Category: Quilting

How to Finish a Bias Binding

Michelle Stoffel from Style Maker Fabrics shows you how to finish a bias binding, especially when working with a garment. Great finishing techniques can take your clothing sewing to a whole new level!

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Call Me Maybe Mug Rug Tutorial

Lara Buccella from BuzzinBumble has a new book out, Crafted Appliqué – New Possibilities. She designed the “Call Me, Maybe” Mug Rug exclusively for Sew Mama Sew readers, to celebrate the release of her new book…

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How to Fussy Cut a Quilt Binding

Deborah Fisher from Fish Museum and Circus has a new book, Quilt Giving. The season of graduations, baby showers, weddings and teacher gifts is upon us! Comment for a chance to win the book, and learn how Deborah makes the fussy cut quilt bindings featured on many of the quilts in Quilt Giving!

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How to Create a Modern Broderie Perse Mini Quilt

Mallory Hill loves the vintage art of Broderie Perse (French for “Persian embroidery”). In Broderie Perse, printed fabric is artfully arranged and embroidered or sewn to create a unique background. Learn all about this technique that swept Europe in the 1600s, including ideas for using modern fabrics to create your own designs…

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Quilt Photography Tips with Bill Volckening

Bill Volckening, author of New York Beauty, Quilts from the Volckening Collection and the upcoming Modern Roots – Today’s Quilts from Yesterday’s Inspiration, does all of his own quilt photography. Learn all about his process and read about his best tips for successful quilt photography in your own home…

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Dancing Diamonds Mini Quilt Tutorial

Yvonne Fuchs of Quilting Jetgirl shows you how to make her Dancing Diamonds mini quilt with HSTs (half square triangles). This is an easy beginner quilting project, and has great impact with shades of fabric in same color palette. There is a giveaway for Yvonne’s latest pattern release too!…

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Charming Plus Quilt Tutorial

Tisha from Quilty Therapy created her Charming Plus Quilt with the Avant Garde fabric collection. The basic nine patch block gets a little something extra in Tisha’s design, making it a satisfying project new quilters and experienced pros!

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Chromascope Quilt Block Tutorial

Alexandra Ledgerwood of Teaginny Designs shows you how to make this modern, paper pieced variation of the traditional kaleidoscope block. She has the full PDF Chromascope Quilt Pattern for sale with lots of additional details, but her tutorial provides you with everything you need to make one quilt block (including the paper foundation templates!)…

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Round Robin Bee Starter Tips + Troubleshooting

Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit is a quilter, teacher, blogger and lecturer. We asked her back to tell us all about Round Robin Bees. Jessica shares everything you need to know to start a round robin quilting bee, plus her best tips for troubleshooting issues before they arise…

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Urban Scandinavian Winter Runner Tutorial

Learn how to make this pretty, minimal Urban Scandinavian Winter Runner for your bed or table. Kirstyn Cogan, author of Urban Scandinavian Sewing and the designer behind P&B Textile’s Urban Scandinavian Basics fabric collection, shows you how to spruce your home up for winter with this easy tutorial. Plus there’s a giveaway!

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Thanksgiving Album Blocks

Owner, pattern designer and author Natalie Barnes from beyond the reef is back with Thanksgiving Album Blocks. You have plenty of time to prepare the blocks for your Thanksgiving visitors this year! Natalie is also giving away pattern sets and copies of her book, A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin.

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Moose Fusible Appliqué Free Pattern

Wendi Gratz from Shiny Happy World shows you how to make the free Moose Fusible Appliqué from her Woodland Critters Quilt. The quilt is from her new Fusible Applique Made Easy Craftsy class! Get your free pattern and tutorial for the moose, then use our link for 50% off Wendi’s Craftsy class…

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Ghost Quilting Tutorial

Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts shows you her technique for Ghost Quilting, adding depth and interest to your quilting with subtle shapes and forms. Learn how easy it is to add these extra elements to the negative space in your next quilt!

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Connection Block Tutorial + Pattern

Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl is passionate about quilts and quilt pattern design. She believes the secret to success is to show up, try, learn, modify and repeat, so Yvonne recently set out to conquer her fear of curved piecing. The resulting design is this versatile Connection Block, a free pattern and tutorial for you!

