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April 23, 2018
Needle Noodle from Gray Barn Designs

When noodle is used as a verb, the Merriam-Webster definition is:  to think about something in a way that is not very serious.

BUT since attending the 2018 International Quilt Festival in Chicago, we’ve been thinking very seriously about the needles we’ve been using for piecing and quilting.  We’ve both been using a universal needle (80/12) to machine quilt because…well…that’s the needle in our machine.  Gasp!  Say it ain’t so!

In the machine quilting class taught by Cindy Walter,  Cindy said we can piece with a universal needle but we should use ...

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March 13, 2018
New Needles from Schmetz from Daphne Greig


I'm very excited about this new introduction from Schmetz. Over my quilting career I have used a lot of fusible web and stabilizers: for Too Easy Stained Glass™ and Give &Take Appliqué™ . And students learn to use fusibles in one of my regular workshops, Machine Applique FUNdamentals.  Some fusible products DO put us into a 'sticky situation'.  

About these new needles:

A Super Universal Needle with a non-stick coating of NIT (Nickel-Phosphor-PTFE). Extra-large eye is suitable for embroidery work. The eye corresponds to a needle two sizes larger (i.e., the 70/10 NonStick eye is similar to a ...

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March 1, 2018
Aurifil Forty3 quilting thread from Charm About You


As a quilter, thread is right up next to fabric as a crucial factor in my projects. Many times the colour and choice of thread can make or break a quilt for me. And lets not talk about the early days when I used bad thread in a quilt that literally broke apart after a few washes!

I like to experiment and try different threads and brands, in the same way I use different brands of fabric. Aurifil is the one brand I have stuck to, using the 50 weight thread for my machine / hand piecing and English Paper Piecing ...

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February 16, 2018
Putting it all together – our SCHMETZ twin needle does it again from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday we used twin needle free motion quilting to finish decorating the outside cover of our pretty and practical sewing machine needle organizer.

Today we’ll assemble the completed project using our SCHMETZ twin needles and UNIQUE double fold bias tape.

 

The inside pockets ready to hold SCHMETZ needles and more.
The inside pockets ready to hold SCHMETZ needles and more.

 

The inside pocket section from part 2 is already complete and trimmed to size.

Trim your twin needle quilted outside cover to the same size as the inside pocket section.

Use the horizontal row of decorative stitching to guide you.

 

Trim to the same size as your inside pocket piece
Trim to the same size as your inside pocket ...

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February 15, 2018
Twin needle free motion quilting adds gourmet detail from Quilt Social

 

In yesterday’s post, Decorating our organizer with straight line twin needle quilting, we added twin needle, straight line grid quilting and decorative stitches to the front of our sewing machine needle organizer.

Today we’ll use our SCHMETZ twin needles to decorate the remaining section of our organizer front with twin needle free motion quilting.

Remember to read last month’s post free motion quilting with a twin needle – instant ribbon stippling magic for even more tips.

 

A SCHMETZ 2.5/70 twin needle is a nice size to learn twin needle free motion quilting
A SCHMETZ 2.5/70 twin needle is a nice size to learn twin needle free motion quilting

 

Prepare your machine for ...

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January 19, 2018
Double the fun: twin needle quilting with decorative stitches from Quilt Social

 

Over the last week we have examined some basic techniques for machine quilting using various sizes and types of SCHMETZ twin needles.

Though we have used both a walking foot and a darning foot the only stitch we used up until now is our straight stitch.

 

This sewing machine is prepared with a walking foot and twin needle in place for quilting fun. But check our previous post on how to use a twin needle with a free motion or darning foot.
This sewing machine is prepared with a walking foot and twin needle in place for quilting fun. But check our previous post on how to use a twin needle with a free motion or darning foot.

 

It’s time to double the fun!

In this final installment of everything you ever wanted to know ...

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January 18, 2018
The modern flair of twin needle quilting – embrace the zigzag from Quilt Social

 

In our previous posts using SCHMETZ twin needles we looked at how to let your walking foot workits magic as well as free motion quilting.

 

Exploring a variety of quilting methods using SCHMETZ twin needle.
Exploring a variety of quilting methods using SCHMETZ twin needle.

 

Today we’ll use both of these techniques as we embrace the appearance of a zigzag.

How a twin needle makes a stitch

As we learned in part one, to make a stitch with a twin needle our sewing machine requires threethreads, two through the needles and one bobbin.

When the single bobbin thread catches both the right and left needle it forms ...

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