• Free Pattern,  Tutorials

    Free Motion Quilting Troubleshooting Checklist

    I have been trying to get back into teaching quilting in my area – and I have been really enjoying it! I taught my first Free Motion Quilting class as few weeks ago, and have another one tomorrow morning. The last class we had a lot of issues with getting our sewing machines to cooperate. It was a mix of inexperience quilting with the all important need to get that perfect balance set up on the sewing machine. This handout addresses both sides of the issue. To help (hopefully) with folks getting started off on the right foot (it is soooo frustrating to want to be able to sew and…

  • Baby,  Other Stuff I Made,  Sewing Clothes,  Tutorials

    How to Turn Leggings Into Sleeves – DIY Kid’s Clothes

    I don’t sew a lot for my kids because clothes are SO cheap new (and even cheaper used) and what with having kids, I have SO much less time to sew. But I recently ran into a problem – my daughter hates short sleeved shirts. She’s 2 so you know, nutso. But people keep buying us short sleeved shirts for her, and she won’t wear them, even when they are special gifts from special people, you can tell it makes her sad they have the dreaded “naked arms” when she only wears “down sleeves.” So she has about 5 long sleeve shirts that sort of fit her, and they are…

  • Bag Making,  Tutorials

    Zipper Pouch Demo for Quilt Guilds

    Last fall I put together a demo for the Cincinnati Modern Quilt guild on how to make a zipper pouch. I used the free and excellent Noodlehead Open Wide Pouch as my example and walked our guild through the steps. At the end of the demo I had people share their own tips and tricks for making better pouches. Afterwards, we did a sign up for a pouch swap. People were allowed to use whatever pattern they liked, but it was helpful for people have an example pouch to get started. Zippers can be intimidating, so most of the talk focused on zippers! I also gave out this hand out…

  • hand sewing,  la passacaglia,  Tutorials

    Hand Piecing with a Running Stitch

    I put together this hand out for my quilt guild this evening and I thought it might be useful to folks to post it here! Ideally I’ll update this with pictures and what not, but we’ll see! Handout for Hand Quilting with a Running Stitch The Basics: This style of hand piecing involves drawing the sewing line onto the back of the fabric, and using a running stitch to sew along the drawn sewing line. Compared to EPP there is less prep time, less supplies needed, and I think it is a little easier for beginners to pick up and piece accurately. There are disadvantages, including having more exposed seams…

  • hand sewing,  la passacaglia,  Pieced,  Quilts,  Tutorials

    How to Get Started On Your La Passacaglia Quilt

    When I told my brother we wanted to have kids but didn’t feel quite ready, he said, “You’ll never be ready, you just have to be brave.” I think the same advice applies to starting a La Passacaglia quilt. Normally I think it’s a bit of an exaggeration when people compare a sewing project to having a child, but with the amount of time (and money!) I’ve put into this quilt, I’m starting to feel like that’s pretty accurate!  Though this quilt has fewer temper tantrums 🙂 This gorgeous quilt pattern has been very popular and I’ve admired it for several years – HOWEVER I also thought that everyone doing it…

  • Sewing Clothes,  Tutorials,  Uncategorized

    P4P Sunshine Dress Lined Bodice Tutorial

    I have a favorite hiking dress made by Eddie Bauer, which I have outlined my quest to re-create here (using the Colette Wren) and here (using the Patterns for Pirates Sunshine Dress) I loved the Sunshine Dress but wanted to have the bodice lined, so I experimented a bit and came up with the method below. My first two dresses I made using this pattern are really low cut – due to some bad adjustments I made, but I am happy to layer them I know I’ll wear them all the time. Adding the lining takes a while longer, especially the first time, but I am really happy with the…

  • Free Pattern,  Quilts,  Tutorials

    Hand Quilting Workshop

    I recently did a demo on hand quilting for the Cincinnati Modern Quilt Guild. I covered both perle cotton hand quilting – aka big stitch quilting – as well as traditional hand quilting – since really, there isn’t much difference in the technique, just the size of the thread, needles, and knots.  Here is the hand out I made for the talk – it’s based on the longer class I have taught a few times. Of course, to really understand hand quilting, you need to see it done! I want to make an illustrated version of the hand out above, but hopefully it can be helpful to others – at…

  • Applique,  Quilts,  Tutorials,  wedding

    Monogram Bunting Wedding Quilt

    Do you know who made the first bunting quilt? I’d like to know! I feel like they just sort of popped up all over the internet at once about 5 years ago, but surely someone thought of the first one. Well, that person wasn’t me, but I have made a fair few of them in my time and I’d love to give the original person the credit! They are just perfect for weddings and baby gifts! Here is the latest. I also wanted to share a bit on my process of making bunting flag quilts – not so much a tutorial, more of some tips and tricks. I actually layer,…

  • Free Pattern,  Pieced,  Process Pledge,  Quilts,  scrap,  Tutorials

    How to Make A Really Scrappy Lone Star Quilt

    Traditional Lone Star Overview The Lone Star is a traditional diamond shaped block – traditionally you do planned colors so it makes a cool radiating star pattern. For an example of that, here is a cool tutorial! It requires really careful piecing, because if all your bias cut seams don’t match up just right, you lose some of the effect. The strips are all the same length and width and you have to carefully calculate your strip piecing and color placement to get the perfect effect. Another option is the slightly scrappy lone star, which Better Off Thread has a nice tutorial  with examples for that effect! While her version uses…

  • Free Pattern,  Pieced,  Quilts,  scrap,  Tutorials

    Charley Harper Bird Pixel Quilt – Plus Tutorial

    I’ve long been obsessed with making Charley Harper quilts for years now – I love his artwork! However, I can’t seem to make my self finish one of them! Here is a an early process shot of my goldfinch quilt and here is the finished top from last fall. Miraculously, I made the back and basted that yesterday, so hopefully photos soon of that coming along! May be a few years before I can decide how to quilt it – but I’m thinking orange peels? I also started a cardinal version last fall at the #OHCraft Retreat that the amazing Kara puts together every year – maybe I’ll finish it at this…