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Using Accuquilt for the Harvest Star Quilt

I was so excited when Accuquilt invited me to be part of their ambassador program. I make a ton of quilts every year as pattern samples, and I’m always looking for ways to streamline the process. Accuquilt machines are die cut machines that can cut up to 6 layers of fabric at once, which speeds up the cutting process and does it with accuracy! I was especially excited about Accuquilt’s possibility to cut half squareContinue reading

Sailor Girl | FREE Quilt Pattern!

Just like Dino Tracks and Summer Glow, Sailor Girl was created in partnership with Paintbrush Studio Fabrics. When they asked me to write a quilt pattern for the Sailor Mary fabric collection, I was immediately smitten. The fabrics, created by Carolyn Suzuki, reminisce old sailor tattoos with feminine flair. I immediately thought about how easy it is to get turned around on the water, and how you could go in any direction you pleased. WithContinue reading

Using Directional Prints in Flying Geese & Half Square Triangles

When making 4-at-a-time flying geese or 8-at-a-time half square triangles, how do you line up directional prints so that they all go the right way? I was recently asked this question and I’m here with a tutorial tackling all the variations. Buckle up, friends, here we go! This tutorial is helpful when making a sawtooth star or similar block where having the prints in all 4 flying geese going the same direction. For this example,Continue reading

Drawstring Closure | Every Adventure Tote Hack

I’ve been asked many times over the past year for closure variations on the Every Adventure Tote, and I’m so happy to be able to provide one today! Adding a drawstring closure to the Every Adventure Tote adds so much flexibility to the use of the bag! The drawstring closure lies flat against the lining of the tote bag when not in use, so it stays out of the way when you don’t need it,Continue reading

Exterior Straps | Every Adventure Tote Variation

The best thing about the Every Adventure Tote is how versatile it is! Today we’ll go over how to make short exterior-sewn straps for this tote bag. I like to put these on my bag when I’m adding a drawstring closure so that I eliminate bulk from the top seam. Instead of what is listed in the original tutorial, you’ll want to cut the following for the straps: (2) 1.75″ x 25″ fabric rectangles (2)Continue reading

Non-slip Quilting Ruler | One Weird Trick

Do you ever get those “One Weird Trick” ads? Ever wonder if they work? Well, here’s a weird trick for you that DOES work. You can use a simple, cheap, product to keep your quilting rulers from slipping. Are you ready to know what it is? Sandpaper. Yup. Sandpaper! Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Sandpaper comes with an adhesive backing that’s perfect for sticking to the back of your rulers. It doesn’t add a lot ofContinue reading