Binding Your Quilt

Binding your almost finished quilt is a task we love or hate. Either way, it’s got to be done. There are different types of binding – mitered, bias, straight, double – how do we know which one to use and when to use it? Let’s find out. The majority of your quilt binding should be …read more….

The Quarter-inch Seam

Quilt blocks are sewn with a quarter-inch seam. Sometimes the pattern calls for a ‘scant’ quarter-inch seam. It’s such a small difference, what could it possibly matter? And why is an exact quarter-inch seam so important? Let’s break it down and look at the reasons. A quilt block is made up of many seams. Sometimes …read more….

What’s Your Quilting Story?

I want to share a really fun quilt block with you – and it’s free! This is the first block in a new BOM published in The Quilt Pattern Magazine. The whole quilt is  circus-themed and so much fun.  Okay, on with my post! What inspired you to become a quilter? It’s always interesting to …read more….

How to speed things up when piecing – Working on the Chain Gang

So you have a quilt to make how do you speed up the piecing process. The best way I know is to work like a process worker and tackle one process at a time.   Add to this chain piecing whenever possible. By continuing to do the one task at a time you are speeding up …read more….

The Three Dudes Quilt

Two worlds collide! – Man Sewing tutorials and Jenny Doan of Missouri Quilting tutorials! Check out their channels for some awesome quilting inspiration. This video is particularly cool as I love this gorgeous quilt that seriously looks amazing. I love Rob Appell’s style, and as a more conservative quilter I envy how he does a lot …read more….

The Great NZ Quilt Show

I’m getting excited!  May is on its way and with it, The Great NZ Quilt Show! The Great NZ Quilt Show is being run by Aotearoa Quilters, our national association, and promises to be several days of wonderful quilt related activities.  This is the inaugural show and it is envisaged that it will be held …read more….

Making Friends with Curved Seams Part 2

In the first post on curved seams, I didn’t get real specific about the details. Call that one an overview of the process! Sewing a concave shape to a convex shape can be daunting, to say the least. It can help a great deal to see it done in person. The next best thing is …read more….

Making Friends with Curved Seams

Do you ever avoid a pattern because it has curved seams? I’m not going to lie – I have. They can be a bit intimidating, but they can also be a lot of fun. There are a few tips and tricks to use in order to make it easy-peasy. If you like to applique on …read more….

Gorgeous Easter Sewing Projects

Easter, and the long weekend that comes with it, will be on us before you know it.  Have you ever sewn up some little Easter baskets or bunnies?  If you haven’t, here are some ideas for Easter sewing projects.  Either make them before Easter to add some fun and magic to the day, or tackle …read more….

X and O Quilt Block

There are lots of versions of X and O quilts out there on the web to oogle at, but I think I’ve found the simplest tutorial so you make your own X and O quilt block.  What’s even better than being simple, is that it’s such a great video; fun, fast and comprehensive. [youtube id=”37U0EOcabYM”] The …read more….