Posts From Stephanie Soebbing

May 2015 Block of the Month

Welcome back to the Quilt Addicts Anonymous Block of the Month. This month we will finish the center medallion of the quilt. I’m splitting the May tutorial into two parts. Today you can see the instructions for making the cornerstones that cap off the pieced border. Then next week I’ll have another video that will teach you how to put the border together and then to properly measure your quilt

Sneak peak

I pulled my 2014 BOM off the longarm earlier this week. There’s still a TON of work to do on it before the big reveal on here (binding, label, hiding threads). But I couldn’t resist showing you a sneak peak of the quilting. Before loading this quilt on the frame it had been a year since I last worked on the longarm. Having a kid will get in the way

Craftsy’s Sewing Studio is perfect for beginners

I love taking classes on Craftsy. I’ve gotten to the point where I can usually teach the technique at most of the sewing classes offered near me, so Craftsy is a great resource where I can learn more advanced quilting skills and improve my garment sewing. I enrolled in Sewing Studio, Fashion, Fitting, Home Decor & More with Diana Rupp to get a refresher on some garment sewing basics. I am

Sewing room reno update

There is a small possibility I might meet my goal of shooting the May BOM tutorial in my new sewing studio. Last night my husband finally finished cutting the trim for the windows and baseboard and putting them up. I say finally, because this has been in progress for weeks. He’s not quite as motivated as I am to get this done. But I had to wait for him because

How to sew a perfect quarter-inch seam every time

This tutorial is near and dear to my heart because I spent my first year of quilting not understanding why I always sewed a consistent three-eighths inch stitch instead of a quarter-inch stitch. Once I learned these methods, my accuracy improved overnight and I really started to enjoy sewing because everything turned out the way it was supposed to. In the video above, I show you three different methods to

Quilting bucket list

As I see all the posts about Quilt Week in Paducah this week, it makes me think about all my quilting bucket list, all the things I want to do and accomplish in my quilting. Here’s my top five: 1. Go to the National Quilt Museum during Quilt Week Paducah during the annual AQS show is pretty much the Mecca for quilters. From what I’ve heard, you need to book your

Wear all the babies

My sister is expecting her second child soon and she asked if I could make her a ring sling so she can hold baby number two while caring for baby number one. Of course I said yes because it involved sewing something for my sister/new nephew, going to the fabric store with my sister and trying out a new pattern. My sister picked a linen blend because it is both

Cell phone cameras and sampler quilts

My Quilt Addicts Anonymous 2014 BOM quilt is on the longarm right now. It’s been on the longarm for three weeks, and I’m just over halfway done. While owning a longarm is on my quilting bucket list, along with having a sewing studio large enough to fit one, right now the only way I can use one is to rent time on the longarm at Quilting By-You in Bettendorf, Iowa.

Using storage totes to organize fabric by project

Like most sewers I have trouble keeping my fabric organized. I have a closet packed with fabric, but it is mostly just yardage stacked on top of each other. I needed a solution for projects with little pieces or notions that don’t stack well. I found it during one of those trips to Target when you go in for one little thing and walk out with a $100 bill, so

How to make a soft book

Soft books are one of my favorite quick projects to make for kids. The soft book, or fabric books, come in panels and often nursery fabric lines will have a soft book to go with it. The book makes an excellent addition to your gift of a quilt at a baby shower. The soft book I made in the tutorial is from Aspen’s Line by Avlyn Fabrics, which is the