As much as we love the holidays, the weeks following are a different kind of celebration that we treasure just as much. It’s the best quilting time of year! The kids are back in school…it’s far too soon to think about gardening…and nights are long and chilly, perfect for working on quilts. All you need is a new project (or two, or three), and quilting bliss is yours.
Our hottest new quilt patterns are perfect for warming up your winter quilting hours. From baby quilts to king size beauties, and basic beginner to challenging advanced designs, we have fresh new patterns to appeal to every need and taste.
If you’re looking for a relatively fast sew with standout style, Poetic Pathways may catch your eye. This large lap size quilt starts with precut 10″ fabric squares, making the most of every minute of your sewing time. A slick piece-then-cut trick makes Majestic Mountain blocks fun and easy, and strip piecing makes the chain blocks super fast. This pattern would be a great project for a group of quilting friends to all make in different fabrics – it works with any fabric style!
If you like to spend winter dreaming about summer, give the Indigo Spin quilt pattern a try. The cool blue and white fabrics evoke sea and sky, and the Half Clamshell blocks have nearly as much sense of movement as a summer breeze. Fabrics in the featured quilt are from the uber-trendy Shibori collection by Moda, and our online shop has a limited number of quilt kits available. Best of all, the half clamshell shapes can be rotary cut with an optional acrylic template – amazingly fast and accurate. The curved seams are gentle and easy to sew, perfect for anyone wanting to step up their piecing game in 2017.
New baby expected this year? A Visit to the Farm is an adorable crib quilt pattern that combines 3 simple types of pieced units (Snowball Blocks, a few half-square triangle units, and Rail Fence Blocks) for a design any modern Mom will love. The pieced border frames the quilt center just as a farm fence encloses a pasture!
The cute prints in this quilt are from the Farm collection by French Bull for Windham Fabrics (quilt kits are available). Little ones will love picking out the animals and other motifs in this whimsical line. Pigs, roosters, bulls, and horses all romp across the brightly-colored focal prints, and animal-theme word prints plus cloud and woodgrain coordinates round out the fabric palette.
For a touch of sophistication in any cozy corner, the Diamonds & Pearls quilt pattern designed by Deb Tucker is a lovely project choice. Deb is known for her handy rulers that simplify even difficult quilt blocks (remember the Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star?), and in this new design her Split Rects ruler is a great (optional) time and effort saver. A free video tutorial is available to walk you through the use of this tool.
Diamonds & Pearls can be made with precut 10″ squares and 2 1/2″-wide fabric strips, plus background, border, and binding fabrics. The elegant and unusual lines of this intermediate pattern make it appear much more difficult than it actually is, especially if you use the Split Rects ruler. Elongated triangles can be tough to cut and tricky to sew, but our step by step video gives you all the tricks and tips you’ll need for success. At 64″ x 88″, this quilt is a generous twin size.
Valentine’s Day is just six weeks ahead, so it’s not too early to think about freshening up your tablescape or making a sweet gift for someone special. The Here’s My Heart table runner pattern requires just five patchwork heart blocks. Use your own collection of pink and red fabrics, or order a convenient quilt kit – either way, Here’s My Heart is a project so fast and fun, you may want to make more than one!
How will YOU spend prime quilting time this winter? Post photos of your quilts in progress and completed projects on our Facebook page and share with the entire community! And for even more fresh quilt patterns, check out the January/February 2017 issue of Quilting Quickly magazine, which includes patterns for all the projects shown here and many more.
The Fons & Porter Team