Category Archives: Beginner Sewing Projects

MMQ – A few more blocks

Sixteen blocks are needed for the MMQ top.  These 4 blocks include a simple 4″ square, a modified sailboat block, a shaded 4-patch block and a “W” alphabet block. The 4″ square is perhaps the simplest block.  The fabric is … Continue reading

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Huck Towel Graph

Most Huck Towel designs can be replicated from a picture. However, the wave section  of the Stash Couture Huck Towel design Waves with “Lace” Edge, creates a colorblending optical illusion that makes it difficult to see individual threads. The following … Continue reading

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MMQ: Log Cabin Block Variations

The Log Cabin Quilt Block is a very common block in traditional quilting. Traditional Log Cabin Quilts are typically sewn with a red center square and alternating sides of light and dark as in this example from the TLC Home … Continue reading

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MMQ Blocks 5, 6 and 7: Pinwheel and Variations

Pinwheel is another traditional quilting pattern. When multiple blocks are joined – especially if completed in brightly colored and patterned fabric – the quilt top appears to be in motion! (see more at TLC Home Website) Block 2 was a … Continue reading

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MMQ Blocks 2, 3 and 4

The MMQ Blocks for today are very simple – instant gratification! Block 2 is a Half Square Triangle – a single seam creates the center 4″ design block! Half Square Triangles are used in a multitude of traditional quilt blocks, … Continue reading

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The MMQ – Modern Monochromatic Quilt: Block 1 and Border

Urban. Contemporary. Modern. One might consider those odd words to use to describe quilting – and age old art form. Blacks and Greys – monochromatic colors were used to create simple blocks for a Modern Monochromatic Quilt. When piecing these … Continue reading

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Stash Couture Huck Towels

Graphed Pattern and instructions for the Wave with “Lace” Edge design can be found by clicking here. Embroidered Huck Towels harken back to the days when women transformed common everyday objects into pieces of art with needle and thread. Kitchen … Continue reading

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Table Runner Tutorial: The Engineering-Only Version

“The facts, Ma’am, just the facts.” Editorializing is fun. But too much of it in a tutorial can cause confusion.   So to focus solely on providing the instructions for the Destashification Table Runner – this engineering-only version was created….. … Continue reading

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Tutorial: Flanged Pillows with Frustration-Free Zipper

Who enjoys sewing in zippers? Silence… An occasional cricket chirping…. …..but mostly silence. Something about zippers frightened an entire generation away from sewing.  However, this “zipper anxiety” is totally unnecessary. Flanged pillows can be completed in less than 2 hours … Continue reading

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“I Can’t Sew a Straight Line” No Measure Modern Quilt Tutorial

This quilt is designed to guarantee a beautiful modern quilt – with perfectly straight lines – by even a beginning sewer! The twenty-something daughter is visiting and wanted some help with apartment decor. Her bedroom needed some color – and … Continue reading

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