BIG day: Kim Diehl’s back with a “little” something new (+ fabric giveaway!)

They’re small, they’re scrappy, they’re heartfelt and happy—Kim Diehl is back with a new batch of quilts on a splendidly small scale!

Simple Whatnots

The little quilts in Simple Whatnots have three big benefits: they’re scrap friendly (good!), they’re quick to finish (better!), and they’re as cute as can be (best!). Just try to resist the urge to sew up these little lovelies:

Quilts from Simple Whatnots

Create 18 petite quilts in Kim’s signature style while you learn her smart techniques for precise piecing, invisible machine appliqué, and wool appliqué.

On the Fence quilt
On the Fence—finished quilt size: 18½" x 18½"
• finished block size: 2″ x 2″

Use completed projects as wall quilts and table toppers, or follow Kim’s lead and display projects in other creative ways. As always, Kim shares her “Extra Snippet” sewing tips throughout so that YOU can become a better quilter . . . little by little!

We’re excited to have Kim as a guest writer today, here to tell us more about her 12th (WOW—do you have them all?) “Simple” book.


Kim DiehlI’ve been on pins and needles for what seems like FOREVER waiting for the release of my Simple Whatnots book, and the day is finally here!

What the heck is a whatnot? Well, let me give you a quick 4-1-1.

Several years ago I was invited to try my hand at fabric design for Henry Glass. Just remembering this makes me want to pinch myself because I still can’t believe it happened. Right away I knew that I wanted my collections to be different than most. Instead of prints that looked very coordinated and planned, my goal was to create fabric lines that looked as though I’d gathered a variety of favorite prints from my scrap basket. Each collection is like a scrap quilt waiting to happen, and you can skip the step of choosing fabrics and jump right into the fun stuff!

Sunday Supper quilt
Sunday Supper—finished quilt size: 13½" × 16½"
• finished block size: 4″ × 4″

To show the versatility of this scrappy approach, the Simple Whatnots Club was born. For each line of fabric prints, I design a collection of small quilt patterns, which are available through participating quilt shops. Encompassing a wide range of styles, techniques, and skill levels, these mini-quilts are awesome for honing your quiltmaking skills, and their small size means you can finish them without the huge time commitment needed for large quilts.

True Blue quilt
True Blue—finished quilt size: 23½" × 23½"
• finished block size: 6″ × 6″

Simple Whatnots quiltsAs I’ve shared my Simple Whatnots Club projects through the years, one request continually comes through loud and clear: to make these quilts available to those who don’t have access to the club or who missed the early designs. I’m happy to say that together, Martingale and I have been able to make this happen!

Simple Whatnots includes some of my favorite designs (which were harder to choose than I can say from the early retired collections!). To sweeten the pot, I’ve included several all-new designs, including things you won’t find in the Club—we’re talking fun threads, French knots, and . . . wool!

French Pennies
French Pennies—finished size: approximately 4¾" × 5¼", unframed

It’s my hope that Simple Whatnots will bring you tons of enjoyment as you stitch and sew, and that you’ll discover good things truly do come in small packages.

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Thanks for sharing a “little” about your new book with us, Kim!

Kim Diehl books + Henry Glass fabrics = magic in the making. We’d love to give a little of that magic to one lucky winner today!

To enter to win a copy of Simple Whatnots plus this pretty bundle of Kim’s Sunday Best fabrics from Henry Glass, tell us in the comments:

Simple WhatnotsWhat do you do with the little quilts you make?

  • Hang them on walls
  • Drape them on furniture
  • Tuck them into nooks and crannies
  • Quilt stack!
  • All of the above

We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win. Good luck! And if you’re ready to start something small with Kim today, order Simple Whatnots at our website and instantly download the eBook version for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Jilly, who says:

“I’m  going to make them all to line my hallway to the bedrooms…..so beautiful…..”

We’ll email you about your prize, Jilly—congratulations!


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