Sewing Basics

Favorite Tips for Sewing with Knits

Posted: 6 April 2015 at 6 p.m.

Knit Tips

Sewing with knits can be fun!  Especially if you are using
adorable RBD jersey knit prints, as featured in the recent
"Knit Love" Blog Tour.  Knits are easy to sew, easy-care,
and are so comfortable to wear!

Course Instructor:  Deonn Stott @ Quiltscapes

When I was a young mom, I used ... more

Fancy Finishes: Scallops & Prairie Points

Posted: 2 February 2015 at 9 a.m.

 Fancy Finishes:  Scallops & Prairie Points

Sometimes you want to get a little fancy around the edges.  These fancy scallops and prairie points work well both as outer or inner embellishments on quilts and pillows.  Practice both techniques on these adorable, quick pillow projects, just in time for Valentine's Day! 

Course Instructor:  Deonn Stott @ Quiltscapes ... more

Fancy Finishes: Faux-Piped Machine Binding

Posted: 5 January 2015 at 9 a.m.

Binding ~ Faux Piping! 

You are going to love this quick machine-binding for a fancy finish! 
Faux-Piped Binding
Pre-quilted RBD chevrons/dots with solid red and lime pieced binding  

Here's a way to pretend you went to all the work of adding piping to your binding without all the effort.  "If there ... more

Little Birdie Pincushions

Posted: 3 November 2014 at midnight

Little Birdie Pincushions

Aren't these the cutest little pincushions ever?!  You know you want to make one!  

Hi, Deonn Stott here, with another adorable little "Snippet" - perfect for your own sewing room or to make as a gift for friends.  

A couple of 5" squares, a teeny scrap for the beak and ... more

Hand-Stitchery: Edge Finishes

Posted: 6 October 2014 at 8 a.m.

Blanket & Buttonhole Stitches!

Edge Finishes
Snips & Snails by Doodlebug Designs, Inc. for Riley Blake Designs

Today's vintage stitchery lesson is one of the very most practical, basic stitches:  the Blanket Stitch.    It makes a great finish on applique' or the edge of a blanket (hence the name).  We'll try this ... more

Gingham Cross-Stitch

Posted: 1 September 2014 at 4 p.m.
Gingham Cross-Stitch
One of the easiest ways to learn to embroider is Cross-Stitch on Gingham!  
Gingham Cross-Stitch
Course Instructor:  Deonn @ Quiltscapes

Last month's "Stitchery Primer" lesson gave some super-basic embroidery stitches to try - wish I'd thought of using gingham check prints to simplify even more!  All those evenly-spaced little squares make the ... more

Stitchery Primer

Posted: 4 August 2014 at 1 a.m.
Basic Stitches
Today's "Sewing Basics" tutorial/demonstration is a handful of the very most basic hand-embroidery stitches. Stitch out a sampler or make something fun with your new skills.

COURSE INSTRUCTOR:  Deonn @ Quiltscapes

Grab a needle, a little embroidery floss, scissors, a small hoop, and a little plain 8" cotton ... more

Shall We Gather IV - Ruching!

Posted: 7 July 2014 at 9 a.m.

Create dimension and texture in your quilting and sewing projects with Ruching!


Hi! I'm Deonn, here to share another great vintage technique made modern!

I learned to sew from my mother, tied my first quilt at around age 8, and have spent many hours (days, years, decades...) in the ... more

Shall We Gather III ~ Elastic & Shirring!

Posted: 2 June 2014 at 10 a.m.

Shall We Gather III - Elastic & ShirringGathering with E-L-A-S-T-I-C today!

Gathering with Elastic

Hi!  Deonn here, with a slick little tutorial to continue my sewing basics series, "Shall We Gather?"  Today, we'll take a brief look at the use of regular old elastic, try a little bit of elastic ribbon, then we'll use elastic thread ... more

Chicken Scratch Embroidery!

Posted: 7 April 2014 at 10 a.m.

More Gingham fun!  Try this simple, vintage embroidery technique on Riley Blake Designs' Cotton Gingham prints to create a lovely lacy overlay effect. Then we'll make a darling little project with our sample.

Course Instructor:  Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes

Course Supplies:
   Cotton Gingham Print with squares measuring 1/4 ... more

Shall We Gather II ~ Smocking!

