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June 25, 2019
Finishing a craft basket with Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch for stability from Quilt Social

Happy Tuesday, yesterday I started to discuss Sulky Fuse ‘n Stitch the fusible stabilizer with great stability used to make an amazing basket. This basket is very useful to organize sewing supplies, knitting supplies, craft supplies, magazines and so much more. We all need a place to store our never-ending supply of stuff and have something that fits our decor.

Please refer to yesterday’s post Quilting and crafting with sensational Sulky Stabilizers for Part 1 of how to make the basket pictured below. See how to make the base of the basket with macrame cord and prepare fabric strips ...

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June 24, 2019
Quilting and crafting with sensational Sulky Stabilizers from Quilt Social

This week, all 5 days I get the privilege of discussing the most amazing Sulky Stabilizers with so much exciting project potential.

 

You can sew, craft, quilt and embroider with these fantastic Sulky products.

 

Projects for this week are shown below, make a basket, make your own textiles, applique circles and English paper piece all with Sulky Stabilizers. Who knew you could do this with ease?

 

awesome Sulky Stabilizer projects to be discussed this week.
via: quiltingintheloft.com

 

In the past, I have done my fair share of embroidery. I really got into a habit of thinking that stabilizers such ...

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June 21, 2019
Crafting fun using Sulky stabilizers on QUILTsocial! from Quilt Social

If Robin Bogaert is writing next week’s posts, you know it’s packed with crafting fun! It’s the kind of crafting that involves a quilting technique one way or another, certainly.

Robin of QUILTINGINTHELOFT, has prepared 4 exciting projects as pictured below. All week she’s exploring how Sulky stabilizers make the quilting and sewing work easy and in some projects, down right magical!

 

From 3-D work, English Paper Piecing, appliques, and more, these projects touch on a quilting technique using Sulky stabilizers that make the task that much easier and therefore more enjoyable.

 

Join Robin starting Monday ...

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June 11, 2019
Shape Cut Plus cutting tool from June Tailor from Quilter Chic

Inside: One fabulous cutting tool.

“You can cut binding strips with that, you know,” said Mary.

“What?!,” I exclaimed.

After a short tutorial I knew. I was in love.

The Shape Cut Plus by June Tailor is one of my favorite, most frequently used tools!

Shape Cut Plus quilting tool

This is the single greatest invention of the 20th century! Okay, that’s probably saying too much, but I love this tool! It is designed for cutting strips en masse. You simply lay the ruler over your folded fabric and cut through the slots to get your strips. This tool is great for all of ...

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June 6, 2019
Secret Sewing from Moda Lissa

I love the phrase “secret sewing”. My whole life is based on secret sewing. I get to work ahead on many of the lines that Moda produces. I get to try out new products. I get to use products I thought I would never need like the Shape Cut ruler by June Tailor. While doing some of my secret market sewing, more on that later, I remembered that one of the girls in the office swears by her Shape Cut ruler. I am a pretty fast and accurate cutter so I did not see the need to have to fit ...

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May 23, 2019
I'm curious.............. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I'm almost afraid to write this since I don't want to jinx the situation. But things seem to be under control. Oh - there's still lots of stuff to do, but things are calm. Even when I've had a few people e-mail me to ask for something that they're waiting on. I've been able to work that into the schedule. Now that's a nice feeling. I'm still a wee bit behind on about two things - but hopefully, by the end of next week, all will be completely caught up.

What a great feeling ...

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May 17, 2019
Echo quilting with a walking foot adds visual appeal from Quilt Social

Welcome back to the fifth and final post on using a walking foot, SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread to create a whole cloth quilt.

Yesterday I talked about quilting in the ditch, practiced straight line stitching skills and examined how marking a few simple grid lines can help create complex-looking border designs with ease.

Today I’ll let the walking foot work its magic as we explore how effective straight line echo quilting can be.

 

Walking foot echo quilting adds the final finish
Walking foot echo quilting adds the final finish

 

Simple walking foot quilting can be oh so special!

In quilt design, it’s important to have ...

