergreen tree blocks. Change the border fabric and its for Christmas!

Finished Size: 21″ x 39″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Celtic Weave MAM-130

Recreate the intricacy and depth of a woven Celtic knot with this foundation paper-pieced quilt.  The shadow fabric adds depth to the over/under illusion of the weave.  No applique or bias tape needed!  The quilt illusion works best with non-directional fabrics, with the main color and shadow in the same color family.

Finished Size: Lap/Throw or Twin 63″ x 83″

Skill Level: Intermediate

Sunshine Sunflowers CJC-5074

Easy to make lap/throw quilt using a panel and sunflower blocks for a pieced border. Fabric shown is You are my Sunshine by Timeless Treasures.**


Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Finished Size: 54″ x 72″

Technique: Pieced

Holiday Dressing Tree Skirt HHQ-7348

Whatever your style, from elegant to traditional, make this skirt the perfect accessory for your tree.

Choose a main print, two accent pieces and a coordinating light fabric for the contrast that makes the design pop. 

With clear instructions and great graphics to guide you every step of the way, this deceptively simple tree skirt is easy enough to make for a quick gift.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Finished Sizes: 42″ or 54″

Construction Vehicles CQ-139

Whether you make 1 or the whole construction crew you are going to enjoy putting these trucks together.  It is the same process, creating each image by cutting strips, and then cutting the pieces.  The shaping is done with quick corner half square triangles. 

Finished size: Twin 64.5 x 84.5″

Skill Level:  Advanced Beginner

Sunflowers Table Topper NS-36

Create potholders, mug rugs or several sizes of table mats from two circles and a simple petal shape. The easy construction requires no binding or quilting, although quilting can be added if desired. 

Make several mats in different sizes and stack them up for a whole different look.

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Finished Size:  3″ up to 16″ circle

Flip Flop Dot MD-68

Stash busting quilt pattern with precuts – 10″ squares.

Finished Sizes:
Lap and Throw: 59 1/2″ x 71 1/2″
Twin: 68″ x 98 1/2″
Queen: 85″ x 98 1/2″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

This Pattern was featured on our blog. Click here to read about it.

Cardinals and Barn CJC-53991

Easy to make using a panel and flying geese borders. Pieced panel lap/throw quilt pattern.

Fabric shown in sample is Timeless Treasures Fabrics Winter Barn.**

Finished Size: Lap/Throw 60″ x 70″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

Sew Gnomey Mug Rugs and Wall Hanging FCP-121

Pattern includes 12 different mug rugs that can be used to create an optional wall-hanging. Would make a great BOM pattern.

Finished Sizes:
Mug Rugs 9″ x 7″
Wall Hanging 33″ x 35″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique:  Pieced/Applique

Church in the Forest CJC-54001

Uses a panel with pieced borders using a star block. Pieced Lap/Throw panel quilt pattern.

Fabric shown in the sample is Timeless Treasures Fabrics Winter Blessing. **

Finished Size: Lap/Throw 50″ x 71″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

Next week I will highlight some of the more unique patterns that were purchased last month. I think that you will like them.

Until then…..Happy Quilting!

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20 Patterns – Part 2

This week I will be sharing #10 all the way to #1 of the most ordered patterns in June. If you missed #11 -20 here is a link.

#10 QBE-104 USA Patchwork

Showcase some interesting large prints or Full size templates for all 50 states are provided in the quilt pattern. Lots of fun for map lovers everywhere. Pick out novelty fabrics to match each state or use your favorite collection of batiks – there is no way to go wrong with this quilt pattern. States are raw edge appliqued.

Finished Size:
36″ x 23″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Applique

#9 PC-231 Good Vibrations

Choose 4 coordinating colors of a selvage-to selvage light-to-dark ombré fabric to make a stunningly simple queen or king size quilt.

Finished Sizes:
Queen: 94” x 104”
King: 114” x 104”

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#8 LLD-041 Twisting with the Stars

The Twisting with the Stars pattern has directions for a Crib/Throw quilt and a Queen/King quilt plus table runners in two sizes. The pattern is Jelly Roll or Layer Cake friendly for the confident beginner. There are also bonus instructions for an “optional easy quilt.”

Finished Sizes:
Layer Cake Crib/Throw: 48″ x 55″
Layer Cake Starless Table Runner: 33″ x 11″
Jelly Roll Queen/King: 96″ x 108″
Jelly Roll Starless Table Runner: 49″ x 16″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#7 BS2-473 Modern Window Silent Night

Do you have a favorite panel that you would just love to gaze at? Make this quilt pattern for a wall hanging you can enjoy year after year.

