having been a beginner, i know what assumed knowledge instructions are often lacking, so i have written (many of ) these instructions to be helpful to someone with no previous sewing experience.
but you don't have to be a beginner to want some quick and easy projects that look good, too, so don't run away if you're experienced.
i've been designing my own patterns from the start of my sewing journey.
those are included here, as well.
quilt patterns and blocks
4 square baby blanket
part one - supplies and prep work
part two - sewing the top
part three - completion, back and edge stitching
a simple but darling baby blanket that will come together easily and make you look good
just right for first-timers
uses 4 fat quarters, a yard of flannel, and embroidery floss
in-depth, step-by-step instructions for this easy border/binding stitch full of rustic charm
i use it most often for finishing the edge of my 4sq baby blankets
with a bit more about securing the corners here.
6 and a half dozen baby quilt pattern
a quick and easy baby quilt that can be made with 6 fat quarters, 1.5 yds backing fabric, and a few hours
perfect for beginners, designed by one
a beginner-friendly, jelly roll-friendly quilt pattern that i designed in my earliest days of quilt obsession. like, it was the second full-size quilt i started after making my first.
a charm square-friendly, super quick and easy pattern that works up fast and bold.
almost completed - start here
wonky stacked coins quilt block
great for scraps, a clean modern improv look
my process for a pieced backing
how i think or plan my way thru creating a pieced quilt backing
specifically, how to make the 3-strip accent strip pieced backing here
and my favorite backing accent touch with selvages here and here.
3.5" square in a square block
this itty bitty block is used in the gypsy wife quilt several times. since i couldn't find an alternate method to the pattern instructions for this size online, i figured it out myself.
gifts and other
fat quarter lollipops
turn a yummy fat quarter into a sweet treat for a sewing friend
whip up an apron
some general guidelines for creating a child's apron out of 2 fat quarters and 2 yds of grosgrain ribbon
supremely simple child's fat quarter apron
basic instructions for creating a simple apron from a fat quarter and some ribbon that will fit a little one perfectly for baking time
sewing room gear
diy pressing board
pressing quilting seams on a pressing board (as opposed to an ironing board, which is cushier and less firm) makes for more accurate seam pressing and less fabric distortion. with just a few basic supplies and about an hour, you can make your own at home.
bonus: also doubles as a photo backdrop board!
a detailed look at using "triangles on a roll" paper templates to churn out half square triangles with a minimum of fuss
makes chevrons a snap to produce
easy individual half square triangle method
a simple method for making hst's when using precuts or individual squares of various fabrics
save time by chain piecing and avoid distortion by cutting after you sew the bias seams