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March 22, 2019
Accurate pinning makes all the difference with curved piecing from Quilt Social

Yesterday I used the Dreamweaver XE to sew the first curved seams in the Double Wedding Ring quilt and we saw how easy curved piecing can really be!

Today we’ll finish assembling these sections of our blocks by sewing on the remaining pieced arcs. How’s your curved piecing coming along?

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Take one of the sections pieced yesterday and fold it in half lengthwise to find the center. Place a pin along the fold.

Pin center of inside arc.
Pin center of inside arc.

Match the center of the pieced arc with the pin at the center of the inside arc ...

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March 21, 2019
Curved piecing made easy with the Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Dreamweaver XE from Brother to start sewing together some of the pieces of our Double Wedding Ring quilt blocks.

So far all of the piecing has been straight seams, just like you would do with most quilt blocks. Today, however, I’ll start sewing some of the curved seams and you’ll see how easy it really can be! Ready?

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Start by selecting one inside arc and one of the pieced arcs from the pile that was set aside yesterday – it doesn’t have any squares sewn onto the ends.

The inside arc and the pieced arc
The ...

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March 20, 2019
First steps to piecing the Double Wedding Ring quilt from Quilt Social

This week on QUILTsocial we’re exploring all things Double Wedding Ring!

Yesterday I talked about different ways to cut the pieces for a Double Wedding Ring quilt. I also included a chart for the measurements and number of different pieces required to make this quilt in 7 sizes! Today I’m starting to sew the blocks using the Dreamweaver XE from Brother.

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Before I start piecing, I’ll select Stitch Q-02 on the LCD screen of the Dreamweaver XE.

Select Stitch Q-02
Select Stitch Q-02

Whenever you select a stitch on the Dreamweaver XE, it will indicate on ...

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March 19, 2019
5 ways to cut pieces for a double wedding ring quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I discussed the anatomy of a Double Wedding Ring quilt and I showed you some different versions of this classic pattern.

Today I’ll show you the math behind a Double Wedding Ring quilt and the 5 different ways you can cut those differently shaped pieces.

I can’t wait to get all of the pieces cut to get sewing with the Dreamweaver XE from Brother.

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

Because of the shape of the blocks in this quilt, it’s sometimes hard to figure out the number of each piece required to make a certain quilt ...

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March 18, 2019
The anatomy of a Double Wedding Ring quilt from Quilt Social

This week on QUILTsocial I’ll focus on the Double Wedding Ring quilt. Now, if you’re new to quilting you may not know this name, but almost everyone has seen this pattern. The Double Wedding Ring pattern was first published in 1928 and has been a favorite for many quilters ever since then.

Since the sewing of this pattern can be quite intense, I’ll spread it out over this week and my week in April. The Dreamweaver XE from Brother has a lot of sewing in front of it – so let’s get started!

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

I ...

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March 17, 2019
The marriage of the Double Wedding Ring and the Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

Consider this week’s posts by Christine Baker as part 1 of a complete tutorial on the Double Wedding Ring quilt pattern. Part 2 will be published in April, and the completed bed runner revealed!

To many, the Double Wedding Ring pattern is daunting. It could be because of the curved piecing and the many differently shaped pieces it takes to make this very romantic quilt pattern. It could also be that these differently shaped pieces need to match up every time for the full effect!

As I read through Christine’s posts, I started to believe I could attempt ...

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March 16, 2019
Sentimental About So Many Things from Canadian Needle Nana

I am trying my best to observe and even savour the beauty of the natural world around me while walking our little patch of wild land each day. Fresh snow reveals so many critters have walked my way, stepped in my footsteps even.  Our own little ecosystem! And they seem to be faring well considering all the tracks visible in the snow. This is just one way the winter season is special.

 Here at the back of our property, Murphy is crouching, assessing fox tracks with her very clever nose; they must have been fresh as she kept looking up ...

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March 15, 2019
Nicked rotary blades? No problem with TrueCut Power Rotary Blade Sharpener from Quilt Social

Yesterday, all of the blocks for our Square Peg—Round Hole quilt were pieced and I introduced you to the TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener. Did you go out and get one? It’s truly indispensable for quilters!

TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener
TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener

Before we begin to assemble the quilt, I want to mention another rotary blade sharpener: the TrueCut TrueSharp Power Rotary Blade Sharpener. With a name like that even Tim “The Toolman” Taylor would want one! What a great show that was—but I digress.

The difference between the TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener I raved about yesterday ...

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March 14, 2019
TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener is an indispensable tool for quilters from Quilt Social

It’s hard to believe the week is almost over.

Over the last two days, I’ve been working on the Square Peg – Round Hole quilt using TrueCut 6½” x 6½” and 12½” x 12½” quilting rulers and played with the TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter which, by the way, I really enjoyed using! These TrueCut tools have made cutting the square and circle pieces for this quilt top super easy and fast!

Another TrueCut tool I now can’t quilt without is the TrueCut Linear Rotary Blade Sharpener! Let’s get to the piecing of the quilt and then ...

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March 13, 2019
TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter makes perfect fabric circles effortless! from Quilt Social

Yesterday, using the TrueCut 6½” x 24½” and 12½” x 12½” quilting rulers, I got all background fabric pieces cut!

TrueCut quilting rulers are clearly marked and transparent to make fabric cutting easier.
TrueCut quilting rulers are clearly marked and transparent to make fabric cutting easier.

Today, I’ll use TrueCut 6½” x 6½” and 12½” x 12½” quilting rulers and the TrueCut 360ºCircle Cutter, to cut the accent color fabrics for the Square Peg – Round Hole Quilt.

TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter work on all cutting mats. A TrueCut tutorial on how to use the TrueCut System including: TrueCut My Perfect Rotary Cutter, TrueCut 360º circle cutter, TrueCut Rulers and TrueCut
TrueCut 360º Circle Cutter

For the accent colors, I’m using a fat quarter (FQ) from every fabric of the Banyan Batiks Lustre collection. I love color! In other words, I’ll be ...

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March 12, 2019
The trick to cutting long pieces of fabric is in the fold! from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I introduced you to some of the TrueCut System tools I’ll be using this week to make a fun quilt called, Square Peg – Round Hole. I’ll be using the following TrueCut quilting rulers 6½” x 6½” [16.5 x 16.5cm], 12½” x 12½” [31.75 x 31.75cm], and the 6½” x 24½” [16.5 x 62.2cm]. With the required rulers at the ready, it’s time to start cutting our fabrics!

The awesome TrueCut 6½" x 6½", 12½" x 12½", and the 6½" x 24½" quilting rulers
The awesome TrueCut 6½” x 6½”, 12½” x 12½”, and the 6½” x 24½” quilting rulers

As mentioned yesterday, the quilt, once ...

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March 11, 2019
TrueCut System has the tools you want for perfect quilt cuts every time! from Quilt Social

Happy March 11th, more commonly called: Monday!

This week I’m excited to work on a quilt top design that I call: Square Peg – Round Hole. With a name like that, you’d be right in thinking we’ll be working with squares and circles.

To make this week’s quilt, I’ll use a variety of excellent tools from the TrueCut collection.

First off, let me introduce a little number called: TrueCut My Perfect Rotary Cutter; specially designed to work beautifully with the suite of TrueCut rulers. For maximum versatility, My Perfect Rotary Cutter comes in 28mm, 45mm ...

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March 9, 2019
Square Peg – Round Hole quilt and the TrueCut System from Quilt Social

Happy weekend!

I’m writing this brief note to introduce to you our next week’s posts by one of our very exciting writers, Paul Leger. If you’re a QUILTsocial follower, you probably already know, Paul is a gifted quilt teacher with a strong enthusiasm for organizing quilt retreats of all kinds.

In these posts, Paul will show you how he uses several indispensable cutting tools from the TrueCut System as he makes the brilliant Square Peg – Round Hole quilt. He’ll be using quilting tools like:

TrueCut My Perfect Rotary Cutter, ergonomically designed to make perfect cuts with ...

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March 8, 2019
Inspiration for your next Banyan Batiks Island Vibes quilt! from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to finish up an adorable baby quilt using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes quilt and get it ready for quilting.

