Free Quilt Patterns

National Jelly Roll Day

Saturday, 16th September was National Jelly Roll Day and we celebrated with our Open Day.  We had a brilliant day with so many lovely customers visiting and joining in with all the fun.

We kick started the day with two free classes.  Margaret showed us how to use the Creative Grids Double-Strip Kaleidoscope ruler and how amazing the design can look when using a jelly roll in our Two to Tango quilt. Then in Ileana’s class, she demonstrated the brilliant Creative Grids Multi-Size Flying Geese & 45/90 ruler – there were lots of jelly roll quilts made using this ruler and our free pattern giveaway for this class was for our Geometric breeze which you can download here.

After our two free classes there was time to walk around and see all our quilts from our latest book Jelly Roll Quilts in a Weekend which all had little clues attached for our Jelly Roll Quiz. There was lots of tea and cake plus Chris had both our longarm machines in action for everyone to see. 

Our shop was a hive of activity with a huge selection of brand spanking new Moda precuts which are so new that even the bolts haven’t yet been released.  Dee and Sue were our shop girls and did a fantastic job of making our shop look absolutely dazzling. 

In the afternoon Margaret hosted our Make a Jelly Roll Quilt. Quilters with all skill levels were invited to make a block which eventually will become a quilt for charity. We were so impressed how eager and enthusiastic everyone was and it truly was a great afternoon. We had several ladies who had never made anything before and they were thrilled with the results.  We are just in the process of finishing the quilt and will post pictures soon.

What was amazing about the day was how everyone was there for the simple reason – to have fun doing something that you love. Aren’t we lucky to be part of such a lovely quilting community! 

So a big thank you to everyone who came and took part and of course to all our wonderful Quilt Room staff who all bent over backwards making sure the day was a success.  If you were unable to come or perhaps are thinking about visiting us – here is a little video of behind the scenes.

Oh and Mary Foster was the lady who won one of our quizzes and received this great bundle of goodies!

Tabby Road Twist – dessert roll pattern

What can you make with a dessert roll and more to the point – what is a dessert roll?

This yummy sounding precut is made up of twenty 5in wide strips, each cut the width of the fabric (approx. 44in).  Roughly speaking, there is about 2.5m of fabric in a dessert roll – the same as what you would find in a jelly roll.  Back in 2013, we wrote our book, Dessert Roll Quilts showcasing 12 quilt patterns and we continue to champion how versatile dessert rolls can even though it often takes a back seat to it’s better know cousin – the jelly roll.

We recently stumbled across a free pattern by Modkins which formed the inspiration for our Tabby Road Twist pattern.  We have adapted the pattern to be used with dessert rolls and have added in some fun borders too.  This is a really fun quilt to make and uses the partial seaming technique which is easy to learn if you’ve not done this before.

To make this quilt all you need is one Dessert Roll (twenty 5in strips) plus a fat quarter for the middle square and four fat eighths to go with the border. We can’t get enough of Tula Pink’s Tabby Road collection and so our quilt is made with one of our Tabby Road Twist Dessert Rolls and one of our Tabby Road Twist Finishing Packs.

Just click on the link below to download and print off the free pattern and away you go! This is suitable for beginners.

Chris had great fun longarm quilting this with some fabulous custom quilting. She quilted geometric lines going across each of the four main units, a detailed cross-hatch in the centre and then a fun pattern in the borders.

We hope you enjoy working with this great precut and if you do make it, we would love to see some pictures posted on our Facebook page!


Busy Bee pattern download

Dreamer Fabric

We spend a lot of our time designing jelly roll quilts so when we use a different form of precut in a quilt (in this case fat quarters)  it feels quite exciting.  Before jelly rolls came along – over ten years now, a lot of our designs were fat quarter friendly and it’s lovely to dip back into that way of thinking every now and then.  Fat quarter quilts are fantastic for using up your fabric stash and what’s better than a fat quarter quilt that’s quick and clever to make too!

fat quarter pattern

Our free quilt pattern download Busy Bee is a variation of one of our older patterns, Busy Lizzie. The technique is a liberated form of patchwork (so non-conformists will love this!) using a simple stack, shuffle and sew method. The quilt goes together ridiculously quickly so makes for an ideal day project or when you just have to make something.

You work with either fat quarters or fat eighths and we used a selection from Carrie Bloomston’s Dreamer Fat Quarter Collection which you can find online with a handy 10% discount.  Our finished quilt size was 64in x 80in but if you just remember that each fat quarter will give you four blocks, then you can adapt our pattern to make it whatever size you like.

Requirements for pattern

Quilt Size: 64in x 80in
Block Size: finished 8in blocks

Setting: 8 x 10 blocks

  • 21 fat quarters
  • 60cms binding

Click on the link  to download our free quilt pattern and watch our video for a quick demo on how to make the block :

Click here to download Busy Bee Pattern


Busy Bee backing

We made the quilt in record time and then it was whisked from rural Cornwall (where Pam lives) up to Dorking for it to be longarm quilted by Chris in our studio. We decided on a fairly neutral even toned grey thread so that it was not too heavy or bold on the fabrics as we really wanted the focus of the quilt to be the amazing prints. For the quilting pattern, we settled on African Maze. This had a gentle enough curve not to jar with the straight lines of the quilt but also echoed some of the shapes in the fabric patterns. For the backing, we went for the blue leaf print and you can really see the lovely quilting coming to life.

Busy Bee on longarm machine.



Tabby Road by Tula Pink


Oooooohhhh look at what has just hit the shelves.  We have been desperately waiting for this range to arrive.  Full of dazzling colours with wonderful detailed designs, this is a fun collection and we’re itching to get cracking on a project with it.

There is so much you can do with these fabrics but if you are a little stuck for an idea, then how about this free pattern download Tabby Mountain designed by Tula Pink and quilted by the talented Angela Walters. You can download here or by visiting Tula Pink’s website.

It uses the new 30 degree ruler (or you can use the template in the pattern) and a fat quarter bundle from the range plus 1/3rd yd (approx 35cms) of eight solids.  We sell all the Tabby Road fabrics online plus a fat quarter bundle of the collection that has a cheeky 10% off.

Or if that seems a little too complicated then how about our pattern Pavlova (pictured below) which features in our book Dessert Roll Quilts.  You can download our Pavlova pattern here for FREE.  In the picture below we used one of Tula Pink’s previous collections so you can see that pattern really lends itself to big bold prints. The pattern uses a dessert roll (twenty 5in strips) which we will be busy cutting very shortly. pavlova

If perhaps, these fabrics are a little out of your comfort zone then we urge you to step outside, be brave and simply try sewing with them.  The fabrics are pieces of art – the more you look and work with them, the more that little details and nuances begin to emerge and they will keep surprising you time and time again.

Right…now off to go and stroke these gorgeous fabrics.