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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 13, 2018
2 fabulous felt projects to make your holidays sew much easier from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday we talked about the use of fabric, decorative machine embroidery thread and a little time spent quilting to make gifts for the chefs in your life.

Today’s projects for How to make the Holidays “sew” easy involve the use of craft felt, specifically Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt, Kunin PrestoFelt. We’ll also use some hand embroidery and machine stitching to make this felt look so festive without hours of effort.

Kunin felt is made of polyester, acrylic. Did you know that this product is also Eco Friendly and partially made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles?

Felt is also very ...

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October 13, 2018
Specialty threads – oh the fun! from Quilt Social

 

All this week I’ve been talking about pairing SCHMETZ needles with Sulky and Gütermann threads according to the sewing task. I had a wonderful time working with Sulky and Gütermann rayon threads yesterday, and as the last post for the week, today I’ll show you how to use some amazing specialty threads.

Let’s get started.

Specialty threads such as silks and metallics can be used to give small quilted items like wallhangings, table runners, art quilts, and even full-size quilts, a little extra glitz, and glamour.

 

Sulky and Gütermann specialty threads add glamour to our quilting
Sulky and Gütermann specialty threads add glamour to our quilting

 

The ...

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October 12, 2018
Rayon thread – beautiful silk-like lustre from Quilt Social

 

All this week we have been looking into perfect needle pairings for a variety of Sulky and Gütermann threads.

Yesterday we learned about a variety of different polyester threads.

Today I’m talking about SCHMETZ needle pairings for lovely Sulkyand Gütermannrayon threads.

 

Rayon thread adds a lovely soft sheen to quilting.
Rayon thread adds a lovely soft sheen to quilting.

 

What is rayon and why we love it!

Rayon, also known as viscose rayon is a manufactured fiber made from cellulose.

The cellulose commonly used to manufacture rayon is found in wood pulp so rayon is considered a manufactured natural fiber.

Sulky and Gütermann rayon threads both ...

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October 10, 2018
Polyester thread – durable beauty from Quilt Social

 

We had a great time yesterday learning about Perfect Pairings for our SCHMETZ needles and Sulky and Gütermann cotton threads.

This time, let’s explore the possibilities for quilting with durable polyesterSulky and Gütermann thread and the SCHMETZ needles to stitch them with.

 

A selection of Sulky and Gütermann polyester threads
A selection of Sulky and Gütermann polyester threads

 

Polyester for piecing

Though we normally quilt with cotton fabric and cotton thread there are times when we might want the extra durability of cotton polyester or even polyester fabric with polyester thread.

Those using cotton/poly or polyester fabric for clothing still like to make quilts from ...

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October 9, 2018
Cotton thread: versatility and variety from Quilt Social

 

Welcome back to day two of our exploration of perfect pairings for SCHMETZ needles with our Sulky and Gütermann threads. Check out yesterday’s post for the introduction to machine sewing needles and its anatomy and tips.

Today I’ll concentrate on everyone’s favorite, the beautiful and versatile cotton thread.

 

Sulky Cotton Blendables thread adds subtle charm
Sulky Cotton Blendables thread adds subtle charm

 

 50 weight cotton for perfect piecing

Cotton thread has long been valued by quilters for its strength, durability and ability to take a dye.

50 weight Gütermann cotton thread is my thread of choice for piecing quilts from cotton fabric.

Gütermann 100 ...

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October 8, 2018
Perfect Pairings – needles and threads work together for successful quilting from Quilt Social

 

The thread that we choose to construct and quilt our quilts with is truly as important as the fabric and design.

Whether piecing a quilt or machine quilting, the needles you choose have a huge impact on the quality of your stitches and the overall effect of your finished project.

Join me for a week of fun as we explore the perfect pairings for our beautiful Sulky threads, Gütermann threads and SCHMETZ needles.

