Recently I learned about facing a quilt instead of binding it. You attach facing in a way similar to the way binding is attached. Fold the binding completely to the back. Facing a quilt doesn't add any extra dimension, color or texture to the outer edges of the quilt.The border fabric looks like weathered wood. I wanted it to look like a framed window. Check out the video of how I faced
Saturday, January 30, 2021
Friday, January 29, 2021
AccuQuilt strip cutters are fast and easy to use. The speed and accuracy in cutting far surpasses what I can do with a rotary cutter. The AccuQuilt strip cutter (2″ finished size) is the workhorse of my AccuQuilt dies. Use it to cut strips for all the Jelly Roll™ patterns, sashings, bindings and more.
Use either of these AccuQuilt dies to cut
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
At The Retreat House
In February, the retreat side will be closed for renovations to the small upstairs bathroom. The shop side will still be open for shopping on Thursdays from 10-2. We decided to do these renovations earlier than planned to take advantage of this time when many of us want to stay hunkered down for a little longer.
In the shop area we have added ductless air/heat system to make it more comfortable and we are adding two doors to enter from the outside. This will make it easier
A fat quarter is the same amount of fabric as a quarter yard of fabric. The difference between a fat quarter and a quarter yard of fabric is the shape. Most quilting fabric is about 45" wide. A yard of fabric is 36" x 45". If we cut that yard into quarters you would have 4 pieces each 9" x 45".
The 9" cut is less than ideal for making quilts. Quilters often like
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Why Lengthwise Cuts?
The lengthwise grain runs parallel to the selvage. It is stronger and stretches less than the crosswise grain which runs from selvage-to-selvage.The lengthwise grain gets it's strength from the warp threads which are continuous along the length of the fabric. The weft threads are the shorter threads which are woven across the warp threads.
Friday, January 22, 2021
One of the most common questions I get from customers is how to make a quilt a certain size. In this video I describe how I do that on paper and then show you how to use the Sizing A Quilt calculator.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021
This past Saturday we had a tuffet class at Five Oaks. Four ladies started piecing the tuffet cover. The picture below was taken from a very large class I taught in 2019. I love all the colors.
Sunday, January 17, 2021
Have you ever wanted to make a quilt larger than what the pattern says? Or have you ever seen a picture of a block and wanted to reproduce that into a quilt? Most people aren't math crazy like me, so often it's the math that stops us from moving forward with our designs.
This article and the included calculator will show you how to break down a block design into it's smallest pieces that we will call patches. After all, it is a patchwork quilt!
Two Important Notes:
- The calculator is based on a usable fabric width of 42". Most likely you can use more of the width but I like to prewash my fabric and cut off the selvages. This gives me the extra I might need.
- The amount of fabric needed is the exact amount needed. You should purchase more than this just to be sure.
Start With A Patch
Example 1: A Square
Now we want to see how much fabric we need to cut 27 of these squares. Go to the calculator and enter these three numbers:
- Enter 5.5 in Lengthwise Grain
- Enter 5.5 in Crosswise Grain
- Enter 27 in Number needed
Enter the number of patches needed:
Cut strips @ inches x WOF
Sub-cut each strip into segments of inches.
For a total of pieces.
Fabric needed: inches OR approx. yards.
Friday, January 15, 2021
I'm working on two scrap quilts using the same block... a 2" x 4" finished rectangle. I ran out of enough variety so I'm cutting more from the mountain of scraps I have.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
This was on my bucket list of quilts to make. Many years ago my friend, Ramona, taught a Winding Ways class at Fabrics Etc. in Webster Texas. I didn't take the class but I always admired the sample quilt hanging in the shop.
Tuesday, January 12, 2021
The Five Oaks Retreat is open and ready for your reservations. For information about the retreat house and to see the booking calendar click here --> The Five Oaks Retreat.
Even though we are ready for your visit, there are still some things we want to do in the next several months. Last week there was a lot going on here:
- The studio got some much needed lighting.
- Several contractors came by to give us bids on adding an exterior door and remodeling a bathroom.
- Open house was done.
- Two quilts finished.
Saturday, January 9, 2021
Update January 10, 2021: This article was originally posted several years ago. Since then I have changed a few things:
- I no longer cut my strips 2-1/2" and use a 3/8" seam allowance. Instead, I cut the strips 2" wide and use a 1/4" seam allowance.
- Since I use a 1/4" seam allowance now, there is no need to use a walking foot.
Many quilters dread the process of attaching a quilt binding. I love to attach bindings because that means the quilt is nearly finished. Here is a tutorial on how I prepare, attach and finish my bindings. The only special tool I use is a walking foot.
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Bargello quilts can look intimidating, especially for beginning quilters. The three basic steps to making a bargello quilt are:
I use Electric Quilt to design most of my quilts. I found this to be a great tool for auditioning fabric choices. If you are using Electric Quilt, put “bargello” in the search box and find "How Do I Create a Quick Bargello?" to find step-by-step instructions.
Prepare the Fabric
First, determine the placement of the fabrics. The colors should flow from one fabric to the next. Some ideas are light ot dark and color groups.
TIP: Lay out the fabrics and take a picture. Try other combinations and take a picture each time. Look at the pictures to determine final placement.
Step 1 - Sew Horizontal Strip Sets
PressPress the seams to one side, alternating the pressing direction.
Fold the strip set, right sides together and stitch fabric 1 to fabric 13. This forms a tube. Do not press this seam.