Quilt techniques

Wildflower Meadow pattern and tutorial

Wildflower Meadow pattern and tutorial

I originally designed this quilt pattern to make a gift for my aunt. I loved it so much I decided I had to write it up and share it with you all. This is an awesome stash buster quilt. I used up a bunch of fat quarters I bought when I first started quilting (they’re […]

Quilted: Laura’s sunflowers

Quilted: Laura’s sunflowers

Some of you may recognize this pattern. It is a variation on Bonnie Hunter’s 2015 mystery. It was pieced by Laura Koppenhoefer, a woman I know from church who I’ve spent more than a few Saturdays making baptismal quilts with. I normally don’t quilt for others, but I made an exception for Laura. She has […]

Quilted: Ghost of Christmas Past

Quilted: Ghost of Christmas Past

Making the decision on how to quilt your quilt is a very difficult decision. There are all over designs, custom quilting, free-motion, pantograph and computer-aided designs, thread choices, to ditch or not to ditch. The possibilities are endless and the results can dramatically impact the finished look of your quilt. I’ve been honing my free-motion […]

Kaffe Fassett exhibit coming to the Michener

Kaffe Fassett exhibit coming to the Michener

A rare collection featuring the work of famed quilt and fiber artist Kaffe Fassett and historical quilts from the United Kingdom is coming the U.S. this fall and the Michener in Pennsylvania will be one of just two museums to host it. The exhibit, “Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from […]

Netflix, hand quilting and an unfinished wedding quilt

Netflix, hand quilting and an unfinished wedding quilt

Every August I pull out my wedding quilt with the intention of finishing by my anniversary at the end of the month, put in a few hand quilting stitches, miss my deadline and put it back away again until next year. Last year was my fifth anniversary. I had promised my husband I would finish […]

1,500 inches of binding

1,500 inches of binding

Not that long ago I wrote about how the downside of spending so much time on the longarm lately means I now had 700 inches of binding to do by hand. I know there are some who love sewing binding on by hand. I’m not one of them. But I prefer the look to machine […]

Sometimes done is better than perfect

Sometimes done is better than perfect

My niece is at that age where I can make her happy with a new outfit for her doll, so that is exactly what she got for her birthday – new pjs and a quilt for her doll. I started early with the best of intentions. I picked up a few half-yard cuts of flannel […]

How to do fusible applique

How to do fusible applique

I know how to do hand applique, needle turn, Hawaiian and spray starch method, but using fusible web to do applique by machine is my favorite method by far. It is fast, accurate and very sturdy. I use it often for kids projects, becauseĀ it holds up well to lots of washings and if I’m going […]