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May 16, 2019
Making beautiful borders with your walking foot from Quilt Social

Welcome to step 4 of our series on using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread to create a whole cloth quilt with just straight line stitching and your walking foot.

Yesterday I layered the quilt, showed you how to bring up our bobbin thread, anchor stitching, quilt a grid and pivot to change directions.

Today I’ll share some techniques for creating beautiful border designs.

Let the magic begin!

 

Create beautiful quilted borders with a few simple steps.
Create beautiful quilted borders with a few simple steps.

 

Defining quilted borders

Many pieced quilts have one or more borders applied to the interior portion of the quilt as an accent or ...

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May 15, 2019
What to know about grid quilting with a walking foot from Quilt Social

Here we are at the third step to making a wholecloth quilt using the walking foot, SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread.

Yesterday we learned how the walking foot works, prepared our machines, trimmed our fabric and marked the center design using a UNIQUE 2 in 1 marker.

Today it’s time to layer our quilts with Fairfield batting and start quilting.
I’m excited, how about you?

 

An example of a walking foot quilted grid with the spool of Gütermann spun silk thread that was used for the quilting SCHMETZ / Gütermann / Northcott / Fairfield / UNIQUE
An example of a walking foot quilted grid with the spool of Gütermann spun silk thread that was used for the quilting SCHMETZ / Gütermann / Northcott / Fairfield / UNIQUE

 

Layer and pin baste

Center the ...

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May 14, 2019
Easy preparation for walking foot quilting from Quilt Social

Welcome back!

Yesterday I listed the indispensable supplies required for a wholecloth quilt to make using our SCHMETZ needles andGütermann spun silk thread.

Today I’ll talk about the walking foot, preparing our machines for stitching, trimming our fabric and marking the first portion of our design using a UNIQUE 2 in 1 marker.

Let’s get started.

 

A walking foot is also know as an even feed or dual feed foot
A walking foot is also know as an even feed or dual feed foot

 

What is a walking foot and how does it work?

A walking foot, sometimes called an even feed or dual feed foot is used on our sewing ...

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May 13, 2019
5 steps to a wholecloth walking foot quilt from Quilt Social

In my previous posts Perfect pairings-needles and threads work together for successful quilting and Needles and threads for a thread painting tutorial I talked about how to choose the best needles to work with a variety of threads.

We’ll put this knowledge to work once again this week as I’ll be showing you how to make a whole cloth quilt using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread.

I’m using fabric from the ColorWorks collection by Northcott.

Here we go.

 

Gather your supplies
Gather your supplies

 

Step 1 – gather your supplies

fabric

  • 2 yds cotton fabric in a solid color; this will ...

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May 10, 2019
Walking the adventure of walking foot quilting from Quilt Social

I’m very excited about next week’s posts! Written by quilter Julie Plotniko, you don’t want to miss her tutorial on wholecloth walking foot quilting.

The definition of a wholecloth quilt is a quilt made of a single length of extra-wide fabric. The quilting stitches themselves form the design of the quilt.

I’ve loved the look of wholecloth quilting before I ever knew the name of this technique. It’s the kind of quilting where the quilting is the star of the show, without being muffled by color and patterns. I love the texture the thread creates ...

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May 2, 2019
1st Finish of May from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

I finished another Vintage Miniature Sewing Machine block yesterday.  This is the 4th block in the series of 12.
block #4

I've already started the next block.  Some people have asked me if I'm doing these blocks on a machine (machine embroidery).  No, I don't own an embroidery machine.  These are all by hand.  Here is the block I started yesterday, showing my needle and embroidery hoop.
block #5

I've stitched a lot on this block, since I took the photo.

Colette, over at What about Rheema showed her cup holder attached to her ironing board ...