Baby quilt (or wall quilt) made with Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabric
Baby quilt (or wall quilt) made with Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabric

I hope you’ve enjoyed using the Banyan Batiks fabrics this week. There are more fabrics being added to the Banyan Batiks collection all the time. Be sure to check out the Banyan Batiks website to see all the newest fabrics. And remember to click the Product Finder Button on the Northcott site to find out which shops have your favorite Banyan Batiks.

On ...

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March 7, 2019
Finishing a baby quilt with sashing makes it sweeter! from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to make curvy, strip-pieced blocks using fabric from the Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection in the Palm Bay colorway.

Arrange blocks in rows of 3 for the quilt top; Curved strip-piecing using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes creates a sweet baby quilt. Free pattern!!
Arrange blocks in rows of 3

In this post, I’m adding sashing and borders to finish up this little quilt. Let’s get started!

cutting Instructions

  • From the sashing fabric cut 10 – 1½” x WOF (approximately 20″)
  • Re-cut to make 28 – 1½” x  6″ strips.
  • From cornerstone fabric cut 24 – 1½” squares. I used blue scraps from our first 2 projects this week.

 sewing instructions

  • Sew sashing strips to the 5 rows of blocks. Note ...

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March 6, 2019
Curved strip-piecing using Island Vibes fabric creates a sweet baby quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to add some contrasting strips to your curvy, strip-pieced segments to create an original block. Today I’ll an adorable small baby quilt – it could also be a  wall quilt – using more fabrics from the Banyan Batiks Island Vibes Palm Bay collection.

This quilt will be 30″ x 43″ when finished. Ready?

Baby quilt made with Island Vibes batiks
Baby quilt made with Island Vibes batiks

materials

  • 3 fat quarters from the Island Vibes collection for the blocks
  • 1 fat quarter for the sashing. I used Banyan Batiks Ketan #120 Cashmere.
  • 24 – 1½” squares for cornerstones for sashing; blue scraps were used ...

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March 5, 2019
Making a versatile Island Vibes curved strip pieced quilt block from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how to do some easy curved strip-piecing using fabrics from Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection.

2 strip sets made with curved strip piecing; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
2 strip sets made with curved strip piecing

Today I’ll show you how to re-cut those strip sets and create a unique, modern-looking block.

Let’s get started!

  • Straighten the left-hand edge of each strip set.
  • Cut each strip set into 5 – 4″ segments.

Use a rotary cutter to cut the strip set into 5 - 4" segments; using Banyan Batiks Island Vibes fabrics to make a modern quilt, placemat, cushion cover etc.
Cut the strip set into 5 – 4″ segments.

  • Using 3 segments from 1 strip set and 2 segments from the other one, arrange the segments as desired. I found it more interesting to off-set the segments ...

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March 4, 2019
Curved strip piecing with the NEW Banyan Batiks Island Vibes from Quilt Social

In previous QUILTsocial blog posts, I’ve shown you how to make projects using fabrics from the Tie One On and African Violets  Banyan Batiks collections from Northcott along with fabrics from the basics Ketan collection.

This week I’ll be using fabrics from the new Banyan Batiks Island Vibes collection that will be in quilt shops in March 2019. After weeks of snow, ice and cold where I live, this was just the fabric I needed to make me think of spring and maybe a vacation in a warm, sunny climate near the water.

There are 3 colorways in ...

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February 27, 2019
Making a quilter’s name badge using the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

Sometimes it’s worth the wait! I’ve been planning this project for a long time. In yesterday’s post, I tried out the floating stitches, one of the stitch techniques available on the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720.

In this post, I use one of the fonts included on the machine to start making my very own quilter’s name badge!

Quilter's name badge using the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720
Quilter’s name badge using the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720

Sooner or later, whether you’ve joined a guild or go to a quilting retreat, you’ll be asked to wear a name tag. I finally joined ...

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February 25, 2019
Newest BOTMs Added To List for 2019 from Seams To Be Sew

Hi Everyone, I’ve added a few new block of the months going on around the web to my 2019 list. I thought you might like to know about them, so really quickly, here they are.. I definitely have my favorite block of the months I look foward to each year and so I was happy to see that Buttermilk Basin and Morning Glory‘s botms had started. You might have missed block 1 from Buttermilk Basin, but block 2 is up and if you like working with wool (you can do them in cotton also) you will want to ...

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