Hand Quilting Without the Stress
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by Nikki Schreiner
1w ago
If there is one aspect of quilting that brings the quilt police out the most, it’s hand quilting. People seem to think that if you don’t use a hoop or a frame and if your stitches aren’t as tiny as they can possiby be, you’re doing it wrong and so you shouldn’t do it at all. I’m here to dispel that myth! I’ve hand quilted a few large quilts in my time, and multiple smaller projects. As I worked on my recent wonky house quilt, I knew before even finishing the top that hand quilting it was going to be the best way to make it shine! I had to brush up on my technique, but it turns out it’s like r ..read more
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Improv Houses: A Quilty How-To Guide
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by Nikki Schreiner
2M ago
I finished my wonky house quilt top! It’s by far the most creative project I’ve ever made and I loved every minute I got to spend working on it. If you haven’t been keeping up with this project, you can catch up on this playlist on YouTube. I filmed several tutorials of the various elements, starting with how to make improv house blocks. And I filmed a vlog style video of the creative process in putting it all together. But without further ado, here is the finished top! After so many YouTube viewers showed a ton of love for the wonky house block tutorial I posted there, I decided to create a ..read more
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Improv Curved Piecing Tutorial
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by Nikki Schreiner
3M ago
I haven’t sewn curves in a quilt since I attempted a Denise Schmidt quilt pattern years and years ago. One block took me so long that I put it away and never made any more (though it was very cool!) Working on my improv house quilt, though, I really wanted to try some curved pieces for a border and I’m so glad I attempted it because improv curves are so easy and much faster than I thought they’d be! No fussy templates or precise cutting needed, these little quarter circles can be incorporated into a drunkard’s path design, or used in many other ways. Here’s a tutorial I filmed for how to make ..read more
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Half Square Triangle Tutorial (and lots of ways to arrange them).
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by Nikki Schreiner
4M ago
Half square triangles are a staple of learning how to quilt! Besides squares, they might by the most versatile of quilt block elements and once you start looking for them, you’ll start to notice how many quilt blocks are comprised of them! So today I’m going to show you a video tutorial on how to make half square triangles in the size you need, without them ending up crooked or too small! Then I’ll show you several ways you can arrange half square triangles into quilt blocks or even entire quilts! Let’s hop to it. How to Make Half Square Triangles for Quilt Projects Ways to Arrange Half Squar ..read more
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Sew Some Easy Travel Tissue Pouches
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by Nikki Schreiner
4M ago
Travel tissue pouches are so super useful and make the best little gifts for pretty much anyone! Bonus — they’re extremely fast to make and inexpensive to boot. Learn how to sew up these easy travel tissue holders and whip up a bunch for some fun last minute gifts with my latest tutorial! Catch the video tutorial below, and/or grab the printable PDF version too so you can make a bunch of tissue pouches without having to refer back to the video every time. I made my tissue pouches this time with the swivel hooks and that’s definitely what I’ll do from now on! I made a few of them up for my dau ..read more
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Sew a Mermaid Doll with the Coolest Yarn Hair!
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by Nikki Schreiner
5M ago
I’m so excited to introduce the Persephone Mermaid Doll sewing pattern! This doll has been in the works for awhile, mostly because I wanted to create a rag doll with yarn hair that can be styled down or in multiple ways, after the success of my first yarn doll hair video tutorial. click here to Purchase the persephone mermaid doll pattern now! How to Make Yarn Hair for Rag Dolls || A Video Tutorial Yarn hair is something that is super easy, but can leave you wondering how it’s done until you see it in action. Persephone has the coolest yarn hair! There’s so much of it and it’s impossible not ..read more
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How to Sew Mason Jar Cozies & Ways to Gift Them
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by Nikki Schreiner
6M ago
I think this may be one of my best ideas ever. I was eating my overnight oats recently, which I prepare in mason jars, and I thought how nice it would be if I had a jar cozy so my hand didn’t get cold while eating my oats. The rest is history. I got to work and designed an easy-to-sew mason jar cozy! But I didn’t stop there because then I thought, “what if this were insulated and what if it could keep my beer cold or my soup hot?” So I bought some Insul-Brite and made insulated jar cozies next. But then I thought, “Sometimes I drink my water out of the large jar, so do I need a cozy for my big ..read more
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A Super Simple Improv House Block Tutorial
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by Nikki Schreiner
6M ago
The very first quilt I ever made was a bunch of improv houses! They were all different sizes, extremely scrappy and colorful and I just put them all together by adding strips to the blocks willy nilly until I had a quilt top. Improv quilting might not be what most would consider a great beginner quilt project, but I disagree! Improv is pretty uncomplicated actually, and can be the perfect way to start, especially if you don’t enjoy having to cut a hundred pieces out before you even start sewing. I recently got a bug to make a second go around of an improv house quilt and filmed a tutorial for ..read more
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Crazy Quilted Pumpkin Coasters, a FREE pattern
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by Nikki Schreiner
7M ago
Crazy quilting is so much fun!! I’ve used the crazy quilted technique on so many projects, and I just had to make a little something for Fall. I pulled out some scraps in my favorite Fallish colors and got busy making some cute crazy quilted pumpkin coasters for my coffee table. They turned out so cute! You can use the free pumpkin pattern piece I created by clicking here, and then you can watch the video tutorial to see exactly how easy it is to make your pumpkins into a fun and scrappy crazy quilting project. Click here for the free pumpkin pattern pieces How to Sew Crazy Quilted Pumpkin C ..read more
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My Top 2 Tips for Managing a Small Sewing Space
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by Nikki Schreiner
7M ago
Sometimes my tiny sewing space gets to a point where stuff is crammed into every drawer, I can’t find things readily, and too many projects are on my flat surfaces because there’s nowhere else for them to go. Grrr! We moved into this house a year ago and I decided last week it was time for a clean out and reorganization of my tiny sewing room. Boy, was it worth it in the end! You can come along on my sewing room clean out by watching the video I made all about it, AND read on for two of my best tips I have for managing a very small sewing or craft space. Two Tips for Managing a Small Sewing o ..read more
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