Bias Tape Binding Tutorial | Quilt 101

Bias Tape Binding Tutorial | Quilt 101


Hey y’all! Welcome back! Today we are diving into Part Two of our coaster making adventure.  Remember, we are using this project as a stepping stone to larger quilts and projects!  Dust off that sewing machine, order just a few minimal supplies, and you can get going!

My family is here visiting — my mom, sister Bri and I have been sewing and creating like crazy.  Harlow’s babysitting her cousin Kadley and doing a wonderful job.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen her quite as excited about someone visiting as she is about Kadley being here!  Everything Kadley does is THE BEST THING EVER!  Even just waking up from naps!  AH! The excitement!  It’s awesome.


And yes.  Kadley’s wearing a Tesla onesie.  She’s kind of a rockstar babe.

Mom and I have been attacking a duffle bag for each of us.  I am loving how it’s turning out, but I’m making a ton of modifications to the pattern — so I shall keep you posted!  I posted the photo below, and you all were extremely kind about the straightness of my quilting lines!  I made a note to do a quick post about my tips for quilting straight and even lines!  My DZ1500 has a lot to do with it — at least I think it does!


Bri has been the designer and planner extraordinaire for our quiet books we are making for the girls!  She prepped all the files and colors and pages, and we embarked on a massive shopping trip yesterday for a few supplies.  Andy and I cut out almost all the little pieces yesterday for us to start assembling today!

Because of the quantity of books we are making, Andy and I cut out the tiny shapes via a laser machine, but the ScanNCut would be amazing for quiet/activity book creation!  I hope to show you more felt cutting on my ScanNCut very soon!


Well, a bit of rambling updates!  Let’s get started with part two!


Bias tape is such a fun product to use!  It comes it great colors and sizes, and it’s ready to go out of the package.  It is wonderful for beginners who want to learn the basics of binding, but maybe don’t have all the supplies to make cutting your own binding strips easy.  I also love using it for projects like coasters and placemats!

The first thing we are doing to do is Square Up our coasters.  

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1|| I’ll cover squaring your quilt down the road, but we will quickly square our coasters before adding the binding.  Lay out your coasters and determine your final size.  I decided to trim these colored coasters to a 4″ x 4″ square.

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2|| Using a rotary cutter and a square, line up your coaster to be cut.  I like to use the angle marking on my ruler square — in this example, I quilted 45º lines, so I was able to line those up with markings on my ruler square.

If you don’t have a rotary cutter and/or quilting square, simply use a ruler to mark and measure the first side to be trimmed.  Connect to create a cutting line, cut carefully with a pair of sharp scissors.  Using that first cut edge, measure an adjacent side, connect the dots and cut.  Repeat on all four edges.

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3|| Continue trimming each coaster.  Remember to use your quilted designs to help determine and align your edges.

Okay! When all of your coasters are trimmed and square and ready for binding, we can begin!

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1|| Pick up your bias tape at your local fabric store.  You can also make your own bias tape, but that’s another tutorial for another time.

I recommend using the Extra Wide Double Fold .5 in Wide tape for binding — especially if you are just beginning.  Thicker is great too, but for tiny “mini” quilts like these coasters, thicker will be a bit more difficult.

Just to change things up, I used an even skinnier bias tape for the two examples below: Double Fold .25 in Wide tape.  It’s a bit tricky to use as it’s very thin, but it does provide a really delicate binding edge for such a small project like this.

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2|| The double fold describes the way the bias tape is folded — I know, kind of obvious.  Whoops.  But it’s because of this double fold that it is so great as an edging for quilts or small projects.

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3|| Line up the edge of your open bias tape with the edge of your coaster.  Pin and mark 1/4″ in from the edge with a fabric pen.

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4|| I like to shorten my stitch length when attaching binding of any kind.  I love that my DZ1500 keeps all my settings as I have them even if I need to turn of my machine because nap time is over!

