Free Hanukkah Quilt Pattern to celebrate the Festival of Lights

Free Hanukkah Quilt Pattern to celebrate the Festival of Lights

Crafting Hanukkah Magic: A Beginner-Friendly Lap Quilt with Free Pattern

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is a time for celebration and togetherness. What better way to commemorate this special occasion than by creating a beautiful and meaningful lap quilt?

cutting Hanukkah menorah fabric

In this step-by-step guide, I’ll walk you through the process of sewing a beginner-friendly Hanukkah lap quilt using my Hanukkah Nights fabric and 3 of the 6 placemat panel images from Riley Blake Designs -quilter’s choice on which 3 to include! Best of all, we’re providing you with a free quilt pattern you can print or use offline to make your crafting experience even more enjoyable.

Hanukkah Nights fabric and placemat panels

FABRICS BY RILEY BLAKE DESIGNS

Large Images: (1) Hanukkah Nights Placemat Panel (P13433-PANEL)
Fabric 1 : 1/4 yard Hanukkah Nights Main Blue (C13430-BLUE) 
Fabric 2 : 1/4 yard Shabby Beehive by Lori Holt (C605)
Fabric 3 : 1/4 yard Confetti Cottons Riley White (C120-RILEYWHITE) 
Fabric 4 : 1/2 yard Hanukkah Nights Dreidels Blue (C13431-BLUE) 
Fabric 5 : 1/3 yard Hanukkah Nights Star of David White (C13432-WHITE) 

Hanukkah Nights placemat panel

Placemat panels & sashing

This lap quilt is made with 3 placemat panel images, economy quilt blocks – also called square in square quilt blocks – and sashing. Even the newest quilter will be able to get this project done in an afternoon.

The 10 page PDF gives you the material list and step-by-step directions with photos – everything you need to succeed.  Watch the video tutorial as well if you like to watch and learn.

Economy Quilt Blocks

These Economy Blocks have oversized triangles that you will trim to size after completing each color instead of cutting perfect sizes and hoping for perfect construction. This method make this quilt great for beginners because you will get beautiful results even if everything doesn’t go perfectly at each step!

trimming an economy quilt block
trimming a square in square quilt block

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🧵 Tara Reed

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How to make and fold a Quillow – always a favorite with kids!

How to make and fold a Quillow – always a favorite with kids!

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Crayola Colors of Kindness Fabric from Riley Blake Designs

Is it a quilt? Is it a pillow? BOTH – it’s a Quillow!

Quillows have been around a long time and are very easy to make – I made one for my preschooler (way back in the mid-90s!) and still remember how much he loved it! In this video I’ll show you what a quillow is, how to fold a quillow and then how to sew a quillow. I’m using the Crayola® Colors of Kindness™ fabric from Riley Blake Designs – perfect if you’re going to make a quillow for a special child in your life.

If you prefer to have a printable PDF pattern, you can find it in my Etsy Shop >

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the anatomy of a quillow:

A quillow is a quilt that has a pillow pocket – or a 2-sided, quilted square – attached to the bottom center of one side, usually the back of the quilt. Any quilt can be turned into a quillow by adding the pillow pocket. Here’s how you determine the size pocket you need for your quilt: Pocket width = 1/3 quilt width Pocket height = 1/4 quilt height Add seam allowances and you have the size fabric & batting to cut. If you are making a quillow from scratch, these are the pieces you will need:

Do you want an ad-free, printable copy of this online tutorial? Find it in my Etsy shop for just a few dollars. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it.

blanket pillow for kids

BASIC SUPPLIES:

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OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR A 2 FABRIC QUILLOW:

  • Fabric 1: 2 yards
    (Quilt Front & Pillow Pocket side)
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square
  • Fabric 2: 2 yards
    (Quilt Back & Pillow Pocket side 1)
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square
  • Batting of choice: 2 yards
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square

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MATERIALS NEEDED FOR A 3 FABRIC QUILLOW:

  • Fabric 1:1½ yards
    (Quilt Front)
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square
  • Fabric 2: 2 yards
    (Quilt Back & Pillow Pocket side 1)
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square
  • Fabric 3: 15″ square
    (Pillow Pocket side 2)
    • CUT: 15” square
  • Batting of choice: 2 yards
    • CUT: 41” x 53”
    • CUT: 15” square

*Fabric 3 will only show when the quillow is folded into a pillow. You can use a contrasting fabric like I’ve done in the example or use only 2 fabrics – Fabric 1 & 2. To use 2 fabrics, you will need 2 yards of each.

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

00:00 introduction
00:07 What is a Quillow?
01:09 How to fold a Quillow
03:06 Quillow Supply List
03:32 How to choose quilt batting
04:20 Make the Pillow Pocket
05:06 Tips for quilting
08:17 Make the Quilt
12:10 Assemble the Quillow
14:35 Reinforce pocket corner
14:45 How to pull up your bobbin thread

HOW TO MAKE A QUILLOW

A quillow is made of 2 pieces of quilted fabric: a quilt and a square that becomes the pillow pocket. You then sew them together and have created a quillow.

