Greek Square Quilt Block Pattern (Workshop #21)

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Tweet Today’s free quilting workshop by Janeen van Niekerk is about our third block in our sampler quilt. This is called the Greek Square* quilt block pattern. I’m intrigued by that name. Does it look like a Greek square? I’m not sure. What I do know is that it is a really old quilt block […]

Chunky Infinity Scarf Pattern

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Tweet I finally designed a chunky infinity scarf pattern. I’m so happy as I think it turned out fabulous! The knitting pattern could not be easier! Check it out. How did that come about?!!~ you may wonder… Well, did you see that grey infinity scarf in my article on Trends in London Fashion Week for […]

How to Make a Log Cabin Quilt Block

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Tweet Today’s ‘How to Make a Log Cabin Quilt Block’ is Quilting Workshop #20 for beginners. Today, we will learn how to make the second block in our sampler quilt. This free online quilting workshop is taught by quilting instructor Janeen van Niekerk, who is an expert designer of classic and paper piece quilts. Learn […]

Striped Frame Block Quilting Workshop

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Tweet Last week I introduced this marvelous free quilting workshop to learn how to make a 9-block sampler quilt pattern in rustic Fall colors. Today we are starting with making our first sample block. I told you that Janeen was going to share a couple of quilting magic tricks, as well as quilting tips to […]

DIY Ice Bucket Challenge T-shirt + LINKY PARTY

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Tweet :: DIY Ice Bucket Challenge T-shirt :: LINKY PARTY :: Becky from MyPaperCraze.com designed these so-cute ‘I survived’ the ice bucket challenge T-shirts for her sons. Such brave kids! Besides giving us a tutorial on how to make to design your own t-shirts like this, she also shares how to take this trendy opportunity, […]

Free Sampler Quilt Workshop

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Tweet I am so excited that Janeen van Niekerk is back from her summer break. I can now introduce her new, free quilting workshop that’s just marvelous! I had asked her to design a quilting project for Fall. And she created this gorgeous modern 9-block sampler quilt pattern in rustic Fall colors*. And so here […]

Bina Wrap Pattern Extra: How to Roll Edges + Fall Fashion LINKY PARTY

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Tweet :: This free video sewing tutorial on ‘How to Hand-roll Fabric Edges’ is a Bina Wrap Pattern Supplement. Following the video is our FALL FASHION LINKY PARTY :: One of my darling readers wrote …. She suggested to add this free video tutorial by Hermes.com to our free sewing pattern for Bina Wrap cardigans […]

Nautical Decorative Pillows – Sewing Pattern

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Tweet   Today I thought to share with you the very first project I have made with my new sewing machine, that I bought a few weeks ago at Amazon. I bought this one: and I can not no be happier with it.   I highly recommend it, and I think I should write a post […]

Quilted Organizing Baskets :: Free Sewing Pattern

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Tweet Get organized for good with these lovely quilted organizing baskets for every room and season. Size matters when it comes to baskets.   Reduce clutter throughout the house.  These handy cloth baskets let you organize scraps in your craft room, or the cutlery in your living room.   The free quilting course for beginners at  […]

Toddler Summer Dress Tutorial: Darling Tunic w Ruffle Straps

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Tweet Here’s a Toddler Summer Dress Tutorial. It’s a great, free sewing pattern + instructions to make a darling girl toddler summer tunic dress with ruffled straps and an elastic back. It’s presented here as a short tunic, but I would lengthen it to make it into a full dress that you could wear with/without […]

HST Block Wall Hanging or Pillow Cover

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Tweet Hi all! It’s your free quilting course again today. Quilt Instructor Janeen van Niekerk created this gorgeous HST block for us, incorporating the quilting techniques she taught us in the last two quilting workshops.  She wrote to me that it’s intended as a wall hanging, but oh, me the decorator, immediately, instinctively called it […]

How to Sew Half Square Triangles for Quilts – part 2

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Free Bikini Knitting Pattern

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Tweet You like that handmade-look for a bikini? And crochet is beyond you? Consider this easy and free bikini knitting pattern. While it is officially recommended for knitters and crocheters with some experience, it’s not hard at all. The instructions for the bikini bra top are written for A-cup size. Any changes for B- and […]

Half Square Triangles Quilting Technique, Class 15

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Tweet This is Class #15 of tips for quilting beginners. In today’s workshop we will learn how to create half square triangles to make dazzling larger triangle quilts out of them. There are some basic techniques for quilting triangles. Over the next few weeks quilting Instructor Janeen van Niekerk will walk us through the various […]

Quilt Glossary for Beginning Quilters (N-Z)

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The Complete Quilting Glossary for Beginning Quilters

Tweet This Complete Quilting Glossary for Beginning Quilters constitutes our 14th workshop with Quilting Tips for Beginners. This series of how to make a quilt is taught by Janeen van Niekerk.  We now have the complete quilting glossary for beginners, with the Quilting Terms A-Z for beginners from last week’s class.  Essentially, reading  these new […]

Quilting Terms for Beginners (A-M)

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Tweet Today’s the 13th free quilting class with tips for beginners, guided by Janeen van Niekerk.  We’re giving everyone two weeks more to catch up on finishing the first three quilting projects: the fussy cutting project, the ‘beginners quilt, or ‘miracle’ quilt as I call it, and the modern quilt or ‘pixel’ quilt, as Janeen […]

Buy King-size Quilts for Sale Online or DIY?