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5|| Starting about 1-1.5″ in from the end of your binding, stitch along the crease of the binding at the edge of your coaster.  It’s better to be slightly closer to the outside edge of the crease than the inside of the crease — we want to utilize the pressed seams of the bias tape.

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6|| Stop stitching at your 1/4″ mark or slightly before.  I always backstitch a few times and then trim the threads.

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7|| Fold your binding up at the corner to create a 90º angle with a fold of 45º.  You can use a small iron to press this seam, but I just use my fingernail to press it down a bit to hold.

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8|| Holding your first fold in place, fold the binding down towards the next edge you will be stitching along.  Line the fold up with the top of the edge you’ve already sewn.  Pin into place.

Starting at the very edge of the fold, sew down the next side of your coaster.  

Continue around stitching around each edge, folding at the corners and continuing until your beginning edge.  Stop about 2″ from start of your stitching on side one.

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9|| I’m going to show you a way of completing your binding quickly and easily.  It’s perfect for beginners, a quick project and small pieces like these coasters.  I’ll show you my favorite way to bind my quilts in a few weeks!

Overlap your beginning and end of the binding by about 1 inch and trim the end.

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10|| Fold the end of your binding and lay it under the flap created at the beginning of your stitching.

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11|| Starting with a few backstitches, pick up where you ended your stitching.  Stitch until you meet up with your beginning stitches.

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12|| Trim your threads — take a peek and see that pretty ending edge you just created!

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13|| Now for my favorite part!  Flip the binding around the edges of your coaster — you will begin to see how it all comes together!

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14|| You can either pin prior to sewing, or tack down as you sew.  I typically pin in a spot or two just to get started and then tack it down with my fingers as I sew.

Pin in a few spots, pulling the bias tape gently to the back of your coaster.  You want it to be even and straight.  You also want it to be a bit wider in the back than it is in the front — this small detail will come in handy as we stitch the binding down in the back.

If you are pinning prior to sewing, fold down one side of your corner and then carefully fold down the other edge — almost like you are wrapping a present.  This will create a mitered corner on your coaster.

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15|| Begin sewing around the perimeter of your coaster as close to the edge of the binding as you can evenly sew.  I like to do a hair less than 1/8″ from the edge as you can see in the photo above.

Follow the steps below to see how I miter and sew my corners as I go.

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a// As you approach a corner, stop about 1 inch from the end/corner.

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b// Leaving your needle in the down position — which the DZ1500 defaults to — spin your coaster so the corner to be stitched is on the side of your sewing foot.

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c// Straighten out the current side you are stitching and carefully fold the adjacent edge corner up.  When you’ve created an even fold, spin your coaster back and drop your presser foot to hold that fold in place.  Continue stitching until you reach 1/8″ into the corner.  I like to backstitch once at each corner for reinforcement.

Lift your presser foot up — needle down — and spin your coaster to continue on to the next edge.

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d// Voila!  Beautiful corners and beautiful binding!  I’m still blown away at the stitch quality of this machine!

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Trim your threads and continue on each coaster!  You just made some mini quilts!  Great job!

I hope this two step tutorial helped you see how easy it can be to jump into some sewing and quilting projects!  It doesn’t need to be overwhelming.  I have so many more projects and tutorials down the pipeline — your emails and comments about specific requests have been so helpful!  Please keep them coming!  It helps me focus my attention on the questions you have right now!

Supply lists, tips and tricks, new projects and patterns — all coming at you hopefully soon.  Does someone know a way to make my body not require sleep? :) Just kidding.  Kinda.

Be sure to tag me or comment with a link to your coaster projects!  I cannot wait to see the colors, quilting designs and final products!  



Quilted Coasters Part 2 Collage

I was provided a Brother Designio DZ1500 for my creation of this sponsored tutorial.  All opinions and love for this machine are my own — they cannot be bought.  Some affiliate links have been used in this post — they simply help me keep the lights on in this ‘ole blog.  xo
Quilted Coasters || Quilt 101

Quilted Coasters || Quilt 101


Thank you guys so much for all the excitement and encouragement regarding Wednesday’s introduction post!  I want to make sure I’m helping y’all out, and I know if I feel overwhelmed with all the information I could share in these steps and tutorials, I cannot imagine trying to figure it out from scratch.

