I’ve had some requests lately from sewers wanting to know how to make quilt blocks. Here is a good ole’ traditional block called the “Maple Leaf”. Living in New England we see a lot of these leaves! They don’t have to be just green – you can make them almost any color! In this video you’ll also learn how to “chain piece” and make “half square triangles” (aka HST’s). You’ll also learn an easy way to “reverse applique” the stem block.
So far, the only other tutorial I’ve done on a quilt block is the Angel Jewels block in my Quilt As You Go tutorial. If you have a special block you want to learn how to make, let me know! I’ll be glad to make a video with all your options! Currently I’m working on samples to show you how to make a “Cathedral Window” quilt – the traditional way – and also a much quicker version – “kind of a cheat” way. 😉 It’s not ready for posting yet, but I’m hoping to have it ready soon. So for now, enjoy making these maple leaves!
If that wasn’t fun enough – try this SUPER QUICK and SIMPLE method!!
Using 5 1/2″ squares will help you create all the 3 1/2″ HST’s you’ll need to make the Maple Leaf Block described above
No need for a long arm machine if you quilt your project in sections! This is a sports quilt made from team jerseys, and it’s being put together in rows – so each row can be quilted before finally being pieced together. The trick is to pick a steady tempo and do a little portion at a time. Don’t rush – and practice first!!
If you do a lot of sewing, then you’ll love this little project! You can make it with a couple of fat quarters, or with fabric scraps – and it will keep your sewing area neat and clean. It also makes a great gift for all you sewing or crafting friends!!
Felt or Fleece or scraps of fabric – you can make a horse of a different color! Just trace around the top of a candy cane with an extra half inch all the way around to make a pattern for yourself. Fold a rectangle of fabric in half (at least 4″ x 11″) and then you are off to the races! This project is a good way to hang your candy canes. When the kids go to eat them – they’ll know which candy cane belongs to who – and when they don’t finish (do they ever?!) – you can hang it back up and they can come back to it later! No sticky mess on your tables or couches!!! When the candy is gone – it makes a fun finger puppet!
Linen or Cotton – they both work great for this decorative tree shaped napkin. With just 2 half yards of fabric in contrasting colors – and only a half hour – you can make 4 napkins! They stack nicely at the buffet table or look great at a table setting. Have fun with this very EASY project!
Need a pincushion for all your sewing hobbies? Here’s a fun owl-shaped pincushion that’s easy and quick. I call this “zen sewing” – a small hand sewn project that I can work on while I zone out in the evenings.
Looking to turn your old t-shirts into a t-shirt quilt? It’s a great way to show off all your old memories in a super comfy design! Before the shirts are sewn together, you’ll need to “de-bone” them and take off the sleeves and collars. Here’s a tutorial on the best way to prep your shirts for a t-shirt quilt.