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December 6, 2018
Making a reversible table runner using Banyan Batiks Rock City from Quilt Social

 

I have enjoyed creating designs with Rock City fabrics by Banyan Batiks this week that are coming to quilt stores this month. In yesterday’s post, I used some sterling colorway fat quarters to create checkerboard star quilt blocks. Today I’ll make the blocks into a reversible quilted table runner.

To make my runner I joined the blocks side by side and then decided to add a border.
You could also choose to make one more block and set them in pairs to make a 16 square table topper or a cushion front.

 

Three pieced checkerboard star blocks
Three pieced checkerboard star blocks

 

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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 28, 2018
Half Square Triangle Love- How to Make the "Windmill" Block featuring Legendary Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers,

 

How was your Thanksgiving? Filled with lots of yummy food and your favorite people I hope!

I got to go home to visit my family in Minnesota and spent every minute I could with my niece and nephews and even got to celebrate my sisters birthday! There is no better feeling than being there for special occasions and creating memories that will last forever. Back in the warm state of Florida and I am filled with energy and motivation to keep creating. I just got done sewing up the “Windmill”Block with Pat Bravo’s new fabric collection ...

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November 26, 2018
La Droguerie from Quilting Stories

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

La Droguerie

A little trip to Paris last week. And for me, going to Paris means visiting and shopping at La Droguerie, my favorite haberdasher's shop. They have their own production and dyeing of great quality yarns. In this wonderful shop you can find quilting fabrics, Liberty fabrics, all sorts of threads, buttons, beads, ribbons... as well as catalogues with their great patterns for children or adults.

I remember when this shop was created in 1975, I was one of their first customer and so happy to find cashmere yarn, out of which I knitted a sweater for the one who ...

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November 16, 2018
Making a stand mixer cover for the baker on your holiday list xo from Quilt Social

 

This week I shared with you several gift ideas that are sew easy to make, there’s still enough time to make the Simple Essentials Traveler’s Tote for the person on your list who travels often.

During the holiday season, baking is on almost every family’s to-do list. The very popular stand style mixers get a workout. At other times of the year they also sit idle.

A stand mixer cover is a great gift for bakers (and cooks) and those that love their kitchen gadgets. Check out my KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus below, I love it almost ...

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November 15, 2018
Simple Essentials Travel Tote is sew easy to make for gifting from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I shared the mini stockings for the holiday countdown, but there are other items that can be made ahead of time for at least a couple of people on your list.

Everyone needs a travel tote! This tote is not only easy to make, it can be personalized with a monogram and can tote any range of items from arts and craft/sewing supplies to make up brushes, small toys and toiletries. It’s very versatile for all ages. It has 4 simply constructed pockets and for this reason, it’s called the Simple Essentials Travel Tote. Featured in ...

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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!?

  Aura_Dress_2

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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