Quick Tips & Tools: Perfect Applique Circles

applique circles

We are going to share with you our favorite method to get perfect circles when you applique. The ones above, look pretty perfect, don’t they?! This is the method we use, to prepare the circles to be stitched down, whether it is by hand or machine. We like methods that have some sort of helper, we call them “training wheel” methods, they give you a GREAT result, with some help. For this method our helper is going to be vellum. Vellum is a see through, paper, but it actually isn’t a paper, its made from a different substance. You will need a sheet of vellum, a hole punch, some fabric, a glue stick, hand quilting thread, a straw needle and some scissors to do this.

Here we go!


You will need to get a hole punch that is the exact size, that you want your circle to be. Punch a circle from your vellum and adhere the circle to the wrong (back) side of your fabric with a fabric glue stick.


Thread the needle with your quilting thread. Stitch a tiny running stitch around your circle a scant 1/8” from the edge of the vellum circle with the wrong side facing you.


When you have gone all around, bring your needle to the right side. Trim the excess fabric to 1/8” from stitching line.


Pull the thread tight and do a little back stitch to hold your hand stitching in place.


That’s it! Now you can glue your circle into place on your background and either hand stitch with an applique stitch or use a machine applique stitch. You will just leave the velum in, it helps to keep your circle looking perfect and as the quilt is used and washed it will just soften and you won’t even notice it’s there.


See with “Training Wheels” Applique is not so scary! We LOVE Applique and want you to as well!

Quick Tips & Tools: Wearable LED Light

sewliteThis is our very favorite new toy! If you are a hand work addict like us, and want to be able to have fantastic light while working on your project, you totally need this! Its a wearable LED light, that you can aim directly on your knitting, crochet, hand quilting ect and really, actually and truly SEE what you are working on. Awesome! Right!? Your welcome! If you would like to order one from us, click the link below:

Click this link to order: Sewlite wearable LED light

Sneek Peek: E is for Elephant Part Duex

e is for Elephant IIWe loved our E is for Elephant quilt so much, we decided to make another one, this time with a little more modern look. There were also a lot of you who were asking for a way to make it a little more boyish and we feel as though this meets that mark too. What do you think? Do you like this one more or the original with the pinwheels? or both like me! Again we used machine applique, but you can use your favorite method, whatever that may be. We made some kits, just like ours, if you would like one, just click below.

E is for Elephant II Kits

UPDATE: This pattern is also now available in a PDF for instant Digital Download, just click here to order.

E is for Elephant

Sneek Peek: Honey Bunny Baby Quilt

honeybunnyI have to admit, I get on quilt “kicks”. I find a pattern or block, I like and I will make quilt after quilt with a similar design, than I am on to the next one. Right now, I am totally on a Hexie Kick! This latest baby quilt “Honey Bunny” is part of my recent Half Hexie obsession. What do you think? I absolutely adore all of the fabrics in this quilt, especially the floral garden backing!! I actually made two of these at the same time because they were so quick and I needed one to take home right away. This is a great beginner’s project, and you can easily machine quilt it yourself on any machine. If you want some too, we have it all put up in a kit with all of the exact fabrics and our acrylic template. Believe me, you will probably make two also. The quilt is about 40″ X 40″ when finished and will become a “woobie” for whatever little is lucky enough to receive it.

Kits available through the link below:

Honey Bunny Complete Quilt Kit

honeybunny back

Free Pattern: Piper’s Picket Fence

Piper's Picket Fence Quilt

We designed this quilt, using the same blocks from our Row #1 of the Pipers Girls Row By Row Quilt. We will have a whole quilt based off of all of the Rows, because we are having such a great time doing them. So stay tuned, they are all just wonderful! This quilt is a great way to use up a bunch of your stash! You need 36 assorted “happy” fabrics and a bit more of a background. I used my favorite silver gray solid, I have been using this instead of white as of late (you can purchase the same silver solid from us that we used at a discounted price and just add your stash fabrics through the link here).

Anyway, you will loveĀ  making this quilt and it is quite a beauty when you are finished. It is also an easy one to machine quilt on your own machine with straight lines, just like we did. And we decided to give you the pattern for FREE! Just follow the link below to download the printable PDF.

The quilt is 49.5″X66″ when finished.

Pipers Picket Fence

Pipers Picket Fence

Piper's Picket Fence

Sneek Peek: Gumball Quilt

gumball 2

I just love this latest finish, it makes me very happy! This is our Gumball Quilt, what do you think? It is 38″ X 45″, just perfect for a little one, either girl or boy (or keep it for yourself!). It is made with oversized Half Hexies, that are super simple to sew together and very quick! Our pattern is at the printers and will be available next week, in a set that includes an acrylic template to make cutting this shape super simple. We also have complete kits, with all of the exact colors that we used, and the same stripey binding and polka dot backing, which I think really MAKE the quilt! I also loved that machine quilting this on my own Pfaff was totally do-able and I didn’t even have to mark it, I just followed the seams with a light pink Aurifil Thread. Follow the links below if you would like to order a pattern set or Kit (kits come with the pattern set, all fabrics for the top, pre cut bias binding and the backing!)

Gumball Pattern Set

Gumball Complete Quilt Kit