I Love Home BOM Block 4 plus tips for finishing a quilt fast

It’s time for Jacquelynne Steves’ I Love Home BOM block 4, and I get to show you my version today.  Keep reading because there’s a great giveaway at the end of this post!

Jacquelynne Steves' I Love Home BOM Month 4, Summer version made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


If you’ve been following me, you know that I’ve made each block from this BOM a mini quilt based on the four seasons.  This month I’ve made my Summer version which includes a few tall sunflowers for the garden.

Jacquelynne Steves' I Love Home BOM Block 4, Summer version made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


Choosing colors for this block was the hardest part for me.  I think  there were too many choices and I didn’t know which direction to go in.  I finally decided on a red and blue color scheme with some yellow thrown in.  If I could (would) make it over again, I’d choose a brighter color palette with a little purple and orange in the mix.

Jacquelynne Steves' I Love Home BOM Block 4, Summer version made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


The piecing for this block has the same half square rectangle as last month, but in a smaller size.  Thankfully I kept my trimming templates from last time and cut them down to the correct size.  It went together really easy this time.

October was a busy month for me, so I needed to get this month’s block finished in a hurry.  I don’t like to rush projects, but sometimes it’s necessary and finished is better than perfect.  I have some ideas to share with you for getting a quilt with applique done in a hurry.

Tips for finishing an applique quilt fast (and lessons learned)

  1. First, we’ll assume that you’re using machine applique rather than hand applique.  Already, you’ve saved time!
  2. Machine stitch the applique at the same time as you quilt it.  I basted the quilt sandwich and then stitched around all of the applique shapes.  This accomplishes two things at once – quilting and applique!
  3. Use the same color thread for all applique.  This avoids having to change thread colors often; however, choose wisely.  The black thread I used shows every stitch on the shapes with contrasting color.  You can see where I stopped and started on the windows.  It’s a little strong for my taste.  I chose straight lines for the sunflowers.  I like the whimsical look and the whole project could have been stitched that way.Jacquelynne Steves' I Love Home BOM Block 4, Summer version made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
  4. Jump from one applique object to another without breaking your thread.  This way you don’t have to pull up the bobbin thread each time you start a new shape.  Clip the threads later.  Jacquelynne Steves' I Love Home BOM Block 4, Summer version made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
  5. Leave out unnecessary applique objects if you can.  I learned this lesson a little late, but I found that the three hearts on the house weren’t necessary and the two small hearts looked awful with the black thread.  I’m still not sure about the stitching on the yellow heart.  I also left off the leaves of the sunflower, but I think I’ll add those in later.  Jacquelynne Steves' I Love Home BOM Block 4, Summer version made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter
  6. Stitch in the ditch.  It’s quick and there’s no thinking or planning necessary.  You can always add more quilting later if you want.  This isn’t how I would normally approach quilting, but it can be done in a pinch.
  7. Binding all by machine.  Start by stitching the binding to the back of the quilt and then wrap it around to the front.  Machine stitch close to the folded edge on the front with matching thread.  (You’ll notice that I still have to add the binding to my mini quilt).

Jacquelynne Steves' I Love Home BOM Block 4, Summer version made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter


Now it’s time for this month’s giveaway which is being sponsored by Olfa and includes a folding cutting mat, rotary cutter and a package of Endurance rotary blades.  I have always used Olfa rotary cutters and mats and I love the convenience of this folding mat.

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment by November 12 telling me if you prefer video tutorials or photo tutorials.  Personally, I prefer photo tutorials because I’m often in a public place or in bed when I’m perusing tutorials and I can’t have the audio on.  Plus some videos are too long (mine included) and I want to jump right to the good stuff!

Here are the giveaway rules:

  • To enter, leave a comment telling me whether you prefer photo tutorials or video tutorials.
  • You must comment by 11:59 pm PST on November 12, 2017.
  • Your email MUST be included in your profile information or in your comment. If I choose your name and I cannot contact you, I will choose another name.
  • Giveaway is open to US entries only, due to shipping costs.
  • Winner will be chosen at random.

Make sure to be inspired by visiting all of the other featured bloggers and enter their giveaways too.

