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Free Gingham Quilt Pattern + Tutorial

Get this FREE Gingham Quilt Pattern and Tutorial

Do you want a free gingham quilt pattern and tutorial?  I am sharing how I made this pattern a little different from other gingham quilt patterns, and also sharing a FREE download for the quilt pattern.  GET FREE PATTERN HERE.

My name is Elizabeth Chappell, and I am the owner of Quilters Candy.  I write quilt patterns, am offering a course on how to sell and write quilt patterns, and I host an online modern quilt guild.  I am excited to share this tutorial and free pattern on Amy’s blog.

GIngham Quilt in Orange Fabrics by Art Gallery Fabrics


Every other gingham quilt pattern I found had a border that didn’t make my OCD tendencies happy.  If you notice most Gingham Quilts have a border with mis-matching fabrics.  That is why I created this new pattern with a border that has matching fabrics on all sides.  Note the difference in these two photos:

Gingham Quilt Free Pattern

I wanted a Gingham Quilt pattern that looked like the quilt on the bottom.  I wanted a border that had matching fabrics on all sides.  Yet I couldn’t find a gingham pattern (for free or for purchase) that had that.  So I decided to write one, using the simplified strip piecing method.  Get the free pattern HERE.

Strip Piecing your own Gingham Quilt

To make a gingham quilt, there is an easier way than cutting each square and sewing them together.  This easier method is called Strip Piecing.  This is what strip piecing entails:

  • Cutting strips of fabric.
  • Sewing those strips together.
  • Cutting the strips into new strips made up of squares.
  • Sew those newly cut strips (with squares) together.

Steps to Making Free Gingham Quilt

  • Cutting Fabric Strips.  My version of the pattern calls for cutting strips 5 ½” x WOF.

cutting fabric for gingham quilt

  • Pin and sew alternating fabric strips together.  You will want the free pattern download for this step, as it tells you how many and which color strips to sew together.
  • Sew matching strips together, alternating rows so it goes Fabric A, Fabric B, Fabric A, Fabric B, and so on.

Free Gingham Quilt Pattern Tutorial

How to Make a Gingham Quilt + Free Pattern and Tutorial

  • Press seams all in one direction.

Free Gingham Quilt Tutorial

  • Cut your sewn together strips into new rows.  This step will give you strips with squares.  NOTE: Because your fabric is too large to fit on a cutting mat, I carefully fold my sewn together strips in half.  I then press it with an iron and fold in half again.  Make sure your edges line up.  This way you can cut you fabric easily.  However, if you do not fold your fabric carefully in this step, your squares will be wonky.
  • With your new strips that have squares in them, sew alternating rows together.

Steps to making a Gingham Quilt

  • NOTE: Be sure to pin at each corner so the corners match and the seams nest.
  • Sew all rows together.

Finishing Your Gingham Quilt Top - Free pattern and tutorial

  • Press seams in one direction, and your quilt top is ready to be quilted!  That’s it.  This can be done in a matter of hours.
  • Quilt in your desired method.  I, personally, love to use a minky backing when I can, and send it to a long arm quilter.  I consider it treating myself. 😉

Free Gingham Quilt Pattern made with blue fabrics


All you need to do now is decide what fabrics you want to use to make your gingham quilt!  Be sure to use the hashtags #QuiltersCandy and #GinghamLove so we can see your finished quilt.

If you like this tutorial, be sure to visit my other free tutorials, like this one on DIY Spray Starch.  Not to mention using spray starch to make your quilt will help your points to match!

More photos of my two versions, one with orange fabrics, the other with blues.

Orange fabrics: Warp and Weft by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Ruby Star Society.  Colors: Warp Weft Wovens Persimmon, Warp Weft Wovens Dahlia, and Warp Weft Wovens Natural.  Backing, Leos Orchard by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Blue Fabrics: Peppered Cotton by Cottoneer in the following colors: Lake, Fog, and Oyster.



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Free Beginner Quilt Pattern, ‘Playtime’

Learn to make this ‘Playtime’ Quilt with a Free Tutorial

I’m excited to share this free ‘Playtime’ Beginner Quilt Pattern + Tutorial.  The ‘Playtime’ quilt is a beautiful and simple modern quilt that you’ll love.