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Tweet Get your king-size quilts for sale online or sew your own large size quilts. That is the question.   Having started a quilting movement here at the Fine Craft Guild, we have mobilized beginners into the wonderfully enriching experience of quilting, with our ‘HOW TO MAKE A QUILT’ – workshops. What about more experienced […]

Burberry Clutch Bag ‘Petal’ – Inspired Tutorial

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Tweet :: Burberry clutch bag – inspired DIY :: Everyone has seen the Burberry folded clutches, called ‘Petal Flowers’ in their Spring/Summer 2014 collection?!! These slightly A-symmetrical floral Burberry clutches are beautiful and really trendy! The bag design is rather non-traditional for the conservative Burberry bag brand: Use it as a handheld clutch or wear […]

Fathers Day Special: Free Sewing Patterns for Men

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Tweet We have enough time to sew him something special. Him. You know, Dada. The man who has everything already. It seems to get harder year after year to come up with something good.  The gifts he wants are usually either too expensive, not in line with the family budget.  Or he simply buys them […]

How to Finish our Lap Quilt – Online Beginners Quilting Course – #12

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Tweet Hi all. Welcome to yet another class in our free online beginners quilting course. It will be class 12.  Today we will finish our lap quilt, and I am going to show you a couple of quilting techniques to do so in a most beautiful way.  All pretty easy, so no worries; Your quilt […]

How to Make a Lap Quilt – Quilting Class for Beginners #11

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Tweet :: The quilt-making workshop today is part of a series for quilting beginners. Two weeks ago, we started making a modern lap quilt and today we are going to take the next steps. Next week we’ll finish it off. It will be so exciting seeing the end result of your own lap quilt. I […]

Beautiful Free Crochet Patterns @ my Pinterest Board

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Tweet You know, once you start sharing and opening up to others, particularly with these Pinterest boards, something miraculous happens: like babies, they start a life of their own. This is particularly the case with my Free Crochet Patterns Board, the first board I turned into a group board, and have been marketing since as […]

How to Make a Modern Lap Quilt- Tutorial for Beginners – Quilting Class #10

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Tweet Today, quilting instructor Janeen van Niekerk is going to bring you a free lap quilt pattern in her step-by-step online workshop on quilting for beginners. In case you wonder ‘What is a lap quilt’…. it is just a particular quilt size. Another word for it would be an afghan. It is about 2x the […]

How to Make Quilt Blocks Exciting

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Tweet This is workshop #9 in the beginners quilting series at FineCraftGuild. Today quilting expert & art quilt designer Janeen van Niekerk shares her secrets of how to make a simple quilt look more exciting (without making it difficult!). Again, another perfect class for those who are relatively new to the art of quilting. It’s […]

Beautifully Romantic Skirt with Gathered Ribbon Pull-ups :: Free, Easy Skirt Sewing Pattern

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Tweet Never knew that skirts with those gathered ribbon pull-ups at the bottom – you know, the ones that result in such a lovely romantic skirt edging – were actually simple to make. Really. I had no idea. I had been under the impression that this kind of skirt would be too advance for my […]

How to Add Batting & Backing, and Bind a Quilt – Free Class

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Tweet Today’s workshop #8 about how to finish a quilt, is really three free quilting classes in one: How to add batting to a quilt how to add backing to a quilt, and how to bind a quilt. Get ready for a ton of illustrations! And with so many step-by-step photos, this is arguably the […]

Quilted Pleated Toiletry Bag Pattern

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Tweet This super-sweet quilted toiletry bag design is Ina’s. She’s a trained seamstress from Berlin and it shows. This bag design shows some serious bag design skill. I would never attempt this pleated bag without a pattern like Ina’s. And then, actually, it’s easy. Frankly, if it wasn’t easier than you’d think, I would probably […]

How to Add Borders to a Quilt :: Free Online Quilting Course #7

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Tweet Fabulous Quilt Designer and Quilting Instructor Janeen Van Niekerk is treating us another class in her free online quilting course for Beginners. This class helps us finish the top side of our first project in the course. Today’s quilting workshop topic is: ‘How to Add Borders to a Quilt.’ Let’s go have a look […]

Elegant Bow Tote :: Free Bag Sewing Pattern

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Tweet As far as tote bags go, this beautiful bag has to be one of the classiest ones I have seen. The details of the neat bow over the bag’s top band, and that those crisp folds on the bag’s side panels make this a tote bag to take to town. To ‘go shopping’ rather […]

How to Make Quilt Rows :: Free Online Beginners Workshop #6

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Tweet I don’t know about you, but in last two quilting classes, a ‘miracle’ occurred. I had literally NO IDEA that all you do to make this dazzling number of tiny pieces that make up a quilt block are simply small cut squares from a larger 2×2 quilt block. All  that our quilting instructor Janeen […]

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