New Beginnings - A Free Quilt Pattern

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

 Hi friends!  I have a new pattern to share with you today!  
And the best part?  It's FREE!

I'm calling this pattern New Beginnings.  Would you care to know why?
I love when there's a story behind a pattern or it's name so let me tell you 
TWO reasons why I chose to call it New Beginnings.  First, because of the 
Hourglass blocks.  Every time an hourglass runs out of sand and you 
flip it over, time starts anew.  The second reason I decided to call it New Beginnings, 
is because I actually made the X blocks for a different pattern but my 
measurements were off.  They didn't match up with the alternate block 
I was going to do so I decided to scratch the whole thing and went a completely 
different direction!  So the X blocks definitely got a new beginning!

This quilt finishes at 70" x 70".

Since I had a few people on Instagram ask what this beautiful
backing fabric's  Wellington by Nancy Gere No. 34116 for Windham Fabrics.
I bought it off a friend so I have no idea if it's still available though.

New Beginnings was quilted by my friend Jen Ostler who did an awesome job.
She used the Gemma 3 panto by Karlee Porter.  I've used it a few times
before and it's a favorite for sure!

I also get lots of questions about my quilt labels.  I get mine from Ever Emblem.  
They're the 2" x 1" cotton fold-over sew-on labels.  I get the uncut ones 
(they're about $16 for 20 tags).  Click HERE to check them out.  
You can customize them to your desires.

Here are some tips for attaching those labels to a quilt:
First, sew your prepared binding to the front side of your quilt.  
Then place a folded label so that the raw edges of the label are about 1/8" into the 
seam allowance of where your finished binding will be.  Stitch it in place with a 
triple stitch to make it extra secure.  Then machine stitch your binding 
down (just over the raw edges of the label, see above photo) because 
it's really hard to hand-stitch through the label.  Then stitch the rest of your
binding down to the back side of your quilt either by hand or machine.

I hope you love this pattern as much as I do!  I'm working on my second one 
and hope to show pictures of that soon!  I think it would be cute for any 
occasion, gender and in any color scheme!  

Click HERE for the free pattern.

Please contact me at if you have any comments or questions 
about this pattern.  And please tag me on Instagram (username @gigis_thimble) 
if you make it and post about it there.  Be sure to use the
hashtags #gigisthimblepattern and #newbeginningsquilt so I don't miss it!

Thanks for stopping by today and happy quilting!


  1. It's a wonderful quilt Amber!! And I appreciate the tip on the labels! I just got some from them and thought that might be the best way to attach them! ~ pris

  2. Thank you for the pattern! She is lovely, of course anything in blues makes me happy. Have a peaceful day with lots of happy stitching!

  3. What a lovely quilt! Thanks for the free pattern - I look forward to cutting this one out over the summer.

  4. Thank you so much for this beautiful pattern. Yes, it is time for new beginnings!

  5. Very pretty and easy to follow pattern. Thank you.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful quilt with us for free. It's such a versatile pattern and will be a great stash buster too! I'm excited to see another version of your quilt.

  7. This is gorgeous, so clean and appealing. Great info about quilt labels, too!

  8. love the simplicity of the quilt! Thanks for the free pattern!

  9. Thank you for the pattern. I appreciate your kindness.

  10. Thank you for a great pattern.

  11. I love your story behind the quilt name! Thank you for the pattern.

  12. This is a delightful little quilt. Your color combination is perfection, the backing could be meant only for this very quilt. Thank you for sharing the pattern. So sweet of you.

  13. Thank you for the pattern! It's beautiful ❤️

  14. It’s a lovely quilt and I love how it got its name!

  15. Amber, hi! I’m new here, directed by Amy at Diary of a Quilter. Do you have a subscribe option?

  16. I found this, in case it helps someone!

  17. Is there anyway to make this for a king size quilt

    1. Yes, for sure! Unfortunately I don't have the fabric requirements figure out for that but you could definitely make more blocks to make it any size you want. Best of luck! I'd love to see it if you ever decide to do it!


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