Free beginner quilt tutorial for Playtime Quilt

Needed Fabric to make Playtime Quilt

The overall finished quilt size is 37″ x 53″.  Here are the fabrics you’ll need to make your own beginner Quilt:

  1. (1) Jelly Roll, or (30) 2 ½” x 42″ strips of fabric.  I used a jelly roll because it is already cut and ready to go.  Talk about convenient!
  2. (29) 1 ¾” x 42″ strips of fabric in various colors.  These will make the colorful strips you see in the quilt.
  3. Backing – (1) 60″ x 42″ piece of fabric for the backing.
  4. Batting – at least 60″ x 42″ batting.  I used Dream Puff Batting, because I like how puffy and soft it makes the finished quilt.  But you can use whatever kind you prefer.
  5. Binding – (5) 2 ½” x 42″ strips of fabric for binding.

How to Make Your Free Beginner Quilt

This free beginner quilt pattern is SUPER fun and easy to put together.  If there’s one area you can save time, it’s in making your colorful strips of fabric.  You can find some pre-made strips and save a LOT of time HERE.

Making Colorful Strips

  • Take (1) 1 ¾” x 42″ strip.  Lay it out on a flat surface and starting at one end, fold in half.  As you fold in half, place your iron on your strip to set your crease.

Making Quilt Binding for Playtime Quilt

Fabrics used for a pre-made binding kit

The fabrics Bessie Pearl is using for pre-made strips to make your ‘Playtime’ Quilt

Sewing Strips Together

Now that you have your binding strips, you are ready to sew your fabrics together.

  • Take (1) jelly roll piece, or 2 ½” x 42″ strip of fabric.  Lay it out on a flat surface.  Iron it to make sure its totally flat.
  • Place one of your binding strips, raw edge to raw edge, along that top of your jelly roll strip.
  • Place a second jelly roll strip on top, to make a sandwich.  Be sure that all raw edges line up.  I place pins as layer the top jelly roll strip.  Note in the photo below how I place my pins.  This placement makes it easy to take the pins out as I sew.

Free Modern Quilt Pattern and Tutorial

  • Double check both front and back of your pieced sandwich.  Make sure all the edges are evenly lined and pinned together.
  • Sew your fabric strips together, pulling out pins as you go.
  • Keep adding one binding strip at a time following the steps above.
  • You can press seams as you go, or wait until the end and press them all at once.

Your quilt will look like this from the back as you add rows and press your seams: (You can see where I sprayed water in this photo if you look closely.  I found that spraying water helped the seams lay flat).

Free Modern Quilt Tutorial Strip Assembly

Quilting Your Playtime Quilt

Ideas for quilting:

  • Hand quilt a straight line on each of the jelly rolls, either with one color of thread or changing up the colors of thread.
  • Quilt right along the seam of the color strips of fabric and the jelly roll to hide the quilting. (What I did).
  • Do a fun wave or design on the jelly roll with a machine.

I’ll share with you how I quilted my quilt top, but there are so many fun ways you could quilt this.

How I Quilted my Playtime Quilt

I wanted all the seams on one side of my quilt to go one direction, and the seams on the opposite side of my quilt to go the other direction.  I love that this quilt is a 3D quilt, and I wanted to strips of fabric to really pop.

I also wanted the place where the seams change direction to be in a certain place, to give the affect of a ripple or wave.

A free modern quilt pattern for Playtime Quilt

To make sure that the seam direction stayed in the place where I wanted it, I placed a pin on each strip of binding / color fabric where the seam changed direction.

How to prepare your quilt for quilting

I sewed along the seam in a straight line.

How to quilt on your domestic machine

When the seam changed direction, I stopped sewing, then started sewing on the other side of the color strip / binding piece.

Free Modern Quilt Pattern and Tutorial

Finishing Your Quilt

When the quilting was done, it was easy to trim the backing and batting and add binding as normal.  I wondered how thick the quilt would be with so many layers of fabric.  I wondered if sewing the binding on might be difficult, but my needle had NO problem going through the layers of fabric and adding my binding as normal.

The End Product

Here is a look at the quilt all finished.  I will admit that the cool affect of the wave was lost a little after washing the quilt.  But the colorful fabric binding pieces looked beautiful and like ruffly ribbon after washing and drying the quilt.  I am a MAJOR fan of this quilt design, and fully plan to make a larger size for myself.

