Big-block quilt patterns for beginners and beyond (+ giveaway!)

Stopwatch quiltAre you familiar with the three Fs of quiltmaking? No? Oh, it’s a very sophisticated method for determining whether or not you’ll turn a quilt pattern into an actual quilt:

It’s gotta be Fun. It’s gotta be Fast. And it’s gotta be Fabulous.

Okay, so maybe it’s not a sophisticated approach. But it’s a helpful one. Most of us have started complex quilts that, after awhile and only half completed, make their way to the side stacks of the sewing room. So why not use the three Fs to choose the quilts you’ll make? If a pattern looks fun at first glance, is fast to construct, and turns out fabulous in the end, you’ll feel assured that you’ll enjoy the process—and complete the quilt!

As you’ll learn in her guest post below, Victoria Eapen (of the blog Spun Sugar Quilts) creates her quilt designs from many different angles, but she always keeps the three Fs in mind. The big quilt-block patterns in her new book, Large-Block Quilts, turn out impressive designs in a jiffy—all with no tiny pieces and no tricky sewing. (And no borders too!) And take a look at her fresh color combinations. Victoria has a knack for bridging the gap between traditional and nontraditional tastes—and that, along with passing the three Fs test, makes for a win-win situation!

Gift quilts, retreat quilts, charity quilts, or quilts just because—you’ll find designs in Large-Block Quilts to make for any reason. We’re so pleased to introduce you to Victoria today, along with her beautiful, no-fuss quilts. Tell us how you set about to design your beautiful big quilt-block patterns, Victoria!


Victoria EapenAt some point in time each and every one of us can be overwhelmed with the busyness of life. I know too well myself, being a mom, a wife, and a dentist. Quilting is my creative time, play time, and relaxing time. I squeeze it in whenever I can. Sometimes I want to make a quilt I see in a book or a pattern. Other times I don’t want to spend time cutting; I’d rather just sit and sew. Precuts are perfect for this! And sometimes I’m content with making the same block over and over again or using large pieces so that the quilt comes together fast.

As I developed Large-Block Quilts, all of those quilting “angles” were mulling around in my mind. Several of the quilts were made with precuts, including “Fascination,” “Twirly Swirly,” and “Hidden Baskets.”

Projects from Large-Block Quilts
“Fascination,” “Twirly Swirly,” and “Hidden Baskets”

Other quilts were developed by sitting and sewing without a real direction at first. For instance, it wasn’t until I’d sewn more than 100 half-square triangles that I realized I had the start of a lap-sized quilt with “Good and Plenty.”

Good and Plenty quilt
“Good and Plenty”

When I wanted to make a quilt fast, I dabbled in using large pieces—one of the quilts in the book, “Spin Patch,” is made with a 24″ block!

Spin Patch quilt
“Spin Patch”

There are even a few quilts in the book that were initially designed in completely different color schemes, like “Quaint” below. But when I sewed a test block with my stash fabrics, the quilt took a different turn. I ended up making the entire quilt with that stash! Using your stash fabrics for a test block can lead to new and interesting combinations. I suggest you try testing out your stash fabrics with one of the blocks in Large-Block Quilts.

Quaint quilt
“Quaint”

The book is divided into sensible chapters. Quilts with squares and rectangles are first, and all of the designs are fairly easy to sew. The next chapter progresses to half-square triangles, and after that come quarter-square triangles. The last chapter introduces combinations of all of the units.


Good and Plenty quilt detailHALF-SQUARE-TRIANGLE TIP: Half-square triangles are traditionally rotary cut from a square that’s ⅞" larger than the finished size. For example, if you’d like to make a half-square triangle that measures 4″ finished, you cut two fabric squares to 4⅞", cut them on the diagonal, pair the triangles, and sew with a ¼" seam. But I always cut my squares to 5″, cut them diagonally, sew the half-square triangles together, and then trim the unit to 4″. It’s an extra step, but it really improves the accuracy of your half-square triangles.


One advantage in the book is that all the blocks are large, so it doesn’t take very many blocks to make a quilt. In fact, many of the quilt tops can be made in a weekend. Ask me how I know this! Yep, I do nearly all my sewing on the weekends. Of course, sewing any time is good.

One of my favorite quilts from the book is “Blue Crackle,” below.
Blue Crackle quilt
“Blue Crackle”

Despite the fact that it looks complicated, it’s made with just one block, which is turned in a specific way to create the secondary pattern. That’s not the only reason it’s my favorite; I’m drawn to the blue and orange shades in the quilt. I tend to gravitate toward bright, cheery floral or pastel fabrics, like 1930s reproductions. But I have a “dark side” too, when Civil War fabrics and warm autumn colors make my heart sing. I am definitely seasonally affected! The variety of fabrics used in my quilts reflect this part of me.

Over the years I’ve come to realize that there isn’t a fabric I didn’t like at one time or another. If a fabric is paired correctly with other fabrics, it can make a quilt sparkle. I encourage you to branch out of your comfort zone and use fabrics you might not normally put together. If there’s a quilt in the book that looks too daunting, just try to sew one block. Make a pillow or incorporate it into a pieced backing. The possibilities are endless.


Large-Block QuiltsVictoria, your quilts—and your multifaceted approach to making them quick and easy—are inspiring. Thank you for being our guest today!

What’s your favorite go-to idea for making quilts fast—big blocks? Strippy rows? Precuts? Share what works for you in the comments and you could win a copy of the Large-Block Quilts eBook! A winner will be chosen one week from today; we’ll notify you by email if you’ve won. Or, purchase Victoria’s book today and download the eBook for free. Start playing with Victoria’s patterns in a matter of minutes!

