Author Archives: Deborah Richmond

11 Hexagon Quilts – You won’t be able to resist making one today!

Hexagon quilts are hot hot hot! New patterns and styles go way beyond Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The design possibilities are endless.

Hexagons started showing up in quilts in the early 1800s. Simple single-unit quilts were often the how hex’s were assembled, often by hand. Since then, hexagons have gone through an evolution. Hexagons can be used as a simple unit, or pieced out of many other pieces to create the hexagon. They can be put into a quilt by hand piecing, machine piecing, or English paper piecing.

You can now find whole books full of just hexagon quilts.  I’ve discovered these patterns easily available with the internet:

Hexagon Mug Rug

Hex Plus Quilt

Tetris Hex Quilt

Hexagon Table Mat

Flowers and Stars Hexagon Quilt

Hexagon Pillow Pattern

Those Charming Hexagons Quilt

Hexagon Pleasures Quilt

Hexie Alphabet Paper Pieced Patterns

Big Bold Baby Hexagons Modern Quilt

Hexie Zig-Zag Mug Rug

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

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

Best Tools to Improve Your Piecing Accuracy

Accuracy is so important when quilting. If your pieces and units are not exactly the same size, it will be difficult to put your blocks together and match those points and seams.  Luckily, there are some tools that can help you achieve a higher level of accuracy. Here are the tools I use. I have set up a piecing station next to my sewing machine. And you can too!

My List of Best Tools for Piecing Accuracy
You can purchase these items from The Quilted Turtle by clicking the links below:

Omnigrid Folding Cutting Mat and Pressing Surface

Steamfast Travel Iron

Olfa 28mm Small Rotary Cutter

Omnigrid Neon Ruler 6 1/2 Inch Square

Glow Line 1/4 Inch Tape

Happy Quilting,

12 Rail Fence Quilts – Fast and Easy – Make One This Weekend!

Rail Fence quilt patterns are great to use with Jelly Rolls. If you need a quick and easy quilt, you can’t go wrong with this easy traditional pattern.  And this easy pattern is also reat for scrap quilts.

If you are a beginner, this pattern is for you. You will be able to create a pretty quilt with very simple construction.  If you are not a beginner, this is a great one for quick baby quilts or charity quilts.

Here are a few rail fence patterns I found just for you.

Blush and Bloom Rail Fence Centerpiece

Rail Fence Improv Quilt

Off the Rails Quilt

Hobo Rail Fence Table Runner

Chair Rail Quilt

Baby Rails Quilt

Electric Rails Quilt

Zig Zag Rail Fence

Jelly Roll Rail Fence Quilt

Rock and Roll Jelly Roll Quilt

Floral Fence Quilt

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

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

Quilters, Use Up Those Scraps! Beginner Friendly Quilt Pattern

 

It’s a proven fact! In my quilting studio, scraps multiply when I’m not looking!  But that’s not a problem for me because I LOVE scrap quilts. My first three or four quilts were scrap quilts made from scraps in my mother’s scrap box.  I think it is that beginning that has always drawn me to scrap quilts.  Sure, I have made beautiful quilts from three or four chosen coordinated fabrics. But it’s the scrap quilts that always draw me in.

I also very much like the use-it-up factor.  I’ve always loved using up something until the last bit off use is out of it. It’s so satisfying. When I make a scrap quilt, I know I’ve save money, and I’ve saved space in a landfill somewhere. Both of those ideas appeal to me. I’m being responsible and doing my part to wisely use the resources I already have.

This quilt is great for beginners. It’s wonderful for using up scraps. It’s a fast and easy quilt that you can make for family and friends, or to donate for a service organization.

Happy Quilting,

 

 

12 Heart Quilts For The Ones You Love – Make One Today!

Quilters make quilts for people they love. That is a long-standing tradition. And on off the most popular symbols of love is the heart. Quilt patterns have contained hearts for centuries. Folk art quilts often are embellished with applique hearts. Patchwork heart blocks have been popular for a very long time.  If you’re looking for a quilt pattern to express your love for your sweetheart, a relative, or friend, here are some patterns to choose from. And some of them are free!

