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Joy-Lily's new book Order now!
Cover of Joy-Lily's new book, Carefree Quilts. Thumbnail illustration from Joy-Lily's new book, Carefree Quilts.
  • 12 quilt block designs inspired by traditional quilts, including 5 completely new blocks
  • 13 quilt projects: bed and baby quilts, a tote bag, table runner, placemats, sampler quilt and a cocktail apron
  • The blocks are all interchangeable mix and match them for any project.
  • 20 tips to improve your quilting
  • 5 ways to use your digital camera as a quilting tool
  • More than 170 clear instructional drawings by Rhoda Draws
  • 5 secrets to make your sewing machine purr
Thumbnail illustration from Joy-Lily's new book, Carefree Quilts.

You'll discover

  • How to choose a color scheme for your quilt
  • Whether or not to pre-wash your fabric
  • How to use a rotary cutter safely
  • How to sew easy cornerstones and sashing
  • How to estimate the fabric for binding
  • How to make a super-fast baby quilt
  • How to rip seams without swearing
  • Stress-free quilting fun!

These geese are flying wild, the log cabin has a peaked roof, the 9-patch has a wiggle in it. This 128 page book has a dozen quilt block designs that use traditional elements in carefree ways. The full-color illustrations and step-by-step instructions make sewing these blocks a cinch, even for novice quilters. Experienced quilters will also find new strategies, shortcuts and tips for more carefree quilting.

Order your copy from Joy-Lily

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was $27.99 now only $20 for your signed copy:
carefreequilts@joy-lily.com

See a video of Joy-Lily making the Four-Play Blocks from Carefree Quilts on youtube.com/user/fiberjoy

Preview some blocks and projects from Carefree Quilts
(Page numbers denote projects from the book)
A quilting block from Joy-Lily's new book, Carefree Quilts.
Snow Flower Block
The easiest block in the book - make 4 snowballs by sewing triangles on the corners of fabric squares. With gold corners in the center they form a blossom.
Table runner p. 29-33
A quilt project, 'Snowflower,' by Joy-Lily. A quilt project, 'Happycoat,' by Joy-Lily.
A quilting block from Joy-Lily's new book, Carefree Quilts.
Curvy Nine Patch Block
It's actually very easy to sew curves with the clearly illustrated steps on page 77. Use large flower-patterned fabric to cut whole blocks that need no piecing for this fast and fun to make quilt.
Garden Path Quilt p. 75-79
A quilt project, 'Garden Path,' by Joy-Lily. Click to enlarge. A quilt project, 'Marianne's Quilt,' by Joy-Lily.
A quilting block from Joy-Lily's new book, Carefree Quilts.
Roman Snake Block
When curved seams meet Flying Geese they fly off into the sunset together, or slither up onto your couch.
Snake in the Grass Cushions, p. 95-99
A quilt project, 'Gold Snake in the Grass Cushion,' by Joy-Lily. A quilt project, 'Purple Snake in the Grass Cushions,' by Joy-Lily. Click to enlarge.
A quilting block from Joy-Lily's new book, Carefree Quilts.
Tuscan Sun block
This original block combines bits of the Snow Flowers Block, Tipsy Turvy Block and Lattice Alone Block, all in the book. Create stars in the night sky, starfish in the sea or a garden of flowers with different color choices.
Heatwave Bed Quilt, p. 89-93
A quilt project, 'Blue Tuscan Sun' by Joy-Lily. A quilt project, 'Heatwave,' by Joy-Lily.
A quilting block from Joy-Lily's new book, Carefree Quilts.
Lazy Leaf Block
Turn your scrap strips into fabric strata. Then use the curved seam sewing technique from the Curvy Nine Patch Block (above) to make a pair of remarkably realistic leaves. It's surprisingly simple to sew this original block design.
Leaf Cover Bed Quilt, p. 101-107
A small quilt, 'Leafcover 2,' by Joy-Lily. Click to enlarge. A bed quilt, 'Leafcover 1,' by Joy-Lily. Click to enlarge.
A quilting block from Joy-Lily's new book, Carefree Quilts.
Four-Play Block
Every time you sew up this variation of the disappearing 9 patch block, you get four blocks in little more time than it takes to make a single block. The color variation and block arrangement possibilities will set your mind spinning.
Square Dance Quilt, p. 63-66
A quilt project, 'Four Play 2,' by Joy-Lily. Click to enlarge. A quilt project, 'Four Play 2,' by Joy-Lily. Click to enlarge.
A quilting block from Joy-Lily's new book, Carefree Quilts.
Jaunty Star Block
Stack up two contrasting fabrics, cut a diagonal strip down the middle, then swap the top and bottom layers. When you do this three times on the same pair of fabrics, a star is born! Sew some starry place mats in short order.
Reversible Place Mats p. 81-85
A quilt project, 'Next Year in Miami Beach' by Joy-Lily. Click to enlarge. A quilt project, 'Jewish Baby Quilt' by Joy-Lily. Click to enlarge.
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