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November 14, 2018
Mini Holiday Countdown Stockings are sew easy to make from Quilt Social

 

Take time over the holidays to savor all of the special moments with family and celebrate each day leading up to Christmas with a fun holiday countdown decor project. With this project, you can use and admire some beautiful Northcott Holiday Collections and Shimmering Dekor Metallic, SULKY and Gütermann threads.

Mini Holiday Countdown Stockings

Get into the festive spirit with this project. Fill these mini stockings with goodies each day to decorate and celebrate the holidays with all of your family members for years to come.

 

Holiday Mini Countdown Stockings using Northcott Holiday Fabrics, Sugar and Spice and Swedish Christmas, Gütermann Metallic and Dekor Threads, Sulky Holoshimmer, Northcott ColorWorks, Fabric Fun Markers, UNIQUE Rick Rack and Fairfield Quilter's 80/20 Batting
Holiday Mini Countdown Stockings using Northcott Holiday Fabrics, Sugar and Spice and Swedish Christmas ...

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November 9, 2018
African Violets table runner is a quick finish with pieced backing from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use 6 fat quarters from Banyan Batiks African Violets collection in the Cornflower and Delphinium colorways along with some red Shadows fabric to create some modern Rail Fence blocks.

Now you’re ready to sew the blocks together to create your own modern table runner. Let’s get started!

  • Sew the blocks together, alternating blocks 1 and 2, to make 5 rows with 3 blocks in each row. Each row should measure 9½” x 18½”.

 

 6½" x 9½" blocks ready to be sewn together
6½” x 9½” blocks ready to be sewn together

 

 

5 rows of blocks ready to be sewn together. Remember to alternate Block 1 and Block 2.
5 rows of blocks ready to be sewn together. Remember ...

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November 8, 2018
6 Banyan Batiks fat quarters for a modern table runner from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to finish up your Roll & Go sewing organizer made from Banyan Batik African Violets fabric.

Today, I’ll use 6 fat quarters from Banyan Batiks African Violets collection in the Hibiscus and Delphinium colorways to create a modern “Rail Fence” table runner. I also used ½ yd of red Shadows #81300-24 for accents and binding.

Both of these new collections are available in your favorite quilt shops now!

 

Table runner with Banyan Batiks African Violets and Shadows fabric
Table runner with Banyan Batiks African Violets and Shadows fabric

 

 

These are the Banyan Batiks fat quarters used for my version of the table runner.
These are the Banyan Batiks fat quarters used for my version of the table runner.

 

Let’s ...

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November 7, 2018
Sewing and Music- How to Make a "Road to Vienna" Quilt Block Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Fabric Friends,

Who listens to music when they sew? Depending on the day or the mood I want to be in I flip through my Pandora stations usually stopping on a station that will put me in a good sewing mood. Some days it energetic dance music, and other times its soft classical or  soothing jazz.

Whether you are bobbing your head back and forth to some groovy 70s music or shaking your hips to some salsa music, music is always there to motivate us, relax us, and overall bring us to our happy place! Today I want to ...

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Finishing the Roll and Go sewing organizer from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday we got all the bits and pieces of the Banyan Batiks African Violets put together. Now it’s time to assemble everything to finish the sewing organizer.

  • Sew pocket 1 to the inside panel, 9½” down from the top.

 

Placement lines on the inside panel
Placement lines on the inside panel

 

  • Sew pocket 2 to the quilted 9½” x 19½” rectangle, 3″ up from the bottom. Have the open edge ¼” below the 3″ line.

 

Sew pocket #2 on the outside, quilted rectangle.
Sew pocket #2 on the outside, quilted rectangle.

 

  • Fold pocket 2 down and hand-stitch in place.

 

Fold pocket down and hand-stitch in place.
Fold pocket down and hand-stitch in place.

 

Putting it all together

  • Layer the quilted ...

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November 6, 2018
Sewing and quilting the Roll and Go sewing organizer! from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to cut the pieces for your Roll & Go sewing organizer using fat quarters from Banyan Batiks African Violets collection. Now you’re ready to start sewing!

Outside Panel

  • Sew the 20″ outside panel pieces together. Press seams open.

 

Sew the 3 outside panel pieces together.
Sew the 3 outside panel pieces together.

 

  • Layer muslin, batting and outside fabric (right side up). Pin or baste together.
  • Quilt through all layers as desired.

 

Quilt the outside panel as desired.
Quilt the outside panel as desired.

 

  • Center ribbon trim along the seam lines. Sew in place.

 

Sew the ribbon trim in place over the seam lines.
Sew the ribbon trim in place over the seam lines.

 

  • Trim the quilted panel to ...

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November 5, 2018
Making a Roll & Go with Banyan Batiks African Violets collection! from Quilt Social

 

In my QUILTsocial posts Making a modern quilt design using traditional quilt blocks in September 2018, I showed you how to use 8 fat quarters from Banyan Batiks Tie One On collection along with some coordinating fabrics from the Ketan collection, to make a table runner and placemats.

