• Jumbo Bunny Rabbit Sawtooth Star Quilt Block
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    Bunny Sawtooth Star Quilt Block and Baby Quilt Tutorial

    Today I’m going to show you how to make a sawtooth star quilt block featuring an applique bunny. I’ll include a link to the bunny template that you can download for free for your personal sewing projects. This tutorial is a two parter: first, I’ll teach you how to create the sawtooth star quilt block. Second, I’ll teach you how to assemble 6 oversized blocks into a quick and easy baby quilt with sashing and corner stones. The Sawtooth Star is a traditional quilt block that’s easy to assemble with half square triangle units (HSTs).   It’s composed of 3 different elements: 1 large central square 4 corner squares 8 half…

  • How to Sew Quilt Binding 100% by Machine
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    Video: How to Sew Quilt Binding 100% by Machine

    This tutorial will show you the method that I use to sew my quilt binding in place – 100% sewn with sewing machine stitches.  I rarely hand sew, only when it’s absolutely necessary.  I’m someone who wishes she was a neater stitcher. However, I haven’t been able to force myself to practice more.  If I had to hand-sew my quilt binding in place, I think my work-in-progress pile would be even worse than it is now!  Meep! Typically, the binding is sewn in place from one side, then folded over to the other side and hand sewn in place with neat, almost hidden stitches.  As much as I admire those…

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    Video: Diagonal Slice Quilt Block Tutorial

    My go-to baby quilt for gifting is the diagonal slice quilt block. I love that this quilt looks so complicated yet comes together so quickly.  Here is an example of one single block: I’ve created this tutorial as a video to show you just how easy it is to make your own diagonal slice quilt.  However, if you prefer written instructions, you can view my text and image only tutorial here.  This video will teach you how to create the diagonal slice quilt block and how to assemble it into the quilt top. I’m using a slicing technique that turns simple fabric strips into a complicated design. This baby quilt…

  • How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug - Tutorial by Craftcore
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    How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug Quilting Tutorial

    In this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to make this super cute heart mug rug. I’ve made mine in red, white and pinks, giving off a major Valentine’s Day vibe, but you could easily swap up the colours for a totally different look all year round. You can watch my video tutorial or read the transcript below.  I’ve included a few photos for reference but the main tutorial is on the video portion of this posting. How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug – Video Tutorial: This is a great project to use up fabric scraps. You’ll need three fabric prints in total: one dark for the background and…

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    What Tools Do You Need to Start Quilting?

    Quilting is one of my all time favourite crafty activities.  I’m always trying to get my friends started on quilting (with a few successful recruits, hooray!). What do you need to get started quilting? You don’t really need much to get started. People have been quilting long before fancy sewing machines have existed.  You can cut patches out of fabric with a standard pair of scissors, and sew together by hand with a needle and thread.  So the bare-bones list would be: fabric, scissors, needle, thread, and batting. But I’ll be honest: I hate hand sewing, and cutting out fabric patches with scissors would drive me crazy because it is…

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    Little Rounded Quilted Purse

    I’m in love with this sweet little quilted purse made from scraps of fabrics I had saved from a previous quilt.  You may recognize these colours from my Monkey Wrench quilt, featuring vibrant blues, oranges, and greens with a splash of white. The only parts of this project that weren’t scraps were the white and green polka dot bias binding and lining fabric and the zipper itself.  Reusing scraps that were meant for the garbage made this a very inexpensive project! I started this project by pulling out coordinating pieces of fabric scraps from one of my three scrap bins.  I cut them down into various strips, all 2.5″ wide, but with varying lengths.  I…

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    Diagonal Slice Diamond Block Baby Quilt in Grey and Mint

    Last year, I traveled to the fashion district in downtown Toronto with my mom to check out the various fabric shops.  We didn’t go with a specific project in mind, instead, just enjoying the experience of touching all the different fabrics.  I picked up two quilting cottons on my trip that I fell in love with, knowing I would come up with an idea for them later. I discovered two other fabrics in my stash that coordinated well, two prints that I had ordered from Connecting Threads a few years back.  I wanted to make a quilt that had big blocks so that the fabric prints could shine.  I decided to make the…

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    Half Square Triangle Mini Quilt Made with Spoonflower Swatches

    This mini quilt was designed with my cats in mind.  I have a water fountain style drinking bowl that tends to get little splashes of water on the floor, so having a mat around it would protect the floor. And why have a regular mat when you can have a quilted one, am I right? In addition to serving my cats, I also wanted to use up some of my Spoonflower swatches.  I sell fabric designs on Spoonflower (shameless plug, feel free to check out my designs), and when you proof your designs, you end up with an 8×8″ swatch of each design.  This mini quilt is the combination of several collections worth…

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    Free Motion Quilted Reindeer Pinwheel Quilt