Posted: 6 January 2014 at 8 a.m.
Ready to try an adorable vintage needlework technique?

Used before elastic was ever invented, smocking is a simple embroidery method to gather fabric into a decorative pattern at cuffs, necklines, bodices and so on.  The tucks and pleats allow the fabric to stretch. 
Let's get started with ... more

A Banner Day!

Posted: 4 November 2013 at 9 a.m.

Happy November!  It is the beginning of the season of giving thanks around here—of gatherings and celebrations. 

So, let’s...  C E L E B R A T E ! ! !


INSTRUCTOR:  Deonn @ Quiltscapes

Here’s a fun way to use a fancy rotary blade to make a fancy, quick, no-sew ... more

Shall We GATHER?

Posted: 8 October 2013 at 6 a.m.

Let's explore some ways to make gorgeous gathers!

Always pretty, ruffles look terrific whether gathered into a seam such as a skirt or apron; sleeves, pockets, bags, etc., or applied as ruffled embellishments at necklines, across a pillow, quilt, bag, shirt - here, there and everywhere!  

Course Instructor:  Deonn Stott ... more

ZIP IT! Lesson III

Posted: 6 August 2013 at 4 p.m.

Zip It! ~ Lesson III  Invisible Zipper Installation
 Course Instructor: Deonn @ Quiltscapes

zip it iii

So glad you could join me for another zipper tutorial as we conquer our fear of the elusive INVISIBLE ZIPPER!!

For years I avoided even trying to install an invisible zipper.  According to my seamstress sister, so much easier ... more

Zip It! Lesson II

Posted: 1 July 2013 at noon


Zip It!  II

This pillow was featured in the recent Half-Hexie ruler "How-to" video seen >>HERE<< 

A lapped zipper is a great way to finish a pillow back, hiding the zipper teeth and making it easy to change out the pillowform, especially for laundering, etc.  

Zip It! II

So, here ... more

Hexagami ~ Dimensional Hexagons!

Posted: 3 June 2013 at 6 a.m.

Want to add a little dimension to your next project or outfit?  One little piece of fabric, a needle and thread, a cute button, and maybe a clasp or pin is all you need to take you to the next dimension of sewing with "hexies"!

Course Instructor:  Deonn @ Quiltscapes

At ... more

Going in Circles!

Posted: 1 April 2013 at 6:01 a.m.

Let's make a Bullseye Baby Quilt!

Featuring Riley Blake Designs' Basics, 45" x 45"

Welcome Spring with this easy-to-make colorful throw!

Course Instructor:  Deonn @ Quiltscapes

Course Materials: Riley Blake Designs' Basics; solids, shades, gingham prints, dots, shuffle, crimp, etc.  Use fat quarters, precuts or fabrics from your stash.

*Background ... more

Zip It! Lesson I

Posted: 4 March 2013 at 6 a.m.

Zip it! 
Riley Blake Designs ' Chevron Laminate Cotton

Have you ever been terrified by a zipper??  Ever found yourself using velcro, buttons, snaps, duct tape, anything to avoid having to install a zipper?

I have to admit, there was a time when I felt mocked by a zipper's little teeth and ... more

UFO to GO ~ Portable Design Wall

Posted: 5 February 2013 at 1 p.m.
UFO to GO!
Made with Riley Blake Designs' Cotton Laminate fabric and "Sew Together" notions 
by Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes
What's a UFO?  "Un-Finished Object"... or maybe an "Un-Fulfilled Opportunity"?
I think you are going to love making this quick portable design wall!
Use this project to lay out ... more

Tableside Pressing Pad

Posted: 10 December 2012 at 10:18 a.m.
Let's make a customized mini pressing pad to keep next to the sewing machine!
Featuring Solid Pumpkin and Linen Basic Shade by RBD Designs
plus a little Avignon by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake Designs.
Course Instructor:
Deonn Stott @ Quiltscapes
Course Supplies: 
 1 Fat Quarter
Two  8" squares (optional ... more

A Simple Scissor Holder

Posted: 12 November 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
Here's a little "Snippet" from my Sewing Room.
Featuring RBD Cotton Dots, Mini Pom-Poms and Chevron Gros-Grain Ribbon (coming soon)! 

