My Tutorials

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Happy Quilting!!


Redbird and Berries Mini Quilt for the Moda Bake Shop:

Redbird and Berries is a 22" x 30" mini-quit wall hanging made with applique, bias stems, perfect circle berries and dense free motion quilting. 

NOTE: The original tutorial has been archived from the Moda Bake Shop but is in my Redbird Quilt Co. Shop.   Find it my clicking the image below.


Redbird and Berries Bird Mask and Beak Tutorial:

A detailed tutorial for preparing and appliqueing the Redbird mask and beak.


Preparing Bias Stems with the Clover Bias Tape Maker:

Step by step instructions for using the Clover Bias Tape Maker to prepare applique stems.

Preparing Perfect Berries:

Step by step instructions for using the Karen Kay Buckley Perfect Circles  - OR - heavy paper to prepare perfect berries.   Click the image below for detailed written instructions.

FMQ - Aligning Your Free Motion Quilting Stars for Moda Bake Shop:

This tips and tricks post will help Align Your Free Motion Quilting Stars.  Click the image below for the full tutorial.

Thread Troubleshooting for Aurifil Thread Matters Blog Series:

I share a few tips and tricks for working through thread adventures when sewing on a home machine. 

FMQ on a Featherweight 221 with Aurifil 28wt Thread:

I share my first adventure with Free Motion Quilting on a Singer Featherweight 221 using Aurifil 28wt thread and some sweet tools from The Featherweight Shop.

Thread Painting with Aurifil 28wt Thread - One with Nature & Thread:

I share a thread paining adventure using Aurifil 28wt on the Thread Matters series for Aurifil. 

FMQ Longarm quilting the Aurifil 2019 Designer of the Month Quilt:

I shared quilting inspiration, design ,and details about longarm quilting the Aurifil 2019 DOM quilt using Aurifil Forty3 (40wt/3ply) on the Aurifil blog.  Find it by clicking the image below. 

Thread Blending Adventures for the Aurifil Thread Matters Blog Series:

It was so much fun to run 2 strands of Aurifil 50wt thread through the eye of  a single needle.   I shared my process on this Auribuzz Thread Matters blog post from April, 2020.  Click the image below to jump to this fun and informative post.

FMQ - Let's Quilt It * A Valentine For You! for Moda Bake Shop:

Learn to quilt this sweet Valentine mini on a home sewing machine.  Feathers, echo stitching, pebbles and match-stick quilting complete with YouTube videos.  

Click image below for my introductory blog post which includes the heart template.
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Family Tree Quilted Envelope Pillow for the Moda Bake Shop:

Create a 22" square flanged envelope pillow and learn basic wool applique techniques too!

Family Tree

Heart's Content Decorative Pillow for the Moda Bake Shop:

Heart's Content Pillow is a 14" x 28" decorative pillow made from a Laundry Basket Quilts Jelly Roll and some yardage.  Techniques shared include sewing on foundation fabric, top stitching, free motion echo quilting and making an envelope pillow.   Additional wool flowers are covered in a separate tutorial.


Chevron with a Twist for the Moda Bake Shop:

Chevron with a Twist is a 60" square decorative quilt made from a Laundry Basket Quilts Layer Cake and some yardage.  Techniques shared include Half Square Triangles, Faux Ruched Flowers, and interesting domestic machine quilting.  Click on image for introductory post on my blog-- follow the link to the Moda Bake Shop.

Crochet Edge Embellishment for Aurifil Technique Tuesday:

I do love to enhance my quilting with a variety of techniques -- this one was dear to my heart.  I shared the details at Quilt Festival in Houston and wrote all about it for the Auribuzz blog in their Technique Tuesday highlights.  Add a little fun into your projects using Aurifil 12wt thread.  This tutorial will walk you through the process - click the image below. 

Faux Ruched Flower:

I love, love, love to add ruched flowers to my creations. You'll find them on the Chevron with a Twist Quilt, A Quilter's Doodles Quilt and on 2019 Aurifil Designer of the Month Block - Flower Garden. This tutorial will walk you through prepping and stitching a ruched flower.

Chevron Shuffle for the Moda Bake Shop:

Chevron Shuffle is a modern mini variation of the Chevron with a Twist quilt originally prepared for the Moda Bake Shop.  It finishes at 24" square and is created with 2 packs of Moda Charms (5" square). Techniques shared include Half Square Triangles, Modern Folded Flower and interesting domestic machine quilting using The QP Curve Templates.  Click on image for introductory post on my blog-- follow the link to the Moda Bake Shop Chevron Shuffle post.

