Friday, September 17, 2021

FREE Fall and Halloween Patterns

Need inspiration for some fall or Halloween sewing? Then check out these 10 FREE patterns, ranging from blocks to table runners, wall hangings, and full quilts. There's something here to suit everyone's fall decorating!

Let's start off with fall, especially those patterns with leaves. The majority of these patterns can be downloaded directly from the links - enjoy!

From Leila Gardunia, there's this pretty scrappy foundation pieced leaf quilt.

Monica Curry Quilt Design is offering another foundation pieced beauty, this time a block, called Autumn Star. 

From AQS, there's this lovely Maple Ridge quilt, with downloads in several parts.

And the National Quilter's Circle is offering your choice of any ONE of these blocks upon signing up for their newsletter.

Those block choices move the free quilt patterns into the Halloween catagory. The majority of these are from designers that contribute to All People Quilt.

There's Bad Apples,


I Spy Halloween,

and Tricks and Treats.

These, plus a few previous posts of FREE fall and Halloween patterns should be enough to inspire!

FREE Fall Quilt Patterns

More FREE Fall Quilt Patterns

Eight FREE Pumpkin Quilt Projects

Happy Quilting!


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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Midweek Makers 297

Here we are with another week of sharing at Midweek Makers!

green trees and an orange tent

It's the last days of summer, and I couldn't resist a bit of camping. In reality, I've been busy with a lot of client quilts lately, with these three made by Cathy.

A Christmas quilt done with mint thread and the pantograph Bossa Nova,

a modern baby quilt, again with mint thread and the pantograph Bright and Breezy.

Last but not least, is Cathy's on-the-bias batik beauty, with aqua thread and the pantograph Ginger Snap.

Since the theme seems to be about the quilting, check out these three posts that are all about that!

Rebecca Grace Quilting has a great post about custom quilting using a computerized longarm system, 

Bell Creek Quilts is happy to be back quilting after some machine issues,

and at The Quilt Yarn, Karin shares her ups and downs using rulers to quilt Baptist fans on a scrappy quilt.

Now it's your turn - what's your share?
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Monday, September 13, 2021

Kelly Young - Interview with a Scrap Quilter

Today marks the start of a six week blog hop of scrappy mini quilts from Kelly Young's new book, Scrappy Improv Quilting (affiliate link). And I'm very excited to be included in the hop and sharing Kelly's new book! 

quilt book

Through blog-land, with Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation, we've known each other for at least five years, and even met at Quilt Market Portland a few years ago when she gave a presentation on scrap quilts. 

When Kelly contacted me again about participating in the Scrappy Improv blog hop, my quick response was heck yeah! Seriously, who could resist these designs, created with scraps??? 

6 different seasonal quilts

I also thought it would be great to share with my readers 
a peek into the world of this creative scrap quilter. Though quilting, designing, and writing are big commitments, Kelly graciously took some time to answer a few quilt-related questions. 

And I was surprised at how very much alike we are, from when we started quilting, blogging, fabric procurement, fabric choices, and where we quilt. Keep reading below to learn more about Kelly Young, author of Scrappy Improv Quilting and Stash Statement.

What started you on your quilting journey?  I grew up watching my grandmother make quilts, and always loved helping her choose fabrics and designs, and I made my first quilt all the way back in 1999!  But I really found my own quilting voice when I started reading quilt blogs around 2010, and then started my own blog in 2013.  As with most things in life, my own style is ever-evolving.

What’s your favorite part of quilting?  I get asked this quite a bit, and I always joke and say "the finish!"  It does feel great to finish a quilt, but what makes it the best is seeing a design, which was once only a vision in my head, or a sketch come to life before my eyes.

How did piecing with scraps evolve? I have always loved scrappy quilts, and if you can believe it, I started trying to piece scraps this way almost 20 years ago!  I had the idea of making a quilt where it looked like scraps were just tossed like confetti and sewn willy-nilly.  My first attempt in the year 2000 wasn't successful- the piece I played with had some serious construction problems and wouldn't lay flat at all, and I ended up throwing it away (a big regret, since I'm sure I could fix it now).  Since nobody really sewed that way at the time, and because the internet wasn't what it is today, there wasn't any real guidance available, so I put the idea aside.  Once I got a little more practice quilting in general, I learned how to construct the scrappy improv units properly, where they lay nice and flat and are usable, my ideas really started spinning.  My particular style of scrappy improv doesn't require any special sizes of scraps.  I can use whatever size pieces I have on hand, which really keeps it fun and manageable.

Where do you get your fabrics? I have a few local quilt shops that I love to visit.  So many are closing these days, and they need our support.  But I also have some favorite online shops that support my blog.  The great thing is, we live in a time when almost anything can be ordered, so if I have my eye on a particular fabric collection and I can't find it in one of my favorite shops, I look on Etsy, which is filled with small shop owners.  And I will say that I love quality fabric, but I'm not a fabric snob.  My JoAnn Fabrics has a pretty extensive selection of Kona Cotton Solids, and a section of designer quilt fabric, and if I see a fabric I love, I will get it anywhere I can! 