Make sure to use the hashtag #ILoveHomeQuilt on social media.  Also, check out Jacquelynne’s Facebook group page to see the blocks that everyone else is making.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jacquelynne Steves' I Love Home BOM Block 4, Summer version made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter



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548 thoughts on “I Love Home BOM Block 4 plus tips for finishing a quilt fast

  1. I like VIDEO TUTORIALS because I can actually see the process as it’s being done. BOTH is even better!
    Love this BOM
    GMAMA Jane
    JaneEllen Hillis

    Whew, I think I made your deadline by the skin of my teeth. I just walked in the door from my Nov. Beach vacation. I’ve got my fingers crossed Julie!!!

  2. Well, I find both helpful, but since I have to choose, I think photos are a little more helpful–with lots of written instructions.

  3. I like the photo tutorials, so much easier to look back on for certain areas that your unsure of. Easier to save specially if there in PDF format. Then you also have the option to print them out.

    Love your blog! Best Wishes

  4. I like both ways for tutorials. It is especially great if a pdf is included for the pattern. I enjoyed your photo tutorial on block 4. Continue the good work.

  5. Thank you so much for the chance, I think I like them both, video helps you understand the whole work and photos help you in the specific issue

  6. Hi Julie, I love your Summer “I love Home” BOM. You asked which type of tutorials we prefer. I m a visual learner, I prefer to watch a video when learning a new technique ( I am a frequent YouTube viewer) because I can stop the video at any time I don’t understand something to replay it, until I understand what is being taught. There are some designers who do excellent photo tutorials with step by step instructions and I do enjoy those but even with good photos and explanations I may still have questions or still not understand. So, I prefer video tutorials.

  7. I like both photo tutorials and video tutorials; however, my favorite type is photo tutorials. Since my computer and sewing machine are in different rooms, I can print the tutorials, and take them to my machine when I need them. I’ve only been sewing for 3-4 years, so I’m constantly referring back to tutorials and notes. After using the tutorials, I place them in a binder for future reference.

  8. I do prefer photo tutorials. I like to take my time understanding each step without having to stop and back up a video.

  9. I have never really thought about which I prefer. I guess I would say photo tutorials, if there are lots of pictures! With video tutorials you can see the entire process and that comes in handy when you have a question about something that isn’t picture worthy. Not sure if I made sense. My email is ljbisme at msn dot com

  10. I like both. I like photos because like you I like to be able to look without needing sound but I also like video. Sometimes if I am having a hard time figuring something out seeing it on video works better for me.

  11. I like photo tutorials, especially if someone gets long winded or off topic!!! I like to dig right in! I love the colors on your quilt! The red corners make it “pop”.

  12. I think all tutorials should have both. You can watch the video and see the whole process from start to finish and then take your time with the pictures to make sure that you have each step done correctly without trying to run the video back and forth.

  13. I use both. It depends on how complicated the technique. Sometimes I have found videos to be too detailed and it takes for ever to get to what I need to see but sometimes photos don’t show enough. By the way I love your block.

  14. I think photos usually do the trick, it is only in some circumstances when I am learning a new technique that it is helpful to have a video to really help me visualize how things go together smoothly.

  15. I like to watch a video before attempting the project. Then I like to see a still shot of what I need to do. Thanks for all the tips.

  16. I LOVE, LOVE LOVE your version of block #4!!!! Thank you so much for the tips! So helpful thank you for the chance to win also! I am a faithful follower of your blog anyway, you always give such helpful information and tips! Have a blessed day

  17. That’s a tough one. I like videos if I need to see something quick. I like photo tutorials cause I can print those out and refer back to them. Sometimes the videos don’t play or get taken down.

  18. Generally, I prefer photo tutorials. I can see them regardless of my surroundings, refer to them easily, and omit the ones I don’t need when printing. I do like video tutorials in addition to the photos if they are fairly brief or when there is a tricky or slightly more confusing step.

  19. I think both types of tutorials have advantages. Since I have been sewing for many years I don’t always need to see all of the photos in a photo tutorial but I can print it out and use only what I need. With a video tutorial I find it very useful to see what someone is actually doing especially when it is a technique that I am unfamiliar with or a new way of doing something that I already know how to do. I have really liked that you done the blocks in different seasons and I think your summer block looks great.

  20. I like the picture tutorials..easier to study. Also like printed directions..to take with me. Thak you for chance to win your Give-a-way too 🙂

  21. I like both the photo and video tutorials. Depending what I a wanting instructions.
    Either way I do like a printable version too something to hold in my hands and read!
    Thank you!

  22. i like photo tutorials… i HATE ear buds… it is hard to listen when my husband is watching TV. no place else to go as comfortable as MY chair….. if i want i can always print off a photo tute.

