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April 19, 2019
Finishing the quilted umbrella cushion with a zipper from Quilt Social

This has been a fun week of play and discovery. I hope you have enjoyed creating a somewhat whimsical reminder of the change of season with the quilted umbrella panel and then traipsing through your stash of scraps to find fabrics for the patchwork panel (I hope it was a fruitful search!) In yesterday’s post I quilted the patchwork panel using decorative stitches, called Handlook Stitches, built into the PFAFF quilt expression 720 remember there are over 400!! Today all that’s left is to put the cushion together! Let’s go!

Quilted patchwork cushion with PFAFF quilt expression 720
Quilted patchwork cushion with PFAFF quilt expression ...

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April 18, 2019
Using Handlook Stitches on the quilt expression 720 for quilting patchwork from Quilt Social

The rain is on its way and I’m starting to get in the mood to enjoy a few rainy days. After all, it means a little more time to spend quilting before the garden needs tending and the outdoor summer adventures begin! This week I’ve been creating an ode to spring with a quilted umbrella cushion. In yesterday’s post, I sewed together a patchwork panel made of scrap fabrics, honoring Earth Day. I continue the adventure stitching out several decorative stitches using the PFAFF quilt expression 720.

I started by using the regular straight stitch and quilting ...

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April 17, 2019
Honoring Earth Day: use your stash to make a quilted patchwork cushion from Quilt Social

Spring cleaning is so popular this time of year and what better way to tidy your sewing room than to use up some stash! Plus, we’re still thinking about Earth Day and recycling next week and making something out of what we already have. In yesterday’s post, I showed you how I quilted a large pieced umbrella block as the front of a cushion cover.

In today’s post, I’ll use the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to piece together a back panel from scraps. The back will also finish at 16 square and could easily be pieced ...

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April 16, 2019
Adding quilted details using the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

Embracing the cheerful decorating possibilities that spring brings, this week I’m making a quilted umbrella cushion. In yesterday’s post, I cut and assembled the units to make the umbrella block using PFAFF quilt expression 720. Today I’ll rely even more on the IDT system to easily add quilting to the front side of the cushion.

Quilted umbrella cushion and PFAFF quilt expression 720
Quilted umbrella cushion and PFAFF quilt expression 720

To start, join the units of each row, then join the rows together.

Press all of the seams in the top row to the right and all of the seams in the second row ...

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April 15, 2019
Celebrating spring with a cheery quilted umbrella cushion from Quilt Social

It feels like spring is taking a long time to arrive this year, at least where I live. I’m actually wishing for rain and thought making an umbrella themed cushion for the season might be just the thing to share this week! April showers do eventually arrive and it’s fun to make seasonally themed decor. I used the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to help me stitch up this bright quilted cushion.

Quilted umbrella cushion
Quilted umbrella cushion

April 22 is Earth Day when we take time to educate ourselves and raise awareness about environmental issues. When I think about how to ...

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April 10, 2019
Handlook Stitches and Patchwork Program on the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

In preparation for Earth Day on April 22, 2019, Sarah Vanderburgh of Sew Joy has designed a quilted cushion cover to represent this important date in several ways. To start with, she uses the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to execute this cheery project, exploring such important features like the Handlook Stitches, the Patchwork Program and the ‘can’t sew without’ IDT System. Did you know the latter has been on PFAFF machines since 1968? That’s almost as old as I… moving on.

The Umbrella Cushion Cover inspiring rain, so precious in the spring!
The Umbrella Cushion Cover inspiring rain, so precious in the spring!

The PFAFF quilt expression 720 has ...

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December 5, 2018
Smaller checkerboard stars sparkle as a quilted table runner from Quilt Social

 

Whether it’s a season for gift giving or not, quilters always seem to have a stash of irresistible fat quarters on hand. The newest line of Banyan Batiks comes out this month, Rock City, and is definitely a line of fabrics you want to use in your creations!

In yesterday’s post I finished making a checkerboard star quilted cushion cover. I created the cushion by making one large pieced checkerboard star block. Today I’ll use the same block, but smaller, to create a quilted table runner. The runner finishes at approximately 12″ wide x 24″ long.

