Category: Tips & Tricks

All About Hand Quilting Needles

In this article, when hand-quilting is mentioned, I’m talking specifically about big-stitch hand-quilting with size 8 or 12 weight thread. When I first started hand-quilting I just used whatever needle I could find. Then, I decided I should probably find one that I really like using, and turned to my good friend Google. There’s lots of information out on the web about which hand quilting needles are best. I’m not one to take someone else’sContinue reading

Fussy Cut Binding Motif | A Tutorial

Sometimes, you want to add a little pizazz to your binding. Or, if you’re like me, the usual case is that you run out of binding about 2″ away from the end. It is an opportunity that can go one of two ways. You can curse, scream, and throw the quilt in a corner out of frustration, OR, get creative by adding a fussy cut binding motif! As for me, I usually choose the latterContinue reading

Speedy Quilt Layout | Using Your Phone!

We’re in the final week of the Harvest Star quilt along so I shared with the participants a quick and easy way to determine your next quilt layout. I thought it was worth sharing it on here too! This only works if your quilt has 9 or less blocks – I have yet to find a photo collage app that allows for more than 9 photos, so if you know of one, please let meContinue reading

Trimming Flying Geese

When I started creating patterns that used flying geese, I’d often hear from people that they struggled with accurately trimming them. While it is true that trimming flying geese is different than trimming, say, half square triangles, once you know how, you’ll see that it really isn’t a big deal! To show you how to accurately trim flying geese, I put together a short video tutorial for you. My hope is that you’ll learn toContinue reading

Trimming Half Square Triangles | Two Ways

What’s the best and easiest way to trim Half Square Triangles (HSTs)? I’m coming to you today with TWO ways! The first is using my favorite ruler ever, the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers. This ruler made me finally like making HSTs! If you want to use a ruler you already have, and you have a square ruler, then the second way is for you! Using the Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmers The benefit of this rulerContinue reading

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