Author Archives: Deborah Richmond

Easy Churn Dash Quilt Tutorial Using Quilters Magic Wand

There are some tools that are so simple, yet so valuable.  The Quilters Magic Wand is one of those tools.  In this tutorial, I show you how to make a traditional Churn Dash Quilt Block.  To make the half-square triangles, I use the Quilters Magic Wand half inch ruler.  It helps me piece accurate quarter inch seams.  Once you know how to use it, you will find yourself reaching for this ruler again and again!

Check out our online shop, The Quilted Turtle, for more great tools just like the Quilters Magic Wand.

Happy Quilting,



11 Churn Dash Quilts – Fast and Easy Quilts for All Skill Levels!

The Churn Dash quilt block is such a versatile and traditional block. You can take any of the patterns below, and depending on where you place your fabrics, and how many colors you use, the one block can create endless design options.  Or make them exactly as they are shown here!

Churn Dash Mug Rug

Nested Churn Dash Block Pattern

Modern Churn Dash Quilt Pattern

401 Churn Dash Quilt Pattern

Vintage Churn Dash Quilt Pattern

Liberated Churn Dash Quilt Pattern

Scrappy Churn Dash Table Runner

Dash Around The Churn Quilt Pattern

Your Turn to Churn Quilt Book

Happy Churn Dash Quilt Pattern

Shadow Churn Dash Quilt

Happy Quilting,


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



Get Your Sewing Room Organized with the Essential Sewing Caddies

Here is another item that I have been using in my sewing room to help me get organized, especially near my sewing machine. As we sew, we are constantly using different tools, like small scissors, bobbins and pins.  The Sewing Caddy holds my stuff, and helps me stay organized. Besides that, they are just darn cute! The caddy comes in an Owl, Lady Bug and Porcupine. You can get one today from the Quilted Turtle in the links below:

Lady Bug Essentials Sewing Caddy

Owl Essentials Sewing Caddy

Porcupine Essentials Sewing Caddy

Happy Quilting,



10 Applique Quilts – Great Inspirations For Your Next Project

Applique gives us much freedom of pattern.  There is so much we can do with applique that we cannot do with traditional quilt piecing.  Whether you like to do needle-turn applique, machine applique or raw-edge applique, your only limit in pattern-making is your own imagination.

Here are some great applique quilt patterns, some traditional, some non-traditional and some whimsical.

Wildflowers Quilt Pattern

Sweet Somethings Flower Applique Quilt

Whimsical Basket Quilt

Ocean Friends Applique Quilt

Poinsettia Applique Wall Hanging

Halloween Cat Applique Quilt Pattern

My Enchanted Garden: Appliqué Quilts in Cotton and Wool

The Best-Ever Applique Sampler from Piece O’Cake Designs

Baltimore Blocks for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide

Floral Applique Lap-Size Quiltwhimsical

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!

Fast and Easy Scrap Quilt Tutorial – Use Up Those Scraps!

I love quilts that are made with just one simple block and, when set together, create a secondary pattern that is far more sophisticated than the original block.  That’s why I love this scrap quilt.

It doesn’t matter what colors are in your scrap basket, with this quilt you will Use Them All!

Here is information on the ruler I show in the video. We carry this in our online shop The Quilted Turtle.

The Cutting Edge Sharpening Ruller 6 1/2″ x 18 1/2″


12 Quilted Table Runners – Make One This Weekend!

Table runners are a great way to decorate your home. You can use them on dining room tables, coffee tables, end tables, under lamps, on dressers, and more! Table runners give you a way to change out a little bit of color in a room each season or when you just need a change, a fresh look.

A table runner is an easy way to try out a quilt pattern without having to make a whole quilt.  If I make a table runner, and find I like the pattern, I will then go ahead and make the whole quilt. If I find I didn’t have fun working on the pattern, I finish the table runner, and move on to another pattern.

Table runners make great gifts. Keep a few on hand, and you’ll always have a gift, even for unexpected gift-giving events.

Chevron Table Runner

Simply Helixed Charm Pack Table Runner

Mini Charmer Table Runner

Jewel Table Runner

Table Charm 2: A jelly roll pattern

Batik Scrappy Table Runner

Maple Leaf Table Runner

Fresh Squeezed Table Runner

Midnight Frost Table Runner

Candy Table Runner

Christmas Ornament Table Runner

Thankful Harvest Table Runner

Happy Quilting,




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

Organize Your Sewing Space – Get Inspired to Declutter!

I need a lot of small tools and gadgets when I sit down to my sewing machine. I need threads, needles, tweezers, scissors, stilettos, and much more. The Sassy Tote allows me to keep all of these odds and ends in one place right next to my sewing machine. I simply grab the tool I want from the tote, and drop it back in when I’m done.

Order your Sassy Tote from The Quilted Turtle.

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,




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,




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.