All Covered Up

A fun and inexpensive way to add interest and dimension to any table runner is by adding buttons. Covered buttons are easy to use and today I will show you “how to” cover them using coordinating fabrics from a table runner I just recently made.

I’ve also added the instructions on how to make the table runner:

10 Min Table Runner

This table runner is fast, fun and a perfect gift for Christmas. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

P.S. The buttons used in this video are the Dritz 2 half ball cover buttons #213-60.

Baby Burp Cloth

If you’re looking for a quick, simple and fun baby gift, look no more. This video will show you how to make a burp cloth using 2 pieces of flannel.

(2) 1/2 yard pieces will yield two burp cloths.

Make a template that looks like a peanut. I like using freezer paper because it will iron to my fabric so I can trace with-out it moving everywhere, but you can use regular paper if you don’t have some on hand.

Place flannel right sides together. Trace peanut shape to the wrong side of the flannel and cut the pieces out. Add pins to keep the pieces together. Sew the pieces together using a 1/4″ seam leaving a 2″to 3″ section opening for turning. Back tacking at the start and finish to keep the opening from raveling.

Before turning, snip around the curves to make it easier for the fabric to turn.
Turn, and press. Top stitch using an 1/8″ seam closing the opening.

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Flea Market Treasure Quilt Project Part 2

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As we’re filming this video, lots of other videos pop into my head. Like the cutting video … the pressing video … oh, and the pinning video. All these videos will help you get precise diamonds. Take the time and watch them. Even if you have quilted for years, these videos will refresh your skills. For those who are new to quilting, the videos will give you great lessons.

When checking your strip sets, use a 10 1/2″ square ruler and make your adjustments where necessary either by re- pressing or letting out or taking in a seam. Now using the 45 degree marking on your ruler, cut the angle so you can start cutting your pieces. Use only thin glass head pins to pin the units together.

I would add some of the applique to the squares and triangles before sewing it all together. You will have to add some after the quilt is sewn, but doing it this way will be easier to stitch.

When you are ready to sew the diamonds together, check out the video Set in Seams. This will walk you through how to sew the squares, triangles and diamonds together.

Flea Market Treasure Quilt Project

A friend showed me this beautiful book by Edyta Sitar. The name of the book is Scrappy Firework Quilts. I fell in love with the quilt on the cover and then I talked some friends into making this quilt with me.

We all got together, swapped 1 1/2″ strips and got started on our quilts. We were going to meet once a month and work on it together, but with my hectic life, I haven’t been able to work with them.

One Saturday night I received a phone call from them, they were ready to give it up. I decided to make this video showing them – and anyone else who would like to make it – the process I took to ensure that my strip sets would turn out right. I think we forget those basic steps we used to take when we first started quilting. Precision is extremely important when working with angles, and this stunning project deserves precision.

This is just the first video … stay tuned for more to follow in helping you make this beautiful quilt!

Tee Tips

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Here’s a tip on working with knits and cottons.

When sewing sashing to your t-shirts, lay the cotton fabric on the feeddogs of your sewing machine while the knit rest under the presser foot. The feed dogs on the machine will grab the cotton easier than the knit.

For our members, we have a four part series on making a t-shirt quilt. Thinking about becoming a member? Click on our Membership Information page to find out more.

Meeting Perfect Points

Let’s get back to basics with one of our first videos … Meeting Perfect Points!

We originally released this video back in June 2010. It has been available for our members only, but we’ve decided to include it in our free videos available to everyone.

In this video, I show you how to pin match seams so that your points will nest together giving you a perfect intersection. It’s important to press the seams in opposing directions. Make sure the seams are nice and float so that they can sit together. Using glass head pins will help eliminate bulk that otherwise happens when you us the thicker pins. When piecing, I like to use a 50 weight thread.

My last tip is to drop your stitch to a 2.0 making those stitches smaller so that your seam sits flatter.

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