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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 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 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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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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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.


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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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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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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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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July 21, 2020
Maribelle Throw Size Quilt Kit! from Busy Hands Quilts

Photo Credit Connecting Threads

Maribelle has been kitted by Connecting Threads in Wild Crimson in the Throw size!  I love the subtly muted blues, reds, and tans in this collection paired with the bold blue dot print.  Did ya see the dots?  When I place fabrics in designs for Connecting Threads, I try to use the fabrics that read as a solid but have a bit of a design in them for texture, like this blue fabric with tiny cream, tan, and red dots.

Photo Credit Connecting Threads

Maribelle is a layer cake friendly quilt pattern with two accents.  It ...

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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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