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My Mission to You:

Indiana Quilter 40 wants to encourage and inspire quilters whether beginner, expert, or somewhere in between on your personal quilting journey.

Demonstrate that beautiful quilts do not have to be complicated. Quilts can be made from simple shapes or designs that can be adjusted for your personal gratification.

Quilts and quilting should make you happy. In my opinion, quilting should never bog you down or make you feel discouraged.  It should make you happy, satisfied, and feed that creative need in your soul.

Inspire you to quilt for fun, and personal happiness.

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Indiana Quilter 40 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

How did I learn to quilt? I took really basic skills and observations that I received during childhood and practiced them.  And then practiced and practiced some more. Watched others, found some helpful books, ask questions at fabric departments (remember when JC Penney had a fabric department?). I grew up around quilts.  My grandma sewed but only clothing that I remember.  My mom did not sew – period – and could not understand why I wanted to. Here’s a post on my old blog about this: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/08/yes-i-am-passionate-about-quilting-but.html

What is my favorite quilt pattern? Honestly, I am unsure if I really have a “favorite”. However, looking through photos of quilts that I have made, it seems that I make Log Cabin or Flying Geese (or incorporate blocks from these two) more often than others.

What is my favorite color scheme for quilts? My favorite color schemes are red, white, and blue. Also, blue and yellow. However, it is easy to see looking through this blog that I like color and don’t stick to a color scheme for most quilts.  I like to experiment with color and see what happens.

How many quilts have I made?  Too many is the real answer. At last count over 1,500 of all sizes and for all reasons (personal, gifts, family, charity, to sell). I keep track of them by taking photos, making notes, and doing scrapbooks.  The scrapbooks are fun for “strolling down memory lane.”

What is my favorite “quilting” tool? My stove timer.  I am extremely busy, and I want/need to make my time count.  The stove timer allows me to sew, cut, iron, etc. without watching the clock.  The timer allows me to get a few extra minutes of quilting in every day around other things that have to be done (like work, family, etc.).

Have I considered turning my quilt designs into patterns? Not really.  I use basic shapes and sizes for most of my quilts.  I am happy to share the list of supplies and directions in the various blog posts with any and all quilters.

Sewing Machine with fabric and scissors

Readers Gallery of Indiana Quilter 40:

Here are some quilts made and shared by readers of this blog.  Please enjoy. Send me photos of your quilts so I can share them with other readers too.  

2020:

Indiana Quilter 40 Reader Gallery: Ohio Star quilted table runner.
Shared by H. M. of IN – “thank you for the help with making this table runner. It is my first attempt at hand quilting.”
Indiana Quilter reader gallery - photo of first quilt.
Shared by Jennetta S. of IN – “thanks for encouraging me to make my first quilt.” Jennetta did the entire quilt by herself – including straight machine quilting on her sewing machine by going down the seams of the rows. Great job Jennetta and thank you for sharing.


2019:

Small quilt of courthouse blocks. in section Readers Gallery of Indiana Quilter 40.
Shared by H. M. of IN – “this small wall hanging was my first attempt at machine quilting on my sewing machine. Not perfect, but happy with it.”

My old quilt blog is still active and has some interesting posts, please visit at: https://indianaquilter40.blogspot.com/2019/04/welcome-to-indiana-quilter-40.html

Please check out the other tabs on the home page for more info. There is also a contact form at that tab.

Here is a blog post to get you started too:

https://indianaquilter40.com/simple-squares-quilt/

PLEASE NOTE: 
ALL PHOTOS AND CONTENT ARE MY OWN UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED.

43 thoughts on “IndianaQuilter40”

    1. I post regularly twice a week, so please check back often. I try to keep my quilting projects simple enough that beginners can do them easily, and they are fast projects for experts. Happy Stitching.

    1. Thank you so much, it means a lot when the readers and subscribers are happy with the information and content. Please keep checking to see what is new. Have a great day.

  1. Hi! indianaquilter40.com

    I love your blog – so much info. You are obviously super passionate about quilting and sharing the simple techniques and hints that you use on your own quilts. Can’t wait for each post.

    Do you keep the quilting mess in one place, or is it like my home – all over the house?