Is there a particular fabric manufacturer that you love? Yes and no.  I always use high-quality quilting cotton for my quilts, but beyond that, I just choose colors and prints I like.  For solid fabrics, I do love Kona Solids though.  I'm actually much more particular about my thread.  I exclusively use Aurifil for piecing and quilting.

Tell us about your quilting space – location, size, number of machines, etc. My studio is in an extra bedroom in my home.  It is actually downstairs and faces right out of the front of the house, which I particularly love.  I am happy that I have a dedicated space, but I'm not secluded.  It's not a huge room, but it is big enough and has a good sized closet.  As for my machines, I am a BERNINA girl through and through.  My workhorse is a BERNINA 550 QE, named Regina, which is a regular domestic machine.  Some people are surprised to learn that I don't own a longarm and quilt all of my quilts on a regular machine.  My backup machine is a vintage BERNINA 830 Record named Bettina.  She's a 46 year-old, all metal, mechanical machine, and she still sews beautifully.

What other types of quilts have you made?  I've made all kinds of quilts!  I don't like to put a label on my style because I don't want to be limited, but I tend to walk the line between modern and traditional.  Above all, I love saturated color! I get asked a lot whether I make other types of quilts besides the scrappy improv quilts you see in Scrappy Improv Quilting and Stash Statement, particularly when I am presenting a trunk show full of quilts in this style.  I always answer- YES!  I do make lots of other quilts with "regular" fabric, and I even design patterns that use "regular" fabric (rather than scrappy improv pieces).  This is just what I love to do with my scraps!

Do you keep all of your quilts? How do you use them in your home? I don't keep all of them, but I do keep quite a few.  Since I travel to present trunk shows and workshops to guilds, I have kept all of the quilts from my two books, plus several others that are made in this style.  And sometimes I make quilts that I love so much and are so personal, I just can't part with them (like my recent Improv Houses quilt).  Quilts I've made cover every bed in our home, and they're folded on couches and chairs.  I do have one quilt hanging on a wall, but only one.  Most of the walls in my house get direct sunlight at least part of the day, so I worry that they would fade over time.

6 different mini quilts based on one quilt block

Thank you, Kelly, for a wonderful interview - as quilters, it's nice to know we have so much in common! For this week's quilt show from Scrappy Improv Quilts, visit 

9/13- Summer Blossom- Lori @ Crossquilt
         Up, Up, and Away- Sandra @ mmm...quilts!

9/15- Flutter- Rose @ Something Rosemade
         Botanics- Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

and for the whole schedule and my review of the Scrappy Improv Quilting book, see the Scrappy Improv Quilting post.

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, September 10, 2021

Scrappy Improv Quilting

I've got an exciting new book to share with you for the next two months - Scrappy Improv Quilting by Kelly Young. (affiliate link)

quilt book cover

Can I start by saying I love this book? I mean, just look at the quilt on the cover - such a beautiful scrap quilt, with all those different values and colors just sparkling - Kelly has done it again!

Back in 2018, I joined a great list of quilters to make and feature a quilt from Kelly's first book, Stash Statement (affiliate link). The quilt I made was Regatta, and to this day, it is still one of my favorite scrap quilts.

blue scrap quilt with yellow and red triangles for sails

Fast forward three years to more of Kelly's ideas for scrap quilts, this time in the mini form. Yes, Scrappy Improv Quilting is all about scraps and mini quilts for a total of 22 projects that can be made in a day or two. Here are just a few, with more shown at the Amazon link or at Kelly's blog, My Quilt Infatuation.

I am super impressed with Kelly's new book. She does a fantastic job of explaining the scrap quilting process, especially how to build blocks from small pieces of fabric. Once the scrap blocks are made, each quilt uses simple piecing for assembly, creating complex looking quilts that are actually quite easy. Let me just say, that if I were to write a quilt book, I'd want it to be like this one!

And guess what? There's going to be a blog hop, starting September 13 and going all the way to October 20, because there's a lot of quilters and quilts to share. My day will be October 6 with one of my favorite fall subjects. Until then, here's the schedule:

9/13- Summer Blossom- Lori @ Crossquilt
         Up, Up, and Away- Sandra @ mmm...quilts!

9/15- Flutter- Rose @ Something Rosemade
         Botanics- Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

9/20- Face the Sun- Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts
         Full Spectrum- Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal

9/22- Prismatic- Anja @ Anja Quilts
         Downpour- Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting

9/27- Funkytown- Vasudha @ Storied Quilts
         Cherub Wings- Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty

9/29- Chapel Window- Kris @ Sew Sunshine
         Winter Frost- Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

10/4- Heartstruck- Rebecca Grace @ Rebecca Grace Quilting
         Star Spangled- Christine @ Triangles and Squares

10/6- Birds of a Feather- Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
         Fall Foliage- Susan @ Quilt Fabrication

10/11- Ornamental- Gail @ Quilting Gail
          Churn, Churn, Churn- Cynthia @ Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework

10/13- Sunset Crossing- Kate @ Katie Mae Quilts
           Positivity- Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

10/18- All Dressed Up- Linda @ Flourishing Palms Quilts
           Shockwave- Anne-Marie @ Stories From the Sewing Room

With the launch of the Scrappy Improv Quilting blog hop on Monday, I'll have an one-on-one interview with Kelly to share, so that we can all learn more about the quilter behind the scraps. See you then!

