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June 7, 2019
How striped fabric for binding adds interest to Boho Beach picnic quilt from Quilt Social

It’s Friday! That means the Boho Beach picnic quilt will be complete today!

I’m so pleased with the softness that the fabrics from the Banyan Batiks Boho Beach collection bring to this comfy, cozy quilt.  

 

Colors of the Banyan Batik Boho Beach teal collection

 

So far this week, if my math adds up, we created:

  • (9) 16½” unfinished pinwheel blocks using (36) 8½” unfinished Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
  • (24) 8½” unfinished pinwheel blocks using (96) 4½” unfinished HSTs
  • (16) 4½” unfinished pinwheel blocks using (64) 2½” unfinished HSTs

 

Pinwheel blocks ready to be sewn into a quilt top ...

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June 6, 2019
Making Half Square Triangles out of fabric strips from Quilt Social

Ah, Thursday!

Today we’ll begin piecing the quilt HST quilt blocks, but before we do that, I’ll show you a fourth method for making half-square triangles (HSTs).

Fabrics selected from the Banyan Batiks Boho Beach collection are definitely the right choice for this project. Our quilt top will look great and have a casual vibe once completed!

 

Fabrics from the Boho Beach Berry colorway
Fabrics from the Boho Beach Berry colorway

 

We won’t actually be using today’s HST method for our Boho Beach picnic quilt, but it’s a method that every quilter should learn!

So, off we go!

Let’s face it ...

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June 5, 2019
In quilting, some seams take you from squares to Half Square Triangles from Quilt Social

Welcome to Wednesday! In only 2 more days our Boho Beach picnic quilt will be finished and ready to use!

With so many beautiful colors to choose from in the Banyan Batiks Boho Beach collection of fabrics, making a choice is a challenge, but, choose we must. So, to go along with the White on White background fabric, I selected a fabric from the Aqua and the Berry colorways of the Boho Beach collection fabrics along with the White on White.

 

These Aqua and Berry fabrics with the White on White on white make a great combo for Half Square triangles.
These Aqua and Berry fabrics with the White on White on white make a great combo for Half Square ...

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June 4, 2019
Making multiple Half Square Triangles using the grid method from Quilt Social

Welcome back!

I’m glad you’re here today to learn another way to make half square triangles (HSTs)! For those who are new to the term, HSTs is ‘quiltspeak’ for half square triangles!

Today, I’ll be using the following fabric selection from the Banyan Batiks Boho Beach collection to make more HST along with the Banyan Batiks White on White for the background.

 

2 wonderful fabrics from the Boho Beach yellow colorway collection
2 wonderful fabrics from the Boho Beach yellow colorway collection

 

Yesterday I showed you one method for making HSTs by adding ⅞” to the finished size of your squares. To recap, if the desired finished ...

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June 3, 2019
Making a Boho Beach picnic quilt from Quilt Social

What better time than now to gather and use fabrics from the Banyan Batiks Boho Beach collection?

These light and airy fabrics will make a pretty and perfect picnic quilt, measuring approximately 64½” X 64½” before quilting.

 

This week's quilt project, a Boho Beach picnic quilt
This week’s quilt project, a Boho Beach picnic quilt

 

Spring has sprung! Before you know it, summer vacations will begin! Whether your plans for summer include a “staycation” or far-flung travels, a gorgeous picnic quilt should definitely be part of those plans.

 

Fabrics from the Boho Beach collection that we'll be using this week.
Fabrics from the Boho Beach collection that we’ll be using this week.

 

To really set off and highlight the ...

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May 30, 2019
4 methods of making HSTs and the effervescent Boho Beach picnic quilt from Quilt Social

Clear every engagement you have for next week, we’re making the very effervescent Boho Beach picnic quilt!

Just in time for summer, Paul Leger designed this quilt using fabrics from the newest collection of Banyan Batiks Boho Beach. This quilt spells ‘picnic in sunny weather, not a cloud in the sky’! And the new collection is available now!

 

Banyan Batiks Boho Beach in Teal colorway
Banyan Batiks Boho Beach in Teal colorway

 

Not only are we making this quilt with Paul, but in the process, he’ll walk us through the 4 methods of making HSTs. He’ll explain which method is best for the type ...