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Tile Blocks Tutorial

We love seeing Hillary Goodwin’s latest via Instagram @entropyalwayswins, and we were totally wow-ed by an image she shared of a quilt commission in progress. We asked Hillary to break the blocks down a bit more so we can make this Tile Blocks Quilt too!

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Color Theory for Quilting

Deanna McCool from sewmccool.com showed us how to choose thread, organize our sewing spaces and she designed the handy “Goin’ to Camp” Duffel Bag too. Deanna’s here again, this time with some easy color theory tips to help you select prints for quilting. Learn how concepts like light vs. dark, saturation, complementary colors and proportion impact how effective your color selection may be in a quilt project…

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#lovewinshearts Quilt Block Pattern + Tutorial

The Supreme Court ruling in June recognized same-sex marriages throughout the United States, and inspired #lovewins happiness throughout social media. We’re still smiling! Amy from Badskirt designed the #lovewinshearts block to celebrate this victory for equality. We have a free pattern and tutorial, and we hope you make a block (or an entire quilt) to celebrate with us!

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How to Make Your Own Paper Pieced Designs

Carley Biblin from Making It Up as I Sew Along is back to show you how to make your own paper pieced designs! Start with a geometric coloring book or look online for easy geometric shapes. All you need are a few simple tools, Carley’s easy how-to and an adventurous, creative spirit!

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How to Pass Quilting Traditions to Millennials

Felice from Sew Scatterbrained has lots of ideas for how to introduce sewing to a whole new generation of quilters. We’re also interested in your thoughts… Are you new to quilting too? Have you passed your love of quilting on to someone younger? Is your local guild, quilt group and/or fabric shop open and welcoming to all? What are effective and positive ways to invite everyone to share creative expression through sewing?…

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10 Ways to Make Your Patchwork More Meaningful

Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock, is the quilt designer, instructor and author of For Keeps: Meaningful Patchwork for Everyday Living. A seasoned Craftsy instructor, Amy is perhaps most well known for hosting the very first– and very popular– Craftsy Block of the Month series. Amy is here with 10 Ways to Incorporate More Meaning into Your Patchwork, plus a few glimpses of the projects in her book. What about you? How do you incorporate meaning into your quilt making? We’d love to hear your ideas in the comments…

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Easy Quilted Coasters + Table Topper Tutorial

Natalie Barnes is the owner and pattern designer of beyond the reef, and author of the new A Modern Twist: Create Quilts with a Colorful Spin (with quilter Angela Walters). Natalie has a free Quilted Coaster + Table Topper Tutorial for you, plus a chance to win one of FIVE copies of her book. (International winners A-OK!)

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Geese Migration Quilt Free Quilt Pattern

Mary Fons of PaperGirl is a writer and quilter. She combines both of these talents beautifully in Dear Quilty: 12 Easy Patchwork Quilts + Great Quilting Advice, a book geared toward the beginning quilter. Download your free Geese Migration Quilt PDF Tutorial, and comment for a chance to WIN a copy of the book…

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By the Block Quilt Tutorial

Siobhan Rogers, author of By the Block: 18 Surprisingly Simple Quilts, shows how you can mix and match certain aspects of patterns, taking basic designs up a notch with just a few changes. Siobhan’s tutorial pulls from two different patterns in her book, with a little extra twist. If you love the look, you’ll love By the Block!

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Scrappy Flower Coaster Tutorial

Diane Gilleland of CraftyPod has a new book out next week! All Points Patchwork takes you beyond hexies to English paper piecing with diamonds, triangles, octagons, pentagons, curved-edge shapes and more. Download your free PDF excerpt from the book about basic EPP sewing techniques, then have fun with Diane’s Scrappy Flower Coaster Tutorial. You can also comment for a chance to WIN All Points Patchwork

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Home Quilting Tips: Free Motion + Straight Lines

Jessica Skultety from Quilty Habit is an accomplished quilter and has lots of important Home Machine Quilting Tips for Free Motion + Straight Lines. She covers everything from making a practice quilt sandwich to sharing specific designs with corresponding resources you can try right away. Read her advice and practice, practice, practice! You’ll be a free motion pro in no time…

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