Here is another item that I have been using in my sewing room to help me get organized, especially near my sewing machine. As we sew, we are constantly using different tools, like small scissors, bobbins and pins. The Sewing Caddy holds my stuff, and helps me stay organized. Besides that, they are just darn cute! The caddy comes in an Owl, Lady Bug and Porcupine. You can get one today from the Quilted Turtle in the links below:
Flying Geese is one of those traditional patterns that can made into many many different types of quilts. You can use the pattern to make a very old-fashioned quilt, or arrange the blocks into a more modern pattern.
Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing:
I remember in the mid ’90s when quilters started trading charm squares that were 5-inch pieces of fabric. We would collect them, and when we had enough, we would make a quilt that was made up of the charms, with no one fabric ever being used more than once. It as fun to swap and trade until you had enough for a quilt.
Today, Moda uses this concept and has adapted it to their Charm Packs. They take one line of fabric, which often has several fabrics in it, and cut 5-inch squares of each fabric in the line. The pack will often have 2 of each fabric. We now can easily buy the 5-inch squares ready to put into a quilt. I love Charm Packs because the fabrics all go together so well since they are all one line of fabric. It takes a lot off the work out of choosing colors for your next quilt.
Here are some patterns that are perfect for you to use up those charm packs!
I like quilts that are easy and quick. This baby quilt fits the bill. This traditional log cabin block has been created in pretty pink colors that any girl would love. And because of the way the blocks are set, it makes a secondary geometric diagonal stripe.
If you’re like many quilters, chances are a few of the quilts you make are for family members. Whether it’s birthday presents, or Christmas gifts, or baby shower presents, quilts are a great way of showing your family how much you love them. If your family member is important to you, you will spend many hours making a quilt you know they will treasure for a long time.
And gifts for children are the best of all. Children love bright cheerful quilts. I found several quilt patterns that would make great quilts for the children in your life.
If you’re looking at old quilts online, or in museums, there are some traditional patterns that you will see over and over. I’ve been spending some time looking at them myself because I have fallen in love with those quilts from the ’20s, 30’s and 40’s. Even if you are a new quilter, it is a good idea to be able to identify some of the most common and best traditional blocks. Here are some patterns that I’ve come across in my searches. Everything old is new again!
Making a table runner is a great way to try out a new pattern, or learn a new technique without committing to a full-sized quilt. Because a table runner is small, that means I am able to complete it quickly and get a sense of accomplishment when finished.
Table runners make great gifts for weddings, birthdays, Christmas, house-warming parties, etc. Here are a few I found that I think you will like:
I’m back from quilt camp and cannot believe how much I got done! I was able to finish this Ohio Star Quilt. The fabrics are a 6-inch bundle from Craftsy.com. The line of fabric is called Boundless, and the color way is called Crayon Box.
When these arrived, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them. Then I knew I was going to do Ohio Star blocks. Once I had a few of them, I could see, with the luscious colors, all this quilt needed was a little bit of black fabric for the border to make these colors really pop!
P.S. Craftsy is one of my favorite websites for video quilt classes. And I’m starting to get hooked on their fabrics too!
When the winter is long, it’s nice to work on a spring project to lift my spirits. Pretty patterns and brighter colors make me feel happy I have found some great spring patterns and wanted to share them with you. And some of them are FREE!