I’ve broken down the quilt creation process into eight steps.  Some of these steps are more planning and prepping steps, and others require skills that we will work on together!  I will outline the 8 steps below — each of these steps will be broken down into probably a few posts per step!

In today’s tutorial, I’ve really tried to not use any fancy-schmancy quilting tools I happen to have.  I want to show you that you can create and quilt using the most basic of supplies!  As you continue, and as we continue together, I will share my favorites as we go!  I love trying new products in this genre, so there are definitely things I wished I hadn’t purchased and things I’d purchase again in a heartbeat!  I’m hoping that by focusing on supplies that accompany each step, it’ll be less overwhelming!  (For you and me.)

1|| Picking. Planning. Designing

There are various ways to go about picking fabrics and planning for a quilt.  Do you want to use a pattern?  Do you want to design as you go? Monochromatic? Solids? Prints? There are so many options it is easy to become overwhelmed!  I often think of new designs or ideas as I’m working on a quilt, so mentally I’ve shifted to the next project already.  I try hard to focus on the design and project at hand, but you will quickly see — as I hope you get totally hooked! — that one idea usually leads to another, and it’s so fun trying new patterns and techniques in quilting!

2|| Preparing and cutting. 

Just as everything else in quilting, there are a million opinions and thoughts regarding the “correct” way to prep and cut your fabric.  Do we pre-wash? Do we starch?

3|| Piecing

Piecing is the most meticulous step in quilting.  It is made easier by proper planning and prepping!  This step will take up multiple posts, and I’m so excited to share some patterns I’ve been creating with all of you!  We will also talk about the quilt back and fun ways to make even the wrong side of your quilt more interesting and fun!

4|| Quilt Sandwich

You’ve probably heard me say this term before or heard it elsewhere.  The quilt sandwich refers to your quilt top and quilt back “sandwiching” the batting between.  Do you spray baste? Pin baste?  What batting do you buy?  So many things to talk about!

5|| Quilting your quilt!  

Wahoo!  Today we will take our first little dip into this step.  Yup, we are starting with step 5!  I’ll explain more about why I chose to start here in a minute.

6|| Squaring

Making sure your quilt is the shape you want it to be is key!  Wonky edges and crooked corners will lead to a quilt that doesn’t lay flat or look quite right.

7|| Binding

Binding might be one of my favorite steps in quilting.  Okay.  I have a lot of favorite steps in quilting — but there is just something so fulfilling about cleaning up those raw edges and putting that finishing touch on a quilt!  I have a lot of fun tips I’ve learned along the way that I’ll share with you all.  Next week, we will be binding our coasters using bias tape!

8|| Clean up and washing

Another favorite step of mine is throwing that quilt into the wash.  To me, a crinkly quilt is one of the best things ever!  Hopefully by now you’ll see what a quilt-loving-dork I am!


So why did I decide to jump to step five today?  When I made that first little robot pillow with my walking foot, it was the quilting process that got me hooked!  Something about the way quilting is like painting or drawing, but using fabric and thread, had me at hello.  I’m really hoping it’ll be the same for y’all!

The other reason I choose to start here — and with this quick tutorial — is that it’s the most forgiving.  One day soon, I’ll get out my macro lens and just document all the mistakes on my quilts!  Mistakes will happen — they just will! And you will drive yourself mad trying to fix every single one.  With these coasters, it’s the perfect project to dust your machine off and give it a whirl!  We will go back to piecing a quilt after we’ve mastered sewing a straight line again. :)

Even with this step, I am just scratching the surface — we will be back to cover more, for sure!

Let’s quit with the rambling, Kacia.