 

Rock City checkerboard star table runner
Rock ...

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December 4, 2018
Rock City batiks rock the back of the quilted cushion! from Quilt Social

 

Making a cushion cover is a quick gift to give or a simple way to add something handmade to your decor. In yesterday’s post we made the quarter star blocks with some fat quarters of the new Rock City batik line coming to quilt stores this month.

 

Rock City checkerboard star quilted cushion cover
Rock City checkerboard star quilted cushion cover

 

Before we put the checkerboard star block together I wanted to share some other design options with you. I’ll admit it took me a couple of days to decide the direction I wanted to go with these blocks. Once they were together I started ...

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December 3, 2018
Modern checkerboard star pieced cushion cover from Quilt Social

 

Rock City batiks by Northcott are coming to stores this month. Definitely a holiday treat for quilters – I could just look at these batiks all day! It was difficult to decide what to create with these fabrics because the motifs of the Rock City batiks themselves are so interesting to look at. In the end I decided to make a large pieced block so I could still enjoy the motifs. Join me as I take a couple of fat quarters and turn them into a pieced checkerboard star cushion cover.

 

Modern checkerboard star quilted cushion cover
Modern checkerboard star quilted cushion cover

 

I asked my mom ...

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November 30, 2018
Using the embroidery features on the Designer Brilliance 80 from Quilt Social

 

Did you like my learning curve yesterday? I explored working with flimsy fabric and the Seam/Overcast Stitch to make gift bags. Thankfully learning is fun, especially when you’re working with a great sewing machine like the Husqvarna Viking Designer Brilliance 80. It performed beautifully despite the ‘operator’s’ issues.

It’s the end of the week! I’ll play around with some embroidery and make something from those last two pieces of gold fabric and something exciting happened when I turned on the sewing machine yesterday. I’ll share that with you at the end of the ...

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October 26, 2018
How the creative icon does half the work for you when adding a zipper from Quilt Social

 

I’m back for the last post of the week, have you tried the mitered corner technique I showed you yesterday? Easy, right?

One of the last things to do when making cushions is attaching the zipper, here are two simple ways to add zippers to your cushions. All week long, I shared tutorials to make attractive cushions to gift for the Holidays.

These tips make the cushions look professionally made but really, they were effortlessly handmade. And adding zippers is no exception with the PFAFF creative icon. Thanks to its big screen and tutorial section!

 

Adding zippers is easy with the PFAFF creative icon
Adding zippers is easy ...

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October 25, 2018
8 easy steps to perfect mitered corners from Quilt Social

 

This week is all about making attractive cushions for holiday gifts, and yesterday I shared 3 reasons why embroidering text has become a bit of an obsession. In this post, I want to show you how to make perfect mitered corners in just 8 simple steps using the PFAFF creative icon. I promise you won’t ever be afraid to make one ever again!

 

 It's easy to make mitered corners with the creative icon

It’s easy to make mitered corners with the creative icon

 

I decided to use the miter corner technique when I saw the lovely flower border near the selvage of the Chloe panel from Northcott. I ...

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October 24, 2018
3 reasons why embroidering text has become an obsession for me from Quilt Social

 

It’s so important to prepare your fabric, stitches and stabilizer for successful machine embroidery, as I explained yesterday. Pretty quickly, these 6 steps I talked about become second nature and machine embroidery becomes a cinch.

When it comes to text, I never thought I would ever need to embroider text until I had the PFAFF creative icon! Here are 3 reasons why embroidering text has become a bit of an obsession.

 

Experimenting using embroidery text to add flair to my projects
Experimenting using embroidery text to add flair to my projects

 

I went crazy embroidering designs to make cushions using solid fabrics yesterday. But then I looked at all ...

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October 23, 2018
6 essential steps for successful machine embroidery using the creative icon from Quilt Social

 

Have you sorted your fabric to make the 3 cushion ideas I mentioned yesterday?

With more than 800 embroidery designs on the PFAFF creative icon at your fingertips, there are great projects to be made. Yet I have learned that there are 6 essential steps you need to take for great results.