  23. I rather like your black stitching on the applique. I may have to try that. Thanks for the great tips!
    I normally prefer photo tutorials but sometimes a video tutorial is good for things I’m not familiar with.

  24. I like photo tutorials as like you, I would need EarPods otherwise so as not to disturb others in the house. Thanks for sharing the awesome giveaway!

  25. I really like video tutorials but only if I can view them over and over. I like to save the picture ones but so often they get to big to handle. Then I frequently delete a lot of the pictures to reduce the size.

  26. Like many others, I am behind on this project. However, I cannot pick just one as my favorite. It;’s like choosing your favorite child among your own children!!!

  27. I prefer photo tutorials. Mostly because of my internet limits. Blogs use much less band width and don’t eat too much into my data allowances.

  28. I like video tutorials as long as I can see exactly how it is sewn so careful video technique is necessary. And I don’t like long drawn-out explanations on the video as that is annoying!

  29. I love your block and, as usual, we are much more critical of our own work! I prefer photo tutorials – I like to skip to the part I need help with and pass over what I already know.
    Thanks so much for sponsoring this great giveaway!!

  30. I prefer well done photo tutorials because I have no way to look at the computer from my sewing space. I have to really like/need the tutorial but then I have to print it out to put beside me at the machine,

  31. Both are great but I guess I prefer photos, to go at my own pace … I’m slow! Thanks for sharing your pretty block with us!

  32. I prefer both video tutorials and photo tutorials. Sometimes I just need to see the actual steps worked, but I like the photos for easy access to the pattern,

  33. First, I love your quilt block. The colors and the dark appliqué stitch is very striking and looks fantastic. As far as tutorials I was leaning towards video but I agree on the convenience of a photo tutorial with no volume as I also look at them in the lunchroom at work or in bed and don’t want to have to be concerned with the noise.

  34. Good morning, I myself prefer photo tutorials. When I see something I can understand it a lot better than when I read it. I love the block of the month And gazing at all the different color choices and fabrics everyone used.

  35. I like both photo and video, having the option is best for me. Sometimes a photo is enough but sometimes I need the whole follow through. Thanks for the opportunity!

  36. I like video tutorials because they show step by step what needs to be done. I’m a show me the details person so videos are perfect for me.

  37. For quilting I prefer a photo tutorial so I can always print it out if I need to. For cooking I prefer a video tutorial!

  38. I use both. Sometimes I need the video to learn a technique but then a photo tutorial helps as a refresher. Thanks for the lovely prize and a chance to win.

  39. Photo tutorials – like being able to print them out and then can go over them as I am working on
    a project.. thanks for the nice giveaway…

  40. I much prefer photo tutorials for most things. There are a few exceptions – mostly in other crafts. I’m a multi-tasker and usually look at tutorials while watching (listening) to television. Therefore, I do not have the sound turned up on the tutorial. I live alone and have the television on for company. So, for video tutorials, I have to mute the television to watch a tutorial and reverse the process when the tutorial ends. I also find there is usually a lot of useless chatter in a video tutorial that is minimized in a photo tutorial with a tad of verbiage. Thanks for the opportunity for a great giveaway. I love your idea of using the seasons for your blocks. You always have great ideas.

  41. I like to have both. I watch video for an overview and then keep photo instructions printed out by machine while I work on project. I love your houses and colors.

  42. I Love your Block.. I am a Sunflower addict or at least my husband thinks so. I love your block and like the Black you used myself. I like both but prefer written it is easier to go to when needed rather than having to find and watch the video, but sometimes a video is preferred when I really want to see a technique. Thanks for sharing your block

  43. Photo tutorials are what i prefer. You can go at your own pace, and your not interrupting anyone else with sound if your not alone or in public as i often am looking at tutorials while in the car, at my infusions or appointments, or anywhere public or even sitting on the sofa with the hubby.

  44. I can study a pictorial whereas a video, sometimes I have to replay and replay and … well, you get the idea. The Olfa prize would be so wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity and thank you for a lovely website!

  45. Love both photo and the videos…I think each offer a little bit more of the details….photos you don’t have to stop and go back and look again….great blocks…Sunflowers give you the feeling summer is ending…cute

  46. I like the photo tutorials. You can see what the next step is and you don’t have to keep hitting rewind like you do on a video.