You can see all of the designs from Large-Block Quilts in the slideshow below.

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Amy, who writes:

“I love these innovative ways to use all kinds of blocks and make a striking quilt! My go-to timesaver idea is to use precuts, like charm packs, layer cakes and jelly rolls to save time choosing fabrics. Plus, they are just so attractive before you even use them!”

Amy, we’ll email you about your free book. Congratulations!

Stretched Stars quilt

"Stretched Stars"

Broken Chain quilt

"Broken Chain"

Fascination quilt

"Fascination"

Hidden Baskets quilt

"Hidden Baskets"

Ice-Cream Swirl quilt

"Ice-Cream Swirl"

Lantern Lights quilt

"Lantern Lights"

Pieces of Eight quilt

"Pieces of Eight"

Sea Horses quilt

"Sea Horses"

Square Burst quilt

"Square Burst"

Three Steps Forward quilt

"Three Steps Forward"

Twirly Swirly quilt

"Twirly Swirly"


194 Comments

  • I love these innovative ways to use all kinds of blocks and make a striking quilt! My go-to timesaver idea is to use precuts, like charm packs, layer cakes and jelly rolls to save time choosing fabrics. Plus, they are just so attractive before you even use them!

    Amy DeCesare on March 7, 2013
  • I would say precuts are my favorite go-to idea.

    —Nancy D. on March 7, 2013
  • I love my quilts to have big blocks. It makes the assembly fast and allows for some interesting quilting. Thanks for the chance to win the book!

    —Allison Evrard on March 7, 2013
  • a fast one for me is to just stitch together some layer cake squares and make some HUGE pach quilts!

    —Nancy B from Many LA on March 7, 2013
  • I love strip piecing and chain sewing, especially of large blocks. Makes me feel like I am completing something quickly and gives me that instant gratification I need once in a while

    —teresa g on March 7, 2013
  • I love to sew rows together, then cut down through them to make Around the World quilts – super fast and always beautiful!

    —Laura Nolte on March 7, 2013
  • Looks like an awesome book will have to put it on my list to get. I love precuts and use them all the time, such a great time saver. throw in big blocks you have a winner.

    —carolyn on March 7, 2013
  • Big blocks with stars are my go to.

    —Teresa on March 7, 2013
  • Beautiful quilts with intriguing methods! I like big blocks for quick bed sized quilts. Thanks for the chance to win a great book!

    AnnieO on March 7, 2013
  • I love using precuts. It makes it quick and I think the cutting is the worst part.
    The book looks great! Thanks for a chance to win

    —Anne D on March 7, 2013
  • 12″ Sawtooth stars are my "go-to." The blocks go together quickly, they feature a 6.5″ square of feature fabric and allow me to get major impact for minor effort!

    Beth Strand on March 7, 2013
  • I hate to cut, so I love precuts! I just shift my sewing machine into high gear and chain sew. If there were a Daytona 500 in chain sewing, I’d take the pole position ala Danica Patrick!

    —Michelle on March 7, 2013
  • Hey, love all the ideas in the Large Block Quilts book. When I want to do a fast quilt, I look at my stash and pick either precuts (mostly 2 1/2″ strips) or wild colors that I can make into large blocks. So, I’m right there with you, Victoria.

    Karen LS on March 7, 2013

    —Karen LS on March 7, 2013
  • I love using a jelly roll paired with a contrasting solid fabric.

    —Cyndi P on March 7, 2013
  • Since I am usually trying something new, I really don’t have a go to. But if I were, I would probably use strips and then subdivide. But really, I love trying new techniques, blocks, and patterns. It’s all so fun and I love to learn.

    —Marguerite Namdar on March 7, 2013
  • Love the patterns, I am always on the lookout for a way to use precuts or scraps. Thanks for a chance to win this.

    —Connie B on March 7, 2013
  • I love large blocks. Especially with my batiks. I feel I’m not "wasting" any if I’m doing large blocks!! Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Sandra on March 7, 2013
  • I like using precuts especially layer cakes and charm packs. The use of these two methods cuts down on a lot of cutting which I am not very precise. Thanks for including me in this giveaway.

    —Mary Burn on March 7, 2013
  • This book looks EXCELLENT — immediate inspiration!!! Thank you so much for the opportunity to enter.

    —Pam Johnston on March 7, 2013
  • I use many ways to make quilt tops go quicker. I use precuts at times, make big blocks other times (like the upcycled men’s shirt quilt I’m making now), do rag quilting (learned to use decent-sized pieces there the hard way!), or make table toppers or runners to make life go quicker. I also use the "easy" methods when I can, like for HSTs…made a block last week with HSTs that couldn’t be made quickly – NEVER again – LOL!

    JulieCC on March 7, 2013
  • Chain piecing is a quick way to make a quilt.

    —Janice N. on March 7, 2013
  • These are so pretty and fresh!
    I recently finished a big block baby quilt for a friend. (36″ block plus borders) It was so easy! And I used a few fat quarters plus some yardage!
    I also just finished a top for another baby quilt–another giant star block with easy building blocks, using fat quarters and some yardage (40″ block plus borders). I love this one too! I’m hooked now in the three F’s, as you put it, especially for gifts and trying new blocks. It also is helping me build my confidence in creating a more scrappy look.