 

Beautiful Sulky and Gütermann threads and the correct needle make quilting a breeze
Beautiful Sulky and Gütermann threads and the correct needle make quilting a breeze

 

Threads, glorious Sulky and Gütermann threads

The variety of thread we have available to ...

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September 14, 2018
A gourmet finish for a quilted designer cushion from Quilt Social

 

This week has been so much fun as we have learned how to express pretty words through quilting using the beautiful Gütermann Dekor rayon thread.

Yesterday we completed the background quilting to really make the letters and trapunto sections stand out. Now it’s time to complete our designer cushion.

 

Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion
Say it with free motion quilting – designer cushion

 

Preparing your pieces

Trim the quilted cushion front to measure 18½” square. Set aside for now.

 

Trim the quilted cushion front
Trim the quilted cushion front

 

Prepare your machine with a new SCHMETZ 75/11 Quilting needle and the standard sewing foot.

Thread withGütermann 50 weight ...

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September 13, 2018
Making quilted words pop – it’s all about the thread from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was such a fun day!

We set up our machines for free motion quilting, did our first set of outline quilting, learned how to trim the batting for trapunto and layered our piece to prepare for today’s background quilting.

Now it’s time to really make those quilted words pop as beautifulGütermann Dekor rayon thread brings life to our designer cushion!

 

Beautiful thread makes the design come to life
Beautiful thread makes the design come to life

 

All of the stitching from now on will be done with Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread that contrasts with the background fabric.

I used a single color ...

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September 12, 2018
Quilting words – so much to say using Gütermann Dekor thread! from Quilt Social

 

I hope you’ve been having fun getting ready to free motion quilt words and more for a designer cushion.

Was it hard deciding what you wanted to say? Maybe you’re already making more than one?

In yesterdays post we learned how to mark, layer and baste your piece. Now it’s time to create our trapunto using wonderful Gütermann thread.

 

It's time to quilt!
It’s time to quilt!

 

Prepare your machine for free motion quilting

Put a new size 75/11 SCHMETZ Quilting needle on your machine.

A quilting needle will pierce the multiple layers of batting and fabric quickly and ...

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September 11, 2018
Mark, layer, baste, easy preparation for machine quilting from Quilt Social

 

Quality materials and good preparation are the keys to successful machine quilting. Yesterday we gathered our supplies and cut our fabric and batting to size. Now it’s time to prepare our pieces for quilting.

Let’s go!

 

Good preparation is the key to success.
Good preparation is the key to success.

 

Our pillow front will be quilted twice in some areas to create an effect called trapunto.

This is a form of stuffed quilting in which some areas use two layers of batting to give a raised, 3-dimensional effect.

Our Gütermann Dekor rayon thread will really make the quilting stand out!

Marking Matters

Before we layer ...

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September 10, 2018
Say it with free motion quilting, a designer cushion from Quilt Social

 

Free motion quilting is one of my favorite things to do and I’m always exploring new and exciting variations.

I had fun using applique words in my QUILTsocial blog post 5 easy steps to make a quilted spring banner and wondered could I also create words with quilting?

With my beautiful Gütermann Dekor rayon thread the answer, of course, is a resounding yes!

Join me for a week of fun as we create a lovely designer cushion.

 

Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion
Say it with free motion quilting – designer cushion

 

materials

Gütermann thread – a quilters palette

My thread of choice for quilting this project ...

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July 20, 2018
6 essential tips for sewing bias binding on a tight curve from Quilt Social

 

It’s the end of the week and time to wrap up our appliqued pot holder project.

The pattern is called Barnyard Buddies by ellie mae designs and they’re just the cutest.

We’ll have them done and ready for that weekend BBQ.

 

Barnyard Buddies pattern by ellie mae designs
Barnyard Buddies pattern by ellie mae designs

 

The first step to completing the pot holders is to remove the tear away stabilizer from the wrong side of the fronts. Since I only used Sulky Stiffy tear away stabilizer for the satin stitch, I only have to remove it from the pig and the cow. It tears ...

