• Sewing,  Tutorials

    How to Make a Tall & Skinny Pinwheel Tote Bag

    Once upon a time I was a newbie quilter who made her first ever set of pinwheels out of adorable black and red fabric. The pinwheels were adorable in theory, but the mismatched points were glaringly unsightly. Enter the humble button, which saved my first attempts from being seam ripped or ignored and gave them new life.   There, that’s much better! I made these pinwheels as a test, then set them aside.  I eventually came across them again and decided to repurpose them into a small tote bag to use while travelling on the train.  I wanted to be able to put my lunch at the base of the bag…

  • Printables,  Sewing,  Tutorials

    Quilting Basics: HST and QST Printable Cutting Guide

    Two building blocks of quilt patterns are the HST unit and the QST unit: the half square triangle and the quarter square triangle.  Once you have this skill in your arsenal, the world of quilting opens wide! The method I will show you in this tutorial will create two units at once rather than one at a time.  The process goes a lot faster with minimal extra steps, plus there’s less risk of the triangles getting stretched out due to bias cutting. 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 if you make…