Turning Twenty Quilt Pattern/booklet
By Tricia Cribbs/FriendFolks
Review by Pat, Erik's mother. (Pat has made 6 Turning Twenty quilts--and has several more cut and ready to sew, so we feel she is our resident expert!)
I love collecting fabric! Bright colors, exciting florals, Halloween, Christmas; I love collecting fabrics! When I saw the pattern booklet for Turning Twenty, I knew this was a pattern for me! Not only is this pattern easy to put together (all of the pieces are cut straight-of-grain with no strange angles or bias to cope with) with large, easy-to-handle pieces to show off the wonderful colorful prints I am so reluctant to cut!
Tricia Cribbs' instructions are clear, uncomplicated, and very well illustrated. Multiple sizes are given with the neccessary fabric adjustments and include measurements for blocks, sashing, and whatever boders you choose to add. Whichever size you decide to make, the yardages are easy to memorize-perfect for shop-hop-shopping! The pieces for the blocks are cut from a standard fat quarter cut (18x22-inches; half of a quarter yard cut). The several Turning Twenty quilts I have cut out, I have always bought more than 20 fat quarters, maybe 22-24 total, something I suggest in case you want to make sure none of the same pieces are touching, or if any of your fat quarters are cut too small; just think "the more the merrier" when you are shopping.
How fun this quilt would be if you bought fabric in a theme by collecting fat quarters for a special holiday, sport, hobby, or color! I also suggest that you make sure your fabric is of similar weight, consistancy, and quality (as with any quilt project) to ensure ease of assembly and accuracy. Again, consider 22-24 (or more!) fat quarters for variety, or simply add a few extras of your favorite fabrics.
I really have enjoyed making this pattern. It is an excellent choice for a beginner quilt project, both to learn rotary cutting techniques, as well as simple, accurate piecing techniques. Even a more experienced quilter should enjoy the relaxed tone of this pattern while taking a break from a more complicated pattern. Turning Twenty would be a wonderful gift quilt, or charity donation. It would be delightful made up entirely scraps!
I am anxious to try other patterns by Tricia Cribbs, but for now, with all of my fat quarters cut and ready to go, Turning Twenty suits me just fine...enjoy!
Pat's recently finished Red White and Blue Turning Twenty quilt top, ready to go to the quilter's...