Indiana Quilter 40

Indiana Quilter 40

Welcome Quilting Friends to Indiana Quilter 40 – I am so glad you stopped by today!!

Are you a bit of a “quilting rebel”? You love quilts and follow the directions and/or color suggestions that are currently popular.

But in your head, you have all kinds of wonderful quilting ideas that really don’t “fit in the box” for quilts that your other quilting buddies are making.

This is the place to spend time then, because I tend to be a bit of a “quilting rebel” too.

Spool of thread with needle
Source: Google Clipart

Are you?

Beginner to expert quilter.

Use simple patterns that can be adjusted for personal use and likes.

Want to have fun, be encouraged and inspired.

Think “outside the box” when it comes to patterns and finished quilts.

Maybe a bit of a quilting “rebel”.

Tend to start with traditional patterns as jumping off point for quilts.

Want quilts to be personal and give happiness to yourself and others.

Like quilt shows for ideas and networking with other quilters.

Use fabrics that you like instead of fabric that pattern may call for.

About Indiana Quilter 40
Source: Pintrest

I want to inspire and encourage you in your quilt journey. This blog is a mix of quilt show, quilt journal, helpful tips, quilt resources, and current projects.


Passionate about quilting – all parts of the project.

I have been quilting 40+ years!

Willing to mix techniques in a single quilt.

Rarely do complicated patterns but use them for ideas.

Normally start with traditional pattern and add my own twist to it.

Love colors and patterns – I have been told I am “fearless” when it comes to mixing stuff up on my quilts.

Was re-purposing/re-using long before it was popular.

Love to hand quilt and utilize machine quilting too.

Tend to think “outside the box” for solutions to completing a quilt.

Spool of thread with needle
Source: Google Clipart

Name: Yvonne

Location: Indiana, USA

To contact Indiana Quilter 40, please use the comment box at the bottom of the pages, or go to Contact Me tab on the home page

These are the two rules I follow for quilting (well ok, three):

Always buy the best supplies and fabric you can afford.

If using a sewing machine, get comfortable with it.

Take time to sew straight seams that are consistent in size all the way through the quilt

Quote: Life is a journey to be experience, not a problem to be solved  - by Winnie the Pooh.
Source: Pinterest

I would love to see your quilts too, so please email me photos, brief descriptions, and permission to post. Visit the gallery of readers quilts for fun and to encourage other quilters in their quilting journey.

Thanks for visiting this blog.  Have a great day quilting.  

About Indiana Quilter 40

186 thoughts on “Indiana Quilter 40

  1. This is a fantastic quilt blog. I get so many ideas from here. I am slowly working through my scrap bin using your ideas to make lap quilts for all my grand kids.

    1. The gr-kids are so lucky to have a grandma who will make them quilts. So glad you are enjoying this quilt blog. Happy Quilting.

  2. You should be a part of a contest for one of the best sites on the internet. I most certainly will highly recommend this website!

    I love this quilt blog. Great ideas and you make the whole quilting process seem so easy.

    Keep up the great work – we non-confident quilters so need you to just keep doing what you are doing.

  3. This quilt blog is spectacular! You definitely know how to keep a reader entertained.
    Wonderful job. I really love what you have to say about quilting and quilts. I subscribed and can’t wait to see more from you. Thanx.

  4. Outstanding blog! I’ve subscribed to your feed, and I sent the link to this quilt blog to another quilter I know who will enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your quilts and encouragement.

    1. Thank you for subscribing. Please share the blog with other quilters – the more of us the more fun we have. Happy quilting.

  5. Pretty nice quilt blog. I simply wished to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your posts.

    I subscribed to your feed so I don’t miss anything!

  6. I found your blog last week, and have been reading the different posts as I have time. I am going to share this blog with the folks in the local quilt guild tonight at the meeting. We have several newbies and I think this blog would be super helpful to them. Thanks for sharing your quilting passion.

