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.
I 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:
Freeform quilting is one of my favorite types of quilting. When I am tired, or just want a break from precision cutting and piecing, I turn to freeform quilting. I don’t have to measure hardly at all. There are no points to match. I find this type of quilting very relaxing.
If you haven’t tried freeform quilting, this tutorial is a great place to start.
This year I moved into a new house. And with a move comes moving my quilting studio. It was eye-opening to realize about 50 percent of all moving boxes contained stuff for my quilting room! But that’s where I spend most of my time so it actually makes sense.
Now I am working on getting organized again. I am putting all of my precuts in one area. Charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes. I didn’t think I had any layer cakes left. I thought i had used them up. But much to my surprise I found two that are just waiting for a new project.
Here are some fast and easy layer cake quilt patterns I found that I might use for my layer cakes. I thought I would share them with you in case you, too, are looking for a good pattern to use those layer cakes.
Big stitch quilting is a great way to quilt a large scrap quilt. The colored threads and big stitches add a layer of interest to a quilt, even a busy one like a scrap quilt. Big stitch is a great way to learn to hand quilt.
Making a quilt for a family wedding is one of the best ways to pass on a quilt as a family heirloom. I find that, when a couple receives a quilt as a wedding gift, they tend to cherish it in the manner that a hand-made quilt deserves. When I’m thinking about making a wedding quilt, I like to choose very traditional quilts. Nothing too outlandish or too bright. I want something that is going to stand the test of time, that they will still love for years and years.
Here are some patterns that would make wonderful wedding quilts:
If you’re like many quilters, chances are a few of the quilts you make are for family members. Whether it’s birthday presents, or Christmas gifts, or baby shower presents, quilts are a great way of showing your family how much you love them. If your family member is important to you, you will spend many hours making a quilt you know they will treasure for a long time.
And gifts for children are the best of all. Children love bright cheerful quilts. I found several quilt patterns that would make great quilts for the children in your life.
What do you think of when you think of summer? For me, time spent up north at the lake is what summer is all about. The breeze coming off the lake, cooling you down. Warm sun on your skin after a swim. And there is nothing like a nice light-weight summer quilt for those cool nights with the windows open. I have found a few summer quilts you may want to make this summer!
Another traditional quilt block pattern is the Chevron. What’s really nice about this pattern is that it really stands the test of time. We now have many variations of this block. Every quilt is unique depending on the size of the chevron pattern and the colors you use. Take a look at a few of the patterns I found, and you will see big variations on this one block.