    Anne

    1. Hi Anne,

      I have a small room that has shelves and cupboards (more like a large walk in closet) for storing all the fabric, etc. But the mess of projects tends to migrate to whatever room I am working in. The sewing machine and cutting table are set up permanently in the family room. The quilting frame is in living room. I would love to contain the mess and projects to all one room but it probably will never happen. I learned long ago to make the best of it and just create and have fun. Years ago, everything quilting that I owned basically fit on the sewing table and one under bed box – um…..well that was years ago. The projects never migrate to the kitchen or dining room (unless they are complete and being used or hung) because that is actually where visitors seem to migrate too, plus we actually eat at the table.

      My suggestion is to keep the mess as corralled as you can for the sake of everyone in the home, but concentrate on your creating. Finished projects tend to silence the fuss about the stuff being everywhere.

      Happy Quilting,

      Yvonne

  2. Hey! I came across your blog and wanted to get in touch.

    I love the content. I am a beginner quilter and so many of the blogs have interesting stuff but are still more advanced than where I am in quilting right now. You really keep it simple and cheerful. I feel like I can really do the quilts you are talking about in your posts.

    Please keep up the great work.

    1. Thank you so much. My goal is to have fun quilting and to encourage other quilters in their own quilt journey. I firmly believe simple patterns can make beautiful quilts. Visit often to see what is going on here. Happy Quilting.

  3. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it.
    I will remember to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back very soon. Have a nice weekend!

    1. Glad you enjoyed reading the blog posts. I usually post on Mondays and Thursdays so please come back and read often.

  4. Hi! I’m at work surfing around your blog! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to
    all your posts! Keep up the fantastic work!

    1. Thank you for taking time to check out the blog. Please come back often to see what is going on here. Have a great day.

  5. Wow, great blog!! It’s fun and informative. You really like to quilt. Great photos too.

    I am home now for the duration of this plague stuff going on, and after looking around your blog, I am super charged to do a scrap quilt!!! Before I did planned quilts and there are a lot of scraps stuffed in a box that I was not sure how to use.

    When you do scrap quilts, do you use all colors and fabric designs or do you get picky about colors and designs?

    1. Hey GG,

      Glad you are enjoying the blog. Yes, I really like to quilt and try to make it fun.

      When I do scrap quilts to answer your question, I do both. I use whatever scrap fabric is available or I limit the color choices to certain colors (say blue and yellow). Either way, I usually try to find one color or fabric to use to tie it all together. I just finished a quilt that was all colors of scraps, but I used white and white on white prints as the tie together fabric. From a distance it only looks like white and colorful scraps, but up close the mix of solid white and white on white is very obvious.

      Have a great time making your quilt.

  6. You definitely put a fresh spin on the topic of quilting. Thanks for making quilting seem easy! I am a beginner and am pretty sure I can make a quilt with your ideas and encouragement.

    1. Hello,

      I really do love to quilt and want to encourage others. I love all those complicated quilts others make, but really like the simple old fashioned patterns that can be easily adjusted in size or setting to make my own. Experiment with color and pattern…. and have fun quilting.

      Happy Stitching.

  7. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really loved surfing around your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I’m hoping you write again very soon!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments and for subscribing. Please enjoy the blog and the quilts.

      Happy Stitiching

  8. I like this website because so much useful material here. Quilting blogs tend to be about selling patterns or how to some hard pattern. This is great, you keep the quilting simple. Thank you.

    1. Hi Ali,

      Thank you. I love to quilt and I really do believe that beautiful quilts can be made from simple patterns that are fun and easy to do. Come visit often or subscribe to the blog. Happy stitching.

  9. Having read several posts I believe it is extremely informative. I appreciate you finding the time and energy to put this information together. I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time looking through the posts and comments. Thank you for the inspiration.

    1. Hello,

      Thank you so much. I am glad you are finding the content helpful. Have fun here and please do subscribe or visit frequently.

  10. This is my first time to visit this site and I am happy to read so much on the quilting topic in one place. Thank you for the great posts.

    1. Hello,

      You are very welcome. Enjoy the posts and let me know if you have quilting questions. I’ll do my best to help.

      Happy Stitching.

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    1. Hi Johan,

      I am really glad you found useful info on this blog about quilting. Believe me, you can learn to quilt.

      Happy Stitching.

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