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

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