Category Archives: Tutorials

New Busy Bag

When we go to Hubby’s appointments I’ve been taking my bag….
I love my bag.  It’s the perfect size when we are staying overnight and I need the laptop with.  There’s room for magazines for the hotel room in the evening…room for stitching projects and my English paper piecing.

When we go to the actual appointments, the bag is a little too big…so, I decided to make myself a smaller busy bag that can go inside my big bag.  I’ll take that out and bring it with when we go to the actual appointment.

I thought about buying a pattern.  I thought about searching the internet to find a free pattern.  Then I thought WHY…you can sew Jo.  You can just work it out as you go…and that’s what I did.

I started with an orphan block left over from my Tulip Fields quilt.  I put a 1 1/2″ strip on each side.

Then I put 2 1/2″ strips on each side of that.
Then… Continue reading

Binding Tutorial

When I first started binding quilts one of my biggest fears was seaming the binding strip together at the very end.  At first I overlapped the seams and didn’t sew them together.  That was awful and looked like a bulky mess.

Then I got the binding tool.

I had watched Jenny from Missouri Star and she made it look so very easy.  I ended up ordering one and loved it.

Fast forward a couple years….I lost it.  I was too spend-thrift to buy another…so I started doing it on my own.  Being I had used the binding tool for so long, I could kind of make it work without one using about the same technique only lazily cutting instead.  Then I found my binding tool.  But by now I was using 2 1/4″ binding instead so it wasn’t working quite right.  So back to doing it on my own with no percision…but good enough.

That was working okay…then one day I was going through my Facebook feed and saw a video.  I watched it…then rewatched…then when I was binding my baby quilt, I decided to give it a try.

I was thrilled and tried it on the baby quilt I finished recently.  It worked splendidly and I decided to write blog post about it.  So I started this post…but…do you think I can find the original video I watched.  I couldn’t.  BUMMER.

So…when I went to bind the Daylilies quilt I took pictures so I could show you how.  If I can’t show the video, at least show you the pictures.  Here goes…. Continue reading

A Tip of Sorts

I’ve gone to retreats and someone will say…”Oh thanks, that’s a great tip.”  I didn’t know I was offering one.  I was just busy sewing and they were apparently watching me and caught on to something I was doing.  It was something I do everyday and didn’t even realize it was something other people don’t do.

This is one of those “tips”.

Here I am busy ironing the pieces for my Tulip Fields quilt.  I leave them all together in a chain as I do it.

Then I go along with the scissor and cut them all apart cutting off the dog ear (hang piece) as I go.

Then my ironing surface.  Ends up looking like this…. Continue reading

Quilt Finishes!!

I’d love to tell you that all the quilt finishes were mine, but alas, they aren’t.

I am excited about them though!!

First up is a charity quilt that was sent out to one of our volunteer binders, Karen Green.  The top came to me from Nancy Clarke from Homestead, FL….and now the quilt will be donated to Quilts of Compassion.  Isn’t that awesome?  Another quilt going out to help someone in need.

Jellyroll race quilts like this one are fast and perfect for giving.  I’ve seen many and no matter the colors, I always like them.  Sometimes simplicity is fun.

Thanks ladies for helping with the charity quilt project.

Next up is a quilt from a blog reader who used one of our free patterns to make a quilt:

Cathy Witt writes, “I am from Tellico Plains, TN.  I have followed your blog for years.  When the red and green Christmas Star quilt first appeared I knew I had to make it. I was so anxious, I didn’t even wait for the tutorial.. I just jumped in and tried to figure it out.  Although technically what I figured out wasn’t exactly your method of assembling it,  it was working. Then life got in the way.  I put it away and haven’t touched it in quite some time.  This week a good friend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I knew I needed to send him a quilt.  I didn’t have anything at all suitable for a man.. Then I remembered your star quilt. I was using greens, blue and creams.. perfect for a man.. It was barely underway. I had only a handful of blocks and a number of “components” made up, but it was all there in the bag where I left it.  I started sewing and sewing and yesterday I had it ready for quilting.  I quilted it last night, bound it this morning and put it in the mail to him this afternoon.  Thank you for such a great pattern.”

Well thank you for sharing the photo.  I love to see what you guys do with our patterns.

Jo's star quilt (002)
As noted we made the original one in Christmas colors…boy does it look nice it these colors and as said, it’s a perfect “guy” quilt.

If you are looking for the free pattern to make this quilt you can find it here.

Quilters have such big hearts.  It so awesome to belong to a community of givers.  I couldn’t feel more blessed.