If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring? Rob would bring a massive stack of half-square triangles. Why? Half square triangles are the ultimate building block! With a healthy supply of HSTs, you’ll be cranking out chevrons, stars, diamonds, and pinwheels ‘til the rescue ship arrives! This week Rob is using half-square triangles to make the Ribbon Pole quilt. You may know it as a Pole Twist, Ribbon Twist, or even DNA quilt. Whatever the name, this pattern is quick, easy, and tons of fun! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
There are so many fun hobbies in this world. Sports, cars, sewing, music, you name it! And for every collection, pastime, or talent, there’s sure to be a quilt to match! This week Rob Appell demonstrated how to make an amazing chess-themed quilt. Best of all, the chessboard background is an easy-to-make optical illusion. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
Have you ever looked out an airplane window and thought, “Hey, those fields look just like a patchwork quilt!” Rob certainly has, today he’s turning the tables. Fields From Above is a patchwork quilt that looks just like…a bunch of fields! Click HERE to learn how to make this cool aerial quilt!
Ordinary is fine. Plain vanilla ice cream. Chips without salsa. (An arm with no tattoos.) They’re all just fine… So when you pick up a new composition notebook, you can totally leave the cover alone. It’s fine. It’s “good enough.” It does the job. But…it’s also pretty darn “blah.” Spice up that plain ole notebook with a custom fabric book cover made out of 10 inch squares of precut fabric (aka layer cakes). It’s a quick and easy sewing project with tons of personality. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
Picture this: It’s spaghetti night and you’re wearing your favorite white polo. Or maybe you’re cruising down the road with a juicy hamburger in one hand (extra mustard, of course). Let’s face it: you need an bib. Rob’s Body Bib is a big, full-coverage adult bib that doesn’t need to be tied. The shoulders are weighted with Poly-Pellets, so it just rests in place – no fuss, no MESS! So go ahead, eat that big ole bowl of chili from the comfort of your favorite recliner. Say yes to tacos and spicy chicken wings and jelly-filled donuts. Life’s short; click HERE to learn how toRead More →
Are you on Santa’s nice list? If so, we hope he leaves a Shark Applicutter under your tree this year! That pint-sized rotary cutter navigates curves and tight corners with ease. This week Rob used it to fussy cut dozens of little fish for his freestyle applique Coral Reef quilt. This tropical quilt pattern leaves lots of room for creativity, and it’s a blast to put together! Click HERE to learn how to sew up your own tropical ocean scene! (Be sure to watch to the end for some great tips on free motion quilting!)
On the hunt for a cool, unique DIY gift? Rob’s Canvas Firewood Carrier is calling your name! Cuz no matter who you’re sewing for, you can bet Santa’s beard they love a crackling fire. This log carrier is super simple – just some canvas yardage and a couple of dowels, but when you load that puppy up, you’ll be hauling logs like Paul Bunyan himself. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!
You might cry over spilt milk, but spilt paint? Never! Even accidental plops of rainbow-hued pigment can turn out awesome – especially on quilts! Inspired by his own painting projects, Rob started this quilt with a patchwork of newsprint fabric to create the illusion of a newspaper “drop cloth.” Then he layered on big ‘ole drips of applique “paint” in nice, bold colors. Click HERE to watch the vid!
What can you do with a skull cap? Plenty! Doctors and nurses wear skull caps (or scrub caps) to secure their hair during surgery. Chefs wear skull caps to keep hair out of their twice-braised beef. Motorcycle riders, football players, and construction workers wear skull caps to make their helmets and hard hats more comfortable. (And to look super cool, of course.) This week Rob is working on a totally rad, custom skull cap. Make it out of superheros, Harry Potter prints, or a gnarly Indian Motorcycle design, and you’re guaranteed to be the coolest dude around! Click HERE to watch the tutorial now!
Yep, it’s true. Real men sew. But that’s not all. We cook, too! Some slave over 5-course feasts, and some stick to frozen pizza, but all of us need a cool, custom potholder to protect our manly hands. Rob’s new potholder pattern allows you to slide your hand right inside, and it can be made with fabric of any style: Classic cars, galloping stallions, Star Wars, sports prints, you name it! If you’re looking for a killer gift idea, this is it! Throw in a matching Applique Tea Towel or a BBQ Utility Apron, and you’ll be the king (or queen) of the Christmas exchange.Read More →