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January 8, 2021
Picket Fence Throw Quilt Kit in Violeta! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing the Picket Fence in Violeta Throw size quilt!

You can find this quilt kit right here.

Picket Fence has been my best-selling pattern since I wrote it in 2015.  Yes, over five years and still going strong!  This is a testament to how much you quilters love simple, striking quilts that use precuts.  

Image credit Connecting Threads

Layer cake or FQ friendly - and so many sizes and options!

The Picket Fence quilt pattern is layer cake and fat quarter friendly.  You can also use scraps to cut a combination of squares and strips; just cut the ...

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December 18, 2020
Annabelle Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Annabelle has been kitted in Moonlit Promenade in the Throw size!  This is a beautiful collection of gray and black with a splash of red.



Annabelle is made with varying sizes of HSTs for a quick finish.  Fabric placement creates a number of designs across the quilt top.

This quilt was made by Connecting Threads.  Photo credit Connecting Threads.


I've made Annabelle in the Botanical Blue fabric collection by Connecting Threads.  This is the Throw size, and this is the quilt on the cover of the ...

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December 16, 2020
Mariposa Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Mariposa has been kitted in the Twin size in Moonlit Promenade, a beautiful fabric collection in gray and black with a splash of red!  





Mariposa features big blocks that create numerous secondary designs when joined together.

    ✔ quick finish
    ✔ stunning design
    ✔ yes please!

This quilt was made by Connecting Threads.  Photo credit Connecting Threads.

The twin size Mariposa quilt kit is available right here.


I've made three Mariposa quilts, all in the Twin size.  The Twin size takes a day or two to make.


Made with fabrics from my stash.


Made with Maison ...

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November 18, 2020
Ombre Gems Throw Quilt in Ombre Confetti Fabric! from Busy Hands Quilts

This week's custom order finish is an Ombre Gems throw quilt in Ombre Confetti fabrics.




The quilt top was made by my sewist, Kare, and quilted and bound by me.  The only way I can take custom quilt orders is to have one of my sewists make the quilt top; I'm too busy with the pattern design side of my business to make the entire quilt myself.  I have found sewists that sew even better than I ...

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October 29, 2020
Grandpa's Barn Twin Quilt Kit in Jaqueline! from Busy Hands Quilts

Grandpa's Barn has been kitted in the Jacqueline fabric collection by Connecting Threads!  This is the Twin size.



Jelly Roll Friendly - or use your stash!


Grandpa's Barn is a 2-1/2" strip jelly roll friendly quilt pattern that is entirely strip pieced for a quick finish.  The quilt kit includes yardage, however, as there were a number of light prints in the collection that needed left out to let the design shine through.  This is the entire collection which you will find right here.


Nested Seams ♥


Pressing directions are ...

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September 25, 2020
Love Multiplied Quilt - the Miss Kate One from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm revisiting the Love Multiplied quilt!  This was the first Love Multiplied quilt I made (here is the second), and I have fabric for a solid version all cut and ready to go.



Miss Kate

This version of Love Multiplied is done up in Miss Kate by Bonnie and Camille, an older fabric collection.  It's classic of Bonnie and Camille collections with red, blue, aqua and apple green with a dash of rosy pink.  The backing and binding are also from the Miss ...

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September 17, 2020
Waterfall Throw Quilt in Moda Grunge Quilt Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

I'm excited to share the new Waterfall quilt pattern today!  Waterfall is the latest Busy Hands Quilts pattern and is stash friendly.



COLORWASH OMBRE FABRIC SELECTION

Waterfall is all about letting the fabric shine!  I love the gradating ombre colorwash effect in this quilt design.  The colors just blend, mesh, meld {so many words!} together in a soothing way.

It's easier to get this effect than you think.  Here's how you create it yourself:
  • Grab the pattern.
  • Select two colorways that meld together.
  • Gather five hues of ...

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September 16, 2020
Kansas Red and White Throw Quilt in Just Red {Custom Quilting} from Busy Hands Quilts

Kansas Red and White Throw Quilt in Just Red, a custom quilting project by Busy Hands Quilts.


This is a quilt made by Andrea which I custom quilted for her in a new-to-me design.  Her request was something bubbly, so bubbly it is!


Executing this design on my longarm required a tutorial as I had never wrapped a design around so the next row is half dropped to the previous row.  Learning this technique has opened up a ton of new quilt designs that I will be able to use on my machine.

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September 14, 2020
Connected Throw Quilt - In Sunshine Terrace! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing with you a Connected Throw quilt I made with the quilt kit from Connecting Threads.  This is a quick and easy quilt pattern.



Fabric Selection

The fabrics are from the Sunshine Terrace fabric collection at Connecting Threads.  It's a beautiful collection of blues and yellows in varying hues that add a lot of depth to the quilt pattern.  Connected would look very different if the fabrics in each colorway didn't have variations in hue.


Binding Love!

When choosing fabric placement for quilt kits I curate ...

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September 5, 2020
Nantucket Quilt Pattern - The All Blues One! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing this all blue Nantucket quilt.  It turned out even better than I imagined it would.



Nantucket was so named because the design reminded me of life rings, which reminded me of the sea, which reminded me of Nantucket, a place I've never been, but have sailed past, unbeknownst to me, on a cruise in 2018.  The Harry and Alice version of Nantucket reflects the life rings design even more, to me.



Fabrics in Nantucket the All Blue Version

Fabrics for this quilt were curated from ...

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September 4, 2020
Nantucket Quilt Pattern - The Harry and Alice One! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing Nantucket with you - perhaps one of my favorites of all of the quilts I've made!



