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April Block of the Month

It’s that time of the month and I’m technically posting the block design on the first Monday of the month. I’ve got seven minutes left! This month is a nice easy break from the complicated blocks we’ve been doing so far this year. Made almost entirely of half square triangles, this block looks complicated because of the way the triangles go together, giving the appearance of diamonds. So your quilting friends

How to silk-dye Easter eggs

OK, I know this silk-dying Easter eggs is kind of a stretch for a quilting blog. But it involves fabric, and if you are addicted to quilting, chances are you also are addicted to fabric. And my quilter neighbor came right over to see how they turned out when I told her what I was up to, so we’re doing this. Here’s what you’ll need: A dozen eggs Six silk ties

How to cut border fabric so the pattern is straight

If you’ve been quilting for any length of time, then you’ve probably come across a fabric that isn’t printed straight on the grain. For some fabrics, that doesn’t matter, for others, it can really look off when you cut it up to include it in a quilt. The effect of cutting a print that isn’t straight is amplified when you use it in a border. As the fabric travels along

How to make no-waste flying geese (aka make four-at-a-time)

I have been a flying geese making machine this week. I only have myself to blame. I designed a quilt that called for 180 flying geese units. I know … that’s a lot. I would be going crazy if I were making them the traditional, sew and flip way. Thankfully there’s a better way. I’ve included a video tutorial I made a couple years ago about how to make no-waste

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