    I recently shared my first full motion quilting project, a mini table top quilt that I made to test out my limited FMQ skills.  I jumped into a larger project, this pinwheel reindeer quilt for Christmas 2015. This project took a little longer than expected, so instead of finishing it for Christmas 2015, I finished it for January 5, 2016.  Oops.  Better late than never! The quilt itself is very simple.  I used two fabrics, a tan reindeer print with a green solid background paired with the same reindeer print in reverse.   Since both fabrics are busy prints and the prints do not contrast each other, the pinwheels are not instantly…

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    Free Motion Quilting Sampler – Winter Mini Quilt

    I’m hoping this mini quilt is the first of many free motion quilting projects that I’ll be sharing on Craftcore.  This is brand new territory, so there’s plenty of improvements to be made. I’ve wanted to try free motion quilting for a while, but my sewing machines didn’t have an easy way to lower the feed dogs to stop the fabric from being pulled.  When I picked up a retro White sewing machine with easy-to-drop feed dogs, I decided it was time to order a darning foot to take the plunge. First, let’s start with some ugly attempts.  Figure 1: this deer covered in a stitchy mess. To practice, I…

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    Quilted Coasters for Christmas

    I absolutely love making fabric coasters with quilting cotton and quilt batting.  They make great gifts, and it’s fun to use little bits of your favourite prints in a small satisfying project.  I’m sharing a few sets of coasters I sewed for coworkers for Christmas last year.  I didn’t share them at the time I made them because I didn’t want them to be seen before the recipients received them. You can learn how to make your own quilted coasters (so easy!) from my Quilted Coaster Tutorial – Read Now!  Because they are so small, you don’t necessarily need to quilt them, but you should at least top stitch around the outside to help them…

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    Monkey Wrench Quilt Reveal

    It feels great to finally have this quilt out of my work in progress pile. I’ve been working on this project on and off for the past year and a half.  This is my largest quilt I’ve made so far, measuring in at 80″x80″. I rarely make quilts from traditional block patterns, preferring to stick with a more modern feel with rectangles and simpler designs. However, I really had a desire to get out of my comfort zone and move forward with a more traditional block. I used really fun, happy prints to keep the block lighthearted. I followed the block pattern from Patchwork Square for Monkey Wrench. I combined 52 monkey wrench blocks…

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    Bowling Themed Applique Mini Quilt with Printable Templates

    I recently participated in a quilting swap online where each participant made a mug rug for another participant’s husband.  Each woman provided a brief description of her husband’s interests, then we made a mug rug (mini placemat) that we thought he would like.  These mug rug projects are a great way to practice your skills in a mini quilt format. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a little commission at no extra cost to you. I was so happy with who I was matched up with because her husband was interested in bowling.  I’m a league bowler with…

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    How to Make a Quilted Pumpkin Wallhanging

    Two days before Halloween, I was scrambling to finish up a festive Halloween wall hanging. I’m thankful to have finished it in time to hang up for Halloween.t Now it’s one day before Halloween, and I’m scrambling to finish up this tutorial. You might not have time to whip this up before Halloween 2015, but please pin or bookmark this tutorial for next year It all started with a sketch.  I originally wanted to make a larger quilt as pictured to the right in my sketch.  It had a centre medallion with bats on each corner with an ombre style border.  I cut out all the fabrics but I wasn’t loving…

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    A Special Prize – Quilted Swag Bag Reveal

      Special delivery!  Mail days are great, when the mail doesn’t involve bills.  A package arrived on my doorstep today that contained quilter happiness. If you’ve been following my fidget quilt series, you probably thought I was done talking about them.  Nope, this is the 6th and final post in the series!  As I mentioned before, my team was eliminated from the contest after the first round, but I wanted to finish the project.  They had a side contest for the Biggest Loser; essentially anyone who had been eliminated could continue submitting and we’d compete for the side prize. I’m excited to say I won by a hair, 0.2%!  I didn’t…

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    Fidget Quilt Week 5 – The Finale

    This is the fifth and final week of my Fidget Quilt Challenge.  Over the past four weeks, I created four quilt blocks that have interactive elements, meant to be therapeutic to people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. If you want to view the past challenges, you can view each block in the fidget category. Week 5’s task was to bind the quilt and add a quilt label.  I’ll admit that binding and labeling quilts is my least favourite part of quilting.  My favourite part of the process is designing and assembling the quilt top, which is why I have a box of assembled quilt tops waiting to one day be sandwiched, quilted, and…

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    Fidget Quilt Block Week 4

    This is the final block in my fidget quilt challenge. This week’s task involved two components.  The Quilt Cave fidget challenge had 30 participants, and one of the tasks was to emulate one of the fidget elements by another entrant.  In addition to this, we had to make a miniature quilt, maximum size 6″ x 6″, that would be attached to our quilt block. Here is my final result: I decided to follow in Sondra’s footsteps to create the windmill cathedral window block.  Unfortunately mine didn’t turn out as nice and smooth as Sondra’s, but it was still fun to try out a new technique. I followed the Windmill Cathedral Window tutorial from Sewn…