Best Hand-Quilting Light and Best Travel Quilt Ruler!

I’ve got two new quilting products that I just bought and I just love!   The first is a light that will make your hand sewing so much easier to see.  The second is a travel quilt ruler that I am taking with me to all of my quilt retreats!
Beam N Read LED 6 Deluxe Hands Free Light; Extra Wide & Extra Bright Light from 6 LEDs Plus Clip-on Orange and Red Relaxation Filters

I use this light for absolutely all of my hand quilting and embroidery work.  I was having trouble with poor lighting and the need for reading glasses.  As I begin to use reading glasses, I have discovered that really good lighting makes all the difference. Without this light I have a trouble seeing to sew and thread needles. No problem threading needles with this Beam and Read LED light!

Fold Away Ruler

I can’t wait to take my new Fold-Away Quilters Ruler to my next quilt retreat.  I always worry that I am going to bend and break my ruler.  I have a chip out of the corner of my old ruler where I banged it on a door as I was bringing in all of m sewing equipment to the retreat. That won’t happen again with my new fold-away ruler!  I can’t wait to show my friends at the retreat. I suspect they are all going to want one!


How to Make a Tumbling Blocks Quilt Block

I have always considered Tumbling Blocks to be a difficult pattern to make.  It usually has several inset seams in its construction. However, in this version, construction is done in strips. This takes much of the difficulty out of it.  I am following the FREE Craftsty 2013 Block of the Month Class.  This is a series of wonderful videos that walk you through each block in the series.

I can tell you that I would not have included this block were it not for the excellent written instructions and video.  I watched this video twice through, once while I was cutting and once again while I was constructing the block.  There are many good quilting tips included in the video.

Sign up for the free class, and quilt along with me!

Happy Quilting,




P.S.  If you sign up, it is completely free.  I do receive a small commission, which I add to my fabric stash fund.  Thanks for contributing!



Quilts for Kids – Patterns and Books For Your Next Kids Quilt Project

quiltsandtotesforlittelfolksMany quilters have learned to make a quilt because they had a special son, daughter, niece, nephew or grand child they wanted to surprise with a warm cuddly quilt.  I made quilts for my children when they were small, and some day will make them for grand children. (I’m in no rush, my children are only in their late teens!)

Whether you’re looking for a kids quilt pattern for a birthday or Christmas gift, we’ve got a bunch of patterns and books that you should check out, and some are FREE!


Tuck Me In: 18 Cute & Cuddly Quilts for Kids

Fons and Porter: Fun Quilts For Kids

Quilts and Totes for Little Folks

cutequiltsforkidsCute Quilts for Kids

Quick & Easy Quilts for Kids: 12 Friendly Designs

Growing Up Modern: 16 Quilt Projects for Babies & Kids

Go Fly A Kite Quilt

Play Quilts: Creative Activity Quilts for Kids

Butterflies Quilt

Lucky Ducky Quilt

Happy Quilting,


P.S. If you purchase a book or pattern from the links above, I do receive a small commission.  Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!


Modern Quilt Patterns

FreshDiamondsModern Quilting is a style of quilting that I have watched developing for about 10 years now.  But most quilters are only just now hearing about it.  Here is the official definition according to Google.

Modern quilting is a fresh approach reflecting each quilter’s personality and personal style. Modern quilters embrace functionality, simplicity and minimalism, and use asymmetric designs in their approach. They reinterpret traditional blocks and patterns, and are often inspired by modern art and architecture.

My definition is any quilt that is  does not follow traditional setting patterns, such as 12 blocks with sashing and borders.  It’s a very broad term and can be applied in many different ways.  I love the modern quilting movement and am excited about the creative freedom it lends to each of us.

If you’re looking for some simple modern quilt patterns, we have found some for you to try. And many of them are FREE!

Fresh Diamonds

StepsInTimeStep in Time

Topiary Tiles

Oh My Stars

Dancing Stars


Modern Rainbow Baby Quilt

Steps to the Alter

Water Waves Quilt

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you sign up for Craftsy, it is completely FREE!  I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!







Scrappy Rails Quilt Pattern

This black and white quilt is the “Scrappy Rails” pattern available for free on Craftsy. Sign up for free, and then order the pattern at $0.00.  This pattern is completely free!

The fabrics are Ebony Tonga Treats Strips from Timeless Treasures. You can order the fabrics here on Amazon.com.

This bold-patterned quilt is great for a gift for a man or boy.  My daughter would also like it for her black-and-white themed dorm room.