    1. Thanks so much for the kind words – folks like you inspire me to keep blogging about my quilts and quilting in general.

      Please share this quilting blog with other quilters – the more of us the better.

      Happy quilting.

  7. I’m really impressed with your quilting skills and with your blog. Keep up the excellent high quality writing, it’s rare
    to see a nice blog like this one these days..

    1. Thank you for the kind words. I work hard on this blog and it is nice to hear that others like it. Happy quilting.

  8. I fall more in love with this blog every time I visit. Where were you when I started quilting and could have used the encouragement? Just kidding, but I am really glad you are writing this blog for quilters now. Please keep up the great work.

    1. Thank you for the kind words, it is always so good to know that other quilters like this blog. Happy quilting.

  9. Following this blog! Thank you so much for all the ideas. I never realized that such simple designs could make such beautiful quilts. Thanx much.

    1. So glad you are following this quilt blog. I truly believe that simple quilt designs can make beautiful quilts and I am glad that others think so as well. Happy quilting.

  10. Great quilt blog, now following! I am amazed at all the quilts and ideas on this blog. Not the typical quilt blog at all. I am going to start going through scraps and get busy on one of your simple block quilts. I love how the blue and yellow one looks, but mine will be in reds and yellows. Subscribed.

    1. Reds and yellows will make for a bright and cheerful quilt. Have a great time making it and please share a photo with me so I can see your quilt.

  11. Found this quilt website last week and have been reading every chance I get. Wow, there is so much here. Tons of ideas, great photos, and easy directions. I don’t work tomorrow and have decided to spend the day going thru my fabric stash and scrap bin (notice there is only one right now). Somehow I think that by the end of the year I will have several scrap bins as I work thru some of the projects here. Thanks lots.

    1. So happy that you found my quilt blog. There are lots of ideas that should keep you busy quilt making for some time to come. Have fun and happy quilting.

  12. My husband and I both quilt so we are always looking for new ideas. Wow is this quilt blog loaded with ideas. We subscribed so we don’t miss any new posts.|

  13. Oh my goodness! An amazing quilt blog. Subscribed. I am having a hard time deciding which quilt to make next. And I love how you tell what size pieces you used but then say something to the affect that the pieces can be adjusted to suit what the reader wants. I made a lap size quilt by adjusting the triangles much smaller and now have my own version of “The Great Migration”. I am trying to choose between the wedding quilt and the American Melting Pot to make a wall hanging from. Far too many great ideas here. Keep up the fantastic work.

    1. Thanks so much for the encouraging words. Helping other quilters is exactly why I blog. I hope you will share photos of your quilts with me for the reader’s gallery. Happy quilting.

  14. I stopped reading quilt blogs awhile back because they all seemed to be the same. But I was looking for a specific design and ended up at this quilt blog. Wow a nice refreshing change. So many simple ideas to make pretty quilts. I subscribed. Have a great day.

  15. Appreciate the hard work you put into your quilt blog and detailed information you provide. It’s good to find a blog that isn’t the same rehashed quilting information. Really great blog. Love the photos and that you are so relaxed and encouraging about the projects. I subscribed.

    1. Thank you for the encouragement. It is comments like this that keep me posting on this blog.

      Happy quilting.

  16. Great, great blog! You are such an inspiration to my quilting hobby. I won’t ever be the passionate quilter you are, or as productive. BUT I love your ideas and that you make quilting simple. Thanks for sharing this part of your life with the rest of us.

  17. I like what are doing here with quilting. What a clever blog.
    Keep up the awesome work. I’ve subscribed so I get all your quilt posts..

  18. Hello there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my crafting group?
    There’s a couple quilters that I think would really enjoy your content.
    Please let me know. Thank you.

  19. I’m pretty pleased to discover this page. I wanted to thank you this
    wonderful quilt related read!! I have you saved this blog to my favs.

    1. Good morning,

      Thank you for the encouraging note. Please visit often or subscribe. I try to do a post on Mondays.

