Category Archives: Quilting Product Reviews

Hand Quilting for Beginners – How To Hand Quilt Your Next Quilt

I fell in love with hand quilting years ago when I was a much younger quilter.  In those days, most people finished their quilts by hand quilting. The machine quilting craze had not yet begun.  That made no difference to me because I took to hand quilting right away.  My mom taught me when I was in high school. I remember getting up early before school so I could get ready and still have a few minutes left to quilt. Even today, I feel the NEED to get my hands on a quilt and put some stitches in. If I go a few days without the opportunity to quilt, I start to get wrestless.

If you’ve been thinking of learning how to hand quilt your first quilt, or if you’re pretty new to hand quilting, this video is for you.  You will learn:

  • How to mark a quilt
  • How to choose a quilt pattern
  • How to use a rocking motion to add several stitches at a time
  • What thread to use
  • Which needs to use

Here are where you can get the tools I mention in the video:

Pounce Pad

Full Line Fabric Stencils

Scarlet Today Needles

Leather Thimble

Darice Quilting Hoops, 14-Inch

Happy Quilting,




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Big Stitch Quilting – How to Hand Quilt Using Big Stitch Quilting

I have fallen in love with Big Stitch Hand Quilting.  I love hand quilting, and I love embroidery floss and pearl cotton threads.  I’ve known for a while that Big Stitch is a way to combine the two. I have been waiting for the right quilt to try it on.  This quilt fit the bill.  It’s simple and I thought Big Stitch Quilting would add more interest. And I was right.  Not only is it fun, but it really added to the visual appeal of this quilt.

In the video I used the following products. Here is where you can get them for yourself:

Happy Quilting,




P.S. You can find more great products such as these at The Quilted Turtle Online Quilt Shop.

10 Star Quilts and Star Quilt Blocks

starsstarsOne of the first blocks I learned was the Ohio Star.  I absolutely fell in love with the pattern and made many.  When I was younger, I made an Ohio Star quilt for a friend’s wedding. Except, when I finished it, I liked it so much, I had to keep it!  I embroidered a pretty border on a sheet set instead for her.

Since then, I have fallen in love with many types of stars.  I never get tired of them.  Here are some I’ve found recently. I thought you would like to see them too, and some patterns are Free!

Stars Quilt

UschiStar Candy

Uschi’s Stars Quilt

Random Stars Quilt

Falling Stars Quilt

Star Stuff Quilt

Stars of the Heartland Quilt

Wandering Stars Quilt

Star Blues

Sea Star

Happy Quilting,




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.







Best Fabric Cutting Tool – Quilters Slidelock

We’ve all had those days. You’re cutting strips of fabric for your next quilt.  You cut a strip, remove the ruler, then see that the ruler slipped at the end of your cut. Now you’ve wasted a few inches of the strip.

These days will no longer happen to me because I have discovered a tool that solves this slippage problem.  The Quilters Slidelock is now one of my most often used tools in quilting.  When I started using it, it didn’t take long to get the hang of it. The Lighted Edge Quilters Slidelock allows me to cut more accurately and faster.

I also picked up the Lighted Edge Quilters Slidelock Ruler. This is a regular quilters ruler, the one you use for most of your cutting.  However, the numbers and lines on this one glow and jump out at you because off the yellow color.  I don’t know how they do it, but it actually looks like they are backlit.  I’m loving this feature because my eyes aren’t what they used to be.  I will take any vision help I can get!

Happy Quilting,




P.S. You can find more quilt tools at The Quilted Turtle. These are my favorites and I like to share them with you.

Best Way to Baste Quilt with Quiltak Basting Gun

For years I have been basting my quilts with the Quiltak Basting Gun.  Before that, I used to use needle and thread, and baste a grid of thread through the layers. This would often take a couple hours per quilt.  With the Quilt Basting Gun I can baste a quilt in about 30 minutes for a really big quilt, less time for a small quilt.

That’s why when I recently broke my basting gun, I panicked! I had this gun for so long, I wasn’t sure they still made them.  I did not want to go back to thread basting or pinning because it takes so much longer to baste a quilt.

I was so relieved when I found the exact company, Quiltak, who makes the one I’ve been using.  I’ve tried another company, but the gun broke the first time I used it.  So now I know, look for Quiltak. I think I used my last gun for almost 20 years.  I’m hoping the new one works for me just as long!

Happy Quilting,




P.S. For more great quilting tools and products, go to The Quilted Turtle.

Work in Progress Wednesday

I have been busy with lots of quilting lately and I want to stop and take a minute to show you some of the works in progress I am working on.


