Category: Tips & Tricks

3 Hand Quilting Myths – Debunked!

I field a lot of questions about hand-quilting. These mainly center around supplies, but once in a while I find out that someone heard from someone else that…fill-in-the-blank. Today I’m debunking 3 common hand quilting myths. If you want to know even more about hand-quilting, check out my YouTube video where I walk you through the process step-by-step, and my hand quilting Tips & Tricks blog post. Myth #1: Hand quilting isn’t as durable asContinue reading

Add Magnets to Kona Fabric Swatches | DIY

I don’t think my Kona fabric swatch guide lasted more than a week in my house before I started chopping it up. Of course, then the issue of storing it cropped up. Where would I put all these little fabric chips to keep from losing them? I decided to add magnets to the back of my fabric swatches and house them on a dry erase board in my craft room. Not only does it provideContinue reading

4-at-a-time Flying Geese Tutorial (with video!)

4-at-a-time flying geese are a great tool to have in your quilting arsenal. They’re versatile, no waste, and are the perfect way to make flying geese with a directional print. So, let’s make some geese! If you’re working off a pattern, the pattern will stipulate the cuts of fabric you need. If you’re making up your own, here’s the formula you need to know. Please note that FINISHED width and height refers to the sizeContinue reading

Fabric Swatch Cards | DIY

If you’re anything like me, you find using fabric swatches helpful for pulling together different fabrics and colors. The first thing I did when I got a Kona color card was bust out the scissors and cut it up! I just can’t visualize what colors will look like together unless I put them next to each other physically. However, this proves a bit more difficult for all the other fabric swatch guides on the market,Continue reading

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