• Binding Tutorial Part 3

    Sometimes Crafter August 8, 2009

    Warning :: Very long and detailed post!  Now comes the fun part – curling up on your sofa in front of the TV, with your quilt, and attaching the binding.  Of course you can always stitch in the ditch on the front of your quilt to hold the backside of the binding down, but I think it looks so much nicer to hand stitch it down – and it’s really…

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  • Binding Tutorial Part 2

    Sometimes Crafter August 2, 2009

    There are gobs and gobs of good tutorials out there on attaching your binding, but I wanted a simpler more condensed version of what I have in the sidebar already.  You can find Part 1 here. Directions 1.  Pick a side of your quilt, somewhere around the middle and position your binding, leaving your self a generous tail (unsewn) of your binding for later attaching to your other end. Now,…

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  • Binding Tutorial Part 1

    Sometimes Crafter July 3, 2009

    As promised, here is the first in a series on how I go about making, attaching and finishing my binding.  In this first installment I will be walking you through how I make my binding.  Remember: there is no right or wrong way, sometimes just easier and smarter.  Always do what works for you.  And here we go… Directions 1.  Cut enough strips of fabric, 2-1/2” wide, to go all…

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  • Tutorial :: Improvisational Block

    Sometimes Crafter June 17, 2009

    Spell checker doesn’t like the word “improvisional” so hopefully it’s spelled close enough. (Thank you, Mandy!)  Finally!  May’s block!  Sorry it took me so long.  Hopefully we can get June’s block up in June, and not July.  It’s just a crazy busy two months of birthdays for all of us girls.  Sarah, her husband and her middle daughter all have birthdays in May and her twins have a birthday this…

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  • Fabric Scrap Basket Pressing

    Sometimes Crafter May 12, 2009

    As an aside to my Fabric Scrap Basket tutorial, I thought I would talk about how I get my sides so crisp and square.  I press.  A lot. When I first finish sewing the basket together, this is what it looks like.  Very rounded from the top.  Not very “basket” like in the boxy sense. First I start by folding the sides in toward the center and pressing with the…

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  • Fabric Scrap Basket Tutorial

    Sometimes Crafter April 21, 2009

    I thought I’d share with you how to make my fabric scrap “basket”. It’s VERY simple. I whipped out another two baskets in no time at all. Now I have all of my smaller scraps organized into small, medium and large groupings. Did I even mention I’m a Capricorn and like to be organized to a fault? No? Well if this doesn’t prove it, I don’t know what will. Go…

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  • Drunkard’s Path Block

    Sometimes Crafter April 13, 2009

    First things first: you need to decide how many fabrics you want to use. You’ll want at least two fabrics, but no more than 8 for a block like this. (You’ll see why I say a “block like this” at the end.) Directions 1. Choose your fabrics and cut to 7 1/2” square. 2. Stack all your fabrics, lining up all edges. 3. Lay your template on top of your…

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  • Egg Cup Pincushion

    Sometimes Crafter April 7, 2009

    This post originally appeared on Fave Crafts. Materials: Egg cup Fabric scrap (approx. 5” square) Polyfill Needle Thread Glue gun and glue Directions: 1. Draw a 4” circle on the back of your fabric scrap. I used the bottom of a small dish to trace around. Cut out around the circle, approx. ¼” from your drawn line. 2. Baste stitch around your drawn line, leaving long tails at the start…

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  • Zigzag Block Tutorial

    Sometimes Crafter March 17, 2009

      Well, here we go!  For you experienced quilters, there will be a little more info than needed.  For those of you somewhat new to the game, I hope to provide ample information.  Never hesitate to email should you have a question.  I’m always here to help. 1. Pick out 5 complimentary fabrics and cut the following: Fabric 1: two – 4 1/4” squares (this will be the top of…

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