MAKE THE PILLOW POCKET

Layer your pillow pocket fabrics, right sides together, on your workspace. (fig. 1)

Put a 15” square of batting on top and pin or clip together. Sew around the sides with a 1/4” seam allowance, leaving about 4-5” open for turning. (fig. 2)

Clip the corners, turn and press. Press the opening fabric in so it will be sewn together when you topstitch.

Topstitch around the outside, 1/8” from the edge.

Quilt as desired. (Don’t miss my secret for quilting parallel lines using Painter’s Tape (fig. 3) in the video at 5 mins 45 secs)

Set aside. (fig. 4)

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

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how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 2

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 3

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 4

MAKE THE QUILT

You will make the quilt in the same basic way, it’s just bigger and a little harder to manage.

Because this will be a self-bound quilt, you need the 2 fabrics and batting to be the SAME SIZE. I find the easiest way to get the batting the same size as the fabrics is to take a piece that is slightly larger, place one of the fabrics on top, face up, and trim to size. (fig. 5)

Then place the other fabric on top, face down – so the fabrics are right side together – and pin around the edges. (fig. 6)

Because of the size of the quilt and more potential for a little shifting, sew with a 1/2” seam allowance, leaving about 4-5” open for turning.

Clip the corners, turn and press.

Press the opening fabric in so it will be sewn together when you topstitch.

Topstitch around the outside, 1/8” from the edge. Quilt as desired. (fig. 7)

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 5

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 6

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 7

Do you want an ad-free, printable copy of this online tutorial? Find it in my Etsy shop for just a few dollars. You won’t need to access the internet every time you want to make it.

TIPS ABOUT BATTING

It’s important to know that not all battings are created equally. Batting can be made from different materials (100% cotton, polyester blends, etc) and require quilting at different minimum intervals (anywhere from 4″ to 10″ apart) to hold up to use and washing. Be sure you look at the manufacturer’s suggestions on the packaging and quilt accordingly.

Label your scraps so you know what the pieces are if you use a variety of batting in your projects.

SEW THE POCKET TO THE QUILT

Place your quilt on your workspace with whichever side will match the pillow pocket facing up.
Fold in half and put a mark, pin or clip at the center of the bottom edge.
Place your pillow pocket, matching fabric side up, on top of the quilt, matching the pocket center with the quilt center and clip. (fig. 8)
Pin the edges to the quilt.
Sew the sides and the bottom wide edge to the quilt (fig. 9) and reinforce the top corners by sewing back and forth or adding a triangle for extra durability. (See video tutorial at 14 mins 35 secs)

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

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how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 9

HOW TO FOLD A QUILLOW

Lay the quilt out flat, with the pillow pocket side down.

Fold one long side to the center until you see the edge of the pillow pocket. (fig. 10)

Repeat for the other side. (fig. 11)

Fold the quilt down towards the pillow pocket (fig. 12), 3 times for this size quilt, until it is folded on top of the pocket.

Turn the pocket inside out and stuff the quilt into the pocket as you turn it. (It gets easier after you’ve done it once or twice!) (fig. 13)

I usually put my hand in the pillow pocket and push out the corners when the folded quilt is about 1/2 way in – it makes it easier to get it in and organized.

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 10

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 11

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 12

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting

figure 12

how to layer pillow pocket fabric and batting
buy the quillow tutorial pdf on Etsy

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🧵 Tara Reed

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Step-by-Step Video Tutorial: How to Sew a Halloween Table Runner

Step-by-Step Video Tutorial: How to Sew a Halloween Table Runner

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Halloween Table Runner - wide

So cute it’s scary!

A Halloween Table Runner is a versatile decoration for your home. You can use it on a table (obviously!), drape it over a bookcase, sofa table and more.

In this video tutorial I’ll walk you through ALL the steps to make this from start to finish using 3 of the 6 designs from my October Placemat Panel from Riley Blake Designs as well as two Economy Quilt Blocks. You can use the same steps and make a table runner for every month of the year if you want to using any of the Monthly Placemat Panels and coordinating fabric.

If you’ve never made a quilt block  – don’t worry!

This is a forgiving block that’s great for beginners and I’ll walk you through all the steps.

This is one of my longer sewing tutorials but I’ve added lots of time stamps to different topics so you can watch the whole thing and then be able to easily jump around and find the part you need.

JUMP TO THE VIDEO TUTORIAL

 

Halloween fabric by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

SUPPLIES:

Fabric shown in this tutorial are my October Ghosts prints from Riley Blake Designs.

