Book Review: Turning Twenty

Today I thought I’d share with you some information about a great quilting book that I’ve really enjoyed making quilts from. It’s called “Turning Twenty”, and I was able to get the quilt designer and author of the book, Tricia Cribbs to share some of her thoughts with us.

As a ‘Certified, card-carrying Fabric Addict’ I continually find myself faced with the challenge of creating yet another quilt from a new group of marvelous fabrics! I made my first quilt in the 1980’s, and after I’d made just about all the basic quilts – Log Cabin, 9 Patch, Rail Fence, Trip around the World, etc., I tried my hand at designing quilt patterns. To date, we have published a multitude of patterns, had 4 books published by Leisure Arts, and have self-published 15 books (with two new titles being introduced at Spring Quilt Market in May). I’m also happy to have just designed my 7th fabric collection for Northcott Monarch. My “Beez” collection will be introduced at Spring Quilt Market, and YES there will be a book of patterns for making quilts using this collection!

Now about Turning Twenty – a few years ago, in an effort to reduce the time spent cutting out a quilt and also reduce my sewing time, I began to play around with a new idea. My favorite quilts must have several different fabrics, must be outstanding in appearance, and must be fast and easy to make! When I began to cut and piece my first Turning Twenty quilt I thought ‘now THIS is EASY’! The thing that I hear over and over from other quilters about Turning Twenty quilts is how fast, easy, fun, and addicting they are. So, Turning Twenty became a series of quilt books… each one uses the same concept – turning twenty fat quarters into a fabulous quilt. Those who have never made a quilt or even sat in front of a sewing machine will find instant success with Turning Twenty. With all the great fabrics available these days, it’s a shame to buy them, bring them home, only to stack them up and wait until ‘someday’ to make that quilt! It fun knowing you can gather fabrics in the morning and have a finished Turning Twenty quilt top before time to start dinner tonight! I hope you have lots of fun Turning Twenty, Turning Twenty.Again, and Turning Twenty Around the Block!

Blessings, Tricia

Now, I know it sounds too good to be true, but it really IS possible to complete the top of a Turning Twenty quilt in a day if you have everything ready when you get started to work.

Below is a picture of a quilt I made out of the first book, “Turning Twenty”. The concept is very simple, you start with 20 fat quarters, and each fat quarter is cut into into 4 specific shapes.

Mix up the fabrics to make each block have a different combination of fabrics. This quilt is so easy to make, and can be very simple and restful on the eyes or very exciting depending on the 20 fabrics you begin with. If you don’t have your own stash of fat quarters to use – check out the fat quarter singles program that Hancock Fabrics has – it’s a great source of fabrics.

This quilt is always on our guest bed waiting to offer a warm welcome to friends or family who to come to stay. Quilt size is 70½” x 86½” , or you can add an optional 6” border (which I did) and than the quilt is 82½” x 98½”

Many thanks to Tricia for taking the time to give us some insight into what got her started with these great books. If you’d like to learn more about Tricia, or about the Turning Twenty books, her website can be found at FriendFolks, and the books are in Hancock Fabrics stores now. Tomorrow, I’ll show you some pics from the other two books, and tell you about a fabric kit that has been specifically designed for one of these great books.
Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing

7 thoughts on “Book Review: Turning Twenty

  1. Dee Broz says:

    Never say never! “Never” was my attitude about Turning Twenty quilts. I’m not a “scrappy quilter.” I want something with some order and a design that flows. Then I saw Turning Twenty Around the Block in a black/white/red combination of fabrics when I attended a Hancock retreat in March 2008 in Iowa. I bought the kit Hancock was offering and a week later the quilt top was done, three weeks later it was back from the quilter, now it is on the guest room bed. My only regret is that I don’t have a long enough rod to hang it on. Now I’m collecting red/white fat quarters so I can make another one. For this one I am going to put machine embroidered images of sewing machines done in redwork in the blocks. I might frame the blocks with a variety of brights. Now that will be pushing my acceptance of scrappy but the frames are narrow so I can probably tolerate it. After all…never say never.

    I love your blog, Sheila. What a great tool for Hancock’s marketing program and their education program.


  2. sheilareinke says:

    Thanks for your response. I am kind of like you with not liking the scrappy look but somehow the Turning Twenty works. What a great idea embrodering images for the feature blocks. I hope I get to see it.


  3. Patricia Carey says:

    i would like to have this pattern of turning twenty fat quarters into this quilt can you send it to me pattern of this turning twenty from tricia cribbs please i will love to buy some fabrics to learn it how to sew it please thanks patty


  4. PAT SMITHSON says:

    i have been looking for the measurements for the turning twenty quilt like you done in the picture..i sure could use the finding the measurements for the strips and blocks…thanks PAT SMITHSON


  5. sheilareinke says:

    Patricia and Pat,

    You can buy the Turning Twenty books at Hancock Fabrics or go to the author’s website and order from her as well. Trisa Cribbs is the one designed the quilt patterns. Her web site address is



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