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December 13, 2019
A favorite quilt binding technique for a clean finish from Quilt Social

Yesterday I went over how to approach quilting a bias binding applique projectwith bias tape made using the UNIQUE Bias Maker Today I’m giving instructions on how to complete your piece of art to hang on the wall. The following is my preferred technique for binding.

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

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

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December 12, 2019
Gift Ideas for Quilters from Amazon from A Quilting Life

Gift Ideas for Quilters from Amazon

It’s that time of year…gift giving time. And while your favorite local and on-line quilt shops have amazing gifts for Christmas, Amazon has some great selections as well. Enjoy this post with my twelve favorite Gift Ideas for Quilters from Amazon. (Note: I have used affiliate links for these suggestions which means that while you […]

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Indispensable tips for bias tape applique quilting from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I went over how to applique the bias strips to create a picture, with bias tape made using the UNIQUE Bias Maker. Today, I’ll discuss how to quilt the applique piece.

It can be a bit intimidating to decide how to quilt your work after you have put in so much effort in the applique. I let the piece tell me how to quilt it, this is my process…

I always use a walking or an even feed foot… always. It makes all the difference to have all layers of your quilted project feeding through your machine evenly ...

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December 11, 2019
How to draw with bias binding strips on your quilts from Quilt Social

Yesterday I went over making bias tape step by step using the UNIQUE Bias MakerIt takes a little practice but once you have the hang of it, it’s a lot of fun! Today I’m showing how to draw with bias binding strips.

  1. Make the background piece at least 2″ larger all around than you want your final piece to be. This allows for wiggle room while sewing the bias strips down. If you are making your own noodle bowl wall hanging you’ll use a ½ yard of bright red fabric.
  2. Press the background in half and ...

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December 10, 2019
Simple steps to bias tape with UNIQUE Bias Tape Maker! from Quilt Social

Yesterday I explored the wonderful world of bias tape applique! I hope you were inspired </p>
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December 9, 2019
Brilliant bias tape creations with UNIQUE Bias Maker from Quilt Social

I have been quilting for many years now so I have seen more than a few trends take place. I remember when I started quilting, Celtic knotwork was very popular and I took a class to make a sampler quilt using this technique, I still have it. I remember making the bias tape was tricky but once I got the hang of it, everything went smoothly.

If you look back at any of my earlier QUILTsocial posts, you will see how much fun I like to have with applique and this week’s posts will be no different. I like ...

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December 5, 2019
Studio Plans and My favorite tools from Seacoast Quilter

     Today’s suggested blog post is to share my favorite tools. I will, but first I want to share my studio plans. I neglected to say that I am going to put a 20’ x 45’ studio addition onto my home. The process of approval has taken months, and we’re stalled at needing a septic system test with 6-8” of snow on the ground. Oh well, I guess we’ll start in the spring.





     My #1 favorite tool is the purple thang. Since it is made of plastic it doesn’t break things if you sew onto it. I ...

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November 15, 2019
Why, when and how to use Odif OdiCoat and Fabric Protect on your quilts from Quilt Social

Happy Friday! We’ve made it through another week!

In yesterday’s post, I wrote all about Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive and Odif AntiStatic spray products.

Today, last, but not least, I’ll showcase Odif Fabric Protect and Odif OdiCoat products.

 

Odif OdiCoat and Odif Fabric Protect

 

Most of us have experienced having quilt colors fade when left on a bed that’s exposed to too many UV rays. This has been a never-ending problem with quilts made of 100% cotton fabrics. Odif Fabric Protect has quilters and fabric artists in mind, all other products I’m aware of ...

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November 14, 2019
Quilters’ favorite basting spray: Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive from Quilt Social

Good morning, I’m happy you came back for more great Odif product demonstrations.

For some of you, yesterday’s post was a reinforcement of your prior knowledge, while for others it was a new introduction to Odif 606 Iron on Adhesive and Odif DK5 Glue Remover.

Today, I’ll introduce (or reintroduce for some of you), Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive spray (505 for short) and Odif AntiStatic Anti-static electricity spray.

 

Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive and Odif AntiStatic spray

 

Odif 505 is a product I’ve been using for years. Over those years, I’ve learned a few ...

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November 13, 2019
Easy-to-apply Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive replaces double-sided interfacing from Quilt Social

On Monday and Tuesday of this week I showed you some of the ways to use four Odif labor-saving spray-on products:

 

Odif Grippy, 808, 404 and Fabric Booster

 

Today, I’ll introduce two more products from Odif to make your quilting and crafting life easier.

