Quilt techniques

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.

Five hour bed quilt sneak peak

I’ve been working on a new pattern and wanted to share a sneak peak with you all today. The entire quilt top went together in five hours from start to finish. The speed is thanks to using a layer cake, which cuts down significantly on the prep time and a speedy construction technique. Plus since the pieces are so large, and there isn’t much precision required, it sews up really quickly.

Ditching a quilt

No, I’m not throwing out a quilt, I’m stitching in the ditch. This was one of the first quilt finishing techniques I learned and quickly gave up when I started free motion quilting. But sometimes you just can’t get away with skipping this step, and that’s the case with my 2014 Block of the Month pattern that I loaded onto the longarm this morning. No, I don’t own a longarm

Craftsy class review: ‘Help! How Do I Quilt It?’

I enrolled in one of Craftsy’s newer quilting classes, “Help! How Do I Quilt It? A Machine Quilting Manual” by Angela Walters last week to get some ideas for quilting my 2014 Block of the Month quilt. I have never quilted anything so large in anything other than an all-over pattern and wanted to do something special for this quilt with 11 different blocks and five borders. I definitely got

Tutorial: Make a pillowcase with French seams

When I first learned how to make pillowcases I used a one-sheet handout with black and white photos. It was very difficult to understand, especially the part about rolling the fabric up. So I’ve created this video tutorial for you to learn how to use this technique to make pillowcases from your favorite novelty fabric, sports team, cartoon character or just with leftover fabric to match your latest quilt. Don’t

My new favorite way to finish seams

  I’ve been sewing more garments since I had Angela and finishing seams is always a challenge. I don’t have a serger to bind off the edges and keep the fabric from fraying. But to be honest, even though serging is the fastest way to finish a seam, I don’t really like the look of serged seams. That’s the way pretty much every cheap store-bought garment is finished, and I

Feather fail

I gave feathers a try for the first time on the longarm, and as you can tell by the feathers going in two different directions above, it is safe to say it didn’t go so well. I’ve been taking Free-Motion Quilting with Feathers by Angela Walters on Craftsy. I’ve taken other classes from Angela on Craftsy and she is a very good instructor. She makes feathers look so easy. I