Picture this: "You have a wide-open weekend coming up with nothing on your schedule. No chores to do, no errands to run, nowhere you need to be, nothing to do but…sew. Ah, bliss!"
That’s the inviting scenario described in Easy Weekend Quilts. So let’s make that blissful quilting-only weekend your reality. We’ll get the ball rolling by looking at quick quilt designs. Because, when we quilters indulge in a weekend of sewing, we love to arrive at Sunday evening with a brand-new finished quilt. That’s where super easy quilt patterns—ones you can start and finish in a weekend—show their worth.
Thinking of that need for speed, Martingale gathered 12 easy quilt designs into one value-packed book. For only $16.99, you get a dozen make-it-fast quilt patterns from popular books like A Baker’s Dozen, Modern Basics, and Skip the Borders. With patterns from best-selling designers like Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks, Amy Ellis, and Julie Herman, you know you’re in good hands. These experienced quilters know a thing or two about getting quilts made quickly, and they’re eager to share their tricks with you.
Now let’s take a look at those quick and easy quilts you can make in just one weekend!
Make it easy with simple patchwork (above): "Four-Patch Shift" by Julie Herman.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “This enticing quilt puts a new spin on the basic four-patch unit. By rotating the four-patch placement in a larger block, the quilt design becomes playful and unexpected.”
Make it fast with fat quarters (above): "Confectionery" by Adrienne Smitke.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “Adrienne’s inspiration for this quilt came from those ‘everything retro-is-cool-again’ crocheted granny-square afghans, but the finished quilt reminded her more of candy! Bright, colorful jawbreakers, gumballs, and Everlasting Gobstoppers, which change colors as you suck on them.”
Make it fast with fat quarters (above): "Jack and Jill" by Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “This quilt design is perfect for using up those fat quarters you’ve collected. Divide your fat quarters into two color groups, add two neutral colors, and you’ll be off and running to make a quilt for your lucky Jack or Jill!”
Make it quick with Layer Cake squares: "Tuttie Frutti for Mishayla" by Claudia Cole.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “Claudia used a coordinating Moda Layer Cake and Honey Bun to achieve an instant scrappy look in this bright and charming quilt for her granddaughter Mishayla. Since most of the cutting was already done, the piecing was a breeze.”
Make it easy with Jelly Roll strips (above): "Knotted Squares" by Amy Ellis.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “This bold and geometric quilt makes you stop and stare.” Dark squares float playfully over patches of color.
Make it fast with fat quarters (above): "Square City" by Julie Herman.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “This quilt is ideal for featuring large-scale prints in the blocks and plain squares. Choose one neutral tone-on-tone print to help tie the whole design together.”
Make it easy with simple patchwork (above): "Modern V" by Amy Ellis.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “Alternating blocks create a fun pattern within this quilt. Color placement is the key to this simple block. Look for saturated colors in your fabric choices for the best contrast.”
Make it speedy by bypassing blocks (above): "Graduation" by Amy Ellis.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “This bold geometric quilt is made without constructing pieced blocks. Go right from cutting your pieces to assembling your quilt top. What could be easier?”
Make it fast with fat quarters (above): "Emerald Forest" by Leanne Clare.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “This quilt features a collection of beautiful Asian-print fat quarters. The addition of a brown batik pulls them all together and creates an aura of depth and lushness. You can start with any fabric collection that speaks to you, and choose one unifying color for the background.”
Make it quick with simple strip sets (above): "Indonesian Railroad" by Terry Martin.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “This easy quilt is enhanced by the dimensional look and rich colors of the batik fabrics. One strip set will make four blocks. Simply crosscut the strip sets, rotate every other segment, and stitch them back together. You can make this quilt any size you want, from table topper to lap quilt to king size, like this one.”
Make it quick with ultra easy blocks (above): "1, 2, 3!" by Amy Ellis.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “Mix up your prints—two per block—for a fantastic scrappy look. This quilt goes together in a snap. Instructions are given for a twin-size quilt, along with optional fabric requirements for a baby quilt and a lap quilt.”
Make it easy with super simple rows (above): "Rows of Bricks" by Julie Herman.
Says Easy Weekend Quilts: “Here’s a pattern ideal for large-scale, stunning prints that need a place to shine. Rows of cool-colored bricks are stacked on wide strips of a neutral gray print. But this design will work equally well with hot and spicy colors.”
When was the last time you had a weekend to devote to quilting, and what did you make? Tell us in the comments,
and you could win an eBook copy of Easy Weekend Quilts! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.
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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Christina, who writes:
“Oh it is THIS WEEKEND! I am so excited. I have a lovely table runner on my crib size frame which my Juki and I are going to finish and bind. Then I have a bed runner to finish with a border and then quilt. Just sewing for the whole week!!!”
Christina, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!