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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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September 18, 2018
#AGFMakerMonday - Our First Feature! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers, 

HAPPY MONDAY! I'm sure we all can use some "Monday Motivation" today! Here at AGF, we started a new way to feature  our inspiring makers' work that allows them to also win our fabrics, but THE BEST PART is that we all get to know a little more about you! We encouraged makers to post their sewing projects using our fabrics via their social media using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday, so we could see how talented you are and the amazing work you all do! Once we decide on the winner for the month, the maker receives a ...

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September 14, 2018
Inspired by Rococo Art: Decadence Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers! 

Besides being all about fabric, are you also an "art lover?!" I'm definitely one! From an early age, my parents introduced me to many art museums near and far around the world where I had the incredible opportunity to see so many types of art. It was during this time I was introduced to the "Rococo Period." This art movement consisted of highly ornate and a extravagant style of architecture, art and music that flourished in Europe in the 18th century. I fell in-love with all of it! 

Baroque

As I grew older and went to art school ...

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A gourmet finish for a quilted designer cushion from Quilt Social

 

This week has been so much fun as we have learned how to express pretty words through quilting using the beautiful Gütermann Dekor rayon thread.

Yesterday we completed the background quilting to really make the letters and trapunto sections stand out. Now it’s time to complete our designer cushion.

 

Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion
Say it with free motion quilting – designer cushion

 

Preparing your pieces

Trim the quilted cushion front to measure 18½” square. Set aside for now.

 

Trim the quilted cushion front
Trim the quilted cushion front

 

Prepare your machine with a new SCHMETZ 75/11 Quilting needle and the standard sewing foot.

Thread withGütermann 50 weight ...

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September 13, 2018
Free Motion Mavericks - Week 200 - Florals from Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing


Home again, after a stay in Ireland to visit our son and daughter in law, and after a few days' rest I am just starting to get into the frame of mind to start sewing again.  Rather than do anything too adventurous, I have decided to make a cradle quilt so I can play with some pretty florals.  I have had the roses fabric on the right set aside for a while as backing, and now I'm itching to use it. 

Let's see if this colour scheme gives me the kick start I need.  Doing all the redecoration ...

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Making quilted words pop – it’s all about the thread from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was such a fun day!

We set up our machines for free motion quilting, did our first set of outline quilting, learned how to trim the batting for trapunto and layered our piece to prepare for today’s background quilting.

Now it’s time to really make those quilted words pop as beautifulGütermann Dekor rayon thread brings life to our designer cushion!

 

Beautiful thread makes the design come to life
Beautiful thread makes the design come to life

 

All of the stitching from now on will be done with Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread that contrasts with the background fabric.

I used a single color ...

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September 12, 2018
Quilting words – so much to say using Gütermann Dekor thread! from Quilt Social

 

I hope you’ve been having fun getting ready to free motion quilt words and more for a designer cushion.

Was it hard deciding what you wanted to say? Maybe you’re already making more than one?

In yesterdays post we learned how to mark, layer and baste your piece. Now it’s time to create our trapunto using wonderful Gütermann thread.

 

It's time to quilt!
It’s time to quilt!

 

Prepare your machine for free motion quilting

Put a new size 75/11 SCHMETZ Quilting needle on your machine.

A quilting needle will pierce the multiple layers of batting and fabric quickly and ...

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September 11, 2018
Mark, layer, baste, easy preparation for machine quilting from Quilt Social

 

Quality materials and good preparation are the keys to successful machine quilting. Yesterday we gathered our supplies and cut our fabric and batting to size. Now it’s time to prepare our pieces for quilting.

Let’s go!

 

Good preparation is the key to success.
Good preparation is the key to success.

 

Our pillow front will be quilted twice in some areas to create an effect called trapunto.

This is a form of stuffed quilting in which some areas use two layers of batting to give a raised, 3-dimensional effect.

Our Gütermann Dekor rayon thread will really make the quilting stand out!

Marking Matters

Before we layer ...

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September 10, 2018
Say it with free motion quilting, a designer cushion from Quilt Social

 

Free motion quilting is one of my favorite things to do and I’m always exploring new and exciting variations.

I had fun using applique words in my QUILTsocial blog post 5 easy steps to make a quilted spring banner and wondered could I also create words with quilting?

With my beautiful Gütermann Dekor rayon thread the answer, of course, is a resounding yes!

Join me for a week of fun as we create a lovely designer cushion.

 

Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion
Say it with free motion quilting – designer cushion

 

materials

Gütermann thread – a quilters palette

My thread of choice for quilting this project ...

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September 7, 2018
NEW Tutorial- How to Make a "Wheel of Fortune" Block from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

I always get so excited to add new quilt block tutorials to the AGF Quilt Block Collection , not only because  we all get to learn a new block that we can incorporate into our quilt making but because I get to sew with the latest AGF Fabric Collections and really learn what the collection has to offer me as a sewist/ quilter. For those that may be new to the AGF Quilt Block Collection, its basically a Youtube series dedicated to step by step quilt block tutorials! It's a place where whether you are new to quilting ...

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Flip and stitch to make a marvelous mug rug from Quilt Social

 

This week we started out with 8 fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks Tie One On collection and some coordinating Banyan Batiks Ketan fabrics.

After making your table runner and/or placemats, you probably still have some strips or squares left over. Let’s make a quick mug rug or table mat and use up all those leftovers!

 

Table mat from leftover strips
Table mat from leftover strips

 

  • Start by layering a backing piece and a piece of batting. My backing was approximately 13″ x 17″ but yours will depend on the width and length of strips you have left over.

 

Layer batting and backing.
Layer batting and backing ...

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September 6, 2018
Making a quilted table runner out of a placemat pattern from Quilt Social

 

I hope you’re enjoying using your 8 fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks Tie One On fabric.

Yesterday, I showed you how to make some placemats using 5″ and 2¾” strips left over from the table runner that was made on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

 

Fat quarter-friendly placemats using Banyan Batiks Tie One On fabric
Fat quarter-friendly placemats using Banyan Batiks Tie One On fabric

 

Today you’ll see how to make another table runner, this time using placemat shapes.

 

Finished placemat table runner
Finished placemat table runner

 

Following yesterday’s instructions, make 4 or 5 more placemat tops, using 2 – 5″ strips and 7 – 2¾” squares for each placemat. Each ...

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