The first time I saw a half rectangle triangle I was overwhelmed by the trimming and decided to not make the quilt. Well, since then I have gotten over my fear of HRTs and written this guide of everything you need to know, from measurements, sewing and trimming. Don't let HRT scare you like they did me!
Jack's Gate is a modern quilt pattern inspired by the gates in our neighborhood in Asia. This design uses negative space to draw your attention to the bright flowers and bold gate of the quilt. Jack's Gate uses fat eighths and yardage to create a contemporary, modern design.
Should you carry on your sewing machine or check it as baggage? Which one will keep it from breaking? And will they even let you take it through security? I've dealt with all these issues and lots more... think arguing in the security line in different languages. Check out my practical tips for traveling with your sewing machine domestically and internationally.
What's my least favorite fabric to spend money on? It's probably a tie between plain background fabric and backing fabric. Backing fabric can get expensive, especially if you make lots of modern quilts. Read about four ways to save money on backing fabric and add a bit a pizzazz to your quilts.
Quilting is overwhelming. I have been quilting for a couple years now and I still get thoroughly overwhelmed in my local quilt shop or when shopping online. Let's not forget that many of the rulers, gadgets, mats, irons, thread, needles... are not cheap.