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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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Curved Piecing, Curved PIecing, Polka Dot Bikini, Polka Dot Bikini QAL, Tutorials

Curved Piecing Tutorial; plus help with steps 13-14

I had a request from the audience to publish a tutorial on curved piecing to go along with the Polka Dot Bikini pattern. I plan to do lots of tutorials related to skills, along with tips and ideas for my patterns, so I thought this made a perfect place to start. **Important note: when you print your templates for the Polka Dot Bikini, make sure they print at actual size. Check your settings to make sure the printer isn't resizing "to fit". The straight sides of the template A should measure 9 1/2" and the template B should be...

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Binding, For Beginners, Modern Mini QAL

Binding Your Quilt (by machine, or by hand)

Welcome to the last installment of my basic "make a mini quilt" series! This is when we bind our mini quilt. For this tutorial, I am showing how I do all-machine applied binding as well as how to hand-stitch the binding to finish. Cutting: I prefer to cut my binding on the bias of the fabric. This is only due to the fact that my mom taught me this way, and I like the way it looks. To cut a bias binding, fold your fabric in half on the diagonal, forming a 45 degree angle at the corner. Line your ruler up...

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Binding, For Beginners, Modern Mini QAL

Modern Mini Quilt: basting and quilting

Last Sunday I published the instructions for piecing this cute mini quilt, This week, we are on to basting and machine quilting. Supplies needed: strong packing tape, quilting thread, safety pins, scissors, and a marking pen if you plan to do any fancy quilting (I like the fine point pens that come off with a little spray of water) You will also need 3/4 yard fabric for the backing (or piece some scraps together to be about 28" square) and batting 28" square. diversion: "batting" or "wadding"? I prefer 100% cotton like "warm and white" or "warm and natural"; these are good all-around...

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For Beginners, Modern Mini QAL, Patchwork

Make A Mini Quilt

This is a fun little quilt design that will be quick to make up if you are a seasoned quilter, or a good one for learning if you are new to quilt making. As you can see in the photo above, mine is not quilted, so this will give me some motivation to get this project all finished up. **Once you have made your quilt top, find the Basting Tutorial and Binding Tutorial** You'll need basic quilting supplies: rotary cutter, cutting board, rulers, sewing machine with thread Fabric Requirements: 1/2 yard each of the white and natural-color background (actual need is 15" x...

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Circle Applique (by hand), Midnight at the Oasis QAL

Oasis QAL: center medallion and Circle Applique tutorial

We have finished our center star medallion! I am in love with these bright vibrant colors. Welcome to the Midnight at the Oasis Quilt Along, hosted by Jess (the elven garden) and me. Over the past two weeks I  have written several posts about options for sewing this center block, check out the Quilt Along page for easy table of contents on all the posts and tutorials so far. I had a couple of setbacks while sewing this block, maybe you can learn from them if you are following along. First, when I drafted the triangle units for paper piecing, I...

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