Of all the piecing techniques that strike fear into the hearts of quilters, I think that Y-seams are the most misunderstood. So let's take a closer look at what they are.
This might be my best sewing tip. It's short and sweet, but can have a profound impact. Some days, you just don't feel like sewing. Some days, the WIP feels too immense, too simple act of threading the machine is just a hurdle that feels insurmountable. Those days, you just have to push through the … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Just Do 1 Thing
Have you ever gotten your quilt sandwich all basted, your machine all threaded and then... crickets? It's like the sewing equivalent of stage fright! Maybe you even have a quilting plan, but you second guess it after doing a few lines. Now, I firmly believe that there are no Quilt Police and you should make … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Quilting In Contrast
I started a new foundation paper piecing (FPP) project tonight, and I realized that I take it for granted that I have the perfect paper to print my paper piecing patterns on (try saying that 3 times fast!) If you've ever printed and FPP pattern on your home printer, you probably know that everyday printer … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Perfect Piecing Paper
Yesterday's tip was about changing your sewing machine needle more often. One of the suggestions I had was to change your needle after every quilt. But I actually use more than one needle when I'm making a quilt, and you probably should, too! Know your needles! I'll break it down by steps in the quilt making process. … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Needle me this!
No, today's tip isn't about having the best #memade wardrobe. Similar to yesterday's tip, it's a gentle reminder to do one of those periodic tasks that we all probably don't do as often as we should: Change your rotary blades and needles! Rotary cutters are awesome, and I can't imagine quilting without one (or 4!). … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Look Sharp!
For the month of December, I want to give you, dear reader, some gifts. Whether you celebrate a gift-giving holiday or not, we all know that quilters have amazing generosity! So I'm going to start the month off with a series of mini-tutorials and tips that can make your quilting a little bit merrier! Today's … Continue reading 12 days of Sewing Tips: Take Care of Your Sewing Machines!
Fussy cutting video tutorial - pattern matching Tula Pink All Stars frog fabric for a Tula Pink City Sampler quilt block
You may be wondering HOW THE BLEEP I manage to get such precise fussy cuts and pattern matches in my quilt blocks. Here's a quick photo tutorial, where I share my tips, tricks, and favourite tools!