  47. I like both. It’s amazing what I have learned watching video tutorials, but I like photo tutorials when I am actually working, so I can work at my own pace.

  48. I like both video and photo tutorials! Sometimes a difficult technique is easier with a video. But photos can be equally good and help when you cannot *listen* to a video! Thank you!

  49. I usually like photo tutorials best as it is sometimes hard to see what the presenter is doing in a video and it is easier to go back and look at a photo than to try to find the exact place in a video when you want to review something or look at it again.

  50. I prefer photo tutorials for the ease of following at your own pace. I do like to listen to video tuts, but mostly just as a quick “to see what is being done”. Your block colors are very nice and I love that you have a theme for your blocks. Your quilting is perfect for this block. I love sunflowers so I think this is my favorite block so far that I’ve seen.

  51. I love your summer block! Sunflowers are awesome! I love both photo and video tutorials. Sometimes it’s nice to hear and see what someone is showing you. I’m definitely a visual learner so love both options.

    Amazing and generous giveaway!

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  52. Your photo tutorials have been great. I have been converted from video ones as can see trickey steps closer up, and are shorter.

  53. Great job. I often prefer photos over video. I like to refer back, but sometimes I need the video, too. It depends on the technique

  54. I like photo tutorials because I am very visual so I can print them out and follow the directions a lot easier. I hardly ever watch a video for instructions.

  55. I prefer photo tutorials so I can just go the step that i need help with and skip over the other sections. Harder to do with a video.

  56. I like video to show me the process from beginning to end. However, as a new quilter, the step-by-step with photos lead me through the process.

  57. I like really well done video tutorials, but, that can be hard to find & can sometimes be confusing. So, I’d have to go with a nice step by step photo tutorial as my preference.

  58. Even though I have used and saved both, I prefer picture tutorials. With picture tutorials I can save and print the tutorial to take to my sewing room or to my guild’s monthly “sit and sew”. With a video, I must take detailed notes in order to use. So a picture tutorial is much better to use for me.

  59. I enjoy watching videos more, but right now I have no wifi at home, so for that reason prefer tutorials b/c they use much less data, and if I can save them as a PDF, so much better, b/c I only have to use the data once. I really like your black stitching, and the idea of appliqueing and quilting at the same time is a great one. At first I thought you used a special extra ziggy-zaggy stitch that I had never seen before. I was going to ask “what stitch is that?” Quilting with a zigzag stitch changes it a little and it looks really cool. I also like your sunflowers. Nice job; your design really pops!

  60. I like the photo tutorials because if you understand the process you do not need to fast forward through the videos.

  61. I usually prefer photo tutorials because I can stop in the middle of my project, and it’s hard to get back to a video sometimes.

  62. HI Julie, I prefer video tutorials. If I can actually see how progress is made from one step to the next, it clarifies the process for me. Sometimes I have to stop the video so I can get a better look, which would be similar to a photo, but at least I then have the choice.

  63. Photo tutorials because like you often somewhere in public or bed
    But with that said-if I’m not getting it then a video tutorial

  64. Actually like both tutorials but photos are nice freeze frames to go back and refer to. BYW liove the fabric choices especially yellow polka dots for house!

  65. Personally I like the picture tutorials. The video ones are great, but often the camera isn’t looking at what I need. Pictures are better.

  66. I like both photo and video tutorials as they complement each other and I can refer back to either one depending on the help that I need .

  67. I like the video to watch but then I also like the photo’s to be able to save and watch again and pick up where I am at.

  68. Personally the Photo tutorials work better for me! Then I can keep them and look at it rather than watch it to find my spot! Thank you!!

  69. I much prefer photo tutorials. I like to consult it at each step and it can get tedious to watch the same parts of a video so many times. I really love how you modified to do the different seasons.

  70. I really like having both types of tutorials that way I can watch the video and then have pictures to make sure I create the best quilt/block possible!

  71. I like both for different reasons. Love seeing someone actually live demonstrating especially their tips with manipulating shapes or showing where pieces go. But the photos can be laid out in such a way that the steps are slowed down.

  72. I think it depends on how well the tutorial is constructed…a photo tutorial is preferred as long as it is detailed and easy to follow.

  73. Love your block above–great choice of fabrics and so professionally sewn! I like photo tutorials best–they are easy to refer back to and follow as you do the project. Thanks for asking!

