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sewing machine basics

Welcome to the free resources page.  Are you an absolute beginner and need help just learning how to thread and operate your sewing machine?  Then you are in the right place.  Even if you have been sewing or quilting for awhile it might be good for you to watch this video to learn some good habits.

Click on the photo below to watch the Sewing Machine Basics video.

sew facings like a pro

Do you love the clean look of art quilts that have those clean edges with no binding?  The secret is in that we use a facing.  This is a dressmaking technique which is used to finish off the closures of shirts, pants and skirts.  If offers a clean finished edge.  Want to learn how?

Click on the picture below to watch the Sew Facings Like a Pro video.


summer top – free mini course

Do you love to sew but haven’t done it in a long time?  Here is a great mini course to get you back in the groove.  I detail how to fit the pattern to your body measurements and what fabrics to choose.   This is a very flattering pattern with several options for length and sleeves.  Ready to give it a try?

Click on the picture below to watch the Summer Top – Free Mini Course.

Summer Top - Mini Course

beading tutorial

Do you wish you could add some embellishments to your finished quilts?  Do they need just a little more sparkle or texture to make them come alive?

Join me as I spend the afternoon with my friend, Sheila, who takes us through the details of beading a quilt.  You may recall, I wrote a blog post about Sheila’s beautiful beading and quilting for her granddaughter’s Bat Mitzvah.  See the post here.

Watch the Beading Tutorial below.

Beading Tutorial

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