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August 2, 2020
New Lori Holt Project: DIY Needle Book from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet created the cutest and most convenient way to store needles! Drop those bandages, your finger-pricking days are gone. Now, you’ll be taking your needles for quilting, sewing, and cross stitch on-the-go safely in your handmade, DIY Needle Book. Lori has an easy video tutorial for you and we have all the supplies!

Let’s get straight to the point! This needle book sewn up by Lori Holt is practical and cute.

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Lori’s YouTube Channel has all the info you need to stitch up this DIY Needle Book ...

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July 30, 2020
Jelly Snowflake Quilt Finishing + July Sew Sampler from A Quilting Life

Jelly Snowflake Quilt Finishing featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends, and happy Thursday! I can’t believe today is the final Thursday in July…and that means that we are sharing the Jelly Snowflake Quilt Finishing directions. I’m also sharing this month’s Sew Sampler Box contents (some fun fabrics and notions included as usual). Jelly Snowflake Quilt Finishing The Jelly Snowflake Quilt Finishing instructions are […]

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July 10, 2020
Sewing Room Organization: 5 Quilt Ruler Storage Ideas from A Quilting Life

Sewing Room Organization: 5 Quilt Ruler Storage Ideas featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of quilt rulers

Hello, and happy Friday, friends! Today I’m talking about Sewing Room Organization and am sharing 5 Quilt Ruler Storage and Organization Ideas. I have a video to go along with today’s post and hope you’ll get some great ideas in order to store and organize your rulers to optimize your sewing time and cut down […]

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June 28, 2020
Sew Sampler June Box 2020| Spoiler Alert from A Quilting Life

Sew Sampler June Box featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of Sew Sampler June box

Note: Spoiler Alert…I’ll be sharing the contents of the Sew Sampler June box in today’s post. Happy Sunday, friends! I had so much fun doing a video unboxing of the May Sew Sampler Box that I decided to continue with it each month. So yesterday we filmed the unboxing of this month’s box, and it’s […]

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June 26, 2020
Sewing Room Organization: 7 Practical Thread Storage Ideas from A Quilting Life

Thread Storage Ideas featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, and happy Friday! Today I’m sharing more on sewing room organization with practical thread storage ideas. I also have a video to share near the end of this post where I walk you through my storage methods and ideas. I hope you’ll enjoy this post and find some inspiration and helps for keeping your […]

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June 17, 2020
Get a Grip(py)!!! from Quiltwoman Blog

Are your rulers and templates slipping away from you? Or are you tired of walking your hand up your ruler as you cut. Well no longer! Now there is Grippy!

Grippy is made by Odif, the same company that makes the 505 Basting Spray (I love that stuff)!

So, What is Grippy?

Grippy is a non-permanent, non-slip adhesive aerosol that is a little miracle in a can. You can use Grippy on glass, paper, plastic, rulers, wood, and carpet to create a non-slip surface. Things stay in place while still being repositionable.

H0w to use:

Here is how to use ...

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May 29, 2020
Sew Sampler May Box + Summer Sweet Bella Solids from A Quilting Life

Sew Sampler May Box featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of Heart quilt

Hello friends and happy Friday! What a week! I was able to finish up a new quilt pattern quilt and send it to the quilter along with some old works in progress. One of them was my oldest work in progress dating back from 2013! I also was able to get some small Christmas things […]

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May 14, 2020
Flipping Out from Quilting and More...

No, I’m not going crazy — I hope — but “Flipping Out” is the name of a pattern I saw online at By Annie and thought would be fun to make. I know that her patterns are really good, since I’ve made many of them over the years. I needed a new container or two […]

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May 7, 2020
The Gnomes Are Here from Quiltwoman Blog

You asked for it….You got it!
The Gnomes are marching in!

QuiltWoman.com announces new product lines.

We are proud to announce we will now be carrying
Embroidery Punch Needle and Embroidery patterns combined!

Along with

48 colors of Barb’s Hand Dyed Variegated Fingering Merino Yarn

Click Here to Browse Our Selection of Yarns

Well you get the idea…there are just too many colors to show!

All can be found on QuiltWoman.com.

You will find individual or bundles to choose from as well.

Collect them all for all the Embroidery Patterns that QuiltWoman.com will be ...

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April 30, 2020
Sew Colorful Gray Bundle + April Sew Sampler Goodies from A Quilting Life

Sew Colorful Gray Bundle featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of quilt block and fabrics

Hello, friends! Happy Thursday! Today I’m sharing lots of fun things including the Sew Colorful Gray Bundle, the goodies included in the April Sew Sampler Box, and the brand new Jolly Bar Book 2 (with projects perfect for beginner quilters). Sew Colorful Gray Bundle First up is the Sew Colorful Gray Bundle Fat Quarter Shop […]

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April 17, 2020
Best Quilting Tools & Notions from A Quilting Life

Favorite Quilting Tools & Notions featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of pincushion and thread catcher

Hello friends! I hope you’re doing well physically, mentally, and spiritually in such crazy times. I know many areas of the country can see a light at the end of this tunnel, but there are so many who still aren’t sure when things are going to get a little brighter. Hang in there! Today I’m […]

