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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!”
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.
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.