20 Handmade Christmas Gifts to Start Sewing Now

Well folks, you've seen the signs:  the red and green aisle at Hobby Lobby, the expression "Christmas in July" floating around.  Half of the year is over and the holiday season is ever creeping up on us.  Many of you may be thinking "Christmas presents?! Really?!  Let me enjoy my summer!"  But you know how it goes--you have great intentions for giving some really special, meaningful gifts, but then October turns into November and you've spent all … [Read more...]

DIY Two Toned Curtains

Our new house has lots of big, bright windows.  We also have a large patio door.  And while this is great for lots of natural light, since we back south, we get some pretty intense sunshine in our house.  I actually don't mind it at all since sunshine makes me happy, but it was blinding to eat breakfast, especially when it snowed and the sun was reflecting even more light off the snow. I hung a curtain rod and my old IKEA curtains in front of … [Read more...]

Chevron Puff Quilt Pattern

This is a long time coming...one of those things that I meant to do back in like, July.  And there were too many other things to do.  Back in June (or May?) I received a very exciting thing in the mail--a copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting! It was super exciting because I was featured in it with a puff quilt pattern.  It was like a 5-page spread with beautiful pictures of my most favorite quilt I've ever made.  I made this quilt … [Read more...]

Quilting 101: Craftsy Mini Classes

I love quilting.  But I must confess, I am not the most accurate quilter.  More than once I've ended up with misaligned piecing which drives me crazy.  So I have decided that I want to take some quilting classes.  However, since I have three young kids,  I don't have time to go to quilting stores and take those classes at my leisure.  What should I do? This is where Craftsy comes in.  Have you heard of it?  It's this education website where … [Read more...]

Pinwheel Pillow Tutorial

This post originally appeared on the Riley Blake Designs Blog, Cutting Corners College. Pinwheels are the epitome of summer, aren't they?  And they are such an easy quilter's staple.  Even if you've never quilted before, you can make pinwheels without needing advanced sewing skills.  Check out this Pinwheel Pillow Tutorial! Here's What You Need: From Riley Blake's Unforgettable Collection -Main in Brown, 5x5 square -Hexi Pink, 5x5 … [Read more...]

Quilted Easter Egg

I have been playing with the new fabric collection from Riley Blake called Unforgettable and have just fallen in love with the color scheme!  I thought it would be perfect for something Easter themed, so when Stephanie from Crafting in the Rain asked me to participate in her A-Z series, I knew I would want to do something Quilt related and use this Unforgettable collection. I also happened to have these oval shaped frames from a local wood … [Read more...]

Simple Sawtooth Star Quilt Pattern

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

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...]