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August 23, 2019
A perfect picnic quilt is made of a simple quilt design from Quilt Social

Here we are at our final day of 5 Days to a fabulous picnic set.

Our baskets are full to the brim with a beautiful reversible tablecloth, double-sided cloth napkins, reversible fabric bowl covers and even a bottle of wine in its own cozy.

A variety of products from UNIQUE, Heirloom, Fairfield, Gütermann, SULKY and SCHMETZ have helped us create our fabulous picnic set. Fabric from the April Showersfabric collection has given our projects such a fresh and cheerful appearance.

No picnic is complete without a soft and cozy blanket so today we’ll finish off by making a ...

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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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January 23, 2019
Quilts, Inc. Threads of Success from Terificreations's Weblog

A relatively long time ago I decided to “go into business”. I had no idea what the heck I was doing. But here I was trying to make things to sell and doing an okay job of it. But it wasn’t quite right. So when a friend and quilter asked me if I’d thought about… Continue reading Quilts, Inc. Threads of Success

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January 15, 2019
Feeling Empowered Now from Bits From The Scrap Basket

Did you know Amazon sells 100-count needles? 


If they are any good then I bought them 66% cheaper than in the store!

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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 11, 2018
Sew Sampler box roundup: July, August and September from Carried Away Quilting


We’ve been in our new home for one month, and I’m just starting to feel like my head is above water.  My sewing room is slowly coming together. I’m very much a “ducks in a row” person.  I think I take after my Grandma Arlene in that regard . . . a place for everything and everything in its place. Things don’t have to be perfect, but they need to be “mostly” organized. That’s how I roll. 

So let’s just say that I was pretty annoyed with myself when I discovered I had THREE Sew Sampler boxes ...

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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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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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