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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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June 6, 2018
Mary batiks and a star design steal the show in quilted cushion cover from Quilt Social

 

The possibilities of batik fabrics! In yesterday’s post, we created the quilt block that is the focus of the batik quilted cushion cover. Using the Banyan Batik line, Mary, we sewed the churn dash design to look like a star! Today we’ll set that star on point with some more batik magic, quilt the cushion front and sew the cushion together.

 

This week's quilted cushion cover pattern using the newest batik, Mary, and Ketan both of Banyan Batiks.
This week’s quilted cushion cover pattern using the newest batik, Mary, and Ketan both of Banyan Batiks.

 

Add Corner Triangles

Lay one Fabric F corner triangle right side up and pin one edge of the block ...

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June 5, 2018
Bold batik prints make for a dashing quilted cushion cover from Quilt Social

 

Today the pieces of Mary batik fabrics get put back together to make a bold center block for the quilted cushion cover. In yesterday’s post, I listed the cutting directions and featured photos of all the main fabrics. There are other colorways too – green, red, and teal. I’ve used the rust and pink!

Can you spy the churn dashes in this cushion? I challenged myself to use the bold batik prints to create a secondary design out of them. Follow along and create your own dashing cushion cover.

 

Mary batiks quilted cushion cover
Mary batiks quilted cushion cover

 

Make Half Square Triangles (HSTs ...

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June 4, 2018
Making a batik statement with a quilted cushion cover from Quilt Social

 

I’m quickly becoming a lover of batik fabrics and I have Northcott fabric to thank! A new line from Banyan Batiks called Mary is coming to quilt shops this month. This one is beautiful! Large florals, dynamic block printing, and the colors! I tried to restrain myself this month but I’m not sure I succeeded. I had designed this block several months ago and decided to try it out with some Mary batiks.

 

Quilted Mary Batiks cushion cover
Quilted Mary Batiks cushion cover

 

I played with color a bit differently in this design. I wanted to try making the background of the design ...

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April 6, 2018
Bold Banyan Batik prints make a statement on the back of the cushion cover from Quilt Social

 

The batik boho cushion cover is almost ready to enjoy! In yesterday’s post we assembled the rows to make the front of the cushion and quilted it. Today the back panels will be made and sewn to the front to complete the cushion cover.

I chose a boldly designed iKat Sketch print for the top back panel and used the remaining portion of the Shibori print used on the front of the cushion for the bottom back panel.

 

Reverse side of quilted cushion cover
Reverse side of quilted cushion cover

 

Preparing the back panels

1. Cut the back top panel to 20½” x 17½”; here ...

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April 5, 2018
Piecing and quilting the batik boho inspired quilted cushion cover from Quilt Social

 

Today’s the day the fabrics start to bloom into the pieced design on the quilted cushion cover. In yesterday’s post we put together the two different blocks that make the design. The Banyan Batiks iKat Sketch fabric will be arriving in local quilt shops this month. There are several beautiful options to consider and possibly more than one cushion to make with them!

This cushion is close to complete; it’s simply a matter of putting the blocks together and adding some quilting to the cushion front.

 

Overhead view of quilting cushion cover front.
Overhead view of quilting cushion cover front.

 

Assemble Block Rows

1 ...

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April 4, 2018
2 quilt blocks that make the batik boho cushion cover sensational from Quilt Social

 

Waiting for the first signs of spring is always an exciting time of year. In yesterday’s post we cut up and put together again Banyan batik fabrics to make units for the batik quilted cushion cover. It’s fun to watch the fabrics change and bloom into something new with each seam! Today we’ll create the blocks that start to reveal the final cushion front.

Assemble the corner blocks

To start, lay out the units required as seen in the photo below. The Banyan Batiks really start to show their personalities as they are placed beside each other ...

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