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January 18, 2019
2 UNIQUE longarm tools facilitate auditioning designs on your quilts from Quilt Social

 

All week I’ve been sharing about essential tools when quilting with a longarm machine, and these same tools can be used for making your quilting experience even better when using a domestic machine. I’m ending this week’s posts with the last 2 essential longarm tools for this week that facilitate quilting designs and patterns: UNIQUE longarm pattern tracing film and UNIQUE LONGARM film marking pencils.

When I started out with longarm quilting, I could not figure out how to set up my pantographs for the second row of stitching and so I would trace my design for ...

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January 17, 2019
2 essential UNIQUE longarm quilting tools: zero center tape and dust brush from Quilt Social

 

Today, I want to discuss how you can measure your quilt using the UNIQUE longarm zero center tape measure. When I first started quilting, I found that the traditional/old school measuring tapes were not great because you couldn’t measure a 110” x 110” king size quilt with a traditional tape measure.

I’m happy to share that UNIQUE longarm has measuring tape that can measure a quilt up to 120”!  The manufactures and suppliers now know quilt dimensions and what quilters’ want. We all asked and they listened. This is awesome! It starts with zero in the center ...

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January 16, 2019
How using thread cone nets improves quilting stitches from Quilt Social

 

It’s Wednesday and yes I continue to talk about great tools for longarm quilting. I’m sure you’ll agree that sometimes we are limited by the tools we don’t possess. Today I’ll talk about UNIQUE longarm thread cone nets.

Sometimes we have difficulty getting quality results with thread because of tension issues. Thread can cause issues with machine tension because it slips off the spool easily, pools at the bottom of the spool, gets caught on the machine, breaks needles, causes horrible stitch quality and more.

UNIQUE long arm thread cone nets can avoid tension issues ...

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January 15, 2019
5 ways UNIQUE longarm reverse action tweezers lend a hand from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday, I talked about pins that are so effective for quilting, sewing and longarming. Today, I’ll talk about the new UNIQUE longarm reverse action tweezers. Tweezers are helpful for quilters’, sewists’, embroiderers’, longarmers’ and makers’ of all types because we’re always working with fine details to perfect our art.

 

UNIQUE longarm reverse action tweezers via: hakidd.com
UNIQUE longarm reverse action tweezers
via: hakidd.com

 

Unique longarm reverse-action tweezers, I have found to be especially excellent because they reduce the amount of hand fatigue when removing threads from quilts. As I squeeze the handles, the tweezers open up, when I release the handles, the tweezers close ...

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January 14, 2019
Unboxing 9 essential longarm tools for effective quilting from Quilt Social

 

As with many tasks in life, essential tools make work much easier. This week I’m talking about a new and exciting product line from UNIQUE longarm including 9 tools that are must-haves for effective quilting.

I received, unboxed and been working with a large magnetic pin bowl, glass head pins, quilting pins for longarm quilting, reverse-action tweezers, a thread cone net, a 0-120” center measuring tape, a longarm quilters’ dust brush, pattern tracing film and 3 film marking pencils. These tools are so exciting because they’re so useful!

 

9 UNIQUE Longarm essential tools for effective longarm quilting
9 UNIQUE Longarm essential tools for effective longarm quilting

 

Some ...

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December 14, 2018
Mini quilt with buttons becomes very adorable from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use buttons from the bottle o’ buttons purple collection to make a small button wall quilt. Today we’ll be using buttons from the blue collection for another quick and easy button quilt. This quilt is 14″ square.

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December 13, 2018
Using buttons instead of applique for a small quilt! from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use some blue buttons from a bottle o’ buttons to mount a small modern quilt on artist’s canvas.

Today I’ll show you how to make this little quilt using some purple buttons for flowers. In this case, the buttons take the place of applique.

 

Use buttons to create flower designs.
Use buttons to create flower designs.

 

 

Purple buttons - one of the many "Bottle o' Buttons" collections
Purple buttons – one of the many “Bottle o’ Buttons” collections

 

materials for a small quilt measuring 12″ x 16″

fabric

  • 9″ x 16″ piece of purple fabric for top of quilt
  • 4″ x 16″ piece of gray fabric for bottom of quilt ...

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December 12, 2018
How to mount a quilted piece on an artist canvas from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to make the blocks for your modern button quilt. Now, let’s put everything together to create this little quilt.

  • Sew the blocks together, alternating block 1 and block 2.
  • Sew a 6½” x 12½” black border strip to each side.
  • Sew a 6½” x 20½” black border strip to the top and bottom.

 

Sew on the black borders
Sew on the black borders

 

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December 11, 2018
For the love of buttons – making a modern button quilt from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I gave you the cutting instructions for the little button quilt. We’ll be using buttons from the bottle o’ buttons blue collection. Now, let’s start sewing!

 

Button quilt mounted on a 12" x 16" Artist's Canvas
Button quilt mounted on a 12″ x 16″ Artist’s Canvas

 

For each block 1 you’ll need

  • 1 – 1½” square from fabric 1
  • 2 – 1″ x 1½” and 2 – 1″ x 2½” black strips
  • 2 – 1½” x 4½” and 2 – 1½” x 2½” strips from fabric 2

For each block 2 you’ll need

  • 1 – 1½” square from fabric 2
  • 2 – 1¼” x 1½” and 2 – 1¼” x 3″ black ...

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December 10, 2018
Button, button…bottle o’ buttons from Quilt Social

 

I recently received these ‘Bottle o’ Buttons’ jars. What fun! Little jars of color-coordinated buttons just waiting to be used for some quick and easy projects.

 

bottle o' buttons - just 4 of the many colors available
bottle o’ buttons – just 4 of the many colors available

 

Button blankets have been around for hundreds of years. A button blanket is a wool blanket embellished with mother-of-pearl buttons, created by Northwest Coastal tribes in North America, that is worn for ceremonial purposes.

Ceremonial robes and their associated regalia have been among the most spectacular creations of the Indian people of the Northwest Coast of North America. For generations, these robes have served ...

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November 16, 2018
Making a stand mixer cover for the baker on your holiday list xo from Quilt Social

 

This week I shared with you several gift ideas that are sew easy to make, there’s still enough time to make the Simple Essentials Traveler’s Tote for the person on your list who travels often.

During the holiday season, baking is on almost every family’s to-do list. The very popular stand style mixers get a workout. At other times of the year they also sit idle.

A stand mixer cover is a great gift for bakers (and cooks) and those that love their kitchen gadgets. Check out my KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus below, I love it almost ...

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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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November 12, 2018
How to make your holidays sew much easier from Quilt Social

 

Are you thinking about your holiday preparations yet and … what can I sew or quilt to make my holidays easier and fun? This week I’ll be showing you How to Make Your Holidays “Sew” Much Easier. The content will include creative gift ideas for all ages and festive decor using Gütermann Dekor Rayon and Dekor Metallic threads, Therm Fleece,HeatnBond Light Weight Fusible Interfacing, UNIQUE Wash-out Marker and UNIQUE Rick Rack. 

Be sure to check QUILTsocial daily all this week to see what exciting new ideas we have just for you to make your holidays “sew” easy.

Holiday Ornament Hot Pad and Microwave Mitts
Holiday Ornament ...

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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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