  74. I like photo tutorials more – especially if they are in PDF so I can easily print it out and have right there with me as I’m working on the project

  75. I KIje them both. I’m new to quilting so I like to the video for an overview but I like study the pictures intently to get the process down

  76. I prefer photo tutorials. I then like them better if they end with a pdf version of the actual pattern. I like a printed pattern & then I go back to look at the photos as I do the steps.

  77. I prefer photo tutorials, I like a chance to study the pics and also like that I can keep a copy at my sewing machine as I work.

  78. I prefer Photo tutorials. I like to be able to see each step without it going to fast that I have to rewind it so often.

  79. For instruction purposes, I prefer photo tutorials. When there is nothing on television, I will watch quilting videos.

  80. I actually like both. I am new to quilting and love every minute of it. I need all the help I can get. So photo or tutorials work for me at this point

  81. I prefer photo tutorials. I don’t have a laptop to take to my sewing room so I take paper. Thanks for the tip about hopping from one applique to another without breaking the thread. Love your house block; makes me want to live there 🙂
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  82. I like photo tutorials – they’re more portable. Sometimes a video is great – like watching my favorite quilters machine quilt – !

  83. I like well written and illustrated photo tutorials like yours. But as I have gotten older, my eyes do better with quality recorded videos.

  84. I like video tutorials to initially review a project but I’m more likely to keep or print a copy of a photo tutorial. Enjoy readying your messages..

  85. I like both, but your photo tutorial was very good and helpful. I may lean more to photos because it allows time to study the photo and may be easier to refer back to when needed.

  86. Photo tutorials are the best for most things. The only time I prefer a video tutorial is for new quilting motifs or techniques so I can see how they’re done.

  87. I definitely love the photo tutorials. They are much clearer, quicker, and quiet — all great positive features. Plus, they make it so much easier to backtrack and review areas of special interest or for clarification. Thanks for taking the extra time to do them. They are appreciated.

  88. Photo tutorials are my favorite. Since I found Print Friendly I can make a PDF and look at the tutorial any time I want without printing it or trying to find a video that I can’t copy! It keeps copyright info and the tutorial all together!

  89. I like photo tutorials best. That way I can go back to check on sections of instruction without having to look thru an entire video.

  90. Once again your interpretation of the BOM is spot on – I love it. I much prefer photo tutorials but sometimes enjoy seeing a video just to make sure I’m doing it right!

  91. I prefer photos, we live in a very rural setting and internet is very expensive since we can only get it by satellite, so we don’t have enough data to watch videos.

  92. Photo tutorials is best when I will see. But videos is good just to learn and get a glimt of the technique. I love your site by the way

  93. I much prefer photo tutorials also because the sound won’t bother anyone. I also like reading directions as I remember it better when seeing the printed word than just hearing it. I’d love to win this great Olfa prize!!

  94. Hi Julie! Love the sunflowers! I prefer photo tutorials – I can get right to work and I can look back when I need to.

  95. Hi Julie! I love all your house blocks! I prefer photo tutorials for basically the same reasons you do! I want to get on with the sewing and I like being able to look back as often as I need!

  96. I prefer photo tutorials as then I don’t have to keep reviewing a video. I just need a little more time to make sure that I am doing it right so photo’s are for me.

  97. I MUCH prefer video tutorials…I can stop, back up, go to full screen, and play the same “sticky”piece over and over.

  98. I’m with you. I like photo tutorials. I sometimes have trouble following or remembering the video, but with the photos and text, I can quickly find what I need to reference. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  99. I like photo tutorials but video tutorials are good also because you can actually see how to do something in process. I guess I like both!

  100. For a quick project, a photo tutorial with accompanying step by step text is my preference. But for a bigger project with lots of complicated steps, a well-done video is better. (Unfortunately, far too many video tutorials are very poorly done— bad lighting, ineffective camera angles, poor narration.)

  101. I prefer the photos too. Sometimes the videos are good when you need to play over and over while your trying to master something.

  102. Your giant sunflowers are so much fun on your block! I prefer photo tutorials for the same reasons…they cut out all of the extra “stuff” and all the unnecessary chatter. There’s no issue of the camera getting in the way or not hearing the speaker.

  103. I like photo tutes too – not always convenient to watch one. And good luck finding it again!! Love your seasonal houses. -doni @ Oregon coast

  104. I prefer written out tutorials with pictures. Those are easy to save for later and for going back to recheck things. I don’t know why, but videos annoy me (but not yours, of course, Julie….lol)


  105. For me a video is the best way to learn a new skill. I love the interaction the person making the video brings to the skill being taught.

