checkered garden – a tutorial

Well, hello! I’m pleased to not only have finished the tutorial for this quilt block (computer problems are still keeping me from doing things as quickly as I’d like… ugh!), but to also finally have a name for this quilt. Thank you to everyone who made suggestions! In my head I’ve been calling it ‘checkered…Continue reading »

two by four – a quilt block tutorial

So, it seems there’s interest in the measurements for this block (It wasn’t actually a trick question – I really did want to make sure there was enough interest before taking the time to put together a tutorial! And, well, it got a lot of you to comment, so there’s that…) I hope you’ll enjoy…Continue reading »

bespoke. – an itty bitty tutorial

I thought I’d provide you with a couple measurements in case you’re interested in making a quilt similar to my bespoke quilt. This one is nice and easy – it’s really just a few squares sewn together to create some triangles. I love how there’s no precise pattern – just a few measurements which will…Continue reading »

Mabel (in Liberty of London) – a quilt tutorial

Happy Monday! Today I’m pleased to show you this baby quilt made out of lovely Liberty of London fabrics as my stop on the Westwood Acres Liberty of London blog hop. Westwood Acres offers a fun Liberty of London monthly club, where you receive a selection of 10 Liberty prints each month. Maybe you’re already…Continue reading »

intersection block – a tutorial

Thanks for all the love on my latest quilt top. I’m glad you like it and I’m happy that I thought ahead and snapped a few photos so I could share this quick, albeit wordy tutorial! This quilt looks more difficult than it is — in reality it’s pretty quick to put together and gives…Continue reading »

black and white in color – a free quilt pattern

When it rains, it pours! I’m pleased to let you know that I have another free quilt pattern available, and I hope it’s one you’ll want to make! I made this quilt to show off the great black and white prints from Lotta Jansdotter’s upcoming line for Windham, Sylvia. I love the way the black…Continue reading »

Glimma Crosses – a free pattern

So, remember a ways back when I had the opportunity to make a couple quilts for Windham Fabrics using Lotta Jansdotter’s Glimma line? (No? Well, you can find them here and here if you care to read more about them). Periodically I’m asked for a pattern for that quilt. As it happens, I wrote up…Continue reading »

Hooked Hexagons – a block tutorial

This is a great quilt block to show off larger pieces of your favorite prints. I’m providing measurements for a 12 1/2″ block and a 10″ block, so you’ll have your choice – the 12 1/2″ block is a great one for using fat quarters, and the 10″ block is designed for use with a…Continue reading »

Elongated Hexagon/Honeycomb quilting – a tutorial

Well, I was supposed to write this post last night, but instead found myself passed out on the couch nearly as soon as I sat down – chasing a toddler all day while pregnant sure is tiring! But anyway, I’m sneaking in a little time this morning while he’s happily learning letters with Elmo. Thanks…Continue reading »

Round bottomed fabric storage buckets – a tutorial

I love seeing fabric around the house, and I love making useful things out of fabric. Luckily these round bottomed storage buckets hit both points! Max seems to be amassing lots of collections of various types of toys these days, and as much as I try to keep them all organized, somehow I’m still always…Continue reading »

leaf quilting – a tutorial

I know I’ve mentioned about nine thousand times already know how much I love Elizabeth’s dogwood quilting pattern. Lately I’ve been wanting to quilt every quilt I make with this pattern, but in the interest in keeping a little variety in my life (not to mention a little variety for this old blog!) I’ve been…Continue reading »

another variation…

Yes, another variation of the Dogwood quilting pattern, this time to look like the classic Orla Kiely Stem pattern. Who knows when I’ll have a chance to photograph this quilt (fingers crossed for some sun this weekend!), but at least I can give a little preview of the quilting! Happy Friday!

converging corners block – a tutorial

I’m so happy you liked my latest quilt, Converging Corners! And now, as promised, here’s a brief little how-to for those of you who may want to create something similar. (Please note that this is less of a specific tutorial, and more of just the method used to make these blocks… apologies to those who…Continue reading »