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May 24, 2019
7 stellar and unimaginable features on the Brother Luminaire XP1 machine from Quilt Social

 

Placemat with twin needle decorative stitching
Placemat with twin needle decorative stitching

 

And then, because I had some scraps of decorative stitching left over from stitch testing, I made a couple of mug mats. These are about 6″ x 9″.

 

Mug mats made from stitching samples
Mug mats made from stitching samples

 

The possibilities are endless for using the decorative stitches on the Brother Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 and  there are so many other features that I want to try out.

After ...

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May 23, 2019
The Luminaire XP1, its camera and projector for decorative stitches fun from Quilt Social

Yesterday I finished up the ‘quilt-as-you-go’ table runner I made using decorative stitches from the new Brother The Luminaire Innov-ís XP1.

Today I’ll show you how to make some quick placemats with decorative stitches using a twin needle on the The Luminaire. You’ll also see how to use the camera and projector that shows adjustable single and double guidelines, and displays grid lines with adjustable intervals right on your fabric!

 

Finished placemat with twin needle decorative stitches
Finished placemat with twin needle decorative stitches

 

materials

  • 2 – 13″ x 19″ pieces of fabric for the placemat front and back
  • 13″ x 19″ piece of lightweight batting ...

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May 22, 2019
The Luminaire XP1, the dual feed foot and the binding from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I showed you how to create 6½” embroidered and quilted squares using decorative stitches on the Brother The Luminaire XP1 Sewing, Embroidery and Quilting machine. The Stitch Vision feature on The Luminaire is an extraordinary feature that let’s you see your decorative stitches on the fabric before you stitch them. This way, you know the placement is right.

Today, I’m adding the sashing and binding to finish the reversible table runner.

 

Finished table runner with decorative stitching
Finished table runner with decorative stitching

 

Sewing on the sashing

  • From sashing fabric, cut 12 strips 1″ x 7½”.
  • Sew one sashing strip to the front ...

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May 21, 2019
StitchVision on The Luminaire for visible decorative stitch placement from Quilt Social

Yesterday I unboxed and introduced you to the new Brother Innov-ís XP1 embroidery and sewing machine – The Luminaire.

Now let’s get started making a table runner using just a few of the over 600 decorative stitches available on the Brother Luminaire.

 

Table runner with decorative stitching
Table runner with decorative stitching

 

Here’s what you’ll need

  • 2 strips of striped fabric, 7½” x WOF (width of fabric). You’ll want to use fabric with stripes that are ½” – 1″ wide
  • 2 strips of light-weight batting, 8″ x WOF
  • 2 strips of backing fabric, 8″ x WOF
  • 2 strips 3″ x WOF for binding ...

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May 20, 2019
Unboxing the NEW Brother The Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine! from Quilt Social

Who doesn’t enjoy trying out a new sewing machine? I was thrilled to learn that I was going to be testing the new Brother The Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 sewing and embroidery machine. It comes in a very large box, and there’s even a video to show you how to unpack it! Make sure to check it out.

 

The Brother The Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 has arrived!
The Brother The Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 has arrived!

 

 

The Brother The Luminaire is set up and ready to sew.
The Brother The Luminaire is set up and ready to sew.

 

The Brother The Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine has so many wonderful features and I’ll show you as many as I ...

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May 19, 2019
Most Wanted List and Mother's Day Outing from Canadian Needle Nana

Who knew?!
I had no idea my way of devoting a container to each of my projects was a thing called boxing. I came across it on Ann Wood's Blog and realized that is what I am doing and it is a way of lessening anxiety about having more than one project on the go at a time.  I would definitely fit that category of stressing about it. 
 Here is what Twyla (love saying that name!) Tharp in her book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For the Rest of Your LIfe  has to say about boxing ...

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May 18, 2019
Exploring the wonders of the NEW Brother The Luminaire XP1 from Quilt Social

Well, you could just sit back and let this sewing machine do everything. At least that’s the feeling you’ll get when sewing, embroidering and quilting with the NEW Brother The Luminaire XP1.

Welcome to a new week with our awesome quilter Jean Boyd of Patterns by Jean Boyd who will unbox, introduce and explore her favorite features of the New The Luminaire.

 

The New Brother The Luminaire XP1 Sewing, Embroidery and Quilting Machine
The New Brother The Luminaire XP1 Sewing, Embroidery and Quilting Machine

 

Jean starts off the week having fun with one of her favorite features on The Luminaire – decorative stitches! Particularly, she’s having fun with state-of-the-art ...

