How to quilt: all the answers, one place

Looking for a quilting reference that has it all? Trust the skill-building chapters, how-to instructions, and patchwork-packed pages in The Simple Joys of Quilting to guide you toward becoming a better quilter.

Whatever your skill level, there’s something new to learn—and a timeless quilt pattern to fall in love with—in this beautiful eBook by celebrated designers Joan Hanson and Mary Hickey.

From The Simple Joys of Quilting

One of our favorite tips from The Simple Joys of Quilting is how to get pesky triangle points to match—not just sometimes, but every time! See how Joan and Mary do it below:

Quick tip: X marks the spot
You’ll find dozens more indispensible tips like this in The Simple Joys of Quilting. Stock your quilting tool belt with lessons on:

  • Rotary cutting
  • Conquering the ¼" seam
  • Chain sewing
  • Pinning
  • Pressing
  • Unsewing (two easy ways)
  • Making strip sets
  • Making folded-corner, half-square, and quarter-square triangles
  • Sewing big triangle blocks and much more

You’ll also find a comprehensive chapter on quilt-finishing techniques—something every quilter needs.

Then…there are the quilts! Choose from a whopping 30 classic quilt patterns featuring a library of traditional quilt blocks. Take a look at just a few of the designs from each section in this 160-page book, organized by technique:

Section 1: Quilts with squares and rectangles

Lickity Split quilt
Red, white, and blue beauty: “Lickity Split”

See 7 more square and rectangle quilts in The Simple Joys of Quilting >

Section 2: Quilts with big triangle blocks

Sherriff's Log Cabin quilt
Triangles for beginners (or those in need of a brush up): “Sherriff’s Log Cabin”

See 2 more big-triangle quilts in The Simple Joys of Quilting >

Section 3: Quilts with folded corners

Friendship Stars quilt
An easy-to-master technique: “Friendship Stars”

See 3 more folded-corner quilts in The Simple Joys of Quilting >

Section 4: Quilts with half-square triangles

North Wind quilt
Make ’em in batches the bias-strip way: “North Wind”

See 7 more half-square triangle quilts in The Simple Joys of Quilting >

Section 5: Quilts with quarter-square triangles

Floral Symphony quilt
Let lavish floral fabrics do all the work: “Floral Symphony”

See 3 more quarter-square triangle quilts in The Simple Joys of Quilting >

Section 6: Quilts with templates

Tilted Pinwheels quilt
Ease into templates: “Tilted Pinwheels”

See 3 more template-based quilts in The Simple Joys of Quilting >


Is there one quilting technique that trips you up? Share it in the comments—we may feature a tip about it in a future post!


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