Tag Archives: tutorial

Replacing a jeans zipper (tutorial)

I don’t mind doing mending (although it often has a low priority). I picked up this cute pair of jean shorts at the thrift shop for my daughter, but we quickly realized the reason they were there was that the zipper didn’t open, and the side seam was ripped. A few minutes with the seam […]

Machine Binding tutorial

I had a question from a reader about how I machine bind, so here are some photos from my Sugar Block Club Quilt for a tutorial. I cut my binding 2-1/4″ — I have also used 2-1/2″, but I like my binding tight and not too wide. This method gives a topstitched finish from the […]

Not a Stuffie

My husband loves fishing.   And it is his birthday today.  And like most men he is impossible to buy for (mainly because if he wants something he buys it himself).  So my daughter suggested that I make him a quilt for his birthday (win, more sewing!).  But at this point it’s already February 1. […]

Pretty pink pillow progress

Despite my pledges to work down the backlog of projects, I also love the challenge of making swap items and making new quilty friends. The #pinkswap2017 is based on instagram, and has a diligent swap host mama, so i knew this would be a fun one.   It was easy to pick a pattern based […]

Girl’s Shirt to Dress makeover (tutorial)

Or how to be the best mom ever in 30 minutes. I was cleaning out my daughter’s closet prior to Christmas and was vehemently told that I could not donate this shirt to the thrift shop. Because it is her favorite. However it is definitely getting a little too short. Since dresses are an adorable […]

Yuma Bonus pillow (+ giveaway)

This is a tutorial for a pillow (cushion) cover using the leftover pieces of fabric from the Yuma quilt pattern. After thinking hard for a few days, I figured out how to downsize the pattern by half to make a matching pillow. I had cut extra pieces of the light fabrics for my quilt top […]

Skinny Selvedge Pincushion (tutorial)

(Or skinny selvage pincushion in the US). I started saving selvedges because it seemed to be the thing to do. When I started quilting and following the on-line community, a lot of the bee blocks used selvedges, and I didn’t want to be caught out if I needed some! But then they piled up, and […]

Bee-ing busy (and a block tutorial)

I signed up for my second round in the Modern 4×5 bee on Flickr, and then I needed a block to make. This blocks started out as something else but it seemed a bit fussy for making 5, so I simplified it and came up with this design. If you know what it’s called, please […]

Scrappy Colour block placemats

Rachel at Stitched in Color is running a series on using unloved fabrics. This project started with a package of 4″ squares I had won in a blog hop; a rainbow of batiks that, although lovely, had me scratching my head on how to use them. One night, inspiration struck and I sorted them into […]

Weathervane Block (a tutorial)

Welcome to summer with the month of June and a bee block for me. I saw this block back in March and decided immediately it would be the perfect bee block for the Canadians Quilt {Bee}. There seem to be a couple of variations of it around too, but this is how it is shown […]