Category Archives: tips and techniques

New Beginnings . . . Weeks 1 & 2

I don’t make new year resolutions, but I’ve decided to challenge myself this year and see how far I can get and create something once a week. It won’t matter which day of the week I make it, what matters is that it’s created before the week is out (this doesn’t include any and all WIPs or UFOs) So, last week; which was the first week of January, I used the Gourmet Quilter’s zippered pouches using 10″ squares video, so I made the quilted pouch featured below using her technique. If you are interested in making this pouch click on the video below. You can also purchase the Gourmet Quilter’s pattern by clicking on the zippered pouch photo.

Zippered Pouch  (fabric by DearStella)

This week, I’ve decided to make another quilted 10″ pouch with zipper tabs. I’m going to use Jenny Doan’s technique for adding zipper tabs. View video for tutorial.

Completed week two’s pouch with zipper tab. I watched Jenny’s video and used her technique for the zipper tabs. I made a different pouch.


Stitch and Flip Tutorial

Once again, I’m adding a technique to my blog that will make your quilting life easy. I’m always looking for methods that make piecing quilt blocks quick, easy, and effortless. I came across a stitch and flip tutorial demonstrated by Diane Harris (Quilter) from National Quilters’ Circle. She explains why you should add stitch and flip to your quilting skills, so check out the video. Remember no matter how skilled you are. You can always learn something new. Enjoy!

QAYG (Quilt As You Go)

Every Tuesday night, I quilt with a group of extraordinary women. Their vast talents range from seamstress, knitters, quilters, felters, designers, book club members; you name it and most likely one of them has done it. These women are full of knowledge, travel, life experiences  and exposure. I truly enjoy being a member and friend of this group (Tea Cups). It is such a learning experience. You never know what’s in store for you on any given Tuesday. Several Tuesdays ago Josie (a member and friend) taught a QAYG (quilt as you go) class. I missed that session, however, I decided to blog about this technique. There are several techniques, but after watching Josie I decided to post two QAYG videos showing the techniques she used. These  videos were made by the Gourmet Quilter. This will be the next technique I try. Enjoy QAYG!

Other Gourmet Quilter QAYG Tutorials

I finished my QAYG quilt and I made a pillow.

Sunshine – Front
Sunshine – Back
Pillow – Front


Sewing Machine Care

I receive email from the National Sewing Circle and one of this weeks videos is on Sewing Machine Maintenance Tips.  Did you know that maintenance should be performed on your sewing machine after every major project? How often do you clean your sewing machine? Click on the link below and let Jessica Giardino walk you through the Sewing Machine Maintenance Tips video. Enjoy!

Sewing Machine Maintenance Tips