A Quilter's Doodles Quilt: Aurifil Facebook Live Video

A Quilter's Doodles Quilt was made with Moda Grunge fabrics and using Aurifil 28wt and 12wt threads. It includes ruler work and dense free motion quilting. In May of 2017 I recorded a live video with Aurifil thread at International Quilt Market. I discuss quilt details and give a brief demo during this 30 minute video recording.

Mitered and Flanged Machine Binding: 

You'll love this machine finished binding with step by step instructions for mitering the corners and the finish.  It also includes an awesome accent flange and sweet top stitching with Aurifil 12Wt thread.   The mitered finish was inspired by a tutorial from: The Fat Quarter Shop and Lisa Bongean (see links in tutorial).  For the detailed tutorial click the image below:

Chickadees and Berries Christmas Trio for Bear Creek Quilting Company:

Piecing, quilting top stitching.. all the basics can be found in this tutorial. Click image below.

FMQ - Curled Feather on a Domestic Machine YouTube:

Learn how to mark and quilt a free motion curled feather.   The tutorial was written in support of the Chickadees and Berries tutorial but applies to stitching out a curled feather on any machine.

FMQ - Continuous Curve or Orange Peel Quilting Design on YouTube:

Learn how to mark and quilt the orange peel aka continuous curve design.   This link takes you to a 3 video Playlist on my YouTube.  Enjoy!

Redbird Christmas - Quilted Envelope Pillow:

Create a 22" square flanged envelope pillow and learn basic wool applique techniques too!   The flanged envelope pillow tutorial can be found on the Moda Bake Shop.   The tree and redbird template is available for download by clicking the image below.

Teardrops of Love

... a needle turn applique tutorial: 

Learn to hand applique using the needle turn technique.

Teardrops of Love gives you a step by step approach to needle turn applique.
  • Part 1:  Tools
  • Part 2:  Marking, Cutting and Basting
  • Part 3:  Getting started stitching, long edges and easy turns
  • Part 4:  Continuing stitching, points and other.
Click on the image below to get started.

Needle Turn Applique Continued - Placement and Overlapping Pieces

Click here to learn about applique placement and overlapping pieces

Computer Printed Quilt Label Tutorial:

Print fabric quilt labels from your home computer. 


Bouquet Memories for the Bear Creek Quilting Company: 

Bouquet Memories is a 17" x 23" wall hanging that includes dimensional flowers, a wool bird and two types of machine quilting with a walking foot.  The complete tutorial can be found at the Bear Creek Quilting Company's blog by clicking on the image below.

Wool Applique

Little Wool Blue Bird Tutorial

... includes Beginner Wool Applique Links:

Learn how to prepare and applique a little wool blue bird.  The bird shown is included in the Bouquet Memories wall hanging tutorial. 

Free Motion Quilting Tips:

10 steps to prepare to Free Motion Quilt on a domestic sewing machine.    Also tips and tricks for free motion quilting a fabric growth chart.

Free Motion Quilting Fun for the Bear Creek Quilting Company: 

Free Motion Quilting Fun is a tutorial about learning to quilt using a fabric panel.  It is hosted by the Bear Creek Quilting Company.  Are you just getting started with your FMQ ?  You won't want to miss this great primer.  The complete tutorial can be found at the Bear Creek Quilting Company's blog - click the image below to go to the introduction post on my blog:

Wool Lovers Tips and Tricks and a Free Bookmark Design

Learn to get started with wool applique and stitch this sweet wool book mark. 

Mr. Redbird - A Needle Felting Tutorial:

Create a needle felted redbird with just a few basic felting supplies.  This step by step tutorial is fun to follow.  Click the image below and make your very own felted Redbird. 

Free Motion Quilted Bird Envelope Pillows:

Learn how to transform a simple panel into beautifully quilted pillows.  Reviews free motion quilting on a domestic machine and detailed instructions for making an envelope pillow.

Simple Elmo Cake Pops

If you have a toddler birthday party coming up you'll want to make these quick Elmo Cake Pops!  I'll share a few shortcuts for this "sweet" desert.  Click on the image below to learn more.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed these tutorials, tip and tricks.  I would love to hear your feedback on any or all of the tutorials.

I would love for you to share them with your friend -- just click on the share icons at the bottom of each tutorial -- happy days!!



  1. Are you planning on doing a tutorial on the giraffe growth chart in the near future?

  2. How can I print one of the tutorials, for my future reference, without the picture distorting the instructions? The picture blocks the instructions?

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  4. Copy the url from this page into Print Friendly (link below) and it will create a pdf for you. Click Preview, check the page has what you want on it, then click pdf. Then save the pdf to your computer or print it.

  5. I have been trying unsuccessfully to find the pattern FAMILY TREE" PILLOW FREE ON MODA BAKE SHOP for the last 15 minutes. Can you please point me in the right direction. Thanking you in advance.