Finished Sizes:
Wall Hanging: 34″ x 48″
Lap and Throw: 58″ x 70″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#6 DLP-102 Star Chain Table Runner

The stars in this table runner are made with four values of three different colors. This is a triangle base layout. The triangles are sewed together in rows and the rows are sewed into strips creating the table runner.

Finished Size: Table Runner 21″ x 56″

Skill Level: Advanced

Technique: Pieced

This next pattern was featured on our blog a couple of weeks ago. Classic Pattern Redo -Click here to read about it.

#5 BS2-410 Modern Simplicity

Put a modern twist with an ageless star and you end up with Modern Simplicity! This quilt pattern is fast, easy and fun.

Finished Sizes: 78″ x 82″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#4 AW-012 The Craftsman

The main print in this pattern should be a medium to large scale print or a panel. Fast to make, this is a great pattern to use if you want to feature that special fabric. Accuquilt GO! friendly.

Finished Sizes:
Twin – 66″ x 87″
Lap – 55″ x 70″
Crib – 44″ x 56″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#3 PC-228 Bevelled

Use a 2 1/2″ strip pack to create a contemporary quilt in one of 4 sizes. Jelly roll friendly.

Finished Sizes:
Crib/Baby- 42″ x 51 1/2″
Bed Runner- 23″ x 89 1/2″
Throw/Lap- 53 1/2″ x 72 1/2″
Queen- 89″ x 108″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#2 PC-190 Winter Solstice

Use 12 values of one color palette for a delectable throw size quilt pattern. This quilt pattern is also perfect for a stunning wall hanging.trip.

Finished Sizes:
Lap and Throw: 56″ x 69″
Queen: 88″ x 110″

Skill Level: Intermediate

Technique: Pieced

And the number one pattern ordered in June is……..

#1 FCP-072 Gnomes Sewing

Gnomes are not just for the garden anymore. Decorate your home with these fun happy little fellows.

Finished Sizes:
Small – about 3 inches tall without hat
Med – about 6 inches tall without hat
Large- about 9 inches tall without hat

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

To order any of the above patterns follow the links (click on the pattern name or image) to QuiltWoman.com. Most of our patterns are available as instant downloads or paper patterns.

Happy Quilting!

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20 Patterns -Part 1

In a previous blog (Classic Pattern Redo) I talked about how fun it is to fulfill the daily orders that come in to QuiltWoman.com. I love to see the different styles and interests of our customers, and also getting the chance to look at some of our older patterns.

Looking back over June sales I have compiled a list of the most ordered patterns last month. I thought that I would share with you the wonderful variety that is peaking our customers interest.

Since there are so many different patterns that were ordered last month that I couldn’t possibly put them all in one or two blogs ….I narrowed it down to the top 20. Here is the countdown from #20 -#11. (next week I will share #10 all the way to #1!)

#20 PC-218 Morse Code

Showcase some interesting large prints or stripes in an asymmetrical strip quilt. Choose lap or double size.

Finished Sizes:
Lap/Throw: 55 1/2″ x 67 1/2″
Double: 83 3/4″ x 102″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#19 CF-224 Take Four Placemat

Turn Four coordinating fat quarters into four placemats with this quick and easy pattern!

A set of four placemats can be finished in an afternoon! Consider making a set for every season or for gifts. There are five different variations you can make.

These are great for a “Make and Take” workshop.

Finished Placemat Size: 13″ x 17″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#18 YHQ-100 Hunter’s Star

Make this dynamic Hunter’s Star quilt pattern with no special ruler or template. It simply starts with rectangles and it’s easy. If you are comfortable with a rotary cutter and have a good quarter inch seam you’ll be amazed at how simple it is to make a Hunter’s Star quilt.

Finished Sizes:
Miniature: 15″ x 21″
Lap and Throw: 56″ x 68″
Queen / King: 92″ x 104″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#17 CTD-1025 Miss Midi Purse

Miss Midi is larger than a wallet and smaller than most purses. It has 1 outside and 3 inside secure zippered pockets with sleeves, 20 slots for  credit / loyalty cards. It will hold a mini tablet and a phone. With the adjustable strap use it over the shoulder or as a cross body bag.

Finished Size: 9″ x 6″ x 2″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

#16 UCQ-P57 Away We Go

This fun and functional baby quilt would look cute made in any collection of fabrics. The pattern features easy to read directions and simple piecing, so the quilt goes together fast!  A great go-to pattern for any baby quilts that you need to make.