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July 19, 2018
6 tips for blanket stitching applique shapes you want to know from Quilt Social

 

Welcome back. Another tip filled day as we get one step closer to finishing the pot holders. The pattern I’m using is called Barnyard Buddies by ellie mae designs. They’re super cute and very easy to do. The pot holders are a great project for beginners, but even if you’re a seasoned quilter/sewist, I’m sure you’ll find a tip or two that will make your next applique project that much easier.

 

Barnyard Buddies pot holder pattern by ellie mae designs
Barnyard Buddies pot holder pattern by ellie mae designs

 

TIP 1 – How to choose an applique stitch

There are so many stitches that ...

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July 18, 2018
4 TIPS for cutting and fusing applique shapes from Quilt Social

 

Welcome back. How did the tracing go? Hopefully, the tips from yesterday made the process a lot easier to do.

Today I’ve got tips for cutting out the shapes and fusing them to the background. Let’s get started.

The pattern for the pot holders is called Barnyard Buddies by ellie mae designs.

 

Barnyard Buddies by ellie mae designs
Barnyard Buddies by ellie mae designs

 

TIP 1 – Cut the fusible webbing and the fabric together

All of the shapes have been fused to the wrong side of the fabric pieces. Now it’s time to cut them out.

Remember I mentioned that it isn’t ...

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July 17, 2018
2 tips to make prepping a paper pattern much easier! from Quilt Social

 

Welcome back. Did you have a chance to gather your supplies? I’ve got more great tips for you as I start the prepping process to make the pot holders. I’m using this pattern by ellie mae designs called Barnyard Buddies – three very cute pot holders that will make a whimsical addition to your kitchen or your backyard BBQ.

 

Barnyard Buddies pattern by ellie mae designs
Barnyard Buddies pattern by ellie mae designs

 

If you’ve never worked with this type of pattern before (a pattern that comes in an envelope), you’ll find a folded instruction sheet including cutting layouts (if necessary).

 

Pattern instructions on a folded sheet
Pattern instructions on ...

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June 1, 2018
Quilting a hand embroidered piece and making doll clothes, is so much fun! from Quilt Social

 

Welcome back. The week is already over. How did that happen? Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed the week with all the tips and ideas. If I’ve inspired you to quilt/make/fix one thing, I’m happy!

Today, I’m using the Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby deLuxe to give you some tips on quilting a hand embroidered wall hanging. Check out yesterday’s post on valuable tips on quilting machine embroidered wallhanging for a complete tutorial.

 

Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby deLuxe
Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby deLuxe

 

Technically, you could quilt a hand embroidered piece similar to the machine embroidery piece that I showed you yesterday ...

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May 30, 2018
11 essential tips for machine quilting from Quilt Social

 

Welcome back! I hope you liked the discussion on which way you should cut your binding strips in yesterday’s post. What I love about quilting is that there is NO right or wrong way to do anything. It really depends on the look that you want, what tools you have available to you, and what skills you have learned along the way.

One thing about having good tools is they make you look great even if you don’t have all the skills. That’s the case with the Husqvarna Viking Designer Ruby deLuxe. I’m a good sewist ...

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May 11, 2018
Tear away stabilizer, batting and binding to finish Welcome Spring banner from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday we had a wonderful time using decorative stitches to add depth and dimension to our machine applique.

Now it’s time to complete our quilted Welcome Spring banner.

I’m just loving the look of the Black & White with a Dash of Color from NORTHCOTT Studio with my GÜTERMANN Dekor rayon threads!

 

Finished Welcome Spring quilted banner
Finished Welcome Spring quilted banner

 

1 Tidying up

Remove the Tear Away stabilizer.

Brace the stitching with your fingers and gently tear the stabilizer away from the stitching.

Our UNIQUE Tear Away will tear easily in any direction making it easy to remove.

You can lightly score ...

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