Happy Quilting!

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Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Midweek Makers 296

It's Wednesday so it must be Midweek Makers time! 

three brightly colored flower graphics

My share this week is a client quilt that I had the pleasure to work on. Just look at this adorable bee and daisy themed quilt that Julianne stitched up. To this I added stippling and detail to the panel print, stitched around the daisies in the border, then added ribbon candy in the yellow border accents. All very sweet!

yellow bee and daisy quilt

With all of those flowers, let's see some more before the leaves of fall become everyone's focus. Here's a couple of beautiful flower themed quilts seen last week.

Pat at Bell Creek Quilts is finishing up her In the Water Garden quilt,

Margarita of Margas Crafts created this beautiful piece which is featured in an article in Quilting Arts Magazine,

and Andree from Quilting and Learning put some flowers on her garden gate with this lovely piece.

Now it's your turn - what's your share this week?

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Pinwheel Twist for Quilt Block Mania

Follow my blog with Bloglovin  this is a test to try to fix the issues I'm having with Bloglovin - but feel free to follow. Now onto a new quilt block.

This month we're getting creative with traditional blocks, as the Quilt Block Mania theme is Traditional with a Twist. I went simple, reworking a pinwheel block for an easy stunner I'm calling Pinwheel Twist.

dark pink, chartreuse, and blue pinwheel quilt block

I just love the striking placement of colors in this one! Here's the Design Seeds color palette we got to work with,

pink green and blue color palette

and I'll admit, my block was inspired by the picture. In it I see not-quite-open buds nestled amid a tender green blush of leaves, with a beautiful blue sky in the background. I think my block captures that perfectly!

Take a look at all the other designers who were inspired this month - there are some beautiful traditional blocks with a twist to be had!

a collection of pink green and blue quilt blocks

My Pinwheel Twist block features easy piecing, perfect for a beginner quilter. For one block, fat quarters are all that's necessary.

Finishing at 12" x 12", Pinwheel Twist is available for free until October 4.

There are two ways to access the download link via my newsletter:

For those already subscribed - The free Pinwheel Twist block pattern link will be included in the September 21st QFab Monthly newsletter. There is no need to sign up again - just open and view the newsletter for the download link. 

For new subscribers only, sign up to instantly receive your free Pinwheel Twist block pattern plus monthly quilt inspiration.

Once you submit your email address, look for a welcome email from me, QuiltFabrication, containing the link to download the 'Pinwheel Twist' block pattern. Then check your inbox toward the middle of each month for the QFab monthly, full of highlights, quilting tips, links to free patterns, and other quilty goodness.

In downloading the pattern, you agree not to share the file with others, but direct them to the Twist post. Feel free to tell others about QuiltFabrication and become a follower yourself through any or all of the following: direct delivery of posts to your inbox, or by following on Bloglovin, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube.

Happy Quilting!

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Friday, September 3, 2021

Doggone Good!

Just look as these puppies, practicing sit and stay! With happy little tails, they're behaving so well, resisting the temptation to grab those toys - they're so Doggone Good!

three different colored dogs on an aqua wall hanging

I've had so much fun creating not only the dog blocks but the whole dog-themed wall hanging. I just love the addition of the dog bones and tennis balls!

dog bone and tennis ball in fabric

Of course, this is all due to National Dog Day last month. It all started with the Good Dog block

black and white dog quilt block

and grew from there to this adorable Doggone Good wall hanging. 

three different colored dogs with bones and balls

Notice the lettering? It's something that doesn't have to go on Doggone Good, as here's a picture without it, before the quilting.

dog quilt blocks along with bones and tennis balls

Personally, I think the words add that extra little punch and really bring on the smiles. Those words can be applied using applique, or TAP (Transfer Artist Paper) (affiliate link). I've used this product before for my Second Life of Quilts project with great success. And this time was no different - printing, cutting, and pressing was fast and easy for perfect results.

TAP transferred lettering onto fabric


Now, who do I have to thank for all of this dog love? My grandpuppy, Po. Born in Paraguay when my son was in the Peace Corps, he's one terrific and very lucky dog. And he always wears bandanas - they make him even more adorable!

border collie dog

With the good dog vibes from Po, I thoroughly enjoyed making the Doggone Good quilt, which somehow includes just about all the necessary quilt skills possible: curved piecing, applique, and paper piecing. None of it is extremely difficult, and actually, it's pretty cool that all of those skills combined to produce these adorable dogs. 

Ultimately, I'll be sending this Doggone Good wall hanging to my son, to decorate his new space in North Carolina, and as a birthday present to Po. It's a nice size, approximately 16.5" x 48", perfect for wall with a narrow space. I could see Doggone Good decorating a lot of vet clinics too!

If you're interested in a Doggone Good wall hanging for a fellow dog lover, the pattern is available at a special pattern launch price, now till October 28. Grab it while dogs still have my heart, cause the very next day, October 29, my love shifts to cats for National Cat Day!

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