Make a special quilt to wrap around a loved one this holiday season. There’s still plenty of time to make one of these easy designs…

Don’t miss it: There’s another fabric gift certificate giveaway with our Sewing Deal of the Day below, with a one-day-only discount on shot cottons. Woo hoo!

Today’s Guest Curator: Pat Sloan, the Voice of Quilting

Pat is a fabric designer, teacher and author of 30 quilt books (with two more on the way)! She is the producer and host of American Patchwork & Quiltings Podcast, hosts the Aurifil Designer of the Year program and creates/runs a free Mystery Block of the Month each year.

Pat writes, “I am passionate about the quilt industry and all that goes on. Not only do I travel and teach quilt making at your guilds and shops, but I host a rocking group at Facebook where quilters share the projects of mine they are doing and all kinds of other projects they are making! It’s a virtual quilt bee 24/7 with 32,000+ quilters from around the world. I also have an online QuiltBee that I’ve been hosting for 14 years; I hope you will join me at one of those places!

And be sure to subscribe to my newsletter and my podcast. Every week I chat with quilters about what excites them, what to do and what they are making… And we learn so much! Hosting a list of EASY quilt projects is exciting, because sometimes we just NEED to make a quilt like, yesterday. So let’s get to it!”

You can sign up for Pat’s newsletter on the right sidebar of her blog.

Make It

Strip Tango
Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation has a super easy Strip Tango quilt for you. It’s satisfying to use strips and see the quilt come together quickly!

Quartered Log Cabins
Rossie of Rossie Crafts has a super tutorial for her Quartered Log Cabins. It’s helpful to see the step-by-step for a new process, and fun to select favorite strips to pair with a solid!

World Map
Shauna and Morgan from Shwin & Schwin have an incredible World Map quilt for you. This one is simple, and also makes a fantastic quilt for your favorite guy.

Wintery Mix
Designed by Karen Montgomery for American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, this Wintery Mix applique project is super-simple and makes a great wall hanging as is. You could also alternate snowflake units with strips of red fabric for a pretty lap quilt.

Scrappy Summer
Alison of Cluck Cluck Sew shows you a Scrappy Summer quilt that can easily be done as you work on other things. Sew 4-patch units, then pair with single squares. Pick a color theme and let the sewing begin!

Wendy of Ivory Springs always has clever uses for great fabric. This Manhattan design is a perfect wall hanging to utilize favorite fabrics. To make it an even quicker sew, switch the flying geese to a strip of fabric!

Slice Free
Lindsey of Inspiring Creations used a “slice free” method to make her Slice Free quilt. She also has a bonus, as she shares several ways to set the blocks.

Simple Sashing
This Simple Sashing original design by Monica Solorio-Snow for American Patchwork & Quilting magazine is also a great way to showcase fabric. Need a gift for someone? Pick their favorite fabrics, cut rectangles and strips and away you go!

Sweet Tea
Holly Holderman of Lakehouse Dry Goods used a print for the teacups sections and surrounded them with stars in her Sweet Tea quilt. Stars are classic!

Find the Positive
Julie from Cosmo Cricket created an adorable Find the Positive quilt with squares and rectangles. She shows it as a wall hanging, but four of these units would make an easy lap quilt!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: We have SO MANY Quilts + Blocks in our archives. You’re bound to find one you love…

Mix It

Healthy Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bars
Mix up Lindsay’s Healthy Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bars at Pinch of Yum and thank Pat for the recommendation! Yum indeed!

(Another of Pat’s favorites from Lindsay is the Crunch Pecan Granola.)

Print It

Christmas Chalkboard Printables
Kellie of Nest of Posies has an incredible set of Christmas Chalkboard Printables for you! Pat is quite partial to the look and has red frames all ready to pop these into!

Win It

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US Winners Only,” include your state in your name (i.e. Beth in WA) so we can confirm residence and avoid any disappointment on your end. Shipping range is determined by the generous publishing companies that contribute prizes.

Here’s a link to all of our prizes for WEEK TWO!

