Learn to Make Quick Column Quilts

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Learn to Make Quick Column Quilts

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Modern, streamlined, quick—with characteristics such as these, the column quilt will no doubt soon become your go-to form of patchwork. Quilt designs are commonly based on squares, triangles, or circles—or a combination thereof. Celebrate March as National Quilting Month by adding a new word to your repertoire of patchwork descriptions: The word is columns!

Get ready for a Quick Column Quilts journey! Choose from the thirteen column quilt designs in Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts book and DVD. If you’re new to quilting or want to refresh your skills, there’s a design for you!

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Original Column Quilt

This easy-to-piece design can be made into a double- or full-size bed quilt. the gradation of colors provides great visual impact! Nancy found inspiration for this quilt design from a beach towel that was left behind at her home, by a friend of the family.

13 Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman | F + W Media

Quilt To Give

Nancy modified the original column quilt (above) and created this super-quick quilt design—to make and donate to individuals and families in need. The quilt is easily made from a fabric stash with perhaps few purchased fabric additions. The center of each column features scrappy patchwork. You can easily create a Quilt to Give by yourself, or invite friends to sew with you—like we do at Quilt Expo.

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Heartbeat Column Quilt

No matter the size—baby to king—you can sew this quilt in a heartbeat! Colorful accent strips in a variety of widths make up the heartbeat pattern, while the subdued one-color strips add a perfect background for the design.

1 Heartbeat

Interrupted Columns Quilt

This speedy-to-make queen-size quilt is designed with a very easy lesson in color coordination. Simply find a print you love for the sashing, and choose five colors from the print to use for the column solid color fabrics. The interruptions—horizontal strips—stop the lengthwise movement while creating a more artistic appeal.

2 Interrupted

Carefree Column Quilt

Fat quarters, those convenient fabric cuts approximately 18″ x 21″, are ideal for this next column quilt. Made with six fat quarter cuts and a background fabric, this lap quilt is ideal for bright fabric choices or large-scale prints.

3 Carefree

Wind Chime Column Quilt

The wind chimes hanging from Nancy’s deck served as the inspiration for this Wind Chime Column Quilt. Just like real wind chimes, the angled accent pieces, seem to move as if gently nudged by the wind.

4 Windchime

Folded Flying Geese Wall Hanging

No half-square triangles are needed to make these artistic Flying Geese. Start with squares, fold three times, and presto the folded triangles create 3-dimensional Flying Geese. Plus, the background columns are not cut, but rather one piece of fabric. Hmm, it’s kinda interesting.

5 Folded Flying Geese

Folded Scrappy Column Quilt

Are you looking for a stash buster or a scrap quilt project? This folded column quilt is the answer! The steps are simple: fold, then quilt. There are no pieced triangles and zero bias cut edges. This three-dimensional project has guidelines, rather than an exact pattern, so it is perfect for every size fabric scrap in your stash. Talk about easy!

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Dotted Columns Wall Hanging

Switch it up by making an abstract wall hanging with column-quilt techniques and fun fabrics. This artistic silk dupioni wall hanging includes “dotted columns”—circles appliquéd over the easy-to-create columns. Use a tool designed especially for making circles such as the Circles Sew Simple Tool. It makes the circles fast, painlessly, and perfect!

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Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Column Quilt

Use novel piecing techniques in this Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Column Quilt. Mix and match the wide and narrow strips of fabric to create care-free chevron columns. No matching necessary—use only straight stitching.

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Hit-and-Miss Table Runner

At first glance, this table runner looks like it is pieced with traditional hexagons. Not so with this speedy column quilt design. The hexagon shapes are created with two halves, eliminating the intersection of three seams, otherwise known as Y-seams. With this technique, faux-hexagon halves are stitched in columns with relative speed and ease. Plus, the results are dramatic!

9 Hit and Miss

Tumbling Tumblers Column Quilt

Take a recognizable tumbler quilt design and turn it on its side. Combine several sizes of tumbler shapes and presto, you have a modern quilt design that breaks most sewing rules. And, the piecing is super-simple!

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Floating Squares Column Quilt

This double-sized quilt looks difficult to make, but not so! The darker squares float on the light background of the quilt top, made with some creative cutting and sewing of crosswise strips. Not to worry; you will not be required to cut squares. We’ve opted for a quick-to-make column quilt!

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All 13 quilt patterns are detailed in Nancy’s book, Quick Column Quilts, or watch online.

Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman

Watch Quick Column Quilts (Part One, Part Two, and Part Three) on The Best of Sewing With Nancy online.

The Best of Sewing With Nancy TV Show hosted by Nancy Zieman

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For a chance to win a copy of Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman from F+W Media,  please leave a comment sharing which of the 13 quilts is your favorite.

Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman

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The randomly selected winner of NZP’s NEW! McCalls M7871 Knit Dress and Tunic Pattern from the March 23 blog post is Jo Savino.

New! McCalls M7871 Knit Tunic and Dress by Nancy Zieman Productions

Her comment is: I haven’t made clothing for myself in quite a while and I am now loosing weight and would like some new clothes that fit. This would be the perfect starter pattern.

Happy Quilting,

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94 Comments

  • Susie Furgason
    March 30, 2019

    I love all these column quilts. My favorite would be the tumbler. I can see myself making most of these quilts.

  • Ann West
    March 30, 2019

    I like the floating squares column quilt.

  • Sharon
    March 30, 2019

    Chevron

  • Ennis A Weeks
    March 30, 2019

    My favorites are the Happy to Go Chevron and the Carefree Column patterns. All are interesting. Thanks.

  • Peggy Bibb
    March 30, 2019

    Flying geese and wind chimes are my favorites but the are all beautiful!

  • Beth Sitler
    March 30, 2019

    They are all nice, but my favourite is thd carefree column. I would love to make it.

  • Karen
    March 30, 2019

    THe Floating Squares is calling to me because it is blue and white – my favorite color combination!

  • Kay Dammast
    March 30, 2019

    My favorite is Interrupted Columns.

  • Sherri
    March 30, 2019

    Tumbling Tumblers!! They’re all nice and I have scraps so many of these would be nice to try…but I already have some tumblers cut out and can use them!!

  • Anne Z
    March 30, 2019

    I love the windchime quilt. IT has such movement and is so unique. I think it would be beautiful in many colorways. Thanks for keeping Nancy’s legacy alive.

  • LoAnn Trowbridge
    March 30, 2019

    My favorite is the red, white, blue, and pink one, with the tumbler being a close second.

  • Joyce Migliore
    March 30, 2019

    I really like the folded Scrappy column quilt!

  • Jennifer Gately
    March 30, 2019

    The folded flying geese wall hanging really intrigues me. So many patterns in this book I would love to make!

  • Margaret Scott
    March 30, 2019

    Picking a favorite is impossible. I like the movement of the heartbeat quilt. I love the bright colors, rectangles and squares in the carefree quilt. The folded scrappy quilt intrigues me. And the chevron quilt is beautiful.

  • Martha O.
    March 30, 2019

    Carefree Columns could be bold, modern and appealing to me!

  • Barbara Gearin
    March 30, 2019

    This book is really a winner. My 42 year old daughter wants to learn to quilt and this is the new clean lined stuff the young love.

  • Lorraine Alves
    March 30, 2019

    I am able to hear the sounds made by the chimes in the Wind Chimes quilt. It is both beautiful to look at and it brings music to my ears. I also enjoy the Hit-and-Miss Table runner. Nancy’s easy way to make hexagons is my cup of tea.

  • Cheryl
    March 30, 2019

    Dotted columns is my favorite.

  • Loree Lemieux
    March 30, 2019

    Very hard to choose just one. Windchime is my favorite.

  • Rosalind Gutierrez
    March 30, 2019

    The book features several creative quilts and it is a hard choice but the first one I would dive into make is the colorful “Carefree Columns” quilt.

  • Florence Dupuis
    March 30, 2019

    I made the folded scrappy column quilt for my granddaughter. It was easy to put together.

  • Rosie
    March 30, 2019

    I love them all, but there is just something about the floating squares column quilt that really appeals to me. I would definitely make that first, or the happy chevrons. I loved that too.

  • Sherrie Petersen
    March 30, 2019

    The dotted column wall hanging is my favorite. I love how the circles float over it.

  • diane c
    March 30, 2019

    Carefree Column quilt is my favorite

  • Linda Edwards
    March 30, 2019

    This is a really great collection of easy quilts. I like the original column quilt the best. Thanks for keeping Nancy’s legacy alive.

  • Beverly
    March 30, 2019

    What a great book for one who likes to make quilts for charity but doesn’t want them all to look alike. I believe the first one I would make is the Wind Chime quilt. I could see most of these patterns working for recipients male and female alike.

  • Dorothy Vesperman
    March 30, 2019

    Fun and easy patterns!! Floating Squares is light and airy! Carefree is bright and fun!

  • Jean Palionis
    March 30, 2019

    I like the “heart beat” quilt. I am a nurse and that really does something for me! Thank you for all of the beautiful quilts.

  • RITA
    March 30, 2019

    I like the happy go lucky chevron quilt. I love the feel of it.

  • Mary Catherine Black
    March 30, 2019

    Floating squares. My type of quilt. Always looking for the modern touch. Love it.

