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″

 

12 Quilted Table Runners – Make One This Weekend!

Table runners are a great way to decorate your home. You can use them on dining room tables, coffee tables, end tables, under lamps, on dressers, and more! Table runners give you a way to change out a little bit of color in a room each season or when you just need a change, a fresh look.

A table runner is an easy way to try out a quilt pattern without having to make a whole quilt.  If I make a table runner, and find I like the pattern, I will then go ahead and make the whole quilt. If I find I didn’t have fun working on the pattern, I finish the table runner, and move on to another pattern.

Table runners make great gifts. Keep a few on hand, and you’ll always have a gift, even for unexpected gift-giving events.

Chevron Table Runner

Simply Helixed Charm Pack Table Runner

Mini Charmer Table Runner

Jewel Table Runner

Table Charm 2: A jelly roll pattern

Batik Scrappy Table Runner

Maple Leaf Table Runner

Fresh Squeezed Table Runner

Midnight Frost Table Runner

Candy Table Runner

Christmas Ornament Table Runner

Thankful Harvest Table Runner

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

P.S. If you purchase a pattern form the links above, I may receive a small commission.  Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund.

Organize Your Sewing Space – Get Inspired to Declutter!

I need a lot of small tools and gadgets when I sit down to my sewing machine. I need threads, needles, tweezers, scissors, stilettos, and much more. The Sassy Tote allows me to keep all of these odds and ends in one place right next to my sewing machine. I simply grab the tool I want from the tote, and drop it back in when I’m done.

Order your Sassy Tote from The Quilted Turtle.

11 Hexagon Quilts – You won’t be able to resist making one today!

Hexagon quilts are hot hot hot! New patterns and styles go way beyond Grandmother’s Flower Garden. The design possibilities are endless.

Hexagons started showing up in quilts in the early 1800s. Simple single-unit quilts were often the how hex’s were assembled, often by hand. Since then, hexagons have gone through an evolution. Hexagons can be used as a simple unit, or pieced out of many other pieces to create the hexagon. They can be put into a quilt by hand piecing, machine piecing, or English paper piecing.

You can now find whole books full of just hexagon quilts.  I’ve discovered these patterns easily available with the internet:

Hexagon Mug Rug

Hex Plus Quilt

Tetris Hex Quilt

Hexagon Table Mat

Flowers and Stars Hexagon Quilt

Hexagon Pillow Pattern

Those Charming Hexagons Quilt

Hexagon Pleasures Quilt

Hexie Alphabet Paper Pieced Patterns

Big Bold Baby Hexagons Modern Quilt

Hexie Zig-Zag Mug Rug

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

P.S. If you purchase a pattern from one of the links above, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund.

Best Tools to Improve Your Piecing Accuracy

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:

Omnigrid Folding Cutting Mat and Pressing Surface

Steamfast Travel Iron

Olfa 28mm Small Rotary Cutter

Omnigrid Neon Ruler 6 1/2 Inch Square

Glow Line 1/4 Inch Tape

Happy Quilting,

12 Rail Fence Quilts – Fast and Easy – Make One This Weekend!

Rail Fence quilt patterns are great to use with Jelly Rolls. If you need a quick and easy quilt, you can’t go wrong with this easy traditional pattern.  And this easy pattern is also reat for scrap quilts.

If you are a beginner, this pattern is for you. You will be able to create a pretty quilt with very simple construction.  If you are not a beginner, this is a great one for quick baby quilts or charity quilts.

Here are a few rail fence patterns I found just for you.

Blush and Bloom Rail Fence Centerpiece

Rail Fence Improv Quilt

Off the Rails Quilt

Hobo Rail Fence Table Runner

Chair Rail Quilt

Baby Rails Quilt

Electric Rails Quilt

Zig Zag Rail Fence

Jelly Roll Rail Fence Quilt

Rock and Roll Jelly Roll Quilt

Floral Fence Quilt

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

P.S. If you purchase a pattern from one of the link above, I may receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund.

Quilters, Use Up Those Scraps! Beginner Friendly Quilt Pattern

 

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.

Happy Quilting,

 

 

12 Heart Quilts For The Ones You Love – Make One Today!

Quilters make quilts for people they love. That is a long-standing tradition. And on off the most popular symbols of love is the heart. Quilt patterns have contained hearts for centuries. Folk art quilts often are embellished with applique hearts. Patchwork heart blocks have been popular for a very long time.  If you’re looking for a quilt pattern to express your love for your sweetheart, a relative, or friend, here are some patterns to choose from. And some of them are free!

Hearts on Fire Quilt

Candy Hearts Quilt

With All My Heart Quilt

iHeart Chevron Quilt

Hearts Entwined Quilt

You’re Mine Salvage Heart Quilt

zigzagZig Zag Love

Round Valentines Table Topper

Batik Hearts Quilt

Valentines Mug Rug

Our Hearts Will Go On Quilt

Heart Garden Quilt

Happy Quilting!

Deborah

 

 

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!

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.

 

Big Stitch Quilting – Without Marking Your Quilt!


I’ve fallen in love with big stitch quilting.  There are many great reasons to use big stitch quilting on your next quilt. It is easy to learn and very forgiving. This is great for beginners. Accuracy is not necessary!  It’s a stress-free way to finish your quilt!

As seen in this video:

SnipEze

Big Stitch Needles

Bohin Leather Thimble

Glow-Line Tape 1/4 inch

Quilters Tape 1/4 inch

Oval Wooden Hoop

Happy Quilting,