  • sewing machine
  • 5″ squares of quilting cotton — I used a Kona Solids Charm Pack
  • polyester batting or fleece cut into 5″ squares
  • walking foot*
  • thread
  • sewing supplies — scissor, seam ripper
  • marking tools — fabric pen/marker, painters tape

*the walking foot is optional, but you will definitely notice a difference if you use one!  

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1|| Make a mini quilt sandwich using two of your squares and a square of fleece or batting.  You can leave this sandwich as it is, pop a few pins in place or even use a gluestick in a few spots to lightly stick the sandwich together.

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2|| Now it’s time for the fun part!! Thread your sewing machine with your thread color of choice and test out your stitch tension.  I love this diagram if you are struggling to get it just right.  I sound like a broken record, but there are differing opinions regarding the best stitch length for quilting as well!  Between 2.75 and 3 is my sweet spot, but you will find your own as you get going!

Quilting Lines or a Grid — marking with a fabric pen. 

When marking with a fabric pen, always be sure to test the removal of the ink from your fabric.  Even though these little coasters won’t shift or require managing a bulky quilt on your machine, they are a still a great way to form good habits.

  • Start from the center out, when possible.  Even if you don’t want a center seam, find a place to start that balances out the weight of your project.  As you work on larger projects, you will be happy you’ve developed this habit.
  • Even if you want to end up closely quilted lines, start by sewing them at least 1 inch a part.  Continually “half” each of these sections until you achieve the distance you desire.
  • Walk.  It’s called a walking foot for a reason. :) You will achieve much more consistency if you allow yourself to be a little bit patient.
  • Measure if you want precise lines!
  • Figure out the measurements of your walking foot in relation to your needle — I’ll talk about this more in the next week or so!
  • Always check your tension before beginning on your project.

Click here for video.


Quilting Lines or a Grid — marking with painter tape.

When I heard that people used painter tape to mark lines on a quilt, I thought it seemed tedious and silly.  Well, that was before I tried it.

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I buy the cheapest rolls of it at Home Depot or Lowe’s in varying widths.  I find that I am able to sew an incredibly straight line when the tape is there to guide me.  You can also use the thickness of your tape to dictate the distance between your quilting lines.

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Click here for video.


Echoing and repeating a curve or line. 

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Using a fabric pen, draw a subtle curve or shape on your fabric.  Sew on that line and then continue tracing that line or shape.  Use the edge of your walking foot to create a consistent distance.  Have fun!  Change up the echoing as you go: connecting some lines and changing direction with others!

Gentle Curves


Lightly mark a straight line down the middle of your coaster.  Instead of sewing directly on this line, curve gently to each side of it.  Repeat moving out to each side of your coaster.

Have fun with straight lines!


Just have fun!  We will talk about burying your threads down the road, so try to start and end on a side as much as possible!

We’ll do the binding next week!  And I’ll show you a few variations as well!

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xo and happy Friday!


 I was provided a Designio DZ1500 for this sponsored tutorial creation.  All ideas and opinions are my own.
learn to quilt from the very beginning || Quilt 101

learn to quilt from the very beginning || Quilt 101


It is a pretty good place to start, if you ask me!  I’ve been getting a lot of emails and questions asking me to do some quilt-alongs and tutorials of some super-duper-easy quilts.  Like, I have a machine sitting in my closet and I think I can thread it and I think I can sew a straight line, easy.

Okay!  Let’s do it.

A little back story on the sewing machine and me.  I am the middle of three girls in a house full of music and creativity.  We all dabbled in sports and such, but I think it’s safe to say we excelled in the off the field things like sewing, knitting, singing…you name it.  Andy loves telling just about everyone about two rules we had in the Hillesland house growing up, the first being:

No singing at the table.


polka dots & modern trapunto tutorial

polka dots & modern trapunto tutorial


It might be sort of obvious, but I love pushing myself creatively.

It might also be sort of obvious if you have ever been in my home, that I often move on to the next challenge mentally….before finishing the project at hand.


Thankfully I have a very patient husband.

