Debbie Jeske from A Quilter’s Table kicks off a new monthly look at the latest quilting trends! Debbie has a great eye for noting and celebrating online trends; she recently shared 22 Favorite Quilt Blocks for our DYO Samper Quilt Sew Along (jump in and sew along today!). Debbie also curated our 31 Inspiring Quilters series earlier this year (find all 31 in that link).
Visit A Quilter’s Table for more from Debbie, including a series of mini quilt walls this week. What do you notice in the online quilting world lately? Do you have a favorite block that keeps popping up? Have you seen the #dyosampler and #minimedallion quilt progress out and about?!
Quilts in miniature are a great way to try a new-to-you block or technique, or even give your own design a test run. Due to their size, they are easy to maneuver while quilting, and a quick, satisfying finish. Whether you gift them, swap them, or hang them en masse, they are pure fun.
Clockwise from left: Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Part 2 from Karamat Sews, At the Crossroads from Spontaneous Threads, Christmas Snowflake block mini quilt by twelve34handmade, Purple by Any Other Name from Displacement Activity, Mini Swoon by ellyn’s place
I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard someone say, “The churndash is my favorite traditional quilt block.” Dating back to the early 1800′s, this block is all new again, showing up sashed and not, low-volume and bold, laid out uniquely and even super-sized. It’s still an all-around winner.
Clockwise, starting top left: Churchdash! by SewZalot, Modern Church Dash by Shark’s Dinner, Scrappy Church Dash from sharonbinwa, The Waiting for Craig Quilt from Bailey Girl Five, Churndash Court by Sassafras Lane Designs
Pillows are another popular avenue to try new techniques or to use those treasured bits of fabric. What a quick and fun way to brighten up your home for a new season!
Clockwise from left: Shimmer Pillow from Random Thoughts …do or “di”, Radiant Triangles from Pie Lady Quilts, Super Size Castle Block Pillow by kitchen table quilting, A Ferris Wheel Pillow from Leigh Laurel Studios, Double Wedding Ring Pillow by s.o.t.a.k handmade
Spirals and Circles
These geometric shapes are all the rage, both as elements in quilts and in actual quilting. Don’t be afraid to give them a try!
Clockwise, starting top left: Radiant Orchid Quilt Challenge by Ahhh…Quilting, Spiral Rainbows from Winding Bobbins, Snowfall by she can quilt, Dandelion Clock by Flourishing Palms, Sunburst from A Stitch in Time