Category: Tips & Tricks

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

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

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

Stripe Matched Binding | A Tutorial

Most of the time, I don’t bother to match my binding strips. But that all goes out the window when I’m dealing with stripes. A mis-matched stripe on the join of two binding strips is very noticeable! Luckily, it is very easy to match up your stripy binding, and doesn’t take much more time! You’ll need your strips, pre-cut, and an Elmer’s washable glue stick. I cut my strips at 2.5″ wide here but 2.25″Continue reading