• Valentine’s Day DIY Inspiration

    With Valentine’s Day coming up we wanted to highlight our previous Valentine’s Day blog posts to give you some “lovely” inspiration. Heart Mug Rug and Place Mats Tutorial Fill your home with love! Create these adorable heart-shaped place mats and “mug rugs” for the perfect Valentine’s Day environment. Machine Embroidery on Card Stock Tutorial Create unique, personal cards that the recipient can cherish forever or even use as Valentine’s Day decor for years to come! DIY Heart Pendant Whether you want to show love to a friend, sibling, child, or make one for yourself, these little hand-stitched pendants are wonderful, quick and easy Valentine’s Day gifts! Scrappy St. Valentine’s Day…

  • My “I Heart” The 80’s Quilt Tutorial

    When I was at Quilt Market in the spring, I fell in love with Cotton+Steel Designer Kim Kight‘s new collection – Snap To Grid. The collection just sung to me with memories of the 80’s: Great music, geometric designs, and of course NEON COLORS! As soon as I saw the fabric, I knew I wanted to make a quilt with them and with the Sulky super cool PolyDeco™ Neon colors! My “I Heart the 80’s” Quilt Tutorial This is actually a super quick and easy (not to mention, fun!) quilt, too! Supplies: I started with 6″ squares of Cotton+Steel Snap to Grid fabric and 6″ squares of RJR Cotton Solid…

  • Calendar and ‘To-Do List’ Organizer – Tutorial

    Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? I try to set a couple goals that challenge me throughout the year. For 2015, my goal was balance. For the most part I did well and at times I failed miserably :). One of my goals for 2016 is to be more organized and productive in my daily life, so I decided to start the year off by making a cute holder for my calendar, notepad and daily to-do list. Here is the tutorial in case you want to get more organized in 2016 too! I put my favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote on the front of my organizer just to remind me of…

  • Sandpaper Crayon Art Tutorial

    I am still in a ‘beachy’ mood so I thought it would be fun to try doing the Sandpaper Seashells from the free pattern that we have on the website. I realized as I was doing it, the step-by-step instructions for actually doing the Sandpaper Crayon Art is no longer available on the site. This kind of thing happens when redesigning a website but we were all surprised that none of use has noticed this sooner. So we decided this was the perfect opportunity to update that tutorial for you here. Sandpaper Crayon Art Supplies Sulky Totally Stable® stabilizer Fabric Crayons (I used Crayola and they worked great) Crayon Sharpener Pattern (I used…

  • Matchstick Quilting Tutorial

    When I went to Quiltcon in February, I discovered a new type of quilting called Matchsticking. It might not be new, but it is new to me! Matchstick quilting on one of the quilts hanging at Quiltcon 2015 I fell in love with this technique, so I cornered Jacquie Gering, the Chairperson of the Modern Quilt Guild, to tell me how it is done. She gave me some great tips, including telling me to just go home and try it! That is just what I did. If you want to try it, here are some tips to get you started. The first thing I did was use a ruler and a…

  • St. Patty’s Day Placemats – 4 mats in 4 hours

      The other night I decided I wanted St. Patrick’s Day place mats. I had found this cute fabric and had an idea in my head so I just went for it. They turned out so cute that I thought I should do a tutorial. These took me about 4 hours to do, start to finish, so you could make them this weekend and have them for your St. Patty’s Day feast. Supplies 1 yard of green fabric 1-1/2 yards of white fabric Batting (I used Warm and White™) Sulky® Soft n Sheer Extra™ Sulky PolyLite™ in Ecru or White 1/2″ Bias tape maker 1/2″ Steam a Seam tape Ruler…

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    The Pinwheel Block Tutorial

    I recently finished a very traditional quilt where I used pinwheel blocks as cornerstones. Since I made this quilt to go on the wall of my living room, and I really wanted to keep all the points on all of the half-square triangles. I know this is a simple block, but I thought I would share with you how I did them because the results were great! I didn’t cut off a single point and they all finished to a perfect 3 inches (I had a little dance party in my sewing studio when I saw the results). I started with 2.5″ squares in the 2 colors. I put the…

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    Making a Quilt Your Own Series- Part 1

    I just finished a quilt that I have been working on for awhile now. I finished it, of course, because I want it in my local guild’s quilt show in a couple weeks. I really need a deadline to push me to completion a lot of the time! But this quilt was a little different because I really wanted it to be my own design, all me, not just a pattern. So many months ago, I pulled out my graph paper and colored pencils and decided I would draw a quilt. I stared at the paper…and stared….and stared. Nothing ever got down on that paper. It was as if I…

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    Quick Snap Bag Pattern & Tutorial

    It is kind of ironic that I own yards and yards of fabric, I sew almost every day and yet more often than not, I carry projects and other miscellaneous things around in plastic zip top bags. The other day, I had 30 minutes to sew and decided to make some snap bags to put things in instead of those silly zip top bags.   Here is how I made them. Supplies: Fabric 1 metal measuring tape from the dollar store 1 pair of scissors from the dollar store Serger (optional) Sewing machine The first two, I made to go in my car and hold the head phones for the…

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    Off to College Bag and Towel Gift Set – Tutorial

    It’s back to school time! Here in Georgia, my kids are happy to be back at school. They love getting to see all of their friends, and quite frankly, we all do a little better when we are on a schedule. I also know several young men and women who are heading off to college for the first time. Do you need a gift to give an entering college freshman? If so, this bag and bath set might be perfect. It is quick and easy to make and is sure to be appreciated. I started with monogramming the towel. I think monogrammed towels at college are a must. With new…