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Tutorial: How to Patch a Hole in Your Jeans with a Janome Buttonhole Foot

February 19, 2019

How to Mend Your Denim: I love wearing jeans. I wear them almost every day. I am lucky enough that I don’t have to wear dress casual to work, I can just wear some blue jeans. They are comfortable and look great with everything. Easy! But wearing jeans every day means that eventually, they get a hole. Look, I know it’s cool to have holes in your jeans and I know visible mending is all the rage these days but some holes are in spots that are in areas that you don’t want to draw attention too if you catch my drift… So this tutorial will show you how to mend your jeans in a much less visible way. You can always use a contrasting color of thread to darn if you want it to stand out. What is darning? Darning describes a way of mending a hole in a woven fabric using threads or yarns in an interwoven fabric…

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Bust Yo Scraps – Stargyle Quilt Along – Step 4: Creating Your Sawtooth Stars

October 18, 2016

Making Stars!  I love quilts with stars in them.  Especially Sawtooth Stars like we have in this quilt!  These are stars are so easy to make. And instead of a plain square in the middle (which you could do if you wanted) we are going to use some of the four patches that we already have completed.   The finished Star Block size for this quilt is 8″. Queen Size = 41 Stars Lap Size = 25 Stars The Sawtooth Star is a 9 patch block created with four flying geese and some squares.  Easy right?  There are a lot of tutorials online on how to create a flying geese block.  If you have a favorite tutorial that you want to use note that you will need  2″ x 4″ finished flying geese.  My friend over at SuzyQuilts has a great tutorial on how to make a sawtooth star without a ruler: http://suzyquilts.com/reverse-sawtooth-star-quilt-pattern/ For each 8″ Sawtooth Star you will..

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Bust Yo Scraps – Stargyle Quilt Along – Step 3: Creating Your 4 Patches

October 10, 2016

Finally!  Let’s get to the sewing!  This weekend I started to cut up my scraps and get started creating some 4 patch blocks.  A four patch block is an easy and quick block to create.  There are SO many tutorials online on how to create them.  So, I will skip the tutorial but I will talk about some of my favorite ways to create them easily and quickly.  In choosing the fabrics that you will create your four patches remember to look for some contrast between the colors.  This will help the pattern to stand out.  You can create 4 patches that look like a checkerboard (with just two fabrics) OR you can go super scrappy and choose four different fabrics for each block. The finished 4 patch size for this quilt is 4″ Queen Size = 81 four patches Lap Size = 49 four patches The most traditional method of creating a 4 patch block is just sewing four..

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Bust Yo Scraps – Stargyle Quilt Along – Step 2: Sorting Your Scraps and Choosing Colors

October 7, 2016

Sorting Your Scraps My scrap basket runneth over.  I can’t say I mind TOO much when I have a lot of scraps.  But seeing them all does give me the itch to make a scrap quilt.  Let’s first talk about how I store my scraps (you might have a different way and that’s okay too) and why it works for me.  Then we can talk about colors and how to choose for our Stargyle quilt! We all have a different amount of scraps.  When I started quilting, I didn’t have much at all.  I started out with just one small plastic bin and I threw everything in there.  Once my bin started getting full, I put them in three bins: warms, cools, and neutrals.  Eventually, years go by and I have a bin for every color (and multiples of some!). I consider any oddly shaped fabric (that won’t fold up nicely on my fat quarter/fat eighth shelves) or fabric less..

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Bust Yo Scraps – Stargyle Quilt Along – Step 1: Gathering Your Scraps

October 5, 2016

It’s time!  It’s time to tackle my scrap box again.  I know some of you out there are like me.  You have boxes of odd sized fabric pieces just waiting for them to be created into a beautiful and fun scrap quilt.  But they sit there waiting.  New and shiny fabrics come in and get used… MORE SCRAPS! I love scrap quilts.  Some of my favorite quits are made of things from my scrap bins.  But it’s not often that I set out to create something thinking that I’m going to specifically use scraps and a lot of patterns call for bigger pieces of fabrics. So, I have created a pattern to quickly (very quickly with the help of a few short cut rulers) create a quilt that can use different sizes of fabric scraps.    It’s time to BUST YO SCRAPS!  I’m going to show you how I organize my stash and scraps, how to choose scraps for your..

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Scrappy Pinwheel Block Tutorial

July 1, 2014

Hello quilting friends!  This tutorial is one I should have done about a year ago.  The most popular quilt that is hanging in my shop now is my pinwheel quilt. So many of my customers at Pink Castle Fabrics ask me, “Oh, is there a pattern for that??”  And I say no and then a draw out for them how to make the block on a post it note and send them on their way.  I decided this week to start on a new pinwheel quilt using my scraps and fat quarter stash and I thought I should finally put together a little tutorial on how it’s done. This tutorial will show you how to create an 8″ pinwheel block using a strip piecing method.  It’s pretty fast once you get the hang of it too.  I can make 8 blocks in just one episode of Buffy!  It’s really easy to make when you use a solid Jelly Roll for..

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