10 Heart Quilt Projects for Valentines Day

full_1358_54045_BatikHeartsQuilt_1Valentines Day is such a cheery holiday, it got me in the mood for cheerful heart quilt projects. I’ve found 10 great patterns to make quilts, table toppers, and more.  These are some great projects to give to your sweethearts, or make for yourself!

Dancing Hearts Quilt

Sweethearts Baby Quilt

Batik Hearts Quilt

Broken Hearts Quilt

randomheartsRandom Hearts Quilt

From the Heart Wall Hanging

Scrappy Hearts Quilt

Half Dozen Hearts Quilt

Spoken Hearts Table Topper

Happy Quilting!




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!


Best Quilt Marking Tool for Quilting Stencils

This is a product I almost missed.  It looks just like an old product that I had but didn’t like. Now it’s improved and much better!  The Ultimate Quilt Pounce Pad used to be messy and would disappear easily.  Now it is not nearly as messy, and it adheres to the quilt much better. But the best part is the added feature that it Irons Off!!!

Fulllinstencil.com also carries a huge selection of stencils. These are not your grandmother’s stencils.  They are flexible and easily portable.  You can even iron them without melting them!  You’ll want to check out their website and see for yourself the hundreds of designs you have to choose from.

Happy Quilting,




P.S. Hancy and Fullinestencil gave me these products to try.  But I only recommend the product that Iike and use myself. These tools has a spot in my quilters tool box for sure!

Pinwheel Green

10 Pinwheel Quilt Patterns

Pinwheel GreenI’ve always been drawn to pinwheel quilts. The block is so simple yet can be so beautiful.  This is one of those blocks that, depending on the fabrics you choose, can give you dozens of different looks for your quilt.  It can easily be made by a beginner and yet can be incorporated into a sophisticated pattern by more experienced quilters.  Here are just a few patterns that show you how really different this quilt can look depending on the setting and fabrics.

 PinWheels Quilt

Pinwheel Spinning Around

Preppy Pinwheels Quilt

Pinwheel Jam Quilt

pinwheel flowersScrappy Pinwheel Flowers

Tutti Frutti Double Pinwheel Quilt

Pinwheel from Laura Nownes

Pinwheel Sampler Quilt

Stars and Pinwheels Quilt

Pinwheel Boxes

Happy Quilting!




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








Best Fabric Organizers by Polar Notions

This weekend I was sewing up a storm. I finished the binding on two quilts, finished one top and started a second.  I was pulling fabrics out, deciding which to use, and stuffing the others back in the cupboard to take care of later.  Problem is, I often don’t want to take a lot of time to refold all of the fabrics I’ve strewed around so my sewing room ends up looking like it was struck by a tornado!  So this was a good week to try my new Fabric Organizers by Polar Notions.

I am so pleased with how easy they were to use and how nice they look!  I’m not a fussy person, so the thought of carefully refolding fabric doesn’t seem appealing to me. But Polar Notions sent me these Fabric Organizers to try, and so I gave them a try. To my surprise, they were not fussy to use. And I’m able to use both the full size for yardage, and the small size for fat quarters and anything smaller than a yard.  When I see how nice they keep my fabric, I’m willing to spend a little time putting fabric on a bolt.

My sewing room is now going to look like a mini quilt shop with all those bolts.  And who doesn’t love quilt shops!

Happy Quilting,



P.S. Paperpieces.com and Polar Notions sent me these Fabric Organizers to try. But I only recommend the very best products that I actually use.  These mini bolts are definitely helping me have a more organized sewing room that is also pretty!


10 Snowflake Quilt Patterns that will Warm Your Heart

PeppermintsAndSnowflakesWe are really in the thick of winter now!  Here in Michigan, we are getting hit pretty badly with cold weather and snow, snow, snow.  This got me thinking about snowflakes and warm quilts.  We’ve found 10 great snowflake quilts, mug rugs, and wall hangings for you to work as you stay inside with some warm cocoa. And some of them are free!

Paper-Pieced Snowflake Block

Peppermints and Snowflakes Quilt

Snowflake Mug Rug

Snowflake Lap Quilt

snowflakewallhangingSnowflake Wall Hanging

January Snowflake Quilt

Snowflake Placemat

Folk Snowflake Quilt Block

Tumbling Snowflakes Quilt 

Circle of Snowflakes Quilt

Happy Quilting




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








Jelly Roll Quilt: Topiary Tiles with Kate Spain Horizons Fabrics

This pattern, Topiary Tiles, is a jelly roll quilt pattern from Craftsy.  The fabric is from Green Fairy Quilts and it is a jelly roll and layer cake of the Horizons fabric line by Kate Spain.  Thank you, Green Fairy Quilts, for giving me this fabrics to sample and review.  It made a really pretty quilt that I love! I’m sure, when my daughter sees it, she’s going to want this one!

