Baby it’s Cold Outside so Make it Quick

When the cold weather comes it is time for an indoor project that we can complete quickly.  Some people like to make a snowman or winter scene, others dream of a warm tropical vacation.  No matter where you dream of being, here are some QUICK PROJECTS to fill the cold afternoon or evening when you want something new to do, but don’t want it to take all winter.

First, here are some tips to finding quick and easy quilt project patterns.

  • Squares and rectangles are faster and easier to piece than triangles, and way easier than curves.
  • Choose patterns with large applique pieces that can be fused and machine stitched.  Those will go much faster than traditional applique.
  • Look for small projects such as table runners, placemat, wall quilts, or lap quilts.  They will take much less time than a bed size quilt.
  • Choose a project that has large pieces and less cutting, so you can get right to the fun sewing part.
  • Use your stash – jelly rolls, charm packs, fat quarter bundles, scraps and yardage you already have.  This saves shopping time and gives you a great sense of satisfaction.
  • Finish a UFO.  You already started it so why not finish it?  If you only want to work on it for a little while you can put it away and bring it out next time you want to do a quick project.  As I often say when people complain that they have had a pattern for a long time but haven’t started it, “it won’t go bad in the bag!”

Want a new project?  I have gathered a few ideas you might like to try.

Here is a quick pillow project you could complete in a day or two.  These would look great in any decor and could give you a leg up on Holiday gifts for next year.


Holiday Pillows Pattern LCQ-419 $9.00

Celebrate the season with this appliqued pillow cover pattern. Quick and easy to complete with fusible applique. You will want to make all 4. Makes a great gift giving idea.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Designed by: LCQ – Little Quilt Company – Gary/Kim.

Want to use up some of your scraps or stash fabric.  How cute is this quick quilt project?


Little Whirlgigs Quilt Pattern CQ2-174  $6.00

This quick little pattern alternates 3 different triangle blocks with a simple fabric square. Small size pattern; one page front & back instructions. Fabrics are from the Flying Geese Collection by Evonne Cook with P & B Textiles/Washington Street Studio.
Finished Size: 30″ x 30″
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Designed by: CQ2 – Clothesline Quilts – Evonne Cook.

Here is a project which could use one of those fabulous fat quarter bundles you have been saving for a cold winter day.  Guess what?  That day is here!  Unwrap that baby and cut it up!


Pallette Quilt Pattern BHQ-127  $9.00

Quick and easy baby quilt pattern.
Finished Size: Approximately 50″ x 50″
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Designed by: BHQ – Bear Hug Quiltworks – Lisa Alley.

I bet you have some beautiful fabric you fell in love with and just can’t bring yourself to cut it up.  Here is a project that lets the fabric do all the talking, and is oh so quick to make.  Now that fabric can be on you wall, table or sofa, instead of hidden in your stash.


Cottage Rose Set Quilt Pattern LR-102

A delightfully quick Cottage Chic quilt pattern that’s low on the piecing and blooming with charm. This quilt pattern features the Bella Fabric Collection designed by Ro Gregg for Paintbrush Studio
Finished Sizes:
Quilt: 80″ x 85″
Hanging Headboard: 55″ x 52″
Skill Level: Intermediate
Designed by: LR – Lacey Hill & Ro Gregg.

Table runners make great quick projects.  And they look fabulous in any setting.  Here is a pair -runner and placemats – that are beginner friendly and very modern.


Running Blocks Quilt Pattern FD-704  $9.00

The Running Blocks quilt pattern includes both a simple and easy to piece table runner, and four placements. This attractive, primarily two-fabric design has a small accent border. These quilts make a fun and quick gift for a house warming or any occasion. This is a great beginner project. Quilt pattern includes easy to follow instructions and helpful diagrams.
Finished Sizes:
Table Runner: 16″ x 41″
Placemats: 12″ x 18″
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Designed by: FD – Friendship Designs.


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One Response to Baby it’s Cold Outside so Make it Quick

  1. Brenda says:

    Love the cottage rose pattern. I have a stash of beautiful prints that I keep adding to but don’t want to spoil so…. think this will be just the thing to get me started.

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