• Patriotic Placemats Tutorial

    In honor of Independence Day, I wanted to make some new placemats for my kitchen. They were quick and easy to make and will be fun to have in my kitchen for July. Here is how I made them. I used the “Tube Method” to make the blocks. IF you aren’t familiar with this method, watch a great YouTube tutorial on how to do it here. I took 4 sets of 4 blocks to create 4 square placemats. Next I made my “quilt sandwich.” I layered the backing, batting and placemat tops together using Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive to hold everything in place. I prefer KK 2000 to pins especially…

  • Mitered Corners Made Easy (Well, easier)

    Considering that my first thought when I see a quilt with mitered corners is “show off”, it won’t come as a shock to you that I don’t normally miter my borders. I do miter the corners of my binding, but not usually my borders. I am currently working on a project, however, and mitered corners are essential. I am using a striped fabric so the small 1.5″ border creates a framed picture effect. In the process, I have discovered some tips that make mitered corners a little easier!   I also made a bunch of mistakes. Like not matching up the stripes. And sewing the strip onto the wrong side. And ironing my seams the wrong way!  Once…

  • Coasters – The Perfect Hostess Gift – Tutorial

    Recently, a friend of mine sent me a Pin from Pinterest that she knew I would love: some adorable little coasters using half-square triangles. Later we were shopping and  saw the Moda® Dottie™ mini charm packs! I snatched one up immediately knowing these adorable little 2.5″ squares were perfect to make those little coasters. This is the result: What I used: • 1 Moda Dottie mini charm pack • Scrap of Warm & Natural® Batting • Scrap of white and black fabric for backing • 1 fat quarter of white tone-on-tone fabric • Sulky® PolyLite™ in #1001 Bright White • Sulky 40 wt Rayon in #1001 Bright White The very first thing I did was…

  • No Math Notepad Cover Tutorial

    I hate math. Funny, I know, since we use an awful lot of it in sewing, but this little project has almost none! After you cut the stabilizer to the right size, the math is done. This little notepad would make a great gift for Father’s Day or Graduation and it only took a couple hours to make. What I used: Brown faux micro-suede and a matching batik fabric leftover from another project 6  – 8″ x 10″ pieces of Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch™ Sewing thread Sulky 40 wt. Rayon #1266 Toast I have an 8″ roll of Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch, so all I had to do was measure off…

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    Easy Journal Cover Tutorial

    As an end of the year “Thank You” to a teacher or a great little gift for a friend, this journal cover is quick and easy to make! I have always received a great response from giving these little journals as gifts. This took me about an hour and a half, start to finish. Here is what I used: 3 coordinating fabrics:  Ticking Stripe, Chalkboard in Green and Allover Tags from the ABC Primer line by Wilmington Prints Warm and Natural® Batting Sulky 30 wt Cotton Blendables® #4009 Foliage and #4017 Lime Sherbet Sulky PolyLite™ #1128 Dark Ecru Spiral notebook Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive Black Frixion™ pen Clover® Wonder Clips Begin…

  • Introducing Our Friend Lori Kennedy: She is doing a Sulky Giveaway on her blog!

    I love reading blogs. I have been known to waste an entire day that I could have been sewing, just reading and looking at pictures on different blogs. I have had to reign myself in. Now I only give myself a set amount of time before I will then get off the computer and go make something, instead of just reading and looking at pictures of what everyone else in the internet world has made (don’t get me started on Pinterest, although I would love for you to follow us). Like everyone, I have my favorites that I always check to see what they are up to. One of my…

  • 45 Minute Mug Rug Tutorial     

      As a full-time mom (is there any other kind?) and working full-time, sometimes I just want to do a quick project. That is what happened the other day. I had a ton of other things I could work on (should be working on), but sometimes you just want something that you can start and finish in under an hour. I also wanted something bright and cheery for my space at work, which is a cubicle with drab grey/blue walls, so this is what I made! It is so easy and I really did make it in 45 minutes. This is how: I started with a pile of bright batik…