Tutorial


Coffee Koozie (tutorial & free pattern!)

Posted on August 26th, by Amy in Baby Lock, Tutorial. 3 comments

My friends over at the Fat Quarter Shop have a new pattern, and it’s adorable!

The Coffee Koozie is perfect for the always adorable mini-charm packs (2 1/2″ squares). I can see them as great gifts, and they are so fast to make too! I made it in about a half hour, and it will definitely be faster next time! The fabrics used are Dottie by Moda, which are cheery and bright, or pretty neutral depending on your preferences. One mini charm pack could make up to three Coffee Koozie’s too!

I quickly added the button via machine – that was a first for me and Melody, and it was so simple! Glad to have a better understanding of that foot :)

My only concern is that my girlies will try to claim the Coffee Koozie as a bracelet when I’m not looking…I think … Read More »



Fabulously Fast Quilts and Bulk Pressing (my secret, to getting things done!)

Posted on April 29th, by Amy in books, Tutorial. 15 comments

Hi there! I have been MIA lately getting things together for Market, and Blogger’s Quilt Festival, but I am excited to be here to celebrate a new book! Amy Smart just released a great new book, Fabulously Fast Quilts, and I am pleased to say that I learned a couple new tips while exploring the book!

To spread the word about the book, Amy asked that we share (see list below) our own tips, and I’m sharing my favorite way to press. 

Bulk Pressing. I am always trying to eliminate steps, or how many times I touch pieces as I work through the making of a quilt top, and this is exactly that! I often sew as long as I can within a project (or 2!) without pressing, but then I have to step back and press everything.

First I set the closed seam, the open and … Read More »



Pillow Collective :: Free Tutorial

Posted on February 3rd, by Amy in Pillow Collective, Tutorial. 7 comments

No doubt, there are a lot of quilts around my house! I love surrounding myself, and my family with the quilts I have loved making, and sometimes adding a pillow to the couch finishes the room off perfectly! This time of year, I’m always looking for more color to override the cold, bleak winter days. Recently, I sorted through my scraps and bundled them up so I could put them to better use, and decided that this pillow would be perfect for (some of) my scraps!

I love the precision that comes with paper piecing and odd-sized scraps are always great in paper patterns since I trim up after sewing.

So I found this great pattern in EQ, pulled a group of fabrics from my stash, and sewed up nine unique and fun blocks … Read More »



Virtual Quilting Bee

Posted on July 26th, by Amy in Block of the Month, Tutorial. 8 comments

Hi there! I’m excited to share a block tutorial with you today! My friend, Amy Smart has been hosting a fun Virtual Bee with a great quilt in the works. If you haven’t been following along yet, it’s not too late to join in the fun – get all the details HERE.

I selected a quick block that you can chain piece in no time! Let’s get started -

Cutting instructions :

From the red print, cut:

2 strips 1 1/2″ x 20″

1 square 3″ x 3″

From the aqua print, cut:

1 strip 1 1/2″ x 20″

1 square 3″ x 3″

From the white bunting print, cut:

1 strip 1 1/2″ x 20

2 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″

Piecing the … Read More »



Bloggers’ Bar Hop Quiltalong

Posted on October 1st, by Amy in Tutorial. 13 comments

Hi friends! I’m excited to be the first stop on the Bloggers’ Bar Hop Quiltalong!  Why Bar Hop you ask? Bar is often used to describe rectangles in quilt patterns, and we were all asked to use at least one “bar” or rectangle in our blocks.  Fun, right? Here’s my block made with the fabrics generously supplied by Clothworks from their European Taupe VIII collection by Kinkame. My only addition is the blue crossweave by Moda, to frame out the center group of bars.

To make your own block you will need:

6 rectangles : 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ from a variety of fabrics

4 squares : 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ from a variety of fabrics

4 rectangles : 2 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ from solid blue

2 squares : 3″ x 3 ” from … Read More »



Blogger’s Block of the Month

Posted on August 25th, by Amy in Block of the Month, Tutorial. 9 comments

Hi all!  I’m happy to be sharing a block for Jackie’s BOM project today! If you haven’t been following along, it’s not too late to jump in and make some great blocks. I can’t wait to see all the blocks together – Jackie has been collecting them all year!

Let’s get started!

For my block, you need four fabrics with good contrast.

From each of the four fabrics, cut:
1 square 3 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ then cut into quarter triangles (we will only use one)
1 square 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ then cut into half triangles
1 square 3 1/8″ x 3 1/8″

To decide on layout, place the four quarter triangles in the center, then add the half triangles in the corners and squares. Make sure you love the fabrics that have been paired together, and get ready to sew!

