16 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Sewing Binding to Quilt

By | May 16th, 2010|Tutorial|13 Comments

Before sewing your binding in place on your quilt top, you should carefully prepare it.  Attach your walking foot if you have one, it helps to move all the layers of fabric smoothly under the needle.  Raw edges lined up, begin with a 12" - 18" tale unattached to your quilt, we will get back [...]

16 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Prepping a Binding

By | May 16th, 2010|Tutorial|5 Comments

Preparing a binding for your quilt takes a few minutes, but it's not difficult!  Take your time learning the steps - Cut 2 1/2" strips, to determine the number of strips:  add all 4 sides of your quilt together, then divide by 40.This quilt :  60+62+60+62=244"/40= 6.1 so I round up to 7  You don't want [...]

14 05, 2010

Simple Times Winner

By | May 14th, 2010|pattern|6 Comments

45 is the lucky number!Congratulations to Charlotte!  For those of you who didn't win the pattern is available for purchase on my patterns page!  Thanks for your support :)Amy---------------------------------------------------Next steps:Subscribe to Amy's Creative SideShop with AmyFollow Me on TwitterBecome a fan of Amy's Creative Side on FacebookEmail me

13 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Straight Line Quilting

By | May 13th, 2010|Tutorial|27 Comments

At this point you should have your quilt basted, and your machine clean.  Here's a look at how I use straight lines to quilt. For straight lines - I use my walking foot.  They all look something like this.Be sure to put the lever over the needle clamp, that moves the teeth on the top layer [...]

13 05, 2010

Quilting Basics Tutorial: Cleaning a Sewing Machine

By | May 13th, 2010|Tutorial|35 Comments

If you sew lots (chances are you do) you need to take a few minutes to clean your machine.  With every bobbin change, (if you can take the time to stop) and in between piecing and quilting - those are my usual intervals between cleaning. I recently mentioned needing to have my machine serviced, but decided to [...]

13 05, 2010

Madison Bag & a Big Birthday

By | May 13th, 2010|Celebrations, sewing|16 Comments

It's been such a full week!  Thanks so much for your response to my first pattern, and the Blogger's Quilt Festival! In the mean time, I finished my Madison Bag for myself - and almost forgot to show you.I love the finished product!  Getting there, was a little sketchy, but the size and shape are [...]

11 05, 2010

Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Tell Your Friends!

By | May 11th, 2010|Bloggers Quilt Festival|29 Comments

Hi All!  Help me spread the word about Blogger's Quilt Festival - please!?  Grab the button code below and post about it!<br /><center><a href="http://www.amyscreativeside.com/p/bloggers-quilt-festival.html"><img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1071/4600291840_c54e78a6a8_o.gif" /></a></center><br />The button takes you to the page I have set up all about Blogger's Quilt Festival with all the details. (Please read)  If you have questions, ask in the [...]

11 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Basting a Quilt

By | May 11th, 2010|Tutorial|14 Comments

After prepping your quilt back, you are ready to baste your layers.  A few things you will need:masking tapesafety pinsan hour or so of timeTo begin, clear a flat surface large enough for your entire quilt back to be spread out, in this case the floor, you may have a quilt you can baste on a [...]

11 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Prepping A Quilt Back

By | May 11th, 2010|Tutorial|9 Comments

As promised I have a number of Basics Tutorials for general quilt-making.  Preparing a quilt back can be as simple as sewing two pieces together, or pieced until large enough for your quilt top.As a general rule 3" all around is sufficient for quilting at home with your machine, if you are sending it out [...]