Category: Step by step tutorial

How to embellish a pieced project with paint and markers

I decided to make a party dish towel. First I cut out squares and rectangles which created the cake image I wanted. I sewed the edges, sewed them into tubes and placed them where I wanted them on the dish towel.
Last month a member of my guild demonstrated how to embellish a pieced project with paint and markers. Our challenge was to then try out this new skill and bring in our results. I decided to start small and embellish a PARTY dish towel. I figured if I messed it up too badly I would... Read more »

Options for creating string piecing fabric

My eyes are still taking it easy so I don’t have a new project to reveal. However, I had completed a goal last week that I want to show off. My Modern Quilters guild has members demonstrate their skills and for this year I had requested a demo on string piecing. I had seen the... Read more »

DIY How to sew your own Valentines tutorial

For Christmas I received a simple and elegant Christmas card. It was a tree sewn onto card stock. I was very inspired by this holiday greeting. I decided I would follow her beautiful lead on Valentine’s day. I just made 3 of them in about a half an hour so I am ready to share.... Read more »
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DIY How to make a fun and fast bandanna table runner

10 years ago or so I saw a magazine article which described how to use bandannas in your kitchen. I remember looking at napkins, napkin rings, table runners and tablecloths. I was very enthused and sought out inexpensive bandannas. I found them on a clearance sale at a grocery store and bought them all. I... Read more »

Step 1 of designing a Cubs quilt

I don’t know if you heard but the Cubs won the World Series in November of 2016. My husband is a huge fan and had been waiting for this moment all his life. I started collecting fabric during the season but didn’t even wash it until after the last out. Now I am free to... Read more »

How to design and sew your own Wonky Star Block

I really like star blocks, traditional and otherwise which came in handy lately. My daughter asked me to make her a cover for her new computer. I was happy she asked me to put a star on the front. I sent her some pictures of traditional and wonky stars and asked which she preferred. She chose... Read more »
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DIY How to make a Tea Bag Wallet tutorial

I love coffee and I love tea. But I am a bit picky about my tea. I like the water boiling hot and I just don’t like herbal teas. I have found that it is best to just bring my own tea bags sometimes. What do I bring them in? Well, I am not only... Read more »

DIY How to make a tooth fairy pillow tutorial

My granddaughter is in preschool and in late September she was clutching a goodie bag when we picked her up. In the bag were stickers, pumpkin bubbles and small toy. This was to celebrate a little boy’s birthday, I think his name was Salamander or at least that’s what Z told us. Oh boy, we... Read more »

DIY Halloween quilt top is finished - tutorial

One of my sewing goals for 2016 was to use the leftover Halloween blocks I had to create quilts for both of my grandchildren. This was also a 2015 goal when I first made the blocks but hey, they will be ready for this year’s celebration. How do I know? Because one Halloween quilt top... Read more »
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How to slash and insert fabric tutorial in a photo gallery

I wanted to use this green dot and I had only scraps. No problem, I will create an H. I placed the black pieces where I wanted them.
I was so excited to learn how to slash and insert fabric that I had to do it again for H! Last time it was a Z. This way both grandkids will be able to quickly identify their personal Halloween quilt. I put all the pics in a photo gallery, some people really like this... Read more »
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