Quilt techniques

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 it by that milestone. But with a three-month old in the house, I failed miserably

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 stitched binding, so I do it even though it is probably be least favorite quilting

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, because it holds up well to lots of washings and if I’m going to spend hours and hours appliqueing a quilt by hand, I don’t want it to

Quilt National continues to push boundaries

The first art quilt exhibit continues to push boundaries in its 19th installment, scheduled to open next week at The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Ohio. Beginning in 1979, Quilt National is the preeminent art quilt exhibition, a juried competition that features the work of nearly 90 quilters from around the world. The 86 quilts featured in the exhibit are a mix of graphic abstract work, and more traditional pieces,

700 inches of binding

I’ve been spending a lot of time on the longarm lately. Thanks to my newfound flexibility in scheduling, I’ve been able to spend one day a week at Quilting By-You in Bettendorf, Iowa, renting time on a longarm to finally finish up some quilt tops. Two weeks ago I finished quilting one of my two 2014 Block of the Month Quilts. Then today I loaded my newest, not-yet-released pattern on

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

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

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.