    Rachell R on March 7, 2013
  • I definitely have found work around ideas that make things faster. My favorite was learning to sew two squares right side together all the way around. Then rotary diagonally to have four smaller squares that can be sewn into a pinwheel.

    —Sarah G on March 7, 2013
  • Hi – I like big blocks with big pieces – I don’t like intricate things – and it goes well with big stitch quilting. Thanks for the chance.

    —jane on March 7, 2013
  • when I want to make something quick I use my scraps. Since I spend a lot of time cutting my scraps into usable squares and strips all year long, when I want to make something quick, I pick out a pattern and I already have all the pieces cut! Saves on the thinking of what colors to use, and the time to go buy some more, also. I usually have everything already in the stash, just have to sew it up!

    —madeline on March 7, 2013
  • I lovese quilts and the colors. Yhey make me feel like spring. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    —Jane Ritz on March 7, 2013
  • I get my inspiration wherever I can – often it’s challenges from my modern quilt guild or quilt-alongs sponsored by a blogger. I also love pre-cuts. Thank you!

    —Paula on March 7, 2013
  • It depends on what the desired finish is for. When going on retreats and I just want to focus on sewing I make sure I have all my pieces cut out and orgainized in baggies to make sure I can sew, sew, sew! I’m big on chain piecing when I can also.

    If I really want a quick quilt I"m all for jelly rolls and strip piecing! I have several quick and easy patterns for sewing strips and making really fun nice looking blocks that are my standby’s!

    Dawn on March 7, 2013
  • I am fairly new to quilting, so both precuts and big blocks are a must for me.

    —Pat S. on March 7, 2013
  • I forgot to mention that I just looked at this book the other day and was sooo tempted to buy the digital version. So I was so excited when I saw the giveaway!

    Dawn on March 7, 2013
  • What a great book with quick ideas and the larger blocks in a fun fast and fabulous to gift. This, just retired, Nana, who sews sees lots of potential to get gift quilts done for each of the grandchildren to cuddle with now and with my memories (in the way distant future 🙂 ) thanks for the great ideas and the 3 F’s. Will try the lanterns and the pieces o’ eight first. Ahoy, maties. Nanasneedles

    —Nanasneedles on March 7, 2013
  • Fast for me is big blocks. thanks for the giveaway!

    —Debbie H on March 7, 2013
  • Cutting with accuracy does not seem to be anything I will accomplish in this lifetime! I appreciate pre-cuts! Anything I can use to inspire my quilters is a help. Thanks!

    —Karen on March 7, 2013
  • Chain piecing makes a quilt more do-able for me!

    —Becky Greene on March 7, 2013
  • One that I use is I need it done quickly or need some instant gratification is like Yellow Brick Road or Turning Twenty. I really like some of these in your book so if don’t win, I will probably have to order this book. Looks very interesting. Thanks!

    —Darlene F. on March 7, 2013
  • When I have to make a quilt quickly, I choose to make large squares. I might combine with half square triangle blocks, but that is it. The ideas in this book look wonderful.

    —Nancy Myers on March 7, 2013
  • Strip piecing and using pre-cuts helps me make quilts quickly that are also fun. Thanks.

    —Joyce Mitchell on March 7, 2013
  • Precuts help in so many ways, 1) they’re already cut, 2) they’re color coordinated and you can just grab a few packs and start. I love Vickie’s blog, I don’t know how she does it all. Thanks for the generous giveaway. ;-> Toni Anne

    —Toni Anne on March 7, 2013
  • I like the big blocks as my "go-to" plan. I would love to win this book, Victoria’s quilt shown as "Square Burst" is beautiful!

    —Mary Gonzales on March 7, 2013
  • WOW what fantastic quilts with big blocks.Thanks forthe opportunity to win a copy.
    My goto is to make strippy quilts-come together so fast with minimal cutting and sewing. Finishe with allover quilting pattern.

    —Marlene on March 7, 2013
  • To make fast quilts, I definitely make bigger blocks. Using precuts also help!

    —Lisa E on March 7, 2013
  • I am really looking forward to making some of these quilts! Great book, Vickie!!!

    —Carol in E Tn on March 7, 2013
  • I make variations of nine patch quilts as my go to in a hurry and get er done quilts. This book would be handy to refresh my perspective. lol Jane

    Jane on March 7, 2013
  • I love simple big blocks or ones that I sew by strips then cut and resew. Simple is fun & fast!!

    —Cindy Wienstroer on March 7, 2013
  • Big blocks and straight, simple sewing is the secret to quick quilts for me. Thanks for this opportunity.

    —Shirley C on March 7, 2013
  • For a quick quilt that’s not too boring, I’d use my stash of scraps with a "make a block, cut it apart, rearrange" pattern like Disappearing 9-patch. I haven’t tried precuts; have too much stash to use up! Thanks for the give-away.

    —Dot on March 7, 2013
  • I love big blocks over strippys for quick quilts fast! This looks like a great book!

    Denise in PA on March 7, 2013
  • I’d have to say strip piecing for me.

    Nita on March 7, 2013
  • The most fun and fast way to turn out a fabulous quilt is to make large blocks, 14″ to 20″ and put them between 8″ strips of a solid and then using fusible make a design in the strips, such as vines and flowers, or sailboats for a child’s quilt.The designs can be endless.

    —Shirley Gilmore on March 7, 2013
  • Big blocks that work up fast help in seeing a ‘completed project’ rather than one that sits is the sewing room for months!

    —gmc on March 7, 2013
  • I love precuts – fat quarters or jelly rolls! thanks!

