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!
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.
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.
The Log Cabin quilt block is such a versatile block! Here is one that makes what I like to think of as little flowers. This is a fantastic baby quilt, great for a boy or a girl. And, of course, this pattern can also be used with scraps!
Historically, 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!
Charm 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. 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.
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.
I 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:
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.