The 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt

3-Hour Baby Gingham QuiltHappy Friday, quilters!  A while back, we got a request from one of our YouTube subscribers for an easy gingham quilt.  Yes, gingham quilts are made up of rows of straight squares, but could we make it even easier?  We took on the challenge and did it!  Today, we are presenting the 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt.  Three hours is long enough for you to make this quilt from first cut to finished quilt top.  Intrigued?  Grab the free 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt pattern and press play below to see how we did it!

We used the Essentially Yours basics line from Moda Fabrics to create our 3-Hour Baby Gingham Quilt.  This collection of mini dots, checks and strips has an awesome array of light and dark values that mix so well.  The most important part of this quilt is choosing the right tones to make it monochromatic, like a true gingham fabric, so in the free pattern, we have listed six color combos from Essentially Yours to make red, blue, yellow, lime, aqua and gray versions.

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There is nothing that feels as fresh as a simple gingham quilt!

This quilt is so quick to whip up as a baby shower gift, but I have a hankering to use it for picnics this season!  We hope you enjoy this sweet, simple beauty (and especially how fast it comes together).  And of course, share them with us on social media!  Comment and let us know what you think, and if you have any other ideas for our next video project!

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Starburst Jewel Series: Project 6

This has been SUCH a fun series of projects created with the Creative Grids Starburst Ruler! Which of the five projects we’ve made so far has been your favorite?
We hope you’ve learned how to use the Starburst Ruler, and have come up some some creative, unique projects all on your own! Today, we have the sixth and final Starburst Jewel for you!
Add some warmth and charm to your next dinner party withe the Napa Valley Tablerunner!
Download the free pattern, purchase your Napa Valley Quilt Kit and grab your Creative Grids Starburst Ruler, and let’s get started! The Quilt Kit features the luscious colors of the new Sweet Cherry Wine by Blackbird Designs from Moda Fabrics! 
If you want to mix up the fabric selection for this tablerunner design, simply download the free pattern now!
Don’t forget to share your Napa Valley Tablerunner, and all of your other Starburst Jewel projects with us on social media! #showusyourstarburst

Shortcut Quilt: Layer Cake Pop

It’s time for another Shortcut Quilt! Today we have a fun quilt along featuring a new, free pattern – Layer Cake Pop! This quilt pattern is a delight to make and we just love those cheery pops of color throughout!

This beautiful quilt kit features the charming and vibrant prints of Spectrum by V & Co. Perfect your finished product with the bright teal backing set!

It’s time to get to quilting! Follow along as Kimberly walks you through this pattern step by step!
Wasn’t that fun?! Leave a comment on this blog post of your favorite notion used in the video, and be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop! Contest will end January 28, 2017!

We have one more surprise for you, as if a free pattern, tutorial, and chance to win a gift certificate weren’t enough! Purchase a layer cake in a new collection, a timeless favorite, or something you’ve had your eye on and get 15% off with the code Cake15!*

We have some fun quilty friends along for the journey! Check out their blogs to see the free Layer Cake Pop pattern in a variety of fabric collections! 
Tonya from The Crafty Mummy
Denise from Pieced Brain
Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl
Tricia from Notes of Sincerity
Megan from Canoe Ridge Creations
Melissa from Happy Quilting
Melanie from Mostly Crafty
Kristen from Three In the Nest
Lisa from In the Boondocks
Paula from The Sassy Quilter

*Disclaimer: Discount only valid on regularly priced layer cakes. Offer valid January 26, 2017 through January 28, 2017. One use per customer.

Button Lovers’ Club: Plum plus a FREE pattern!

It’s time for our first Button Lovers’ Club of 2017! If you’re not already a member, you’re missing out! The club features a monthly present of 86 hand-dyed buttons in a variety of shapes and styles! No matter what project you have, you’ll always have the perfect button embellishment to finish your piece!
January’s Button Lovers’ Club color is a stunning plum!
We’ve whipped up a charming project to showcase these gems, and Pat Sloan has stitched along with us! We’ll walk you through it step-by-step, and you’ll come out with the cutest Butterfly Mini Quilt!
Butterfly Mini Quilt
Finished size: 12 1/2″ by 12 1/2″

To start, download the free Butterfly Mini Quilt template! Next, select your fabric! We used Grunge Basics by Moda, and Latitude Batiks by Kate Spain for Moda! We finished the antennae details with Aurifil 40 wt.

