Improv Quilts and FREE Patterns

Sometimes I get to make a quilt more than once or twice. I have used my Fractured Jewels pattern in that way. Yes, there is a FREE pattern, but some of it is improvisational. Does that make you nervous?!

Here is the center to my first quilt made in 2013 using some solids by Windham Fabrics. It is a spiral Log Cabin.

Center of my Fractured Jewels quilt

This is a FREE pattern at their website. Here is the quilt before it was quilted.

Check it out as it appears at their website. Very simple quilting. The little bits of irregular size are where the improvisation occurs.

Then I went on to make it again for Windham. It hangs in my oldest daughter's house. Same concept as the one above - a spiral Log Cabin.

Fractured Jewels Spiral Log Cabin

And THEN I went on to make it for Benartex using some of their batiks. This appeared in their 5th issue of Modern by the Yard digital magazine. Go check it out for the FREE PATTERN! This link will take you to their 2017 blog post and you will click to get to the FREE online magazine and my pattern is a few pages in.

Fractured Jewels using batiks by Benartex

So, I've given you TWO links for two patterns. This is a fun way to use up scraps, too!


  1. these are wonderful. thanks YOU for the links.

    1. You're welcome! It is a fun (and addictive) way to use up scraps, too.

  2. WOW, interesting! They pack punch.

    1. Thanks, Charlene. Yes, and 2 of my 3 daughters took the quilts right off my wall! I guess they like them. Still hanging in their homes, so I know they're getting a lot of adoration.

  3. Hi Debby! What a fun and different spin on the log cabin block. It makes for a stunning quilt in the end. Thanks for sharing it and the pattern links with us. ~smile~ Roseanne

  4. Thank you Debby for the link to the free pattern. A scrappy doodle project is just what I need to make my day.


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