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How to Use a Cricut EasyPress 2

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.Inside: How to Use a Cricut EasyPress 2I love to embellish things! Yep, whether it's machine embroidery, appliqué, or vinyl, I like to add a little personalization.The one area that I have never done well with is iron-on vinyl (sometimes called HTV or Heat ... Read More about How to Use a Cricut EasyPress 2

Learn About the Cricut Maker

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.Inside: Learn About the Cricut MakerIf you follow me on Instagram then you saw that I recently acquired a Cricut Maker cutting machine.Longtime readers will know that I had another brand of cutting machine. For a while it worked great, but there were some glitchy ... Read More about Learn About the Cricut Maker

How to Machine Bind a Quilt

Inside: How To Machine Bind A QuiltI have a confession. I have never bound a quilt by hand. {gasp!}Instead, I machine bind all of my quilts and here's why:It's very beginner friendly.It secures the binding and this is great for quilts that get heavy use.I think it's safer for baby quilts.I don't plan to enter my quilts in any showsIf this is you, then this tutorial is your best way ... Read More about How to Machine Bind a Quilt

All About Baltimore Album Quilts

Inside: All About Baltimore Album QuiltsLet's talk about the beautiful, traditional style, Baltimore Album Quilts. Learn about their history and take inspiration from this style to make it our own!In the 1800s, American quilters began to depart from traditional European and English designs and began to really carve out their own methods.Medallion quilts gave way to block quilts, and ... Read More about All About Baltimore Album Quilts

How to Fill in Large Embroidery Spaces

Inside: How to Fill in Large Embroidery SpacesAre you avoiding adding embroidery to your crafty pursuits because you look at patterns and are daunted by filling in the large shapes and spaces with tiny embroidery stitches?I've been there. Sometimes you just want to finish a piece in one or two sittings, right? Well, as much as I LOVE stitching, I'm a busy wife, mother, and small business ... Read More about How to Fill in Large Embroidery Spaces

15+ Free Baby Quilt Patterns

Inside: 15+ Easy Free Baby Quilt PatternsI've heard it said that baby quilts are gateway quilts. I don't know how true that statement is, but I do know that baby quilts are the most fun to make!They are perfect for beginning quilters and the result is always an adorable quilt.Below are some of the most charming Free Baby Quilt Patterns to sew!Simple Baby QuiltIf you're ... Read More about 15+ Free Baby Quilt Patterns

Midnight Star Table Topper

Inside: Midnight Star Table TopperAre you ready to finish your Midnight Star Table Topper?If you've been following along then you will have all of your blocks ready to assemble.And I've included two ways to finish the quilt.One way to finish is without batting. This kind of finish is sometimes called a knife edge finish and using this method makes it a summer quilt because there is no ... Read More about Midnight Star Table Topper

Perfect Square in a Square Quilt Block

Inside: Perfect Square in a Square Quilt BlockThis is the last block for the Midnight Star Table Topper. (Note: See bottom of post for more about this project.)Unlike the first two blocks for this project, The Square in a Square is a very easy block to make. And the soon-to-be released Midnight Star Table Topper pattern only requires one block for the entire design.Note: You may ... Read More about Perfect Square in a Square Quilt Block

How To Sew A Bookmark

Learn how to sew a bookmark using your scrap fabric and a bit of your time.Hi, Damjana here from Apple Green Cottage and I'm so excited to be with you today! I'll show you how to make a simple but beautiful patchwork bookmark that only requires beginner sewing skills and can be made in less than an hour. Since it is made using scraps, you'll be able to use up those bits and pieces of your ... Read More about How To Sew A Bookmark

How to Make a Needle Case

Inside: How to make a Needle CaseWho else hates threading needles? It’s probably the task I hate most in my embroidery practice.Recently, I’ve started pre-threading my embroidery sharps before I start a project and that one, small, change has made my embroidery practice joy increase tenfold!Keeping Embroidery Needles and Floss Organized with Needle CasesBefore I begin my ... Read More about How to Make a Needle Case

Magic 8 Half Square Triangles

Inside: Magic 8 Half Square TrianglesHave you ever needed to make a lot of identical Half Square Triangles (HSTs) for a quilt or other quilting project?It can be daunting, but not if you use Magic! Here is a way to magically make eight at a time.Materials:(1) 10" square Blue Fabric(1) 10" square White FabricBasic Sewing Supplies NeededSewing MachineIt’s nice to ... Read More about Magic 8 Half Square Triangles

How to Sew a Drawstring Mesh Bag

Inside: How to Sew a Drawstring Mesh BagWith summer in full swing, our family can't wait to head out on summer adventures. Most adventures in our home consist of a body of water such as an ocean, lake, or nearby muddy ditch.Where there is water there is rock collecting, shells, and of course....SAND.Let me just say, I am not a huge fan of sand. I'd go so far as to say I hate sand. ... Read More about How to Sew a Drawstring Mesh Bag

Beginner Foundation Paper Piecing

Beginner Foundation Paper PiecingI love foundation paper piecing! I think it is the easiest way to get perfect quilt blocks every time. Unfortunately, the technique is not as straight forward as patchwork and requires us to think a little backward!Let's take the mystery out of the foundation paper piecing technique by showing what you need to get started. Soon enough you will be wanting ... Read More about Beginner Foundation Paper Piecing

Row by Row Quilting Experience

Inside: The Row by Row Quilting ExperienceHave you heard about Row by Row Experience®?If you haven't, here's what you need to know. Janet Lutz created Row by Row Experience® a few years back. Every summer there is a new "experience" with events involving travel, collecting, and shopping - all for quilters!It's centered around people traveling during the summer. But with ... Read More about Row by Row Quilting Experience