Quilter by Design

Quilter by Design


I really like your FB page. I happen to find it tonight and you have some really pretty quilts.
Thanks Debby for inspiring me. Your quilt show at Uptown Quilt Guild made possible my first paper pieced quilt.
Beautiful quilts!!
Will you be posting pictures of completed 2015 block of the month quilts?

All quilts. Only quilts. All the time Quilts. Patterns. Tutorials. Blocks of the Month. Workshops. Quilts in progress.

Tips and techniques to make things easier - and more fun - for everyday quilters (or just the weekend crowd)!

Operating as usual

Photos from Quilter by Design's post 10/18/2022

It's time to destash some quilts, blocks and other quilty items crowding me out. I'm hoping to sell some quilt tops that I have no interest in finishing. And some blocks that are crying out to become a quilt! Winding Ways quilt top is 62" x 72" and those were pieced using templates (each block has 12 patches!). The 14 string pieced blocks and 3 bags of scraps are all Kaffe Fassett. You can find them in my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuilterbyDesign

Photos from Quilter by Design's post 11/22/2021

Hanukkah comes early this year. Begins next Sunday/Monday. Just in time for my paper pieced Dreidel gift bags featured in the latest issue of Quilting Arts Holiday issue. (They first ran in 2015). I have 3 little blocks left that I'm turning into mug rugs. So cute!


One of my favorite Halloween quilts. Halloween is NOT one of my favorite holidays, but since I have worked for many fabric companies over the years, they always seem to come up with a pumpkin/ghost/bat themed collection! Vintage (2007!)

Photos from Quilter by Design's post 10/17/2021

3 charity quilt finishes using leftover teaching samples from my workshops. Arrowheads (uses batiks along with some Windham Fabrics "Fresh Catch"); Fishing panels (using "Keep it Reel by Benartex) and a quilt donated by my sister (the pink Rail Fence).

Photos from Quilter by Design's post 11/11/2020

I cut these 5" charm squares a few years ago and I finally pulled them out again, this time to stitch a very scrappy Dresden Plate quilt. Finished it last week. Two dresden wedges per square with almost no waste. And that fans print was perfect for my border! See some of the steps on my blog today: https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/11/charming-dresdens.html


Labor Day 2020 sale in my Etsy shop. 20% off everything until midnight Monday. Give this parrot something to put in his cart! Use CODE:2020 at checkout. https://www.etsy.com/shop/QuilterbyDesign

Bubbles & Hexagons 08/05/2020

Check out my 2nd YouTube video, filmed in my Studio (aka, dining room). Bubbles & Hexagons, a popular workshop in 2019. Create the illusion of whole hexagons using half-hexagons! https://youtu.be/cuich1foaOQ

Bubbles & Hexagons Create the illusion of whole hexagons by using rows of half-hexagons. The trick is in the placement of the patches. Pieced in vertical rows, this can become ...

Check out my Smilebox creation! 08/03/2020

I've created an online slide show that is being offered to quilt guild reps to consider for future Zoom lectures. I currently offer 4 topics. There's a little bit of my background info and then some teaser slides of my quilts. Not sure how this will view on your computer (and it's pretty bad on an iPhone and iPad - Smilebox problem, not mine). Guild reps would also get an info doc with more details. Under 2 minutes. Anyway, check it out and give me your feedback. https://plus.smilebox.com/play?g=1007f5ff-81e9-47c2-a926-9ed0ca38a81f&sbid=3466

Check out my Smilebox creation! Meet Debby Kratovil

Festive Chickadees Preview 07/21/2020

Check out my first YouTube video, a teaser on my blog hop Christmas in July post (on Thursday). https://youtu.be/puLBzLVc6ik?t=2

Festive Chickadees Preview Christmas in July blog hop! Festive Chickadees fabrics are what I use to create some fun projects. This teaser shows you the fabrics and two projects. Visit ...


Made 3 more blocks and put all 6 in a different setting than is expected. More of my Pentagon Wreaths using Spellbound by Windham Fabrics. Would be a fun class to teach, I think.


She's been busy this week, posing with all sorts of quilts in my Log Cabin week. Today she talks about curves (not hers! the ones in the logs). She's wearing her prom dress (and she didn't get to go this year, boo hoo), so she wants you to see her at least! https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/

Photos from Quilter by Design's post 03/05/2020

Sent off 3 of my quilts to be part of the Sewing Expo traveling (faculty) exhibit. They were so excited to get out of the closet, they didn't mind being stuffed into a box and shipped FedEx. But, they'll be happy; think about it. They'll be singing Kumbaya, taught to them by my African Adinkra Quilt; supervised by Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Sam (the adults in the box) and able to drink tea and eat cake the entire time. Maybe they won't want to leave the box when they get there . . .

Princess Feather Quilts (and FREE pattern) 02/07/2020

Princess Feathers is a vintage pattern I keep coming back to. I first made one for Windham Fabrics in 2007. Then one for my second book. Then a table runner . . . You get the picture. You can see all of them on my blog today (with a link to the FREE pattern). https://debbykratovilquilts.blogspot.com/2020/02/princess-feather-quilts-and-free-pattern.html

Princess Feather Quilts (and FREE pattern) I keep coming back to my Princess Feather quilts. The first one I made was for Windham Fabrics in 2007. It is owned by them and hangs in a p...

Photos from Quilter by Design's post 01/22/2020

Pulled out my Valentine's quilts to display in my home. One or two may go for a visit to my granddaughter's kindergarten class. Love this chocolate quilt the best, I think. And the Woven Danish Heart - hey, we learned how to do that in kindergarten, right?

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