Patchwork Loves Embroidery: Hand Stitches, Pretty Projects
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Gail Pan
Publisher: Martingale

Quilters, crafters, and embroiderers of all skill levels will be thrilled with these whimsical patterns from Australian designer Gail Pan. Featuring full-sized hand-embroidery designs, Patchwork Loves Embroidery is for anyone who wants to enjoy the relaxing hobby of putting needle to thread.

  • Select from 15 patchwork and hand-embroidery projects, including wall hangings, table runners, totes, and fabric covers for books or folders.
  • Quickly learn the basics of hand embroidery: using the correct needle, choosing threads and fabrics, and transferring the designs.
  • Embellish projects with sweet, garden-inspired motifs ranging from charming little birds to beautiful flowers, fanciful cottages, and more.

BurdaStyle Modern Sewing Wardrobe Essentials
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: BurdaStyle
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

BurdaStyle is a legendary brand that focuses on the fashionable and high-style sewing marketplace. Sewists know the BurdaStyle name and its reputation for high-quality patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Wardrobe Essentials includes 20 projects from the archives of BurdaStyle magazine.

All of the must-have basics of a woman’s wardrobe are covered in this collection: jackets, pants, blouses, skirts and dresses. The designs include versatile separates as well as combinations that further expand the possibilities for the modern woman’s wardrobe. In addition to the twenty patterns, there are nine variations. Many of the projects include illustrated step-by-step tutorials. With a few exceptions, all of the projects are easy to intermediate, and sizes range from 2 to 14.

Wardrobe Essentials includes a Burda 101 section that covers everything sewists need to know to follow the patterns, including frequently used techniques and a pattern insert with full-size pattern pieces. “BurdaStyled” tips sprinkled throughout the book give advice on styling the designs for maximum appeal.

Sew Cute to Cuddle
(International Shipping)

Author: Mariska Vos-Bolman
Publisher: Stitch Craft Create

Sew Cute to Cuddle is an adorable collection of toy sewing patterns, so unique and cute they are guaranteed to make children of all ages smile. The tutorials are easy to follow and suitable for all sewing abilities, even complete beginners.

The 12 designs will delight boys and girls alike and include sewing patterns for a monkey, an owl, a bear, a dragon, a tiger, a cat, a dog, a hippo and more. All the toys are made in washable and affordable quilt-weight cotton, so you can choose your own favorite colors and prints to get creative with.

Visit the F+W Handmade Christmas section + Craft eBooks and Downloads page.

Handbag Workshop
(US + Canada shipping.)

Author: Anna Maia Mazur
Publisher: Taunton Press

Make great designer look-alike bags. In her amazing how-to book, Handbag Workshop, Anna Mazur lets the cat out of the bag and tells all. In her inimitable style, Anna divulges little-known details for sewing 18 gorgeous bags. You know, the kind you drool over in specialty shops. Darling wristlets, swanky carryalls, classy clutches in sumptuous leather, suede, alligator, and snakeskin – faux and genuine – they’re all here, just waiting for you!

(US-only shipping.)

Author: Jill Stovall, Florence Temko, Scott Wasserman Stern
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Fabrigami is the Asian art of folding fabrics to create three-dimensional objects ranging from the practical to the whimsical. Like paper, there are countless beautiful fabric designs to choose from, only fabric has the virtue of being extremely durable.

Fabrigami began as origami legend Florence Temko’s final project. Everyone knows that origami is the art of paper folding, but Temko had begun experimenting with folding fabric to make objects that are just as beautiful but more lasting than paper. Sadly, Temko passed away before the book was completed, but her collaborator, Jill Stovall, continued their work. Now, Stovall—with the help of Scott Stern, a rising young star of origami—brings Fabrigami to print for everyone to use and enjoy.

This craft book begins by presenting instructions on how to treat fabric so it holds a shape when folded. Then Stovall shares a series of fun craft projects with simple origami-style diagrams that you can use to make a range of lovely objects.

Sewing Deal of the Day

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