Easy quilts to sew in a weekend

Easy Weekend Quiltsv

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.

Easy Weekend QuiltsThinking 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!

Simple patchwork quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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.”

Colorful fat quarter quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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.”

Pink fat quarter quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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!”

Blue Jack quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

Making the blue and green "Jack" version couldn’t be easier. Simply substitute blue fat quarters for pink!

Quick Layer Cake quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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.”

Easy Jelly Roll quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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.

Modern fat quarter quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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.”

Simple patchwork quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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.”

Geometric quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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?”

Fast fat quarter quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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.”

Batik quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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.”

Super quick patchwork quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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.”

Quick row quilt from Easy Weekend Quilts

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!


  • Looks some patterns I would enjoy using.

    —Ginny Houck on December 19, 2013
  • Last weekend! Working on my FMQ and trying to get through some PIG’s and WIP’s!

    —Melanie Varela on December 19, 2013
  • I rarely have a whole weekend but it sounds good. I really like a few of these patterns.

    —Chris on December 19, 2013
  • Twice a year I help arrange a retreat for our local guild. We have a weekend away with sewing, sewing, (maybe a glass of wine), eating, laughing, sewing sewing (more wine) and more laughing. It’s a no husbands, no kids, no chores weekend. Just the hum of sewing machines, sharing of ideas, oohing and aahing over people’s projects and fabric choices and lots of girly fellowship. Love it!!

    —Sandra on December 19, 2013
  • It’s been so long, I don’t remember! It has to have been before getting ready for all the holidays we have had this year. That has to have been the end of the summer? Oh gosh, way to long ago!

    —Peggy on December 19, 2013
  • Yes, a whole weekend would be nice to have for sewing/quilting but my husband seems to like to have three meals a day so I guess it’s not going to happen ever. Oh and I tend to need food also!

    —Karen L. on December 19, 2013
  • A whole weekend? The only time I have gotten that was at a sewing retreat. (And then I was working on clothing.) But some of the ladies were working on quilts for the rest of us to envy.

    —Lynne on December 19, 2013
  • A whole weekend to quilt sounds wonderful – the Confectionery quilt looks good to me!


    Pauline Perry on December 19, 2013
  • Woo Hoo!! I’m on vacation and have 2 weeks of sewing bliss ahead of me!

    —Mary on December 19, 2013
  • I can’t remember the last time I had a full weekend for quilting, but, if I had this book, I’d make sure to clear my to-do list ASAP!

    —Lori on December 19, 2013
  • Actually, sewing together a quilt top and preparing it for the actual quilting in a weekend was what won me over to quilting!! A quilting friend taught me how to piece together an entire quilt one weekend and I was hooked!! How exciting to produce an almost finished piece as a gift to my daughter and have it happen so quickly. I used pink and purple batiks with Terry Atkinson’s pattern that looks like a rail fence (is it Yellow Brick Road?) Went together so quickly and absolutely loved it. My daughter uses it all the time. How rewarding!

    —P Wall on December 19, 2013
  • With the holidays approaching, it ‘s been a little difficult to get some sewing in on weekends. I do like to sew on Saturday mornings when our local PBS affiliate airs quilting programs–it’s like quilting with friends!

    Karen in Breezy Point on December 19, 2013
  • HA! A weekend… a whole weekend??? and what planet do you live on????!!!!

    —diane on December 19, 2013
  • I have been working on getting some tops quilted but I keep starting new projects for different challenges.
    Last weekend I did work on kennel quilts – got about 20 of them made to mail off to animal shelters.

    —connie on December 19, 2013
  • I go on two quilting retreats each year and love to come home with completed quilt tops. The last quilting weekend retreat was in October where I finished a baby quilt. Usually I cut "kits" to take on retreat but I didn’t have enough of the right fabrics in my stash. There were vendors at the retreat so I bought the remaining fabrics, cut and sewed it. I would love to have some more fun weekend patterns to choose from, these look great!

    —Susan C on December 19, 2013
  • I didn’t have a whole weekend but I did have several hours last weekend to work on Christmas gifts…wall hangings ,microwave pot holders and potato bakers, and aprons.

    —Joan H. on December 19, 2013
  • The last time I had a weekend to sew, my friend and I purchased the same quilt kit, a Christmas kit, made from charm squares, and sewed each one together over a weekend of laughter and fun. At the end of the weekend, we had 2 completed tops which I quilted both on my longarm.

    —Fran Claassens on December 19, 2013
  • I am almost always working on a quilt when I have time on a weekend. The latest quilt I worked on is handquilting a quilt from my husband’s great grandmother. I did see a few patterns that I would like to make.