    —lee on March 7, 2013
  • I love them all. They all have a time and a place to tempt me. Usually after a bigger more complicated project.

    —Linda Pyke on March 7, 2013
  • I like using precuts, so much so I try to always cut a 5″ strip which I then cut some 5″ squares from and then I cut 2-3 2.5″ strips from every piece of fabric I buy; these I put in my stash bins for making those quilts that go together quick but everyone thinks you’ve spent a ton of time on. This book looks AWESOME thank you for the chance to win!

    —Liz Carter on March 7, 2013
  • I think precuts are my favorite way of speeding up the quilting process. This is a fun book. I especially love square burst — never seen anything like it!

    —Pat V. on March 7, 2013
  • Strip cutting and chain piecing are my favorite way to speed up big quilt construction.

    —Judy Morrison on March 7, 2013
  • I like to make 1 large block and sew complimenting borders around it. Easy and fast, especially for a quick gift!

    —Judy D on March 7, 2013
  • I am new to quilting but have done a nine patch variation that came out awesome. I am very likely to finish a project when my 4 year old grand-daughter Ella says " make me something with this pretty pattern, Nana?
    Hard to resist her excitement plus she likes to sit on my lap and press the buttons for me as I sew. Works every time.

    —rita Olivieri on March 7, 2013
  • When I want to make a quick project (usually to get away from a really big project) I make placemats or a table runner. I have also used precuts to make a lap quilt, either a 1600 JR quilt or a charm patchwork that go together really quickly.

    —Bernie S on March 7, 2013
  • I like using bigger blocks – the whole quilt comes together quickly and is satisfying when you don’t have much time to invest. This book looks great!

    —Darcie on March 7, 2013
  • Strippy rows. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Sallie on March 7, 2013
  • I like playing with charm squares. I got started when I bought a big sack of fabric and sewing notions at a garage sale and found stacks of 5″ squares. It was a lot of fun laying them out and playing with color. It’s still fun, and fast!

    —Teckla on March 7, 2013
  • I love Fun,Fast,Fabulous and Big Blocks…Makes the time fly and gifts roll off the machine in no time..Thanks for the inspiration and joy you bring…..You bring joy to quilting…

    Sandra Beck on March 7, 2013
  • I love precuts as it’s hard to cut w/arthritic hands…thank God for all the options we now have. Can’t wait for the new Hexies from Moda. Big blocks make it easy from start to finish, can’t wait to try some of these out. Even if I don’t score one in the giveaway I might just have to buy one to use for the GS Project Fabric Art that I coordinate here in SW Texas, should be able to knock one out at a Mom & Me weekend or at least get close.

    Tracy Darr-Van Reet on March 7, 2013
  • I like strip quilting for a quick quilt. I’m still new at this, so the large blocks sound great to me!

    —Liz on March 7, 2013
  • Precuts are always a time saver and I love sewing with them. Thanks for the chance to win a great book.

    —Sandy K on March 7, 2013
  • Strip piecing definitely speeds things up. I also like simple blocks that can be made more interesting by varying the fabrics from one block to the next.

    —Lisa Marie on March 7, 2013
  • For a go-to I’ll use railfence or tumblers, or rectangles with mixed-width strips in them. I’m really drooling over that "Fascination" pattern!

    —Sally on March 7, 2013
  • I am really liking stitch and slash methods, sew together large blocks of material, cut them apart and have new and complicated looking blocks for mot much fuss and no bias seams.

    —Carol Jones on March 7, 2013
  • I love precuts, layer cakes make such a good sized snuggle quilt and a charm pack a wall hanging or cot quilt,

    pippa parsons on March 7, 2013
  • I like to have the quilt planned, then have my daughter make me a kit so all I have to do is read the pattern and sit down and sew.

    —Diane Wright on March 7, 2013
  • I’ve always felt that big is beautiful!

    —Thea on March 7, 2013
  • I use prquilted fabric for my backing and use strips and the quilt-as-you-go method to make really fast, finished quilts in an afternoon.

    —Bernadette on March 7, 2013
  • Pinwheels and 9 patch work well for making a fast quilt. I love the hinden basket pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Julie B on March 7, 2013
  • I like strip cutting best.. I think. Although I’ll try and do most anything with fabric these days. Thanks

    —MJ on March 7, 2013
  • I love showcasing my favorite fabrics in big block quilts. I love Spun Sugar Quilts and can’t wait to get her book!

    —Joni on March 7, 2013
  • Large strippy rows. Speed it up. Nice simple quilts. conn_and_vans_mom(at)yahoo(dot)com

    —Tammy on March 7, 2013
  • I’ve only done a few but I love the big blocks!

    —Diane CD on March 7, 2013
  • Large blocks and either sticking to square/rectangular pieces or string piecing are good for putting quilts together quickly.
    Also, My quilt guild is making a lot of charity quilts this year, and having a large group so each person only has to make a couple of blocks for each quilt is a great help too! ;D

    Meredith Miller on March 7, 2013
  • I love to use precuts, especially charm packs rolls to make fun scrappy quilts. I also love to chain piece, so I can watch my favorite TV show and get some quilting done at the same time.

    —Joanne on March 7, 2013
  • Those are great ideas. I also like to check my ruler supply and see if there is one that can make the job easier, like my old standby "easy angle". I also like to strip piece and then keep my iron low to my chair and easy to reach for quick pressing.

