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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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Fear not the Double Wedding Ring quilt, Brother is at your side from Quilt Social

Welcome to, not only another informative week of QUILTsocial posts, but Part 2 of Christine Baker‘s Double Wedding Ring tutorial. You might remember the first post that started it all in March, The anatomy of a Double Wedding Ring quilt, in which she explained in detail what parts make up this very intricate design. That week held a lot of information to make your own version of this traditional quilt.

This week, Christine continues working on her bed runner exploring the capabilities of the Brother Dreamweaver XE.

Making a Double Wedding Ring bed runner and table top
Making a Double Wedding Ring bed runner and table top

In next ...

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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
Avocado, Birds, Free Patterns from Canadian Needle Nana

Lately this has been my favourite lunch which I make sure I eat by 1 pm.  Two slices of dark rye bread, a little olive oil, an avocado and a sprinkling of pink salt. I find avocado, like bananas, filling.

 I have to work on not gobbling it down and am practising mindful chewing.  Yes, that's a thing and pretty tiresome too but necessary for me as I have a tendency to inhale my food.  Even with this, I tend to forget sometimes and then I'm a big old turkey, gobble, gobble.
As a Newfoundlander, we are known ...

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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 12, 2019
How to sew with HeatnBond Iron-on Vinyl – a tutorial from Quilt Social

Happy Friday! I enjoyed sharing several products from the HeatnBond family and showing you how they can make your sewing life sew easy.

Today I’m discussing a really exciting product called HeatnBond Iron-on Vinyl. When I knew I had the opportunity to work with this I was really excited as it can be applied to regular fabric. Just imagine the possibilities with your own stash! Also, you can sew through it easily.

There are so many projects that can be enhanced with vinyl. These projects include: lunch bags, baby bibs, placemats, coasters, luggage tags, pouches, tote bags, beach bags ...

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April 11, 2019
EASY paper piecing with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how you can get a helping hand with your sewing needs by using HeatnBond Basting Adhesives.

I’m using StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block sheets by HeatnBond today to do some foundation paper piecing. I love paper piecing, it makes a perfect block because you are basically sewing by numbers onto a stabilized foundation. There’s no fusible with this product, it is simply a great paper sheet to guide quilters’ to sew through it and fabric accurately.

My recent block made with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets by HeatnBond.
My recent block made with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets by HeatnBond.

Some advantages to this method ...

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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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HeatnBond always lends a hand in your sewing needs from Quilt Social

After spending some time showing you how to use the HeatnBond EZ Printer Lite for applique work, it’s time to talk about HeatnBond Quilters Edge and SpraynBond Basting Adhesive.

These two products make it easy to apply embellishments and practical closures to your sewing projects. They should also be part of your applique toolbox as they allow you to baste your projects making them much easier to sew or quilt.

20 yds of 3/16" wide HeatnBond Quilters Edge
20 yds of 3/16″ wide HeatnBond Quilters Edge

SpraynBond by HeatnBond Temporary Quilt Basting Adhesivevia: hakidd.com
SpraynBond by HeatnBond Temporary Quilt Basting Adhesivevia: hakidd.com

Why is HeatnBond Quilter’s Edge wonderful?

  • It’s only 3 ...

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April 9, 2019
Endless applique design possibilities with printer friendly fusible web from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I spoke about the basics of fusible applique with HeatnBond Feather Lite Iron-On Adhesive where essentially you hand draw your appliques onto the paper backing of the product. Today, I want to talk about a very exciting product to make the design process so much easier and that product is HeatnBond EZ Print Lite.

HeatnBond EZ Print Lite Packaging, Exciting Printable Fusible Applique Sheets.
HeatnBond EZ Print Lite Packaging, Exciting Printable Fusible Applique Sheets.

What is great about HeatnBond EZ Print Lite?

  • You can download copyright-free designs from the Internet, copy and paste them onto a document and print onto the paper side of this product allowing you thousands ...

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April 5, 2019
In quilting circles, there too, the devil is in the details from Quilt Social

We tend to think that just because the quilt top is finished that we’re done! But that’s far from true as they say, ‘the devil is in the details’. You’ve worked hard to choose the right fabric to have the best visual impact, although the NEW Banyan Batiks Color Blocking fabrics really help make that part easy. Then you’ve worked hard to have all your seams align. Now you have to think about quilting the piece so that it stays nice for a very long time. What’s to say it won’t become an heirloom ...

