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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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December 6, 2018
Accuquilt Go! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System from A Quilting Life

Accuquilt Go! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System

Hello and happy Thursday!  Today I’m sharing a product review of the Accuquilt Go! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System.  While I was recently sent this terrific new product by the folks at Accuquilt, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.   And I do love the Accuquilt Go! system for cutting fabrics for quilting.  […]

The post Accuquilt Go! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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December 5, 2018
Storewide discount moves to 30% and the Bernina discounts are amazing! from Bear Patch Quilting

Effective Wednesday, December 5, 
our storewide discount moves to 30%!  
The same rules apply as before, if you click this link you will get the full information.  We are still cutting lots of fabric and people are coming in prepared with measurements and colors to get big chunks for backings.  I keep discovering new fabric that catches my eye, like this one--
This is a panel print, it's about 40" square, and would make a wonderfully
creative piece of wall art on stretcher bars.  It really makes a statement! 

All of our notions, rulers, books and patterns are also ...

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November 27, 2018
November Sew Sampler Box + Barn Blocks Update from A Quilting Life

Barn Blocks Through Block 8

Hello!  Today I’m stopping by to share the Fat Quarter Shop November Sew Sampler Box and to give you an update on my Barn Blocks quilt progress.  This month’s box is a terrific one, and the blocks are so much fun to sew each month when the pattern arrives in the box.  There are now […]

The post November Sew Sampler Box + Barn Blocks Update appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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November 26, 2018
TheQuiltMate from Charm About You

It is wonderful to find a product that is useful, very well made and solves a problem. TheQuiltMate is a completely different type of ironing pad - something I think quilters could get really excited about. I have teamed up with TheQuiltMate to be able to offer you a discount code, a giveaway and to share my honest thoughts on their product. I will tell you straight away that it's really great!

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November 16, 2018
More Quilt Market Inspiration & New Quilt Lamp from A Quilting Life

Quilt Market Inspiration

Hello and happy Friday!  Today I’m sharing a little more quilt market inspiration from this fall’s International Quilt Market in Houston, Texas.  But first I want to let you know about a new quilting light I’ve been using for the past few weeks.  I absolutely love it!  I will let you know that the lamp […]

The post More Quilt Market Inspiration & New Quilt Lamp appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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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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Houston Quilt Festival from Quilting and More...

I absolutely love going to the Houston Quilt Festival, and I’m very lucky to be able to do so. I left home last Wednesday and returned home on Sunday, and it was so much fun to meet up with old friends and see the gorgeous quilts and the amazing vendors! Since Bernina is celebrating their […]

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October 29, 2018
Barn Blocks & October Sew Sampler Box from A Quilting Life

Barn Quilt Block 7

Hello and happy Monday!  It’s countdown to quilt market for me this week.  I’m feeling like I’m almost ready, although there is always more one can do.  At some point I always have to just tell myself that what I’ve prepared is enough.  It’s usually hard to listen to that because I know I am […]

The post Barn Blocks & October Sew Sampler Box appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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October 17, 2018
First Week of October from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

My family reunion in Arkansas was the 2nd week of October, so, I was rushing to finish some project bags for the silent auction.  Six project bags were put in the auction. 
fronts of Star Wars and Harry Potter project bags

back of Star Wars and Harry Potter project bags

Unicorn and Mermaid project bags

Foxes and Sewing Themed project bags

I also had hubby make me something that I've wanted for a while.  All he had to do was grab a scrap of lumber and shape it and drill a hole (I think it was already this shape ...

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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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