Beginner quilters, this is a great quilt for you! Cutting and assembly on this quilt are EASY!

Happy Quilting,




P.S.  If you purchase the fabrics from the link above, I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!






Applique Quilt Patterns

AutumnFlyApplique quilting is a very traditional form of quilting. Applique refers to attaching one fabric on to another to produce a decorative pattern. There are many types of applique; hand applique, machine applique, raw edge applique, freezer paper applique, needle turn applique, just to name a few.

If you have never tried applique before and are ready to give it a try, or if you are an experiened applique quilter looking for new patterns to try, we have collected some patterns and books that could be your next project.

Autumn Flight Table Runner

whig roseApplique Quilt Whig Rose Pattern

Cat Applique Quilt Pattern

My Enchanted Garden: Appliqué Quilts in Cotton and Wool

The Best-Ever Applique Sampler from Piece O’Cake Designs

Baltimore Blocks for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide

New Ideas in Applique

“Believe” Pillow Applique

Floral Applique Lap-Size Quilt

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you purchase a pattern using the links above, I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!


Candy Squares Quilt Kit by Designer Nancy Smith

This sweet kit , Candy Squares by Designer Nancy Smith, is simply a nine patch alternated with squares of background fabric. This setting gives you a nice running pattern that looks more complicated than it really is.  The Fossil Fern prints really make it pop! And because these are pre-cut Fossil Fern squares, it makes this Craftsy kit much easier to cut and put together.

If you are a beginner, this is a great quilt kit to work on. If you are an experienced quilter, this kit is a good one for that fast quilt you need for a gift for a bridal couple, or an upcoming birthday in your family.

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you purchase the kit using the link above, I will receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!





Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns

craftsypatternOne of my favorite impulse items when shopping in a quilt shop is to pick up Fat Quarters. They are easy to pick up and are inexpensive. They are a fun way to pick up fabrics even when you don’t know yet what you will do with them. I ma a big believer in acquiring a good collection of fat quarter fabrics. If I keep a large assortment on hand, I find it saves me time when I am inspired and ready to begin a new project. Rather than dreaming up a quilt, then going to find just the right fabrics, having a healthy number of fat quarters means I can brainstorm and create without having to stop to go buy fabric.

Fat quarters also cause me to exercise my creativity. Since several fat quarters are needed for a decent sized quilt, it means I will need to mix and match many more colors. This always makes for a far more interesting quilt than I originally planned.

And now there are patterns and books designed by starting with fat quarters. Here are some patterns that will allow you to take advantage of that great stash you are collecting. And some of these are FREE!

Easy Fat Quarter Quilt

Going Dutch Fat Quarter Quilt

Flowers in the Garden Fat Quarter Quilt

Fast Fat-Quarter Quilts (Make It Martingale)

Fat-Quarter Quickies

Take 5 Fat Quarters: 15 Easy Quilt Patterns

Fat Quarter Friendly

Pre-Cut Quilts

Slash Your Stash Quilts

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you purchase patterns from the links above, I do receive a small commission.  Thank you for adding to my fabric stash fund!



Starry Irish Chain Pattern – Quilt Kit


This quilt kit is called the Starry Irish Chain put out by Craftsy.com.  This is a quilt made by a friend of mine. It is a simple pattern made up of only two quilt blocks repeated over and over again. When finished, the pattern looks far more complex than it actually is.  My favorite kind!

This is a very good pattern for beginners. There seem to be a lot of small pieces, but since it is constructed with strips, there is not a lot of cutting of small pieces.

This quilt kit, Starry Irish Chain, is offered by Craftsy. The instructions are very good and I highly recommend this kit for beginning quilters as well as more experienced quilters.

Happy Quilting,




P.S. If you order a kit using the links above, I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!


12 Traditional Patchwork Quilt Block Patterns

Some of my favorite quilt blocks are the traditional blocks that have been put into quilts for many many years. I have been looking at some patterns of some of my favorites and wanted to share them with you. These can all by found online. Many of them are free!

churndashChurn Dash

Jacob’s Ladder

Ohio Star

Log Cabin

Bear Paw

Bow Tie

Broken Dish

cardtrickCard Trick

Courthouse Steps

Drunkard’s Path

Dresden Plate

Happy Quilting




P.S.  Many of these patterns are free. There are some that are for sale for a small fee. (If you purchase a pattern from a link above I do receive a small commission.  Thank you for contributing to my Fabric Stash Fund.}