    —Kathy on March 7, 2013
  • I love to chain piece….really makes me feel like I’m making progress

    —Carol Vickers on March 7, 2013
  • I love the precuts to make things go faster. I sew the strips together, stack carefully and subcut with a shape cut ruler to make 4 patches. Super fast.

    —Brenda on March 7, 2013
  • I like strips because you can cut them wide or narrow and be ready to make blocks quickly. I also like squares cut large because they can be triangles or rectangles quickly. This book looks great for making quick but beautiful quilts. Thanks for the giveaway. K-

    —Kristy Wilkinson on March 7, 2013
  • I find that using precuts is a BIG time-saver.

    —Jeanann on March 7, 2013
  • love precuts! This looks like a great book. Thank you for the great giveaway.

    —Judy Bowes on March 7, 2013
  • Love precuts and stripy cuts, but am always up for something new!!

    —Linda Nelson on March 7, 2013
  • I haven’t made one yet, but I have a jelly-roll at the ready for a super-speedy 1600 Jelly Roll Quilt. I saw a tutorial on youtube and couldn’t get over how fun, fast and fantastic it was!

    —Kayt on March 7, 2013
  • Small project, big blocks! That’s what I do when I want a quick "finish fix" – strippy table runner, D9P or a project without too many seams to match. I often work on one or two of these quick projects while I’m plugging away at a bigger more complex quilt. Keeps the quilting fun!

    —Malinda on March 7, 2013
  • My favorite go-to idea for making quilts fast is precuts and big blocks. There are so many beautiful quilts, no time to do them all, so anything to help along the way is a winner in all ways.

    —Shirley on March 7, 2013
  • Precuts have been a livesaver for me..I am not the best cutter in the world…I am from the older generation where we used scissors to cut with and I am still getting used to the rotary cutter…the big blocks go together quickly and you have a very impressive quilt when you are finished.

    —Gail on March 7, 2013
  • I’ve always gone to precuts to make something fast, but I’m loving the idea of the large blocks – and all of these look wonderful!

    —Kathy O in GA on March 7, 2013
  • I haven’t done any fast pattern quilt work. I have fall for paper piecing and have been concentrating on that so far this year. Of course, I don’t have any patterns for any quick quilts so winning this book might get me started. Thank you for the chance to win.

    —Marjorie Nath on March 7, 2013
  • It depends on the design. I may use pre-cuts, or nickels or yardage. Sometimes I use guarters, it all depends on the patterns and design.

    —DeEtta Burney on March 7, 2013
  • this book would be great for learners my granddaughter aged 12 recently started patchwork finished her first piece the other day it looks great and large blocks would be a great learner for her.another budding sewer.i gave her my old sewing machine for her birthday and a sewing she has,nt stopped.

    —kim luttrell on March 7, 2013
  • It’s faster if you "quilt-by-check" – hire a long arm quilter to quilt it! I *love* the piecing, but not the quilting. She can do it faster and better than I can. While my quilt is at the machine quilter, I can use the time to piece my NEXT project!

    —Gina M on March 7, 2013
  • I like to make quick quilts for our guild’s community quilting effort by using 6″ squares, often forming a diagonal pattern (using color)across the quilt. I keep shoe boxes with 4″, 4 1/2″, 5″, 5 1/2″ and 6″ squares that I cut from fabric scraps, so it’s easy to delve into them and lay out a quilt quickly.
    thanks!

    —Linda E in AZ on March 7, 2013
  • Stack fabric squares of same size, slice & dice for preferred effect, shuffle/mix up diced fabrics, and then sew back together. Square up & the block is done.

    —Marlene on March 7, 2013
  • Hi!!! This book sounds wonderful!!!! I am new to quilting!!! I have tried precuts!!!

    carla bynum on March 7, 2013
  • I would have to say using large/larger blocks is the fastest, fun & fabulous way to make faster quilts…lol
    All though I did buy some Aboriginal fabric about 2mths ago that I have not cut yet, as I am not sure how to use one of the pieces. I will have to use it as a large block to get the whole design in it. I luv it but am not ready to cut into it yet.

    —Lis Martion on March 7, 2013
  • Since I am fairly new to quilt making and everything takes me so much longer than the patterns suggest ("finish in a day" will take me a week or more), my go-to when selecting a pattern or project is K.I.S,S…Keep It Simply, Silly!

    —Regina on March 7, 2013
  • Rearranged Nine Patch is my go-to pattern for a quick quilt. You can make the nine patch blocks as large as you like. Cut in half twice, turn the top right quarter to the right, the bottom left to the left, and sew them back together again. Always looks great!

    —Helen Durst on March 7, 2013
  • I love big blocks or strip piecing. Great ideas in this book!

    —Julie in GA on March 7, 2013
  • I revert back to the old tried and true blocks, always beautiful and interesting.

    —Patricia Hersl on March 7, 2013
  • Love this book, and the squares are great…thanks for chance at a great giveaway…

    Dianne Mitzel on March 7, 2013
  • For a long time 9 patch was my "fast quilt." I am starting to do more with charm packs & strips now.

    —Jeannine on March 7, 2013
  • I like to start with a large print I can fussy cut into a large block. Or sometimes I start with a preprinted panel and add large blocks for the border.

    —Judy Allen on March 7, 2013
  • i love big blocks makes the quilt go faster

    barbara woods on March 7, 2013
  • I am just teaching a friend how to quilt and these would be awesome patterns for her to start on!

    Notionnanny on March 7, 2013
  • I haven’t ventured into precuts yet as I’m one of those crazy people who likes to cut fabric. I do like larger blocks because I get impatient with smaller ones. I want to see to the end result sooner than later.

