Category Archives: Quilt Videos

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.” 

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.


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″


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,

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,



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.


Snowball Scrap Quilt – Use Up Those Scraps!


Here’s the truth; my favorite types of snowballs are not those made out of snow. Even though I live in Michigan where we do know a thing or two about snowballs, it’s the Snowball quilt block that is my favorite.

This lovely scrap quilt is made up of Snowball quilt blocks and Nine-patch blocks.  So easy, and yet so pretty.  This is perfect for using up those smaller scraps! You have already paid for all of that fabric in your scrap basket.  It’ time to get your money’s worth out of every piece.

In the video, I used the Omnigrip 6 1/2 inch square ruler. You can get one at the Quilted Turtle Online Quilt Shop.

Best Quilting Scissors – Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors

A good pair of scissors is one of the must-have tools for any quilter.  I have been using the Karen Kay Buckley scissors over the past year and am LOVING them!  And I’m not the only one. I talk to thousands of quilters at the quilt shows as a vendor with the Quilted Turtle Online Quilt Shop.  I meet many quilters who tell me they already have these scissors. I always ask, “Do you like them?”  The response is overwhelmingly “YES!”

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors – Small

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Scissors – Medium

Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Sciossors – Large

Threading a Needle – Tips to Overcome Vision Issues

My eyes are just not what they used to be. I used to laugh when my mother would hand me needles to thread for her because she couldn’t see things up close. I’m not laughing anymore. I have a terrible time threading small needles now. Here are the tools mentioned in the video. You can order them in my online shop The Quilted Turtle.

Beam N Read 3 light

Snip-Eze snippers

Thread Heaven

Super Bright LED Lamp

If your quilt guild is looking for an easy program, I offer Demo Nights where I demonstrate products just like these.  Find out more.

Happy Quilting,


Freeform Quilt Tutorial – Easy with No Points to Match!

Freeform quilting is one of my favorite types of quilting. When I am tired, or just want a break from precision cutting and piecing, I turn to freeform quilting. I don’t have to measure hardly at all. There are no points to match.  I find this type of quilting very relaxing.

If you haven’t tried freeform quilting, this tutorial is a great place to start.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might also like the Starburst Scrap Quilt Tutorial.