This week I’m sharing some projects using fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks African Violets collection in the Cornflower and Delphinium colorways.

 

Banyan Batiks African Violets in the Cornflower colorway
Banyan Batiks African Violets in the Cornflower colorway

 

All fat quarters are not created equal! Most fat quarters are 18″ long, but if you’re buying fabric in metric ...

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October 26, 2018
Quilt Block Tutorial- How to Make the Moving Forward Block from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

 WOW! Is the first word that came to mind when I got my crafty  little hands on Mister Domestic's new fabric collection! Thinking of all the possibilities of things I could make with these prints got me all full of goose bumps! Top three things I want to make with Aura Fabrics is a dress for me out of the "Aloha Spirit Hibiscus" rayon print!!! Similar to the one we made in the Fabric Project Catalog pictured below! Isn't Michelle from the graphic design team so cute in this dress!?

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Second a picnic/ beach blanket big ...

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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
Designing with Florals - How to Make a "Friendship Star" Quilt Block Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers! 

The weather may be getting colder and nature may be going into hibernation mode but that doesn't mean we can't get our daily dose of color else where. Florals and  jewel tones are scattered throughout Bari J's new fabric collection for AGF! Her gorgeous new collection called Virtuosa is bold, dramatic and so lush looking. I paired a few of my favorite florals in the collection with two amazing solid Pure Elements, Cabernet and Light Citron! These colors are so pretty and vibrant and married well with the beautiful florals and blenders I chose! 

Looking ...

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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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October 19, 2018
How a challenge can up your quilting skills from Quilting with Claire

Another great way to be more creative in your studio is to participate in a challenge!  Being a regional rep for the Canadian Quiter’s Association , I agreed to participate in the annual Trend-Tex Challenge this year. That’s when I realized that a challenge can up your quilting skills! Now this is very interesting . … Continue reading "How a challenge can up your quilting skills"

The post How a challenge can up your quilting skills appeared first on Quilting With Claire.

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October 12, 2018
Cozy Fabrics- How to Make a Nine Patch Frame Block Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

What have you been sewing up lately? I have been sewing with the sweetest new collection from AGF Studio called Little Clementine! This collection is so adorable with all of Little Clementine's fury friends and cute cozy keepsakes. One of my favorite prints from the collection is called "Mr. Penny Bubblegum", a cycling, scarf wearing bear! I incorporated him in the center of my  Nine Patch Frame Block pictured below! All I keep thinking is how cute  this block would be turned into a baby quilt?  In this block we used the corner triangle method quite a ...

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October 11, 2018
How to Make a "Scrapbag" Block Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

Have you seen AGF's brand new fusion collections? If you haven't gotten your hands on a bundle of these collections yet let me tell you they are vibrant jaw dropping beauties! I have always been a mega fan of all of AGF Fusions but every new collection has got me drooling with excitement. For those that don't know AGF Fusion collections are bite size collections consisting of 10 prints. It includes 10 quilting cottons, two knits and one rayon for all you apparel makers out their!  Fusion collections feature prints from varies AGF designers arranged ...

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October 5, 2018
Our Latest AGF Fusions: Rainforest + Trinkets from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers, 

With the holidays right around the corner, I know all of us are prepping or have already begun sewing gifts for our family, friends, colleagues and teachers. I think that as a maker, we're always trying to create gifts that are so personalized to the person we're giving it to, so if you haven't started sewing your gifts yet, don't worry! We just released TWO NEW FUSIONS that cater to two different themes that can turn into so many great gifts! 

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If you're new to AGF, our "Fusion Collections" are bite-size collections featuring ...

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October 1, 2018
Making a batik skyline quilt from Quilt Social

 

The inspiration for this design came from my son – in fact, he did the drawing and I did the pattern writing! I have involved both of my children in different aspects of my quiltmaking and it has led to some very interesting collaborations. This time I showed my son these very dramatic batiks from the Broken Glass line by Banyan Batiks which will be making an appearance in your local quilt store this month.

 

Banyan Batiks Broken Glass fabric
Banyan Batiks Broken Glass fabric

 

I knew Halloween was coming up, but while we were trying to decide what to design it was still summer which ...

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September 26, 2018
Autumn Sewing - "Lehigh Maze" Quilt Block Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 Hey Makers,

Autumn is finally here! Last Friday we started off the Fall Season right by dressing up in our fave Autumn inspired outfits and brought in delicious Fall treats and drinks to get us in the spirit! Living in South Florida we don’t get to enjoy the traditional Fall weather and the beauty this season brings but having summer all year around isn’t the worst thing ever either! :)

AGF GALS

AGF Girls all decked out in their Autumn outfits! :) Love these gals! 

Fall-Treats
Mixture of homemade and store bought treats to celebrate AUTUMN! 

To create are own Autumn Vibes we ...

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