quilting

Do you love fabric? Do you love to quilt? Well my good friend Pamela of QuiltBLISS is hosting a fabulous retreat ready to send you to fabric heaven. There are only 3 tickets left including accommodations, or you can sign up for a day pass. Here’s more info:  QuiltBLISS is a premier quilting retreat and is […]

I love to decorate for the holidays, it makes the house so warm and snuggly. I kinda wish it was this way all year, with twinkly lights all over the house. One of my favorite items to display is a quilt I made almost 8 years ago – crazy to think how long it has […]

For our final week of the Beginning Quit Along Series we are going to talk about another method for binding a quilt and how to care for quilts. The baby quilt above was made with Charm Packs from the Bliss collection by Moda Cut a Bias Binding: This binding method is very similar to the […]

This week we’re going to talk about adding a machine-done binding to finish you project. Next week we’ll finish by talking about hand-done bias-binding. Pick whichever option works best for you! A neat binding makes the quilt look professional, crisp and finished. It can also provide a cute ‘frame’ for the design. When I first started […]

We are now ready to combine the three layers of our quilt sandwich and ‘quilt’ our project. There are a variety of methods for quilting. I’m going to focus on machine quilting, but we’ll discuss others as well. Basting: Basting is a very important step in the quilting process. It seems tedious, but doing it […]

Basically the definition of a quilt is a blanket made of a top (front) and back with a layer of batting sandwiched in between and held together by some kind of stitching through all three layers. Today we are going to discuss choosing batting and backs. There is a wide variety of quilt battings available […]

Today we are going to talk about sewing borders onto a quilt.  It’s important to have borders that help keep your quilt square – otherwise your pieced top will be more difficult to ‘quilt’ and it will not lie flat – instead it will have little ripples in the edges of the quilt. For this […]

Piecing is the part of the quilt-making process where you sew the pieces of the patchwork together. With a pattern of simple squares we are mainly playing with the fabric design to get the look that we want. There are lots of options here: alternating lights and darks, diagonal rows by colors, etc. There’s no right […]

Quilt Along Series: Cutting Fabric

by Amy on September 28, 2010

Cutting fabric. Does it scare the heck out of you? Hopefully from this day on you will wield a rotary-cutter with confidence. Rotary cutters have made cutting fabric much more accurate and efficient.  I love my rotary cutter. Be careful though – those blades are sharp.  Make it a habit to keep the safety cover […]

When looking for a quilt design, there are a myriad of quilt pattern options to choose from. That can be a little overwhelming. Here are a few basics that might help. Most quilting patterns have some things in common: A list of fabric requirements and directions for cutting the fabric, assembling the pieces, and laying […]

Probably one of the most intimidating parts of beginning a quilting project is choosing just the right fabric. Here are a few simple tips to help in that process. There are two main factors to consider when picking fabrics for a project: color and scale. Color: Above is a collection I used for a recent […]

Hi, I’m Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter, and I am excited to share some very beginner-level steps to making a quilt. We’re going to move slow and simply through the quilt-making process from beginning to end. There will be a 10 week series, dissecting how to make a simple patchwork quilt. We’ll start […]

I’m happy to announce that we’ll be starting a 10 week basic quilting series. I’ve got the very talented Amy Smart of Diary of a Quilter here to help guide us as we make a Basic Patchwork Quilt. We’re breaking it down step by step! So come back each Tuesday to see how she puts […]

Yay! I did it. I finished my baby’s quilt, only 15 months late. Remember this quilting post? I’ve made a quilt for all three of my babies when they’re born, something for them to always have that’s made from me! I love it and so does my baby! This quilt has a sort of ‘nine […]

Back on the Quilting Wagon

by Marie on February 24, 2009

I had a goal last year to make one quilt a month. Well, I did good for the first 6 months, until I had a baby last June and all sewing stopped at that point. But now that my little snuggley baby has worked out a good napping schedule, I’m going to get back to […]

Quilts for Baby

by Marie on May 20, 2008

This is the latest installment of my quilting bug. My sister just gave birth to the most adorable baby boy. She doesn’t sew much, okay not at all, so my other sister and I put this cute quilt together for her. We each bought different fabrics of brown and blue, then got together to sew […]

Memory Quilt

by Marie on April 7, 2008

As I have been quilting quite a bit lately, a new idea came to my mind a few months back. A Memory Quilt for my Mom and Dad’s anniversary. It turned out better than I expected and packed full of fun memories. With 8 children, my parents have been through a lot, together for 53 […]

Spring Time Quilt

by Marie on March 15, 2008

I was going to wait on this Spring quilt, as I thought Easter wasn’t going to be here until April. But since it’s in less than 2 weeks, I sped it up and got this spring quilt done to display for the Easter holiday. This quilt pattern is supposed to be easter eggs with a […]

Mini I Spy Quilts

by Marie on March 4, 2008

I have finished my Mini I Spy quilts and love them. I love that these quilts are easy for my kids to hold and carry around. My daughter has been sleeping with hers, she loves all the girly fabric. (This is a mini version of this I Spy Quilt.) Each quilt has 30 squares of […]

Here Comes the Sun Quilt

by Marie on February 19, 2008

It’s finished! I am done with the quilt that I started almost a month ago. Here were the quilt colors from a previous post. Now they are put all together in a fun pattern that was easy and fun. I love it and think it turned out great, all vintage looking. I am naming it […]

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