Free modern quilt pattern and tutorial

Playtime Quilt, a free modern quilt pattern and tutorialHere is the Quilt Top after washing and drying it.  You can see how the fabric becomes more ribbon / lace-like.

Other Tutorials

If you enjoyed this Free Beginner Quilt Pattern, you will love these others that I share:





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‘After The Rain’ Quilt Inspiration

Inspiration for the ‘After The Rain’ Quilt

Inspiration for ‘After The Rain’ quilt come from seeing so many uniquely colored, modern rainbows.  I found modern rainbows everywhere, it felt like.  I even made a folder in Instagram to save inspiration.  Here are a couple of photos that I saved and what I liked about them.

Inspiration for After The Rain Quilt

Modern Rainbow 'After The Rain' quilt inspiration

This was the first modern rainbow that I remember seeing and thinking, “I want to make a quilt with this shape.”  I love the unusual rainbow shape where the ‘legs’ of the rainbow are longer than the arch.  You can see that in my ‘After The Rain’ Quilt.


Modern Rainbow 'After The Rain' quilt inspiration

These colors . . . I wanted to add these unusual rainbow colors in my quilt.



Modern Rainbow 'After The Rain' quilt inspiration

The colors in this are untraditional, but I also wanted to recreate the FEEL of this.  The childlike feel and look was something I wanted to recreate in a quilt.



Modern Rainbow 'After The Rain' quilt inspiration

Speaking of wanting to recreate a feel, I LOVE the water color rainbow here.  Again, this soft and welcoming vibe was one I wanted to bring to life in my quilt pattern.

Designing The Rainbow Quilt Block

I worked in the EQ8 (Electric Quilt 8) computer program to create the pattern.  But designing the templates was another story.  I tweaked the templates from EQ8 in Adobe Illustrator, and after HOURS and HOURS of almost giving up on this pattern, I reached out to a friend of mine who is amazing, and she helped me get the templates just right.  It takes a village!

I knew I wanted the design to be an untraditional look for a rainbow, and after a lot of work (and possibly tears), I finalized this design for the quilt block:

After The Rain Quilt Design Template


Picking Fabrics for ‘After The Rain’ Quilt Top

My first Mini version made for the Quilters Candy Membership.  It was called ‘Over The Rainbow Quilt’ at that time, before I picked a different name.  I also went with blue and pink colors for this mini version.

After The Rain Quilt Sewing Curves, Fabric Color and Inspiration

Fabrics: Art Gallery Fabrics (AGF) Pure Solids, from outer to inner: Snow (background), Denim Blue, Icy Mint, Peach Sherbet, and Sweet Macadamia.


For my larger, lap size quilt, I wanted to try some of the more earth-tone colors with some purples.  I was motivated by the Instagram photos I saved.  Here is what my final, lap size quilt looks like, along with a list of the colors I used.

After The Rain Quilt Inspiration with Bias Binding


Fabrics Used for ‘After The Rain’ Quilt:

  • Rainbow 1
    • AGF Honey
    • Kona Snow
    • AGF Mauvelous
    • Kona Latte
  • Rainbow 2
    • AGF Macchiato
    • AGF Lavendar Water
    • AGF Vanilla Custard
    • AGF Foxglove
  • Rainbow 3
    • AGF SAndstone
    • Kona Ice Peach
    • Kona Rose
    • AGF Gentle Feather
  • Rainbow 4
    • AGF Vanilla Custard
    • AGF Creme De La Creme
    • Kona Honey
    • AGF Cinnamon
  • Rainbow 5
    • AGF Sweet Macademia
    • AGF Toasty Walnut
    • AGF Peach Sherbet
    • Kona Sienna
  • Rainbow 6
    • AGF Creme De La Creme
    • Kona Peach
    • AGF Sweet Macademia
    • AGF Mink
  • Binding
  • Background Fabric
    • Art Gallery Fabrics ‘Snow’


I first made this quilt for my digital quilting membership, the Quilters Candy Membership.  It was a mini quilt pattern, just one block.  And I named it, “Over The Rainbow”.  Somewhere in between the release of that mini pattern and the release of the full sized version, I realized I want my patterns to have intentional names.  I want each pattern to mean something, to share a message.  I took time to think on this pattern.

