Sometimes the most basic things are the best: half square triangles are the building blocks for countless classic quilt blocks, they stand on their own beautifully, all lined up like soldiers or organized into pinwheels, and they are super easy to sew!
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The newest video in the Basics of Quiltmaking playlist on Color Girl Youtube is everything half square triangles: how to calculate measurements so you can make whatever size you want, need or have fabric for and how to sew them using four different techniques. The focus for this tutorial is on turning a variety of scraps...
When I did a giveaway a couple weeks ago I asked you all to tell me what is your favorite shape to piece. The overwhelming choice was half square triangles! I am actually kind of surprised by this (-:
So I figured you'd all like block 15 for our Stitch Sampler this month: it's made up of 49 HST's and quite striking. It takes a bit of time to sew, but it's soooo worth it in the end.
BUT. I did the sewing for this block different from the pattern, I wanted to share my method and measurements with you in...
It's here! The traditional and forever favorite Dresden plate is frequently on quilters' must-make list. I'm super proud of the latest video to hit Color Girl YouTube that's all about how to sew these classic quilt blocks.
In this tutorial, I'll teach you how to cut your Dresden wedge shapes using the EZ Dresden ruler. It is SUCH a handy tool! Use it to cut Dresden and tumbler shapes from 1" to 8" (every 1/2" in between). It's one of my top three most-used specialty rulers. <<get the EZ Dresden ruler here>>
In this video, you'll also learn to sew the...
I've had a list of beginner quilting videos I want to get done and up on Color Girl You Tube. This week, we can check basting off that list! In this video I'll show you how to baste your quilt from start to finish using spray basting. I also explain the steps I'm doing that are the same as pin basting and how you could go in that direction if you don't want to use basting spray adhesive.
There is a playlist on Color Girl YouTube called "basics of quilt making". This list includes videos on binging your quilt, pressing...
Have you started your Sunbeam quilt yet? I can't wait to see what you all do with this cheerful pattern. Today, I want to share a variation I made on the design and tell you how to hack the pattern to make one like this too. You'll need to have the Sunbeam pattern and the Classic Curves Ruler to make this quilt. I am going to give you instructions for the on-point layout only, not the entire block piecing.
Here we go!
To make one like mine, you'll find the fabrics featured sold in the Color Girl Shop.
Quilt Size: 35" x...
I know we all joke that quilters always have an ironing board set up but wear wrinkly clothes. (-: In my case, that's definitely true, BUT, just because the ironing station is not too glamorous and mostly utilitarian, we can still have fun toys over there!
I recently started using two new things for pressing my quilt blocks and they are fun AND functional, so I'm here to tell you all about it. In my latest video on Color Girl YouTube, I've done a sponsored video that's all about pressing for quilters. Now, the tutorial part of this video is...
Since I've been on a scrappy tear lately, I wanted to share some scrappy project ideas here. I spent time at the first of the year cleaning up my sewing space and it felt soooo good! I've felt a renewed interest in sewing with my stash and making scrappy quilts. Feeling like getting back to what I really love most about quilting: picking out fabrics and colors and putting them into just the right mix and piecing design.
That said, this first scrappy project isn't a quilt (although we are piecing scraps for part of it), but a cute little...
Coming to you today with the quilt version of a New Year's Eve party (-: Now it's a free pattern tutorial on Color Girl YouTube.
Hope you enjoy this quilt as much as I do! It's versatile enough to be perfect for sewing some of your precious stash fabrics, scraps, or like mine: showcasing pretty Zip Stripes and Ombre Bloom fabrics.
There's nothing more fun that trying out a new shape or technique to grow our quilting repertoire and keep things interesting. 60* triangles are not super common in quilting, but they are a really fun shape to play with! They...
You can't finish that gorgeous quilt without the binding! It seems that binding is both very necessary and also the most difficult skill for newer (and even not-so-new) quilters to master. Well, as a back-to-basics project, there is now an in-depth, two part video series on Color Girl YouTube that shows you all the steps to a beautifully finished quilt binding.
In the videos I show you how to cut both bias strips and straight grain strips so you can choose what's right for you or the fabric you are using. You'll see how to sew the strips together, press...
Popping in today to show you some detail on how to use your Classic Curves Ruler to cut and sew full circle blocks. Many of you have enjoyed the YouTube video on Color Girl YouTube where my friend Cassandra shares her expertise on this (sometimes tricky!) technique. Some have had questions about adding the tape on the ruler to mark the cutting lines. Here's a bit of explanation and close up pic to help you understand.
As you know, the Classic Curves Ruler gives you such accurate and easy cutting of curved shapes because of the concave/convex lines. These lines...