      Happy Thanksgiving.

  20. I want to thank you so much for the very clean and wonderful user friendly design of this quilt blog. I find so many quilting blogs hard to follow because there is just so much clutter, but I have been reading yours for hours and wow!!

    You are really passionate in this topic and it shows in how you present all these great quilts! Do you ever sleep? I can’t imagine making all these quilts!!

    Keep sharing your wonderful world of quilts and quilting. It is so inspirational to this mere mortal.

    1. It is good news to hear that the blog is user friendly and clean looking. I have favorite quilt blogs to read too, and prefer the ones that are not so cluttered looking also.

      I am very passionate about quilting. It is a wonderful hobby, and a source of calm in my crazy busy world.

      At one point this year I had almost all my UFOs complete and was pretty proud of myself. Then I got inspired to start another quilt, which lead to another. I currently am working on several quilts in various stages. Plus I started a mystery quilt.

      Enjoy the quilt journey you are on. You are not a “mere mortal” – quilt making is not a race. We are all unique creations and our quilts should reflect that.

  21. My sister and quilting buddy suggested I might like this website. She was so right. I can’t believe all the great tips here. And you make simple patterns come to life with the different color choices.

    I have tons of fabric scraps and have put off using them because I just could not find anything that really interested me. I am reading your posts about the quilts you have made during the last several months just from scraps and I am so inspired.

    Thanks so much.

    1. Oh the scraps do get to be a bit much don’t they? Amazing how cutting and sewing a quilt top makes for more fabric to deal with for another project. It is great that you found some helpful and inspiring ideas here.

      Have a great time reading all the various blog posts. Enjoy your quilting journey.

  22. I was extremely pleased to find this website. It is a wonderful read!! I have you saved as a favorite to check out new stuff on your quilt blog.

    1. I am so glad you are enjoying this quilting blog. Please visit often or subscribe. I usually post on Mondays.

      Happy quilting.

  23. Hey very interesting blog! I found it yesterday and there is so much useful quilting information right here. I plan to read every single post. Already subscribed.

    Thank you so much.

    1. I am always happy to see comments that the tips and info here are useful to other quilters.

      Thank you for subscribing.

  24. Hurrah, that’s what I was looking for! A blog that a simplifies quilting for a beginner quilter.
    Lots of easy ideas and photos that are helpful. I am gradually reading all the posts, and even gone back to your older quilting blog for more ideas. Thank you so much.

    1. Hello,

      You are so very welcome for all the ideas. There is certainly a place for more expert quilt patterns, but I find myself helping beginners who need the encouragement and mentoring.

      Happy Quilting.

  25. Hello! I simply would like to give you a huge thumbs up for your excellent quilt related information you have got here on this blog. Lots of ideas for me to consider. I’ll be returning to your blog for more soon.

  26. I like the helpful info you provide on your articles. You make quilting seem so easy.

    I get really discouraged with so many quilt websites and blogs because either the fabric is unavailable to me, or the directions are way above my skill level. You make it easy.

    I will bookmark your blog and look again here regularly. I am trying to read each post – there is good stuff in each one.

    Have a great day.

    1. I am so glad you are finding useful tips and info on this blog.

      My goal is to encourage other quilters. Quilting does not have to be complicated to have beautiful quilts.

  27. Saved as a favorite, I like your site! So much great quilting stuff here.

    I am slowly reading through all your posts. I actually am picking fabrics to do a couple of the quilts you’ve posted about !!

    1. I am so glad you are finding reading the blog and finding useful ideas here. I really do try to make quilting as easy as possible.

      Happy quilting.

  28. Hello,

    I enjoy reading through your posts. I used to quilt but stopped years ago. Got discouraged I guess – too much personal stuff going on, and quilting just quit being important to me.

    I want to thank you so much for encouraging me to start again. I have gotten my machine tuned up, purchased basic supplies, and am using an idea from your blog to make a simple quilt.

    Thank you again so much.

