• 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 Cut Fusible Web with the Cricut Maker
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    Cutting Fusible Web with the Cricut Maker

    If you own the Cricut Maker, you know that you can cut a variety of materials, including fabric. But can you use it to cut out shapes from fabric that is already backed with fusible web and the paper liner for your applique projects?  For some background, I was working on a baby quilt for my daughter who is due to be born next month. I wanted to applique some bunny shapes in the centre of my blocks.  I couldn’t find anyone online talking about using my favourite applique supply: Double Stick Fusible Web. I’ve filmed my experience using my favourite double sided fusible web from The Warm Company: Lite…

  • 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…

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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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    Mirrored Heart Valentine’s Day Table Runner

    This table runner is a great gift for a loved one for Valentine’s Day – or even yourself – for some festive February decor.  I participated in a Valentine’s Day swap on an online quilt group and designed this pattern from scratch. This tutorial combines two basic techniques: the half square triangle and quick corners. Let’s get started! About the Table Runner Tutorial You’ll need five fabrics for the design.  One red background fabric and four pink focal fabrics. The finished table runner will be 11″ x 317/8″. Materials: Backing Fabric: bare minimum 33″ x 12″ Batting: bare minimum 33″ x 12″ Red Background: Cut 4 squares @ 45/8″ each Cut 1 rectangle @ 7″…

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    Quilting Basics: Chain Piecing for Quick Quilting

    When I learned about chain piecing, my quilting life changed for the better. I had already made several quilts without chain piecing when my mother asked if I was using this method. I had no idea this was a thing! I tried it out, and now I chain piece basically anything that requires the same repetitive sewing over and over. What are the advantages of chain piecing? It’s quick because you don’t have to start and stop your machine as much. You waste less thread since you don’t have a long thread tail at the start and stop of each of your blocks. Additionally, you can leave your pieces joined…

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    How to Make a Chevron Quilt from Start to Finish

    If you have never quilted, this tutorial to create a small chevron tabletop quilt will be perfect for you. This project is small but will give you the skills you need to make a basic quilt with half square triangle (HST) blocks. You’ll learn how to do the following: cut out your fabrics assemble half square triangle (HST) unit blocks two at a time assemble the HST units into a chevron pattern assemble your quilt sandwich: quilt top, batting, and backing quilt the sandwich square up your quilt create binding from strips of fabric attach the binding to the quilt with mitred corners and hidden ends It looks like a…

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    Designing a Quilt Using Microsoft Word

    I designed a yoga quilt for my best friend using Microsoft Word for planning. Usually I just doodle a design idea on a napkin, estimate yardage, and go for it, but in this case, wanted to visualize the sashing and figure out how much of each fabric I would need to purchase exactly. This method of quilt planning will work for quilts with simple square blocks. Open Microsoft Word.  I’m using Microsoft Word 2007, so keep in mind the menus might be slightly different if you are using a different version.  Insert a table with the number columns and rows you would like to to have in your quilt.  Insert…

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    How to Calculate How Much Fabric You Need for a Simple Quilt

    When I used to work at a fabric store, the most common question I received was this: “I’m making X, so how much do I need?” If you’re not following a pattern, you can get overwhelmed with the fabric measurements and either over buy or shortchange yourself. Either way, it’s unhappy for your bank account and your sanity. This article will guide you through the process of calculating how much fabric you will require for a quilt made with easy square blocks. How big is your quilt going to be? Crib size? Lap quilt? Table topper? California King? There are no rules when it comes to how large you want…