 

Great embroidery results using the PFAFF creative icon
Great embroidery results using the PFAFF creative icon

 

You know I love a challenge! And this week’s blog post was a great one. I used my summer vacation to learn how to use the embroidery arm on the creative icon to quilt my projects, but started wondering ...

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October 22, 2018
PFAFF creative icon and Chloe fabrics make excellent cushion ideas a cinch from Quilt Social

 

I thought I should use this week’s blog posts to present 3 cushion ideas to spark your imagination using the PFAFF creative icon. These are quick and easy gift ideas that you’ll have time to finish for the upcoming holidays. And best of all you’ll be able to learn new tricks on your creative icon.

 

Making cushions with the PFAFF creative icon
Making cushions with the PFAFF creative icon

 

Once again, I can’t get over how fun it is to learn new techniques using the creative icon. It is such a treat to work with. You’ll be amazed at all there is ...

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August 17, 2018
How to make and apply covered cording properly from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to sew the strips together and quilt the bench pillow top. Today I’ll show you how to add a covered cording for a very professional finish to your bench pillow.

 

Yesterday I showed you how to sew the strips together and quilt the bench pillow top. Today I'll show you how to add a covered cording for a very professional finish to your bench pillow.
Bench pillow finished with covered cording

 

Make the cording

  • I used a Creativ Dekor cotton cording that was ½” in diameter, but a smaller cord would work equally well.
  • From green accent fabric, cut 3 strips 2⅝” x WOF (width of fabric). Cut the ends of each strip on a 45° or 60° angle.
  • Sew the strips together to make 1 strip long enough ...

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August 16, 2018
Arrange strips, sew and spray baste, finishing up a garden cushion cover from Quilt Social

Yesterday I listed the materials necessary to sew some strips to create your own version of this bench pillow, so perfect for a porch.

 

Finished bench pillow
Finished bench pillow

 

Create your own original design!

Once you have your 19 – 2½” strips cut, it’s time to start arranging them to create the pillow top. You can use a design wall or lay the strips on the pillow form until you find a pleasing design.

 

Design Method 1: Arrange the 2½" strips on a design wall.
Design Method 1: Arrange the 2½” strips on a design wall.

 

Design Method 2: Arrange the 2½" strips on the pillow form.
Design Method 2: Arrange the 2½” strips on the pillow form.

 

When you’re satisfied with your ...

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August 15, 2018
Making a cushion cover for the porch from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use some 10″ fabric squares along with Therm Fleece to make some attractive and useful bowl cozies.

 

Bowl cozies from 10" fabric squares and Therm Fleece
Bowl cozies from 10″ fabric squares and Therm Fleece

 

Today’s project is another one that will help you use up some of your fabric stash and create a bench pillow that will be perfect for both inside and outside use.

 

Bench cushion
Bench pillow

 

The bench pillow form I used is 16″ x 38″ and is available in fabric and craft stores.

 

Bench cushion form
Bench cushion form

 

I used fabrics from Northcott’s Banyan Batiks collection for my bench pillow ...

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June 8, 2018
4 quilted churn dash blocks are better than 1! from Quilt Social

 

Thanks for joining me for twice the fun this week! The beautiful and new line of fabric, Mary, of Banyan Batiks, is in stores this month! In yesterday’s post, I created churn dash blocks to make a second quilted cushion from the leftover fabrics from the first cushion cover this week.

The beauty of the separate batiks was being challenged setting the blocks beside each other so today we’ll add a sashing between them before quilting and creating the cushion cover.

 

Two batik quilted cushion covers
Two batik quilted cushion covers

 

Before we add sashing, make sure each of your churn dash blocks ...

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June 7, 2018
Making a dashing Mary Batik churn dash cushion cover from Quilt Social

 

Glad you’re here! Today we will double the fun with a second quilted cushion cover. In yesterday’s post, we quilted and assembled a cushion cover. We’re using the rust colorway of the batik fabric line Mary – new to quilt shops this month from Banyan Batiks. We focused on the secondary design in the first cushion, this time it’s back to basics with all the focus on the churn dashes.

 

Mary Batik churn dash quilted cushion cover
Mary Batik churn dash quilted cushion cover

 

The batik fabrics might still steal the show, but the churn dashes are up for the challenge! You’ll have ...

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