Fabric Specifics

Cutting Directions

  • 1 – 8 ½” white square – use Grunge Snow White fabric
  • 10 – 3” white squares – use Grunge Snow White fabric
  • 10 – 3” aqua squares – use Latitude Batiks fabric
  • – 2 ¼” x width of fabric strips for binding – use Latitude Batiks fabric
  • – 16 ½” square for backing – use Latitude Batiks fabric
  • Cut the butterfly body from the Grunge Hot Cocoa fabric
  • Cut the butterfly wings from the Grunge Grape fabric


  1. Applique the butterfly body and wings to the 8 ½” white square.
  2. Using the 3” white and aqua squares, make 20 HST using the 2 at a time method. Trim to 2 ½”.
  3. Assemble the mini quilt.
  4. Add buttons and embroidery floss.
  5. Piece the binding strips ends to end. Quilt and bind as desired.
Pat used the fun prints in the Manderley collection by Franny & Jane to bring her butterfly to life!

Will you stick with basics, or opt for a print? We can’t wait to see what you create! Be sure to tag us on social media with the hashtag #buttonloversclub.

If you aren’t already a member, sign up for the Button Lovers’ Club today. You won’t want to miss all of our free patterns and fun ideas!

      Starburst Jewel Series: Project 3

      The Starburst Ruler by Creative Grids, designed by It’s Sew Emma, is designed to create unique blocks with zero paper piecing or fancy sewing skills needed.  With this ruler, you’ll be able to create beautiful blocks every time!

      Today, we’re going to show you just how great the Starburst Ruler is to use for the Flurry Pillow pattern! This pattern may look intimidating, but the Starburst Ruler makes it such a breeze!

      Look at the middle detail! How fun!
      Grab your Flurry Pillow Kit and click here to download your free pattern! Here’s a video showcasing the Starburst Ruler to walk you through using your new ruler!
      We can’t wait to see your creations! Be sure to tag us on Instagram with the hashtag #showusyourstarburst.

      Classic & Vintage featuring Tree of Life Quilt

      We hope that you’ve had a wonderful Christmas shared with your loved ones! Even though Christmas is over, we have another little gift for you! Today, we’re back with another Classic & Vintage quilt block!  If you’re unfamiliar with our Classic & Vintage Series, we take traditional blocks that you know and love and update them with a modern twist.

      We selected the fun and classic Freedom collection by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics to spice up the Tree of Life block! You can download this FREE quilt block on our free quilt patterns page, or download the whole quilt pattern right to your computer here!

      We have put together a Tree of Life Quilt Kit and Backing Set to make your quilt complete!

      Ready to get started? Here are a few of Kimberly’s essential picks to help you complete this stunning quilt with ease!

      Triangles on a Roll for precise, easy cutting guides!
      Creative Grids Ruler to make sure your lines are straight.
      Olfa Rotary Cutter for crisp fabric edges.
      Alphabitties for easy fabric marking!
      Washi Tape to seal your Triangles on a Roll.

      Button Lovers’ Club: Scarlet + a FREE Festive Pattern!
      This month’s Button Lovers’ Club features beautiful, hand-dyed buttons in a Scarlet hue, in so many shapes and sizes! What does this month’s color remind you of? We can’t help but picture drinking warm apple cider by a brightly lit fire! Have you signed up to get your monthly button delivery?
      Pat Sloan has an adorable template to showcase these buttons, and we can’t wait to get started! This Peppermint Patty design will be the perfect addition to your homes’ winter decor! All of your friends will be wanting one, too!

      Peppermint Patty

      Download the free pattern here and head to Pat Sloan’s blog for step-by-step directions! This template uses the Dresden Pie Ruler!

       Pat used the beautiful red Hometown Girl Batiks Rainbow-Cherry Circle Stamp, and our favorite new Aurifil 80wt to applique those darling holly leaves!

      This free template is so much fun and will bring so much holiday cheer into your home. What fabric will you select to make this a completely custom design? We can’t wait to see your finished project!
      If you aren’t already a member, sign up for the Button Lovers’ Club today. You won’t want to miss all of our free patterns and fun ideas!

