Posts From Stephanie Soebbing

How to cut strips from quilting fabric

Cutting accurately and sewing a consistent quarter-inch seam are the two keys to creating perfect piecing every time. I’ve already covered sewing a quarter-inch seam in my video tutorial showing three different ways to set up your sewing machine to sew a quarter-inch seam. So today’s tutorial is all about cutting accurate strips. This video is a must watch if you have trouble getting the ruler to stay still when

Bella and the batting

Years ago a very good friend of mine and I were both working at our local newspaper. In addition to our reporting duties, she wrote a mommy blog and I wrote a dog blog. Whenever either of us had a story to tell that involved poop, it was wickedly popular. Here’s your warning. If you don’t like poop stories, stop reading now. If you find them hilarious, keep on. So

How to fold fabric to fit your storage space

OK, so this tutorial could also be named “How to be anal retentive about your fabric organization.” I got a new storage shelf for my fabric stash and immediately set to work folding and organizing my stash. I’ve always loved the look of fabric folded all the same size and stacked neatly, filling the storage space. So I used my ruler to wrap fabric and fold it neatly all to

Rainbow & Calico Things, Williamsburg, Iowa

I’ve been shopping at Rainbow & Calico Things for years, but I’ve never actually been to the their rural location on a farm in Williamsburg, Iowa. The owner is a member of my quilt guild, so I’ve shopped from boxes she’s brought to quilt retreats and her booth at our quilt show. I have loved her bright fabric selections and was very excited to finally visit the shop. The quilt

Virtual Shop Hop: Cotton Creek Mill, West Branch, Iowa

If I ever opened a quilt shop, I would want it to be like Cotton Creek Mill. Located on a historic main street in West Branch, Iowa, the quilt shop has character you often find. There are original hardwood floors, stained wood shelves, painted wood trim facade. Every detail about the building is beautiful. And of course there is some gorgeous fabric as well. Cotton Creek Mill does a good

Virtual Shop Hop: Expressions in Threads, LeClaire, Iowa

I┬ácall the Quad-Cities home. It is a metropolitan area made up of five cities bordering the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois. I know you just read “Quad-Cities” and then “five cities.” It’s weird, we know it. But in addition to the cities that make up the Quad-Cities proper, there are several smaller communities┬ájust outside it, and that’s were you’ll find Expressions in Threads in LeClaire, Iowa. Located just down

Next Gen Quilters go on a Shop Hop

My sit-n-sew tends to be a lot of talk. And for years we’ve talked about going on a shop hop. It’s been so long that the group has gone from being for quilters in their 20s and 30s to quilters in their 30s and 40s. The membership didn’t change. We just got older. So we finally decided it was time to pick a date and go. Last Saturday we piled

What was I thinking? Fabric giveaway!

Over the weekend I organized my fabric stash, a daunting task. As I picked through nearly a decade of fabric purchases, I came across a coordinated set of chickens and maroon chicken wire fabric. I thought it was hideous and shared the photo on Instagram and Facebook. Well it turns out taste is relative because there were a whole lot of you who absolutely LOVED the chickens and chicken wire.

How to hide threads and use a self-threading needle

Today’s tutorial is a must watch for new quilters, anyone trying out longarm or free motion quilting for the first time or anyone who has trouble threading a needle. I show you how to hide threads once you’re done quilting (you know the thread ends that you have to leave so the quilting doesn’t unravel with use). I also show you how to use a self-threading needle. These puppies are