All posts by Kathy Patterson

BLOCK Friday: Tree Quilt Blocks

As is true with so many quilt motifs, tree quilt blocks draw their inspiration from nature. And as is true in nature, there are seemingly infinite varieties of trees to see and stitch. Barbara Brackman’s Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns (American Quilter’s Society, 1993) has over 60 “species” alone! From completely representational to wildly abstract versions,…

10 Spectacular New Quilt Patterns to Explore

Is your New Year’s resolution to become a better quilter in 2017? We’re right on the same page! And every page inside the new January/February 2017 issue of Love of Quilting magazine can get you closer to that goal, as you learn new techniques, find new products, and best of all, make fresh new quilt patterns.…

Homemade Christmas Ornaments for Quilters

Did you know that today, December 6, is St. Nicholas Day? In many parts of the world, today is set aside to celebrate the man behind the legend, the prototypical Christmas gift giver, the precursor to our very own Santa Claus. So what better day to think about decorating our homes, quilter style? You may…

Strip Quilt Ideas: Stripology With Gudrun Erla

By Abigail Dolinger Hello Quilters! Have you been itching to take a Craft University online class? I recently completed the “Stripology” class by Gudrun Erla, and I’d like to tell you about it. If you’re intrigued with strip-piecing and quick piecing techniques, you are going to love this class! Gudrun bases the seven video lessons…

BLOCK Friday: Basket Quilts

Quilts depicting basket shapes have been part of the American quilting lexicon for nearly two centuries. Whether represented as a quilting motif, a trapunto design, a realistic appliqué pattern, or as stylized patchwork, the basket designs found on quilts are old favorites and serve as welcoming symbols of hearth and home. Basket quilt patterns vary…

Spice Islands Compass Quilt

Batik Quilt Patterns For All Skill Levels!

In the world of fabric, there is a special category that inspires love, awe, and stash lust like no other. Yes, we’re talking about batik designs! Batik fabrics add such richness and depth of color and texture to quilts. But not just any quilt pattern looks its best made in batiks. Quilt designers working with…

Quilt Pattern Books: Little House of Quilts

Did you know that Fons & Porter publishes not only magazines, but books as well? We are very proud of our quilt pattern books, and are always looking for new authors and concepts to bring to our readers. That’s why we are thrilled to introduce to you Little House of Quilts by Laura Stone Roberts:…

Fast Fall Quilt Patterns To Inspire

With Thanksgiving just three days away, you may be shaking your head and thinking, “No way is there time to make anything quilted before turkey day.” And you’d be right if you were thinking only of large quilts or items with difficult construction. But we’re here to tell you that with just a few hours…

BLOCK Friday: Apple Core Quilts

Apple Core quilts get their name from the one and only patch shape that goes into their construction, which resembles the side view of an apple core. The top and bottom edges of each patch have convex (“outie”) curves, while the side curves are concave (“innie”). The length of the outer and inner curves are…

Easy Quilts Winter 2016

Easy Quilts Winter 2016 – SEW Much To Love!

The Winter 2016 issue of Easy Quilts magazine just went on sale and we thought we’d share photos of some of the quilts inside with you today. This issue is so fun, packed with loads of fresh and fast quilt patterns. Do you know anyone who likes their music old-school style, on vinyl records? Emily…

There’s Nothing Like A Handmade Gift!

The holiday season, Mother’s (or Father’s) Day, enjoying the summer weather–there’s always an occasion for quiltmaking. If you’re making a large quilt for someone special, or creating dozens of smaller items assembly-line style, chances are you are swiftly sewing and starting to count down to your deadline. Thoughtful handmade gifts are a lovely way to go, and we can…