 Got a spare minute? 
Let's make this simple Scissor Holder/Lanyard today!     

Hi, Deonn here, with another quick project using a few scraps
and a couple of Riley ... more

Rosebud Wristlet Pincushion

Posted: 2 November 2012 at 1 a.m.
A few supplies, a needle and thread. Such cuteness!  Cute as a Button, that is!
 One 2-1/2" x 21" strip (1/2 a Roly Poly Strip)
One 2" Button
6 ... more

Paper~Piecing Basics

Posted: 8 October 2012 at 3 p.m.

F o o T St e P S  to Successful Paper~Piecing

Paper-Pieced Hot Air BalloonFeaturing Avignon by Emily Taylor for Riley Blake Designs

Course Instructor 

Hi, Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes, Quiltscapeshere to show you one of my favorite techniques with an easy, step-by-step outline for this creative “piece-by-number” method of patchwork.


Course ... more

I Still ♥ Appliqué! IV

Posted: 9 July 2012 at 6:15 a.m.

Lesson IV ~  Needle Turn Appliqué

Applique series sample blocks

Instructor:  Deonn Stott

Course Description:  Ever wonder how quilters get those intricate little pieces appliquéd onto quilts?  Today's lesson may help to solve some of the mystery, and maybe give some clues for practical, portable, everyday quilting techniques.

We've explored several ... more

I Love Appliqué - Lesson III

Posted: 10 June 2012 at 9 a.m.

Lesson III ~ Turned-Edge Appliqué Basics

Turned-edge applique

and "SUNDROP" Basic Shades by RBD

Course Instructor, Deonn Stott
I love sharing tips and tricks that make the process of quilting easier (and sometimes easier on the budget), which consequently makes quilting more satisfying and enjoyable ... more

I {Heart} Applique II

Posted: 12 May 2012 at 8 a.m.
Lesson II ~ Chenille Appliqué Basics

Chenille Applique
Hi, I'm Deonn, and I work/play/dream/design over at Quiltscapes.

This is a bonus tutorial, in a series of Appliqué
 lessons.  Last Month's Raw Edge Machine Appliqué Basics can be found HERE.  Next time, we'll explore freezer-paper methods.

I ... more

Spring Chickens!

Posted: 2 March 2012 at 1 a.m.
Hi, there!  I'm Deonn from Quiltscapes, and I spend a LOT of time in my sewing room.  Maybe a little too much time, you be the judge.  I especially love pincushions... chicken pincushions.
Right now, it's awful quiet around here...
Spring Chickens!
...nobody here but us Chickens...
You may have ... more

I ♥ Appliqué

Posted: 13 February 2012 at 9:30 a.m.

Lesson I ~ Raw-Edge Machine Appliqué Basics

I ♥ Applique

 Love Birds by My Mind's Eye for Riley Blake Designs

Ap`pli`que´ = (ăp'lĭ-kā') Definition: Appliqué literally means "to put on" in French and is a technique used to decorate the surface of fabric by applying pieces of cut fabric by sewing ... more

Quilted Pillow

Posted: 10 January 2012 at 6 a.m.

Quilted “Fat Quarter” Pillow

Fat Quarter Pillows  Quilted Pillows featuring "Dainty Blossoms" by Carina Gardner for Riley Blake Designs 

Course Instructor: 
Hi, there!  I'm Deonn @ Quiltscapes , back to share some quilty fun here at Cutting Corners.  What a great way to start off the new year!
I ♥ Riley Blake Designs' fabric!
Always ... more

Finishing School IV - Quilt it!

Posted: 13 December 2011 at 1 p.m.

Finishing School IV ~ Quilt it!

Quilted pillow topper  
~ Quilted Pillow Topper featuring Sweet Nothings by Zoe Pearn for Riley Blake Designs ~ 

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the words,
"Layer, Baste, Quilt as Desired"??  
The aim of our class today will help us recognize
the true value of these quilts we ... more

Finishing School III - Border it!

Posted: 8 November 2011 at 1 a.m.

Finishing School  III ~  Border it!

