Dancing Dots Quilt

I think we’ve all worked on a project when we just didn’t have enough fabric! You know the drill, you buy what you think is plenty of fabric, get to work and then BOOM! You’re running out of fabric and you’re not even close to being done! You could go get more fabric but you’re on a deadline! Maybe it’s just me, but that is exactly what happened for this project when I designed it many years ago! I had to use every little scrap I had to make the background big enough to do my applique patterns on top!


Although I was sweating over it at the time, I ended up changing the original pattern to match the creation I made in a crunch! I loved the new scrappy look that it had!

This quilt is fun because of the muted background that gives movement and the Dancing Dots on the top that are appliqued down! It’s a great project because we can practice some curved piecing, straight piecing and even applique! I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

Click HERE for all the details!

You can also watch it here!

Framed Fiber Art

Have you ever bought fabric that ends up sitting on a shelf because it’s just too perfect to use? Or maybe you bought it for a project, then switched gears and went with a different color scheme instead, leaving that fabric to collect dust and go out of print. This week’s tutorial is perfect for those precious pieces that we love but don’t have plans for! Follow along as Rob shows us how to embellish and machine quilt a piece of fabric to become Framed Fiber Art!! Enjoy!

Click HERE for all the details! 

Framed Fiber Art
Framed Fiber Art


Reverse Applique Tutorial

This week’s tutorial is super fun! I know I say that every week, but I really mean it this time!! I love applique and I love to explore the possibilities of applique! Check out the new tutorial to learn how to make this Reversed Applique Quilt!!

Click HERE for all the details!

reverse applique web


You can also view it here:

Variegated Cloth City Scape Quilt Tutorial: Part 2

Today’s tutorial completes the awesome city scape we’ve been learning how to make!  Make sure to start with the first video and I’ve got a few tips in the 2nd one that might help you better select your materials.  For Part 1 and details on fabrics and the interfacing I used, follow this link here: http://land.mansewing.com/city-scapes/

The Burst Block! A New Tutorial from Man Sewing with Rob Appell

We’re bursting at the seams at Man Sewing to share this Burst Block Quilt Tutorial with you! The Burst Block is super versatile. You can play with different colors and layouts to get the exact look you want.

Download the Burst Block Diagram: http://msqcmansewing.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/burstblock.pdf 

( This diagram is NOT to scale, so keep that in mind if you try printing it.  The raw block will be 10×10″, so you won’t be able to print a ‘to scale’ pattern.)

At first glance, this block might seem a little bit intimidating, but give it a chance!  It’s tons of fun and hopefully this tutorial will make you feel like you can handle it!


burst block nl

As an added bonus, Rob has made the Burst Block even easier to make since coming out with this tutorial. Check out his Burst Block Template HERE and download the directions for it HERE.

Post Updated: 9/1/16