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May 1, 2021
Sweet Comfort Throw Quilt Kit in Abalone Batiks! from Busy Hands Quilts

My Sweet Comfort quilt pattern has been kitted in the Throw size by Connecting Threads in their beautiful Abalone Batiks fabric collection!



The Sweet Comfort quilt pattern includes four sizes - Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and is made from only four fabrics!  Choose four hues in the same colorway, and you're set!

The Abalone Batiks fabric collection is a beautiful collection of purples, blues, and greens.  You can see the entire collection right here.


All pictures credit Connecting Threads.


While Sweet Comfort looks complicated, I've broken down ...

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April 30, 2021
Friendship Queen Quilt Kit in Abalone Batiks! from Busy Hands Quilts

My Friendship quilt pattern has been kitted in the Queen size by Connecting Threads in their brand-new Albalone Batiks fabric collection!



The Friendship quilt pattern includes three sizes - Throw, Twin XL, and Queen - because those are the only sizes that worked out mathematically to actual quilt sizes while preserving the design, mostly because the design requires symmetry.  The design is a tad different in each of the three sizes.


The Abalone Batiks fabric collection is a beautiful collection of purples, blues, and greens.  You can see the entire collection ...

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Waterfall Throw Quilt Kit in Abalone Batiks! from Busy Hands Quilts

My Waterfall quilt pattern has been kitted by Connecting Threads in their brand-new Abalone Batiks fabric collection!



The Waterfall quilt pattern includes two sizes - Throw and Queen - because those are the only sizes where the math worked out to actual quilt sizes.  You could add a border to the Queen size to make it a King.

The Abalone Batiks fabric collection is a beautiful collection of purples, blues, and greens.  You can see the entire collection right here.


All pictures credit Connecting Threads.


Waterfall is a stunning log cabin quilt pattern ...

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April 28, 2021
Hampton Court Quilt Pattern - the Black Background One! from Busy Hands Quilts

Hampton Court is striking with a black background and bright colors!  This quilt top was made by Kare and quilted and bound by me.



The Design

Hampton Court is based on King Henry VIII's castle, Hampton Court, from the 1500s.  The bricks are varying sizes, and this design can be seen in the brickwork of the exterior of the castle.



Entirely Strip Pieced!

You won't be sewing together individual bricks - that would take far too long!  Let's make quilts quicker so we can make ...

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April 26, 2021
Hampton Court Quilt Along Finished Quilt Parade! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today is the Finished Quilt Parade for the Hampton Court Quilt Along!



Fabric Selection

My main goal in making this quilt was that it be made entirely from fabric I had in my stash, which rarely happens since I am so often making cover quilts in a single fabric collection.  

My second goal was to make a single-color Hampton Court quilt with prints that had only white in them in order to show that this pattern doesn't have to be a mix of a lot of ...

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April 24, 2021
Custom King Size Blooming Nine Patch Quilt in Kaffe Fassett! from Busy Hands Quilts

Finished by not blogged in 2020 was this stunning Blooming Nine Patch oversized king size quilt in Kaffe Fassett!  The quilt top was made by Joanne, and quilted and bound by me.



100% Custom

My customer knew exactly what she was after, and we worked together at every step of the process to make it happen.  She chose the size, design, the exact fabrics for the entire quilt, approved fabric placement, and then chose the quilting design.  

It is truly their quilt!



It's Huge!

They wanted a huge quilt, and they got it.  This one is 120" square.  Did ...

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April 22, 2021
Easy Bargello Quilt Kit Back in Stock - The Quartz Metallic One! from Busy Hands Quilts

The Easy Bargello quilt in Quartz Metallics is in stock at Connecting Threads!  They've sold out several times, and they're back in stock.


Easy Peasy Squeezy!

I named this quilt pattern Easy Bargello 'cause it's the easiest Bargello you'll ever make as there are no seams to match!  If you've never made a Bargello quilt, this is a great place to start because it will teach you the technique without any fuss matching seams.  And of course it's all strip piecing for a quick and easy finish!

The Twin Size!

The Easy Bargello quilt ...

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April 21, 2021
Castle Dreams Quilt Pattern - The Sweet Baby One! from Busy Hands Quilts

This amazing Castle Dreams Baby quilt was made by Becky in sports-themed fabrics for the win!

The Castle Dreams quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop!



You'll find sports-themed fabrics right here

Castle Dreams is a layer-cake friendly quilt pattern.  Add in yardage of three fabrics plus the background, and you're set!  It looks like Becky used the sky and the wood of a basketball court!  Such nice touches.

Castle Dreams includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.

The Castle Dreams quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop!



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Nautical News Quilt - Almost Amish - Back in Stock! from Busy Hands Quilts

Nautical News in Almost Amish Solids has been restocked by Connecting Threads in the Twin size!  This is the third time it has been restocked because it sells so quickly.




Other Nautical News Quilts

This Nautical News Twin quilt was made by my niece when she was 12.  She cut all of the fabric and sewed it up by herself, and then I quilted it for her with Wandering Spirals.  Didn't she do a lovely job?!


I ♥ to figure out how to make quilt patterns into rainbows, and ...

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April 20, 2021
Simplicity Throw Quilt Pattern - a Custom Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

I'm behind at blogging and plan to get caught up over the next few weeks, so stay tuned for news on some new quilts!

This Simplicity Throw quilt was made last year as a custom order for a little girl whose mom had taken her picture on a piece of fabric every month for the first year or so.  As a memory for these precious occasions, the mom had a quilt made with the fabrics, and I got to make it!  