I’ve realized that I get so inspired with new ideas, I struggle choosing just one to implement for a project.  Especially when it comes to quilting, I love to push myself.  I want to try new techniques: I want each new quilt to be better than the previous one.  But with each new idea, comes five more.  With each decided upon direction, branches into 7 more ways to try it next time.

I think I’ve probably gone mad. 

I’m breaking up the pieces of this next quilt into a few tutorials for you guys!  I’ve been so so so encouraged by the response to these tutorials.  I always get pretty nervous — especially if my face is in a video — but the bottom line is that I want to give you all the knowledge and confidence to create on your own.  I absolutely love seeing the beautiful outcome of your projects!  So thank you for sharing them with me!

It’s definitely giving me the good ‘ole kick in the rear I’ve been needing to get my knitting patterns — and a few leather kit supplies — out to you all as well.  I give you permission to keep hounding me about those. :)

But today I am super excited about what I have to share with you!

I challenged you all a while back to purchase a machine that will push you to do more and learn more.  I have shown you how I used this machine to lengthen a favorite maxi dress that was just way too short and create (in my completely biased opinion) some of the cutest burp rags around.  And while this machine has a great beginner price, it is packed with accessories and features to push and challenge your sewing skills.  What I’ve been super excited to show you is a little something that might sound simple, but is pure genius.  I was immediately intrigued with a feature and accessory that accompanies the Designio DZ3000the Brother Circlular Sewing Attachment.

Have you ever tried to sew a perfect circle with your sewing machine?  Sounds simple?  Mmmmm it’s not.

The Circular Attachment allows you to mark exactly how big you want the circle to be, tack your fabric in place, and let your machine sew a perfect circle, while you simply guide the fabric around.

Of course I’m thinking of a million projects I could create with this little bugger.  Of course.  

I had a hard time narrowing it down to one project to show you today, but I’m hoping this will inspire you to try some new techniques on projects you want to try.

Let’s get to it.


What the tra-what?  

I know.  I wondered the same thing the first time I heard the word.


noun \tr?-?pün-(?)t?, -?pu?n-\

plural tra·pun·tos
:  a decorative quilted design in high relief worked through at least two layers of cloth by outlining the design in running stitch and padding it from the underside


I quickly fell in love with the dimension and interest that trapunto brings to a quilt, but I also found myself desiring to see it used in more simple and modern designs.  I love the traditional feathers typically found in trapunto designs, but they aren’t totally my style and really, let’s face it: my free-motion quilting skills are umm…. yeah, not up to that skill level yet.  But those little dots in that bottom-right image?  I am obsessed. 


A // B // C // D

I often second guess myself in quilting, but after realizing that there are about 1,000 “right” ways of doing just about any technique, I’m just going to keep plugging away!   So today will be the first in a few steps of this quilt — and multiple tutorials for you all.  I am excited to show and teach you each step!

|| Supplies ||

  • completed quilt top (mine is roughly 42″x42″ square) or the area that you wish to trapunto your circles –or whatever shape you decide to do!
  • completed quilt back
  • polyester batting or polyester fleece
  • water soluble thread (optional, but definitely recommended)
  • sewing machine! 
  • circular sewing attachment, if not included with your machine
  • cotton quilt batting
  • glue stick
  • fabric pen
  • thread and typically sewing supplies :)


1|| I decided on a striped quilt top of varied widths — the five circles I used the trapunto technique on echoed the polka dots found in another fabric used on my quilt top.  I love painting with fabrics, in a sense, and I know I am going to be hooked on trapunto for a while because of this love’o’mine!  Trapunto adds such a subtle — or not so subtle — dimension to your quilt.  This design can tell a story, echo a pattern, create your quilting pattern, or whatever you want it to do!

Mark the center and at least one point on the circumference of the circle to be sewn.  Be sure to use a fabric pen/marker/pencil.

2|| Cut your fleece or polyester batting down just bigger than each circle.  I chose to do a more subtle trapunto on this quilt — but doubled one of the five circles to change it up just a little bit.  (I have a more dramatic and free-drawn trapunto quilt to show you soon!  See? I told you I was hooked.)