I just finished the big stitch quilting on the Topiary Tiles Quilt that I made using Kate Spain Horizon jelly rolls that I got from Green Fairy Quilts.  The link will take you to the video I created on how to piece the quilt top.


I love embroidery and working with embroidery floss and pearl cotton. I decided it was time for me to try my hand at Big Stitch quilting. And I have to say, I loved it!   I did use six strand embroidery floss which I divided and used only three strands at a time as I stitched.  I also mixed in pearl cotton.  I found that some sizes of pearl cotton were big and difficult to pull through fabric as I quilted.  So I picked up some finer sized pearl cotton it worked out really well.  I am planning on making a video in the future on this quilting method.  I will definitely be going more of it! Have you tried big stitch?


Since the Topiary Tiles Quilt was finished, I got another quilt ready for hand quilting. I have to always have one in the hoop ready to pick up at any time. If the hoop is empty I feel restless, especially when I want to sit down and watch something on Netflix.  I can no longer just sit and watch television. I need to have handwork to work on.  So I put the Large Granny Squares quilt top into a quilt sandwich and into my hoop. The link will take you to the video where I show you how I pieced the quilt. This quilt was made with a charm pack and layer cake from Green Fairy Quilts.

I’ve been thinking about what to quilt on this one. It is a lightweight quilt so it will take small stitches very well.  I decided to create a leaf template, then draw it on, four at a time, into a flower pattern. I use Frixion pens to draw the pattern. And I’m using a new spool of thread by Superior Threads. I am hoping to make a video review of both of these products after I am done with the quilt. So far, they are working very nicely.

So that’s what I’m working on this week. How about you? What are you working on?  Leave me a comment below and tell me.

Happy Quilting,




P.S.  I’ve started a new group on Facebook called Quilting Group.  Come on over and join us. We are going to be sharing quilt photos, tips, tutorials, and just a lot of good conversation among fellow quilters.  I’d love to see you there!















Best Quilt For Beginners – Uses One Charm Pack and One Layer Cake

This quilt is a great quilt for beginners. In fact, if  were teaching a beginner how to quilt, this is the one I would have them start on.  The pattern takes one charm pack and one layer cake.  I got mine from Green Fairy Quilts, a terrific online quilt shop that has lots of precuts, just like these, to choose from. I chose the Somerset Collection by Moda.

The pattern is a free pattern by Craftsy, called Large Granny Squares. I recommend you download the PDF and print it so you can have it next to you while you are sewing.

Happy Quilting,




P.S.  Green Fairy Quilts sent me the precuts so that I could use them and show you how wonderful they look in a quilt. They have tons of other fabric lines that are gorgeous! If you haven’t ordered from them before, you really should go take a look.



Best Tool for Smooth Machine Stitching – Magic Bobbin Washers

One of the things that can make or break good machine quilting is the regulation of stitches. If your tension is not right, you could have large nests of thread that are tangled on the back of your quilt.  When I am machine quilting and the stitches are not as smooth as I would like, I don’t go straight to the tension to correct the problem. Instead I start with adding a Little Genie Magic Bobbin Washer to my machine.

These small Teflon washers sit inside your bobbin case and help your bobbin thread glide smoothly and evenly while you quilt. This helps eliminate backlash and bird’s nests on the back of your quilt. The Magic Bobbin Washers are very easy to use. Just drop a washer into your bobbin case and replace the bobbin and insert it into your machine just like normal. They say one washer can easily last over a year.  My first one is going strong and I’ve been using it for months.   Each pack comes with twelve washers–making them perfect to share with friends.

Happy Quilting




P.S.  You can find the Little Genie Magic Genie Bobbin Washers and other great quilters tools at The Quilted Turtle online.


Best LED Light for Your Sewing Machine: I Can See Clearly Now!

As I get older, I have trouble seeing things that are close up.  Not an unusual condition, I know.  What that means is that everywhere I go, I want more lighting. If the lighting is dim, I will have trouble seeing small things close. If the lighting is nice and bright, I have a better chance of seeing all the details clearly.

My partner, Steve, knows this about me. I go through the house turning on every light I can. I feel so much better once I can see well. The same thing is true for my sewing. I don’t want to strain to see when I’m sewing at my machine.  The Mighty Bright LED Portable Light allows me to stop straining to see. I can see everything so much better when I use it!  And I love the fact I can take it off when I’m traveling so my sewing machine still fits in its case.

If you’re having trouble seeing clearly, like me, check out this inexpensive solution, the Mighty Bright LED Portable Light.

Happy Quilting,




P.S. You can find more great quilters’ tools on my new online quilt shop, The Quilted Turtle!