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June 28, 2019
Adding professional touches on quilted tote using the quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

It’s time to turn the quilted panels into a tote bag! In yesterday’s post, I finished quilting the front and back panels for the bag using the stippling stitches on the PFAFF quilt expression 720. I’m continuing to rely on the features of the quilt expression 720 to help me complete the bag with professional looking results. Let’s start finishing!

 

Quilted tote bag with PFAFF quilt expression 720

 

Make bag handles

Two strips of the blue fabric were cut earlier this week for the bag handles; they should measure 3 x 20.

  1. Press ¼″ to the ...

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June 27, 2019
Stippling options built-in the quilt expression 720 make creativity soar from Quilt Social

Are we having fun yet? Adding stitches to the quilted tote bag is like adding decorative touches to a special cake – it’s hard not to add all of the desired elements! In yesterday’s post, I completed the front of the quilted tote bag adding lots of spectacular built-in stitches from the PFAFF quilt expression 720. Today there’s a little more piecing to construct the back panel and then a few more stitches to add before quilting the bag panels.

 

Back panel of quilted tote bag

 

Back panel construction

Cut

from background print

  • two 5 x 17½ ...

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June 26, 2019
The PFAFF quilt expression 720 and its spectacular built-in stitches from Quilt Social

The weather is nice and road trips are beckoning – or maybe just a quick visit to a sewing friend’s house. In reality, as a quilter, you can never have too many tote bags, right?! This week I’m using the stitches on the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to make a simple pieced tote spectacular.

In the last post, I started to make the front panel of the bag, adding tapered stitches to a large shoo-fly block using the built-in Tapered Program. In this post, I’ll continue working on creating the front panel by making some more blocks and ...

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June 25, 2019
PFAFF quilt expression 720 makes tapered stitches out of built-in stitches from Quilt Social

Creating a tote bag is just the first step this week. In yesterday’s post, I explained three of the several presser feet for the PFAFF quilt expression 720. These are the feet used with the machine’s built-in decorative stitches. As you’ll see, I added some stitches as I assembled the tote bag panels instead of waiting until the end. I also did several stitch samples to make some hard choices as to which ones to include on the tote bag. But first, let’s cut fabric!

 

Quilted tote bag with PFAFF quilt expression 720

 

Cut the fabrics ...

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June 24, 2019
Starting a quilted project on the right (presser) foot! from Quilt Social

Do you feel the excitement in the air or is it just me? It’s the season of quilt shows and road trips to quilt stores! I designed a fun, practical quilted tote bag using the PFAFF quilt expression 720. There are so many stitches and ways to play with them that it was almost as much fun as shopping for new fabric! Whether you’re traveling for days or to just one favorite place, this bag is fun to stitch up and will give you a place to put all of your travel treasures.

 

Quilted tote bag

 

When I ...

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June 21, 2019
Quilted bag sports extraordinary quilt expression 720 built-in stitches from Quilt Social

As quilters, getting ready for summer means making a quilted tote to carry our precious quilt project during our travels. Next week’s posts by the joyful quilter, Sarah Vanderburgh of Sew Joy Creations, is precisely about that!

 

Using the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to patchwork, quilt and embellish a quilted summer tote

 

Join Sarah starting Monday, June 24th as she talks about Tapered program and Sequence program, both on the PFAFF quilt expression 720. Its built-in stitches are extraordinary, see below to see a few of what’s in store.

 

Sewing machines as stitches? Love this!

 

Sarah will also ...

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May 22, 2019
Flying With My Sewing Machine in Australia from Blossom Heart Quilts

Obligatory disclosure – this post is sharing my experiences on these specific routes on these specific planes on these specific days with these specific security people… it will give you a good guide of what to expect, but don’t take this as official advice!

A couple of months ago, I flew from Melbourne to Adelaide for a quilting retreat, which meant that it was my first time flying with my sewing machine as carry-on. I have previously flown international when moving to Japan and back again, each time with a sewing machine, and those times I simply packed them back ...

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April 19, 2019
Finishing the quilted umbrella cushion with a zipper from Quilt Social

This has been a fun week of play and discovery. I hope you have enjoyed creating a somewhat whimsical reminder of the change of season with the quilted umbrella panel and then traipsing through your stash of scraps to find fabrics for the patchwork panel (I hope it was a fruitful search!) In yesterday’s post I quilted the patchwork panel using decorative stitches, called Handlook Stitches, built into the PFAFF quilt expression 720 remember there are over 400!! Today all that’s left is to put the cushion together! Let’s go!

Quilted patchwork cushion with PFAFF quilt expression 720
Quilted patchwork cushion with PFAFF quilt expression ...

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April 18, 2019
Using Handlook Stitches on the quilt expression 720 for quilting patchwork from Quilt Social

The rain is on its way and I’m starting to get in the mood to enjoy a few rainy days. After all, it means a little more time to spend quilting before the garden needs tending and the outdoor summer adventures begin! This week I’ve been creating an ode to spring with a quilted umbrella cushion. In yesterday’s post, I sewed together a patchwork panel made of scrap fabrics, honoring Earth Day. I continue the adventure stitching out several decorative stitches using the PFAFF quilt expression 720.

I started by using the regular straight stitch and quilting ...

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April 17, 2019
Honoring Earth Day: use your stash to make a quilted patchwork cushion from Quilt Social

Spring cleaning is so popular this time of year and what better way to tidy your sewing room than to use up some stash! Plus, we’re still thinking about Earth Day and recycling next week and making something out of what we already have. In yesterday’s post, I showed you how I quilted a large pieced umbrella block as the front of a cushion cover.

In today’s post, I’ll use the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to piece together a back panel from scraps. The back will also finish at 16 square and could easily be pieced ...