Ruby Strings – a PDF chart

I hope no one’s been waiting too long for this! Thanks to Morgan, I (finally!) created a downloadable PDF for you which shows the chart I used to create my Ruby Strings quilt (or ‘Ruby’s All Strung Out’, as I’ve been referring to it lately…memorable, but maybe not the best blog title!) Download: Ruby Strings Chart…Continue reading »

scrappy triangles – a quilt block tutorial

Ok, finally! Look what I have for you… a quick little tutorial on how to construct the scrappy triangle blocks I used in my Nautical quilt. A few things before we start… this tutorial will show you my method for making a scrappy triangle block. I’m not providing fabric requirements, or instructions for fully completing…Continue reading »

big diamond, little diamond – a straight line quilting pattern

Lately I’ve been quilting most of my quilts, especially the smaller ones, with straight line quilting. I love random straight line quilting, like on this quilt, and I’m also quite fond of diagonal quilting, especially with double or triple quilting lines for a little something extra. I’ve wanted to try something new though, so I…Continue reading »

more about strip quilts – a mini tutorial

I’ve made many strip quilts in the past and I’m often asked for a pattern. I don’t really think that a pattern is necessary – one of the things I really like about strip quilts is how you can change up the look by altering your strips and fabric placement – so this little tutorial…Continue reading »

spray adhesive for quilt basting – a quick how to

I’m often asked how I baste my quilts. To be honest, it wasn’t something I even considered when I first decided I wanted to make a quilt. Before even purchasing fabrics though, the women at one of my local quilt shops started extolling the benefits of spray adhesive. So when I got to that part…Continue reading »

rectangle squared – a quilt block tutorial

Thanks for all the comments about my latest Innocent Crush quilt. I had several requests for measurements, so I’ve put together a quick tutorial showing how to make up the block that makes up this quilt. First, a quick drawing showing the unfinished measurements (for those of you who want to skip the rest of…Continue reading »

a quick tutorial – the starburst block

You asked for it! [And now for a word of warning – this tutorial is more about the process I used when putting together these blocks. It may not be the best way to do it, and you might find something that works better for you, but these are the steps I took. Also, please…Continue reading »

dinner date block tutorial

So… remember this quilt? It’s still not finished, but I’ve had a number of requests for a tutorial, so I decided to put a quick one together for you today. You might recall that I originally made my Flying Farfalle quilt using this technique, which was inspired by an image in Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quiltmaking…Continue reading »

patchwork napkins!

Well that was a quick break, right? Actually, this is just a quick post to let you know that I have a new tutorial for patchwork napkins available. It’s posted today on Sew Mama Sew, so if you haven’t already been over there, head on over and take a look! Be sure to check out…Continue reading »

a string quilt block tutorial – paper pieced method

I’m so blown away by all the wonderful comments on my string quilt, now aptly named ‘Kaleidoscope’ (many thanks to Kerri who was the first to suggest it, followed by 9 others of you who had the same thought!) I think it’s just perfect. And now, a quick tutorial – I had a few requests…Continue reading »

Getting ready for summer… a beach bag tutorial

Thank you all for your nice comments about my Orla Kiely beach bag, and also for all the congratulations on the upcoming wedding! And now, a little something for you, in the form of a tutorial. (I wish it was a giveaway instead, but that might have to wait until after the wedding!) This bag…Continue reading »

Time to decorate! A paper (fabric) chain tutorial

I try not to start decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving has passed, so we waited until Saturday to buy a wreath for our front door. Now that the turkey’s been carved and leftovers eaten, I feel like it’s ok for me to put the Christmas mix back on the ipod and let it get…Continue reading »

To market, to market… A Market Bag Tutorial

This is my first tutorial, and it comes during the same week that I’ve given up coffee, so hopefully this makes sense (and if it doesn’t, let me know and let’s just blame it on the lack of caffeine!) I make two versions of this market bag, and I use both on a daily basis….Continue reading »