• tutorial

    Ice Cream Tote Tutorial

    Here’s a fun, quick way to turn two quilt blocks into a stylish tote. This is an easy, no-fuss tote with a lining and a small inside pocket for a library card, credit card or similar. It’s a quick and fun way to use up some quilt blocks you want to show off, like the Ice Cream Sunday blocks I used for these totes. But feel free to add additional inside pockets, or a magnetic closure at the top, or any number of other additions that would suit your use of the tote better. Materials needed for this tote are:2 quilt blocksbatting for the blocks (this is a great project…

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    Machine Binding Tutorial – Part 2

    Here’s the second part of the binding tutorial – how to attach binding by machine. You can find the first part here.There are a few ways to do this, but I find this the easiest way because it involves barely any pinning. First off, when you attach your binding by machine, you will always have an extra visible line of stitching that you don’t have when binding by hand. You can see this in the picture below, there is a stitching line running along the top binding strip. Determine which side of your quilt you want that line to be one, because that will be the side you start with.…

  • A digital rendering of the Victorian Tiles quilt pattern in peach and navy to show the effect of different colouring options
    new pattern,  tutorial

    Victorian Tiles – Variations

    I mentioned in my last blog post that the Victorian Tiles pattern is super versatile. But I figured instead of just talking about it I’d show you.So here are a few digital renderings of the quilt in different colourways, to show off the many secondary patterns you can achieve with strategic placing of colour and value. First off, this is a sort of reversal of value from the original in that the navy and white parts have been reversed, and the lighter and medium blues and the pink have shifted spots. Then there’s the option of completely paring it down to only one blue and the pink, with white to…

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    Machine Binding Tutorial – Part 1

    Binding is the finishing touch of any quilt. Some quilts you want to have a very subtle binding that blends in with the pattern and doesn’t command too much attention. Sometimes, it even has to be a facing that’s not visible from the front at all. And other times, binding that really pops adds just the right amount of zing to finish off a quilt. One of my absolute favourites is striped binding. It does make you go a little wonky-eyed cutting it, but it just adds so much fun to a quilt. I often get asked how I bind my quilts. Do I bind them by machine or by…

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    How to join batting pieces

    If you’re like me (and most quilters for that matter), you probably keep the batting scraps you trim off before you bind a quilt. I used to keep them thinking I’ll make coasters and other little things from them, but somewhere after my second or third quilt, I quickly realized that nobody needs *that* many coasters. So what do you do with all those batting strips and remnants? You make “Frankenbatting” as my friend calls it. Here’s a quick photo tutorial on how I do it. First off, select a few pieces that will make up the size you need. Make sure they’re all the same kind of batting. Lay…

  • How to bury short threads, a quilting hack
    quilting hack,  tutorial

    A quick tip for burying short threads

    When was the last time you were burying your quilting threads and you ended up fiddling with a few that had accidentally been cut too short? You can either wrestle with the needle and hope you don’t lose the threads from the needle’s eye before you get a chance to stab the fabric, or push the needle into the fabric and then silently curse while trying to get the thread ends into the needle. Or, you can try this simple trick 🙂 There’s a one-minute video of the process on my Instagram profile (you can click right here to watch it), but I took a few still shots of the…

  • magazine feature,  tutorial

    How to Waterproof a Quilt

    A couple of summers ago I made myself a waterproof quilt because I was spending many evenings every week at the soccer fields with my kids, and while bringing folding chairs was an ok option, I kept forgetting to pack them when we had to leave in a hurry. So I decided I was going to make a quilt that I could carry around easily and leave in the car all the time. A couple of rainy practices later, I decided that it needed to be a *waterproof* quilt. The most recent issue of Make Modern magazine, Issue 27, included a pattern and tutorial from me about how to make…