Beginner Quilting

What is English Paper Piecing? Sewing with Diamonds. Christmas Stocking.

What is English Paper Piecing?

(Please note that affiliate links have been used in this post.) A few weeks ago I showed you how to glue baste some diamonds for a stocking I was making for my four year old. This was the first time I had ever glue basted, and it was much quicker than basting my templates with…

Best gifts and supplies to give a quilter

The Best Supplies to Give a Quilter

1. Rotary Blades – Sometimes I forget to change out my rotary blades, but when I do change them, a sharp blade is so great for cutting. A pack of new rotary blades is such a treat to have on hand. 2. Scissors – All scissors eventually grow dull. Plus, its great to have a…

What is Glue Basting? English Paper Piecing. EPP project.

What is Glue Basting?

(Please note that affiliate links have been used in this post.) I never knew Elmer’s washable glue would come in so handy as a 33 year old adult. 😉 Just a year ago, using glue and fabric for a sewing project was quite foreign to me. Truthfully, I’m not completely sure where I first learned…

What is nesting seams? How to get perfect corners on quilts.

Nesting Seams…and a story of an imperfect quilt

(Please note this post contains affiliate links.) Almost ten years ago when I started sewing, I read a sewing tip. It recommended always splitting seams and ironing them flat. This method protects thread the best and prevents wear and tear and possible breakage of seams. For almost ten years, I ironed all my seams open.…

How to combine fabrics. How to pick fabrics for a quilt.

How to Choose Fabric for a Quilt

Recently a good Instagram friend asked how I go about combining fabrics for my quilts and quilted pillow covers. I had to ponder that for a while. I didn’t really know how to answer her. I don’t have an equation I follow. I looked back through lots of pictures of my favorite combinations, and I…

The fastest way to cut three inch or two inch quilting squares.

The Fastest Way to Cut Three Inch Quilting Squares…or Two Inch or One Inch

(Please note that this post contains affiliate links.) (These fabrics have all been recently bought from Sew Stitching Happy. See the bottom of this post for fabric names.) My very favorite part of the quilting process is combining fabrics. I absolutely love patchwork and the mis-matched patterns and colors that somehow look lovely together in…

What is a fat quarter of fabric? Is it better than a normal quarter of fabric?

What is a Fat Quarter of Fabric?

I remember clearly. It was almost seven or eight years ago. I asked my mother-in-law if she knew what a fat quarter of fabric was. We were visiting my in-laws and heading out to visit some local Amish fabric shops. There was a coupon in the local newspaper for a few fat quarters from one…

Four Tips for Improving Quilted Pillow Covers. How to Sew a Pillow Cover.

Four Tips for Improving your Pillow Covers

(Please note that affiliate links have been used in this post.) I kind of feel like I am giving up some trade secrets here, but then again, I may be fooling myself. You all possibly know these tips already, and I’m just the last to find them out. Either way, I wish I had known…

What is Fussy Cutting?

Have you ever found someone online that makes the most beautiful quilts? We all have different styles and colors and patterns we prefer. Rita from Red Pepper Quilts makes the most beautiful quilts…in my eyes. Despite that her precision appears flawless, I also find her fabric combinations exquisite. My favorite quilts  are her scrappy quilts.…

Economy Block Quilt – Work in Progress

Lots of fussy cutting and trimming this weekend! I am thoroughly enjoying piecing these economy blocks together. I am using Red Pepper Quilt’s tutorial for making and trimming economy blocks. Isn’t her blog lovely? Have you ever seen so many beautiful quilts!? How big are the finished blocks? After trimming, these blocks finish right at…

What kind of Thread should I use?

Many of you know I run a very small Etsy Shop. I enjoy it. It’s been fun. I make and sell at the pace that is needed for my time of life right now. It’s all very slow and sporadic, but for my time of life right now, it works great. Amidst attempting to narrow…

How to Sew a Quilt – Everything You Need to Know about Quilting Packed into a Simple Coaster Tutorial

We’re going to sew a five inch mini quilt together as a means to understand all the facets of putting a quilt together. Better yet, this mini quilt is the perfect size for a coaster. (Fabrics used: Blue Happy Trees  |  Yellow Katie Jump Rope) Both these fabrics are getting a bit hard to find.…

How to Sew a Binding on a Quilt

Sewing the binding on the quilt is the last step of the quilting process. It’s not a difficult process, but I’ve included over 20 pictures below in an attempt to be clear and thorough. 1. Cut three inch strips of fabric until you have enough to go around the perimeter of your quilt. (Click here…

How to Sew an Invisible Stitch

Sewing an invisible stitch (also known as a blind stitch) to finish out the binding on my quilts is my favorite part of the quilting process. After you get the hang of it, you can hand stitch the binding on a quilt in just a couple of hours. What I enjoy most is I can…

What Supplies Do I Need to Start Sewing and Quilting?

So you want to learn how to sew or to quilt? Good for you! Quilting has become a hobby I’ve grown to love over the last ten years. Starting simple is always good, and you can’t be a perfectionist with your first few projects. Everything may turn out a bit wonky at first, but I…

How to Square up your Fabric and Cut Perfect Patchwork Squares

There is something beautiful to me that comes with the imperfections of a handmade project. A little bit of coloring outside the lines is a good thing. Aesthetically, I am often drawn to something with a bit of whimsy character. Think of an old farmhouse with some cracks in the paint. Or, hand stitching on…

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