Tutorials

February Block of the Month

Sorry for the delay in getting the February BOM out. My daughter came down with croup Thursday night. She’s fine but the whole house was pretty sleep deprived and I got behind on the video for this month’s instructions. This month we are making 28, six-inch blocks that will surround the 18-inch blocks we made last month. We are paper piecing again this month. But if you’re new to paper-piecing and

Sewing room organization tips

I have been on a de-cluttering, cleaning and organizing kick since I got back from holiday travels. This is really a must-do action when one has a toddler and said toddler makes out like a bandit at Christmas. So far I’ve made it through both bedrooms, two of three closets (one of which has now been converted to a quilt closet) and the kitchen. I still have the living room

Block of the Month December Part Two – Putting it all together

Here it is, the final video tutorial for the 2015 Quilt Addicts Anonymous Block of the Month. In today’s tutorial I show you how to put the blocks together into setting triangles that form the corners of the quilt, and how to attach them to the center medallion we finished in May. If you haven’t already, click here to download your free printable instructions for December. It includes instructions for

December Block of the Month

We made it! The Calypso Kaleidoscope 2015 Quilt Addicts Anonymous Block of the Month is done. You can click here to download the final pattern, which features some old favorites from the beginning of the year and a few new prints in pink and purple hues. The free printable instructions covers how to construct this month’s block as well as put the entire quilt together. The video just covers the block

How to turn ugly sweaters into cute mittens

Upcycled sweater mittens are one of my favorite projects. They are a fast, easy and cheap project, three of my favorite things when it comes to sewing. In about an hour you can go from an old, ugly sweater to a super-cute pair of mittens. This project is so fast an inexpensive that it makes a great holiday gift for family and friends. Plus the mittens are very warm, making

How to make a quilt label

Quilt labels are perhaps one of the most important parts of your quilt. It is what tells future generations who made the quilt, when and why. That information is also known as the quilt’s provenance. Not only is a quilt with a story more valuable, it also ensures everyone will always know that you made the quilt. Some of the important information you’d want to include on a quilt label

Join the first Quilt Addicts Anonymous fabric exchange!

I’ve been working on something fun behind the scenes and I’m finally ready to reveal it today! Quilt Addicts Anonymous will host its first fabric exchange! If you all like it, I’ll do more, but here is the what sets the QAA Fabric Exchange apart from others you may participate in: I have designed an easy quilt pattern just for this exchange that quilters of all levels can complete quickly

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