The release of this pattern came during the Corona Virus quarantine.  There was the death of George Floyd.  The world felt (and at the time I write this) still DOES feel uncertain.  No matter how difficult things are, there is always hope in what is to come.  Things get better.  It takes rain to produce a rainbow.  Without difficulties, we can’t grow and improve, or appreciate the good as much as we could.

And so I decided to rename this quilt.  It is now named, ‘AFTER THE RAIN’.  I love this new name as much as I love the pattern.  You can get a copy of the pattern HERE.


Since this pattern came out in the Quilters Candy Membership first, I have a few samples of this pattern made in the mini version.  Here are a few of the beautiful mini ‘After The Rain’ quilts that were made.

After The Rain Mini Quilt Quilters Candy Membership

Made by Melissa of @ifyoudontsew


After The Rain Mini Quilt for Quilters Candy Membership

Made by Rachel of @wren.collective


After The Rain Mini Quilt made for Quilters Candy Membership

Made by Kelli of @simplymackbeth


After The Rain with Lo and Behold Stitchery Rainbow Curved Quilt

Made by Brittany of @loandbeholdstitchery


After The Rain Quilt Pillow, Rainbow Pillow

A personal favorite made by @wildrose_company


I hope you enjoyed seeing different versions of this pattern, ‘After The Rain’, and learning what inspired it’s creation.  Be sure to check out my other blog post where I share how to attach Bias Binding to your Quilt.




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‘Bundles Of Joy’ Quilt Pattern

Behind The Scenes of my Bundles Of Joy Quilt

I am sharing all about my Bundles Of Joy Quilt.  What fabrics did I use, and why.  Plus, what ARE these bundles of joy? You can get the pattern HERE. 

What ARE The Bundles Of Joy meant to be?

What brings more joy to a quilter than a fresh, new bundle of fabric?  I designed this quilt that features just that: little bundles of fabric wrapped with ribbon.  But I HAVE loved hearing what others see when they see this quilt.  How about you?  What do you see when you look at this quilt top?

What fabric did I use to make my ‘Bundles Of Joy’ quilt, and why

If you know me, you know that Amy Sinibaldi’s fabrics have been a favorite of mine as long as I have been quilting. (See other quilts I have made using her fabric here and here). One of the things I love about the fabric I picked for this quilt, ‘Mayfair’, are the colors and the tiny designs on the fabric.  Let me share a few ‘Bundles of Joy’ blocks and you can take a look for yourself. A close up of 'Bundles of Joy' quilt blocks using 'Mayfair' fabric by Amy Sinibaldi. These blocks are blue and purple.


Can you see the tiny flowers in the top fabric?  There’s hints of yellow, along with the dreamiest blue.  You can see a pop of the yellow fabric on the right, and notice the purples, pinks, and deep blues.  The colors make this fabric line turn any quilt into something you would find at a cute boutique.  Maybe, for instance,  a cute store in London?  The entire line is inspired by Amy’s  time spent in London, so that’s very fitting. One 'Bundle Of Joy' Quilt block with a pink ribbon and blue and pink floral fabric. In this close up of a quilt block, you can see how Amy’s hand drawings are turned into the perfect, whimsical fabrics.  And if you are drooling over that custom quilting (come on quilters, you know you are), I’ll leave a link so you can find out who the magical hands behind that was:  CUSTOM QUILTING. You can also try HAND QUILTING to give your quilt a custom feel.

Drawings Turned Into Fabric

Here are some of Amy’s hand drawings.  Notice her flowers here and in the quilt block above.  I just LOVE them! Amy Sinibaldi's black and white ink hand drawn flowers and vases. If you like these drawings, be sure to check out THIS BLOG POST, as well, all about sharing beautiful paper products + quilts with others.


If you like what you see here and want to make your own the ‘Bundles Of Joy’ quilt, you are in luck! I now have a paper version of the pattern along with the digital download. Want to get your hands on this fabric?   I’ll link a few online shops that sell it HERE and HERE. A Bundle of Mayfair Fabric with the Quilters Candy logo in the bottom right corner.

Quilt on a wall with a yellow chairin front of it. The quilt has colorful fabric bundles tied with ribbons  
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