  • Rochelle Summers
    March 30, 2019

    The heartbeat quilt really resonates with me as I think it would be a nice quilt to give to a loved one who works in the medical fielsd.

  • Sylvia
    March 30, 2019

    Floating Squares looks like the fastest and easiest. I would choose several different bright batik fabrics for the squares and a tonal or neutral batik fabric for the background. Piecing the back using the same fabrics in such a way that it would work as a two sided quilt would add interest as well. Thanks for sharing Nancy’s inspiration in this fascinating series!

  • Joyce Schroeder
    March 30, 2019

    I like the floating squares quilt, but the folded flying geese quilt really has my heart! What an interesting book.

  • Sybil Derderian
    March 30, 2019

    This would be so wonderful to reduce my stash room, formerly my sewing room. Thanks!

  • Laura M
    March 30, 2019

    The folded scrappy column quilt really intrigues me. Can’t wait to give this technique a try.

  • Clovis
    March 30, 2019

    Wow. Can’t choose one. But IF I have too, it would be the Floating Square one.

  • Bernadette Webre
    March 30, 2019

    I’d make several – the Original, Flying Geese, Wind Chimes and Chevron. These are my favorites.

  • Deborah Whaley
    March 30, 2019

    I would have to choose between Folded Flying Geese and Floating Squares. I really like them all.

  • Karen Poole
    March 30, 2019

    They are all so great I’d like to make all of them, but I’d start with aFolded Scrappy Quilt! Then the circle Applique quilt. These are so beautiful!

  • Margaret J Cherry
    March 30, 2019

    Floating Squares really appeals to my aesthetics .

  • Genie Hamilton
    March 30, 2019

    Seeing this book opens a world of possibilities I had not considered before. My favorite is the Folded Scrappy Column Quilt, but I can imagine starting with any of the patterns and being pleased with the results! Thanks for awakening a new part of my quilting brain!

  • Marty Askins
    March 30, 2019

    I love them all, but I would start with “Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Column Quilt”.

  • CarolR
    March 30, 2019

    Quilt-to-give at the Quilt Expo is my favorite. I did make a Queen size floating squares version with the shaded variations a couple of years ago for a wedding gift. It sure was fun and a successful gift too.

  • Linda H
    March 30, 2019

    Love them all, but my favorite is wind chime.

  • Donna W.
    March 30, 2019

    My favorite is the original column quilt–simple but striking.

  • Charlotte Brown
    March 30, 2019

    I love them all, but I have to say I like the floating squares the most.

  • Alma K Croix
    March 30, 2019

    Unable to choose just one quilt – they are all gorgeous AND there are patterns to cover the gamut of quilting experience. Am looking now for patterns that can be simple for someone learning to quilt again after emergency brain surgery almost 4 years ago. Anxious to get back to the sewing machine!

  • Donna Thueson
    March 30, 2019

    I love the carefree columns quilt. Modern, Colorful, great way to use up scraps, and Quick! This could definitely be one of my favorites quickly.

  • Donna Thueson
    March 30, 2019

    Hard to pick but I think the Carefree Columns Quilt is best for me. Easy, Colorful, Uses up scraps, Quick! Yes, this is the one. I can see it quickly becoming one of my go to regularly Favorites.

  • Jill Meador
    March 30, 2019

    Love them all, I like Hit and Miss but also Dotted Columns and I would enlarge for a full quilt. The Flying Geese technique looks so interesting

  • Terry
    March 30, 2019

    I like the Happy-go-lucky chevron quilt. You can really mix up a large variety of fabrics and include some novelties for fun.

  • Teri
    March 30, 2019

    Tumbling Tumblers is one I’d love to make.

  • Marsha
    March 30, 2019

    I am most inspired with the Dotted Columns quilt. I just finished a jelly roll race quilt and it just needs a little something and I think appliqued circles on it would just be the “thing”. Thanks to our angel, Nancy, for the inspiration!

  • Jeanne L
    March 30, 2019

    Hi! The sense of movement in the Wind Chime Column Quilt captivates me. I would make it first.

  • Jeanne L
    March 30, 2019

    The sense of movement in the Wind Chime Column Quilt captivates me. I would make it first!

  • Lillian K
    March 30, 2019

    I was really struck by Floating Squares. And all of the others also look very interesting!

  • nicole lecuyer
    March 30, 2019

    My favorite is floating squares. It look so nice and clean.

  • Rhonda Maxfield
    March 30, 2019

    The wind chime one really caught my eye. Would love to make it. Thanks for the give away.

  • Patience Miller
    March 30, 2019

    Wow, I just love Quilt to Give. These quilts are so inspiring.

  • laurie
    March 30, 2019

    The heartbeat quilt is my favorite, but I also really like to wind chime quilt.