      Starburst Jewel Series: Project 2

      The Starburst Ruler by Creative Grids, designed by It’s Sew Emma, is designed to create unique blocks with zero paper piecing or fancy sewing skills needed.  We love this custom, unique ruler and we have the second project in our Starburst Jewel series to show you how to create perfect blocks every time for this fun project!
      This adorable butterfly pillow featuring Desert Bloom by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics is so sweet and whimsical, it looks like it could just fly away! The Starburst Ruler makes it so easy to cut out this free pattern, which you can download here!
      We can’t wait to see more sweet little butterflies! Will you use Desert Bloom, or branch out and try a different fabric collection? Be sure to share your project photos with the hashtag #showusyourstarburst, and let us know which fabric you’re using! We love to see all of the different colors and prints work together!

      If you need a helping hand with your Starburst Ruler, check out this helpful tutorial!

      Did you miss the first project in our Starburst Jewel Series? Catch up here, and be on the lookout for next month’s project!

      Free Quilt Pattern: Mini Charm Mocha!

      It’s time for another gorgeous quilt tutorial and our favorite – a free pattern! Today, we’re going to show you the Mini Charm Mocha free quilt pattern and a quick look at how to create this neutral, metallic piece! As the weather begins to turn, it’s the perfect time to make this quilt, and have a taste of mocha! (But beware, everyone might want this one for their own!)
      We selected the Modern Background Luster Metallic collection by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics. This line is so versatile and gender neutral! The flecks of metallic give such a playful and unique look to the line!
      How fun is the stitching on this modern quilt? We love the square charms from the Mini Charm Pack off-set by the squares quilted on the diagonal! 
      Ready to get started? Pick up a Mini Charm Mocha Quilt Kit and Backing Set for everything you need to get this quilt ready for cuddling! 
      Here we show you how to easily put this quilt together, using the quilt kit, the Aurifil 50wt Grey Smoke thread and the Creative Grids ruler!

      Let’s get to quilting! We can’t wait to see your Mini Charm Mocha quilts! If you’re using a different collection for the free pattern, please share with #minicharmmocha! We love seeing your unique interpretations of our fun, free quilts! Happy quilting!

      First Blush Blog Hop & Free Pattern

      It’s the perfect time of year to bring some bright, floral patterns into your home! Just one glance at these playful prints from the new First Blush collection will put a smile on your face. What better way to find inspiration than a blog hop with a new free quilt every day! (Plus, who doesn’t love the opportunity to snag some free prizes!?)

      We’re excited about this fabric for a few reasons.  First, it’s just so pretty.  Second, it’s the basis of our eponymous First Blush BOM Quilt book!

      These bright, happy florals inspired our Marigold quilt – a free pattern we designed just for you! (Download here.)  Pick 24 of these pretty prints and mix and match them to your heart’s content. The assortment of print sizes in these 1930’s inspired prints pair perfectly with one another with just enough variety to keep it fun!

      If you’re ready to tackle an heirloom quilt out of First Blush, our BOM quilt is a stunner.  Intricate blocks are made from simple stripsets and our Starburst Ruler from Creative Grids.
      Bursting with inspiration? We’re here to help! Comment below and make sure to leave your email address for your chance to win a copy of the new, adorable First Blush book or a copy of the Posy Pattern!
      Be sure to check out these crafty blogs below for a new free pattern everyday through October 27, 2016, and for your chance to win more quilty goodies!

      Monday, October 10 – Chris Dodsley, Made by Chrissie D 
      Tuesday, October 11 – Sinta at Pink Pincushion 
      Wednesday, October 12 –  Fat Quarter Shop 
       Friday, October 14- Jennie atClover and Violet
       Saturday, October 15- Aurifil- Erin Sampson
       Sunday, October 16- Tina Egner
       Monday, October 17 – KristyneCzepuryk
       Tuesday, October 18 – AllisonHarris
       Wednesday, October 19 – Erin Cox
       Thursday, October 20 – AngieWilson Gnome Angel
       Friday, October 21 – Debbie athappy little cottage
       Saturday, October 22 – HeidiStaples
       Sunday, October 23 – Leanne Elliott
      Monday, October 24- Greg Jones Grey Dogwood Studio
       Tuesday, October 25- Wendy Sheppard Ivory Spring 
      Wednesday, October 26 – Stephanie Lynn Denton 
      Thursday, October 27 – LisaRuble