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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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December 27, 2018
Curved piecing makes the best heart quilt block for Valentine’s Day from Quilt Social

 

Have you finished the cute table runner for the holiday season I showed you in my posts this week? Piecing curves might take a little practice at the beginning, but it isn’t that hard, it’s all on how you place your fabrics under your needle.

If you haven’t had the time to try it out, I have another great project using curved piecing. It’s a variation that will help you make the best heart quilt top and you’ll have plenty of time to practice your curved piecing in time for Valentine’s Day.

 

A variation in the curved block to make a heart pieced block
A variation ...

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December 26, 2018
10 steps to face binding a holiday table runner using PFAFF creative icon from Quilt Social

 

If you’ve finished the holiday table runner that I presented in my last two posts, I have a great tutorial for you today. I’m happy to share my 10 steps to a perfect finish. You’ll see how easy it is to make a face binding using the PFAFF creative icon.

 

A face binding is my favorite "perfect" finish to any art quilt or table runner
A face binding is my favorite “perfect” finish to any art quilt or table runner

 

I just love making face binding on the creative icon as it has the power, stability and precision required to have a superb finish. When designing the creative icon, PFAFF revamped the ...

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December 25, 2018
How to center a quilt section in a PFAFF creative icon hoop from Quilt Social

 

Have you tried the curve piecing yet? In yesterday’s post, I showed you a cute project to make while learning how to sew curves. Now I’ll show you how I quilted the project using the PFAFF creative icon, and most importantly how to center your quilt section in a hoop.

 

Embroidery with PFAFF creative icon
Embroidery with PFAFF creative icon

 

I fell in love with one of the existing embroideries on the machine and decided I would use it for this project. It reminded me of snowflakes so I picked out my Sulky rayon 40wt thread in the variegated silver for the perfect ...

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December 24, 2018
The secret behind sewing curves without using pins from Quilt Social

 

I’m so excited to be hosting the blog this week! I have prepared a special Christmas treat just for you to make in a day: Sewing curves without having to use pins!

 

Easy curves table runner project just in time for the Holidays
Easy curves table runner project just in time for the Holidays

 

It has been a real treat to be part of QUILTsocial this year and experimenting using the wonderful PFAFF creative icon. Did you get yours yet? I can’t believe I managed to make so many projects. I don’t think I could have done all of this without the icon and can’t decide what ...

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November 2, 2018
Fall Foliage: Behind the seams from Quilting with Claire

If you’re attending the Fall Quilt Market in Houston you simply have to stop at Banyan Batiks booth#614 to take a look at my latest creation. I would have loved to make the trip once more to Quilt Market, but life got in the way! I am posting this blog at the same time so you … Continue reading "Fall Foliage: Behind the seams"

The post Fall Foliage: Behind the seams appeared first on Quilting With Claire.

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October 26, 2018
How the creative icon does half the work for you when adding a zipper from Quilt Social

 

I’m back for the last post of the week, have you tried the mitered corner technique I showed you yesterday? Easy, right?

One of the last things to do when making cushions is attaching the zipper, here are two simple ways to add zippers to your cushions. All week long, I shared tutorials to make attractive cushions to gift for the Holidays.

These tips make the cushions look professionally made but really, they were effortlessly handmade. And adding zippers is no exception with the PFAFF creative icon. Thanks to its big screen and tutorial section!

 

Adding zippers is easy with the PFAFF creative icon
Adding zippers is easy ...

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October 25, 2018
8 easy steps to perfect mitered corners from Quilt Social

 

This week is all about making attractive cushions for holiday gifts, and yesterday I shared 3 reasons why embroidering text has become a bit of an obsession. In this post, I want to show you how to make perfect mitered corners in just 8 simple steps using the PFAFF creative icon. I promise you won’t ever be afraid to make one ever again!

 

 It's easy to make mitered corners with the creative icon

It’s easy to make mitered corners with the creative icon

 

I decided to use the miter corner technique when I saw the lovely flower border near the selvage of the Chloe panel from Northcott. I ...

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October 24, 2018
3 reasons why embroidering text has become an obsession for me from Quilt Social

 

It’s so important to prepare your fabric, stitches and stabilizer for successful machine embroidery, as I explained yesterday. Pretty quickly, these 6 steps I talked about become second nature and machine embroidery becomes a cinch.

When it comes to text, I never thought I would ever need to embroider text until I had the PFAFF creative icon! Here are 3 reasons why embroidering text has become a bit of an obsession.

 

Experimenting using embroidery text to add flair to my projects
Experimenting using embroidery text to add flair to my projects

 

I went crazy embroidering designs to make cushions using solid fabrics yesterday. But then I looked at all ...

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October 23, 2018
6 essential steps for successful machine embroidery using the creative icon from Quilt Social

 

Have you sorted your fabric to make the 3 cushion ideas I mentioned yesterday?

With more than 800 embroidery designs on the PFAFF creative icon at your fingertips, there are great projects to be made. Yet I have learned that there are 6 essential steps you need to take for great results.

 

Great embroidery results using the PFAFF creative icon
Great embroidery results using the PFAFF creative icon

 

You know I love a challenge! And this week’s blog post was a great one. I used my summer vacation to learn how to use the embroidery arm on the creative icon to quilt my projects, but started wondering ...

