Author Archives: Deborah Richmond

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

Deborah

 

 

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!

Deborah

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!

Deborah

 

 

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.

Honeycomb Quilt Tutorial Using Half-Square Triangles – Triangles-on-a-Roll

Half-square triangles are such a versatile unit, and I can’t stop making them!  This quilt is made of 6-inch half-square triangles, which means it’s very fast to put together because the triangles are large.  So if you’re looking for a fast pattern that appears more sophisticated, this Honeycomb pattern is for you.

The following products are shown in this video:

Triangles-on-a-Roll 6-inch Half Square Triangle Paper

Steamfast Travel Iron

Omnigrid Portfoli cutting and ironing surfaces

Omnigrip 2.5″ x 12.5″ Ruler

12 Braided and Herringbone Pattern Quilts – Easy Patterns with Dramatic Results!

If you like quilts with bold geometric patterns, then you are going to love these Braided and Herringbone Quilts.  Although a traditional pattern, Braided and Herringbone quilts can give you a very modern feel.  These patterns look complicated but are really easy to execute.  Here are several patterns to whet your appetitie!

Christa’s Herringbone Quilt

Inlaid Braid Bed Runner

The Modern Herringbone Quilt Pattern

Herringbone Twin Quilt

Indie Vibrations Quilt Pattern

Mini Braids and Flowers Quilt

Layer Cake French Braid

Denim Twist Quilt

Let’s Play Baby Quilt

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

The Ribbon Retreat Herringbone Quilt

Parquet Quilt

Happy Quilting!

Deborah

Best Tool To Organize Your Sewing Machine Bobbins – Dritz Bobbin Box

I just started using these bobbin boxes and I am loving them.  Anything that helps me stay organized in my sewing room is a big bonus!  Now my bobbins stay organized and don’t unravel. I can easily grab the box out of my drawer next to my sewing machine when I need another bobbin.

We carry the Dritz Bobbin Box at the Quilted Turtle Online Quilt Shop.

10 Paper Pieced Quilt Patterns to Tear Into Today!

When I first saw a paper-pieced quilt, I couldn’t figure out how it was made. The geometric pattern seemed so intricate. It was not obvious, by looking at it, how it was constructed.  But I knew I would never be able to use such unusual quilt pieces and actually make a successful block.  But then I learned the paper-piecing technique and discovered how easy it was once I know how.

Whether you’re a beginner or already have made paper-pieced quilts, I have found some new patterns that you might like to try:

Hexi Tiles Foundation Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern

32 Karet Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern

Scrap Medley Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern

Wonky Triangles Paper Piecing Pattern

Pinwheel Star Paper Piecing Quilt Pattern

Bookshelf Quilt Paper Piecing Pattern

Paper Pieced Tessellating Fish

Starry Night Paper Pieced Quilt Pattern

Best Ergonomic Rotary Cutter – Blade Automatically Closes!

One of the most important tools any quilter owns is a rotary cutter.  I admit, I have several. This is one of my most favorites. The automatic closing feature is a huge benefit for me.  If you’re looking for a good all-purpose rotary cutter, this one is for you!

Order your Olfa Ergonomic Rotary Cutter from the QuiltedTurtle Quilt Shop.

11 Drunkard’s Path Quilt Patterns – Expand Your Skills With Curved Piecing!

One of the funniest names for a quit block is the Drunkard’s Path quilt block.  With it’s curved pieces, you can arrange the blocks into many different variations that can create a topsy turvy pattern.  This block gives you plenty of practice with curved piecing. Don’t be afraid to try curved piecing. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you will be able to take that skill and use it to make many different blocks that have curved piecing in them.

Here are a few books and patterns with variations of the Drunkard’s Path.

A New Spin on Drunkard’s Path Book

Modern Drunkard’s Path Quilt

Drunkard’s Path Baby Quilt

Drunkards Path Stepping Beyond

Traditional Drunkard’s Path Quilt

Lunar Eclipse Quilt

Curvy Curves Pattern

Broken Circles Table Runner

Circles and Crescents Quilt

Paradise Punch

Happy Trails:  Variations on the Classic Drunkard’s Path Pattern

Happy Quilting,

Deborah