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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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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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February 11, 2021
Annabelle Throw Quilt in Botanical Blue! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm happy to show you a Throw size Annabelle quilt in blue and white!

The Design

While Annabelle looks complicated, it's really not.  The pattern includes step-by-step instructions, so making this design very doable.  If you can make a half-square triangle, you can make Annabelle!

Oh, that fabric!

Oh yes, Annabelle in blue and white is simply stunning. 

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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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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 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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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 21, 2020
Picket Fence Throw Quilts in Vintage Verona! from Busy Hands Quilts

Picket Fence Square Throw Quilt

I'm excited to share with you the Picket Fence quilts I began this spring and which are finally finished!  This is two of them.

Layer Cake and Fat Quarter Friendly

Picket Fence is a layer cake and fat quarter friendly quilt pattern, just add a background fabric and you're good to go!  Don't have layer cakes or fat quarters?  No problem!  Just use your stash or scrap bins and cut the number of pieces indicated in the pattern ...

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July 10, 2020
Get Your Family Ties Quilt Kit in Gridwork! from Busy Hands Quilts

I've teamed up with Christa of Christa Quilts to offer quilt kits of Family Ties in her Gridwork fabric collection!  The fabric and pattern mesh so well together.  The kit includes all fabric for the quilt top and binding in the Throw size to make this exact quilt.  :)

This past 4th of July weekend was spent whipping up a Family Ties Throw quilt in the bright and fun Gridwork fabric collection.  This quilt is headed off to a program a distributor is organizing, and the deadline to have the quilt in the mail was only a week after I ...

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July 7, 2020
Family Ties Quilt Kit in Kindred Blossoms! from Busy Hands Quilts

Photo Credit Connecting Threads
Family Ties has been kitted by Connecting Threads in the beautiful Kindred Blossoms fabric collection!  This is the Throw size.

I mentioned in a previous post that I am on a kick using darker fabrics as the background, and this quilt is no exception.  This is a deep indigo.
Photo Credit Connecting Threads
Family Ties is a quick jelly roll friendly quilt pattern that is strip pieced.  You know how much I ♥ strip piecing, because life really is about making more quilts!  The quilt pattern includes 6 sizes - Baby, Lap, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - true ...

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June 26, 2020
Mandalynn Quilt Pattern! from Busy Hands Quilts

I'm so excited to share Mandalynn with you - she's a happy new quilt pattern that includes 4 sizes - Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  You know I love me a rainbow, so deciding what fabrics to use for Mandalynn was really, really easy - a rainbow, of course!

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May 9, 2020
Summer Breeze Quilt Pattern in 5 Sizes! from Busy Hands Quilts

Summer Breezes are coming!  I've a quilt pattern ready for you - it's Summer Breeze!  The pattern includes 5 sizes - Baby, Throw, Twin XL, Queen, and King.  This pattern is fat quarter friendly - just grab FQs in a single colorway, add two accents, and Go!

Do you see the subtle chevron design?  Chevrons were so popular a few years ago, so we'll call this the updated chevron version!

This quilt is made with blocks which makes getting those HSTs pointed the same direction a little easier.  By adding a step to make blocks rather than laying out rows ...

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May 2, 2020
Grandpa's Barn in Ombre Bloom Throw Quilt! from Busy Hands Quilts

Grandpa's Barn meets modern Ombre Bloom for a truly sparkly quilt!  This quilt is made from 19 different fabrics, but it looks like a lot more because they are ombres in varying hues.  Ombre for the win!

Grandpa's Barn is entirely strip pieced and is jelly roll friendly, so grab your favorite strips and get ready to roll!

The quilt pattern includes 5 sizes - Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King - and centers around the traditional barn raising layout.  You could, of course, lay out the blocks in many different layouts for a totally different quilt.

Quilt Stats:
Pattern ...

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Summer on the Porch Quilt Pattern in 4 Sizes! from Busy Hands Quilts

The Summer on the Porch quilt pattern has returned from her trip around the world and gone through a special polishing, and is ready for you!  Two sizes have been added to the quilt pattern - Throw and King - to bring the total number of sizes to four.

The pattern includes instructions on organizing the pieces and keeping them together in order to end up with organized blocks with matching star points.  There is even a splash of strip piecing included in the pattern - my favorite method to include.  ♥

This is a fat quarter friendly quilt pattern, so grab your favorite ...

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April 27, 2020
Grandpa's Barn - a New Quilt Pattern in 5 Sizes! from Busy Hands Quilts

Grandpa's Barn, where ol' fashioned meets today's modern fabrics for a stunning quilt!  Both jelly rolls or scraps are perfect for Grandpa's Barn which is a strip pieced pattern that goes together very quickly.  The pattern includes pressing instructions so every seam in the quilt nests, my favorite!

Grandpa's Barn includes 5 sizes - Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.  The center square design ends up in different places on the sizes.  It's most often found off-center, but is in the center for the baby quilt.

I say, yes please! to a striped binding any day ...

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Adeline - a New Quilt Pattern in 4 Sizes + Quilty Sales! from Busy Hands Quilts

Meet Adeline, a new star quilt pattern in 4 sizes - Throw, Twin, Queen, and King!  

Adeline is a big block quilt with several designs created when the blocks are joined together.

Don'tcha love the floral fabric?  Oh my, it makes my heart sing, and I had to have it when I first saw it.  It's Country Fair from Connecting Threads.  All fabrics except one in this quilt are from the collection, and all are from CT.

While you don't see Flying Geese in very many of my quilt patterns, this one called for them in order to ...

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April 4, 2020
Soulful Girl from Appalachian Quilts

One of the things I truly enjoy about longarming is watching a quilt flimsy come to life once the quilting has begun.  This quilt was no disappointment.  The more I worked with the fabric, the more I fell in love with it.  Not to be prideful, but I absolutely adore this baby quilt!!!

I had auditioned that stripe fabric as sashing and in the little strippy part of the quilt, but it was just too busy.  It just screamed to be the binding.

The allover I chose with Retro Flower.  It just complemented the patterns in the fabrics.

Here is ...

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March 22, 2020
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