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Friday
Mar272009

Binding a Quilt with the Backing Fabric

This is a very quick and simple way to bind a quilt!

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Sunday
Apr292012

Broken Dishes Block

The Broken Dishes block is a simple quilt block consisting of four right triangles that meet in the center.

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Thursday
Mar202008

Buttonhole

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I always thought that making buttonholes with a sewing machine was hard but I was happy to find out that I was wrong. Follow this easy tutorial and you'll be making buttonholes in no time! I'd recommend trying several buttonholes on some scrap fabric before you do it on anything you want to keep. --Molly

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Sunday
Jul202008

Drafting Japanese Sewing Patterns

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One of my favorite Japanese fabrics is Nani Iro by Naomi Ito.  I first discovered it on a trip to Japan last May.  Imagine my thrill when I first started working at Purl and discovered that we carried it too!  I have been (im)patiently waiting for the past few months for her new line to come out, and I wasn’t disappointed.  On top of a beautiful collection of fabrics, Naomi Ito has put out a book, Nani Iro Pattern Book, with patterns using her fabric. Nani Iro is a double faced gauze fabric, which lends itself nicely to loose, flowing pieces versus highly tailored clothing.  None of the patterns have zippers, and only a few have button or hook enclosures. 

Drafting a pattern from a book in a foreign language can be intimidating!  But, don’t worry, Japanese sewing and craft books are very straightforward once you get started.  I rarely read the instructions and follow the pictures when sewing.

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Monday
Jul042011

Flying Geese

The Flying Geese Block is a very useful rectangular quilt block that can either be used on it's own (as in the quilt above) or as a building block for other blocks.

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Monday
May262014

Fringed Edges

This is a simple way to create a fringed edge without worrying about the fabric unraveling.

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Thursday
Feb232012

Hand Quilting

Hand quilting is the method of sewing together the three layers of a quilt (the backing, the batting, and the top) in patterns of hand sewn stitches. It’s certainly not fast, but it is stunningly beautiful. This tutorial only covers the hand quilting stitch itself. Before you get started you will need to thread baste your quilt top, batting and backing together.

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Thursday
Aug222013

Making Bias Tape Binding

Quilts are traditionally finished by being bound with bias tape binding. If you'd like to make your own here's how!

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Thursday
Aug222013

Pinwheel

The Pinwheel block is a beautiful traditional block made up of four Half Square Triangle blocks.

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Tuesday
Nov182008

Quilter's Knot

Thread your hand sewing needle with thread that matches your background fabric (for the purposes of this tutorial we've used contrasting thread so you can see it).

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