Link Love / Free Projects

  • Quilters Supporting the People of Ukraine

    Quilters Supporting the People of Ukraine

    Quilters have a long history of showing love and support for the people and causes they care about. As I understand it, the people of Ukraine don’t need our quilts right now, but they do need humanitarian aid. I was moved and inspired by a post from Aurifil Thread this week, showcasing free or low-cost […]


  • FREE Project – Origami Drawstring Bag

    FREE Project – Origami Drawstring Bag

    I have a quick and easy photo tutorial for you today – along with some fun photographs from when Connor and I taught this project in the Kids Make It, Take It classes we used to offer through Lakeshore Sewing. Not only is this delightful, giftable little bag useful and appealing for all ages – […]


  • Link Love – 4 FREE Projects for the Young & Young at Heart

    Link Love – 4 FREE Projects for the Young & Young at Heart

    The cold snowy weather we’ve been having lately is perfect for staying in and sewing – and if your weather as been anything like ours, you may have some kids or teens at home, too. So I’ve rounded up a short list of free projects and tutorials that my daughter Connor and I have tried […]


  • FREE Project – Festive Holiday Coasters

    FREE Project – Festive Holiday Coasters

    Hello again, everyone! As some of you know, I went through a cancer scare this fall, and had my hands more than full with doctor visits and subsequent surgery a couple of weeks ago. But I am thrilled to report that my final biopsies came back negative & I’m getting my groove back! I have […]


  • Finishing Spree – Take Wing, Foundation Piecing, & Mixing Quilting Methods

    Finishing Spree – Take Wing, Foundation Piecing, & Mixing Quilting Methods

    Foundation piecing (also called foundation paper piecing) is a great technique for achieving precise piecing and sharp points even with tiny pieces and fabric edges that are not on-grain. For this method, the pattern is printed (or traced) onto foundation paper. This paper acts as both a stabilizer and a stitching guide while the block […]


  • Link Love – Sewing Face Masks to Help Fight the Coronavirus

    Link Love – Sewing Face Masks to Help Fight the Coronavirus

    When life seems particularly unpredictable and scary, I find it tremendously helpful when I can identify something productive to do – and doubly so when it will potentially benefit not only me and my family, but our community as well. Anyone watching the news lately will be aware of the shortage of face masks for […]


  • Link Love – FREE Patterns for the Tiki Tote & the Persimmon Dumpling Pouch

    Link Love – FREE Patterns for the Tiki Tote & the Persimmon Dumpling Pouch

    I’ve gotten some requests for more information about two projects I posted on Instagram recently – the Tiki Tote pattern from Bluprint (featured on the Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters) and the Persimmon Dumpling Pouch from Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. Not only are both these patterns FREE, but they also have free video tutorials […]


  • Link Love – Cork and the Clydebank Tote

    Link Love – Cork and the Clydebank Tote

    Have you ever heard of cork fabric? I was dimly aware of it, but it hadn’t really registered for me as something I’d like to try until I came across this post on the Sew Sweetness blog by Sara Lawson. In conjunction with an online book club she is hosting, Sara is posting a free […]


  • Link Love – Fun with Cathedral Windows

    Link Love – Fun with Cathedral Windows

    Cathedral windows has been a favorite pattern of mine since I first saw this traditional quilt style many years ago, but I’ve never made more than a few blocks at a time because the handwork proved too frustrating for me to manage wth my peripheral neuropathy. So I was immediately intrigued when I heard about […]


  • Adding Structure with Soft and Stable – Review & Tips

    Adding Structure with Soft and Stable – Review & Tips

    One of the really great things about sewing is that you aren’t dependent on what you can find (or afford) in the store – you can create or customize all kinds of things to your specific tastes and needs. Lately, I’ve been on a streak of making totes, bags and purses. Since my work (both […]


  • December Wrap-Up & Link Love

    December Wrap-Up & Link Love

    What a month! Not only is late November through December extra-busy with the holidays AND one of the most demanding times of the year for my day job as Creative Director for Lakeshore Sewing, but our plumbing saga continued with more water in the basement, where my studio is located. Needless to say, my creative […]


  • How to Sew a Decorative Pillow Cover with an Invisible Zipper

    How to Sew a Decorative Pillow Cover with an Invisible Zipper

    I’m planning to put my new Baby Lock Jazz through its paces by testing how it performs while making a series of different projects. I’m starting with decorative pillow covers with invisible zippers. If you’d like to make a pillow cover of your own, here is what you’ll need: square pillow form to cover (or […]


  • Infinity Scarves – Sewn with a Serger or a Sewing Machine

    Infinity Scarves – Sewn with a Serger or a Sewing Machine

    Infinity scarves are one of my favorite sewn gifts to give or to receive – easy to make and easy to wear! The continuous loop means no worrying about the scarf sliding out of position or the scarf ends being blown right off your body in a passing breeze. There are many Infinity Scarf tutorials […]


  • Folded Fabric Ornaments to Sew – Tutorial, Part 2

    Folded Fabric Ornaments to Sew – Tutorial, Part 2

    More Christmas in July! In my last post, I gave a step-by-step overview of the process of making the triangular ornament shown in the photo. I first stumbled across these lovely and unusual fabric ornaments on a post by Katrina, a sewist in New Zealand, at  katrinastutorials.blogspot.com. The links below will take you to my saved […]


  • Folded Fabric Ornaments to Sew – Tutorial, Part 1

    Folded Fabric Ornaments to Sew – Tutorial, Part 1

    Christmas in July! It’s not just an excuse for a sale – it’s when many of us start (if we haven’t already) sewing holiday gifts for our friends and family members. I first stumbled across these lovely and unusual fabric ornaments on a post by Katrina, a sewist in New Zealand, at  katrinastutorials.blogspot.com. The links […]


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