Archive for the 'Sewing' Category


Friday, May 27th, 2016

The Cutting Table: The Story of Us on Turning Point. (video, 24 minutes)

The Cutting Table is the weblog of the Missouri Star Quilt Company, who also offers free video quilting tutorials, which you can watch on their YouTube Channel.

One of my favourite tutorials by Jenny Doan is the one for the Missouri Star, which I used to make a Christmas table topper for my mom last year. I just realized that I forgot to take photos of it – I searched for one to post here. The only photo I’ve got is this one that my parents sent me of the table topper “in action”:

Actually, the quartered stripes quilt they posted today looks like it would make a fun wall hanging. I might have to try that out. Now let’s see if I’ve got striped fabric in my (very small) stash…

Quilt Envy

Thursday, April 7th, 2016

If I had unlimited time (and budget for buying fabric and notions), I would love to sew a lot more. One of my favorite quilters that keeps a weblog is Ashley of Film in the Fridge fame. Take a look at these gorgeous quilts:

Modern Quilts

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Tara Faughnan (website, weblog) makes beautiful modern quilts. I like the colors and the geometric patterns she chooses and wouldn’t mind having one to hang on our living-room wall. Or maybe I should steal one of her ideas, adapt to our color palette, and get on with the sewing myself!

See How We Sew: Tara Faughnan – Embrace your creative mess! and Part 2 – Tara Faughnan shares her quilts.

Michael Miller Fabrics offers a printed cotton fabric with the Fireworks design by her, and you can download the instructions (PDF) for her Prism Quilt for free. Jolene of Blue Elephant Stitches made this version using subtle prints next to solids.

Easy Patchwork Pattern

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Missouri Star Quilt Company: Rising Star Quilt. Easy to sew, many possible layouts. Watch the video on YouTube.

(Today my grandma, who gave me her treadle sewing machine, would have turned 93 years old.)

Sewing on Saturday

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Today I whipped up a little Scotty Dog for the big sister of the twins for whom I sewed the blankets with initials.

Each square was 4cm (1.6in) big including seam allowance, or about 3cm (1.2in) finished.

I included two fussy-cut squares of the fabric that I used for the blankets – see the pirate crab and the parrot?