    1. Oh, what wonderful news that you have started quilting again ! You can do this.

      Please send me pics of your project – I love to see what other quilters are doing too.

      Happy, happy quilting.

  29. I simply couldn’t depart from reading your website prior to saying how much I enjoy this blog. I keep coming back and reading other posts. What a fantastic quilt blog!!! Thank you for taking the time to be encouraging, and just sharing your quilt passion.

  30. I found this blog months ago and it is my “go to” place for ideas and instructions. I get your posts each week and find your whole attitude and energy level for quilting amazing. You are so fast!! I can’t even imagine what kind of great time manager you are to get some much quilting done.
    I am struggling to get one quilt a year done.

    I know from other comments that you do your own photography too – what talent !!

    Anyway, I personally rate this blog a 10 – keep up the great work.

    1. Thank you for letting me know that I am encouraging you in your quilting journey. You have no idea how much that pushes me to keep quilting and sharing my ideas and tips.

      Happy Quilting.

  31. What a great quilting blog !!! I am going to recommend this blog to my quilting buddies. Thanks so much for taking the time to make a quality blog for quilters.

  32. Great great blog!!! I love your attitude toward quilts and quilting – fun and original. Keep this up. I can’t wait to see more of your posts on what your next quilt project is…

    1. So happy you are enjoying the posts and finding it useful. Make each quilt your own.

      Happy stitching.

  33. Keep up the great spirit of this blog. I have never seen a quilt blog before that it so obvious that the writer truly enjoys the entire quilting process and is so willing to share her experience. I love this blog and recommend to other quilters.

    1. You have no idea how much your kind words encourage me as I quilt and blog about the process. Thank you.

      Happy quilting.

  34. Appreciate the persistence you put into your quilting blog and detailed information you offer. It’s good to come across a blog that isn’t the same old rehashed material. Fantastic read! I’ve saved your site and I’m adding your feeds to my Google account.

  35. Hi I am so thrilled I found your web site. Many
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    so when I have time I will be back to read much more. Please do keep up the superb job.

  36. Way cool! Some extremely good points! I appreciate you taking time out from quilting to write these great posts. Do you take your own photos?

  37. I like the helpful info you provide in your articles and photos.

    I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I will learn many new quilting tips and ideas right here!

  38. My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different page.
    I like what I see so I am just following you. Looking forward to
    seeing what great quilting stuff you put on here next.

  39. Normally I am not much on reading blogs, but your posts are so interesting!
    Your writing style surprised me. Thanks for sharing your quilting expertise.

  40. Hello! I just would like to give you a huge thumbs up for the great quilting info
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  41. This is a really attention-grabbing blog. Obviously you are a very skilled quilter.
    I’ve joined your rss feed. I’ve also shared your site in my social networks.

  42. Like!! I really thank you for your content. The quilting articles have truly peaked my interest. I have been wanting to make a quilt for ages, but it always seems so hard to start.

    Your posts make it seem very do-able for a beginner. I will be picking one of your quilts and see if I can make it for myself.

    Thanks again.

    1. So glad to hear I encouraged you to start a quilt for yourself. Believe me, you can do this.

      Happy stitching.

  43. I like the helpful information you supply for your posts. And the photos are wonderful.
    I will bookmark your blog and check again here frequently.

  44. I was extremely pleased to discover this quilting website.
    Wonderful read!! I am working my way through the posts
    and I have you book-marked.

  45. Marvelous, what a blog this is! This quilt blog provides valuable info for those of us who are not experienced quilters. You obviously have been doing this a long time and have much experience in making quilts. You make it look fun and easy.

    1. I am so glad there is info to help you here. Please keep reading. It is easy to subscribe too so you get all the posts as they come out.

      Happy quilting.

  46. Your style is so unique compared to other folks I have read quilting related stuff from. You just make the various projects seem so simple to do. Beautiful photos of beautiful quilts too. Thanks for sharing.
    I will just bookmark this blog and keep coming back.

