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Patterns and Publications:

Summer Sampler 2016, a 20 block Block of the Week, with Faith Jones and Lee Heinrich

Division Street Diamonds Quilt in Scraps Inc., Vol. 2, by Lucky Spool

Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks by Interweave Press, with co-authors Faith Jones and Lee Heinrich

November/December 2014 Quilty Article: Sourcing Vintage Quilts

July/August 2014: Braddock Road Pattern in Quiltmaker Magazine

Bike tool roll in Craft Bomb Your Bike: 20 Makes for You and Your Bike (2014)

Spring 2014: New World Pouch In Modern Patchwork

May/June 2013: Super Star Pattern in Quilty Magazine

3 projects featured in Sweet Celebrations with Moda Bakeshop Chefs: 35 Projects to Sew from Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, Fat Quarters, Charm Squares & More

Old Town Star Block Pattern, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks (V. 5), 2012

Modern Geese, Fat Quarterly Issue 9, March 2012

Feature Story in Quilt It Today, Issue 2 “A Blog With A Mission” (magazine is closed)

Previous Lectures

The Publishing Process & Bridging the Gap Between Traditional & Modern Quilts

Quilts: Traditional Made Modern

Publishing Demystified: Magazines, Patterns in Books, and Writing a Book

Blogging 101

Trunk Shows + and Book Signings

Class Descriptions

Vintage Quilt Revival Block of the Month
A block of the month class focusing on 12 blocks from my book, Vintage Quilt Revival. This class can be taught in an accelerated 3 month timetable, or as a traditional block of the month.

Vintage Quilt Revival Blocks

Introduction to Foundation Piecing
In this class, we will be learning the basics of foundation piecing, or sewing fabric to a fabric foundation. The quilt design incorporates a traditional kite or spiderweb block with a modern aesthetic, including a variety of neutral solids, bold prints, and negative space. We will talk about color, design, and precision piecing as we work on the blocks in a relaxed environment.


Introduction to Improv Piecing
Description: In this class, we will be learning the basics of improvisational piecing.  The workshop will cover: rotary cutting without a ruler, fabric placement,  piecing improv blocks, when to square up the blocks, putting together an improv quilt top,  and general improv design guidelines.  We will also discuss different ways to quilt the top; very fast piecers may be able to baste and even partially quilt the baby quilt. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome.


Circles, Lines, & Curves: A 3 Part Long Arm Quilting Class
In this three-part class, we will be learning some of the most versatile and basic quilting shapes on a long arm—circles, lines, and curves.  In this hands on class, we will practice doodling on quilt mock-ups with pencil and paper, and then practice on the long arm itself.  We will also give suggestions on modifying and changing up the basic designs, changing the scale of the quilting designs, and thread color choice.


These skills are very transferable to free motion quilting on a home machine—come learn something new!


  1. Karen
    Posted July 25, 2013 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    I love your retro bubble quilting design you put on your Madronna Road string quilt (love the whole quilt actually). I was wondering if the quilting was done using a panto and if so, do you know where I could purchase it?

    Thanks so much,

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

      Hi Karen–I actually quilted that freehand without a panto, so i’m sorry I’m not much help there!

  2. Erica
    Posted March 8, 2014 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Hi Katie,
    I’m in the DC area and have been looking for a good intro to quilting class. I know the basics of sewing, but I’ve never done any quilting before. Do you have any recommendations? I love your style and would love to find a class that would teach in this style of quilt making. Thanks so much for any advice you have!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 11, 2014 at 10:47 am | Permalink

      Hi Erica– I think that Anna Haller is teaching an introduction to quilting class at Capital Quilts… i also saw that Annette Burns is teaching an introduction to quilt making Kathy Gillette, the owner of the Quilters Studio in Fairfax is also teaching a beginning quilting class that starts this friday. Maybe one of these will help? Have fun! h

  3. Eileen Fiell
    Posted March 9, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Hello from Canada,
    I have been lookng for six pointed star patterns and your site turned up with the mention that six point star patterns are not common. I have a very old quilt which has six pentagons on the six edges of a small hexagon. In between, are larger hexagons with triangles holding the whole thing together. Scrap fabric has been used for the pentagons. Flour sacking for everything else. This quilt was made in 1904 and since you express interest in heritage quilts, I thought you would be interested in this pattern. I have no idea of the name but the source could have been from the Godey’s Ladies magazine you mention. My ancestors moved from near the Vermont border in 1903 and I would not be surprised if that magazine was known to them even though they were French. This quilt was created in a log cabin in western Canada under very primitive conditions. Imagine no cutting table or modern devices used by today’s quilters! There was a sewing machine used but all the quilting is done by hand.
    Thanks for your interest in old quilts and I hope you will try out this pattern at least in paper form.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 11, 2014 at 10:43 am | Permalink

