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….

A Classic Hexagon Quilt using Half Hexagon Quilt Template

I wanted to make a Double Ring Hexagon Quilt. There is a free pattern here : the Double Ring Hexagon Pattern. But I did not want to use English paper piecing, I wanted to it with my half hexagon quilt Template from Carol’s Quilts. This means no x or y seams. Easy for a beginner like …read more….

How to sew hexagons using a half hexagon template

I recently made a  double hexagon quilt using a half hexagon template set. I love hexagons and fell in love with them when making hexagon flowers with my grandmother all hand sewn with paper. Now I really like being able to make those pattern fast and quick using modern techniques. I love this tutorial from Jenny Doan …read more….

Learning about Colour for Quilts

I was asked by one of my beginner students this year how do you go about learning about colour for quilts?  How do you know that those choices are going to look good together? It is kind of a hard question to answer. I have found that my colour sense has developed and changed over …read more….

How to quilt a broken dishes pattern and much more…

I’ve just discovered the Man Sewing tutorials on youtube. Every Monday Rob Appell hosts the show. I love Rob’s endangered species Art Quilts and his Colour Statra Designs. I have embedded this tutorial to give you a taste: The Gears Quilt. Rob shows us a cool steampunk twist on a traditional broken dishes pattern using Sizzix die cut appliques, and half …read more….

Drunkard’s Path Piecing

Are you intimidated by sewing curves?  Kay Nikols, on quilttv, shows us how easy it is to do Drunkard’s Path piecing without using pins. Kay Nikols is the author of Wonderful 1 Fabric Curves and she has a no fuss approach to piecing curves.  Two of her tricks to sewing a smooth and even block are …read more….

How to Sew Equilateral Triangles

Ok, here’s a quick geometry lesson for you so we’re all on the same page.  A triangle has three internal angles, together they must add up to 180◦.  An equilateral triangle has three equal sides and three equal angles of 60◦.  Easy right?  The other interesting thing about equilateral triangles is they make stunning quilts! …read more….

Pressing Quilt Seams

To keep a patchwork block neat and square with beautiful matching points, you’ll need to press your seams as you sew.  It seems (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun!) there is a trend toward pressing quilt seams open to reduce bulk, versus the traditional method of pressing your seam allowances to one side. So how do …read more….

Chain Piercing

In this video we learn how to do chain piercing. This technique is something that will really speed up your quilting project. Thanks to Wendi Gratz  

How to Sew a Quarter Inch Seam

Quilting uses a different seam allowance to sewing clothes. Sewing clothes uses a 3/8 inch seam. In quilting we use a quarter inch. In this instructional video learn how to sew a quarter inch seam allowance even without a special sewing foot. Thanks to Creative Bug