Sew  two quarter triangles together to make … Read More »



Tips for Perfect Corners :: Binding Basics

Posted on February 9th, by Amy in Tutorial. 16 comments

Hi there!  I can’t seem to keep up with this week!  Last weekend my parents and sister were visiting, and my mom and I talked a lot about bindings.  I thought I would share a few of my tips for a seamless, and square finish to your quilts with a hand-stitched binding.  If you need more thorough directions for binding your quilt, view my tutorials for Sewing Binding to a Quilt, and Hand-stitching a Binding.

I am right handed, and work from the right to the left.  If you are left handed, work from the left to the right, so that you are pushing the needle across your body.

As I come to a corner, I secure the binding in the seam allowance, by taking an extra stitch.  This ensures that I … Read More »



Paper Pieced Zip Pouch Tutorial

Posted on January 19th, by Amy in Tutorial. 30 comments

Before I jump into this – I thought you would like to know that Fat Quarter Shop has a giveaway happening right now for my Blogger’s Choice Bundle – go visit for your chance to win!

I know that there are tons of zip pouch tutorials out there, but thought my directions could be helpful, and I really wanted to introduce paper piecing to anyone looking for a simple place to begin.  I’ve had so much fun incorporating these blocks into pouches, they can be as simple or complicated as you wish, and it’s just one block!

I use EQ7 which has loads of blocks, however you can easily draw your own, or google “paper pieced blocks” for a variety of free blocks available online.  I drew this block on graph paper, which is great … Read More »



Adding Handmade to Our Holidays – Tiny Garland Tutorial

Posted on December 5th, by Amy in Celebrations, Tutorial. 10 comments

Hi friends!  I hope you had a good weekend!  As usual our family kept us busy, and I managed to sew a bit too – all in all a great weekend!  Part of the day yesterday was designated to putting up the Christmas tree, and adding holiday touches around the house.  The kids pretty much bounced off the walls in excitement – all day.

While decorating, inspiration struck, and I thought I would share a fast and fun project with you.  A garland made of little bits of fabric, and thread.

I made mine with Kona snow, but this would be such a fun project to raid the scrap bin for!  Imagine all the pretty little bits that you can’t part with.  I might still have to make a colorful version as well!

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Travel Handmade : iPad/Laptop Cover Tutorial

Posted on August 19th, by Amy in The Sewing Summit, Tutorial. 34 comments

This post is part of the Travel Handmade series, for more great travel bag posts click here!——Last month when I posted my iPad case, I offered and you requested a tutorial, and I’m so happy to make good on that promise today!  I have instruction to make this pouch in iPad size and laptop size, along with a little math to help make a perfectly sized pouch for your favorite electronics!Supplies:Variety of fabrics, scraps, fat quarters, or yardage.1 yd of interfacing, (I used pellon, DecorBond) if using a different sort, take note of the width, and make sure you have enough length. 2 layers of batting4-6″ of sew in velcro——Before we start with the instruction, what size is your device?***My iPad2 measures 9.5″ x 7.25″I cut my fabrics at 11″ x 19″to use strips for the exterior, I cut 8, 3″ x … Read More »



Quilt Day Trippin’

Posted on June 22nd, by Amy in Interview, Tutorial, work in progress. 26 comments

A couple weeks ago Pat asked if I would join her in a simple blog hop, um ya!  Of course I’m in.  I had the pleasure of meeting Pat at Market last month, and she is so much fun and sweet too!  If you haven’t listened to her Monday radio show – you should – she’s always talking to someone new in the quilting industry, and loves to connect with listeners via her blog too.

Enough about Pat…I’ve got some fun stuff to share!

Our theme song for the day -

What is your most interesting or unusual item in your studio?

The most interesting or unusual item in my studio, is the fact that one might call it a studio!  I sew at the kitchen table, and don’t have a … Read More »


Winner and Wonderland Details

Posted on June 15th, by Amy in give away, Tutorial. 19 comments

First, the winner of the Stash Happy: Patchwork giveaway is –

Tabatha, is better off than I am!  I hope you enjoy the book Tabatha – Congratulations!

My Wonderland blocks are very simple!  I started with a charm pack, honey bun and jelly roll, 2 half yard cuts, and some miscellaneous scraps.  As I was sewing I added Crossweaves from a bundle I had stashed, and Kona/Bella solids that worked within the palette (which is varied!).

I started with a charm in the center, and half the blocks received a 1 1/2″ honey bun strip, and the other half a 2 1/2″ jelly roll strip.  I did two sides, then pressed and trimmed as necessary, and added the other two sides.  I then decided to add a 3″ strip from the … Read More »






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