12 Basket Quilt Block Quilts – So Many Different Styles!

basketBasket quilt blocks are a traditional pattern that continue to be popular and attractive.  There are very traditional patterns still in wide use today. We are also seeing modern variations on the basket blocks.  I made my first basket quilt in the late ’80s, back when we often used muslin for backgrounds, and even backings.  If you’ve been thinking of making a basket quilt, here are some patterns to temp you, and some are Free!

May Baskets Quilt

Modern Baskets Quilt

Scrappy Baskets Quilt

Happy Baskets Scrap Quilt

Little Baskets Quilt

Leslie’s Baltimore Album Basket Wall Quiltbaskets-parade

Baskets on Parade Quilt

Folk Art Basket Sampler

Antique Basket Wall Hanging

Luscious Berry Baskets Quilt

Basket Sampler Quilt

Blue Baskets Quilt

Happy Quiltings,




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


Best Quilting Scissors – Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors

A good pair of scissors is one of the must-have tools for any quilter.  I have been using the Karen Kay Buckley scissors over the past year and am LOVING them!  And I’m not the only one. I talk to thousands of quilters at the quilt shows as a vendor with the Quilted Turtle Online Quilt Shop.  I meet many quilters who tell me they already have these scissors. I always ask, “Do you like them?”  The response is overwhelmingly “YES!”

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors – Small

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors – Medium

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Sciossors – Large


10 Modern Quilts For Beginners – Fast and Easy!

travelThe world of modern quilts is growing and constantly changing.  The term now encompasses many different styles.  So what makes a modern quilt?

I think of a modern quilt as a quilt that does not follow the basic design elements of  square blocks, plus sashing plus borders.  If you take any one of these items away, you are starting to move toward more modern quilts.  My favorite right now is blocks that are set with no sashing and no borders.

If you like the look of modern quilts but don’t want to design your own, I have found a number of patterns that are super easy. These are great for beginners or someone who is new to modern quilts.

Laying Tracks Modern Quilt

Mini Modern Quilt Pattern Bundlebundle

Modern Orange Peel Pillow

Lemon Spritz Modern Quilt

Modern Contemporary Table Runner

Fresh Diamonds

Step in Time

Topiary Tiles

Oh My Stars

Modern Rainbow Baby Quilt

Happy Quilting,





PS: If you purchase a pattern from the links above, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my quilt stash fund. Enjoy!


Improvisational Quilting – Free Form Quilting – No Corners to Match!

Have you ever wanted to sit down to your sewing machine and quilt, but you don’t have a project ready to work on?  Improvisational quilting is one of those techniques that don’t take much planning ot get started.  In this video I show you some of my Utility Quilt Collection, plus show you how you can create your own improvisational quilt.

You can find the rulers I use in the video a The Quilted Turtle online quilt shop. Just click the links below to see.

Omnigrip 5″ Square Ruler

Omnigrip12.5″ Square Ruler

Happy Quilting,



12 Star Quilt Patterns – some Traditional, some Modern, and some are Free!

wanderingHistorically, star quilts have been embraced by many eras of quilters and ethnic groups; Star quilts are loved by Native American quilters, African quilters, quilters from Texas, colonial quilters, and more.  Author Judy Anne Johnson Breneman has written an article on the subject of star quilts that you can read here.

I have always loved star quilts and still do!  I’ve made a couple star scrap blocks lately which got me thinking about stars again. Here are some star quilt patterns, some new, some old, some free!

Jelly Roll Star Quilt

Scrappy Ohio Star Placematsrandom

Double Sawtooth Quilt

Under the Stars Quilt

Stars Quilt

Star Candy

Uschi’s Stars Quilt

Random Stars Quilt

Star Stuff Quilt

Stars of the Heartland Quilt

Wandering Stars Quilt

Sea Star

Happy Quilting,




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


12 Charm Pack Quilt Patterns – Charming Quilts to Make This Week!

charmingCharm packs are all the rage. When they were new, I remember seeing jelly rolls first. Then came the charm packs.  Before charm packs, many of us were making charm quilts, which meant something a little different than it does now. A charm quilt used to mean a quilt in which every piece was a different fabric, no two repeated.  Charm clubs would exchange 5-inch squares so that they  share and collect enough fabrics for their quilts. Since you were only going to cut one piece from it, you didn’t need very much. Five inches would do.

Since pre-cuts came out, charm packs have included 5-inch squares of several coordinating fabrics from the same line by the same designer. They are still the 5 inches, just as the groups used to swap, but there are some repeats in the packs. charmlane Because all fabrics come from one line, they usually make a stunning quilt. I love to use pre-cuts when I don’t have time to spend on choosing fabrics.

Here are some fabulous patterns that perfect for using your charm pack.

Star Cluster Charm Pack Pattern

Charm School

 Charming Quilt Pattern

Charmed Quilt Pattern

Basket Charms Quilt

Charming Diamonds

Charm Flys Quilt

Just Charming Quilt

Heritage Charm

Charm Lane Quilt

180 Charms Lap Quilt

Charmingly Crazy Quilt

Happy Quilting,


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


Threading a Needle – Tips to Overcome Vision Issues

My eyes are just not what they used to be. I used to laugh when my mother would hand me needles to thread for her because she couldn’t see things up close. I’m not laughing anymore. I have a terrible time threading small needles now. Here are the tools mentioned in the video. You can order them in my online shop The Quilted Turtle.

Beam N Read 3 light

Snip-Eze snippers

Thread Heaven

Super Bright LED Lamp

If your quilt guild is looking for an easy program, I offer Demo Nights where I demonstrate products just like these.  Find out more.

Happy Quilting,



12 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns – What Should I Do With This Jelly Roll?

vintageI have two jelly rolls of fabric that are waiting for me in my stash.  When I’m starting a new project, I consider using them, and then usually set them aside.  I find I need a pattern that is made specifically for jelly rolls before I will pick them up and use them.

Are you the same way? Well, we are in luck. There are tons of jelly roll quilt patterns out there waiting for us to download.  Here are just a few:

Jelly Roll Jazz Quilt

Domino Star Jelly Roll Quilt

Interlocking Jelly Roll Quilt

Jelly Roll Squares

Rock and Roll Jelly Roll Quiltjellyrolljazz

Legacy Jelly Roll Quilt

Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern Marcie’s Maze

On a “Jelly” Roll

Royal Squares

Gypsy Quilter Jelly Jambalaya – A ‘Jelly Roll’ Log Cabin Pattern

Strip Joints Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll 

Whirlygig Quilt Pattern