Finished Size: Baby/Crib 45″ x 60″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#15 PC-199 Layers

Showcase a 42″ square panel in this easy quilt pattern – fracture and re-assemble the components after framing them. Instructions included for three size options.

Finished Sizes:
Lap and Throw: 53 3/4″ x 62 1/4″
Twin/Double: 82 1/4″ x 84 3/4″
Queen: 91 3/4″ x 107 1/4″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#14 SP-210 Thank You Troops

Thank You Troops quilt pattern is easy to read, step by step from start to finish. This pattern has only two pattern pieces, one square and one triangle. Three different sizes to choose from. Meets Quilts of Valor size requirements.

Finished Sizes:
Small Wall Hanging: 35″ x 35″
Wall Hanging: 46 1/2″ x 46 1/2″
Quilt of Valor: 58″ x 80 1/2″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

#13 FCP-033 Fresh Eggs

This wall hanging pattern uses easy fusible applique. Bring a chicken coop and their eggs into your home! The appliqued chicken parts are mix and match, providing you a multitude of combinations to fill your coop with.

Finished Size: 15″ x 27″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced/Fusible Applique

#12 CTD-1023 Executive Tote

Make this tote pattern in your favorite colors. This Executive Tote will sit securely over the handle of your suitcase or carry on bag and easily fits within airlines personal item limits. Generous in size with pockets inside, it will contain everything you need for your next leisure or business trip.

Finished Size: 13″ x 6″ x 17″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

#11 SP-212 Broad Stripes, Bright Stars

Easy to read, step by step instructions. Only TWO pattern pieces, one square and one triangle. Four designs to choose from.

Use this pattern to create placemats, wall hangings, pillows, etc.

Finished Sizes:
Broad Strips: 15 1/2″ x 21 1/2″
Bright Stars: 17″ x 24 1/2″
Land of the Free: 15 1/2″ x 20″
Home of the Brave: 18 1/2″ x 24 1/2″

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Technique: Pieced

Next week I will share #10 all the way to #1.

To order any of the above patterns follow the links (pattern name or image) to QuiltWoman.com. All patterns are available as instant downloads or paper patterns.

Happy Quilting!

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Flip Flip Dot

While browsing the Quiltwoman.com website I saw a classic pattern that I really liked. I liked it because the pattern looked very versatile. With just a quick change of fabrics it could be used for anyone. It is called Flip Flop Dot (MD-68) and was designed by Marlous Carter of Marlous Designs.

You can see our full selection of Marlous Designs patterns here.

Flip Flop Dot Quilt Pattern MD-68

The Flip Flop Dot pattern includes instructions for three size options: Lap/Throw, Twin, and Queen. The pattern is great for stash busting but would also work well with a layer cake.

Heavy Metal

Upon seeing Flip Flop Dot I immediately thought about the new fabric line Heavy Metal by Northcott. Heavy Metal has two colorways Pewter and Gold that will be in stores by December 2021. I couldn’t wait to “redo” Flip Flop Dot in this cool fabric.

And when it was finished I wasn’t disappointed. Of course, I didn’t stop there.

This fabric line is called Bliss Basics by Northcott.

Or how about using just two colors?

This would make a great gift quilt. Choose your recipients favorite colors, team colors, or holiday colors in solids or prints. In darker colors this makes a great guy quilt.

You can pick up your copy of Flip Flop Dot on the QuiltWoman.com website today. Available as both an instant download or paper pattern.

Happy Quilting!

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Classic Pattern Redo

Even though I have worked for QuiltWoman.com for many years I still have not seen all of the patterns that we currently carry.  There are just so many of them! 

The bonus of working for QuiltWoman.com is getting the first peak at all of the new patterns that our amazing designers are writing and of course seeing all the new fabric lines that are soon to be released. 

Also I enjoy fulfilling the daily orders from our customers. It gives me a chance to see what patterns they have found on the website and what is catching their eyes.

Here is one that was recently ordered that I had not seen before. 

Modern Simplicity BS2-410

Although this is one of our classic patterns I thought that it would be perfect for some of the fabric lines by Northcott that are coming out soon.

Like Color Collage….

Color Collage

Or Fleurs

Fleurs

Maybe a patriotic theme like Stars and stripes.

