Free quilt pattern: a quick beauty for beginners (and for THAT fabric)

WeekendIt’s the weekend!!!

So, whatcha doing this weekend? Got any plans yet?

Well guess what: we just reserved a spot for you, and it’s the best seat in the house. It’s at your sewing machine!

Download this free quilt pattern by Sara Diepersloot, called Nest, and then head to your fabric stash pronto. Let’s get this weekend sewing show on the road.


Simply sign in or register at our website to download the Nest free quilt pattern.

Another weekend idea: why not share today’s freebie with a friend? You know, that friend who always admires your quilts but swears she wouldn’t know a bobbin from a wagon wheel? We all know someone like her—a little anxious about diving into the wonderful world we call quilting. Print a copy of the Nest free quilt pattern and deliver it to her in person, along with a few fun cuts from your stash to get her started.

(Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the nearest pastry shop on your way to pick up a few goodies, and maybe some fancy coffee drinks. She’d like that. Are the pumpkin-flavored goodies and drinks out yet? 🎃)

And then, when you give her the pattern, stash fabrics, and pastries, tell her it’s all just a little gift. From quilter to quilter.

Nest-free-quilt-patternSpeaking of stashes . . . even experienced quilters can whip up this fun quilt in an afternoon with that fabric. You know the one—carefully folded and occasionally fondled—the one that’s so lovely you haven’t cut into it yet? Yes, that fabric. The big pieces in this pretty pattern will give that fabric plenty of room to shine.

One more idea: Head to our Facebook page and share our post about the Nest free quilt pattern with all your Facebook friends. Show them what you’ll be making this weekend. Who knows? You may discover that you have more quilty friends than you thought.

Want more fast and fun quilt ideas? Check out Sara Diepersloot’s two popular books on the subject:

Fast and Fun First Quilts Simple Style

All of Sara’s crazy-cute quilts are perfect for:

• weekend start-to-finish sewing fun
• teaching a new quilter the basics
• quick gifts: think housewarmings, baby showers, birthdays, and holidays
• charity quilts
• you—because you love to sew!

Know a beginner—or are you a beginner yourself? Tell us in the comments!





15 Comments (leave a comment)

  • What a lovely idea! And the net result is we have someone new that enjoys our craft as much as we, and can join us in the fun!

    —Snoodles on September 30, 2016
  • Thank you so much for the free patterns. I live in Baton Rouge & lost my quilting books in the flood. My favorites were my Martingale books which I’ve been collecting since I began quilting (about 15 years). I love & miss my Martingale books, even more than the fabric I lost. Downloaded the free pattern right after I received it & plan on making it with the fabric scraps I managed to cut from partially ruined salvaged fabric. I’ve planned to make a "flood quilt" from my saved scraps. Now I have a great pattern thanks to Martingale. I’ll send you a pic when the quilt is finished. Thank you so much for helping me start a new pattern collection!!!😊

    You are very welcome, Carolyn – we would LOVE to see your flood quilt when it’s completed. Hugs from all of us at Martingale, and happy quilting. — Jenny

    —Carolyn on September 30, 2016
  • I just started a new Bible study at church and mentioned that I quilt. The lady next to me said she has always wanted to learn, in fact, has a sewing machine she has never used! So, I am excited to get started on teaching her about this great hobby we all love.

    That is so wonderful, Elizabeth – I hope you two have fun! –Jenny

    —Elizabeth Larson on September 30, 2016
  • I am a beginner at quilting though I have been sewing for a very long time. I have mostly sewn clothes, curtains or pillows for myself and family. I want to make a quilt but want that is simple and easy to sew.

    —Donna Rothacher on September 30, 2016
  • I am a beginner and love these patterns

    Judy Tournillon on September 30, 2016
  • Just returned from a quilting retreat. The kitchen helper was so impressed with our Show and Tell that she showed up at our group on Tuesday with a notebook so she could ask us questions and get some ideas of what she would need to start sewing. One of our gals loaned her a machine and lessons on how to run it, one gave her a getting started booklet and I gave her some fabric squares to practice with. We are all anxious to she how she does. Is expecting her 1st baby and would like to make it a quilt from Mommy. I’ve been quilting for about 30 years off and on.

    How exciting, and there’s no better first quilt to make than a baby quilt! We wish her luck–thanks for sharing your story, Vickie! –Jenny

    —Vickie Keith on September 30, 2016
  • I am not a beginner,but I still love the books. You don’t have to be a beginner to appreciate a great book brimming with ideas,both new and used. This book is a wonderful gift idea and a chance to welcome someone new to a wonderful group. Maybe now is a great time to bring my niece into the fold. Great ideas.

    —Holly on September 30, 2016
  • My BFF and I are beginners. She does table toppers, and I do paper piecing.

    —Lynne on September 30, 2016
  • I am a new quilter started in Jan this year and loving it and still learning lots

    —Connie Barber on September 30, 2016
  • I’m not a beginner, but I am helping some who are. One just won a Grand Championship for her quilt, and another won a first place, both at the county fair. Congrats to them, I really hope it’s the first of many.

    —stephane woodward on September 30, 2016
  • This looks like it could be a busy weekend in my house. I have lots of
    stash fabric around so will put it to good use.
    We just had twins in the family so guess where these are off to.

    Marion on September 30, 2016
  • i would love to have the new pattern, I have been quilting since I have retired, I love fabric and would buy some with no idea what to make. Promised myself to get all those lovelies into shape.

    Althea Klosterman on September 30, 2016
  • I am a beginner in "quality" but not in "time". I’ve been quilting for quite a while, but because my quilting time is in small bits-and-pieces, I never quite get to the ‘advanced’ stage! I definitely understand the part about not wanting to cut up a certain fabric as it would lose it’s appeal. Some prints just need to be left LARGE!

    —JanG on October 1, 2016
  • I am a beginner though I have completed some simple projects.

    —Linda Garner on October 1, 2016
  • Definitely not a beginner, but I have encouraged my sister-in-law to make a quilt for her first grandson. Gifted her with all the tools and fabrics necessary to do it. She managed quite well! Also have a friend who wants to quilt but needs a push. Maybe someday soon we’ll get together to get her started.

    —Linda Towers on October 3, 2016

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