When I first started quilting, the best piece of advice I was given was to use starch, and the recipe I was given was similar to this one. Quilting in times of quarantine, DIY starch might be better than nothing.
Binding just might be the most controversial topic in the quilting world. For some, it’s the frame that finishes off the quilt. For others, it’s an annoying afterthought. Some quilters insist that there’s only one right way to bind a quilt. I’m not going to weigh in on the debate. Instead, I’m going to share … Continue reading How many ways can you bind a quilt?
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