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April 16, 2019
Adding quilted details using the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

Embracing the cheerful decorating possibilities that spring brings, this week I’m making a quilted umbrella cushion. In yesterday’s post, I cut and assembled the units to make the umbrella block using PFAFF quilt expression 720. Today I’ll rely even more on the IDT system to easily add quilting to the front side of the cushion.

Quilted umbrella cushion and PFAFF quilt expression 720
Quilted umbrella cushion and PFAFF quilt expression 720

To start, join the units of each row, then join the rows together.

Press all of the seams in the top row to the right and all of the seams in the second row ...

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April 15, 2019
Celebrating spring with a cheery quilted umbrella cushion from Quilt Social

It feels like spring is taking a long time to arrive this year, at least where I live. I’m actually wishing for rain and thought making an umbrella themed cushion for the season might be just the thing to share this week! April showers do eventually arrive and it’s fun to make seasonally themed decor. I used the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to help me stitch up this bright quilted cushion.

Quilted umbrella cushion
Quilted umbrella cushion

April 22 is Earth Day when we take time to educate ourselves and raise awareness about environmental issues. When I think about how to ...

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April 10, 2019
Handlook Stitches and Patchwork Program on the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

In preparation for Earth Day on April 22, 2019, Sarah Vanderburgh of Sew Joy has designed a quilted cushion cover to represent this important date in several ways. To start with, she uses the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to execute this cheery project, exploring such important features like the Handlook Stitches, the Patchwork Program and the ‘can’t sew without’ IDT System. Did you know the latter has been on PFAFF machines since 1968? That’s almost as old as I… moving on.

The Umbrella Cushion Cover inspiring rain, so precious in the spring!
The Umbrella Cushion Cover inspiring rain, so precious in the spring!

The PFAFF quilt expression 720 has ...

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April 3, 2019
DAWN is my new best friend from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I know - you're scratching your head. Dawn? Who the heck is Dawn?

Well, thanks to Jane S, DAWN is my new friend. And who is Dawn???  Oh, shoot - I don't have my own picture and don't want to get flak from the company so here's the link to Dawn.   Yep - we're talking dishwashing soap!!

Someone in our sewing group had a wee problem with some dye bleeding in a quilt. Jane suggested a good soak in Dawn. I remembered that some of my stuff got stained in the "flood" so I thought I'd try ...

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March 1, 2019
Can anything be more fun than Stacking Stitches?? from Quilt Social

Creating designs with the stitches on the PFAFF quilt expression 720 is slowly turning me into an ’embellish-er’. What can I say? I haven’t found a stitch I don’t like!

In yesterday’s post, I completed my quilter’s name badge. For that project, I tried out one of four alphabet fonts included on this machine and used the floating stitches technique. In this post, I’ll show you some of the stacking stitches that are available on this machine too!

PFAFF quilt expression 720
PFAFF quilt expression 720

The stacking stitches are located in menu 8 along with the floating stitches ...

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February 28, 2019
Making a quilter’s badge extra special using font and floating stitches from Quilt Social

This week I’ve been exploring some of the stitching techniques available on the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720. In yesterday’s post, I started to make a quilter’s name badge. I listed the fabric requirements based on my badge and invited you to join me! Today I’ll show you how I completed my name badge.

Quilter's name badge with PFAFF quilt expression 720
Quilter’s name badge with PFAFF quilt expression 720

I added the fabric to the sides of the center of the badge first. I thought it would be fun to add some floating stitches that look like dots to go with the ...

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February 27, 2019
Making a quilter’s name badge using the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

Sometimes it’s worth the wait! I’ve been planning this project for a long time. In yesterday’s post, I tried out the floating stitches, one of the stitch techniques available on the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720.

In this post, I use one of the fonts included on the machine to start making my very own quilter’s name badge!

Quilter's name badge using the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720
Quilter’s name badge using the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720

Sooner or later, whether you’ve joined a guild or go to a quilting retreat, you’ll be asked to wear a name tag. I finally joined ...

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February 26, 2019
Floating stitches are extraordinary on the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

There’s more to explore on the PFAFF quilt expression 720! In yesterday’s post, I listed my top 5 favorite features of the quilt expression 720. Today I’ll show you one of this machine’s exclusive stitch techniques called floating stitches.

I was really curious to try these stitches out because they DO really look like they’re floating. Only some of the stitching line appears on the right side of the fabric so it looks like they aren’t connected to anything.

Special stitch technique called floating stitches done with the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720.
First attempt at floating stitches

The floating stitches are one of the stitch techniques found ...

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February 25, 2019
Top 5 features on the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

The PFAFF quilt expression 720 is the perfect combination of reliable features I expect when using a PFAFF and its creative possibilities. These possibilities are made possible by the myriad of exclusive stitch techniques and programs that enables you to create the quilts you want – and quilt them too!

Welcome to an exciting week exploring the quilt expression 720! Here are my top 5 features to watch for on this machine.

Top 5 features on the NEW PFAFF quilt expression 720
PFAFF quilt expression 720

Color Touch Screen

The Color Touch Screen lets you see what your stitch will look like and gives you options for adjusting stitches. You can ...

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December 28, 2018
The trick to amazing free motion quilting for beginners from Quilt Social

 

It’s my last post of the week and also of the year featuring the PFAFF creative icon. And I have just the right post for it! I’ll show you how you can make your free-motion quilting look amazing!

All week I’ve shown you how to create projects using curved blocks. In yesterday’s post, I made a heart shape square for Valentine’s Day. And I have just the right quilting method to make it look fabulous.

 

How you can make your free motion quilting look amazing using the PFAFF creative icon!
How you can make your free motion quilting look amazing using the PFAFF creative icon!

 

Once again, my PFAFF creative ...

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