Quilt Design Lessons from Vintage Quilts

Vintage quilts have a lot to teach us. These two quilts have great lessons about two specific design elements:  scale and value.

These are part of my Outsider Quilts collection. What are Outsider Quilts?  They are quilts that have been put together with non-traditional elements, often by beginner quilters and self-taught quilters.

If your guild would like to learn more about outsider quilts, check out my newest program “Outsider Quilts Trunk Show.” 

12 Layer Cake Quilt Patterns – Use Those Precuts!

What is a fabric Layer Cake?

Layer Cakes are collections of 10″ x 10″ squares of fabric. The phrase “layer cake” is used widely by Moda. Other fabric manufacturers have similar packs of 10″ inch squares but they may be called different names. They are similar to a charm pack but a larger size. Layer Cakes are available by collection and typically include 42 pieces of fabric, though the number may vary.

Layer cakes arrived on the scene after Charm Packs became popular. The patterns you make from 5″ squares can also be used for 10″ squares in the Layer Cakes.

Here are some patterns written especially for using Layer Cakes. However, as always, if you do not have a pack of 10″ squares, you can always cut them from your own stash.

Disappearing Nine-Patch Quilt with Layer Cakes

Layer Cake Explosion Quilt

Diamond Jubilee Layer Cake Quilt

Summer Popsicle Layer Cake Quilt

Ohio Starburst Layer Cake Quilt

Easy Layer Cake Quilt

Lemonade Lollipop Layer Cake Quilt

The Right Path Layer Cake Quilt

Around the Block Layer Cake Quilt

Journey Layer Cake Quilt

Color in Motion Layer Cake Quilt

Bellla Notte Layer Cake 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!



12 Quilted Table Runners – Great Gifts – Make One This Weekend

I just finished working on a table runner this week. It was a pattern I wanted to try out and, after completing the table runner, I decided I liked it enough that I will be making a full quilt from the same block pattern soon.  You just cant beat using a table runner as a test piece. Not only does it help you test the colors and pattern, but when you’re done, you have a new runner for yourself or to give as a gift.

If you’re looking for a good table runner pattern for yourself, or to give to a friend, here are some great patterns from which to choose:


Modern Half-Square Triangle Table Runner

Charmed Again Table Runner

Contemporary Table Runner

contempMidnight Forest Table Runner

Charming Chevron Table Runner

Patchwork Heart Table Runner

Reversible Table Runner

Windmill Table Runner

Simple Nine-Patch Table Runner

Spring Brunch Quilted Table Runner

Love Knot Table Runner

Twirling Quilted Table Runner

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.

15 Nine-Patch Quilts For Beginners – Fast and Easy

There is no better place to start learning to quilt than a nine-patch block. This is one of the most traditional block construction patterns and they are easy to put together.

A nine-patch block is a block that is made up of nine squares; three rows of three squares.  These blocks have been found as early as the 1800s in American quilts.  But just because it’s been around for a long time doesn’t mean the nine-batch block is old or out of date.  Today nine-patch quilts can be found even in new patterns from new designers, as are many of the blocks listed below.

Take a look at the large variety in these links below, and you will surely find one you want to make this weekend!

Nifty Nine-Patch Quilt

Charmingly Crazy Nine-Patch Quilt

Playing With Nine Patches

Nostalgic Nine-Patch

Rainbow Nine-Patch Quilt

Is That a Nine Patch? Quilt Pattern

Winding Nine-Patch Quilt

Baby Nine-Patch

Mod Nine-Patch

Nine-Patch Cross

Apartment Nine-Patch Quilt

Daisy Patch Quilt

Patches Plus Quilt

Nine-Patch Fun Baby Quilt

Nine-Patch Extravaganza




P.S. If you purchase a pattern from these links, I might receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!

Easy Quilt For Beginners – Midnight Star Quilt Tutorial

In this quilt, the block, on its own, is an unusual block. However, once you place several of them together, like magic, you see the stars appear.  And the block is so easy!

Here is information about the products used in the video. You can find them at The Quilted Turtle online quilt shop.

Quilters Slide Lock

Omnigrid Portfolio

Steamfast Iron

Happy Quilting,


12 Bow Tie Quilt Patterns – Great for Beginners!

The bow tie quilt pattern is a widely recognized block design.  You can make many blocks and create a quilt, or you can use one bow tie block in a sampler quilt. The country charm and simplicity of the block makes it perfect for beginners, as well as experienced quilters.

I often think of bow tie quilts done in 30’s fabrics. This makes a nice summery quilt. However, there are many other looks you can achieve with this one block. Below are a few to try:

Bow Ties from Sew Many Quilts

Turning 20 Bow Ties and Butterflies

The Bow Tie Quilt Pattern

Charming Bow Ties

Buttons and Bow Ties

Bow Tie Quilt

Bow Tie Scrap Quilt

Bow on Top Baby Quilt

Beau’s Ties Quilt

Dots and Tots Quilt

Sew Easy Bow Tie Quilt Block Pattern

Quilt Sensations Vintage Bow Ties Wall 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!

Best Quilting Tools: Fiskars Folding Quilters Ruler

We love to travel with our quilting. Whether it’s sewing with the guild, taking a class or attending a retreat, many of us take our quilting with us. Quilt Product Makers are now designing products that are great tools that are easy to take along. Fiskars Folding Ruler is one of my favorite tools.

You can find Fiskars Folding Ruler at the Quitled Turtle Online Quilt Shop.


11 Triangle Quilt Patterns – Easy Breezy Quilts for Every Occasion

When I was a beginner quilter, I was always looking for new quit block patterns to make into a quilt. After many years, I realized that each quilt block is made up of simple units that can be arranged and rearranged in an infinite number of patterns. One of my favorite units is the simple triangle. I am always fascinated at the many many stunning quilts that can be created from such a simple unit.

Here are some great triangle patterns that I want to share with you. And some of them are free!

Hidden Hexagon Triangles Quilt

Wonky Triangles Paper Piecing Pattern

Half Square Triangle Baby Quilt

Triangle Mini Quilt Pattern

Scrappy Triangles

Dreaming Half Squares Triangle Quilt

Garnets and Rubies Quilt

Snail Mail Quilts

Tipsy Triangles Baby Quilt

Triangles at Play Quilt

Sunshine Serenade Triangle Placemats




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

Big Stitch Quilting Without a Hoop – Tutorial


Big stitch quilting is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to finish a quilt.  It is fast, easy, and inexpensive. It’s great for finishing baby quilts, utility quilts, scrap quilts, charity quilts, and just about any kind of quilt!

If you would like to purchase any of the items mentioned in the video, you can do so here:

General’s White Chalk Marking Pencil

Sewline Ceramic Lead Black Marking Pencil

Happy Quilting!


12 Pinwheel Quilt Patterns – Easy to make and so Beautiful!

The Pinwheel quilt block – such a simple unit, with many different possibilities! When I think of pinwheel quilts, I think of those lovely thin summer quilts, with pastel blocks on a white background, the kind your Grandmother would have had at the summer cottage.  While I love this very traditional way of putting the pinwheels together, there are many other ways to interpret this block.

I found 12 different patterns for you to consider for your next quilt, and all are very different!

Peppermint Pinwheels Table Runner

Dutch Pinwheel Quilt

Prairie Pinwheel Baby Quilt

PinWheels Quilt

Pinwheel Spinning Around

Pinwheel Jam Quilt

Scrappy 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.