Quilt techniques

Ditching a quilt

No, I’m not throwing out a quilt, I’m stitching in the ditch. This was one of the first quilt finishing techniques I learned and quickly gave up when I started free motion quilting. But sometimes you just can’t get away with skipping this step, and that’s the case with my 2014 Block of the Month pattern that I loaded onto the longarm this morning. No, I don’t own a longarm

Craftsy class review: ‘Help! How Do I Quilt It?’

I enrolled in one of Craftsy’s newer quilting classes, “Help! How Do I Quilt It? A Machine Quilting Manual” by Angela Walters last week to get some ideas for quilting my 2014 Block of the Month quilt. I have never quilted anything so large in anything other than an all-over pattern and wanted to do something special for this quilt with 11 different blocks and five borders. I definitely got

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

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