How to sew binding on a quilt

Today’s video tutorial is all about binding. I cover every aspect of putting binding on your quilt from start to finish. You’ll learn how to: Prep your binding for sewing Use a walking foot Sew binding to the top of the quilt Sew mitered corners on your binding Use an invisible hand sewing stitch to sew the binding to the back of the quilt Tack down mitered corners by hand

September Block of the Month

It is here! The September Block of the Month is available for download. This is the last month using the green and yellow fabrics. Next month we’ll move on to blue, which means we are almost done! I can’t wait to see this quilt come together at the end of the year. As usual, we’re making a bunch of half square triangles, which makes the block pretty simple. The complexity

How to sew strip sets

I got the idea to shoot this video tutorial when I was helping my mom learn to quilt. I was helping her put together a table runner that required her to make several four-patch units that finished four-inches square. The instructions told her to cut dozens of 1 1/2-inch squares, then sew them all back together into four-patch units. I took one look at it and told my mom we

How to do big stitch hand quilting with pearl cotton

Big stitch is a great alternative to fine hand quilting for beginner quilters or for those who like the look of hand quilting, but don’t want to take the time to create heirloom-quality hand quilting. The technique uses pearl cotton or tatting thread and a size 5 between needle to make a stitch that is a quarter of an inch long on the top of the quilt and just a

How to make a barn quilt (and have a lot of fun)

During one of my sit-n-sews’ recent gatherings, my good friend Kay said how much she wanted a barn quilt and did anyone know how to make them? Well, I once interviewed a guy who made more than 200, so yeah, I could figure it out. From there we planned a day of fun. Kay hosted (her husband has a HUGE work space we took over for the day), we all

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

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

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

How to sew a mitered border

I love mitered borders. I just feel they are the perfect way to end a quilt, especially when you are using a border print or a striped fabric. But they can be intimidating if you’ve never done one before. That Y seam can seem daunting. But it really isn’t that difficult once you know what you’re doing. So today’s video shows you how to sew mitered seams from start to

How to make a T-shirt quilt

Today’s tutorial is an oldie but a goody. One of the first tutorial series I made was a 10-part series on how to make a T-shirt quilt from start to finish. Today more than 60,000 people have viewed that first video and I still get emails from people who used the instructions to make their first quilt. The shooting was done long before I had a studio, lights and a