    —Cheryl Coats on March 7, 2013
  • I love using precuts… the faster I can start piecing the happier I am!

    Deb@asimplelifequilts on March 7, 2013
  • i go to precuts as it elimanates most of your cutting time.

    —vickster on March 7, 2013
  • When I’m in a real hurry, I love to use jelly rolls! I just love the "Square Burst" quilt and would love to make one!! 🙂

    —Dawn Hollingsworth on March 7, 2013
  • What great patterns! I use a die cutting system, as well as pre-cuts, to make my quilting faster and easier. For charity quilts, I like to use panels with simple sashing and/or borders.

    —Donna G. on March 7, 2013
  • I use large blocks and preprinted panels when I want to make a quilt quickly. Thanks for the chance to win Victoria’s book.

    —lindawwww on March 7, 2013
  • Precuts are the spice of my quilting life. I like large blocks and I use precuts such as jelly rolls to design borders of smaller block designs to float the large blocks on.

    —Connie Douty on March 7, 2013
  • Since I am a big time hand piecer and love applique any time I using the machine is "quick" for me. I would love some big block ideas.

    —Ellen Fayard on March 7, 2013
  • I love using precursor, but thes big locks look cool too!!

    —Shauna T on March 7, 2013
  • I haven’t yet found a really fast way to make a quilt; I’ve only really made one quilt and a whole bunch of rag quilts (which still aren’t that fast, except for the baby ones). I need all the help I can get with these wonderful patterns.

    —Judy S on March 7, 2013
  • I’m not a fast quilter, so I don’t really have a "go to" method for making quilts fast. I really like the eye candy from the book and would like to try bigger blocks. Thanks for the giveaway.

    —Susan on March 7, 2013
  • Id like to use big block patterns.

    —Sunnie on March 7, 2013
  • I like to have things all organized by my sewing machine and love chain piecing. I have collected some charm packs,jelly rolls. The precuts sure save on fabric. Thanks for the contest. Crossing my fingers.

    —Terry J. on March 7, 2013
  • I like to use fabrics from my stash to make a quilt in a hurry. The quilt is usually a scrappy quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

    —Renea on March 7, 2013
  • great patterns!!!!!!!!!! thanks!

    —may numme on March 7, 2013
  • I have never used precuts, but after all these comments, I may have to. I love big squares for a quick quilt. The material really makes the design when you use large squares. Fast, easy and no waste!

    Lorene S on March 7, 2013
  • Bigger blocks using large scale prints are definitely the way to go for a quick quilt. I doubt anyone has mentioned a "cheater panel" for another quick quilt especially for a child. Those always go quickly and you can personalize or add to the borders to make it your "own." For awhile I was into making the quilt in a pillow and that was fun and easy.

    —Rosemary on March 7, 2013
  • Crazy quilts are a fun solution to quick quilts for me. A great way to use lots of fabrics I love.

    —Beth T. on March 7, 2013
  • I like pre-cuts and usually get a charm pack and jelly roll that go together. So many ways/patterns to use them. I have an anal personality and usually have to finish a project, at least the piecing of the top, before I start another. I piece in Texas and quilt in Iowa where I share an APQS long arm quilting machine so I often have several tops waiting to be quilted when I travel to Iowa.

    —Marilyn Schrader on March 7, 2013
  • After my intial quilt is finished, I cut my remaining fabrics into different size squares: 2.5, 3.5, 4.5, and 6.5 inches. I predominately work with 2.5 inch unfinished HST or squares, and having them pre-cut or made allows me to zip-pop through in making a new scrappy quilt. At random, I sit and sew 3 to 5 squares together or make blocks of 16 squares, making sure no two of the same color are sewn together. I cut strips of any length and width to make "String Quilts" with and keep a good supply of muslin squares near my machine to use the strips or add to the current unfinished blocks. It might take my "extra time," in pre-cts, but in the long run, it saves time in making a quilt.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on March 7, 2013
  • I love big one block wonders which when put together give the illusion of a different block

    —Kylie Hall on March 7, 2013
  • Large blocks, easy blocks that look complicated but aren’t

    —Paule-Marie on March 7, 2013
  • We do a variety of styles of quilts for our Quilts of Valor we make for our Veterans. We do mostly scrap quilts, but some are done from yardage. What I have ssen from the big blocks book would make our job even faster and easier, yet still very effective. I would love to win it. If I don’t, maybe I’ll have to buy it!

    Barbara Winkler on March 7, 2013
  • The quilt guild that I belong to makes quilts for charity & for veterans in our local VA hospital. One idea I use frequently is to enlarge a traditional block to about 36″ square. THe Carpenter Star made in red/white/blue with a couple borders added makes a great quick lap quilt. And I’ve collected a huge stash of pre-cuts to make the sewing easy & fun.

    —Sharon Roberts on March 7, 2013
  • I like some version of a 9 patch or a strip quilt. I can’t wait to get this book and make a few of these quilts. I see the 30’s fabris coming out of the closet.

    —Chris on March 7, 2013
  • These are fun patterns! I find it is faster for me to do strips in piecing. This looks like a great book!

    —Shar F. on March 7, 2013
  • Strip piecing is what I like to do to make quilts fast, this way I can decide as I’m going how large I want to make the blocks. Love the block patterns in your book, if I can’t win it I will have to purchase it myself!

    —Wendy on March 8, 2013
  • I love big blocks,they go together fast and love bright cherry colors that seems to make a quilt pop. Her quilts look amazing! How fun to make one of them it would be.

