Tutorials

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

Five-hour bed quilt

I’ve got a brand new pattern that is super quick and easy to make. It’s a great quilt to make when you need a distraction from a complicated project, like my Block of the Month, or when you need to whip something up quick for a gift. The Five-Hour Bed Quilt uses a layer cake and coordinating yardage to essentially make a giant split nine patch. The results are a

June Block of the Month

This month we’re getting started on the corners of our quilt by making several setting triangles to frame the solid black border we put on last month. I know the phrase “setting triangles” can sound scary, but I promise its not. They are essentially half-blocks and they are all made of half-square triangles, which you all should be experts at making by now. Plus you can always watch the free

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 to spend hours and hours appliqueing a quilt by hand, I don’t want it to

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

Wear all the babies

My sister is expecting her second child soon and she asked if I could make her a ring sling so she can hold baby number two while caring for baby number one. Of course I said yes because it involved sewing something for my sister/new nephew, going to the fabric store with my sister and trying out a new pattern. My sister picked a linen blend because it is both