Free Quilt Patterns For Beginners

Free Quilt Patterns For Beginners

Following on from my post Easy Quilts For Beginners, I’ve put together some free quilt patterns for beginners.

Once you’ve mastered piecing basic strips or squares then you’ll be looking for something a bit more challenging, These are still easy quilts, just a step up if you’re fairly new to quilting.

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Easy Quilts For Beginners

When you first start quilting it can be daunting, the amount of information out there. Best thing to do is look for easy quilts for beginners, you’ll find a ton of resources via Google or whatever search engine you use.

I’ve found a few for you, some have tutorials some not, but they’re all good easy quilts projects.

Easy Quilts For Beginners

This  placemat has to be my top pick, so simple yet very effective. Using the “piecing on the go” method it really wouldn’t take long to make a set of these.

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Patchwork Piecing Methods

patchwork piecing methods

This is a short article giving a brief explanation of patchwork piecing methods with some videos for a visual explanation. As you already know, generally quilts are formed using blocks which can be joined together by hand or machine. There are different methods … Read more

What Is Stitch In The Ditch

shallow ditch

shallow ditchWhen I first started quilting this was one of the first questions I asked”what is stitch in the ditch?”.

It’s one of those strange bits of terminology that crop up in quilting and although it sounds strange, it does have a simple explanation. When I first heard the term, I had images of quilting groups lined up in a ditch all sewing away!

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Quilt Design Software Programs

Quilt Design Software Programs

Quilt Design Software ProgramsYou’ve mastered the basics of quilting and browsed through all the different quilting patterns available so what’s next? Creating  your own patterns with quilt design software programs!

Let’s have a look first at what quilt design software programs can do compared to a graphic design software or paint program for example.

  • Quilt programs are specifically designed for quilters.
  • Each layout automatically includes the block, border and sash of the quilt.
  • Ready made libraries of blocks borders and sashes.
  • In the draw screen areas, the grids are already created specifically for quilters, for example, a 7 patch or 9 patch grid.  Some of the quilt design software programs have circle grids or star grids.
  • The edit and drawing tools are geared towards quilters, most quilt software programs have these tools.

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Quilting Terms Definitions

quilting terms definitions

quilting terms definitionsQuilting comes in all different styles and depends on the traditions and history of the country of origin. Simply put, quilting is made up of a “sandwich” of fabrics, the top layer which is the pattern part and can be made up of  quilt blocks, the middle which is called the batting (padding) and the back which is usually a complimentary colour to the top pattern.
I’ve put together a list of the commonly used terms in quilting in this quilting terms definitions article so you have a quick reference guide.

 

Quilting Terms Definitions

Accent quilts – This is a pattern that follows different lines but works with your patchwork pattern.
Achromatic – Black, white and grey color schemes.
Album quilts – These are quilts made for a specific event and made up of different blocks. These are personal to the recipient or maker of the quilt and are sometimes given as gifts to mark a special occasion. 

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Free Quilt Patterns to Print

free quilting patterns to print

free quilting patterns to printThere are thousands of quilting patterns available on the Internet, but it’s not so easy to find free quilt patterns to print.

I decided to have an in-depth look over at freequilting.com, part of a group of websites that offer free patterns for most crafts.

 

 

First Impressions

free quilt patterns to printWhen first landing on the start page you are faced with a “pattern search” in the middle and a “join” form to the right. If you do a search and try to download the pattern you’ll be prompted to join.  The navigation is well laid out with the patterns in sections:

  • Applique Quilting
  • Babies & Kids Quilt
  • Easy Quilting for Beginners
  • Quilted Accessories
  • Quilted Clothing
  • Quilted Home Decor
  • Special Occasion Quilting
  • Quilt Glossary
  • Free-Quilting Ideas Blog

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Quilting Fabric

Simplicity Rotary Cutter Machine

quilting fabricChoosing your quilting fabric is perhaps the most important part of creating a new project, whether it’s a small quilting project or a large one.

There are three elements to making a quilt so it’s important to choose the right quilt fabric for each stage.

  • Top of the quilt, a combination of colors made up of quilt blocks.
  • Quilt batting fabric which goes in the middle.
  • Backing fabric for quilts, a complimentary color to the top.

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What is a Quilt Block

What is a quilt block

Quilting blocksIf you’re a beginning quilter then one of the first terms you’ll hear is “quilt block.” So what is a quilt block? Traditionally, quilts were more often used to make bed covers and were sewn by hand. Because of the difficulty managing  to sew a large quilt, smaller blocks were made. These smaller blocks of fabric could be made in a variety of patterns or a repeating pattern which were then sewn together to form the whole quilt.

 

By breaking up the quilt pattern into manageable pieces, you can lay easily lay it down and then pick it up again, gradually building the blocks until you have enough to make the quilt.

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