August 11, 2022

Waterfall Quilt in Reds and Pinks by Margo!

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Margo made a Waterfall quilt in reds and pinks in the Throw size.  It is beautiful, and she so well done!  

The Waterfall quilt pattern is a log cabin quilt pattern with unique setting triangles that carry the design out to the edges of the quilt.  The pattern includes two sizes - Throw and Queen.

To see Waterfall and Waterfall II in more colorways, click here.

The Waterfall quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop.


You can get the Waterfall quilt pattern right here.




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August 10, 2022

Picket Fence Square Throw Quilt in One Fine Day!

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Oh, my!  This Picket Fence quilt fell through the cracks and didn't get posted here on the blog!  

This is a Picket Fence quilt in the Square Throw size.  The quilt pattern includes 7 sizes - two of which are Throw sizes.  One is a square quilt in which the pieced blocks are alternately rotated, and the other is a rectangular quilt in which the pieced blocks are all placed vertically.

This is the perfect pattern to feature your favorite fabrics that you don't want to cut up into small pieces.  It's no fun cutting oversized flowers, or cute cats and dogs, or fun prints for kids, into small pieces so you can't see their complete cuteness.  Feature those beautiful prints in Picket Fence!

The Picket Fence quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop.


Bonnie and Camille Fabrics


...they never disappoint!  This fabric collection is One Fine Day by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics.  Since it took so long for me to get this quilt posted here, this is now considered an older collection, but you can still find it right here.


Precut Friendly


Picket Fence is a precut friendly quilt pattern - using 10" layer cakes in all sizes and combining the squares with 2-1/2" jelly roll strips in the Queen and King sizes.  The instructions include how to use the combination of layer cake squares and jelly roll strips, of course!

It's also the perfect pattern to use your scrap bins.  If you're a scrappy quilter, you likely already know how to convert a precut pattern to scraps by cutting the number of pieces in the sizes indicated in the pattern.  Great patterns include how many of each piece size you'll need to make it easy for scrappy quilters, and this is always included in my patterns.  :)  


7 Quilt Sizes Included


Yep, there are seven sizes included in the Picket Fence quilt pattern.  You will definitely use this pattern more than once because there are so many sizes.

  • Baby
  • Square Throw
  • Rectangular Throw
  • Twin
  • Square Queen
  • Rectangular Queen
  • King


The Picket Fence quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop.




The Picket Fence Quilt Pattern


The Picket Fence quilt pattern is quick and easy, with strip piecing to speed up the process.  You won't be sewing together individual squares; they're all strip pieced!  Yay, I ♥ strip piecing, and you'll find it in my quilt patterns whenever possible.  

Two Layout Options are included in this quilt pattern.  The pieced blocks can be placed alternating directions in each row, or they can all be placed vertically.  This totally changes up the design of the quilt.  

This is a great quilt pattern to use your favorite prints that you don't want to cut into small pieces.  Plus, you can place the prints you like less in the pieced blocks so they are cut smaller and "hidden"!  

There are seven quilt sizes included, so the size you're looking for isn't missing - such a bonus to have all of the sizes right there to be used again and again.  :)

All that, and precut friendly to boot!!  


Longarm Quilting


I am uncertain of this longarm quilting design.  It's a swirly thing-a-ma-jig on the tablet on my longarm.  😬  Quilted on my HandiQuilter Fusion with ProStitcher in navy thread.



Both of these quilt tops were sewn by my sewist Kare, and quilted and bound by me.



Quilt Stats


  • Quilting Design - an unknown swirly design


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August 9, 2022

Through My Window - A New Quilt Pattern - Charm Squares, Layer Cakes, or Fat Quarters!

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Meet Through My Window - a star quilt pattern, looking at twinkling stars through the panes of a window.  This is a really fun quilt to make!  

This new quilt pattern includes 5 sizes - Baby, Throw, Twin, Queen, and King.

The Through My Window quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop.



Precut Friendly Quilt Pattern


Through My Window is a very versatile pattern to use your stash.  You can use precut charm squares, layer cakes, fat quarters, or cut fabric from you scraps, of course.  Using fat quarters results in less variety in the prints, but they are still a great option for the larger quilt sizes.

  • 5" charm squares
  • 10" layer cake squares
  • fat quarters
  • scraps

Fabric Selection


So many fabrics will be perfect for Through My Window.  The key is to make sure the background fabric contrasts enough from the majority of the prints to allow the stars to sparkle.  A light background fabric will also make this happen.  Then have fun with the sashing fabric and consider fabrics beyond the traditional solid white, black or gray.  


The quilt above with the white background is made with Dawn to Dusk batiks, available as a layer cake right here in this shop.

The Through My Window cover quilt is made with Painterly Petals by Robert Kaufman, an older fabric collection which has been recently revived.  Some of the prints have been reprinted with others added.  The second collection is perhaps even more stunning than the first one!  Click here to see it.

For the background, I chose Kona Cotton Nautical, a beautiful deep navy blue, to capture the sparkling stars on the night sky.  

The sashing and binding are made with a pindot fabric, a navy blue with tiny white dots placed randomly.  Oh, how fun to think outside of the typical fabrics for sashing!  Try something new, and you might be surprised at how much you like it.  :)


The backing is a print from the Painterly Petals collection.


The Through My Window quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop.




Quick and Easy Quilt Pattern


If you can make an HST - half-square triangle - you can make this quilt pattern.  It's quick and easy with plenty of instructions and diagrams to break down the process step-by-step.

Pairing all of those bright, happy prints is also very fun!  In general, I paired the squares with star points that had similar colors and blended with each other.


Longarm Quilting


The longarm quilting design is Ribbon Curls, perhaps my favorite design.  Quilted on my HandiQuilter Fusion with ProStitcher in navy thread which blends perfectly into the quilt top and backing.



The Through My Window quilt pattern is available in the Busy Hands Quilts shop.

Quilt Stats


  • Prints, Quilt Top and Backing - Painterly Petals by Robert Kaufman, available here
  • Background fabric - Kona Cotton Nautical
  • Quilting Design - Ribbon Curls

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