11 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Basting a Quilt

By |May 11th, 2010|Tutorial|14 Comments

After prepping your quilt back, you are ready to baste your layers.  A few things you will need:masking tapesafety pinsan hour or so of timeTo begin, clear a flat surface large enough for your entire quilt back to be spread out, in this case the floor, you may have a quilt you can baste on a […]

11 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Prepping A Quilt Back

By |May 11th, 2010|Tutorial|9 Comments

As promised I have a number of Basics Tutorials for general quilt-making.  Preparing a quilt back can be as simple as sewing two pieces together, or pieced until large enough for your quilt top.As a general rule 3″ all around is sufficient for quilting at home with your machine, if you are sending it out […]

5 05, 2010

Hunky Bars — Quilt Tutorial

By |May 5th, 2010|finished quilt, Tutorial|18 Comments

Hi there!  I’m pretty sure most of us quilters have to do lists miles long, so long in fact, it gets overwhelming.  I have a fast, easy, super cute quilt that you can finish in a couple days!  Most of you could probably figure this out – but I already did all the math for […]

4 05, 2010

Roman Shade Recap

By |May 4th, 2010|sewing, Tutorial|3 Comments

I had a couple of requests for a roman shade tutorial – I’m flattered, but not planning another window treatment anytime soon!  I thought I would instead retrace my steps, of videos and tutorials that I found in my own quest to understand roman shades.There are lots more videos and information about roman shades on […]

29 03, 2010

Like New Ironing Board

By |March 29th, 2010|sewing, Tutorial|31 Comments

I think it is better than new!  The fabric used on most ironing boards is so cheap – flimsy, rough, and blah.  I’ve had my current ironing board for about a year, and I was happy for the first week, then the first hole appeared in the side!  I put the recovering effort on the to […]

11 03, 2010

Basics Tutorial : Sewing Accurate 1/4" Seams

By |March 11th, 2010|Tutorial|80 Comments

While a lot of quilts can be made without using an accurate 1/4″ seam, if you are following a pattern, best results come with accurate seams.  Today I’m sharing a good method for finding accuracy for you and your machine!

My best example of a inaccurate 1/4″ seam is this block –

I love this block, but […]

24 11, 2009

Basics Tutorial: Squaring Fabric

By |November 24th, 2009|Tutorial|34 Comments

All the patterns say “Square Your Fabric” but what does it mean!? Often when it has been cut in a shop, it comes to you less than straight, and before you can easily use your rotary cutter you need to get a straight edge to work with!

This piece had some extra funky folds in it, […]

19 11, 2009

Basics Tutorial : Unpicking Stitches

By |November 19th, 2009|Tutorial|27 Comments

In our discussion last week tutorials about some of the basics were suggested. And after yesterday’s post this seemed like the perfect place to start! I don’t remember learning this, I’m guessing it was learned as girl and has been ingrained since. (I learned to sew garments at 10)On the wrong […]

3 11, 2009

Christmas Stocking Tutorial

By |November 3rd, 2009|Tutorial|69 Comments

I’m so excited to share my Stocking Tutorial with you! Thanks for all your sweet compliments the other day – my family is excited to have special stockings made by mom!
There are a lot of little steps, but they are so fun to put together! I hope that you have a go at it. I […]

22 05, 2009

Tutorial — Quilted Bible Cover

By |May 22nd, 2009|Tutorial|80 Comments

Before we get started – today’s my birthday! I’m 32 years young, and I bought my own present! Any guesses?? Don’t think to hard :)

This is what we are making to celebrate my day!

Simple and easily personalized for anyone on your gift list, but don’t forget to make one for yourself too! To start gather […]

5 04, 2009

Really? Me!

By |April 5th, 2009|Tutorial|12 Comments

My wallet tutorial was added to the CraftGossip blog today!!! As soon as I realized I tried to go and update the post . . . I didn’t keep the pictures on my computer from that tute :( Oh well – I’m really blessed to be noticed in this big blogland!Thanks for all […]

3 04, 2009

Easy Mitered Corners!

By |April 3rd, 2009|Tutorial|48 Comments


Start with a small mitered corner application to gain confidence in making excellent mitered corners every time!

To start gather notions and fabric scraps to practice :

My square measures 8 1/2 inches, and the 4 strips are 1 1/2 x 12 inches. Take special note here: when making mitered corners your strip length needs to be […]