  106. I like the photo tutorials because they seem to get up close and show all the pertinent details. I fall asleep watching other people sew seams!

  107. Usually, I prefer photo tutorials. But I have to admit that sometimes only a video will do. Thanks for the great blog, Julie!

  108. I like both but photo tutorials fit my lifestyle right now. With a full-time job, it is often easier to scroll through photos on my lunch hour than watch a video.
    Thank you!

  109. Hi Julie! I love ALL and every tutorial you do (you are so thorough!) but if I had to choose, I would have to say photo tutorials because I can really study the photo, and go back to it easily as needed. Thanks for all you do!! Lisa

  110. I prefer a photo tutorial over a video one. There are times I like to study the photos to better understand the step I am working on.

  111. I like photo tutorials….I can save them or just copy and paste the parts that I REALLY NEED to do the project. I get easily distracted by the video ones and I have limited data on my internet and it is easier to download a photo tutorial. Thanks for asking. Would love to win!!

  112. I prefer photo tutorials although I like the videos. Sometimes they are just too long and I don’t have the time to sit and watch them. Thank you for the giveaway.

  113. I love your block–especially the sunflowers!
    My first response was going to be video tutorials, but I agree with you that sometimes photo ones are better.

  114. I love them both! Sorry! I watch a lot of YouTube videos as I put on my makeup each morning. However, when it’s time to actually follow a process and make the item, photos are much better!

  115. I love your quilting tips! They’re super helpful! I like photo tutorials. That way if I have to step away from my computer, I don’t have to remember to pause anything. And I don’t have to have the sound on also. Love photo tuts!

  116. I like photo tutorials best, for many of the same reasons you mentioned. love your last mini, especially the sunflowers

  117. Love your block. For me, I think there is a time where a good video applies when a technique or new steps in a pattern need that extra demonstration that a photo won’t do. And than there are times when photos are just perfect and not as time consuming. Guess I like them both, but lean more towards videos. Claudia

  118. Hi Julie. Well, I love your block! Think you’re being too hard on yourself with all that criticism. 😉 To reply to your question for the giveaway, I like both video and photo tutorials and for different reasons. You’re right about the videos not always being handy while in public, but I think both methods serve great purposes. I’m a visual learner, so appreciate all the photos I can get in either format. Keep up the great tutes no matter how you do them! Thanks so much for all you do for us!

  119. Photo tutorials for me. Sometimes I print them and it’s really helpful to have them to refer to. Not as likely to forget
    the information. I also enlarge photos to display on the big computer screen and turn it so that I can see it when I’m sewing!

  120. I prefer the photo tutorials PERIOD! I like to go slow and make sure I am doing it right, I grewup with a pencil in my hand and that’s the way I think best.

  121. As someone else commented it depends on the instructor. If the instructor isn’t long winded or going too quickly then video is great otherwise the photos are fine.

  122. I like both forms of tutorials. some videos are so fast that I have to watch them over and over. I really like having words and pictures then I can make sense of the idea easier. Thanks for all the good hints…especially about the thread color.

  123. I actually prefer both types of tutorials. I like the paper to keep with me at my sewing machine and the video so I can stop and rewind as many times as I need to to do a particular part of the quilt. I actually think I am a more visual person or maybe I am just suffering from short term memory loss.

  124. Hard question!! I like to watch someone go through the steps, but then I like a print-out to follow at my own pace. If I have to leave it for a while, I can take it up right where I left off instead of trying to find where the video tutorial is. Thank you.

  125. I really like both as I can watch the video to get me started , then look at the photos when I need a longer time to study it. If I had to choose, its photos.

  126. Usually I prefer video tutorials, but there are some things that are better on video. I keep thinking I’ll make one on how to do a colonial knot if you’re lefthanded. I figured it out from a photo tutorial, but it took quite a while.

  127. I love video tutorials. I go back and watch your binding video each time I need to finish my binding. It works beautiful every time. Thanks, grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  128. I much prefer photo tutorials. If my husband wants to use the computer while I am referring to the pictures, I can print out the section I am working on, and we both are happy. Your block is fine the way it is.

  129. I am fairly new to quilting but I find the art of taking a bundle of small squares and creating a masterpiece that will be handed down from generation to generation absolutely amazing. I love number 4 because it reminds me of my grandmother’s house where she created all of her quilts out of her old dresses.

