Category: Tips & Tricks

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

Project Tracker | Free Printable!

As 2019 wraps up and we head into a new decade (what?!), it is time to take inventory of your WIPs (works in progress) and make a plan to get them finished! Don’t worry, I’m here to help you! I’ve created a FREE printable project tracker for you to assess the state of your current WIPs and make a plan! I’ve personally used this tracker all of 2019 and found it extremely useful. Not onlyContinue reading

Invisible Seam Backing | A Tutorial

Why shouldn’t your backside look as good as your front? 😉 If you want to keep from having headless unicorns or other such tragedies occurring on your quilt back, I’m here to help. Matching a quilt backing’s repeating pattern might sound like it is difficult, but I promise, with a few short steps and a glue stick, you’ll soon be wondering why you didn’t do it sooner. The end result is a seam so perfectlyContinue reading

Frankenbatting | The what, the why, the how

FRANKENBATTING. Sure sounds like the right thing to be talking about with Halloween right around the corner, doesn’t it? I promise, this isn’t as scary as it sounds! THE WHAT: Frankenbatting simply refers to piecing together batting scraps in order to make batting big enough for your quilt top. Once used in a quilt and quilted, you can’t tell at all that your batting was pieced. “But Eliane, won’t my batting come apart?” No! YourContinue reading