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May 1, 2019
Threadology Quilt Along Economy Quilt Block Pattern from A Quilting Life

Economy Block quilt pattern

Hello and happy Wednesday! Today I’m sharing the next block in the Threadology Quilt Along, the economy quilt block pattern. The economy block is a basic block that is easy to make and offers different options. I loved making this week’s blocks! I used five different fabrics from our Walkabout fabric collection for this week’s […]

The post Threadology Quilt Along Economy Quilt Block Pattern appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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April 22, 2019
Sew Organized: Best Bags for Quilters from A Quilting Life

Sew Organized: Quilting & Sewing Bags for Quilters

Hello and happy Monday! I hope your weekend was a good one. Today’s post is titled: Sew Organized: Best Bags for Quilters. I’m looking forward to not only sharing some of my favorite bags but also sharing what I keep inside of them and why. And to add a little more fun to today’s post, […]

The post Sew Organized: Best Bags for Quilters appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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April 12, 2019
How to sew with HeatnBond Iron-on Vinyl – a tutorial from Quilt Social

Happy Friday! I enjoyed sharing several products from the HeatnBond family and showing you how they can make your sewing life sew easy.

Today I’m discussing a really exciting product called HeatnBond Iron-on Vinyl. When I knew I had the opportunity to work with this I was really excited as it can be applied to regular fabric. Just imagine the possibilities with your own stash! Also, you can sew through it easily.

There are so many projects that can be enhanced with vinyl. These projects include: lunch bags, baby bibs, placemats, coasters, luggage tags, pouches, tote bags, beach bags ...

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April 11, 2019
EASY paper piecing with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets from Quilt Social

Yesterday I showed you how you can get a helping hand with your sewing needs by using HeatnBond Basting Adhesives.

I’m using StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block sheets by HeatnBond today to do some foundation paper piecing. I love paper piecing, it makes a perfect block because you are basically sewing by numbers onto a stabilized foundation. There’s no fusible with this product, it is simply a great paper sheet to guide quilters’ to sew through it and fabric accurately.

My recent block made with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets by HeatnBond.
My recent block made with StitchnSew EZ Print Quilt Block Sheets by HeatnBond.

Some advantages to this method ...

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April 10, 2019
HeatnBond always lends a hand in your sewing needs from Quilt Social

After spending some time showing you how to use the HeatnBond EZ Printer Lite for applique work, it’s time to talk about HeatnBond Quilters Edge and SpraynBond Basting Adhesive.

These two products make it easy to apply embellishments and practical closures to your sewing projects. They should also be part of your applique toolbox as they allow you to baste your projects making them much easier to sew or quilt.

20 yds of 3/16" wide HeatnBond Quilters Edge
20 yds of 3/16″ wide HeatnBond Quilters Edge

SpraynBond by HeatnBond Temporary Quilt Basting Adhesivevia: hakidd.com
SpraynBond by HeatnBond Temporary Quilt Basting Adhesivevia: hakidd.com

Why is HeatnBond Quilter’s Edge wonderful?

  • It’s only 3 ...

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April 9, 2019
Endless applique design possibilities with printer friendly fusible web from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I spoke about the basics of fusible applique with HeatnBond Feather Lite Iron-On Adhesive where essentially you hand draw your appliques onto the paper backing of the product. Today, I want to talk about a very exciting product to make the design process so much easier and that product is HeatnBond EZ Print Lite.

HeatnBond EZ Print Lite Packaging, Exciting Printable Fusible Applique Sheets.
HeatnBond EZ Print Lite Packaging, Exciting Printable Fusible Applique Sheets.

What is great about HeatnBond EZ Print Lite?

  • You can download copyright-free designs from the Internet, copy and paste them onto a document and print onto the paper side of this product allowing you thousands ...

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April 8, 2019
How to effectively use HeatnBond Feather Lite and Pressing Paper from Quilt Social

All this week I’ll discuss some useful, versatile fuse and sew products brought to you by HeatnBond that allow you to add appliques to your projects with ease. These fusible products make your sewing easier to execute and embellished so that they look professionally sewn. You’ll learn easy applique, foundation paper piecing, an alternate to pinning and lamination using fusible products. Some very interesting methods to be discussed.

Today, I’m excited to talk about HeatnBond Feather Lite and Pressing Paper.

HeatnBond Feather Lite is a product that’s lightweight and can be fused to the reverse side ...

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