Tutorials

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

How to make a soft book

Soft books are one of my favorite quick projects to make for kids. The soft book, or fabric books, come in panels and often nursery fabric lines will have a soft book to go with it. The book makes an excellent addition to your gift of a quilt at a baby shower. The soft book I made in the tutorial is from Aspen’s Line by Avlyn Fabrics, which is the

April Block of the Month

It’s time for the April Block of the Month release! This month we are starting the pieced border that goes around the center medallion. We’re making about a million picket fence units. OK, that’s a slight exaggeration. But we only have four small blocks to make next month, so if you’re still working on these when the May tutorial comes out, you won’t be overwhelmed and unable to catch up.

Chalk paint, stencil sewing cabinet makeover

My addiction to sewing and chalk paint have come together for my latest sewing cabinet makeover. Plus I’ve got an exclusive coupon code from Royal Design Studio save on your own sewing cabinet makeover. Just visitĀ www.royaldesignstudio.com and enter QAA15 before Monday, April 15, and you’ll get 15 percent off your purchase. Now onto the good stuff. This cabinet and sewing machine was my grandmother’s. I’m fairly certain the sewing machine

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

March Block of the Month

The March block by itself really isn’t all that exciting, but it makes an excellent cornerstone for the center medallion, which we are also putting together this month. So grab your rotary cutter and let’s get started because there is a lot to do this month. The blocks themselves are pretty easy. You’re making four, four-patch units, then the rest of the block goes together log cabin-style with black squares

How to spray baste a king-sized quilt

I may have registered my maple leaf log cabin quilt for my guild’s quilt show in September. Which means I actually have to finish it. The top has been done for a year, but I haven’t quilted it because it is too large for the frame on the longarm I rent time on. There is a larger frame, but I’m not used to the machine and I think I will

June block of the month

We’re starting the final border this month. That means there are just four blocks to make each month from now until the end of the year. This month we’re learning a new time-saving technique in the block of the month. Instead of cutting several teeny tiny rectangles, we’re going to sew them together as strips first then cut them apart. It makes the piecing go much faster. Just watch the