  • Linda Clark
    March 30, 2019

    My first large quilt was the orginal column quilt but I would like to learn how to do the chevron quilt now.

  • Lorna DeSantis
    March 30, 2019

    My favorite is tumbling tumblers and it would be the first one I would make.

  • DeAnna S
    March 30, 2019

    I think my favorite is the Carefree Column quilt. I can visualize a baby quilt made from that pattern. Love it!

  • Paulette Bergman
    March 30, 2019

    I can already hear the wind chimes gently sounding in the breeze — it would be the first column quilt that I would make, but not the last… pj stitches!

  • Mary Wippold
    March 30, 2019

    I like the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Quilt because it has a 3 dimensional look.

  • kathy
    March 30, 2019

    I love the Wind Chime Column Quilt. Such a fascinating idea for a quilt.

  • Sue Roy
    March 30, 2019

    I like the column quilt with the tumbler block.

  • Bonnye
    March 30, 2019

    I like the folded scrappy column quilt.

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    March 30, 2019

    So difficult to choose one. I think my favorite is the dotted columns. I just love that design.

  • Catherine Dorsey
    March 30, 2019

    I like the windchime or the care free quilts

  • Laura Geyer
    March 30, 2019

    I like the interrupted columns quilt.

  • Lorene
    March 30, 2019

    My favorite column quilt is the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron quilt.

  • Lynne Woods
    March 30, 2019

    I like the chevron quilt – alot of movement and could be rick rack like with color placement.

  • Lynne Woods
    March 30, 2019

    I like the chevron quilt. It has a lot of movement and can become a rick rack quilt by playing with color placement.

  • Kelly
    March 31, 2019

    I love the Heartbeat quilt. It looks like modern art. It would make a beautiful wall hanging. I’m new to quilting, but I’m going to give it a try.
    Thanks Nancy for your wonderful inspiration.

  • Kathleen B.
    March 31, 2019

    I am drawn to the clean simplicity of Floating Squares.

  • Eloise Wilhelm
    March 31, 2019

    I really lpve all of them, but my favorite is the chevron.

  • Linda
    March 31, 2019

    The folded flying geese and the folded scrappy column are intriguing techniques that I would like to try. A unique way to use up some of my stash!

  • Kalen Hahn
    March 31, 2019

    Love them all so it is hard to choose. Perhaps the Folded Flying Geese or the Windchime.

  • Lori Kennedy
    March 31, 2019

    I love the Folded Scrappy Column quilt. It makes me think of sailboats, lakes, and colorful skirts – all that is good about summer!

  • Anita Phelps
    March 31, 2019

    I love the Carefree Column Quilt. It would be a beautiful way to showcase some of my bigger prints or juvenile fabric for a baby blanket.

  • L Watson
    March 31, 2019

    The “Happy-go-lucky” chevron quilt looks like lots of fun!

  • Barb K
    March 31, 2019

    I like the Floating Squares column quilt–The blue and white is so beautiful!

  • Leslie Marling
    March 31, 2019

    I really like the Interrupted Columns and the Carefree Columns quilts.The others are all great options for great easy quilts too.
    This would be a great prize. Thanks for offering it.

  • Bonnie
    March 31, 2019

    What a wonderful collection of colorful quilts! I would love to make several of them. My favorite one is the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Quilt.

  • Tammy W
    March 31, 2019

    I love the floating squares quilt. Looks like it would be fun to make.

  • Patricia Foht
    March 31, 2019

    I really like all of the quilts and would love to make the folded scrappy column quilt first!!

  • Wanda Lawrence
    March 31, 2019

    The quilts are all beautiful! However, my favorite is the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron.

  • Carol
    March 31, 2019

    The dotted columns wall hanging.

  • Diane L. Putzer
    March 31, 2019

    I like the carefree columns quilt the best.

  • Julie Kill
    April 1, 2019

    I have just picked up some fabrics from a fellow quilters estate sale. Some of it is already cut and pieced, however, it’s only one row.
    To honor this quilter, I was trying to design something really neat and use the row that is completed. These column quilts fit the bill perfectly! I am planning on doing one of my favorites, Carefree or Wind chime, with that fabric. Then I want to try whichever I don’t do first, and then Folded. Thanks for the perfect timing with these ideas, and for preserving Nancy’s Legacy!

  • Judy W.
    April 1, 2019

    So many great quilts — it’s hard to choose. But I think I like the Carefree Columns the best. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Annette Bussell
    April 5, 2019

    All of the quilts are beautiful but the one that really took my eye is the Windchime Column Quilt. I love it! The colors are gorgeous together & turquoise is one of my favorite colors.

  • Susan
    April 5, 2019

    My favorite column quilt pattern is the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron. Love the repeating pattern and can have fun with all the fabric choices.

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