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August 2, 2019
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop? Finally Finished... from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's finally Friday!  It's been quite a week, with lots of sewing going on around here - I hope you can say the same!  And Friday means it's time for us to get our whoop whoop on, so let's get started!

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I'm so happy to be able to report that I have finally finished a project I started a couple of months ago...


This was on my scrappy "want to do" list for a while - with intentions of making a whole quilt. Once I got this much done, though, I decided I could live ...

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July 15, 2019
NEW PATTERN! Round Table Placemat from Cut Stitch and Piece

If you have a round table for your home, why not make a few of these elegant looking "round" placemats. They fit beautifully on a 42 inch and up dining table. I think they look much nicer on a round table than the traditional rectangle placemats. The pattern includes instructions for all three placemats shown below! The placemat patterns come in three styles: a reversible, seven-wedge, and

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June 11, 2019
Freshly Picked Quilted Table Runner | Finished {or Not!} Friday Linky Party + GIVEAWAY! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished {or Not!} Friday where you can share what you're working on and see what others have been making!

My apologies for not posting Finished {or Not!} Friday last week; time just got away from me.

My Finish is a Freshly Picked table runner made from a charm pack!  The charm pack and pattern were included in the September 2017 Sew Sampler Box.  Wouldn't you say it had aged enough and was ready to be sewn?!?  Yep, I think so too.


A charm pack and some yardage are all it takes to make this generously sized ...

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May 28, 2019
Sugar and Joe - Food For Thought Sew Along from Creatin' in the Sticks

When dessert is served,
I like a nice cup of joe to go with it.

Today, I’m happy to be back over on the 
Thermoweb blog
 to share my 
created with the Thermoweb Food For Thought Sew Along Quilt Blocks



This runner will be perfect for a dessert table.
Combining patchwork with applique is one of my favorite ways to make quilts. 
So when it came time to put the designer blocks together, 
I designed a coffee cup quilt block to add to the patchwork border.



All of the block patterns and the free ...

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May 21, 2019
StitchVision on The Luminaire for visible decorative stitch placement from Quilt Social

Yesterday I unboxed and introduced you to the new Brother Innov-ís XP1 embroidery and sewing machine – The Luminaire.

Now let’s get started making a table runner using just a few of the over 600 decorative stitches available on the Brother Luminaire.

 

Table runner with decorative stitching
Table runner with decorative stitching

 

Here’s what you’ll need

  • 2 strips of striped fabric, 7½” x WOF (width of fabric). You’ll want to use fabric with stripes that are ½” – 1″ wide
  • 2 strips of light-weight batting, 8″ x WOF
  • 2 strips of backing fabric, 8″ x WOF
  • 2 strips 3″ x WOF for binding ...

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May 18, 2019
Exploring the wonders of the NEW Brother The Luminaire XP1 from Quilt Social

Well, you could just sit back and let this sewing machine do everything. At least that’s the feeling you’ll get when sewing, embroidering and quilting with the NEW Brother The Luminaire XP1.

Welcome to a new week with our awesome quilter Jean Boyd of Patterns by Jean Boyd who will unbox, introduce and explore her favorite features of the New The Luminaire.

 

The New Brother The Luminaire XP1 Sewing, Embroidery and Quilting Machine
The New Brother The Luminaire XP1 Sewing, Embroidery and Quilting Machine

 

Jean starts off the week having fun with one of her favorite features on The Luminaire – decorative stitches! Particularly, she’s having fun with state-of-the-art ...

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May 4, 2019
Free Quilt Pattern – Spring Table Runner from Craft Gossip

This quilting pattern is for a Hello Spring Table Mat. You can see the full quilting tutorial here. Spring is such a fun time for crafting with all it’s bright color combinations and of course flowers.

 

 

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April 26, 2019
The magic and math to making perfect bias binding from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I got the Double Wedding Ring quilt quilted, so today I’m ready to make and sew on the binding using the Dreamweaver XE.

Since the edges of this quilt are curved, normal binding just won’t work the way we want it to, so I need to make a bias binding. Since this isn’t something I normally do, I’ll show you a super easy way to do it!

 

The Dreamweaver XE from Brother.
The Dreamweaver XE from Brother.

 

Step 1 – figure out what you need

The first step to making bias binding is to figure out how much binding ...

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April 25, 2019
Quilting made easy with the dual feed foot on the Dreamweaver XE from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I finished assembling the Double Wedding Ring quilt top. Today I’ll use the Brother Dreamweaver XE to quilt it. This is exciting!

 

The Brother Dreamweaver XE
The Brother Dreamweaver XE

 

Layer the top, batting and backing.

 

Layer the quilt
Layer the quilt

 

I love using Odif 505 Spray for basting small quilts like this table topper (and for felted wool applique). I spray it onto the batting and then lay the top onto it. Then I flip it over and spray the batting again and smooth the backing on top.

One more flip to smooth out the wrinkles on the top and I ...

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April 24, 2019
THE absolute easiest way to assemble a Double Wedding Ring quilt from Quilt Social

Yesterday and Monday on QUILTsocial I added the second side to all of our double wedding ring blocks and today is the day that the quilt top will FINALLY be pieced together!

There’s been a lot of sewing involved in these blocks and I’m very happy to have been able to piece these using the Brother Dreamweaver XE!

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Now that the Double Wedding Ring blocks have arcs sewn to two sides, they are ready to be arranged into rows. As you can see, I’m placing the ones with the light colored arcs on the ...