    —Kemper on December 19, 2013
  • This weekend, starting today. Have to finish a quilt for my Grandson for Christmas.

    —Janet T on December 19, 2013
  • Knotted Squares is absolutely gorgeous! Frankly all of these are so pretty. And a FAST quilt top is always a good thing. Last time I had a whole weekend to quilt was about a month ago. I was focusing on holiday projects at the time. Luckily I got them all done between then and now. Happy Holidays! Kathy Aho in MN

    —Kathy Aho in Minnesota on December 19, 2013
  • I don’t remember the last time I had an entire weekend to devote to sewing. If I remember correctly, the last time I had a large slate of time, I was working on doll clothes and some paper piecing.

    —Susan on December 19, 2013
  • The last weekend I could devote to sewing, I made four tote bags. I think I’m a slow sewer, not sure I could make an entire quilt in a weekend, but I am willing to try out any of those pretty patterns.

    —Vicki H on December 19, 2013
  • Usually if I have a whole weekend available someone finds out and interrupts my plans. I think I should tell everyone I’m leaving for the weekend and will have no cell service and then just hide out sewing.

    —Sandy K on December 19, 2013
  • Weekends are for family, but since I am enjoying a forced early retirement I have plenty of time during the week to quilt.

    —Elizabeth P. on December 19, 2013
  • I love Fran Claassens’s comment about getting together with a friend for a weekend of quilting. Sounds like great fun.

    —Elizabeth P. on December 19, 2013
  • My kids are grown and the nice judge gave me a reprieve on my marriage vows so I get to quilt any weekend I want.
    WooHoo!! 😀

    —Kayt Deans on December 19, 2013
  • working on a penny patch quilt

    —Lynda on December 19, 2013
  • The last time I spent a weekend quilting, I made a Quilt of Valor.
    Great looking easy patterns in this book!

    Julie in GA on December 19, 2013
  • It was way to long ago! I made table runners for last year’s Christmas presents.

    —Cindy Weeks on December 19, 2013
  • The last time I had a weekend to spend quilting was back in june , I made a baby quilt for my nieces shower. it came out so cute.

    —Dot on December 19, 2013
  • I have never set a weekend for that, but I m going to real soon, my girls and I want to so bad!

    —Sunnie on December 19, 2013
  • Love the patchwork quilt and it would be great to do in a weekend there is never enough time form quilting.that’s why I love going to retreats

    —D ebbie cashmore on December 19, 2013
  • Probably a few years ago– daughter’s birthday, made her a horse-themed quilt, with batiks and horse prints and some leftovers from other quilts. It’s now at other daughter’s, for my grandson.

    —Carol on December 19, 2013
  • A whole weekend??? Never. But sometimes a whole Sunday. I’ve made a baby quilt in one day.

    —Judy Allen on December 19, 2013
  • went to a summer quilting camp for 4 days and it was heavenly

    —Sharon Ingalls on December 19, 2013
  • I just finished my night before Christmas quilt! I need a new book ready for a new quilt to start!

    —Laura brown on December 19, 2013
  • A whole weekend to sew is hard to come by, but with projects piling up, I recently made an effort over two days to finish a bolster pillow, 3 window valances, and worked on borders for one quilt that’s all pieced and then cut out pieces for the next project. It sure felt good to make that kind of progress ! Thank goodness for the easy quilting projects in this book- I actually think I could get one completed quickly !

    —Jean B on December 19, 2013
  • I can see at least 2 quilt designs to use to feature some fabrics l have to make my grand daughter a Paris quilt, a place she wants to travel to when she is older

    —Margaret Lee on December 20, 2013
  • I usually am busy with family during the weekend, so i quilt when everyone’s at work/school. Last work was a cushion, a few days ago

    —lilith on December 20, 2013
  • Love to be finished in a weekend. Hopefully this weekend will be a full weekend of quilting to do a pieced back for my daughter’s quilt.

    —DebV on December 20, 2013
  • I just finished last weekend a log cabin quilt for my husband. It was a breeze, once I cut each piece the correctly to start.

    —Linda Christianson on December 20, 2013
  • Last week-end I devoted to working on a quilt for my daughter-in-law, which I will give her for Christmas. I just have to bind it.

    —Debby Thompson on December 20, 2013
  • I rarely get a full weekend for quilting, as I usually try to get in a few minutes here and there but a couple of weekends ago, I did take the time to make a daisy quilt. The kit had waited long enough to be finished! These are beautiful designs – simple without being boring.

