Category Archives: Tutorials

Faux Cornerstone Tutorial

My oldest daughter is dipping her fingers into the quilting world and had a question about keeping blocks straight when using long sashing pieces between the rows.  The directions for Oriental Tiles said to do exactly that, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to make a faux cornerstones tutorial.

The vast majority of cornerstones are a contrasting color to add interest to the quilt top.

But for the Oriental Tiles the contrasting color is irritating instead of interesting, so faux cornerstones to the rescue.  The only thing that the “faux” means is that the cornerstones are cut from the same fabric as the sashing.

The next part is easy.  Sew block-sashing-block twice and sashing-cornerstone-sashing once, pressing to the sashing.  Here is what the backside will look like.  You can barely see the sashing in the top row once it is pressed.

Sewing the block row to a sashing row is made easier by nesting the seams.

It took longer to get a picture than it did to pin the whole row.  Can you see how those seams are nested together?  Using the thinnest pins I can find, I pin all the seams then sew the row – right over those pins.  By sewing slowly over the pins I rarely have any problems.

Once the quilt top is all together, it is difficult to even see that cornerstones were used unless you get really close.

And the best part is that all the blocks line up across and down.  In my opinion it doesn’t take any more time to sew faux cornerstones than it does to make little pencil marks on the long sashing to attempt to line up the blocks.


Fleece/Flannel Blanket Tutorial

My oldest grandson requested a fleece/flannel blanket, so I decided to write my first tutorial for this project.  The blanket is warm, easy to sew and the flannel helps to stabilize the stretchiness of the fleece.  It is basically a really big stitch and flip project.

The fabric requirements for the blanket are 2 1/4 yard of fleece, 3 1/2 yards of flannel and fabric for the binding.  Wash the fabric before starting – especially the flannel.

Here are the two pieces that I used.

032813   (1024x768)The next step is to remove the selvedges.  I make a small clip and rip the selvedges from the flannel, but I use scissors to remove the selvedges from the fleece.

Using a ruler and chalk, mark a line to trim up the edges of the fleece.

032813A (1024x768)Once the jagged edge is cut off, the fleece should measure approximately 60″ x 72″.

Fold the trimmed edges together – the fleece rectangle will be 60″ x 36″.  Reach inside the fold and mark the fabric with a piece of chalk.

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You now have a fleece rectangle with a chalk mark down the middle.  The fleece is ready, now it is time to get the flannel prepared.

The flannel is cut into quarters so that there are four pieces each measuring approximately 20″ x 63″.  For the first cut find the middle of the width of the flannel, snip and rip lengthwise.  Then fold each flannel piece lengthwise, snip and rip.

Place two of the flannel pieces right sides together along the chalk line on the fleece

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and pin.

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Using the walking foot on your sewing machine, sew the flannel to the fleece using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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When you are finished sewing, remove the pins and open the flannel smoothing the fabric.

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Place the third piece of flannel right side down, matching raw edges

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Pin and sew as before.  Repeat on the other end with the fourth flannel piece.  Making sure that the flannel is smooth and without wrinkles, place the the blanket on a large table fleece side up.  Looking at the fleece you should see three stitching lines running parallel to the 60″ side of the fleece.

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Now is the time to trim the edges of the blanket.  Don’t worry if you need to trim part of the fleece to have a square corner.  The fleece is stretchy and can pull a bit out of shape.

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Once the edges are square and even, I pin and sew 1/4″ from the edge.  All that is left is the binding.  Use your favorite binding method to finish your blanket.  There are several good tutorials on the internet for binding including Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville and Judy at Patchwork Times.

I used black cotton fabric cut into 3″ strips to finish 1/2″ on the blanket.

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Here is a plaid / Lightning McQueen blanket.

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Please drop me a line if you have any questions.  I hope that you enjoy making this project as much as I do.