Stars and Stripes

Or perhaps one of the great Christmas fabric lines, batiks, or solids.  The big blocks are great for a large print focus fabric or even space to show off your quilting skills.  Really the options are endless.  You just have to use your imagination.

To purchase Modern Simplicity BS2-410 CLICK HERE.

To browse our full selection of patterns CLICK HERE.

~~Happy Quilting~~

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Water Lily Surprise

I am still in the first year of owning my new home here in Western NY. Fall was beautiful as the large maple tree in front showed its colors.  Winter gave me a chance for rest and settling in.  Now, as winter turns into spring I am pleasantly surprised to watch the landscape around the house change.  The previous owners must have enjoyed their gardening.

Along with daffodils, allium, peony, and many other perennials I haven’t identified ….. I’m almost positive there are some weeds that have tricked me into thinking that they are not.  That should sort itself out by the end of the season. 

One of my unidentified plants….thought it was dead.

One of my biggest surprises was in the small pond.  I recently embarked on the task of spring cleaning much to the disappointment of the pair of ducks and frogs that were enjoying the muck filled water.   

Yuck!

The water is now clean and the water lilies are moved into place along with a small fountain. 

Anyone with a pond or pool knows what comes next. Maintenance. The daily struggle of leaves, pollen, cottonwood, etc. falling into the pond/pool that needs to be scooped out to keep it clean. 

My wandering into the yard to do this task was rewarded yesterday though with three beautiful water lilies that seemed to have bloomed overnight.  I hadn’t even noticed the buds while cleaning and moving the pots about. 

They are so pretty.  Can’t wait to see what comes up next!

~~Barb

Here are three patterns that we have on the QuiltWoman.com website that feature the Water Lily.

July Water Lily (MGD-708) 24” x 48” Pieced and Applique pattern. This pattern is part of a Botanical Series that was created by Reeze Hanson of Morning Glory Designs. Click Here to view our full selection of MGD patterns.

Tranquility (CQA-102) Wall Hanging 18″ x 33″. Three paper pieced blocks and simple machine applique are combined to create this striking home accent quilt. Designed by Cathy Thomas of Little House Quilts. Click Here to view our full selection of CQA patterns.

and Water Lilies and Dragonflies CJC-55141.  Lap/Throw panel pattern that features the fabric line Water Dance by Timeless Treasures. This is a new pattern by Diane McGregor of Castilleja Cotton. Click Here to view our full selection of CJC patterns.

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Stitch and Flip Adventures

by Kathleen Khosravi of Olive Leaf Quilts

Have you ever looked at a quilt with thousands of little pieces and wondered how someone found the time and fortitude to make such a thing. Well, sometimes there are easier ways.

My latest pattern called, “Little Gems” uses a technique commonly known as the “stitch and flip” method. I love this method because it is accurate and simple. First one draws a diagonal line across the wrong side of a square. It is placed in the corner of a second square with right sides together. After sewing directly on the diagonal line it is trimmed ¼ inch from the sewing line. Finally what is left is flipped open and pressed. Two triangles are trimmed off and discarded, and discard them I did until several things became glaringly obvious to me.

1. Most of the time I was using 2½ inch squares so I had consistently sized triangles left over. 

2. Sewing these triangles together as I trimmed made storing and saving them easy to manage. 

All those perfect little triangles ceased to be trash but instead became a resource. Now I save every one of them and when I have enough I will turn them into a quilt with thousands of little pieces. Then I will be the person of whom people think, “She has too much time on her hands.” What can I say? A woman’s got to do what a woman’s got to do.

~Happy Quilting!

Visit Us at QuiltWoman.com to browse our full selection of

Kathleen Khosravi patterns here.!

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Quick and Easy Machine Quilting

This is one of the main features that encouraged Sandy Petsche to design her new pattern series “Quick Kids Quilts”.

Big pattern pieces, no triangles, beginner friendly, all two-color quilts, and all smaller size quilts – all of these features help to make these patterns very easy to machine quilt with your own machine and a walking foot.

There are several ways to quilt these quilts so here is an example using one of the designs showing you a variety of ways you can accomplish your quilting very easily.

Mark lines as needed using any marking pen or chalk that is easily removed when you are finished.

Below you will see diagrams of the following:

The first picture is a baby quilt with no quilting.

Option #1: Sew in the seams (stitch in the ditch) that go from edge to edge.

Options #2 and #3: When the seams lines do not all go from edge to edge, mark a straight line from seam line to seam line across the fabric that does not have a seam. This makes a continuous quilting line across the quilt top.