    Shasta Matova on December 20, 2013
  • The last time I had a weekend to quilt was January of 2012. I pieced a snowflake quilt. Still need to get it quilted. My quilting comes in fits and starts, and whenever I can get to the machine. But I see a weekend in January of 2014 that has me home alone. And it is the week after our local quilt show. Must be a sign.

    —Denise on December 20, 2013
  • I am hoping the weekend after Christmas this year. My quilt group is starting it off on Friday with a sew day at a local quilt shop. I have a quilt to get done for a March wedding and if I play my cards right I should be able to have it done over the weekend, especially if it snows on Sat & Sun. I will then for sure stay home and sew and watch old movies. Then it is on the other project that must be done by March – a t-shirt quilt made for a retired Navy captain from t-shirts he took 32 years to collect.

    —Mary Jordan on December 20, 2013
  • Nov 15-17, 2013 – our quilt group gets together every November and we have a quilt retreat out of town. We show up Friday morning and leave late Sunday afternoon and all we do is quilting quilting and more quilting. We don’t have to cook or clean up after ourselves we just have to show up when its meal time! Some of us even challenge each other to see who can stay up the latest… so far its been 4 am for a group of 4 of us and even then we had to call a truce so there was no winner. We figured breakfast is served at 8 am so we should get a little bit of sleep!

    Lots of ladies work on UFOs and some ladies start with new projects not even started. I myself made quick tablerunners for a fundraiser. Lots of fun was had by all!

    —Nancy on December 20, 2013
  • I went to a retreat for 4 days in Nov. and that was great (and they fed us!), got a few tops ready, but carried many more projects than I could start/finish. I like the book; I have lots of fat qtrs and want to use them up–I know I can do a simple block pattern but I want just a little extra and all of these quilts have that little something extra. Cheers.

    —Carol on December 20, 2013
  • 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 bed runner to finish with a border and then quilt. Just sewing for the whole week!!!

    —Christina Wilson on December 20, 2013
  • I worked on a T-shirt memory quilt for one of my grandsons for a whole week-end just last week-end, but alas haven’t quite finished yet. This is my last week-end to get it finished, so this will be my SECOND week-end of quilting.

    —CindyM on December 20, 2013
  • I dream of a whole weekend for quilting…sigh…oh to dream.
    Maybe that can be my New Year’s resolution for myself =)
    I’m currently working on an embroidered and quilted cushion for a gift.

    —Janet on December 20, 2013
  • I worked about a month ago, and I created a modieified disappearing nine patch for the Missouri Star Iron Quilter challenge. Although I did not win, I enjoyed xreating the quilt and was pleased with the outcome!

    —Sue C on December 20, 2013
  • My last weekend of quilting, I worked on a Ladybug quilt from the 2014 Patchwork Place calendar for our Guild’s Past President. A woman, who not only do I greatly admired, but I call her friend, as well. It was shown to her at our December meeting and she loved it.

    Merry Christmas everyone; Happy Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on December 20, 2013
  • Just the thought of a wide-open weekend seems like bliss. And then throw in the opportunity to "quilt as desired" and it almost becomes too much to even imagine! As you can tell…it’s been a long time. Maybe this book would be the boost to be selfish for just one weekend. Well…one weekend at a time anyway!

    —Pearl on December 20, 2013
  • My last free "weekend" was last New Years day. Did the Planet Patchwork-Merry Mayham Mystery quilt. I have tried to do the mystery every year and really enjoy the challenge of not knowing exactly what the quilt will look like till it is finished. Most are made from my stash and they finish up lap size. To date I have not quilted any of them BUT that will come. Already have started gathering the materials for this years quilt!

    —ShirleyMarvin on December 21, 2013
  • I made a stitch & flip quilt as you go table topper for our quilt boutique. I love making scrap projects.

    —Sheilah on December 21, 2013
  • I just finished a baby quilt for a first time mom. While I think quilting is not done as much it is very much appreciate by those who do not do it. It is also a great way to introduce to the next generation a great art.

    —Debbie clay on December 23, 2013
  • The last time I had a whole weekend to devote to quilting was so long ago I can hardly remember it. I do know I was making a table runner. Would love a copy of Easy Weekend Quilts, even if it took me a month to finish one!

    —Nancy on December 26, 2013
  • A whole week-end to quilt hmm…made a top of a throw for my bed. Time to reset my schedule and get it done! Thanks for the chance for a copy of a book of easy quilts, that’s my style!

    —Judy on December 26, 2013
  • The first weekend in December I worked on a Valentine baby quilt. At least the top is done.

    —Rosalind Gutierrez on December 28, 2013
  • The last time that I had a whole weekend or even two consecutive days to sew was in 1976.

    —Mary on December 28, 2013

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