T Shirt Quilt Journey with Lady A

Lighten up your drawer space with an easy to make t shirt quilt. Learn how on The Sewing Loft.

This summer my oldest daughter dove into sewing in a whole new way. One of her biggest projects was a t shirt quilt and today, she is here sharing her story. Please give a warm welcome to my oldest, Lady A. I started out by picking out all of my shirts and cutting them up to all around the average size (13”x13”) making sure to include the logos on them.*  Once you have them all nice and cut … [Read more...]

Half Square Triangles | Quilting Basics

Learn different techniques for making half square triangles. Some will have you stitching up many at a time. The Sewing Loft

Half square triangles are a quilt shape with a fairly transparent name: they’re triangles that are made from half a square each.   There are several ways to make half square triangles (commonly abbreviated HSTs in the quilting world), and every quilter tends to find her own preference for making them. Do you have a favorite method for making HSTs? If not, follow along with us as we … [Read more...]

100+ Free Quilt Blocks

Keep your creative juices flowing with over 100 free quilt blocks rounded up in one place. The Sewing Loft

Lately, I am finding myself being pulled over to the quilting world and I must say, I'm totally enjoying it!  So, for those of you like me who are new to this area of sewing, I thought I would round up some amazing quilt blocks to get you started! 100+ Quilt Blocks   Remember, all quilt blocks listed below are free to download. Be sure to PIN THIS list to refer to over and … [Read more...]

Square Quilt Shapes

The square quilt is a standard shape commonly found in many quilts. Learn tips on how to perfect the technique and see layout examples. The Sewing Loft

If you’re ready to start quilting, the easiest and most basic form of a quilt shape to make is the simple patchwork square pattern. With patchwork squares, you can make a random pattern or one with a graphic design to it, like these: In order to make the most professional-looking patchwork quilt, the key is to cut squares that are perfectly square in shape, and then to sew them into a quilt … [Read more...]

Quilt Confession | National Quilting Month

It's National Quilt Month and I am determined to make a quilt just for me. Don't laugh but this is my inspiration. The Sewing Loft

Did you know March is National Quilting Month and that March 21st is National Quilting Day? Who knew???  Well to celebrate I am going to share a secret...... Well, it's more like a confession, actually but it sure feels like a dirty little secret. Quilt Confession   I have never made a traditional quilt from start to finish. I mean, I've stitched tee shirt quilts, commissioned pieces … [Read more...]

First Fridays Year in Review 2014

embroidered personalized quilt label

It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here to share my first post of 2015!  For those of you new to The Sewing Loft, I tune in on the first Friday of every month to bring a little sewing humor to your lives. I can't believe another year has snuck up on us.  I hope you're all off to a happy and healthy start. I wanted to be sure and let you guys know that I did indeed finish the T-shirt quilt I had … [Read more...]

Wrapping up the T-Shirt Quilt

T-shirt quilt WIP

Do not let the title of this post mislead you dear friends of First Fridays!!  It's your old friend TJ here from Studio Mailbox about to fill you in on the on-going saga of my quilting progress.  Last month I shared with you how I switched gears and started a T-Shirt quilt to practice my skills while getting a holiday gift ready.  I had fully expected to stroll in here and report how awesome it … [Read more...]

Binding 101: All about the binding

Binding 101. Learn how to make and calculate yardage needed to create binding for your next project.

Our mini quilt swap is in full swing and it's time to stitch on the binding!  (Okay, I really wanted to say: "Time to make the donuts" but that might have been weird.) Back to reality. Even though you have carefully cut, stitched and pressed together all of those little pieces the last step can really be a nail bitter. So, I thought now would be a great time to review different ways to bind a … [Read more...]

Snippety Doo Dah

Sewing Large Quilt Pieces

Hello Lofty Sewers!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here bringing you an update on my quilt project this fine first Friday in August. Snip, snip, snip.  I am so proud to report that all the sewing is done.  Snip, snip.  And now all I have to do is go around - snip, snip - with these clippers - snip, snip - and cut these little lines - snip, snip - around more than 300 of these squares!  Argh.  … [Read more...]