  130. Definitely photo tutorials partly because our Internet is slow with limited gigs per month, and the photo tutorials are easy to scan back through to review particular steps.

  131. I am not fussy. Either picture or video tutorials are fine because I always learn something new. Keep up the good work.

  132. As always, great job on your block! That is a tough question. Initially I like video tutorials, for harder techniques anyway. But, I like photo tutorials to remind me of what I’ve seen in a video. Photo tutorials can also be a lot faster.

  133. It depends on the person doing the tutorial. If it’s a photo tutorial, I like enough pictures to clarify the text. If it’s a video, I like the person’s personality to keep me interested and to keep the pace of the video moving.

  134. While I do appreciate following step by step videos, sometimes photo tutorials are easier to understand because I can study the photo. Although sometimes it depends on the wording, sometimes it’s so confusing that a video would be helpful.

  135. I think it depends on the topic as well as my time at that moment! Pictures can work very well but sometimes it’s nice to be able to repeat (and repeat) an instruction as someone shows it to you.

  136. That’s a cute block.

    I prefer a photo tutorial for the same reasons you mentioned. Plus it’s quicker for me to go back or forward if I need to.

  137. I love the photo tutorials, because I can always go back in case I missed anything. The video goes too fast and I always miss something Thank you

  138. Hi! I love the photo tutorials, cause then I can print them and take them to my sewing machine.
    WOW – what fabulous giveaways! I have used the endurance blade once and fell in love!

  139. I have enjoyed all your tutorials, Julie! I will have to cast my vote for the photo version though, because I often cannot use the volume while watching a video.

  140. I like the photo tutorials for the same reason you do, I can do it in public and read at my own speed and leisure. You photographs are always so well done and we’ll composed, they are easy to understand your points/tips.

  141. Well I usually pay for the photo tutorials, there are times when a video really comes in handy! It’s kind of like show and tell.

  142. Photo tutorials: so I can get to the section of the tutorial that I need most help with quickly. Videos can be great if they are efficient. Most people talk too much or spend too much time demonstrating things that are non essential.

  143. Love your block!!! I prefer photo tutorials. Easier to look at the pictures while working on your own rather than having to watch & pause a video.

  144. I much prefer photo tutorials, but in PDF form, please! I can either print out the PDF or save it to my computer to return to when needed.

  145. I love all tutorials!!! But sometime the pictures are better as it can show really close the steps to take. Love to win, I love the Olfa products!!! Thanks

  146. I like to watch video tutorials, my granddaughter likes to watch with me! She just turned four, and I hope is a quilter in training!

  147. I like photo tutorials if the pictures show all steps clearly. Often videos miss closeups. Thank you for the giveaway.

  148. Photo tutorials! I love to study them so that I can really understand the methods. I miss things sometimes in videos. Love your tips on applique!

  149. I prefer photo tutorials. I like video tutorials but they are usually not concise and I like to get straight to the point. I don’t want to have to go through a lot of video for one small point that I need to see.

  150. I like the photo tutorials. You can scroll back to something you missed quicker than a video. With a video, you have to find the spot, sometimes it isn’t the right spot. Not only that, but some of the videos go on, and on………..zzzzzzz

  151. I would like to make the blocks even though I am at the end of your posts on this fun quilt. When I tried entering my information to ask for the block directions, the response said that there is a problem and that I should should sign up later. Please assist me with this problem. Thank you so much.

  152. I like photo tutorials, but sometimes I need the video tutorials if I am having a hard time with something to see someone else going thru the process to make sure I’m understanding correctly. ( I’m a little dense sometimes)

  153. First of all I love your block it is so distinguished. I prefer the photo tutorials but I do appreciate video tutorials now and then.

  154. Your summer block turned out great! As for tutorials, l prefer photos as they are easier to refer back to when you are in the middle of a project (for me anyway).

  155. I’m fine with either type of tutorial, but photo tuts let me read at my own pace. Videos, while interesting to watch, sometimes get boring.

  156. I like photo tutorials as I like to have the tutorial while I’m sewing. Your block is very cute and I like it with just the center heart!

  157. Some techniques are too detail for me to get with photo, so I prefer video over photo. Some simple items are very well presented with photos, so I prefer photos for simple projects.

  158. Your block is adorable. I prefer photo tutorials. These I can take anywhere with me. But, I have to admit, that I do like watching videos also and seeing the person do the techniques if they are new to me.

