Free patchwork download from Kim Diehl

Buttercream Twist free quilt pattern--detail
Detail of “Buttercream Twist” (free quilt pattern download below)

Homestyle QuiltsWhen Kim Diehl and Laurie Baker combined their talents to write Homestyle Quilts, their goal was simple…literally. They aimed to present you with simple patterns (13 + 2 bonus projects), simple techniques (like Kim’s invisible machine appliqué), and simple recipes to fix and forget (to leave more time to quilt, of course).

Flash forward six months since the book’s release. Kim and Laurie’s “simple” ideas have become favorites for today’s busy quilters. Homestyle Quilts has planted itself at the top of our bestseller list with no signs of stepping down. It looks like quick country-style quilts and quick down-home dinners are a perfect combination—just like Kim and Laurie!

But here’s the tricky thing about creating quilt books: you only have so much room. In the case of Homestyle Quilts, there were many beautiful quilts, and only 96 pages to pack them into. Sadly, one quilt had to be removed from the collection (can you imagine trying to make a decision about which quilt should go?) But there’s a silver lining. Today, the gorgeous quilt that couldn’t be a part of the book is making its debut—as a free quilt pattern download for you!

Buttercream Twist quilt by Kim Diehl
“Buttercream Twist” by Kim Diehl

These checkerboard blocks are entirely strip pieced, twisting and turning basket-weave style. Sign in or register at our site to download the free quilt pattern right now.

Buttercream Twist free quilt pattern by Kim Diehl
Finished quilt size: 60½" x 60½"
Finished block size: 10″ x 10″

BONUS! Use the scraps left over from “Buttercream Twist” to create this pretty table topper:

Free table topper pattern from Kim Diehl

It’s one of those make-in-a-day designs that’s great for quick gifts and decorating. Directions for making the topper are included in the free pattern as well! Download both patterns now.

Haven’t had the opportunity to browse the projects in Homestyle Quilts? Get a peek at the beautiful quilts from Laurie and Kim below.

Easy Peasy and Bygone Baskets quilts
“Easy Peasy” and “Bygone Baskets”

Roundabout Crisscross and Blackbirds and Berries quilts
“Roundabout Crisscross” and “Blackbirds and Berries”

Four Patch Potpourri and Plain Jane quilts
“Four Patch Potpourri” and “Plain Jane”

Farmhouse Furrows and Mini Nine Patch quilts
“Farmhouse Furrows” and “Mini Nine Patch”

Prairie Star Posies and Penny Pincher quilts
“Prairie Star Posies” and “Penny Pincher”

Crossing Paths and Garden Ambrosia quilts
“Crossing Paths” and “Garden Ambrosia”

Cozy Home Lane and Paint the Sky quilts
“Cozy Home Lane” and “Paint the Sky”

As for the recipes in Homestyle Quilts, most are for hearty dinner fare. But because today’s free quilt pattern offer is so sweet, dessert seems like the perfect pairing. Here’s Kim’s recipe for Rhubarb Blueberry Crisp. Enjoy!

Rhubarb Blueberry Crisp recipe

Download the “Buttercream Twist” pattern now; then purchase your own copy of Homestyle Quilts and get all 15 patterns and 13 recipes instantly via eBook. (When you buy the book, you get to download the eBook version for free right away. Cool, huh?)

Who would you make Buttercream Twist for? Share your whos and whys in the comments!

21 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I will be making Buttercream Twist for myself. It looks vintage, yet has a modern twist for my kind of quilt. Martingdale, I depend on you for quality. I would like to own and use Homestyle Quilts.

    —Connie Douty on May 30, 2013
  • This could be a quilt for any one of my "waiting list" folks–you know, if you quilt, people expect one of their own–I’m quite a ways behind. Thanks for the freebie-love the freebies as well as details and pictures of other projects.

    —Carol on May 30, 2013
  • I already have the book and it is great as usual!

    —debi schrader on May 30, 2013
  • Just started a quilt from Simple Traditions by Kim Diehl. A lot of applique and will not go fast. Buttercream Twist would be a great last minute gift and could be pieced in a day or two. Love the folkart look of Kim’s projects and would appreciate the opportunity of winning her newest book. Tks

    —Darlene on May 30, 2013
  • Kim is my favorite!! Thank you for the pattern.

    —Ina Smith on May 30, 2013
  • I would like to make a quilt for my husband out of his worn work shirts. I think this pattern might work! I am a beginner quilter and love your sight and tutorials.

    —Joanne Esper on May 30, 2013
  • I love this. I want to make it for myself!

    —Cathy Martin on May 30, 2013
  • I lead a stitching group who turn the scraps from our local Quilters Guild into quilts for people in need in our community and this delightful book has given me so many (or should I say ‘sew many’) ideas for both the community quilts and for myself. Its a pleasure to own. – Ronnie, New Zealand

    —ronnie on May 30, 2013
  • Oh wow I just love the colors!! I would make it for my daughter who is about to turn 40 because these are her colors. Thank you for featuring this beautiful book.

    Carolyn on May 31, 2013
  • I will probably adapt the design to a lap sized quilt to donate to my Quilts That Care group, who gift cancer victims with quilts all over the state of Connecticut.

    It would be wonderful to win the book to add to our group’s library.

    Judith on May 31, 2013
  • I love it! This is special for beginners is elementary and very colorful way to make patchwork! ;D

    —Chapel on June 1, 2013
  • I would like to make one of these for myself. ALso the more I look at it, the more I think it would be a good pattern for our community based quilt group (in existence since 1941) to do for our next hand-quilted quilt. We make at least one a year to raffle off, the proceeds going right back into making donation quilts; and yes we do hand quilt on a hanging quilt frame and in the fall we demonstrate this process at a local craft festival. We try to make mostly traditional quilts but simpler ones that we can finish in less than a year. We’ve found that the more tradtional quilts seem to be the most popular here the southeast.

    —Cecilia Desilets on June 2, 2013
  • Belíssimos !!!!!!!!!!! (Translation: Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!)

    Con Cristo on June 2, 2013
  • I’m thinking that I would donate it to the American Cancer Society. Just went to a meeting tonight, and they had some items made by our local crochet club to be given out to survivors. I thought… well, I need to make a quilt that can be donated next year. So, I just got home from this meeting, and here was your offer.
    Thank you

    —Suz C. on June 2, 2013
  • Buttercream Twist would be a great quilt for my son and son inlaw, They have a brown/cream theme,and want something more masculine.

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on June 3, 2013
  • Who I would make this quilt for is a good question. I think it would be a nice cozy, warm quilt for a fall day to curl up by the fire with a good book, a piece of yummy crisp, and a hot cup of tea. So I guess this one would be for me. After all, we rarely keep one for ourselves.

    —Cindy R. on June 3, 2013
  • Love Kim’s patterns.

    —Anita Ezzell on September 11, 2014
  • I’m going to make this quilt for my Granddaughter, I make her a quilt at Christmas each year

    —Janice on September 11, 2014
  • Like the patterns and colors. Some modern ones are "too" white for me.

    —Virginia Houck on September 12, 2014
  • love quilt patterns from Martingale

    Donna Wingenroth on March 4, 2015
  • I have almost all of Kim’s books and got my KD Freezer Paper today. I have made several of her patterns and love them! She is THE most imaginative designer out there. "prairie Star Posies" was my first Kim Diehl quilt to make and it will always be my favorite–so much fun to sew.

    —Margie on September 8, 2017

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