Quilt techniques

My new favorite way to finish seams

  I’ve been sewing more garments since I had Angela and finishing seams is always a challenge. I don’t have a serger to bind off the edges and keep the fabric from fraying. But to be honest, even though serging is the fastest way to finish a seam, I don’t really like the look of serged seams. That’s the way pretty much every cheap store-bought garment is finished, and I

Feather fail

I gave feathers a try for the first time on the longarm, and as you can tell by the feathers going in two different directions above, it is safe to say it didn’t go so well. I’ve been taking Free-Motion Quilting with Feathers by Angela Walters on Craftsy. I’ve taken other classes from Angela on Craftsy and she is a very good instructor. She makes feathers look so easy. I

Virtual Show and Tell: Ombre crib quilt

The ombre crib quilt is officially done and gifted. I almost didn’t think I’d get it done in time for the baby shower on Saturday, the quilting powers that be seemed to be against it happening. A friend of mine is have her second baby. We’re from the same town, went to junior high, high school and college together. After school we both ended up staying in the Quad-Cities and

Learning to quilt feathers

Whenever I’ve had an inkling to learn a new quilting skill, I never start small. More often than not I decide I’m going to do it, and it is going to be king sized. That’s how I learned to paper piece, sew curved seams and triangles. Now I’m going to learn how to quilt feathers and I’m going to quilt them on my king-sized maple leaf log cabin quilt. My

Ombre crib quilt top sneak peak

    I resisted the very strong urge to start a new project Saturday night and instead finished up the ombre crib quilt top I’ve been working on. I made it from a Kona Skinny Strip Bundle, the strips are 1 1/2 inches wide instead of 2 1/2 inches like most jelly rolls. The width makes the quilt finish the perfect size for a crib quilt, which is what this

Sock Monkey crib quilt pattern is here!

The Sock Monkey crib quilt pattern is easily the most popular quilt I’ve ever made on this blog. Two years after I made it, the blog post is still among the top 10 posts viewed every day and last week alone I got two requests to share my pattern. Well it’s finally here. I finished writing up the pattern last weekend and it is now available for download. Just click

Ombre crib quilt tutorial

This quilt in progress has gotten some buzz on Instagram from a few folks who think it looks a whole lot more complicated than it is. So today I’m bringing you a tutorial. Basically if you can make binding, you can make this quilt. It’s that easy. My order from @fatquartershop arrived AND I picked up scrap booking supplies today. Which project to work on #dilemas A photo posted by

Washing machine, the final quilting step

  I feel like a quilt isn’t really complete until it’s been through the wash. Hang in with me for a second those of you who think putting the final stitch in the binding is the time to celebrate. For my batting I go back and forth between Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 cotton-poly blend and Quilters Dream 100 percent cotton. I find both to be soft and have a great drape, even