      Hi Eileen,

      Thanks so much for letting me know about this quilt! I would love to see photos of the quilt if you have any, and maybe even share it on my series, Vintage Quilt Sundays! Thanks-

  4. Tamara Finch
    Posted March 23, 2014 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I downloaded your pattern for the “bright star quilt”…..and I am wondering if you have instructions to enlarge it to full or queen size?

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm | Permalink


      I don’t have instructions to enlarge it. I’m sorry. You could use the throw size instructions and add additional squares around it, if you wanted to. Happy sewing.

  5. Tamara Finch
    Posted March 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    One last question, for the throw size, are to cut 9″ squares, or should they end up being 9″ when sewing? I am new at all of this. Thanks

  6. Jan Munson
    Posted April 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    I am making your quilt from Moda bake Shop called Marmalade Squares. Are your directions correct for only one charm squares pack? I don’t have enough fabric to make 2 of the long strips of the charm fabric. I only have enough fabric to make two of the strips. Did I do something wrong? I tried to follow the directions carefully. thanks in advance for your help on this.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted May 1, 2014 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      Hi–I’m sorry I missed your question. Ive been ill lately. I updated the instructions, and the updated instructions should call for 2 charm packs. thanks.

  7. Nancy Pietrowiak
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    You were interested in knowing where we get antique quilts…
    I have picked up a number at auctions, antique places, and even got one for “free” when it came inside a hope chest we bought at an auction. Usually I don’t spend too much more than $75. A lady in our guild has documentation/fabric knowledge, and now I have several that date pre-1900’s.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted May 1, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

      Pre-1900s. What a treat! Thanks so much for sharing with me.

  8. Elizabeth
    Posted June 4, 2014 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Hi Katie, found Marmalade Quilt (Two) on Modabakeshop and love it! What size is it?

  9. Megan
    Posted September 1, 2014 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Hi Katie,

    I’ve been looking for ideas for “big kid bed” quilts for my 3-year-old twins. I found your “I’m not little” quilt on Sew Mama Sew ( and am in love with it, as is my daughter. I read your note that it is based on the cover quilt from Sunday Morning Quilts: 16 Modern Scrap Projects Sort, Store, and Use Every Last Bit of Your Treasured Fabrics by Cheryl Arkison and Amanda Jean Nyberg, but I also see that there are some significant differences in your version.

    Did you take any notes that you would be willing to share about your version of this beauty with respect to fabric choices (beyond what you listed on the SMS page), dimensions, etc.? I am a beginning quilter and this project will be a collaboration with my mother, who has much more experience. Any tips you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! You have a lovely blog.


    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted September 1, 2014 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your note, Megan. I’m sorry to say I don’t have any extra tips. Basically, I used strips that were between 1.5 and 3 inches, and that I mixed and matched strip widths in each row. Some strips were shorter (5″) and some longer (14″). I just sewed and trimmed until it was the right size. Have fun!!

  10. Barb O'Connor
    Posted March 17, 2015 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    I love your vintage quilt revival and would like to make the quilt pictured on the cover. I will need to buy material and would love to find out how much of each fabric I would need to purchase.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted March 18, 2015 at 3:00 am | Permalink

      I believe that the book gives a general guideline of how much fabric to purchase to make the sampler quilt. I am currently in the process of moving out of state, and my quilt is packed, and I’m not able to help with specifics! If you are looking for information about the actual colors I used, i wrote about it in a blog post here. thanks! happy sewing.

  11. Barbara
    Posted September 14, 2015 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    I want you to know your machine binding tutorial is the best I’ve seen! I have watched 15 video tutorials today trying to figure out how to match the ends and sew them. Finally you took a still picture of it. Thanks so much.

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted October 2, 2015 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

      This just made my day. Thanks for letting me know. Happy sewing.

  12. Mary St. John
    Posted July 26, 2017 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I like your quilt designs! I am looking for a presenter and/or class for a quilt guild in Hudson, WI. Where is your location?

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted July 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

      Hi–thanks for the inquiry. I am in Utah. Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced ( is in Wisconsin, if that is helpful.

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