5 12, 2011

Adding Handmade to Our Holidays – Tiny Garland Tutorial

By |December 5th, 2011|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 [...]

19 08, 2011

Travel Handmade : iPad/Laptop Cover Tutorial

By |August 19th, 2011|The Sewing Summit, Tutorial|38 Comments

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 [...]

22 06, 2011

Quilt Day Trippin’

By |June 22nd, 2011|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 - [...]

15 06, 2011

Winner and Wonderland Details

By |June 15th, 2011|give away, Tutorial|20 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 [...]

7 02, 2011

Spring Bunting & Tutorial

By |February 7th, 2011|finished project, Tutorial|9 Comments

Hi friends!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I've been busy with the family, and watching the Super Bowl - Joe grew up in Wisconsin, so the Packer win was very exciting here!  On Friday, I had to sew, I woke up grumpy and knew that if I didn't sew something I wouldn't be happy, [...]

10 11, 2010

Easy Dresden Ruler & Tutorial

By |November 10th, 2010|Tutorial|25 Comments

I scored a few of these rulers at a great price with all of you in mind!  So, I thought I would share a little how-to, on how easy they are and show you why you need one.  If you already know what to do with this you can go straight to the shop to [...]

16 08, 2010

Garden Spikes Quilt Tutorial

By |August 16th, 2010|finished quilt, Tutorial|11 Comments

Not here!  I'm over at Fat Quarterly today sharing this free pattern too! Garden Spikes is my original quilt pattern made with the fabulous Fandango prints! Enjoy~ Amy

18 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Hand-stitching a Binding

By |May 18th, 2010|Tutorial|42 Comments

After binding a dozen quilts in a month, I thought I would not want to bind quilts by hand anymore, but I LOVE it still!  Here's how I get it done:This is my collection of quality hand quilting threads, thimbles and a sharp needle.  I have a warm and cool neutral, and the yellow I [...]

16 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Sewing Binding to Quilt

By |May 16th, 2010|Tutorial|13 Comments

Before sewing your binding in place on your quilt top, you should carefully prepare it.  Attach your walking foot if you have one, it helps to move all the layers of fabric smoothly under the needle.  Raw edges lined up, begin with a 12" - 18" tale unattached to your quilt, we will get back [...]

16 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Prepping a Binding

By |May 16th, 2010|Tutorial|5 Comments

Preparing a binding for your quilt takes a few minutes, but it's not difficult!  Take your time learning the steps - Cut 2 1/2" strips, to determine the number of strips:  add all 4 sides of your quilt together, then divide by 40.This quilt :  60+62+60+62=244"/40= 6.1 so I round up to 7  You don't want [...]

13 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Straight Line Quilting

By |May 13th, 2010|Tutorial|27 Comments

At this point you should have your quilt basted, and your machine clean.  Here's a look at how I use straight lines to quilt. For straight lines - I use my walking foot.  They all look something like this.Be sure to put the lever over the needle clamp, that moves the teeth on the top layer [...]

13 05, 2010

Quilting Basics Tutorial: Cleaning a Sewing Machine

By |May 13th, 2010|Tutorial|33 Comments

If you sew lots (chances are you do) you need to take a few minutes to clean your machine.  With every bobbin change, (if you can take the time to stop) and in between piecing and quilting - those are my usual intervals between cleaning. I recently mentioned needing to have my machine serviced, but decided to [...]