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.
If 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!
When I’m in a quilt shop, the Layer Cakes call my name. I like to pick them up, but do not have an idea yet for a quilt. In case you’re not familiar, a Layer Cake is a stack of 10-inch squares of fabrics all from one collection. This gives you wonderful fabrics that are all coordinated for you. Fast and easy!
I’ve been looking for quilt patterns that lend themselves well to Layer Cakes. Here’s what I found:
For years I have been basting my quilts with the Quiltak Basting Gun. Before that, I used to use needle and thread, and baste a grid of thread through the layers. This would often take a couple hours per quilt. With the Quilt Basting Gun I can baste a quilt in about 30 minutes for a really big quilt, less time for a small quilt.
That’s why when I recently broke my basting gun, I panicked! I had this gun for so long, I wasn’t sure they still made them. I did not want to go back to thread basting or pinning because it takes so much longer to baste a quilt.
I was so relieved when I found the exact company, Quiltak, who makes the one I’ve been using. I’ve tried another company, but the gun broke the first time I used it. So now I know, look for Quiltak. I think I used my last gun for almost 20 years. I’m hoping the new one works for me just as long!
Wedding season has arrived, and it’s time for giving wedding quilts. Making a quilt for a newlywed couple is one of the oldest traditions in quilting. Many quilters learn to quilt when they wish to make a baby quilt or a bridal quilt. I found some great wedding quilt patterns, some traditional and some new. Here are some of the best I found:
This easy jelly roll quilt pattern is a great way to use that jelly roll you bought, but don’t have plans for yet. I was amazed how easy this pattern it. It looks difficult, but it’s really not!
This is one of those quilts my mother had a sample of for her quilt shop in Indian River, Michigan. She let me borrow the quilt to show you. I told her I was looking for patterns that were easy but looked more sophisticated. When she pulled this one out of the stack, I didn’t think I was going to want to use it. But Mom was right, it is easy, and looks like a lot more work than it is.
The book is called Scrap-Basket Surprises by Kim Brackett. It has a lot of great patterns that a new quilter could easily follow the instructions and successfully complete. The pattern is called Bali Sea Star.
I love embroidery and working with embroidery floss and pearl cotton. I decided it was time for me to try my hand at Big Stitch quilting. And I have to say, I loved it! I did use six strand embroidery floss which I divided and used only three strands at a time as I stitched. I also mixed in pearl cotton. I found that some sizes of pearl cotton were big and difficult to pull through fabric as I quilted. So I picked up some finer sized pearl cotton it worked out really well. I am planning on making a video in the future on this quilting method. I will definitely be going more of it! Have you tried big stitch?
Since the Topiary Tiles Quilt was finished, I got another quilt ready for hand quilting. I have to always have one in the hoop ready to pick up at any time. If the hoop is empty I feel restless, especially when I want to sit down and watch something on Netflix. I can no longer just sit and watch television. I need to have handwork to work on. So I put the Large Granny Squares quilt top into a quilt sandwich and into my hoop. The link will take you to the video where I show you how I pieced the quilt. This quilt was made with a charm pack and layer cake from Green Fairy Quilts.
I’ve been thinking about what to quilt on this one. It is a lightweight quilt so it will take small stitches very well. I decided to create a leaf template, then draw it on, four at a time, into a flower pattern. I use Frixion pens to draw the pattern. And I’m using a new spool of thread by Superior Threads. I am hoping to make a video review of both of these products after I am done with the quilt. So far, they are working very nicely.
So that’s what I’m working on this week. How about you? What are you working on? Leave me a comment below and tell me.
P.S. I’ve started a new group on Facebook called Quilting Group. Come on over and join us. We are going to be sharing quilt photos, tips, tutorials, and just a lot of good conversation among fellow quilters. I’d love to see you there!
This quilt is a great quilt for beginners. In fact, if were teaching a beginner how to quilt, this is the one I would have them start on. The pattern takes one charm pack and one layer cake. I got mine from Green Fairy Quilts, a terrific online quilt shop that has lots of precuts, just like these, to choose from. I chose the Somerset Collection by Moda.
The pattern is a free pattern by Craftsy, called Large Granny Squares. I recommend you download the PDF and print it so you can have it next to you while you are sewing.
P.S. Green Fairy Quilts sent me the precuts so that I could use them and show you how wonderful they look in a quilt. They have tons of other fabric lines that are gorgeous! If you haven’t ordered from them before, you really should go take a look.
When my children were younger, I made them both quilts for gifts. They have their favorites that they still cherish and use all the time. There is nothing better than seeing a child really love the quilt you’ve put your time and love into. I’ve collected a few kids quilt patterns that you can use for your next children’s quilt.