Sewing & Quilting Blog

Ideas and inspiration from artist & fabric designer Tara Reed

QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Churn Dash

QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Churn Dash

FREE QUILT BLOCK TUTORIAL: Churn Dash Want to learn to sew a quick and versatile quilt block? The churn dash quilt block (also known as the monkey wrench quilt block) is a great place to start! This tutorial creates a small block - 6 1/2" square -...

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Called to Sew – DIY Face Masks

Called to Sew – DIY Face Masks

Called to Sew - Face Masks This tutorial was created on March 21, 2020 during the Coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak. It is a global pandemic that has halted life as we know it around the globe. People are scared. People are sick. People are dying....

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Send Me to the Woods Fabric – Inspiration Story

Send Me to the Woods Fabric – Inspiration Story

I'm excited to introduce you to my lodge and outdoor themed fabric collection with Riley Blake Designs - Send Me to the Woods   This collection of quilting fabric features 21 prints and two panels with four square layouts for pillows, quilts and...

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TUTORIAL: How to Sew a Zipper

TUTORIAL: How to Sew a Zipper

When you sew a zipper you are connecting two things that you want to have closed, open or somewhere in between.  It might be a dress, your jeans (if you are industrious enough to sew your own jeans!) or my favorite - a bag. I have found that...

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How to make Selvage Fabric – free tutorial

How to make Selvage Fabric – free tutorial

Gone are the days of boring selvage on fabric. Fabric companies are now getting creative on the edges as well, which can make them a lot of fun to sew with!What is "selvage" exactly? A selvage (US English) or selvedge (British English) is a...

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Participating in my first Quilt-Along

Participating in my first Quilt-Along

My first foray into quilting was in the early 90's (yep - I'm dating myself!) It was before the internet and when I was just out of college. First job. Then baby. Then quilts! Quilting was a solo hobby for me. I'd go to the fabric store, decide...

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IKEA HACK – DIY Sewing Room Cutting Table

IKEA HACK – DIY Sewing Room Cutting Table

When I was creating my sewing room (I've decided to call it a "Sewing Annex" because it sounds a bit more posh, don't you think??) I wanted a cutting table that was a good height (so my lower back doesn't start complaining) and has lots of storage....

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