Posts in category "Step by step tutorial"

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

DIY 4th of July dish towel and other Hostess gift ideas

This is a big weekend for parties, it’s the 4th of July. I am not a big party gal but a good friend of mine has a new house. She is having a combination 4th of July and Housewarming party. She and her husband downsized so I want to give her something that can be... Read more »

How to slash and insert fabric or what I learned at Quilt Guild

I have mentioned before that I love my Modern Quilters guild. Everyone is very helpful, unselfish and sharing. Last week one of our members, Anita, taught us how to slash and insert fabric. The trick to Anita’s method is water soluble glue, your choice of brand. I am working on two Halloween quilts for my... Read more »
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