Sugar & Spice Mitered Border   
Featuring Riley Blake Designs "Sugar & Spice" by the Quilted Fish

Have you ever added a border to a quilt that looked ruffly, like cooked bacon?
How about a border that is sewn so tight, your quilt resembles a dome tent?
Let's talk ... more

Finishing School II - Make it!

Posted: 11 October 2011 at 2:30 a.m.

Finishing School  II ~  Make it!

Pieceful Beginnings

Featuring Riley Blake Designs "Sweet Nothings" by Zoe Pearn

Make Your Quilt!
Due to the great response from last month's "Grow Your Quilt" Finishing School lesson of design options, we're going to change things up a bit, postpone our discussion about ... more

Finishing School I - Design it!

Posted: 13 September 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

Finishing School  I ~  Design it!
Layout * Setting * Sashing

"Pieceful Beginnings"
38 x 38" Wall Hanging Sampler
Sampler featuring Riley Blake Designs "Sweet Nothings" by Zoe Pearn

Design It!
Layout * Setting * Sashing
For today's "Quilting Basics" lesson we're going to grow a fabulous quilt!
Using the nine blocks from our "Building Blocks" series ... more

Building Blocks III - FLYING GEESE

Posted: 9 August 2011 at 6 a.m.
Building Blocks III - FLYING GEESE
 Flying Geese
"Pieceful Beginnings" 
  • New to quilting? 
  • Want to try some quick, fun techniques? 
  • Want to perfect your awesome skills?
COURSE DESCRIPTIONThird in this series of "Quilting Basics," this lesson's focus is all about multiple ways to make Flying Geese quilt block units.  With the ... more

Building Blocks II - TRIANGLES

Posted: 12 July 2011 at 3:30 p.m.

Building Blocks II - TRIANGLES

"Pieceful Beginnings" 
Building Blocks II

  • New to quilting? 
  • Want to try some quick, fun techniques? 
  • Want to perfect your awesome skills?

This series of Quilting Basics lessons explores basic quilt blocks used in nearly every pieced quilt.  Gather a few of your favorite fabrics, follow along and ... more

Building Blocks I - SQUARES

Posted: 14 June 2011 at 6 a.m.

Building Blocks

"Pieceful Beginnings" 
Building Blocks Sampler
42" x 42" Quilt Along "Sweet Nothings" Sampler 

  • New to quilting? 
  • Want to try some quick, fun techniques? 
  • Want to perfect your awesome skills?

Over the next three months, we’ll explore basic quilt blocks used in nearly every pieced quilt.  Gather a few of your ... more

Start Quilting--Tips, Tricks & Tools

Posted: 10 May 2011 at 10:13 a.m.

Tips, Tricks & Tools

(Precision Piecing Pointers)

Sewing tools

COURSE INSTRUCTOR:   Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes

The following are some of my best tips and tricks that make quilting so satisfying and enjoyable!  Whether you are just getting started on your quilting journey, or are an experienced quilter, this tutorial may ... more

I May Be "Biased"....

Posted: 12 April 2011 at 2:08 p.m.


basket of binding


COURSE INSTRUCTOR:  Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes 


Here is my favorite "cinnamon roll" method to make bias strips. 
Use whenever you need to bind a curve on any unfinished edge: quilt, jacket, armhole, apron, or make your own bias tape.


Bloomin' Blossoms

Posted: 24 March 2011 at 4:13 p.m.

Bloomin' Blossoms for Spring


Course Instructor:  Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes

Course Description:  Make this fun, fresh-cut flower table topper to brighten your day!

Course Materials / Cut List for Table Topper:

  •  Flower:  1 Fat Quarter
         4  -  4-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
         (save remainder for scallops)
      Flower Center ... more

Binding Basics Tutorial

Posted: 8 March 2011 at 10:55 a.m.

BINDING LESSON - Photo Tutorial

French fold binding with hand-stitched finish

Printer Friendly Instructions

Course Instructor:  Deonn Stott of Quiltscapes

Course Materials

  • Un-bound quilt
  • Binding Strips*
  • Sewing Machine
  • Laytex gloves (optional but very helpful)
  • Scissors, Pins, Seam Ripper (lets be optimistic!)

    *French double-fold cross-grain binding is my favorite method to bind a quilt.  I use 2" strips ... more
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