Free Quilt Tutorial Round Up

As I was making my Cake Pops quilt, I got to thinking that there really are a lot of awesome, free quilt tutorials on lots of different blogs. I thought it would be fun, and hopefully useful to you, if I did a round-up of free quilt tutorials! There are literally hundreds out there (and I’m not talking about those on Moda Bake Shop, Missouri Star, Art Gallery, etc) and are such a great resource for those of us who like to spend our quilting money on fabric vs. patterns! Here are some of my favorites from some of my favorite people:


Saguaro Quilt by Kairle Oaks of Handcrafted Goodness




Kairle shares a step-by-step tutorial of how to make these awesome, scrappy cactus blocks.





Wonky Log Cabin Quilt by Emily Carr of Simple Girl Simple Life



Emily’s unique way of using up scraps to make such a fun quilt is sure to make your scrap bin load a tiny bit lighter.





Banners Quilt by Kelsey of Fox Fishe 




This is a free pattern on Craftsy and uses fat quarters, fat eighths, or scraps!





No Waste Large Granny Square by Trish Poolson


This is another free Craftsy pattern that uses charm squares and a no-waste method to make a fun spin on a traditional granny square quilt.




Framed Squares by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner



Andy purposefully chose to use bigger squares of fabric so as to not cut the adorable prints into small, non-recognizable pieces. This is a great one for those larger-scale prints you’ve been hoarding.





Jelly Strip Stash Buster Quilt by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew



We all know and love many of Allison’s free tutorials (hearts, anyone??) but this is my personal favorite. I tend to never know what to do with a jelly roll and this is definitely on my must-make list!





Quick Cornerstone Quilt by Amy Smart by Diary of a Quilter




I know and love Amy’s Patchwork Forest tutorial very well, but this is another simple showstopper with many, many possibilities for the fussy cutter in all of us.




Scrappy Trip (Modified!) by Alli Jensen of Woodberry Way



The traditional Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt gets a bright, new makeover by Alli in this fun tutorial. This is another on my must-make list, in fact I already have a white jelly roll ready to go once I can decide on which fabric line to use….. 🙂





Sawdash Quilt by Marion McClellan of My Quilt Diet


This is for the ambitiously awesome quilters out there and it is a STUNNER. Marion remade it a few years ago in solids for Riley Blake Design’s quilt market booth and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. Marion shares her tips and tricks on her blog for this gorgeous block!





Cake Pops by Jen Van Orman of Heritage Threads



This is a fast, easy kid-sized quilt that uses most of 1 layer cake with 2 simple blocks on repeat. It is a fast one for sure!






Rainy Day Jr by Lindsey Neill of Pen + Paper Patterns



Lindsey is so dang clever with her quilt patterns and this is no exception. It is such a fun baby quilt and I have plans to figure out how to make it a mini reeeeeally soon!





Fizzy Wigs by Melanie Colette of Hello Melly Designs



Melanie’s super clever use of a charm pack ends up being an even more clever quilt!






That’s it for now! There are SOOOOO many awesome, free quilt tutorials out there if you are needing something. I hope this was helpful as you are planning out future projects!

Cake Pops Quilt Tutorial

I was scouring the internet trying to find a good sized quilt for a child and I came up empty. I have previously shared that I love to make and donate quilts to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children and I really wanted something that seemed more purposeful in size. This quilt came to me as I was working with 16 patches that had been sent to me by a friend (Hi, Kristen P!) for the purpose of making a quilt for Shriner’s and I could not love it more. She made the 16 patches for my V and Co version (below). It has been really rainy and gloomy lately and I apologize for the dark photos….. but such is life!

This quilt uses most of 1 Layer Cake (10″ squares) and finishes around 49″ x 65″, which is truly PERFECT for kids. I made one version which uses an additional 4-patch surrounded by white and another version that uses (1) 4-1/2″ square instead of the 4-patch because I like the option of less work. 🙂 Here’s how to make one of your own:


1 Layer Cake (10″ squares)

1-1/4 yards of background (I used white)


Choose 24 layer cake squares that will become your 16 patch blocks. Cut them into (64) 2.5″ x 10″ strips.

Cut (3) 4.5″x WOF strips of background. Subcut into (48) 2.5″ x 4.5″ strips.

Cut (3) 8.5″ x WOF strips of background. Subcut into (48) 2.5″ x 8.5″ strips.

If you are making additional 4-patches, then you will need to cut (96) 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares from your remaining layer cake squares to make up the 4-patches.

If you are making a solid center print for block type 2, then you will need to cut (24) 4.5″ x 4.5″ squares.

Block Type 1:  (16 patch)

Sew (1) 2.5″ x 10″ strip to (1) 2.5″ x 10″ strip. Repeat for all of the remaining (62) 2.5″ x 10″ strips.

Sew 2 of these strip sets together to make 1 set of 4. Repeat until you have 24 units.

Cut each 4 strip unit into 2.5″ strips.

Sew 2 of these patchwork strip units together, then sew together into a 16-patch block. Repeat until you have (24) 16-patch blocks, or block type 1.

Block Type 2:

If you opted to make 4-patch centers, sew your 2.5″ pieces together until you have (24) 4-patches. If you opted for 4.5″ squares, here is where you start as well.

Sew (1) 2.5″ x 4.5″ background piece onto each side of the center unit (whether it’s a 4-patch or a 4.5″ print piece)

Sew (1) 2.5″ x 8.5″ background piece onto the top and bottom of this unit.

Repeat for all 24 blocks of Block Type 2.


Lay out your quilt, alternating between Block Type 1 and Block Type 2. Lay it out with 6 blocks per row, making 8 rows. Sew each row together and press your seams in opposite directions so your rows nest.

Modern Cogs

It’s been awhile (like a year) since I made my last quilt pattern for Moda Bake Shop. Today my latest pattern and tutorial, Modern Cogs, went live. This quilt is a FAST, one that uses BIG 16″ blocks to pack a punch. They go together quickly and showcase fabric beautifully. I loooooove tiny blocks and tiny pieces, but for some fabrics they are just meant to be shown in larger sections for the full effect. Ombre Confetti Metallic is definitely one that is fun to see in larger chunks. Modern Cogs finishes at 96″ square and is a great bed sized quilt with lots of movement. For the pattern and more details, head over to Moda Bake Shop.