3|| There are a lot of “right” ways to tack the batting or fleece to your fabric, but because we are going to be trimming away parts of it, spray basting is not your best choice.  Right now I’m a fan of a simple glue stick dot in the center of your circles with a few pins in the corners to keep everything in place.  I honestly have no idea why I have a glue stick that isn’t completely dried out, or how I happened to have it readily available, but I saw it, I tried it — and it worked!

4|| Okay!  Now that you have your fabric prepped with your fleece or batting, you can set up your Circular Sewing Attachment according to the included directions.  If you are using the Brother DZ3000, the attachment plate simply sits in place, tightened with the included screw onto the metal sewing plate of your machine.

5|| Using your center marking, place the pin gently through the weave of your fabric and through the fleece/batting as well.  Insert the pin into your attachment plate, and slide to your desired circle size.

Thread your machine with the water soluble thread — you can use regular thread in your bobbin.

There are a few reasons why water soluble thread is used for trapunto.  It’s not an absolute must, but it’ll help your quilt look more crisp and clean.  After completing these trapunto circles, we will be quilting our quilt sandwich as normal.  When we stitch around the circles again — to accentuate the trapunto depth — we don’t have to worry about thread build up or not sewing 100% over your initial pass…the thread will wash away!

It’s pretty magical, but be sure to store your spool of thread in a ziplock bag to keep it nice and dry….or else, well, you’ll be wasting a lot of money on thread!

6|| Sew each circle, being careful to let your machine foot and feed dogs do the work.  You want to allow the fabric to glide around in a circle, so that it matches up at its starting point.

I created a video to show you just how fun and simple the Circular Sewing Attachment is to use!  You can click here to view if you are reading in a blog reader.  I was a little skeptical when I read about this attachment, because it definitely seemed too good to be true!  I can now say that it is just beyond good and so true! 

7|| Sit back and admire the perfect circle you have just sewn.  It’s okay, really.  I’ll wait.

Repeat for all circles or shapes you wish to trapunto.

8|| Using a dull-pointed pair of scissors — kids’ scissors work great! — trim away the excess fleece/batting as close to your seam as possible.  Be sure to not cut the fabric by accident — it is especially easy to do when using a pointed scissor.  Be careful!

9|| Continue piecing together your quilt top.  (Trapunto is a really fun technique to use on whole-cloth quilts as well!  Which speaking of whole-cloth quilts….I have a tutorial involving one of those coming up next week!)

10|| When your quilt top and back are complete, compile your quilt sandwich: top–batting–back.

I am a huge fan of quilt basting spray, but again, there are many “right” ways to tackle this step!  (if you have questions, feel free to comment below or email me!)

You can see that even without quilting your layers together, the trapunto circles still show subtle dimension.

I just love it. 

11| Using the same marks used to sew your first layer of batting for the trapunto, place the pin carefully at the center of your circle, lining up the outside perimeter in the path of your needle.

12|| Sewing along the original circle seam. Remember, it’s okay if not ever stitch is exactly inline with your original trapunto outline — the water soluble thread will wash away, leaving you with a clean circumference.

13|| Now the back of our quilt also is starting to have a little character, as it receives the circles you are quilting as well.

And because I love the subtle dimension this fleece provides….

14|| Continue quilting each trapunto outline and the rest of your quilt.  The tighter your design outside of the trapunto shapes, the more obvious your trapunto will become.

What else will you be learning how to accomplish with this quilt?

  1. A few of my favorite ways to plan your quilting lines.  Sometimes I like to completely wing it, but lately I’ve been enjoying being a bit more intentional with these lines and designs.  I have fun painting with the fabric — and painting with the thread as well!
  2. Those stripes you see above are a new little idea I thought of during a 2am brainstorm session — why do I always think of my favorite ideas in the middle of the night when I should be sleeping?!  I am super excited about this one, folks.
  3. Binding your quilt.

