Category Archives: Quilting

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 Ergonomic Rotary Cutter – Blade Automatically Closes!

One of the most important tools any quilter owns is a rotary cutter.  I admit, I have several. This is one of my most favorites. The automatic closing feature is a huge benefit for me.  If you’re looking for a good all-purpose rotary cutter, this one is for you!

Order your Olfa Ergonomic Rotary Cutter from the QuiltedTurtle Quilt Shop.

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″


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.


12 Star Quilt Patterns – some Traditional, some Modern, and some are Free!

wanderingHistorically, star quilts have been embraced by many eras of quilters and ethnic groups; Star quilts are loved by Native American quilters, African quilters, quilters from Texas, colonial quilters, and more.  Author Judy Anne Johnson Breneman has written an article on the subject of star quilts that you can read here.

I have always loved star quilts and still do!  I’ve made a couple star scrap blocks lately which got me thinking about stars again. Here are some star quilt patterns, some new, some old, some free!

Jelly Roll Star Quilt

Scrappy Ohio Star Placematsrandom

Double Sawtooth Quilt

Under the Stars Quilt

Stars Quilt

Star Candy

Uschi’s Stars Quilt

Random Stars Quilt

Star Stuff Quilt

Stars of the Heartland Quilt

Wandering Stars Quilt

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.

12 Charm Pack Quilt Patterns – Charming Quilts to Make This Week!

charmingCharm packs are all the rage. When they were new, I remember seeing jelly rolls first. Then came the charm packs.  Before charm packs, many of us were making charm quilts, which meant something a little different than it does now. A charm quilt used to mean a quilt in which every piece was a different fabric, no two repeated.  Charm clubs would exchange 5-inch squares so that they  share and collect enough fabrics for their quilts. Since you were only going to cut one piece from it, you didn’t need very much. Five inches would do.

Since pre-cuts came out, charm packs have included 5-inch squares of several coordinating fabrics from the same line by the same designer. They are still the 5 inches, just as the groups used to swap, but there are some repeats in the packs. charmlane Because all fabrics come from one line, they usually make a stunning quilt. I love to use pre-cuts when I don’t have time to spend on choosing fabrics.

Here are some fabulous patterns that perfect for using your charm pack.

Star Cluster Charm Pack Pattern

Charm School

 Charming Quilt Pattern

Charmed Quilt Pattern

Basket Charms Quilt

Charming Diamonds

Charm Flys Quilt

Just Charming Quilt

Heritage Charm

Charm Lane Quilt

180 Charms Lap Quilt

Charmingly Crazy Quilt

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!

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,


12 Jelly Roll Quilt Patterns – What Should I Do With This Jelly Roll?

vintageI have two jelly rolls of fabric that are waiting for me in my stash.  When I’m starting a new project, I consider using them, and then usually set them aside.  I find I need a pattern that is made specifically for jelly rolls before I will pick them up and use them.

Are you the same way? Well, we are in luck. There are tons of jelly roll quilt patterns out there waiting for us to download.  Here are just a few:

Jelly Roll Jazz Quilt

Domino Star Jelly Roll Quilt

Interlocking Jelly Roll Quilt

Jelly Roll Squares

Rock and Roll Jelly Roll Quiltjellyrolljazz

Legacy Jelly Roll Quilt

Jelly Roll Quilt Pattern Marcie’s Maze

On a “Jelly” Roll

Royal Squares

Gypsy Quilter Jelly Jambalaya – A ‘Jelly Roll’ Log Cabin Pattern

Strip Joints Quilt Pattern, Jelly Roll 

Whirlygig Quilt Pattern