This is a great quilt for a beginner or anyone who needs a large quilt in a hurry.  By using the jelly roll and layer cake, the fabrics have been chosen for you and are guaranteed to match perfectly.  Also the precuts cut down a lot on cutting.  That makes this pattern also great to take to a quilt retreat.

Green Fairy Quilts is a great online shop that I discovered a few months ago.  You should really it check out.  They have lots of other jelly rolls and layer cakes from many designers!

Happy Quilting,




P.S. For more Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns, visit this article I’ve written previously.


10 Herringbone/Braided Quilt Patterns

Two years ago I made this Herringbone Quilt, what I call a Braided Quilt, using old ties and suits for StevesQuiltmy significant other, Steve.  He loved the quilt because it reminded him of events he had attended in those suits and ties.  He also loves my quilts and is always telling me he wants more!

This was the first time I had made a herringbone quilt. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was, since it looks like a complicated pattern.  I’ve found several variations of the herringone/braided pattern that I wanted to share with you.

The Modern Herringbone Quilt Pattern

Indie Vibrations Quilt Pattern

Mini Braids and Flowers Quilt

braidedLayer Cake French Braid

Lemon Blush Braided Quilt

Retro Friendship Bracelet Quilt

Denim Twist Quilt

Let’s Play Baby Quilt

Quilt In A Day Eleanor Burns Patterns, Braid in a Day

The Ribbon Retreat Herringbone 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.




Best Hand Sewing Light – Beam N Read LED 6 Now with Power Kit

I have showed you the Beam N Read LED 6 light before. This is one of my favorite quilting tools.  It allows me to sew in areas that are not well lit, and yet I can see my handwork perfectly because the light hangs around my neck.

There is now an accessory power pack, the USB/AC Power Kit, that allows me to plug in my light and save the batteries. This works if my batteries have just run out and I have no replacements. I can just plug in the Power Kit and keep sewing.  It also works if I want to use my Power Kit  and bypass the batteries to save my battery life for use later.

If you are someone who needs reading glasses, like me, you know that good lighting makes a huge difference in the ability to see your sewing in front of you.  I highly recommend the Beam N Read LED 6 with the USB/AC Power Kit!

Happy Quilting,




P.S. The people at Beam N Read gave me the light and Power Kit to try and share with you. I only recommend products that are really great and that I use myself. I can tell you I use my Beam N Read every time I sit down to do hand sewing!

6 Drunkard’s Path Quilt Patterns

ModernDrunkardsI love traditional quilt patterns just as much as the new modern quilts. Drunkard’s Path is a traditional pattern that can often look very modern.  It also is one of those patterns that can give you a complex looking quilt with just a simple block. Those are some of my favorites. Here are some Drunkards’ Path Quilt Patterns for you to use when making your next quilt. And some are Free!

Modern Drunkard’s Path Quilt

Drunkard’s Path Baby Quilt

Drunkards Path Stepping Beyond

Antique Drunkard’s Path Pattern

Stained Glass Drunkard’s Path Quilt

Traditional Drunkard’s Path Quilt


My Favorite Polyester Thread for Machine Quilting – Glide from Fil-Tec Bobbin Central

After 37 years of quilting, I have decided to learn something new this year;  Machine quilting on my domestic machine.  I have always been a hand quilter and for years have thought I would never learn machine quilting. It looked hard to do, and I love the hand quilting. But I changed my mind this year, and decided to take a class.

And I love it! No one is more surprised than me.  This baby quilt is my first quilt that I have completely quilted on my machine.  It went so well that I think I am hooked.  Along the way, I tried out some polyester thread from Fil-Tec called Glide Polyester Thread and matching prewound bobbins.  

I think this thread had a lot to do with how well my project has turned out.  The shiny nature of the polyester is beautiful and really made my machine quilting pop!

You can order Glide in many colors from Bobbin Central.

Happy Quilting,




P.S. Fil-Tec Bobbin Central sent me this thread to try. However, rest assured, I only review and recommend products that I use and like. I love this thread and can’t wait to try many more colors in my future projects.