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


Freeform Quilt Tutorial – Easy with No Points to Match!

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.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might also like the Starburst Scrap Quilt Tutorial.


12 Layer Cake Quilt Patterns – Fast and Easy!

brightestThis 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.

The Brightest Star Layer Cake Quilt

cakeTo The Moon Layer Cake Quilt

Cake Blossoms Layer Cake Quilt

Easy Layer Cake Quilt 

Lemonade Lollipop Layer Cake Quilt

Golden Cake Quilt

Peanut 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,




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


Big Stitch Quilting is Great for Scrap Quilts – Try one, You’ll Love it!

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.

To see a tutorial on big stitch quilting, check out this YouTube Video.

To see the Big Stitch Quilting Needles by Pepper Cory, click here.

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12 Ideas for Wedding Quilts – Traditional Quilts Make Family Heirlooms

summer bMaking 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:

doubleSummer Breeze

Random Star Quilt

Floral Irish Chain Quilt

Nested Churn Dash

Double Wedding Ring Quilt

Alex’s Wedding Quilt Pattern

Scarlett’s Double Wedding Ring Quilt

With All My Love Quilt

Infinity Loop Quilt

Hearts Entwined Quilt

Hugs and Kisses Quilt

Sweetheart Heart Quilt

12 Kids Quilts – For the Children in Your Life

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.


Let’s Go! Kids Quiltletsgo

On The Farm Kids Quilt

Barrel of Monkeys Quilt

Pointed Quilt

Circus Time Quilt Blocks

Escaping Bugs Bottle Quilt

HippieStarlight Wishes Quilt

Hippie Flower Quilt

I Love You Quilt

3D Maze Quilt

Quilts and Totes For Little Folks

Fun Quilts For Kids


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



12 Summer Quilts – Bright and Breezy Quilts You Don’t Want To Miss

SummerSun – Fun – Cool Breezes – Popsicles – Family

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!

Summer Critters Placemat

Sunny Days of Summer Wall Hanging

Summer Sampler Quiltsunset

Summer Table Runner

Summer Days Quilt

Summer Breeze Quilt

Summer Squares Quilt

Summer Party Boat Mug Rug

Summer’s Here Baby Quilt

Sizzling Summer Quilt

Ladybug Summer Runner and Placemat

Lighthouse Table Runner

Happy Summer 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 Chevron Quilts -Make A Happy Quilt This Week!

chevmodAnother 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.

Chevron Quilt Tutorial

Happy Chevron Quilt

Chevron Falls Quilt

Kiara Chevron Quilt

Simple Chevron Quiltchevcandy

Chevron Accent Quilt

Emily Taylor Designs Cheekly Chevron Quilt Pattern

Diamond Chevron

Chevron Candy Quilt

Sharp Chevrons Pattern

iHeart Chevron Quilt

Modern Chevron 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.