Big Stitch Quilting – Without Marking Your Quilt!


I’ve fallen in love with big stitch quilting.  There are many great reasons to use big stitch quilting on your next quilt. It is easy to learn and very forgiving. This is great for beginners. Accuracy is not necessary!  It’s a stress-free way to finish your quilt!

As seen in this video:

SnipEze

Big Stitch Needles

Bohin Leather Thimble

Glow-Line Tape 1/4 inch

Quilters Tape 1/4 inch

Oval Wooden Hoop

Happy Quilting,

12 Flying Geese Quilt Patterns – Make One This Weekend!

Flying Geese is one of those traditional patterns that can made into many many different types of quilts.  You can use the pattern to make a very old-fashioned quilt, or arrange the blocks into a more modern pattern.

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Flying Geese Charm Mug Rug

Flying Geese Chase Quilt

Offset Flying Geese Block Quilt

Rainbow Flying Geese Quilt

Four Geese A Flying Quilt

Flying Geese Go Crazy Quilt

FlyingGeeseLogCharming Flying Geese Baby Quilt

Flying Geese Log Cabin Quilt

Wandering Geese

Flock of Geese Quilt Pattern

Geese in a Square Quilt

I’m Flying Quilt Pattern

 

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Improvisational Quilting – Quilt Construction and Color Contrast


From my collection of Utility Quilts, I’ve chosen three that help demonstrate the use of color contrast in a quilt. We also talk about quilt construction. We can learn a lot from these utility quilts, concepts that help us when designing our own quilts.

Happy Quilting,

 

 

 

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12 Jelly Roll Quilts – Use Up Those Jelly Rolls!

Looking for Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns to use up those jelly rolls?  I’ve found a bunch for you!

How Did Jelly Rolls Get Started?

i remember when rotary cutters were first introduced to quilters as a tool to speed up your cutting process.  We grabbed them up fast and ran! (not literally, because that would be dangerous)  Soon the concept of cutting pieces from strips of fabric became popular. Since we have these nifty fast tools that cut strips super fast, let’s use strips for everything! Many designers adapted patterns to strips. It was a game-changer. Much of the quilting we do today begins with strips of fabric rather than cutting shapes..

Fabric companies caught on and started selling lines of fabric cut into strips. This is a fast and convenient way to make a beautiful quilt. The cutting is partially done for you, and the fabrics are designed to be used together.

Looking for Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns to use up those jelly rolls?  I’ve found a bunch for you!

On a Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

Connie’s Jelly Chevrons Quilt

Domino Star

Dresden Plate Jelly Roll Quilt

Jelly Sandwich Quilt 

Strawberry Jellies Quilt

Jelly Roll Squares Quilt

Big Block Jelly Logs Quilt

Legacy Jelly Roll Quilt

Saltwater Jelly Roll Quilt

Jelly Roll Jazz

Jelly Roll Rail Fence Quilt

Jelly Roll Balancing Act Quilt

Happy Quilting

Deborah

 

 

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12 Fat Quarter Quilt Patterns – What Should I Do With All These Fat Quarters?

How much fabric is in a Fat Quarter?  The answer is, one quarter yard. If you are not familiar with fat quarters, it is a common size for pre-cut pieces of cotton fabric. They are taken from one yard of fabric, cut in half lengthwise,and then in half width-wise. The dimensions are approximately 18″ x 22″. Quilters discovered that if they purchased fabric in fat quarters, they had a much more useable piece of fabric than a long strip that was a quarter yard.

I first became aware of fat quarters in the early ’90s. It was very exciting to be able to buy fabric this way. At first, you had to ask that a piece of fabric be cut in those dimensions. Before long, shop owners were cutting fat quarters from all of their bolts, and keeping them on hand. This made it oh so easy for us to grab and put in our shopping carts!

Here are some quilts you can make using just fat quarters.

Fat Quarter Fun

Mod Nine-Patch Quilt Pattern

Fat Quarter Four-Step Quilt

Phat Fat Quarter Quilt

Fat Quarter Pinwheel Quilt

Kite Tails Quilt

Tuscany Tile Fat Quarter Quilt

Journey Fat Quarter Quilt

Market Square Quilt

Going Dutch Fat Quarter Quilt

Bella Notte Fat Quarter Stars

Shadow Boxing Quilt

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

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!

Snowball Scrap Quilt – Use Up Those Scraps!

 

Here’s the truth; my favorite types of snowballs are not those made out of snow. Even though I live in Michigan where we do know a thing or two about snowballs, it’s the Snowball quilt block that is my favorite.

This lovely scrap quilt is made up of Snowball quilt blocks and Nine-patch blocks.  So easy, and yet so pretty.  This is perfect for using up those smaller scraps! You have already paid for all of that fabric in your scrap basket.  It’ time to get your money’s worth out of every piece.

In the video, I used the Omnigrip 6 1/2 inch square ruler. You can get one at the Quilted Turtle Online Quilt Shop.

14 Charm Quilts – Use Up Those Charm Packs!

charm-dashI remember in the mid ’90s when quilters started trading charm squares that were 5-inch pieces of fabric. We would collect them, and when we had enough, we would make a quilt that was made up of the charms, with no one fabric ever being used more than once.  It as fun to swap and trade until you had enough for a quilt.

Today, Moda uses this concept and has adapted it to their Charm Packs. They take one line of fabric, which often has several fabrics in it, and cut 5-inch squares of each fabric in the line. The pack will often have 2 of each fabric.  We now can easily buy the 5-inch squares ready to put into a quilt. I love Charm Packs because the fabrics all go together so well since they are all one line of fabric.  It takes a lot off the work out of choosing colors for your next quilt.

charmlaneHere are some patterns that are perfect for you to use up those charm packs!

Charm Dash Quilt

Modern Charm Quilt

Horizon Charm Quilt 

Stitch and Slice Charm Pack Baby Quilt

Simpy Helixed Charm Pack Table Runner

 Charming Quilt Pattern

Charmed Quilt Pattern

Basket Charms Quilt

Charming Diamonds

Just Charming Quilt

Heritage Charm

Charm Lane Quilt

180 Charms Lap Quilt

Charmingly Crazy Quilt

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

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 Layer Cake Quilt Patterns – Use Your Layer Cakes!

nauticalHave you ever wondered how much fabric is in a layer cake?  Here is the answer:  2 3/4 yards.  This is based on 40 to 42 squares in a pack, and each square is 10 inches square.  Did you know that 5 layer cakes makes a standard twin-sized quilt. This is without borders. If you add borders, you can increase the size of your quilt.

If you have a layer cake or two, and are wondering what to do with them, here are some patterns to you might choose:

 

Disappearing Nine Patch with Layer Cakes

Nautical News Layer Cake Quilt

Jubilee Layer Cake Quilt Pattern

Easy Layer Cake Quilt 

Lemonade Lollipop Layer Cake Quilt

Golden Cake Quilt

peanutPeanut Butter Pinwheel Layer Cake Quilt

Diamond Jubilee Layer Cake Quilt

Around the Block Layer Cake Quilt

Starry Night Layer Cake Quilt

Journey Layer Cake Quilt

Color in Motion Layer Cake Quilt

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

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