  159. I prefer photo tutorials which allow me to follow the instruction step by step while making the project. It is so much easier than trying to pause a video over and over. Thank you for all your ideas, instructions, and inspiration.

  160. I much prefer photo tutorials. Sometimes I’ll save them and print them for a handy reference. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  161. I like photo tutorials better than videos. Videos are great but with photo tutorials, I can pause and ponder the project and make sure I am “getting” it. Sometimes I am a bit dense and find with videos I will need to rewind and then find the spot where the video is talking about the part I may not have comprehended. That takes extra time and sometimes frustration, so I am a lover of photo tutorials. Thanks for sharing your talents with us all.

  162. I definitely prefer photo tutorials. It is much faster for me to find the spot I need to look at more closely, plus the spot is already paused. 😉

  163. I like photo tutorials. It’s easier to find the information I need rather than viewing a video. Thank you for your applique tips.

  164. I mostly prefer photo tutorials for the reasons you listed. But sometimes if I’m stuck on something, it helps to have the video. I love to do appliqué work–thanks for the helpful tips!

  165. I prefer photo tutorials. It’s easier to go back and check a place rather than run through an entire video. Love your summer block…the colors are perfect!!

  166. Oh Julie…this block is really, really cute. Love it! Colors are great. I LOVE your cheat rule #2. Why didn’t I think of that. Great blog….

  167. Photo tutorials because too often the camera angles in videos are not good and you can’t really see a closeup of what is going on.

  168. I like the photo tutorials, you can stop and work on the project and go right back to it. With the videos you have to see where you left off. Love these house blocks. Although I haven’t made them yet, I am saving them as a Winter project. I love Olfa products. Thanks for the opportunity to win. I love your blocks.

  169. I love the photo tutorials, as I can pause, and begin again when I am ready. Thanks so much for all the tips and tutorials!!


  170. I prefer photo tutorials. I sometimes look at the same photos over and over when I want to get the process set in my mind. I love your block. I have saved my patterns for this project. Too busy to keep up so far but looking forward to working on this fun project in the future.

  171. Videos for sure! Mostly because the person is also speaking and telling the story of what they are doing. If they are left handed, I just make sure my quilt project is facing the the same way as theirs.

  172. I prefer photo tutorials because I can immediately go to the part I need help with. Like you, Julie, I can look at photos without disturbing those around me.

  173. Thanks for all the great tips on appliquing a project quickly. I prefer photo tutorials for all the reasons you mentioned in your post.

  174. I prefer photo tutorials (as long as they are complete) as they are portable for me since I can print them out as my PC isn’t close to my sewing machine. I like the videos as a supplement to the photo tutorials.

  175. My preference is photo tutorials as I am a visual learner plus my computer no longer has sound. I can figure anything out from a series of still photos (and written directions)

  176. Your block turned out so cute. Thanks for the tips it makes it so much easier to make the first time without making mistakes. I like videos but also agree that your photos make it so easy to follow.

  177. Thank you for all you give us. I enjoy both kinds of tutorials. Sometimes I get it all from just watching a video and sometimes I need the extra help that a good tutorial gives. If I can download a photo tutorial and follow it at my ease this is probably my best option. As annoying as it may be,sometimes other things get in the way of my sewing.

  178. Beautiful block! I prefer photo tutorials because where I live doesn’t always have great data signal and it’s easier to get to the photo ones. Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  179. It’s close but I think I prefer photo tutorials overall, although sometimes the video tutorials allow you to view details from different aspects that a still photo doesn’t allow.

  180. To me the photo tutorials are better. I can study them a little longer if I need to. Your instructions and tips are so well-explained that I can use them as needed. Thanks for all that you share with us! And the giveaway!

  181. Very cute block. I like the different points in the border… It depends on the video and the photos – but I like both. I like to look at the videos and then refer to notes while I work on the project. Thanks for the chance.

  182. I love having photos for the same reasons that you gave. A picture can be worth a thousand words, and I sometimes need to translate the picture in my own mind.

  183. Love your block. It looks like a color book picture. I prefer video tutorials if they are concise. That’s not always short but I don’t need to see stitching every seam. Picture tutorials are big files to save but I do have lots of them.

  184. I like photo tutorials because I can go at my own pace and take the time to really study the pictures. Thanks for the chance to win.

  185. Julie, like you I would rather use photos. Sometimes a video moves to quickly and for me not always easy to follow.

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