FREE Pillowcase Tutorial, With Flannel Fabric, PLUS a Give-Away

FREE Pillowcase Tutorial, With Flannel Fabric, PLUS a Give-Away

Free Projects, My Quilting Journey, Product Reviews, The Learning Center, Tips and Tricks
Good morning everyone! I'm excited to participate in the Acorn Valley Blog Tour featuring these gorgeous flannels designed by Patty Young for Riley Blake. I love, love, love flannel pillowcases. I use them all year round. I also detest when my pillow falls out of its case, so my tutorial here shows you how to make an envelope-style pillowcase. First step, measure your pillow. I have queen-sized pillows that measure 19" tall x 24" wide. Add some seam allowance, I like to use 1/2" seams for this type of project. So, my height measurement becomes 20". I wanted to feature the fox print on the front, with the coordinating fabric on the side and back. That meant to my 24" wide, I added 6" for overlap, 6" for the sides…
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Machine Quilting with Style, by Christa Watson

Machine Quilting with Style, by Christa Watson

My Quilting Journey, Product Reviews, Tips and Tricks
Happy Friday Everyone, Today, I'm excited to be a stop on the Machine Quilting with Style Blog Hop hosted by my BQF (best quilting friend) and NEW author, Christa Watson. What makes this book special? I'm always on the look-out for books that I consider to be timeless and great as a reference book, that one can return to over and over again, learning something new each time. Machine Quilting with Style, in my opinion, fulfils those requirements. Why do I think this is an excellent book? Here are a few reasons why I think this book is, not only excellent, but also a great resource to have in your quilting studio: It includes 12 pieced projects that range from the definitely modern-style, to the more traditional style, in my…
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Straight Line Quilting My Penny Candy Mini Quilt

Straight Line Quilting My Penny Candy Mini Quilt

Mishka's Patterns, My Quilting Journey, Tips and Tricks
Hello everyone, I hope that you have had a wonderful Summer and are now settling into the Fall quilting season. The transition has been made easier for me, as we've had several days of cool temperatures and lots of rain (yuck). It's like the Fall weather has decided to just hit us big time, so that we realize Summer has come to an end. Oh well, enough about the weather, let's talk about quilting. At the beginning of September, I announced my new Mini Quilt Club. Starting September 1st and running through until February 1st, 2016, I will be releasing a new mini quilt pattern to club participants. The first Mini Quilt, released September 1st, is Penny Candy. Included in my pattern for this quilt, are three layout options, as…
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DS QAL: Paper Piecing Tutorial and Give-Away

DS QAL: Paper Piecing Tutorial and Give-Away

My Quilting Journey, The Learning Center, Tips and Tricks
For this week's Delightful Stars Quilt-Along (DS QAL) lesson, I put together a 28-page tutorial on paper piecing. Included are six paper pieced blocks that finish at 6" square. Each block has been chosen as it provides a learning opportunity for a specific aspect of paper piecing. Here are the six sample blocks: I have often heard quilters say that they find paper piecing confusing and terrifying. In my tutorial, I have broken down the process into four repetitive steps: Fold, Trim, Stitch and Press. I've included detailed photos and tips for each step. I also share numerous tips, aimed at the beginner, such as the one shown below on how to achieve perfect and secure points. I've had lots of interest in this tutorial on Facebook, so I've put…
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DS QAL: Lesson 5 – Block 19, Sashing & Section G

DS QAL: Lesson 5 – Block 19, Sashing & Section G

My Quilting Journey, The Learning Center, Tips and Tricks, Videos
For this week's Delightful Stars Quilt-Along (DS QAL) lesson we are making Block #19, cutting sashing strips and joining Section G. Block #19 is the fourth in the series of sawtooth star blocks. This one has a a square-in-a-square centre section: Most, but not all, of the star blocks in this quilt will be surrounded by sashing strips so that the stars float in the background and don't touch each other. To cut multiple strips of fabric the same size, I use my June Tailor Shape Cut Ruler. This is one of my highly recommended, time-saving, tools. Here's a video showing how this ruler works: When we can, we will be sewing the centre blocks together into seven sections, that will then be joined together in August to complete the…
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DS QAL: Lesson 4 – Block 23 and Pieced Borders

DS QAL: Lesson 4 – Block 23 and Pieced Borders

My Quilting Journey, The Learning Center, Tips and Tricks
As I sit down tonight, Monday, February 17th, to write the blog post for tomorrow's Delightful Stars Quilt-Along (DS QAL), I realize that last week's post didn't publish. So, let's play catch-up... For this week's lesson, we are making Block #23, discussing the pieced borders and I've shared some organization tips. Here's Block #23: This is our first Split Quarter Square Triangle block. If you are unfamiliar with this unit, be sure to read the huge chapter on Triangles and Flying Geese as a refresher. Keep in mind, if you are using the specialty rulers, the quartered sections of this block are cut from Side A or the Companion Ruler. They are quarters, the same as the flying geese bodies we've already encountered in previous blocks. As we want the…
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DS QAL: Lesson 3 – Block 2