    1. Quilting is fun, and there are so many simple patterns and designs – I am all about encouraging other quilters.

      Have fun reading, and if you subscribe then you won’t miss any posts.

      Happy quilting.

  47. Hello,

    Glad you are enjoying the content.

    The resource tab of my blog has other quilting blog links that I like to read when I have the opportunity.

    Have a great day.

  48. Thank you for the kind words. It is hard to write fresh and good quality info on quilting, so glad you are finding my posts helpful.

    Have a great day. Happy stitching.

  49. Hello there, I discovered your site by way of Google whilst
    searching for a comparable subject on quilting. Your web site came up, it looks
    good. I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.


  50. This is the perfect web site for anyone
    who really wants to understand quilting.
    You definitely put a fresh spin on a topic that has been discussed for many years.
    Great stuff, just great!

  51. Hi, I do think this is a great blog. I stumbled upon it and I am going to come back again since I bookmarked it.
    Lots of helpful info here for quilters.

    1. Hi Tess,

      Glad you are enjoying the blog. I really do hope my blogging about quilts helps other quilters.

      Have a great day. Happy Stitching.

    1. Glad the info and instructions are helpful – that is certainly my goal.

      Have a great day and come visit often.

  52. Thanks for the marvelous posts! I really enjoy reading them.
    I bookmarked your quilting blog and will be back in the future.
    I want to encourage you to continue the great writing job. Have a nice afternoon!

  53. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought
    this post was good and really interesting. And I’m not even a quilter !!
    Cheers !!

  54. This is my first time visiting here at this quilt blog and i am really happy to read all this great stuff at a single place. There is just so much here. I used to quilt alot, but i had to stop for a few years. Restarting quilting and just reading your blog makes me happy and ready to get back at the sewing machine. Thanks so much.

    1. Glad you are getting back into quilting. Have a great time.

      I try to put out a post weekly on Monday. Either check back, or subscribe so you get the new posts.

      Happy quilting.

  55. I’m amazed, I have to admit. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s both educational and interesting, and without a doubt, you have done both. You make quilting look more fun than time consuming and frustrating. I am very happy I came across this in my search for a solution to my questions over my quilt project. Thank you.

  56. Wonderful blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.

    Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or
    go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I’m
    completely overwhelmed .. Any suggestions? Thanks a lot!

    1. Hello,

      So glad you like the blog. I love to quilt and hope it shows through in the posts.

      Blogging is a learning journey. I started back in 2009 on blogger just as a way to keep track of my quilts. The blog is still there and there are lots of posts to read. I moved to WordPress last year – more options and help with blogging.

      Have a great day.

  57. Spot on with this write-up on quilting, I absolutely feel this blog needs far more attention. I’ll be returning to read more!

  58. After looking into a number of the articles on your blog, I truly like this place. I book marked it to my reading list and will be checking back in the near future.

  59. This was an extremely nice post and blog. Thank you for taking the time and effort to generate a good post on quilting. Great photos and info.

    Thanks for keeping it simple for a beginner.

    1. So glad the blog is helpful. My goal is to encourage quilters. Please visit often.

      Have a great day.

  60. I absolutely love your blog and find nearly all of your posts to be precisely what I’m looking for. You make quilting seem so easy. After reading so much on here, I think that I can actually make a quilt.

    Again, awesome web site!

    1. Thanks for the kind words. Glad you are finding the information useful in your quilting journey. Have a great day.

  61. Right here is the perfect blog for anybody who really wants to find
    out about the quilt topic. You definitely put a brand new spin on a subject that has been discussed for
    ages. Excellent posts!

  62. This is a really interesting blog. I am looking at the photos and writing – you are super skilled. All the years of experience have really paid off. Thank you for the encouragement – you make me feel like I can complete my quilt project. I’ve joined your feed and look forward to seeking more of your wonderful posts. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks!

