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February 14, 2019
Step 4 – thread painting for incredible lifelike detail from Quilt Social

I had a wonderful time yesterday showing you how I used basic trapunto techniques with SCHMETZ NeedlesSulky Thread and Fairfield Batting to add extra dimension our Artisan Spirit Water Garden heron panel.

Today I’ll use a variety of Sulky threads and SCHMETZ needles to accent the heron with beautiful thread painted detail.

Let’s have some fun!

What is thread painting?

Thread painting is a free motion quilting technique that involves using the machine needle and thread the way an artist would use a brush and paint. It can be used to add detail to applique and printed ...

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February 13, 2019
Step 3 – how to machine trapunto for added dimension from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was a busy day trimming the lovely Heron panel from the Artisan Spirit Water Garden, ironing the Sulky stabilizer in place, and using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread to construct and attach borders to the panel.

Today I’ll use Sulky threadSCHMETZ needles and Fairfield batting to add extra dimension to our panel with easy machine trapunto.

You may remember that we used trapunto in part three of my post Say it with quilting, a designer cushion to give a raised appearance to the words and motifs.

This technique will help add extra visual depth to ...

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February 12, 2019
Step 2 – framing up a quilt panel using a patchwork border from Quilt Social

Welcome back to our continuing journey of perfect pairings for our SCHMETZ needles, Sulky and Gütermann threads.

Yesterday I listed the materials required to make a thread painted and quilted panel.

Today I’ll do some preparation work, a little bit of piecing and add borders to our beautiful Artisan Spirit Water Garden panel from Northcott.

You’ll see how the correct needle and thread make each step along the way both fun and easy.

Good preparation is the key to success when adding pieced borders to a printed panel. A tutorial on thread painting using SCHMETZ needles/ Gütermann threads / Northcott fabric
Good preparation is the key to success!

Good preparation is the key to success

I start by trimming a little bit off our panel.

I ...

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February 11, 2019
Step 1 – needles and threads for a thread painting tutorial from Quilt Social

During my previous QUILTsocial post, Perfect Pairings-needles and threads work together for successful quilting I described how to choose the best SCHMETZ needles to work with a variety of Sulky and Gütermann threads.

This week I’ll show you in 5 easy steps how to use these new skills to make a beautiful quilt from a printed panel using a variety of needles and threads.

I’m using the Heron panel from the Water Garden collection by Northcott to work with.

Let’s get started.

What you’ll need

Water Garden Printed panel DP21916-44 from Northcott

This beautiful, artistic depiction ...

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January 15, 2019
Feeling Empowered Now from Bits From The Scrap Basket

Did you know Amazon sells 100-count needles? 

If they are any good then I bought them 66% cheaper than in the store!

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December 7, 2018
Little Quilt needle case tutorial from Charm About You

Little Quilt needle case, needle book by Charm About You

For those times when you want a quick little make, a handmade gift, or need a needle case! Here's my tutorial for the Little Quilt needle case, so named because that's what it is like (with a bit of felt!). The finished needle case measures 3" x 4". If you need to store more needles and have a handy way of organising them, may I suggest the Stitchy Pie needle case pattern available in my shop.

You can go to town or keep it really simple and you can whip these up so quickly, you will want to ...

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October 20, 2018
Quilting/Embroidery Problem Solving from Terificreations's Weblog

The other day I posted this, “While working on some embroidery I thought my machine had a problem. I’d get started stitching and the stabilizer would tear, the thread was building up underneath in a most unbecoming way. Re-threaded, cleaned, oiled, changed the needle, checked the stitch plate. Still happening. I decided to change the… Continue reading Quilting/Embroidery Problem Solving

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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 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



Gütermann thread – a quilters palette

My thread of choice for quilting this project ...

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August 17, 2018
basics from Karen Ann Ruane


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June 13, 2018
AGF Mystery Monday Giveaway - BIG REVEAL! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers,

Happy Wednesday! Can't believe we're already in the middle of June, already. To keep your "hump day" exciting and yes, I know you're all patiently waiting for the reveal of what of our first "AGF Mystery Monday" is going to be, the time has finally come!

In case you missed it, we recently launched a NEW GIVEAWAY - AGF Mystery Monday that we'll be hosting once a month where we'll be giving away a MYSTERY BAG (yes, it will have fabric in it and other goodies too) that you can win by entering and ...

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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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