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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 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 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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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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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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January 29, 2021
A Scrappy Life Throw Quilt in Bonnie and Camille! from Busy Hands Quilts

Today I'm sharing a new quilt pattern with you - meet A Scrappy Life!  



My Favorite Fabrics!

A Scrappy Life is made with my favorite fabrics - Bonnie and Camille!  I pulled from my collection of various B&C lines to make this Throw size quilt.  The border fabric is from The Good Life, and the backing is a floral print on navy from the Smitten collection.

You'll find The Good Life fabric right here, and you'll find Smitten fabric right here

I ...

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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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October 5, 2020
Sunnyside Quilt Kit in True Colors by Tula Pink! from Busy Hands Quilts

I'm super excited to share with you that Sunnyside has been kitted by Quilted Works in St. George, Utah!  Isn't it stunning in a rainbow of Tula Pink! I sure think so.



And I love it when you all take my patterns and make them your own.  I had never envisioned Sunnyside in more than two colors as shown in yellow and gray in the pattern cover below!  Now a multi-colored version is on my must-make list. 

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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 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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