    —Ann on March 8, 2013
  • Sewing wide or narrow strips together and crosscutting is my usual method for quickly organizing a quilt, but I have used pre-cuts, because the dye-lots from a single manufacturer match so perfectly. Sometimes, though, the quilt just speaks to me and tells me what it wants me to do.

    Gail G on March 8, 2013
  • I’m just getting back into quilting and I love the idea of large blocks and precuts.

    —Patty on March 8, 2013
  • Organization of strip cutting and then chain piecing speeds up my quilt process. Keep scraps organized also helps me produce more quilts in a timely fashion.

    Tresica Watts on March 8, 2013
  • I love chain piecing and strip piecing – anything that streamlines the process!

    karen on March 8, 2013
  • In the past I’ve enjoyed peicing intricate blocks, but I’m going through a season of embracing large blocks that work up more quickly. They make me feel successful!

    —Robbin Golden on March 8, 2013
  • I like to use large blocks in my quilts. Sometimes I prepare blocks from scraps and find them ready when I want to make a quilt

    —Marthese on March 8, 2013
  • Love quick and easy projects that look a little more complicated than they are! Thanks for the chance!

    Andee in Az on March 8, 2013
  • I am a huge fan of charm square packs … they’re cut perfectly, coordinated colors and patterns, high quality designer fabrics and I can whip them together quickly. This book looks like it is full of great ideas!

    —Jane Cisneros on March 8, 2013
  • Pre-cuts, strip piecing,and chain piecing are my go to ideas for a fast quilt. Another is the disappearing nine patch block. A disappearing nine looks more complicated and time consuming than it actually is. Always dazzles the quilt recipient.

    —Audrey on March 8, 2013
  • I love these modern large-block patterns. Can see me whipping up some cute quilts in less time this way!

    —claire on March 8, 2013
  • I go to precuts when I am in a hurry. One less step in the process. Love the quilts in this book.

    —Donna W on March 8, 2013
  • I love to make strippy blocks, mostly using scrap strips. My favorite is to make cockeyed log cabins using random width strips from my scrap boxes.

    —Darla Zimmer on March 8, 2013
  • A few weeks ago I finished Sampler Block Quilt 8…Since 2000 I have ended up making a sampler quilt every two years on average gathering a block from each project I do….Sampler block 8 is all 27 1/2 inch squares…and there are only 9 blocks…It was such a fun quilt to do…that I’m going to do another with that size blocks….Large blocks can be quite eye catching….and my husband loves it too. Have a great day.

    —Darlene Krystal on March 8, 2013
  • I’m such a beginner that I don’t have a "go-to" yet – but hopefully one day I will have tons of "go-to" options to pull out of my hat!

    —Shannon C. on March 8, 2013
  • Large blocks and sashing seem to go the fastest. I love to share this book with my group at our church where we sew mission quilts!

    —Donna on March 8, 2013
  • Big blocks are a go-to. Fast and actually more versatile than you might think.

    —Sandy on March 8, 2013
  • Give me layer cakes or charm packs anytime!!!! Yhanks for your post.

    —Nancy on March 8, 2013
  • Using precuts is definitely my favorite way to make quick quilts. The fabrics are already coordinated, so all I have to do is arrange them in a pleasing pattern, and go!

    —Crazy Cuban on March 8, 2013
  • I would like to try a big block quilt. I get bored with repetition when there are SO many to do!

    —Cindy S on March 8, 2013
  • Big blocks made with precuts is my favorite way to make a fast quilt. This book looks wonderful and I really hope I win, thanks for the chance.

    —susan on March 8, 2013
  • I like to chain piece. I like the big block to be no more than 12″ so it will easily quilt on my HQ-16 without a lot of rolling the rods.

    —Linda Christianson on March 8, 2013
  • I have used all three solutions to make a fast quilt. It all depends on size of quilt OI wish to make and materials that I have on hand at the time.

    —Darrell Hardenburg on March 8, 2013
  • As a newbie quilter the large blocks are my favorite. There are some beautiful fabrics that are being designed these past 3-4 years and they should be showcased in larger blocks. I would certainly be thrilled to have this book. Thank you

    —Judy Blinkenberg on March 8, 2013
  • blocks made with precuts are my quick go to. or i use precuts from my scraps so my fabric does double duty and gets used up. This book is interesting would love to win. Thank you for the chance to win. Happy quilting to one and all.

    —Sharon Meyer on March 8, 2013
  • Blocks I love picking out and cutting the fabric up and constructing the new block/item Thanks Becky

    —becky derry on March 8, 2013
  • Definitely blocks to me nothing beats a whole piece of fabric precuts are fun but prefer "whole" pieces Thank-you for the give away chance.

    —gil d. on March 8, 2013
  • I’m a newbie quilter so I don’t have a favorite go to yet. I love the Fun, Fast & Fabulous designs in Victoria’s book!

    —Rhonda on March 8, 2013
  • I love to do large blocks, not as boring and definitely quickly done. Fast and easy are the type of quilt patterns I gravitate to.

    Nancy B from Virginia Beach, VA

    —nancy buckley on March 8, 2013
  • Pre-cuts are truly the easiest way for me to do somthing fast!

    Thanks for the chance to win this book – looks to be full of great ideas.

    quiltzyx/sue on March 9, 2013
  • I love big block quilts for gifts. If in a bind and cannot think of something, I will usually go to a layer cake or charms pack. Instant gratification.

