Simple Sawtooth Star Quilt Pattern

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This post first appeared on the Riley Blake Designs Blog Cutting Corners College. I love the Sawtooth Star and I wanted to make a quilt in the new Riley Blake Fabric "Twice as Nice".  I love this fabric line and I love how this quilt turned out.  It feels like it's been forever since I made a quilt and I forgot how fun and satisfying it is. This is my new favorite quilt.  I really love star quilt patterns and I see many more in my … [Read more...]

Make Four Flying Geese at a Time

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I have been working on a quilt for several weeks now, here and there, when I had time/desire/energy.  But this quilt involved lots of flying geese blocks and I wanted to find a good way to make a lot at a time.  I found a great method, and I'm going to share it here.  You'll get to see the final quilt reveal and pattern on the Riley Blake blog next week! Make Four Flying Geese At a Time To make blocks that are 2 1/4" by 4 1/2", you will … [Read more...]

Secrets to Buying and Selecting Fabric

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In my near-three years of blogging, the number 1 question I get asked is "Where do you get your fabric?!"  People have told me many many times that I have an eye for colors and design and I choose excellent fabrics that go together.  Here's what I have to say to that---Thanks!!  But also, I'm going to let you in on some of my secrets to buying and selecting fabric. DISCLAIMER:  This is not a post about how to get fabric on the cheap.  I have … [Read more...]

New Puff Quilt Pattern: ‘Puffy Island’

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Presenting my newest puff quilt pattern!  I call it Puffy Island because all the little puffs with the flat white sashing in between remind me of little desert islands in the ocean.  This puff quilt is a mixture of puffs and traditional flat quilting--the best of both worlds!  I chose a rainbow ombre scheme for this quilt because lets face's super cute.  I've always loved the rainbow array of colors and I've got a few projects coming up … [Read more...]

Make a Quilted Camera Strap Cover!


I know--there are a billion camera strap tutorials out there. But I was getting ready for SNAP! conference today and I realized, "Hey--I'm gonna look super lame without a handmade camera strap on my camera!" So I quickly referenced a few different tutorials to get a basic idea and came up with this quilted one. Now I'm not gonna lie here...the lens cap pocket doesn't fit my lens cap. But that was a learning curve of quilting the cover. But one … [Read more...]

Quilting Shortcut: the Eight Square Method


There are so many quilts you can make with triangles, or rather triangle squares.  I showed you a tutorial on how to make these with my pinwheel quilt, but here is a faster way.  I call it the Eight Square Method. (Ps I'm sure I did not invent this but I don't know what it's really called...please tell me if you know!) I was planning on making a 7x7 square, so I cut my squares 14x14. If you want to make a 5x5, cut it 10x10, doubling or rather … [Read more...]

Basketweave Quilt Pattern


I had this idea for a quilt a LONG time ago.  And one day last week, in a rare quiet moment of nursing, the idea popped back into my head and I had to shove ALL other projects aside and do it.  It was a little hairy at first, but after a lot of thinking and plotting, I think it turned out so cute!  I know, I know, it looks like a basic 2" square pattern--nothing revolutionary. It looks like a lot of work, right?  Would you be surprised to know … [Read more...]

Straight Line Quilting with Lella Boutique

Greetings! I'm Vanessa from Lella Boutique. I'm happy to be guest blogging here while Heidi is away on maternity leave! I hope everyone had a good Christmas! I absolutely adore simplistic quilting.  It looks clean, contemporary, and is a great way to showcase a quilt's design.  It's also pretty easy to achieve--as long as you have the right tools.  I'm using my Silly Goose quilt to demonstrate.   The method I'm sharing today is perfect … [Read more...]