This isn't the first time ...

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April 13, 2021
Salt Water Taffy Throw Quilt - Custom Quilting from Busy Hands Quilts

Another recent custom quilting project is this beautiful Salt Water Taffy Throw quilt.


This fabric collection is From the Heart by Riley Blake.  You will find this fabric right here.  The quilt pattern is Salt Water Taffy by Villa Rose Designs, available right here.  The quilting design is a swirly heart design in white thread which perfectly complements the quilt heart-themed quilt.  This quilt was made by Andrea.



Get a Free Quilt Pattern!

Get a free pattern when you sign up to receive the latest info on what's happening in my studio, new quilt patterns, subscriber-only sales and Giveaways ...

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April 12, 2021
Hampton Court Quilt Along Week Four - Finishing Our Quilts! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Week Four of the Hampton Court Quilt Along!  All QAL information is posted in the newsletter, and participants link up their progress here on the blog.



My quilt top just came off the longarm and is still hanging on the rails, waiting to be bound.  This black and white Hampton Court was quilted with a digital design called Crystal Ball in black thread.  I chose black thread rather than white thread since the majority of the quilt top is black.  The binding will likely be a ...

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April 7, 2021
Granny's Square Patch Quilt Pattern - Use Scraps or Just Three Fabrics! from Busy Hands Quilts

Granny's Square Patch is back in the shop, and I'm happy to have her home!!



After being licensed to Connecting Threads for a few years, Granny's Square Patch is happy to be home!  I have updated and fine-tuned the pattern, and it's available in the shop right here.

This is the version that Connecting Threads sold in Maison Rouge.



Granny's Square Patch includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and uses strip pieced to speed up the process.  

Granny's ...

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Christmas Quilt - Custom Quilting! from Busy Hands Quilts

I recently custom quilted this beautiful Christmas quilt using an evergreen tree design with a star and moon for a special touch.


The fabric is Holly's Tree Farm with a white background.  This beautiful fabric collection is available right here.  The backing is a Kinderfolk print by Connecting Threads.  The quilt pattern is a simple sashed charm square design that lets the fabric shine.  


This quilt was made by Andrea.  She chose a striped fabric from the collection for the binding, one of my favorite ways to bind a quilt. :)



Get a Free Quilt Pattern!

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March 30, 2021
Hampton Court Quilt Along Week Three - Assembling Quilt Tops! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Week Three of the Hampton Court Quilt Along!  All QAL information is posted in the newsletter, and participants link up their progress here on the blog.



Hampton Court includes 4 sizes - Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and is scrap and yardage friendly. This is a strip pieced quilt pattern, so you won't be sewing together individual bricks unless you really want to. Instructions include both strip piecing and traditional piecing.

Hampton Court is based in King Henry VIII's castle, Hampton Court, from the 1500s ...

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March 24, 2021
Easy Bargello Quilt Pattern - The Muted Rainbow and Charcoal Version! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing another Easy Bargello quilt!  If you've never made a Bargello quilt, this is a great pattern to start with because it is so easy!





That Beautiful Fabric!

Honestly, I can't remember the name of this fabric, and I can't find any information on it.  It is a tone-on-tone hatch-like fabric, as is the charcoal background.  The backing is a hatch extra wide from Connecting Threads ...

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Easy Bargello Quilt Pattern - the Rainbow and Gray Version! from Busy Hands Quilts

Oh how I love rainbow quilts, and I'm thinking you do too!  Meet Easy Bargello, an easy bargello quilt pattern with no seams to match!




Easy Bargello is Strip Pieced


Easy Bargello is entirely strip pieced for a quick and easy finish.  The strips in between the pieced squares also mean there are no seams to match!  If you haven't made a Bargello quilt before this is a great place to start (or even if you have)!


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March 22, 2021
Beautiful Nantucket Quilt Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

I have another Nantucket quilt to share!  While Nantucket looks complicated, it's really not with the step-by-step instructions included in the pattern.



Connecting Threads Grand Versailles Fabric

Deep indigo with teals, deep red, and cream are the perfect color combination for Nantucket.  Those are the colors found in the Grand Versaille fabric collection at Connecting Threads.  This Throw size quilt kit is sold out at Connecting Threads, but it looks like all of the fabrics are still available individually; which is great news because then you can ...

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March 15, 2021
Hampton Court Quilt Along Week Two Extended! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Week Two of the Hampton Court Quilt Along!  All QAL information is posted in the newsletter, and participants link up their progress here on the blog.

I am extending the Week Two step by two weeks since I haven't finished my own quilt top, and I'm thinking you may need more time, too.






Hampton Court includes 4 sizes - Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and is scrap and yardage friendly. This is a strip pieced quilt pattern, so you won't be sewing together individual ...

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March 10, 2021
Cotton Cuts Subscription Box Giveaway! from Busy Hands Quilts


ETA: This Giveaway has ended.

I have a March Cotton Cuts subscription box to give away to one lucky winner!  This prize is a one-time box, not a subscription to their program.

Learn more about the Cotton Cuts subscription boxes right here, and give yourself a treat every month by signing up for a subscription!  With this program, you can receive a box tailored to your specifications.

The winner of this Giveaway will have their choice of a Cotton Cuts Classic or Modern Maker Box!  What is the difference, you ask?

Classic:  

  • A variety of fabrics, chosen specifically for you ...

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