Nantucket Includes All the Sizes!


The brand-new Nantucket quilt pattern includes all the sizes!  Yes!  Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  As many sizes as possible are included in all of my quilt patterns.  Some designs aren't conducive to all of the sizes, and I work hard to get as many sizes in as possible.  


Harry and Alice Fabrics for the Win!


All of the print fabrics in ...

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September 2, 2020
Floating Squares Baby Quilt in Enchanted {Custom Quilting} from Busy Hands Quilts


This sweet baby quilt was made by Andrea, and I quilted it for her with a dense spiral design.  


See those sweet swans in the backing? 

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August 28, 2020
Ombre Mountains Quilt - The Moda Grunge One! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I have a new quilt to share with you - Ombre Mountains in Moda Grunge.  It just may be a new favorite!

Ombre Mountains is available in the Busy Hands Quilts Pattern Shop.



Ah, Those Fabrics!


So now you've seen both ends of the quilt, equally stunning.  A blending of blue-green, blues, to purples, and blush pinks.  

Moda Grunge is so versatile for quilting.  It reads like a solid with loads more depth and character.


My Online Fabric Stash

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August 23, 2020
School Colors Quilt - The Perfect Graduation and Sports Team Quilt Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing this Moda Grunge School Colors quilt.  It's definitely on my favorite list!

School Colors is available in the Busy Hands Quilts Pattern Shop.


School Colors Quilt

I've been on a Moda Grunge kick recently, making several quilts in this super versatile fabric.  The variation in colors gives amazing depth and texture to quilts that would be impossible to achieve with solids.



Stunning Two-Color Quilt

What do school colors and sports teams have in common?  They generally have two colors, sometimes with an accent thrown in.  My hometown colors are bright blue, red, and white ...

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August 11, 2020
Picket Fence Throw Quilt in Early Bird by Bonnie and Camille! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing a Picket Fence Throw quilt made by Cathy.  She used a layer cake of Early Bird by Bonnie and Camille.  Didn't it turn out beauifully?!




Picket Fence is a quilt pattern that includes 7 sizes, including both square and rectangular Throw and Queen quilts, along with two layouts.  The pieced blocks can be placed alternating horizontally and vertically, or all vertically for an entirely new look.  What you choose is up to you!

This pattern is layer cake and FQ friendly for a truly versatile quilt pattern.  

This is my most popular quilt pattern, and ...

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August 9, 2020
Sweet Caroline II Quilt Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

Sweet Caroline II is patchwork design that goes together quickly and easily with strip piecing!  


This is a quick and easy quilt design made with 5 fabrics.  In the gray and yellow version, there are 3 yellow prints, white, and a mottled gray.


Sweet Caroline II is a great place to use Moda Grunge; this is Grunge in deep red, black, 2 grays, and white.
Once again, Grunge for the win!  This is 4 purples and white.

SWEET CAROLINE II IN WILD CRIMSON


Sweet Caroline II ...

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August 8, 2020
Sweet Caroline Quilt Pattern - Twin Size in Dutch Garden! from Busy Hands Quilts

Sweet Caroline is a patchwork delight in blues and yellows!  This is a Twin size quilt.

Sweet Caroline quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts pattern shop.

DUTCH GARDEN SWEET CAROLINE TWIN QUILT


Sweet Caroline is a quick and easy strip pieced quilt made using yardage of medium and dark hues in a single colorway or, as in the Dutch Garden version, two colorways - blue and yellow.

This beautiful blue and yellow fabric collection is Dutch Garden by Bluprint, sadly no longer available.  It shouldn't be too difficult to find a substitute though; either an entire collection ...

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August 7, 2020
Sweet Caroline Quilt Pattern - Throw Size in Botanical Blue! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing this Sweet Caroline Throw quilt.  I've finally gotten around to taking pictures of this super sweet blue and white quilt!


Sweet Caroline quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts pattern shop.

BOTANICAL BLUE SWEET CAROLINE QUILT

Sweet Caroline is a quick and easy strip pieced quilt made using yardage of medium and dark hues.  This quilt is made with the beautiful Botanical Blue collection from Connecting Threads.

THE FLOWER SPRAY QUILTING DESIGN

I quilted this Sweet Caroline quilt with a Flower Spray digital design on my Handi Quilter Fusion with ProStitcher.  The design ...

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July 30, 2020
Reminder - July's $6 Pattern of the Month Ends Tomorrow - Get Nautical News! from Busy Hands Quilts

This is a last-minute reminder that July's $6 Pattern of the Month is Nautical News!  The sale ends when the clock strikes midnight on Friday, July 31st.  

This #quiltpattern includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and is layer cake friendly for a quick finish.  I've since learned to not name quilts by their fabric collection as it can limit how people see the quilt.  It looks great in many fabric collections, including solids and scraps.


The rainbow Nautical News quilt above was made from my scrap bins.  It includes 24 different Kona cottons.


The ...

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July 29, 2020
Sweet Caroline Throw Size Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Sweet Caroline has been kitted by Connecting Threads in the Throw size.  This is the Wild Crimson fabric collection, focusing on the blue fabrics in the collection instead of the reds and tans.  



The pattern gives exact fabric placement to create the three darker squares in the middle of the 25-patch blocks.  They alternate direction every other block to create a subtle secondary design.  

Sweet Caroline is a yardage-friendly quilt pattern that uses strip piecing to go together quickly.  

TIP:  Be sure your strip sets are the correct height so the blocks fit together ...

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