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May 10, 2019
A sleeve and the binding, and the May Flowers wallhanging is done! from Quilt Social

I hope you’ve had a chance to explore modern machine quilting from yesterday’s post. If you’re finished, on to the binding!

For the binding, I chose an amazing bright yellow-green from Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes. I absolutely love it!

To make the binding, cut 3 strips at 2½” wide x the width of the chosen binding fabric (approximately 42″ on average). Sew strips together at a 45 degrees angle. Press seams and trim.

Press length of binding in half and make a 45 degree cut and fold at the start of the binding, as shown below.

 

When you begin your binding, make a 45 degrees cut and fold.
When ...

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May 9, 2019
Let’s try modern machine quilting! from Quilt Social

Congratulate yourself! Yesterday you did a lot of work! Applique can take time but the effect is wonderful. The quality of your applique is bound to be beautiful when using Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes.

Today we add some quilting to the background and prepare the ‘quiltlet’ for binding and hanging sleeve which I’ll get to tomorrow.

Press the quilt well and thread your machine with a color to match your background, in my case white.

Set the sewing machine at a slightly larger stitch length for machine quilting. If you usually have your stitches at 2.4, bring them ...

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May 8, 2019
Making May Flowers wallhanging bloom with heirloom applique stitches from Quilt Social

Yesterday we prepared our applique pieces with Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes. Today we applique!

The first step is to prepare a piece of backing fabric at 26″ square. The design is for a 24″ square ‘quiltlet’. Next, add a 26″ square of cotton batting. Finally add your background fabric, also measuring 26″ square. Smooth your quilt sandwich and ensure there are no folds or ripples on the backing.

 

Arranging your applique flower design
Arranging your applique flower design

 

Next, create the complete arrangement on the backing. Take a photo to help you remember how you made your composition. I didn’t remember this and my ...

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May 7, 2019
Sowing the seeds of the quilted May Flowers wallhanging from Quilt Social

Yesterday, we looked at the colorways that make up the NEW and vibrant Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes collection. I also gave you the list of fabric requirements for the May Flowers wallhanging. Now that we have picked our colorway, onto making the May flowers!

I often use fusible applique and I encourage everyone to try it! It’s the perfect technique when you want something simple and achievable. The added advantage to using Banyan Batiks fabric for applique is that the high thread count ensures minimal fraying and maintains its shape beautifully.

Below are the three template pages you will ...

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May 6, 2019
Bringing on May flowers with Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes! from Quilt Social

Bring on those lovely May flowers by stitching up this fabulous floral wallhanging using the NEW Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes! I created this new design for you!

This simple pattern will show you how to make fusible applique circles and other simple shapes and finish them with decorative stitches. In only a few hours you’ll have a beautiful fabric floral vase to celebrate the new season.

 

May Flowers Applique Design!
May Flowers Applique Design!

 

You may remember my post back in January 2019… the marvelous mushroom table runner!

And you may also remember that I encouraged you to audition fabric before starting your ...

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May 3, 2019
Fabrics with pop! The NEW Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes from Quilt Social

I don’t know what the weather has been where you are, my precious QUILTsocial follower, but where I am, it has rained for weeks. The sun has dared to show itself but rarely. The only positive perspective is that after April showers, come May flowers, and more sunshine wouldn’t hurt either.

Welcome to another exciting week of quilting fun! And how timely for quilter Tania Denyer of gingerquilts.ca to introduce the new Banyan Batiks collection, Floral Boxes starting Monday. This line of fabrics boasts vibrant colors with delicate prints that will make any quilt pop!

 

Introducing the NEW fabric collection Banyan Batiks Floral Boxes
Introducing the ...

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April 27, 2019
What I have been up to lately... and a free pattern. from The Intrepid Thread

Hi Everyone,

About a month ago I decided to start going live on Saturday afternoons on Facebook. It was scary and it still is but... Hey, scary can be fun :) Join me on most Saturdays at 1PM for a chat and some sort of teaching. I am calling it Saturday Stash Buster Club (who remembers Scrappy Stach Buster Club I did a few years ago?). Right now I am teaching how to make my Heartline Quilt:

This was hanging in my shop for years and people always asked for a pattern but I was so exhausted I never had time ...

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April 26, 2019
The magic and math to making perfect bias binding from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I got the Double Wedding Ring quilt quilted, so today I’m ready to make and sew on the binding using the Dreamweaver XE.

Since the edges of this quilt are curved, normal binding just won’t work the way we want it to, so I need to make a bias binding. Since this isn’t something I normally do, I’ll show you a super easy way to do it!

 

The Dreamweaver XE from Brother.
The Dreamweaver XE from Brother.

 

Step 1 – figure out what you need

The first step to making bias binding is to figure out how much binding ...

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April 25, 2019
Quilting made easy with the dual feed foot on the Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I finished assembling the Double Wedding Ring quilt top. Today I’ll use the Brother Dreamweaver XE to quilt it. This is exciting!

 

The Brother Dreamweaver XE
The Brother Dreamweaver XE

 

Layer the top, batting and backing.

 

Layer the quilt
Layer the quilt

 

I love using Odif 505 Spray for basting small quilts like this table topper (and for felted wool applique). I spray it onto the batting and then lay the top onto it. Then I flip it over and spray the batting again and smooth the backing on top.

One more flip to smooth out the wrinkles on the top and I ...

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April 24, 2019
THE absolute easiest way to assemble a Double Wedding Ring quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday and Monday on QUILTsocial I added the second side to all of our double wedding ring blocks and today is the day that the quilt top will FINALLY be pieced together!

There’s been a lot of sewing involved in these blocks and I’m very happy to have been able to piece these using the Brother Dreamweaver XE!

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Now that the Double Wedding Ring blocks have arcs sewn to two sides, they are ready to be arranged into rows. As you can see, I’m placing the ones with the light colored arcs on the ...

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April 23, 2019
Taking the fear out of piecing Double Wedding Ring blocks from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Brother Dreamweaver XE to assemble the blocks that make up a Double Wedding Ring quilt.

Today I’m adding the second side to the blocks so that tomorrow I’ll be able to assemble them as a quilt top. As you can see, making this block entails a lot of steps – and sewing them together is a bit of an adventure too!

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Now that each of the block centers have a dark ended arc on the top, I’ll add one light ended arc to the right side of half of ...

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April 22, 2019
The trick to curved piecing the Double Wedding Ring pattern is in the… from Quilt Social

Last month on QUILTsocial I worked through the first steps of making a Double Wedding Ring bed runner all the way from cutting the pieces to sewing curved seams using the Dreamweaver XE. This week I’m finishing it up – right to the bias binding!

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

The last thing I did last month was to make these arc sections – half of which had light colored fabrics on their ends…

Light ended arc
Light ended arc

and the other half had dark colored squares.

Dark ended arc
Dark ended arc

The next step is to sew these arc sections to the block centers – the weirdly ...

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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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