Last image 1.2.3: When more quilting is needed or desired, mark off additional quilting lines from edge to edge.

Instead of stitching in the ditch, this last option below is to sew ¼” on either or both sides of the seams using your presser foot as a guide.

How much quilting is required?

Check the manufacturer’s directions on the batting package to see how many inches apart the quilting should be. Note: there is no such thing as too much quilting – it is up to you!

Thread colors are also your choice. One tip is to use beige or light gray if you have many colors of fabric to sew across. These blend in pretty well. Another great idea is to use a variegated (multi-color) thread. These look really nice for quilting that “show up on purpose”. REMEMBER to match your bobbin thread to the back of your quilt if you want it to blend in and not show up. 

Try out some colors on scraps and have fun!!

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“It’s the Little Things” Kit-of-the-Month

The other day I was thinking that I have SO many quilts and a crazy number of pillows that I just don’t “need” any more but I still want to keep making things. I love playing with my GO! Cutter and using up fabric and craft supplies I have on hand. So I thought about where I could put small wall hangings and of course there are lots of little spaces around the house where I could hang up my new wall art like above doorways and skinny little spots between door frames. I’m sure there are many other people who are in the same situation. This inspired me to create little kits that are very fast to make with fusible appliqué.

Introducing “It’s the Little Things” Kit-of-the-Month:

Each kit is retail only $14.99 and includes US shipping

Only available from QuiltWoman.com

Small kit can be made into wall art, pillow, table mat, etc.

  • Each kit includes:
    • All materials (except thread and glue)
    • FREE Pattern
    • Free Embellishments like beads/buttons/yarn
    • Batting and Backing

All of the appliqué pieces are PREFUSED and PRECUT so there is very little sewing. Great for kids or beginners

Nest Builder

Here is our first kit for March 2021: “Nest Builder” (Item #NDD-300K)   8 ½” x 14 ½”

Nest Builder comes with button, beads, and yarn for embellishments. All you need to add is your own thread and permanent fabric glue.

Lots of options: You can make a wall hanging, pillow, table mat, door décor – whatever you like. I am making these cute little kits so that there is no binding but of course you could add binding if you want. The embellishments can be sewn on but I glued them to make it faster and easier. You can sew around the appliqué pieces with blanket or zigzag stitch if it will be washed much or you just like the look or love doing it. I use Heat-N-Bond Lite fusible so you can sew through it or not. If you don’t sew it, you can still hand wash the item carefully and if any pieces come loose, just glue them back down.

Pattern designed by Nancy Dill

Visit Us at QuiltWoman.com To Order Your Kit.

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Twisted Hearts

by Mary Ann Sprague, of Mary Ann’s Makings

Over the last few years, I’ve experimented with foundation paper-pieced quilts and table runners. Through paper-piecing, I’ve explored the world of Celtic knots, incorporating shadows into the quilt top to show the over/under of the woven ribbons. I’ve greatly enjoyed creating these Celtic knot patterns. (I’ve learned a lot about MS Visio in the process as well 😊)

Not everyone is as attached to traditional Celtic knots as I am.  I started looking for a more traditional image that also utilized my Celtic templates. The Twisted Hearts pattern (MAM-150) fulfills that goal. The interlocking hearts are easily recognizable and the best part of the pattern is that it has only two unique template blocks!

I did this sample with Valentine’s Day colors, but it could also be a wedding, anniversary, or baby shower gift in the recipient’s favorite colors.

When I created my sample, I wrestled with how to quilt it. I do all my own machine quilting on the Singer Featherweight I received from my mom. It was her first big purchase after she got married in 1953.  I have a fondness for doodle quilting, or meandering on my Featherweight.  Some people call it stippling, but I’ve always thought of it as doodling.

For this quilt, I wanted to extend the heart theme into the machine quilting. I found a number of different stencils and techniques that included hearts, but many of them required a consistency in the hearts and structure I wasn’t sure I could provide. Finally, I saw a picture of a meandering loop and heart pattern that was perfect for my personal quilting style. After a few test runs, I proceeded to use it for most of the quilt.

I hope people find this design intriguing and useful for a variety of occasions.  The Twisted Hearts pattern includes a cutting chart for the individual fabric pieces, assembly diagrams, labels and a primer for those new to foundation paper-piecing (or if you just need a refresher 😊).

If you like this pattern, check out my other patterns on QuiltWoman.com, https://www.quiltwoman.com/mam-mary-ann-sprague/ .

Click Here to purchase your copy of Twisted Hearts

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