Fat Quarter Style – Book of Great Patterns to Use with Fat Quarters

I remember when fat quarters first began showing up in quilt shops. Yes, I’ve been a quilter that long!  I was delighted to be able to easily pick up a handful of pretty fabrics to add to my stash.  I’ve discovered a quilt book that is made just for those fat quarters, Fat Quarter Style by It’s Sew Emma.

I had some floral fabrics that I received years ago in a fabric exchange group. Over the last few years I’ve quilted with a lot of batiks. These fabrics never seemed to make it into a quilt.  I decided it was time to do something with them, and so I created this quilt from the book.

Many of the quilts in Fat Quarter Style are perfect for a beginning quilter, or if you just want to work on something that is fast and easy and beautiful.

Happy Quilting,


P.S. Go check out the book at It’s Sew Emma. And while you’re there, check out some of the other books and patterns they offer. This is a great online quilt shop to add to your list of favorites




9 Modern Quilts That Traditional Quilters Will Love

DiamondModern 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.

stepMy 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

Step in Time

Topiary Tiles

illusionOh 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!  Many of these patterns are free as well!


Best Sewing Machine Carrier by Tutto.com

When I saw this set of quilters luggage at the quilt show, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I’ve had my current machine carrying case for over 15 years.  It’s a little too small, and not made of the best stuff. So when I saw what was available from Tutto, I knew I had to give it a try.

I am happy to say that the luggage is exceeding my expectations.  Not only is it sturdy and made very well, but it also collapses so that when I’m not using it, I can put it away in my studio without taking up so much room.

I ordered the large sewing machine on wheels and matching embroidery project bag.  They travel very well together and allow me to bring all of my supplies with me and keep them organized as I sew at quilt camp.

You can find out more about Tutto sewing products at their website.

Happy Quilting,




P.S. Tutto sent me these to try out and review. I only recommend products that I think are top quality and that I use myself.  I am thrilled with the quality of these carriers and I know I will be using mine for a very long time.


9 Applique Quilt Patterns for Your Next Project

Applique 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!


Great Beginners Quilt for Charm Squares or Scraps!

Years ago I belonged to a fat quarter swap group that met every month.  Every month we would bring a different genre of fabrics to swap.  One month, the category was “Florals”.  I took 12 fat quarters of my favorite floral, and received 12 fat quarters of 12 different floral fabrics.  This was a great way to expand my fabric collection and a great way to make quilting friends. The women in that group are still good friends today, years later.

I have never used these florals for any of my quilts. For years, I worked only in batiks and hand-dyed fabrics. And florals weren’t a good fit.  This month I decided it was time to use those fabrics, and I started looking for a good pattern that would really show them off.  I found an easy pattern in the book Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls and Charm Quilts.  I love this book because it has easy patterns that are perfect for using those precuts I pick up at my mom’s quilt shop and at quilt shows.  I have discovered that this particular pattern worked very well as a scrap quilt to use these floral fabrics.

This quilt top turned out even better than I had pictured it.  Don’t you just love it when that happens?  I would highly recommend this book, and I highly recommend this pattern for beginners.

Happy Quilting,




P.S. Find Layer Cakes, Jelly Rolls and Charm Quilts and more great quilt books and quilting tools at my online shop The Quilted Turtle.  I put only the items I really use and really love in the online quilt shop. All of my favorites are there!

10 Star Quilts and Star Quilt Blocks

starsstarsOne of the first blocks I learned was the Ohio Star.  I absolutely fell in love with the pattern and made many.  When I was younger, I made an Ohio Star quilt for a friend’s wedding. Except, when I finished it, I liked it so much, I had to keep it!  I embroidered a pretty border on a sheet set instead for her.

Since then, I have fallen in love with many types of stars.  I never get tired of them.  Here are some I’ve found recently. I thought you would like to see them too, and some patterns are Free!

Stars Quilt

UschiStar Candy

Uschi’s Stars Quilt

Random Stars Quilt

Falling Stars Quilt

Star Stuff Quilt

Stars of the Heartland Quilt

Wandering Stars Quilt

Star Blues

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.








Best Fabric Cutting Tool – Quilters Slidelock

We’ve all had those days. You’re cutting strips of fabric for your next quilt.  You cut a strip, remove the ruler, then see that the ruler slipped at the end of your cut. Now you’ve wasted a few inches of the strip.

These days will no longer happen to me because I have discovered a tool that solves this slippage problem.  The Quilters Slidelock is now one of my most often used tools in quilting.  When I started using it, it didn’t take long to get the hang of it. The Lighted Edge Quilters Slidelock allows me to cut more accurately and faster.

I also picked up the Lighted Edge Quilters Slidelock Ruler. This is a regular quilters ruler, the one you use for most of your cutting.  However, the numbers and lines on this one glow and jump out at you because off the yellow color.  I don’t know how they do it, but it actually looks like they are backlit.  I’m loving this feature because my eyes aren’t what they used to be.  I will take any vision help I can get!

Happy Quilting,




P.S. You can find more quilt tools at The Quilted Turtle. These are my favorites and I like to share them with you.


10 Quilt Patterns Using Charm Packs

charmingPre-cuts are so popular these days, and I can see why! When I am in a quilt shop, I just can’t stop myself from picking up charm packs, layers cakes and jelly rolls.  It’s so nice to have a little piece of every fabric in a particular line.  If I am in a hurry, these quilts are ideal because it cuts down on the time I need to spend choosing fabrics.  Now, most of the time that’s a big part of the fun of making a quilt. But once in a while, it’s nice to have everything coordinated for you.

Charm packs are the 5-inch squares that come usually in 40 to a pack.  Here are some quilts that use charm packs.  These quilts would also make good scrap quilts!

basket 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!






Quilt for Beginners Using X-Blocks Ruler – Super Fast, Super Easy!

My Mom suggested I try out the X-Blocks Ruler to make quilt blocks.  She said it was super fast and super easy. Boy, was she right!

This ruler looked complicated to me when I first saw it. But I’m amazed at how fast and easy it was to use.  It came with good instructions and free patterns Frankly I hardly needed the instructions once I saw the photos on how to use the ruler.

This quilt is from the X-Blocks Land Book.  This book is full of easy quilts, and I’m going to make a few more!  When I buy a tool, I like to know I’m going to use it a lot. I’m positive I will be using this one a lot.  It comes in the X-Blocks Ruler 7 1/2 inches, and the X-Blocks Ruler 6 1/2 inches. That simply means the size of the finished blocks will be either 7 1/2 inches or 6 1/2 inches, depending on which ruler you use. I happen to have the 7 1/2 and loved it.  I might pick up the 6 1/2 inch too. Not only will I be able to use it for X-Blocks patterns, but I can use it to square up other 6 1/2 inch blocks I make for other quilts.

I highly recommend this quilt for beginners. Yes, it is that easy to use!!!

Happy Quilting,




P.S. These products and more can be found at The Quilted Turtle.  We have quite a few useful tools now that every quilter can use!


10 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns To Use Those Jelly Rolls Today

pinwheeljellyIf you are like me, you have a jelly roll or two that you’ve picked up at a quilt shop or quilt show. And you didn’t have a quilt in mind when you bought the roll, but you loved the line of fabrics.  It’s time to pull out those jelly rolls you’ve been saving and put them into a fast and easy quilt!

Here are some jelly roll quilt patterns to make your next quilt, and some of them are free! Now got get out that jelly roll!

Jelly Roll Pinwheel Quilt

Jelly Roll Squares

Rock and Roll Jelly Roll Quilt

legacyJellyLegacy 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

Happy Quilting!




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