    1. Hello, Yes you really can complete your quilt project. Hopefully after that one you will want to do more quilts. Have a great day.

  63. I seriously appreciate your quilt information. These great articles have really peaked my interest. I have wanted to make a quilt for a long time, but it seemed like something really hard to complete. Your blog instead makes the quilt process look very do-able. Thank you.

    I will take a note of your website and keep checking for new details. I subscribed to your feed too.

    1. Quilting is very much a do-able process. Have a wonderful time on your first quilt. Please send me a photo when you are done with it.

  64. Hi there from the far north! I simply would like to give you a big thumbs up for the excellent info you have right here
    on this entire blog. Your whole approach to quilting is great – I actually think I can make a quilt for myself after reading several of your posts. I’ll be coming back to your blog and also subscribing.

    1. Quilts are just cozy and warm. And you being in the north having a nice quilt to wrap up in is a good way to spend a cold evening.

      Happy quilting.

  65. Hi! I’ve been following your quiltiing weblog for a while
    now and finally wanted to give you a shout out from
    Lubbock TX! Just wanted to say keep up the great work!

  66. I’ve really loved browsing your blog posts about quilts and related topics. I’ll be subscribing in your rss feed so I get all your posts.

    1. Thank you. Have a wonderful time reading the various posts. Hope you find encouragement and inspiration here.

      Have a great day and happy stitiching.

  67. You’re so cool! I don’t believe I’ve read a single thing like that before.
    What a wonderful and original way to approach quilting.

    Really.. thank you. This quilt blog is something that is
    needed on the web, someone with a bit of originality!

    1. I don’t think of myself as doing original quilting, but that is a really nice comment. I just have fun with my quilting. Have a great day.

  68. After going over a handful of the blog posts on this quilting blog, I truly like your way of blogging.
    I book marked it to my website list and will be checking back soon.

  69. Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of
    volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us valuable information to work on. You
    have done a marvellous job!

    1. Quilts are such a great way to help out in any community. They say “I really care about you” in a way words do not. I am glad you found helpful tips and information on my blog for your community project.


  70. Helpful info – wow, so much helpful stuff here on quilting, and other ideas that go with quilts and quilting. I bookmarked it.

  71. Hi there,

    Found your blog through Google, and it’s truly informative. So much good quilting info here and the photos are terrific. Your passion for quilting really shows through.

    There are so many posts here and I intend to read everyone of them.


    1. Hello Bo,

      So glad you found the blog and that you are enjoying reading the various posts. Please visit often or subscribe.

      Have a great day.

  72. Hello everyone, it’s my first visit at this website, and I am really impressed. Lots of helpful tips and ideas here for this not experienced quilter. There is alot here that will help me personally with quilting. Keep up posting such articles.

    1. Hi,

      I am glad you are finding helpful info here for your quilting journey. Come back and visit often or subscribe.

      Have a great day.

  73. Hi there, it’s pleasant for me to visit this site, it consists of valuable Information for me to learn quilting.

  74. First of all I would like to say fantastic blog! It is clearly written and shares your passion for quilting and sharing your knowledge with others. Bet you mentor great in person.

    1. Hello Blair,

      Thank you for the kind comments. I tend to teach or mentor one-on-one or very small groups. I feel like the students get shorted if there are very many people waiting on the “instructor” especially when I deal with so many beginner quilters who are not real confident in their quilting or sewing skills yet.

      Happy Stitching.

  75. Hello,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share your love of quilting. Thanks for showing that simple to make quilts can be really pretty.

    I have been looking through your posts and seen several I think that I can make just following your simple directions. Very much still learning about quilting.


  76. What a fun blog !!!!!

    How nice to see a blog that shows off pretty quilts made with simple patterns that any quilter can do !!

    Love it – keep showing off what you are doing. I have all kinds of new ideas thanks to the great stuff on here.

    Just subscribed.

  77. I am truly pleased to read these posts – there is lots of helpful information. Thank you so much for sharing your skills and encouragement.

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