Tag "Tutorials"

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, because 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

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

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

Review: ‘Let’s Get Creative with Quilt Labels’ offers inspiration, tutorials

Let’s face it. We love our quilts and hope those we give them to or inherit them after we’re gone, will cherish the quilts and always remember the occasion for which they were made. But we’ve all heard the horror stories of handmade quilts being sold at garage sales, or the tales of quilt appraisers giving a family the news that the family heirloom from the Civil War actually dates

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

May block of the month

Big progress is happening this month in the Block of the Month. We’re going to finish the blocks for the first pieced border.  We’re making double pinwheels all from squares, which means there are no triangles to cut. Just watch the video for step by step instructions on how to put them together. As always, I’m making the quilt in two colorways just in case the pinks and purples in

March Block of the Month

I hope you all got your February blocks done! I was working on mine until 10 p.m. last night. I finished just in time. This month is much easier. We’re putting together the center medallion with some tips and tricks on how to get those points to match up just so. But the main part of the lesson is how to properly measure your border width. That means your “block”

Tutorial: How to make tab top valances

Let me start this tutorial off with a disclaimer. I am a quilter first, a home decor seamstress second and a bad knitter third. My advice and instructions are based of my knowledge of how to put a quilt together. That means my suggestions may be different than what you’d find on a home decor blog. But the results are pretty darn cute, so if you too are comfortable with