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May 17, 2019
Echo quilting with a walking foot adds visual appeal from Quilt Social

Welcome back to the fifth and final post on using a walking foot, SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread to create a whole cloth quilt.

Yesterday I talked about quilting in the ditch, practiced straight line stitching skills and examined how marking a few simple grid lines can help create complex-looking border designs with ease.

Today I’ll let the walking foot work its magic as we explore how effective straight line echo quilting can be.

 

Walking foot echo quilting adds the final finish
Walking foot echo quilting adds the final finish

 

Simple walking foot quilting can be oh so special!

In quilt design, it’s important to have ...

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May 16, 2019
Making beautiful borders with your walking foot from Quilt Social

Welcome to step 4 of our series on using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread to create a whole cloth quilt with just straight line stitching and your walking foot.

Yesterday I layered the quilt, showed you how to bring up our bobbin thread, anchor stitching, quilt a grid and pivot to change directions.

Today I’ll share some techniques for creating beautiful border designs.

Let the magic begin!

 

Create beautiful quilted borders with a few simple steps.
Create beautiful quilted borders with a few simple steps.

 

Defining quilted borders

Many pieced quilts have one or more borders applied to the interior portion of the quilt as an accent or ...

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May 15, 2019
What to know about grid quilting with a walking foot from Quilt Social

Here we are at the third step to making a wholecloth quilt using the walking foot, SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread.

Yesterday we learned how the walking foot works, prepared our machines, trimmed our fabric and marked the center design using a UNIQUE 2 in 1 marker.

Today it’s time to layer our quilts with Fairfield batting and start quilting.
I’m excited, how about you?

 

An example of a walking foot quilted grid with the spool of Gütermann spun silk thread that was used for the quilting SCHMETZ / Gütermann / Northcott / Fairfield / UNIQUE
An example of a walking foot quilted grid with the spool of Gütermann spun silk thread that was used for the quilting SCHMETZ / Gütermann / Northcott / Fairfield / UNIQUE

 

Layer and pin baste

Center the ...

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May 14, 2019
Easy preparation for walking foot quilting from Quilt Social

Welcome back!

Yesterday I listed the indispensable supplies required for a wholecloth quilt to make using our SCHMETZ needles andGütermann spun silk thread.

Today I’ll talk about the walking foot, preparing our machines for stitching, trimming our fabric and marking the first portion of our design using a UNIQUE 2 in 1 marker.

Let’s get started.

 

A walking foot is also know as an even feed or dual feed foot
A walking foot is also know as an even feed or dual feed foot

 

What is a walking foot and how does it work?

A walking foot, sometimes called an even feed or dual feed foot is used on our sewing ...

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May 13, 2019
5 steps to a wholecloth walking foot quilt from Quilt Social

In my previous posts Perfect pairings-needles and threads work together for successful quilting and Needles and threads for a thread painting tutorial I talked about how to choose the best needles to work with a variety of threads.

We’ll put this knowledge to work once again this week as I’ll be showing you how to make a whole cloth quilt using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread.

I’m using fabric from the ColorWorks collection by Northcott.

Here we go.

 

Gather your supplies
Gather your supplies

 

Step 1 – gather your supplies

fabric

  • 2 yds cotton fabric in a solid color; this will ...

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May 11, 2019
Spring Things, Free Patterns, Kindness Counts from Canadian Needle Nana

I grew up with the saying" it's bad to be poor but it's worse to be sore." Feeling grateful this week, yes! I had my annual check up recently, with a couple of tests I've never had before and they turned out normal. Always a relief when that happens at any age but especially at mine. I never take good health for granted, not for one minute.

A flowering is happening! The trout lilies, first woodland flower of spring, are finally putting on a show.

I made what I call a "cooked dinner" for Hubby recently...a ...

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May 10, 2019
Walking the adventure of walking foot quilting from Quilt Social

I’m very excited about next week’s posts! Written by quilter Julie Plotniko, you don’t want to miss her tutorial on wholecloth walking foot quilting.

The definition of a wholecloth quilt is a quilt made of a single length of extra-wide fabric. The quilting stitches themselves form the design of the quilt.

I’ve loved the look of wholecloth quilting before I ever knew the name of this technique. It’s the kind of quilting where the quilting is the star of the show, without being muffled by color and patterns. I love the texture the thread creates ...

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