    Cindy L on March 9, 2013
  • Love the quilt designs and they do look fast. I like some pre cuts but I’m more comfortable with fat quarters or larger. Also like the freedom of getting enough yardage if there is a problem and I have to do over, lol.

    —pat on March 9, 2013
  • I just started my first Big Block quilt and got fabric ready to start another one. I have always made 7 or 8 inch blocks. WOW what a difference! I love the BIG BLOCKS , boy are they quick.
    Chris

    —Chris Ash on March 9, 2013
  • Looks like fun, fast, and fabulous!!

    —Sheryl Colle on March 9, 2013
  • Would love to win a book. Looks like so much fun!

    —Victoria on March 9, 2013
  • Since scrap quilts are a favorite of mine; a few years ago I began to "tame" my ever growing scrap totes into precut squares varying from one and half inch up to 6 inch squares. When I get an idea or just want to sew I reach in and start sewing together blocks. It usually always results in a wonderful finished quilt! Thanks for the chance to win this great book! I know I will have a great time with it!

    Brenda Ackerman on March 9, 2013
  • I like strip piecing, seldom use precuts. I like the process of measuring and cutting. I had previously thought of big blocks as just short cuts. But I see now that they actually include a lot of creativity. I look forward to making a big block quilt.

    —Pearl on March 9, 2013
  • Big blocks are the best way to finish a quilt quickly! 🙂

    Darling Jill Quilts on March 9, 2013
  • As a new quilter I don’t yet have any go-to ideas for making quilts quickly. I have only made one small wall hanging and that took me several days. I like the ideas of using pre-cuts and would like to do a jelly roll race quilt. The patterns in this lovely book are absolutely gorgeous and I would love to make several of them! Big blocks are great for beginners. Thank you!

    —Angelia L. on March 9, 2013
  • Stripes are my fastest way to quilt and are also man-pleasers.

    Terry SailingKnitter on March 9, 2013
  • Love the strippy quilts, but half square triangles are great too.

    —cindy white on March 9, 2013
  • My go to block for a fast quilt is the 3D Bowtie block. I use 5 1/2″ squares to make it and the finished block is 10″. I can arrange this block into circles, diagonals or the barnraising pattern to get a good looking fast quilt. Each block takes less than 15 minutes and it only takes 48 blocks to make a 60″ X 80″ quilt. It looks great done scrappy too. I’d love to try some new patterns though.

    —Barbara on March 9, 2013
  • Strip piecing is how I usually make a quick quilt. I love the ideas in this book.

    —Janice M on March 10, 2013
  • Sometimes I’ve used just strips to make a quick quilt, but I actually like the combination of precuts and strips to give me more design possibilities. May take a little more time, but the rewards are good for me! Victoria has some great ideas in her new book. Thanks for the offer.

    —Marie C on March 10, 2013
  • I have never made a big block quilt, but they look great. The last quick quilt I made was precuts from Charms in the middle with jelly roll strips outside – log cabinish- and then cut into wonky blocks.

    —Debby on March 10, 2013
  • It’s always nice to have a quick quilt pattern to fall back on when you need something in a hurry..I especially like strips..

    Sandy (aka Stitches) on March 10, 2013
  • It’s nice to have instant gratification sewing and precuts certainly lend themselves to that.

    Mary on March 10, 2013
  • Large blocks are always fun! There are some great fabrics out there that would be perfect for this book!

    —Pat on March 11, 2013
  • My fast quilts are usually made from 9-patches alternating with a setting block. I usually Use a larger prints for the setting blocks.

    —Nancy on March 11, 2013
  • I prefer to make big blocks, but have a hard time with the math of increasing the measurements to get them right…lol

    —cheryl cole on March 11, 2013
  • Setting blocks on the diagonal makes fewer blocks go further when you alternate them with plain blocks. That’s the only go-to plan I have to make quilts quicker.

    —Barb Johnson on March 11, 2013
  • Hi! I alternate a half-triangle or easy block with a machine appliqued block – my easiest go to for donation quilts. Great for childrens appliques and bright cottons.

    —jane on March 11, 2013
  • Big blocks are a great idea. I can’t wait to try them!! Thanks for a chance to win this book.

    TX JennyWren on March 11, 2013
  • I like to fussy cut fabric blocks and I use either sashing or attic windows to feature the design.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on March 11, 2013
  • Jelly rolls and charm packs are my two fav ways to start a quick quilt. I have not tried giant quilt blocks before but would LOVE to learn how. Thanks for a chance to win the book.

    TX JennyWren on March 11, 2013
  • My Mother was a very frugal quilter. She came to live with me before her death. When she saw my stash she said "Oh Rocky, you will never use all of your fabric up before you die." I must prove her wrong. Thanks for a chance your big block idea is wonderful. Thanks

    —Roxanna on March 13, 2013
  • i love the big blocks! can’t wait to try some of these out!

    —tami on March 13, 2013
  • So far, I’ve not finished anything fast,so the big blocks would be fun to try and the Spin Patch would be a big challenge because that much solid scares me–guess it’s time to start a project. Like the book and ideas, always thanks for pictures.
    Cheers

    —Carol on March 13, 2013
  • Hi. I might be too late for the give away, but want to say that I really love the idea of big block quilts. After finishing my first quilt,which was rather complicated,I am needing a break. I think big blocks are the answer for me. But my daughter loved her new quilt,even with mistakes:) After all, it was made with the best ingredient ever…love:).

    —Sharon Black on March 14, 2013

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