Hearts on Fire Quilt

Candy Hearts Quilt

With All My Heart Quilt

iHeart Chevron Quilt

Hearts Entwined Quilt

You’re Mine Salvage Heart Quilt

zigzagZig Zag Love

Round Valentines Table Topper

Batik Hearts Quilt

Valentines Mug Rug

Our Hearts Will Go On Quilt

Heart Garden Quilt

Happy Quilting!

Deborah

 

 

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!

Easy Quilt For Beginners Using Solid Fabrics – Gems and Jewels Quilt

Fabrics without prints can make a beautiful quilt. Most quilt fabrics have some sort of print on them and often more than one color. But fabrics in solid colors can make a stunning quilt all on their own. The Amish have been using solid fabrics for years.  You can achieve a very dramatic look with solids. And, here’s a tip, solid fabrics often cost a bit less than printed cottons.

 

Big Stitch Quilting – Without Marking Your Quilt!


I’ve fallen in love with big stitch quilting.  There are many great reasons to use big stitch quilting on your next quilt. It is easy to learn and very forgiving. This is great for beginners. Accuracy is not necessary!  It’s a stress-free way to finish your quilt!

As seen in this video:

SnipEze

Big Stitch Needles

Bohin Leather Thimble

Glow-Line Tape 1/4 inch

Quilters Tape 1/4 inch

Oval Wooden Hoop

Happy Quilting,

12 Flying Geese Quilt Patterns – Make One This Weekend!

Flying Geese is one of those traditional patterns that can made into many many different types of quilts.  You can use the pattern to make a very old-fashioned quilt, or arrange the blocks into a more modern pattern.

Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Flying Geese Charm Mug Rug

Flying Geese Chase Quilt

Offset Flying Geese Block Quilt

Rainbow Flying Geese Quilt

Four Geese A Flying Quilt

Flying Geese Go Crazy Quilt

FlyingGeeseLogCharming Flying Geese Baby Quilt

Flying Geese Log Cabin Quilt

Wandering Geese

Flock of Geese Quilt Pattern

Geese in a Square Quilt

I’m Flying Quilt Pattern

 

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

Improvisational Quilting – Quilt Construction and Color Contrast


From my collection of Utility Quilts, I’ve chosen three that help demonstrate the use of color contrast in a quilt. We also talk about quilt construction. We can learn a lot from these utility quilts, concepts that help us when designing our own quilts.

Happy Quilting,

 

 

 

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12 Jelly Roll Quilts – Use Up Those Jelly Rolls!

Looking for Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns to use up those jelly rolls?  I’ve found a bunch for you!

How Did Jelly Rolls Get Started?

i remember when rotary cutters were first introduced to quilters as a tool to speed up your cutting process.  We grabbed them up fast and ran! (not literally, because that would be dangerous)  Soon the concept of cutting pieces from strips of fabric became popular. Since we have these nifty fast tools that cut strips super fast, let’s use strips for everything! Many designers adapted patterns to strips. It was a game-changer. Much of the quilting we do today begins with strips of fabric rather than cutting shapes..

Fabric companies caught on and started selling lines of fabric cut into strips. This is a fast and convenient way to make a beautiful quilt. The cutting is partially done for you, and the fabrics are designed to be used together.

Looking for Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns to use up those jelly rolls?  I’ve found a bunch for you!

On a Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern

Connie’s Jelly Chevrons Quilt

Domino Star

Dresden Plate Jelly Roll Quilt

Jelly Sandwich Quilt 

Strawberry Jellies Quilt

Jelly Roll Squares Quilt

Big Block Jelly Logs Quilt

Legacy Jelly Roll Quilt

Saltwater Jelly Roll Quilt

Jelly Roll Jazz

Jelly Roll Rail Fence Quilt

Jelly Roll Balancing Act Quilt

Happy Quilting

Deborah

 

 

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