Welcome to Stash Bandit, online home of Diane Harris: Quilter, speaker, teacher and designer of scrap quilts made from stash. Here you'll find helpful how-tos, inspirational ideas and other quilting shenanigans. Buckle up for some ruckus-raising fun!
It’s important to understand the stitch length settings on your sewing machine. Different stitch lengths are appropriate for different tasks.
Many machines use the metric system. The setting of 2.0, 2.3, 2.5 and so on tells you the length of each stitch. For example, if you set the machine to 3.2, each stitch will be 3.2 millimeters long. Read More »
How is it possible to sew an accurate quarter-inch seam allowance and still have patches and units that don’t match up as they should? It’s the quilter’s eternal question, her 99-bottles-of-beer-on-the-wall refrain.
It’s frustrating to measure, cut, sew and press carefully, only to have edges that disagree like Republicans and Democrats. What happens? What goes wrong? Let’s take it apart and see. Read More »
I have several sewing machines and if you’re a quilter, maybe you do, too. When it comes to stitch length, some machines use a metric length such as 2.5 or 3.0. This tells you that each stitch is 2.5 or 3.0 millimeters long.
Other machines use an English stitches-per-inch setting such as 12 or 15 or 20. This tells you that in every inch of a seam, there are that many stitches. Setting stitch length to 15 means there will be 15 stitches in every inch. Read More »
I love using many different fabrics of the same color to generate interest in a quilt. On a recent design, I created red and green pieced borders and I love the way they turned out. They finished off a scrappy quilt quite nicely.
People often ask me about combining fabrics and how I do it. So let’s talk about those greens. Read More »
I hope you’vediscovered the serpentine stitch on your sewing machine. I could not do without it.
The serpentine stitch makes a pretty, wavy line. You just sew straight and the machine does all the work. It’s the bomb. I use the serpentine stitch for machine quilting with a walking foot. It’s easy and it looks terrific. Read More »
Meet my favorite easy quilt block, a Baby Windmill.
I started making these 4″ x 4″ blocks about 10 years ago, and I can’t tell you how much fun I’m still having! Let’s get right to how it’s done. Read More »