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April 23, 2019
Taking the fear out of piecing Double Wedding Ring blocks from Quilt Social

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Brother Dreamweaver XE to assemble the blocks that make up a Double Wedding Ring quilt.

Today I’m adding the second side to the blocks so that tomorrow I’ll be able to assemble them as a quilt top. As you can see, making this block entails a lot of steps – and sewing them together is a bit of an adventure too!

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Now that each of the block centers have a dark ended arc on the top, I’ll add one light ended arc to the right side of half of ...

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April 22, 2019
The trick to curved piecing the Double Wedding Ring pattern is in the… from Quilt Social

Last month on QUILTsocial I worked through the first steps of making a Double Wedding Ring bed runner all the way from cutting the pieces to sewing curved seams using the Dreamweaver XE. This week I’m finishing it up – right to the bias binding!

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

The last thing I did last month was to make these arc sections – half of which had light colored fabrics on their ends…

Light ended arc
Light ended arc

and the other half had dark colored squares.

Dark ended arc
Dark ended arc

The next step is to sew these arc sections to the block centers – the weirdly ...

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April 18, 2019
Fear not the Double Wedding Ring quilt, Brother is at your side from Quilt Social

Welcome to, not only another informative week of QUILTsocial posts, but Part 2 of Christine Baker‘s Double Wedding Ring tutorial. You might remember the first post that started it all in March, The anatomy of a Double Wedding Ring quilt, in which she explained in detail what parts make up this very intricate design. That week held a lot of information to make your own version of this traditional quilt.

This week, Christine continues working on her bed runner exploring the capabilities of the Brother Dreamweaver XE.

Making a Double Wedding Ring bed runner and table top
Making a Double Wedding Ring bed runner and table top

In next ...

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February 10, 2019
Color It In - Project Quilting Season 10, Challenge 3 from Creatin' in the Sticks

This is the third challenge of Season 10 of
Project Quilting.

I'm excited to join in this challenge, "Bigger Than a Breadbox"

My entry:

Color It In


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Kim announces a challenge and you have one week to create something quilty.
Prizes can be won and it's a great way to meet new blogging friends.

The rules:

  1. Your project must have one measurement (length, width, or height) larger than 16″, and another measurement larger than 8″. 
  2. Projects need to be created during the week of the challenge (started on or after ...

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January 24, 2019
Misc. Sewing from Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting

This is my first 'complete' finish for 2019.  I actually finished it Jan 13th, but haven't had much time to blog.  This is winging it's way to it's new owner now.
table runner

showing fun floral backing

The hearts are paper pieced and can be found for free here.  I pieced this on my 1927 Singer 15 hand crank, and quilted it on my Janome.  Most of the fabric in the hearts are scraps leftover from my son's wedding signature quilt

Last week my large quilt guild had a schoolhouse as the program.  I was one ...

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January 11, 2019
Triangle Table Runner Quilts | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished {or Not!} Friday where you can share what you're working on and see what others have been making!

My Finish is two triangle table runners!  I'm still featuring finishes from last year's 70 quilts.  There just aren't enough Fridays to show them all in one year without doubling some up.  It's a good thing I took the month of December off from quilting and won't have any fresh finishes for a few weeks!


The quilts are quilted with different designs; one is a flame design, the other is diagonal plaid bias ...

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Daisy Chain fabric: how to properly bind the Magic Mushrooms table runner from Quilt Social

 

In yesterday’s post you learned how to add some simple straight line quilting to your table runner to give it a fresh and modern feel. Today you’ll learn the steps to complete your Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain project so that you may display it with pride!

 

A close up showing the front, back and binding of the Marvelous Mushroom table runner
A close up showing the front, back and binding of the Marvelous Mushroom table runner

 

Trim the table runner. Using a long ruler (6″ x 24″ if you have it) and rotary cutter, trim the edges. It should measure approximately 18″ x 36″.

Prepare the binding. I chose a lighter color from ...

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January 10, 2019
Echo and modern grid quilting: how these make Magic Mushrooms the star! from Quilt Social

 

In my last post I completed the straight line applique of the marvelous mushrooms and today I’ll finish the quilting with some simple but effective machine quilting.

After you complete the applique, press your table runner and make sure to check the back for any bunching or puckering. The beauty of using Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain fabrics is that they’re smooth and not prone to bunching or distorting, however, it’s always easier to address any problems you may have now than later!

If you’re happy with the applique stitching, you’re ready to add some modern ...

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January 9, 2019
Stitching straight line applique for instant quilting satisfaction! from Quilt Social

 

Do you have all your applique pieces ready? Check out yesterday’s post if you missed it.

To begin quilting the Magic Mushroom table runner, sandwich your table runner by placing the backing fabric on a flat surface, right side down.

Next, add your batting and smooth gently and try not to pull too much on the batting or it will become distorted.

Finally add your pieced top and fused applique top, again smoothing gently in place.

Aren’t the Banyan Batiks beautiful? I particularly love the Sun colorway of the Daisy Chain collection. This collection is shipping out in ...

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January 8, 2019
Fantastic fusible applique with HeatnBond Light from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday, I shared with you the material list and cutting information for the Magical Mushrooms table runner I’m working on this week. Did I say work? It’s all fun when using Banyan Batiks Daisy Chain fabric!!

I love fusible applique and I encourage everyone to try it! It’s quick and simple.

The advantage of using batiks for your fusible applique is that the thread content is high and allows for a crisp edge to your applique pieces.

Step 1 Trace mushroom templates onto the paper side of the fusible using a pencil.

You’ll need to cut ...

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