When working on a project, there are lots of great tools and products to use to help us achieve the desired result. While working on an applique quilt like the one I’m doing this week, the Odif line ...

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November 12, 2019
2 essential adhesive sprays make quilting easier: Odif 404 and Odif Grippy from Quilt Social

 

Odif 404 Repositionable Craft Adhesive and Odif Grippy Non-slip Coating

 

I’ll start with the Odif 404 Repositionable Craft Adhesive (404 for short). When I first found out about 404, I was transported back to 1985 when Post-it notes made their debut in my life. The link between these products is simple. The ...

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November 11, 2019
10 must-have Odif adhesive spray products for your quilting space from Quilt Social

I hereby dedicate this whole week to Odif adhesive spray products every quilter needs to have in their quilting space.

For many of you, the name Odif may not ring a bell, but if I say 505 basting spray, I’m sure many of you know what I’m talking about.

Well, Odif is the company that makes our much loved 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive (basting spray). Odif also makes many other labor-saving products I was unaware even existed 18 months ago! Since I found out about these new products, I’ve made it my mission to learn more about ...

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October 23, 2019
9 Pressing Essentials for Quilters from A Quilting Life

9 Pressing Essentials for Quilters

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I’m sharing 9 Pressing Essentials for Quilters with information on how to improve your quilting with better pressing. I’ve been wanting to put all of this information together into one post for a little while and am excited to finally have it all in one place for your reference. (There […]

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October 18, 2019
Adding Bosal In-R-Form to the Date Night Clutch from Quilt Social

Hello and Happy Friday! All week, I’ve been demonstrating how to make The Library Tote and Date Night Clutch using BOSAL In-R-Form Double Sided Fusible Stabilizer. Yesterday, it was all about applying Bosal In-R-Form and hardware, such as the zipper, the magnetic snap, and anchor straps, to the clutch.

I promise you it’s easy, there are just many small steps. The lining is completely ready to go with a discrete faced zipper pocket, anchor straps and a magnetic snap. The straps for the bag are already made and set aside.

Today, I want to talk about the sides ...

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October 17, 2019
Applying Bosal In-R-Form and hardware to the Date Night Clutch from Quilt Social

Yesterday we made the strap anchors and the strap for this modern and professional-looking Date Night Clutch made with the Bosal In-R-Form Double Sided Fusible  Stabilizer, refer to yesterday’s post if you’re just joining us today.

Now it’s time to make the faced zipper I promised. What’s really nice about this zipper is it’s neat and tidy and hides a pocket where all the private stuff needed in a bag can be hidden. I find a zippered pocket always handy as it is a secure place to put things so they cannot slip out of ...

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October 16, 2019
Making a Date Night Clutch using Bosal In-R-Form from Quilt Social

Happy Wednesday! Yesterday I finished off making the library tote. Today and over the next few days, I’ll discuss how to make a smaller clutch bag with the Bosal In-R-Form stabilizer. This compact Date Night Clutch bag looks like it has been purchased in a store all because the Bosal In-R-Form gives such polished, structured results.

I’ll also share how to make a zipper facing so that the zipper is embedded in the lining (looks oh so gorgeous) with a hidden pocket and how to make removable straps with D rings and swivel hook toggles. This time I ...

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October 15, 2019
How to attach magnetic snaps and making the easiest tote pocket ever from Quilt Social

I hope you stopped by yesterday to see the beginning of The Library Tote bag, Bosal In-R-Form Adds Great Structure to Bags. Materials needed and cutting instructions along with a great method of making handles for this bag are included in yesterday’s post.

Today, I’ll demonstrate how easy it is to make a hanging pocket, inserting a magnetic snap and finishing this easy, handy bag for busy lifestyles.

 

The Library Tote

 

Constructing the pocket

Press the fusible woven interfacing, fusible side down to one end of the pocket piece (green as shown).

 

Woven fusible interfacing pressed to wrong ...

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October 14, 2019
Bosal In-R-Form adds great structure to quilted bags from Quilt Social

This week I’m talking all about Bosal In-R-Form, a fantastic foam product to stabilize sewing and allow sewists to have very professional structured results. I have used it many times with many projects including bags, backpacks, quilt as you go placemats, baskets, bowls, lunch bags and more.

 

The family of Bosal In-R-Form stabilizers

 

What’s really cool about it is:

  • It’s a foam product that provides a sturdy look and feel to projects giving them a professional finish.
  • It provides strength to straps and handles and the projects itself.
  • It looks and feels soft so projects do not ...

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