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? 😉 I’m here to help with this invisible seam backing tutorial! 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 doContinue 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

Half Square Triangle Guide + Free Pattern!

Ah, the Half Square Triangle, or HST. Such a classic and versatile quilt block! There are about as many ways of making HSTs as there are of incorporating them into a quilt. 8-at-a-time, 4-at-a-time, and 2-at-a-time (also called “traditional method”) are three of the most popular ways to create HSTs. Lucky for you, I’ve created a Half Square Triangle Download (with quick guide!) to help you keep all the methods straight. Update! The HST guideContinue reading

6 Tips for Better Quilt Photography

I seriously can’t believe I’m writing this blog post and providing you all with TIPS. Why? Because up to about 6 months ago, I was the person seeking out tips and sweating buckets about every quilt photoshoot. I would stress out about providing companies with photos of finished items for look books and promotional materials, because even though I knew what I wanted my pictures to look like, they always seemed to fall short of the mark.Continue reading

Oh Scrap! | 9 (fun!) ways to use up scraps

So while I may not have the best scrap organizing system (throw everything into a bin, keep shoving it down so they all fit), I have been pretty good about USING up my scraps. Lately, I’ve found a good strategy has been to use up my scraps right when I finish a project, thus keeping them from the scrap bin entirely. I’m usually still enthusiastic about the fabrics I’m using, and I feel good aboutContinue reading

Every Adventure Tote Hack | Orphan Blocks and Panels

Here’s a fun way to use up orphan blocks or scraps – turn them into an Every Adventure Tote! I love doing this as a way of using up scraps of fabric. This is also a great way to use the end of a fabric you love and can’t bear to part with, even though it isn’t enough to use in a full quilt. In the tote above, I used a quilt block I madeContinue reading

WALK Quilting Book | Product Review

This post is not sponsored, but does include affiliate links. If you choose to click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Up to this point I’ve quilted all of my own quilts on my domestic machine at home. (That’s close to 70 quilts, friends!) I actually had dreams of becoming an expert free-motion quilter on my little machine, but, well, that’s still far off from reality. AndContinue reading

Hang a Quilt (without sleeves, dowels, or nails) | A Tutorial

This post contains affiliate links. This means, that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you choose to click through and make a purchase. Today’s tutorial is the brainchild of my husband Jason. Let’s all partake in a moment of silence for spouses who want quilts displayed on the walls of their houses. The benefit of hanging quilts this method is that the quilts are easy to change. Swap them outContinue reading