7 easy quilt patterns to whip up in a weekend

This week we’ve got some sweet little stocking stuffers for you—but you won’t need a stocking. The stocking is your computer, and YOU can be the Santa!

Right now you can grab seven of our most popular whip-up-in-a-weekend ePatterns. Instantly downloadable ePatterns mean you can start stitching right away, or tuck your pattern away until some “me” time is needed. (You’re granted permission to depart the holiday bustle for a few hours and sew!) These short-and-sweet designs are quickly makeable, easily giftable, and most definitely affordable. Choose your favorites and make time for some happy sewing this holiday season!

Christmas Ski Trip by Mary Hickey; finished quilt size: 60″ x 68″

Scrappy reds and off-whites make a cozy color combo for the holidays, but you could make this simple quilt in any two-color combination. The zigzags really pop! Choose colors to coordinate with a bedroom, a dorm room, or even a living room or den—then get ready to snuggle up.

Wings of a Dragonfly by Tammy Kelly; finished quilt size: 30¼" x 30¼"

This dreamy wall hanging/topper combines classic Snowball blocks with Bright Hopes blocks; the top can easily be sewn in an hour or two. Grab a light, a medium, and a dark fabric and off you go! (This is a great quilt for practicing your machine quilting on a small scale too.)

Dripping Diamonds by Sarah Bisel; finished quilt size: 61″ x 72½"

Once you know how to make these diamond-shaped blocks—with a slick strip-piecing technique—you’ll want to make this beauty again and again. Jelly Roll and stash friendly!

Vintage Star by Evelyn Sloppy; finished quilt size: 48˝ x 48˝

One-block quilts are addicting—a limited fabric palette, larger pieces of fabric, and only one BIG block to make means you can piece a quilt top in just a few hours with stunning results.

Griddle Cakes by Sarah Bisel; finished quilt size: 53½" x 79″

With a Layer Cake, you can make this striking and sizable quilt in an afternoon (10″ squares work perfectly too). Stack, cut, switch, and sew—you’ll love the technique and the gorgeous quilt that forms from it.

Triple Bear’s Paw by Evelyn Sloppy; finished quilt size: 54˝ x 54˝

Here’s another lovely one-block wonder that’s perfect for gifts, charities, wall hangings, toppers, baby quilts, lap quilts . . . you get the idea! Choose a two-color layout as shown above or go with a scrappy version like the one illustrated below. Make the quilt in multiples and stash them for “wow!” gifts throughout 2017.

Scrappy-style Triple Bear’s Paw

Pastel Pinwheels by Karen Costello Soltys; finished quilt size 16½" x 20½"

Stitch these pinwheels in subtle hues to get Karen’s romantic look. She used Japanese prints and hand-dyed pastel solids to create a topper or a wall quilt that would be equally at home in a modern environment or one with lots of vintage furnishings.

Will you be sewing or shopping this coming weekend? Tell us in the comments!







22 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Hopefully sewing and not shopping

    —Linda on December 12, 2016
  • I hope to be sewing, but may be planning for our 10 day RV trip which starts on the 23rd. Planning includes selecting sewing/quilting projects for the RV. I should probably think about the menu, too.

    —Janet on December 12, 2016
  • I hope to make two more table runners for Christmas presents If I can find two patterns that I am looking for.

    I have lots of patterns but these are different than what I have.

    I fell in love with two table runners that I saw in my searches on the internet. One was free and is no longer available, which lead me to this site.

    The other I have not located yet but did find the name of it.

    I have been searching for days to find the individual patterns.

    If I don’t find the patterns I will have to go to plan two and make them when I have patterns.

    —Lg on December 12, 2016
  • Sewing!

    —Julie W on December 12, 2016
  • I will be quilting my Christmas quilt ready to put on my bed, finishing off a Snowman applique welcome wall hanging put the last few sequins and the lights into my Christmas Tree wall hanging………..Perhaps I will find time to marzipan the cake!


    —Liz on December 12, 2016
  • Mostly sewing! And some baking. And a LITTLE shopping!

    —Carol on December 12, 2016
  • I quilt every day especially now trying to finish Christmas gifts. I’m finishing table runners, placemats, and quilts.

    —Fran Claassens on December 12, 2016
  • I have nearly all my shopping done…YIPPEEE so will be probably sewing!
    Merry Christmas!

    Tanya Phinney on December 12, 2016
  • Sewing! thank you for the round up of quick patterns!

    —Lee on December 12, 2016
  • Sewing, of course. I have only one gift to buy and that will be online. Other gifts will be in the form of gift cards. I will be sewing gifts for close friends or finishing my own UFOs. I am part of a nonprofit that makes and gives away quilts and the majority of the year is spent making and quilting for Quilts From the Heart. The time between mid-October through New Years is my time to focus on personal projects and gifts.

    —Jolene Otter on December 12, 2016
  • It would be fun to post the gifts we are making. So we could see what everyone is making.

    Hi Lg, every Friday on our Facebook page we invite people to post a photo of a project they’re working on over the weekend. I hope you’ll join us! –Jenny

    —Lg on December 13, 2016
  • Big storm coming this weekend so I will be sewing!

    —Theresa Westrup on December 15, 2016
  • sewing my last few presents.

    —cj on December 16, 2016
  • Shopping is finished! Sewing is never finished! Yes!! That’s the way I like it! Will be sewing, baking and smiling!!

    —Rosemary Barron on December 16, 2016
  • Seldom shop (except for fabric), but always sew.

    —Billie Fellers on December 16, 2016
  • Shopping’s done as of today! Now I can sew. I just have to put binding on a lap quilt for a Christmas gift. I got a new sewing machine a couple of weeks ago, and every minute in front of that machine is a real treat!

    —Michele on December 16, 2016
  • Sewing and baking….all the gift need to be finished.

    —Kathie on December 16, 2016
  • I will be sewing this weekend as I am making my family’s gifts this year!

    —Bridget on December 16, 2016
  • Hopefully I can find the time to sew, as I would love to finish a Grinch quilt for my couch. Alas, the tree still needs decorating, the cookies need baking, and there’s some online shopping yet to do!!

    —Linda Towers on December 17, 2016
  • Sewing because "Baby it’s cold outside" and I am not going to go anywhere!

    —Renea Yarolim on December 17, 2016
  • I am sewing. Just finished my Christmas quilt top today. I may put bows in the corners.

    —Linda Christianson on December 17, 2016
  • I will definitely be sewing this weekend. Haven’t had a chance all week, so need some ‘therapy’.

    —Karen B. on April 21, 2017

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