So to prepare for those steps, go start some trapunto!  Don’t have a Circular Sewing Attachment?  Consider the DZ3000 or try some simple, straight edged shapes.  Diamonds or triangles would be awesome, or even some simple squares and rectangles could be stellar!

I’ll be showing you some drawing and free-motion trapunto in the upcoming month — ah!  I was not exaggerating when I said I was hooked on trapunto, but I promise it won’t be all I write or blog about.

I promise. :)

What have you been crafting or making lately?  Do share!



I was provided this Brother Designio DZ3000 to create this sponsored tutorial.  All ideas and excitement — and obsession for trapunto?  all. my. own. :)
an ombre bib // tutorial

an ombre bib // tutorial


Today I am hanging out in San Francisco with my favorite company, .  It’s not a secret that I’m a huge fan of StitchFix.  I’m so geeked to be out here in meeting them all in person — finally! — and seeing how this amazing company works.  Yesterday, we spent time at headquarters and today we are at the warehouse learning all about how those fixes get out the door and to   I can’t wait to share more about these days with you all — and my first experience here in San Francisco! 

But for now, I am sharing another tutorial with you all! This one might just be my favorite — although I might have said that last time, too.  Whoops.  Guess I have two favorites.

What I love about this project is the ability to draw a quick pattern [this bib] – and then scan in the pieces and weld them together.  Then I took that basic shape, broke it apart — and made an ombre version!  I’m planning on making these a lot for baby showers and friends — they are so fun and quick to make!


Would love to hear what you think — and I can’t wait to share more about !  More ScanNCut projects can be found here.


 I was provided a Brother ScanNCut free of charge and compensated for this tutorial.  All ideas and opinions and photos are my own.
a picnic quilt // tutorial!

a picnic quilt // tutorial!

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It’s here! The is available for purchase on !  There will be two different versions available for purchase, as you can read more about here.  If you have a Brother dealer near by, I would highly recommend going to talk with them and see it in person!  But if that isn’t an option — or if you just can’t wait! — you know my Amazon Prime account gets a lot of use.  {yesterday my subscribe and save shipment was so heavy, I had to wait until Andy was home to move it from the backdoor! whoops!}

After using this machine for a few months now, I thought I’d share a few of my thoughts!

  • I love the endless-options I’ve felt since receiving my .  As I’m watching it draw or cut one project, my mind is already wandering to more.  I’ve cut paper, veneer wood, quilting fabric, jersey fabric, leather, cardboard, and vinyl.
  • I truly believe this is a machine that expert quilters to the most beginner crafters would love and enjoy!
  • My hands-down, favorite feature is the ability to scan in a drawing or my writing or a doodle — voila.  It’s now an applique for a quilt or vinyl labels or a new pattern or….see?  endless options.  Check out these gorgeous pop-up cards using that feature.
  • It is small.  It doesn’t need to be attached to your computer or take up a lot of desk space.
  • There are various combinations of mats and blades to use for each type of material you are working with.  Keeping a chart of best combinations and materials will save you tons of time as you work.
  • As someone who hates wasting material, it has a wonderful feature that allows you to scan in the material before you cut, so you don’t have to rely on measuring/guessing.
  • It is incredible easy to use — I promise.

I’ve worked to create a few tutorials using the , and I’ll be sharing them with you over the next few weeks.

Disclaimer: I’m nervous as heck to share this video with you all!  I don’t enjoy watching myself in videos, so this is a big step for me.  Yes, I might be shamelessly asking for affirmation and nice words of encouragement.  I know, that’s a bit pathetic, but it’s the truth.  Hopefully I’ll get a little less awkward as I share more tutorials via video with you all!  

Nerves aside, I’m very excited for you to see how quick and easy it was to put together this picnic quilt for Harlow!






Full disclosure: I was provided with a free machine and have been compensated for the projects and tutorials I’ve created.  My opinions and thoughts are my own and cannot be bought.


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