Simmer & Sew | Carving out Time

This post contains affiliate links to products I own, use and love. Carving out time to sew is always tough for me. I tend to feel guilty that I'm not doing things around the house like laundry, leaves, listening and more. At times I really feel like I should be in the Michael Keaton movie Multiplicity with the clones giving me a hand... But that is all about to change! As of this … [Read more...]

Join Me – Quilting Adventures On Line Retreat

[Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. That means that if you sign up for our online retreat using one of the links on this page I will receive credit and compensation for your registration. Thank you for your support!] Quilting Adventures OnLine Retreat   Last week I spilled the beans about teaching at the 2016 Quilting Adventures Online Retreat and now today, I'm excited to … [Read more...]

T Shirt Quilt Journey with Lady A

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...]

Personalized Pillows DIY

Ever want to give a super special gift but could not think of something perfect? Well today's project is perfect! Not only are personalized pillows easy to make but depending on how much time you have on your hands, you can embellish them or even add decorative stitching. Let's get started. Personalized Pillows   This project is for all skill levels. Skill Level- 1 … [Read more...]

Learn How to Square a Quilt

After you have pieced together your favorite quilt blocks into a beautiful quilt top, it's time to start the prep work for the all over stitching such as long arming or free motion. That means, square a quilt top, create a quilt sandwich, truing you topper and pinning things together. Taking the time to do this prep work can transform your quilt from a homemade "nice job" to a stand-out, … [Read more...]

25+ Things to Make With Fabric Selvage

Today I want to highlight a frequently overlooked but incredibly unique and valuable little bit of fabric...Selvege strips! You know, those little sections on the edge of your fabric with color dots and designer info. These are so fun to work with and can tell the story of all your favorite fabric choices if you only let them:) There are no rules here, only creativity and expression. Take … [Read more...]

Half Square Triangles | Quilting Basics

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

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

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...]