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March 19, 2020
How to Use Diagonal Seam Tape from A Quilting Life

How to Use Diagonal Seam Tape Featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life: image of Balboa hexagons

Hello! I hope you are all doing well amidst all of the uncertainty. I’ve been sewing every minute that I can as I think it is good for the soul and the spirit. Plus, I have new quilts to make, so it’s been a win-win. Today I’m sharing a new video I made to show […]

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March 13, 2020
How to bind a quilt by machine that looks near to invisible from Quilt Social

The fabric’s been chosen, the quilt top’s sewn and the quilting is done. Now it’s time to add a binding to finish the Spring Blossoms for Mom lap quilt. I really don’t want to mess it up now and it’s all about the finishing touches that sometimes make or break a project. No FOB (fear of binding) allowed.

There’s a way, yes there is… to add a binding to a quilt by machine that does not look wonky, messy or unprofessional. Today, I’ll explain this process to you. You’ll need Gütermann invisible ...

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March 12, 2020
UNIQUE pattern tracing film helps to audition quilting options from Quilt Social

Sewing of the quilt top Spring Blossoms for Mom is complete. Quilting decisions can now take place. It’s important after all the work sewing the quilt, the quilting be considered carefully.

Quilting design factors

  • How much do I want the quilting to show on the front and the back.
  • What color of thread should be used.
  • Which fabrics need enhancing or showing off.
  • Scale of the quilt blocks and in this case appliques as well.
  • The use of the quilt. i.e. Quilt show worthy, art quilt to be hung, utilitarian?
  • How much washing may or may not take ...

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March 11, 2020
Gütermann cotton and invisible nylon threads for piecing and applique from Quilt Social

The last few days, I’ve discussed the materials needed and prepared the fabric for a really fresh Spring Blossoms for Mom lap quilt using HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive to make the tulip appliques. This quilt will be an awesome Mother’s Day gift this spring. I’m ahead of the curve and will have it made in advance. Today I get to sew with Gütermann cotton and nylon (invisible) thread. It’s sew time don’t you think?

Sew the background

  • Gather up the background strips and leave them in order from 1-5 as discussed yesterday.
  • Sew 7 strip ...

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March 10, 2020
How to prepare applique pieces for quilting from Quilt Social

Today, I’ll discuss how to prepare the strips for the background of the Spring Blossoms for Mom quilt I discussed yesterday as well as the applique fabric for the tulips with HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive. It’s so easy to applique with HeatnBond Lite iron-on adhesive and this technique will open your mind to thousands of applique possibilities.

Cutting the background

  1. Press all background fabric (gray as shown below).
  2. Lay out the background fabric in an order that pleases, keep in mind all 5 fabrics will be sewn into a strip set.
  3. Number each fabric 1-5.
  4. Cut 7 strips ...

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March 9, 2020
Spring Blossoms for Mom lap quilt from Quilt Social

By now we’re all tired of winter and wanting to look toward spring. It’ll come be rest assured. At this time of the year we’re also thinking about projects for spring and of course, I’m thinking ahead to Mother’s Day.

Join me this week as I share with you a new original design for a modern, strip pieced and easy applique lap quilt that can be made just for mom. I’ll be showing how to assemble easy strip pieced blocks, how to applique simply with Heatnbond Lite iron-on adhesive and Gütermann invisible nylon thread ...

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February 7, 2020
Quilted chocolate box ready for delivery, just in time for Valentine’s Day from Quilt Social

Yesterday I quilted my chocolate boxes and today after a few finishing touches, it’ll be ready to display just in time for Valentine’s Day.

 

Time for a few finishing touches!

 

 

Elan novelty buttons, how adorable and in Valentine’s Day colors!

 

Once the quilt is trimmed, binding and a hanging sleeve can be added. I covered both of these techniques in one of my earlier posts on QUILTsocial, a sleeve and the binding.

Today I’m adding buttons! I chose these simply adorable Elan novelty buttons in the shape of hearts, of course.

This is how I add ...

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February 6, 2020
How to decorate chocolates… with quilting stitches! from Quilt Social

Yesterday I did a lot of work adding icing to the chocolates in the chocolate box using Grosgrain ribbon and UNIQUE Rick Rack. I hope you enjoyed it and had some ideas of your own. I imagine you will not look at the designs on chocolate in the same way ever again!

 

UNIQUE Rick Rack in 3 different widths

 

Elan Grosgrain ribbon… in all the Valentine colors

 

Today I’m addressing how to quilt this project.

Setting up properly before starting quilting is a good practice. These are a few of the things I like to do:

  • Clear space of ...

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February 5, 2020
Decorating unique chocolates with UNIQUE Rick Rack from Quilt Social

Welcome to day three of chocolatier class! Yesterday I pieced a chocolate box and stocked it with a selection of chocolates… today I decorate.

When I first approached the prospect of decorating these chocolates I was a bit daunted. Of course, you may use my designs but I encourage you to explore all the ways chocolate can be decorated… Pinterest is an excellent source.

I decided to use a 28wt cotton thread to applique to add more dimension to my work. This is a good place to try the more interesting threads you may have in your collection… if anything ...

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