Halloween Table Runner Supply List

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

00:00 introduction
00:29 Supply List
00:32 How to make an Economy Quilt Block
03:58 Tips for straight seams
07:42 Use spray starch to help fabric hold shape
10:42 Assemble blocks and placemat images
11:24 Cut border fabric
12:04 How to use a rotary cutter and ruler correctly
13:05 Add side borders
13:53 Piece top and bottom border fabrics
15:28 Add top and bottom borders
17:07 Prepare backing fabric
17:29 Layer backing, batting and table runner top
18:35 Pin layers together
20:00 Choosing thread color for quilting

21:45 Using a walking foot for quilting
22:00 Baste table runner
22:30 Stitch in the Ditch quilting
23:20 Quilting Gloves
24:00 Machine Quilting Tips
26:19 Free Motion Quilting
27:50 Trim quilted table runner
28:13 Bind the table runner
29:10 How to miter quilt binding corners
30:14 How to match quilt binding
33:02 Press finished binding
34:32 A few ways to sew binding to the backing
35:02 Baste quilt binding with tape or Elmer’s glue
36:54 Machine stitching binding

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🧵 Tara Reed

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How to Easily Match Quilt Binding Tutorial

How to Easily Match Quilt Binding Tutorial

The Secret to Matching Quilt Binding you’ll wish someone taught you already

Quilt binding is the finishing touch that can make or break the overall look of your quilt or other sewing project. To match quilt binding perfectly can be a daunting task, but with the right techniques and tools, it can be done easily and quickly.

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simple way to Match Quilt Binding quickly

How to bind a quilt

Step 1: Measure Your Quilt

Before you can start matching your quilt binding, you need to measure your quilt to determine how much binding you’ll need. Measure the perimeter of your quilt, add 10-12 inches for the corners and the end, and multiply by two to get the total length of binding needed.

Step 2: Cut Your Binding Strips

Cut 2 1/2 inch binding strips from the fabric of your choice. You can use the same fabric as your quilt top or a coordinating fabric.  The length of your strips should be the same as the total length of binding needed.

Step 3: Join Your Strips

To create a continuous length of binding, join your strips together at a 45-degree angle. Place one strip right side up and the other strip right side down on top of it, with the edges aligned. Draw a diagonal line from one corner to the other and sew along the line. Trim the excess fabric, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance, and press the seam open.

Step 4: Press Your Binding

Fold your binding in half lengthwise and press it with an iron. This will help you create a clean, crisp finish when you attach the binding to your quilt.

Step 5: Attach Your Binding

Starting in the middle of one side of your quilt, align the raw edges of your binding with the raw edges of your quilt. Leave a 10-inch tail of binding at the beginning and start sewing with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. When you reach a corner, stop sewing 1/4 inch from the end, turn at a 45-degree angle and sew off the corner of the quilt. Fold the binding up and away from the quilt top, creating a 45-degree angle. Then, fold the binding back down, aligning it with the edge of the next side of your quilt. Start sewing again at the top edge of your binding, leaving a 6-inch tail at the end.

Step 6: Finish Your Binding

Watch the video to see this almost magical way to match quilt binding with ease!

Step 7: Fold and Stitch Your Binding

Fold your binding over the raw edges of your quilt and secure it in place with pins. Then, stitch the binding in place by hand or using a needle and thread or with your sewing machine, making sure to catch both the front and back of your quilt.

In this video tutorial, I’ll show you how to match quilt binding the easy way so it’s perfect every time.

 

This technique made me really nervous the first few times I tried it but I can tell you from experience – it works!

So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced quilter, these tips and techniques will help you create a beautiful finished product that you’ll be proud to display.

🧵 Happy Sewing!

Tara Reed

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A quick and easy way to quilt placemats for summer

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🍓 Easy Sewing Project for Summer: How to Quickly Quilt Placemats with a Fabric Panel

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor gatherings with family and friends. And what better way to brighten up your dining table than with handmade placemats?

In this blog post, you will learn a quick and easy way to quilt placemats for summer using a fabric panel by Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs.

 You can sew a set of 6 placemats in just a few hours!

The June placemat panel features baskets of berries and the words “Life is Sweet” – “Family Gathers here” and “Enjoy the Moment” all hand painted in watercolors.

Whether you’re relaxing on your deck or simply looking to refresh your table decor, these placemats are the perfect addition to your home.

The 6 placemat designs for June are the latest installment of the Monthly Placemat Program I created  for Riley Blake Designs.

You can quilt the fabrics and use traditional binding to finish the placemats or layer the fabrics right side together on top of batting, sew, turn and press for a quicker project.

Watch the video to see how easy it is to quilt placemats by drawing lines with a pen that will disappear when you iron it.

🎯 SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:
00:00 Introduction
00:34 Drawing quilting lines
02:21 Erasing pen with your iron

Ask for the June Placemat Panel and prints where you love to buy fabric or look for it online.

Happy berry season and Happy Sewing!

🍓 🧵  Tara Reed

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