DS QAL: Lesson 3 – Block 2

My Quilting Journey, The Learning Center, Tips and Tricks
Welcome everyone to this week's star block lesson for the Delightful Stars Quilt-Along (DS QAL). This week's lesson is Block #2: This week's construction tip has to do with joining the flying geese units so that the middle point is accurate. In the photo below, notice where my stitching line is on the back of one of my flying geese units, when I'm attaching it to the centre piece. It's a couple of threads away from the intersection formed when the FG units come together. This way, when I press the seam, that triangle tip will be as close to perfect as I can get it. Those extra two threads away, account for the thread width and the seam fold. You may need to experiment with this based on your…
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DS QAL: Lesson 2 – Block 24

DS QAL: Lesson 2 – Block 24

My Quilting Journey, The Learning Center, Tips and Tricks
Welcome everyone to our second star block lesson for the Delightful Stars Quilt-Along (DS QAL). Over the past week, I've been working on the construction drawings for each block. This task has resulted in a few minor changes to the original quilt design. Here's the final version: This week's lesson is Block #24: The construction tips for last week's Block 18 apply to this week's block too. One additional tip is to fold the nine-patch block in half in both directions and finger press or mark in the seam allowance the centre of the block at all four edges. Use this centre mark to align the point of the flying geese units when attaching them to the nine-patch. Want to join in the fun? For more info and to purchase…
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DS QAL: Lesson 1 – Block 18

DS QAL: Lesson 1 – Block 18

My Quilting Journey, The Learning Center, Tips and Tricks
Welcome everyone to our first star block lesson for the Delightful Stars Quilt-Along (DS QAL). Here is the finished Block 18: For the first several blocks that we'll be creating, the focus is on creating the various triangle and flying geese units. We'll be paying close attention to lining up the seams and not cutting off the triangle points. A couple of tips shared in this week's lesson are below. When joining the half-square triangle units together, focus on lining up the diagonal lines. The photo on the left shows that the two triangle points achieved after sewing the seam don't quite match. To fix this, I unstitched one inch from the edge of the seam, realigned the pieces as shown in the second photo, pinned, and stitched again, making…
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DS QAL: Creating Triangle and Flying Geese Units

DS QAL: Creating Triangle and Flying Geese Units

The Learning Center, Tips and Tricks, Videos, Web Finds
Welcome everyone to our second installment of the Delightful Stars Quilt-Along (DS QAL). Thanks everyone for your patience as the flu and migraines took over for me last week. Hopefully, we'll be back on track now going forward. This week's preliminary lessons is available for everyone to read. Our first star block will be released tomorrow to those that have purchased the QAL. You can purchase the QAL at any time. We're also chatting, sharing our fabrics and counting down to our official start tomorrow in the Facebook Group Creating Triangle and Flying Geese Units All of the pieced star blocks for this quilt are created with various triangle units. Presented below are tutorials for the following: Half-square triangles (HST) Quarter-square triangles (QST) Split quarter-square triangles (SQST) Flying geese (FG)…
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DS QAL: Tips for Improving Quilting Accuracy

DS QAL: Tips for Improving Quilting Accuracy

The Learning Center, Tips and Tricks
Welcome everyone to the first post of our Delightful Stars Quilt-Along (DS QAL). My apologies for the technical difficulties today getting this post published. My computer decided it didn't want to work today. No doubt it's tired of all this COLD weather too! The first two weeks of our QAL are preliminary lessons. Next week I'll be covering a couple of methods for making various triangle units, flying geese and the specialty rulers. These two lessons will be available on this site for everyone to read. Our first star block will be available Week 3, January 21st to those that have purchased the QAL. You can purchase the QAL at any time. We're also chatting, sharing our fabrics and counting down to our official start tomorrow in the Facebook Group…
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Patchwork Christmas Mug Rugs and a Give-Away

Patchwork Christmas Mug Rugs and a Give-Away

My Quilting Journey, Tips and Tricks
I'm thrilled to announce the release of my latest quilt pattern, Patchwork Christmas Mug Rugs. Impress your friends and family with these colourful and easy-to-make Patchwork Christmas Mug Rugs. Each mug rug finishes at 10" x 6". They make the perfect hostess gift, teacher's gift and stocking stuffers for your loved ones. Make up a bunch in advance for last-minute gift giving this holiday season. The pattern includes two fused appliqué designs (ornaments and trees) and instructions for using fabric scraps to make your own colourful patchwork fabric. Full-sized placement guides and a separate pattern page are provided. Detailed instructions, hints & tips, product recommendations and colour photos are provided throughout. The pattern price is just $2.95 (USD). Purchase the pattern here! If you follow me on Facebook you may…
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