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Colourful Thursday and Spring Strings from Canadian Needle Nana

I wonder how many of us love a blank page and have a favourite pen. I am a little particular about the pen I write with-must be black ink, for instance (always have been...may be a Virgo thing?).  And a blank page always beckons me.  And black is a colour too.

Hubby was looking for a pen he could write upside down with, specifically complete his anagram puzzle in the paper from a reclining posititon.  After auditioning several, he settled on this one which when I tried it out, lo and behold, I liked it too. (Cannot say that ...

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April 4, 2019
My best TIP for assembling quilt blocks from Quilt Social

I’m so happy to be sharing my best tip on how to assemble a quilt top. If you’ve been following my earlier posts this week, you’ll remember I’m working on my Deep Waters quilt made with the NEW and beautiful Banyan Batiks Color Blocking collection. In the last two posts, I shared how to make the two 15” big blocks with you.

Now to the fun part: assembling your quilt top. I know many dread this moment as we typically sew the blocks in rows and then we sew the rows together.

Right?

Well not for ...

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April 3, 2019
The best tip for squaring off your quilt blocks! from Quilt Social

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how much I loved working with Omnigrip rulers. In this post, I’ll go over my best tip about how to square off quilt blocks using the 20½” square ruler. It’s the small details that really help keep the design in good alignment.

Before cutting off any excess fabric, I ensure that my vertical and horizontal lines align with my center strip. I also ensure that my diagonal is aligned with the corners of my squares, Only when they all match, I cut off excess fabric... if any.
Before cutting off any excess fabric, I ensure that my vertical and horizontal lines align with my center strip. I also ensure that my diagonal is aligned with the corners of my squares, Only when they all match, I cut off excess fabric… if any.

Squaring off your block: the ...

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April 2, 2019
HeatnBond is one very happy family of fabric adhesives from Quilt Social

If you’ve used any of the HeatnBond products you’ll know how important they are in your sewing adventures. The sewing is easier and the finished results last a lifetime. Join us this week to explore other HeatnBond products you might not know about or have not yet used before to see what’s possible with them.

If instead, you’re new to the HeatnBond products, I’m so glad you’ll join us next week for the in-depth tutorials for the products that follow.

HeatnBond is one very happy family of fabric adhesives and long arm quilter Robin ...

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THE 2 must-have sewing tools for smooth and accurate piecing from Quilt Social

In yesterday’s post, I gave you the fabric requirements and cutting instructions to make the beautiful and easy quilt pattern, Deep Waters using the wonderful Banyan Batiks Color Blocking fabrics. Here are two sewing tools I couldn’t work without in my studio to accomplish it.

How to make this block for the Deep Waters quilt pattern size 75" x 75" made using Banyan Batiks Color Blocking collection
How to make this block for the Deep Waters quilt pattern size 75″ x 75″ made using Banyan Batiks Color Blocking collection

#1 must have: starch

I like to starch my fabrics before cutting into strips to ensure that they stay nice and straight. I love to use Mary Ellen’s Best Press ...

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April 1, 2019
2 tips to make fast and easy quilts that only look complicated from Quilt Social

I’m thrilled to be back for another year on QUILTsocial to share with you some of my favorite tips to make fast and easy quilts that only look complicated. For this week, I was given some fabulous Banyan Batiks from the Color Blocking collection.

If you want to venture into making bigger quilts but fear that you might not be able to accomplish them, I suggest you try out Michael‘s beautiful rail fence quilt tutorial. I had planned on making this design but since he did such a great job, I went into the next project to build ...

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March 26, 2019
Banyan Batiks Color Blocking fabric collection NOW available! from Quilt Social

Hi! I’m so excited to introduce next week’s posts on QUILTsocial! Are you ready for an exciting week of quilting fun? Award-winning quilter, Claire Haillot of Quilting with Claire, is walking us through her free quilt pattern called, Deep Waters. A quilt that looks complex to make, but she assures me it’s really easy to make. Claire makes it easy using her awesome tips she calls ‘best-kept secrets’.

What’s even more exciting is she’s using the newly released Banyan Batiks Color Blocking fabric collection! Just out the door and in your LQS, this fabric is ...

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