Jelly Roll Quilt Ideas

Jelly roll quilts are easy to make and stitch together in a flash. Here are a few of my favorite free patterns to help you stitch up a storm. The Sewing Loft

While at Sew South last weekend we had a jelly roll race for charity. Each table received a jelly roll and was told to just go for it. Since the concept was left open and loose we all dove in to see which table would be the first to complete the mission! After we divided up the roll we all went to town stitching as fast as we could. In the end, we made 15 quilts in 15 minutes. It was … [Read more...]

MakeUp Brush Case Video Class

Learn how to create perfect binding every time while making this custom makeup brush case during my free video class with Sew at Home. The Sewing Loft

Today's project is one that I use all the time! The makeup brush case helps keep every thing altogether and tidy, especially when I'm traveling. During class, I will show you how to simple it is to add bias binding in one pass and the best part is the machine will do all the work. That's right, the bias binding foot is pretty amazing and make your work sing! Don't just take my word … [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...]

Picnic Blanket Video Class

Learn how to make a water resistant picnic blanket in this free video class with Heather from The Sewing Loft.

This water resistant picnic blanket is next up in the Baby Lock Sew at Home series and the timing could not be more perfect! I would love for you to join me and stitch along. During class, I will show you just how to easy it is to sew slippery fabrics with help from a teflon foot. That's right, the special coating on the bottom keeps everything moving right along. Let's take a quick … [Read more...]

Tumblers Basic Quilt Shape

Explore different sewing patterns for stitching tumblers together. The Sewing Loft

Welcome back to another post in our Quilting Shapes series! Today we’re talking tumblers - the tumbler is basically a trapezoid; it’s a rectangle with one short end being narrower than the other. Making Tumbler Quilt Shapes In order to create tumbler shapes out of fabric, there are several options available: Use a template you make yourself; trace and cut this template out of several … [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...]

Walking foot with Guide

Learn how this special foot can change your world! The Sewing Loft

If you've ever tried stitching straight lines on a big momma quilt or larger scale project and been disappointed, let me introduce your new best friend! Meet the walking foot with guide bars. (insert rays of sunshine and cue the music) Walking Foot with Guide Bars   Even though the walking foot with guide bars looks like a monster piece of machinery being attached to your machine it … [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...]