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October 22, 2018
PFAFF creative icon and Chloe fabrics make excellent cushion ideas a cinch from Quilt Social

 

I thought I should use this week’s blog posts to present 3 cushion ideas to spark your imagination using the PFAFF creative icon. These are quick and easy gift ideas that you’ll have time to finish for the upcoming holidays. And best of all you’ll be able to learn new tricks on your creative icon.

 

Making cushions with the PFAFF creative icon
Making cushions with the PFAFF creative icon

 

Once again, I can’t get over how fun it is to learn new techniques using the creative icon. It is such a treat to work with. You’ll be amazed at all there is ...

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September 12, 2018
The Best Tools: Brother 10-Needle from Becca's Crazy Projects

A fellow member of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild wanted to sell her Brother 10-Needle embroidery machine. I've wanted a multi-needle embroidery machine since I started using my Pfaff Creative Performance more often. A single needle machine is fine if you do designs with few colors, but if you want to make more than one of a thing, or designs with several colors, changing threads can be a full-time job. There are tricks you can use when creating, or combining designs, but you still have to change the thread for every color change. This was a deal I couldn ...

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August 31, 2018
How the PFAFF creative icon helped me finish a UFO quilt from Quilt Social

 

It’s my last post of the week. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the tips to happily quilt your projects. I had spent a lot of time figuring out how the embroidery unit worked on the PFAFF creative icon to be ready to quilt the two projects I had presented to you in April and June.

I had set two days aside during my vacation to be able to quilt them and be ready for my August blog posts. What I didn’t expect was the fact that the creative icon is really user-friendly and I finished the quilts ...

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August 30, 2018
The best kept secret to beautiful quilting designs from Quilt Social

 

Here’s another post to help you change your perspective on quilting! I know it can be quite a challenge and I have been giving you great tips to help you quilt your project since my first blog posts in February. So far this week I have featured the great tools you can use on the PFAFF creative icon using the embroidery arm. But today, I’ll show you my best kept secret to beautiful quilting designs without using the hoop.

 

The PFAFF creative icon is my favorite quilting partner!
The PFAFF creative icon is my favorite quilting partner!

 

Remember my Flying Geese quilt I made using the Canvas ...

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August 29, 2018
Why I’m so excited about the PFAFF ImageStitch app from Quilt Social

 

In my June 2018 post, I showed you how to perfect the flying geese block using the PFAFF creative icon while making a modern throw using the wonderful Canvas collection from Northcott.

In the last post of the week, I started the quilting portion and showed you how to use the Shape Creator. But I have to say that I have found an easier way to quilt this project! And I have the ImageStitch app to thank for this: it’s the best app ever for quilters!

The PFAFF creative icon is your bestie when it's time to quilt a project!
The PFAFF creative icon is your bestie when it’s time to quilt ...

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August 28, 2018
PFAFF creative icon stitch creator lets you add oomph to a simple binding from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use the embroidery feature on the PFAFF creative icon to quilt the project I made with the wonderful Sleepy Sloth fabric collection from Northcott. Today, I’ll show you how the Stitch Creator helped me create a nice and quick binding. I only had two days to spend quilting while on vacation and four quilts to finish. I knew I could bring some of the quilts to the cottage for hand binding, but not all! So I decided to have at least one of the projects completely bound by machine. I’ll now show ...

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August 27, 2018
Changing two things to increase my creativity! from Quilting with Claire

Here’s how changing two things increased my creativity.  I am continuously surprised at my productivity this year.  Not only have I started many projects, but I have also finished a bunch.  After having made almost nothing in the past two years, I am really happy of my results.  What has changed? There are two things … Continue reading "Changing two things to increase my creativity!"

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The beauty of vacationing and quilting with the PFAFF creative icon from Quilt Social

 

Hello everyone! Hope you’ve enjoyed your summer and have found some time to keep on track of your quilting projects. With the heat waves that we have had, I have been keeping cool indoors with my fantastic PFAFF creative icon and I must admit that it has changed my perspective on quilting and vacationing.

 

PFAFF creative icon comes with a carrying case for the embroidery unit and accessories. Making it that much easier to bring it to the cottage!
PFAFF creative icon comes with a carrying case for the embroidery unit and accessories. Making it that much easier to bring it to the cottage!

 

If you’ve been following along since February 2018, I’ve had fun making quick and easy quilt projects while ...

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June 29, 2018
PFAFF creative icon’s Shape Creator and mySewnet help your quilting adventures from Quilt Social

 

It’s my final post of the week, I hope you enjoyed reading along and perfecting your flying geese block, and how the SewNotice app makes your machine embroidery experience stress free!

I finish the week, with my 5 tips for an awesome quilting finish using the PFAFF creative icon.

 

Quilting with the PFAFF creative icon
Quilting with the PFAFF creative icon

 

1. Choose correct size for backing and batting

The batting and backing should have 5″ extra all around your quilt top to ensure that, when quilting, the quilt top can move slightly without missing batting or backing in the process. It also eases the ...

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June 28, 2018
Stop stressing over your machine embroidery with the SewNotice app from Quilt Social

 

In yesterday’s post, I shared with you 3 essential tools for your quilting studio as well as the 3 great features of the PFAFF creative icon. I explained the new CreatorCue app that is available to help you work even when you’re on the go. In today’s post, I want to talk about the SewNotice app that is also available and I’m sure that it will become your new best friend.

 

 Introducing the SewNotice app that will become your new best friend.

Introducing the SewNotice app that will become your new best friend.

 

One of the things that quilters didn’t like about machine embroidery was that ...

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