It’s easy to design easy quilt patterns. A few squares here, a few strips there, and you have a fast, simple quilt that is perfectly serviceable and probably nice-looking as well. After all, it’s hard to go wrong with today’s lovely fabrics!
But an easy quilt pattern with fabulous style – that’s quite another matter. It takes a talented designer to create a quilt that’s easy to make but also stunning to look at. We are fortunate to have a number of such designers contributing to our magazines, most notably to Easy Quilts, and the Spring 2017 issue is just now shipping to subscribers and shops and newsstands near you! If you’d like information on Easy Quilts subscriptions, follow this link. Now, let’s take a look at some of the exclusive patterns inside the Spring 2017 issue:
Handmade Garden is the kind of quilt we love for winter stitching. It’s full of flowers and fun, and easy to customize for any room with a change of flower color. Designer Cheri Leffler used Dresden Plate shapes for the posies, and the chevron background is created with simple flying geese units. It’s a nice size for hanging on the wall (30″ square). So fresh and bright!
My Alphabet by Jean Nolte is an ideal kids’ quilt. It’s brightly colored, educational, and the perfect size for a child’s “lovey” quilt. It’s also an ideal easy quilt! Simple techniques achievable by any beginner are all you need to make this one. Complete quilt kits (including fabric for quilt top, backing, and binding) are available, but you can also use the magazine pattern and your stash fabrics to make your own version. With fast fusible applique, this quilt is amazingly fast to put together.
In China Blue by Tailormade by Design, fabric placement creates the illusion of a floating trellis backed by beautiful garden prints. Value (light vs. dark) is so important in this design, and the fast strip-piecing technique keeps construction quick and easy. Blue and white quilts are classics and among quilters’ favorites, so this design is sure to have many fans. At 59 3/4″ x 72 3/4″, China Blue is a good size for a small bed or for comfy couch cuddling.
The Fons & Porter Team