25 03, 2020

Tips for Selecting Your First Quilt Pattern

By |2020-04-09T23:26:23-06:00March 25th, 2020|learning to sew, pattern, Sewing Tips!|3 Comments

The start of any new hobby can be overwhelming, even selecting your first quilt pattern! I've made a quick list of what to look for in your first quilt pattern, and few things to avoid too. 1 - Keep it Simple Your first quilt pattern should include lots of squares and rectangles, no triangles or [...]

12 11, 2018

Waterfall Quilt – Along — Week 1

By |2018-11-12T09:46:42-07:00November 12th, 2018|quilt-along, Sewing Tips!, Waterfall QAL|12 Comments

The Waterfall Quilt-Along starts this week! I'm excited to sew along with you over the next 12 weeks. Yes! We will be sewing on this project through the holidays. Instead of thinking of it as one more pressure, think of it as your self-care. Time to reflect and enjoy a little time for yourself. If [...]

11 07, 2018

Heartland Heritage – July

By |2020-01-31T17:31:53-07:00July 11th, 2018|Inspiring Stitches, quilt-along, Sewing Tips!|3 Comments

In the month of July for the Heartland Heritage pattern we are making the Sewing Machine block! The Sewing Machine is a favorite, full of whimsy and lots of little pieces. Sewing Machine I can hear you thinking -- Wait...little pieces? Skip! Those are the worst, so fiddly and easily lost in my space. I [...]

1 02, 2018

5 Tips to Piecing More Accurate Quilts

By |2019-07-18T10:39:27-06:00February 1st, 2018|Sewing Tips!|3 Comments

Piecing more accurate quilts is always at the top of our lists, here I have a list of the five things that will make the biggest difference in your finished quilts. I use these myself day after day as I piece my own quilts, and love to help you find success at the sewing machine [...]

23 03, 2017

Trimming Improv Blocks with OLFA’s NEW Endurance Rotary Blade

By |2020-02-11T06:49:38-07:00March 23rd, 2017|review, Sewing Tips!|215 Comments

This post is sponsored by OLFA, but all opinions are my own. I've been using OLFA tools for years now, and when asked to partner with them to release their new 45mm Endurance Blade I was excited to participate! To the left is a few of my past photos including my [...]

21 11, 2016

The Best Stitched Gifts to Give!

By |2018-05-15T22:15:07-06:00November 21st, 2016|Gift Guide, Sewing Tips!, Tutorial|2 Comments

I love making stitched gifts to give to family, friends, teachers - anyone really! I love that I can customize the project to suit it's recipient perfectly, and they know that it's from the heart when it's received. Here I'm highlighting some great tutorials that I love and in many cases have made, with the hopes [...]

10 11, 2016

Sewing Tips! :: Scrap Quilt Fabric Selection Process

By |2017-02-06T09:17:37-07:00November 10th, 2016|finished quilt, Sewing Tips!|1 Comment

I get asked about fabric choices a lot, especially when a quilter is selecting fabric for a scrap quilt. Did you catch that, I said selecting. Occasionally there's a pattern that can take all the scraps you have collected, and never seem to incorporate in your projects, but still want to use somehow. (Think: Postage [...]

18 10, 2016

6 things to do when your creativity is on vacation!

By |2020-04-20T15:39:00-06:00October 18th, 2016|Inspiration, Sewing Tips!|10 Comments

Being creative is a skill that we cultivate as we use our creativity on a daily basis, the ebb and flow of the creative muse will always be a factor as we create.  Some days are harder than others, and I have listed six different ways to reignite my creativity and find inspiration when I need [...]

27 09, 2016

My Favorite Pouch :: Tutorial & Pattern

By |2019-11-15T12:05:56-07:00September 27th, 2016|finished project, Sewing Tips!, Tutorial|16 Comments

This is the time of year we start to think about making gifts, and I'm here to share my favorite pouch to make and give, to friends, family, teachers, even my kids' friends on occasion! The pouch is the perfect size to add personal items to, and super useful as a purse accessory, first aid kit, [...]

25 07, 2016

Three Basic Quilt Block Units!

By |2017-02-06T09:17:41-07:00July 25th, 2016|Sewing Tips!, Tutorial|0 Comments

For many beginner quilters, knowing where to start is the hardest part of learning to quilt. Here I've pulled three tutorials of basic quilt block units or elements and show you how to make them, and make them the size that you want to make! Half - Square Triangle Units two ways Four Patch Units [...]