squaring up a quilt block, trimming a curved piecing quilt block by Color Girl Quilts
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Classic Curves Ruler, Quilting Interest, Using the CCRuler

Trim and Square Your Blocks. How-to, No Fear.

Here it is, the second tutorial to go with the Classic Curves Ruler: Squaring up your blocks. This could also be used for other types of blocks, too. In my teaching experience, trimming and squaring blocks is usually the part that quilters struggle with the most. It is a critical step, though, so that all your blocks are the same, fit together, and seams match when you sew them together. Remember to always make sure when you trim that you are paying attention to seam allowance around your shapes, whether it's curves or star points. See the first tutorial,...

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Classic Curves Ruler by Color Girl
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Classic Curves Ruler, Curved PIecing, Quilting Interest, Tutorials, Using the CCRuler

How to: Cutting with the Classic Curves Ruler

This is the first of some tutorials I want to post to go with the Classic Curves Ruler. This will give you an idea how it works and provide some up-close, photo instructions to accompany your ruler. These instructions are included with the Ruler when you purchase one, too. The CCRuler has slots that allow you to cut ten sizes of your favorite curved piecing shapes. The pieces include seam allowance, which means they sew together smoothly and blocks are nice and flat (plus, this means they fit perfectly, so they are easier to sew!). First up, we have the...

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simple six inch quilt sampler block with rectangles
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Free Quilt Blocks, Partial Seams, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Sampler Block #24: how to sew partial seams

Happy weekend! Today I have the fourth and last Super Simple Sampler block for February. All week I have been showing you how to make easy six inch quilt blocks featuring rectangles. For this block, you will use a partial seam to inset the center square. I will show you how! Cutting from each, navy and pink scraps: cut (1) 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" rectangle; (1) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" rectangle from yellow scraps: cut (2) 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle; (2) 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangle from gray print: cut (1) 2 1/2" square Sewing right sides facing, 1/4" seam,...

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Simple Sampler modern quilt block with Flying geese
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Flying Geese, Super Simple Sampler Quilt Blocks

Six Inch Sampler Block #19

Today is the day for our third Flying Geese block in this month's Super Simple Sampler series. To see the first two, and the ones we have done in previous months, click here. For this post, I am going to show two methods for making the flying geese. You can decide which you like best, or you may find it good to use either one, depending on the project. Cutting (choose one method, don't cut for both) Triangle method: from the light blue print, cut 8 squares 2 1/2", then cut in half diagonally to yield 16 half-square triangles (HST) from the color prints,...

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How to sew flying geese and snowball quilt block
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book club 2014-2015, Flying Geese

January Quilters’ Book Club: Flying Geese Blocks

It is time for the January edition of Quilters' Book Club. This month, once again, I made four blocks from my Tula Pink City Sampler book. These are all 6" blocks, and this month I chose the theme, "flying geese". The blocks above are #44 and 42 in the book. We have had terrible wet weather (like 3" of rain yesterday alone!), so pretty outdoor photos were not possible. Enjoy the backdrop of my cute homemade sewing table, albeit poorer lighting. The blocks above are #54 and 51 in the book. I have made each of my blocks "my own" by...

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Binding, For Beginners

All Bound up! part 1: new method

I have mentioned that July is a "time out" month of quilting for me. Every once in a while I have to stop and really focus on finishing projects or I start to get really overwhelmed. This month, it seems I am doing a lot of binding, which is wonderful because it means I am "finishing" my quilts in progress! Last week I was putting this yellow binding on one of my quilts and I had an "aha!" moment, so I thought I would share my discovery for those who aren't already doing this. Oh, the dreaded ends. There are probably...

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Adding a Hanging Sleeve, For Beginners

Honey, Do: Adding Hanging Sleeves to Quilts

I was so thrilled back in December to have my Polka Dot Bikini Quilt and my Twirling Fans Quilt invited to be included in an MQX (machine quilting exposition) show in Portland in August. The show is a special exhibition focusing on examples of combining traditional and modern quilting styles. It will be on display during their regular show and festival August 14-16 in Portland, Oregon. So that brings me to today's topic: I needed to add hanging sleeves to both quilts as well as label them before I send them off in a couple of weeks. This is a great...

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Advanced Paper Piecing, Paper Piecing, Rocky Road Star Template

Quilting How To: Paper Piecing with less waste

Welcome to my stop on the tutorial blog hop organized by Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter! She has a new book out called, "Fabulously Fast Quilts", and had the great idea of collecting tutorials from quilters on their own little tricks to make quilting easier or faster. My trick has to do with paper piecing. Now, most are probably thinking, "how can you possibly make paper piecing anything close to 'fast'?" If you dislike wasting a lot of fabric with paper piecing, unpicking seams, or just find it confusing to place the fabric correctly, Read on. If you are new...

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For Beginners, Sewing, Tutorials, Zipper Tote Bag

Simple Zippered Tote Tutorial

This post is dedicated to sewing a simple tote bag with a zippered closure. I love making these to use up scraps of batting. I keep one in my carry-on bag filled with chargers, headphones, and such when I travel. They make a quick little gift, too (perfect size for a diaper, wipes and clean onesie!) finished size of bag: 12" x 10" x 5" wide at the bottom. Supplies and cutting: one 12" zipper Main outer fabric (blue print): cut two rectangles 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" Accent outer fabric and handles (green print): cut two rectangles 12 1/2" x 5 1/2" cut two...

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Circle Applique (by machine)

No Sweat Circles, an Applique Tutorial

Tonight is a bit of show and tell with a tutorial, on a quilt I made based on the pattern "Pivot" from our current Book Club book, Scrap Republic. Now before you get too impressed, I did not just whip this up. I made this quilt about two years ago, I just wanted to share it now since I talked about the book on a couple of weeks ago on This Post. I also wanted to do a quick how-to on those circles. They are pretty small, so I didn't want to piece them, but I did want them to have a...

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