Inside: How to Make a Perfect Economy Quilt Block Are you familiar with the Economy Quilt Block? Perhaps you know it as the Diamond-in-a-Square Block or Square-in-a-Square Block. It's the perfect quilt block for highlighting a unique design in a fabric. But, many beginning quilters shy away from this block because they're a little fearful when it comes to attaching the bias cut ... Read More about How to Make a Perfect Economy Quilt Block
Inside: Have You Heard of the Blueberry Pie Quilt Block? Have You Heard of the Blueberry Pie Quilt Block? When I sketched out this block a couple of years ago I had no idea if it was a traditional block or even had a name. I thought I might have created a new quilt block. Of course, I'm not that naive, I just had no idea what the block should be called. So, for almost two years I called it ... Read More about Have You Heard of the Blueberry Pie Quilt Block?
Inside: How to Make a Perfect Maple Leaf Quilt Block The Maple Leaf Quilt Block is such a timely block! Perfect for fall! It is an old design and likely originated in the late 1800s. Typically made in two strongly contrasting colors, the block is constructed of 1 light and 3 dark squares and 4 half-square triangles. The stem is a strip of the dark fabric constructed diagonally within a ... Read More about How to Make a Perfect Maple Leaf Quilt Block
How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt This week, I'm participating a Halloween Sewing and Craft Party with a group of bloggers (links at the end). As a group, we hope that this series will inspire your Halloween sewing projects. For my project, I chose to create this Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini-Quilt. I was supposed to attend a workshop for this pattern a few months ... Read More about How to Make a Halloween Dresden Neighborhood Mini Quilt
Inside: 10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners When taking up a new craft it's always hard to know where to begin. And this is especially true with quilting. There are so many choices which make it difficult for a new quilter to know where to turn. What a quilting beginner really needs to be successful are two things: Inspiration and Instructions. Because of this, I've created a list of the ... Read More about 10 Best Quilting Books for Beginners
Inside: How to Make a Perfect Friendship Star Quilt Block The Friendship Star Quilt block is a great place to start when learning to quilt. It's really only a simple nine patch block with a few half square triangles tossed in for fun. I know you're going to love how easy this quilt block is to make. And be sure to grab the FREE PDF instructions below. A Little History Before I ... Read More about How to Make a Perfect Friendship Star Quilt Block
Inside: Easy Doll Sleeping Bag + A Tiny Kitten Tutorial If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen my post with the cutest little Pocket Kitty made by my friend Stephanie from swoodsonsays.com. It's made from felted wool and is the perfect size for a small child to hold. If you look closely at Stephanie's website, you'll also notice she has an entire menagerie of little pocket ... Read More about Easy Doll Sleeping Bag + a Tiny Kitten Tutorial
Inside: How to Make a Perfect Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block The Dutchman's Puzzle Quilt Block is such a fun and cheery block! At its core it's a simple block constructed with pairs of Flying Geese blocks. This remarkably simple block consists of a larger triangle (the goose) surrounded by two smaller triangles (the sky). These blocks are usually made so they are twice as wide as they are ... Read More about How to Make a Perfect Dutchman’s Puzzle Quilt Block
INSIDE: The Best Garment Fitting Classes Let's be honest, here. Garment fitting can be complicated. However, I'm here to tell you that it's definitely doable. You just need to know how to take correct measurements and then properly apply them to a pattern. I won't lie - you may make a few duds before getting everything right. But, here's the good news - once you master fit, you can sew ... Read More about The Best Garment Fitting Classes
Inside: How to Make a Perfect Log Cabin Quilt Block The Log Cabin Quilt Block is one of those perfect blocks. Once mastered, you can stop there because it is almost impossible to run out of ways to make unique log cabin quilts. It's ideal for strip piecing and perfectly suited for using up scraps. The Log Cabin Quilt Block Like so many other quilt blocks, the Log Cabin Quilt Block became ... Read More about How to Make a Perfect Log Cabin Quilt Block
INSIDE: The Best Sewing & Quilting Themed Enamel Pins Have you jumped on the enamel pin wagon? This past year at Quilt Market I saw some of the most beautiful and creative pins and since then I can't stop thinking about them. There is literally a pin for everyone which is why I love them. With that thought in mind I've searched the web and found some of the cutest ones. They make ... Read More about The Best Sewing & Quilting Themed Enamel Pins
Inside: How to Make a Perfect Pinwheel Quilt Block The Pinwheel Quilt Block is an ideal project to welcome summer! I love the pinwheel shape because it is a reminder of warm and breezy summer days. This Pinwheel Quilt Block is shown in patriotic colors, just in time for Memorial Day and the 4th of July! The quilt block is super easy and looks great in a variety of fabrics as long as there ... Read More about How to Make a Perfect Pinwheel Quilt Block
INSIDE: How To Create An Award Winning Quilt Recently, I had the privilege of meeting award winning quilter, Linda Neal. She was speaking about How To Create An Award Winning Quilt at a quilt guild meeting. Linda is known for her spectacular appliqué quilts and shared some tips that will get you noticed by the judges. But don't be intimidated by Linda's exquisite quilts because these ... Read More about How To Create An Award Winning Quilt That Judges Notice
INSIDE: How to Make a Perfect Flying Geese Quilt Block Last month Nicole gave us a fabulous tutorial demonstrating a Sawtooth Star Quilt Block that used flying geese units to create the project. This month, I want to continue where Nicole left off and help you perfect those flying geese units and make them four at a time. This technique comes in handy when you have a large number of Flying ... Read More about How to Make a Perfect Flying Geese Quilt Block
INSIDE: How to Make Easy Half Square Triangles If you are new to quilting or want to learn more about quilting you need to know about the Half Square Triangle, commonly referred to as the HST. An HST is one of the most basic quilting blocks and can be used to create very complex quilts. From this technique alone, a ton of designs can be created like Chevrons, Flying Geese, Herringbone, and ... Read More about How to Make Easy Half Square Triangles
INSIDE: What is a Longarm and When Should You Buy One When I first began searching longarm quilting machines I was rather disappointed by the lack of basic information. I still remember when I heard the words longarm quilting machine and didn't know what it meant. This sent me searching the internet for information which left me empty-handed and a little disappointed. All I wanted was basic ... Read More about What is a Longarm and When Should You Buy One?