16 08, 2010

Garden Spikes Quilt Tutorial

By |August 16th, 2010|finished quilt, Tutorial|11 Comments

Not here!  I'm over at Fat Quarterly today sharing this free pattern too! Garden Spikes is my original quilt pattern made with the fabulous Fandango prints! Enjoy~ Amy

18 05, 2010

Basics Tutorial: Hand-stitching a Binding

By |May 18th, 2010|Tutorial|44 Comments

After binding a dozen quilts in a month, I thought I would not want to bind quilts by hand anymore, but I LOVE it still!  Here's how I get it done:This is my collection of quality hand quilting threads, thimbles and a sharp needle.  I have a warm and cool neutral, and the yellow I [...]

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 [...]

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|34 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 [...]

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 [...]

5 05, 2010

Hunky Bars — Quilt Tutorial

By |May 5th, 2010|finished quilt, Tutorial|18 Comments

Hi there!  I'm pretty sure most of us quilters have to do lists miles long, so long in fact, it gets overwhelming.  I have a fast, easy, super cute quilt that you can finish in a couple days!  Most of you could probably figure this out - but I already did all the math for [...]

4 05, 2010

Roman Shade Recap

By |May 4th, 2010|sewing, Tutorial|3 Comments

I had a couple of requests for a roman shade tutorial - I'm flattered, but not planning another window treatment anytime soon!  I thought I would instead retrace my steps, of videos and tutorials that I found in my own quest to understand roman shades.There are lots more videos and information about roman shades on [...]

29 03, 2010

Like New Ironing Board

By |March 29th, 2010|sewing, Tutorial|31 Comments

I think it is better than new!  The fabric used on most ironing boards is so cheap - flimsy, rough, and blah.  I've had my current ironing board for about a year, and I was happy for the first week, then the first hole appeared in the side!  I put the recovering effort on the to [...]

11 03, 2010

Basics Tutorial : Sewing Accurate 1/4" Seams

By |March 11th, 2010|Tutorial|82 Comments

  While a lot of quilts can be made without using an accurate 1/4" seam, if you are following a pattern, best results come with accurate seams.  Today I'm sharing a good method for finding accuracy for you and your machine! My best example of a inaccurate 1/4" seam is this block - I love [...]