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September 22, 2017
"BLIJ" from Supergoof Quilts

Broderie Perse Voorproefjes
voor altijd

Twintig blokken,
2 blokken,
 niet in de beepee techniek zijn gemaakt,
maar ze MOESTEN er gewoon in.


Ja gewoon,
omdat mijn hart dat zei.

En nu ben ik blij.

 dat iets waar ik ergens in mei 2016 aan begon,
en waarvan ik geen idee had,
hoe het zou worden,
waarbij ik zomaar wat deed,
oftewel mijn gevoel,
mijn hart 
liet spreken.

al die Broderie Perse Voorproefjes,
 precies geworden zijn,
waar ik van hou,
een hele grote bij mekaar gefantaseerde,
houvanjou- quilt.

Hoe groot ...

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September 20, 2017
Getting the applique done from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Amazing how one border proceeded to two borders done! Then a third border soon followed.  I am on a mission to get this done quickly.   As I was looking at this photo before download, it was noticed that some of the plain blocks on the outer part may need to be changed around a bit.  In this photo it seems that the right hand side looks a bit darker than the left side.  Best to fix this now

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September 2, 2017
Why Aren't My Quilt Blocks The Right Size from The Quilting Room with Mel

I get this question almost weekly.  "Hey Mel, I am making a quilt and my blocks are supposed to be 12 inches but they all come out at 11 and 3/4 inches.  What have I done wrong?"  It's almost impossible for me to give a direct answer.  There are too many causes to pin point it.  When Paul asked me why his quilt blocks didn't come out the right size the other day I got a few more grays but went through the list with him until we realized what the cause was.  I realized it was ...

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September 1, 2017
Fresh Quilting Brings Modern Quilts to TV from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hi Everyone,

I’m sure you’ve heard about the great new TV show called Fresh Quilting.

Riane Menardi and Me on the Set.

Well, the second series has launched and I’M IN IT!  As the song says…..Look Ma, I’m on TV…..

Fresh Quilting is co-produced with the Modern Quilt Guild and features today’s most innovative modern quilters who reinterpret traditional techniques with a fresh, modern aesthetic. These designers may be familiar to you or new faces.  Some of the Series 200 designers include Nicole Neblett, Leslie Jenison, Violet Craft, Yvonne Fuchs, Luana Rubin and many ...

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August 18, 2017
One Down.... from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

Posey Patch is in the washer to get all the marker lines out. I'm a big proponent of washing my quilts before I use them, show them in workshops or give them away. I got an email this week from my friend Paula Lidyoff about a nasty surprise she got when she washed a quilt. Her takeaway was: Always wash a quilt before you give it away so that any problems occur on YOUR watch! Bad situation, but good lesson. Sometimes we have to push through those teachable moments!

Next up: 


This must be Tiffany Hayes month! She did ...

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August 12, 2017
How To Quickly Cut Fabric Strips from The Quilting Room with Mel

A frequently asked question here in the quilting room is how to cut lots of fabric strips.  Quilters are either looking to skip buying pre-cut fabrics or they need a different a different size of strips.  There are lots of options on the market today for quickly cutting fabric strips.  This is just one one of the methods.  Paul bought me this a few years ago for Christmas because I saw Eleanor Burns using it on an older Quilt in A Day on YouTube.

cut fabric strips quickly

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August 8, 2017
Back To School Blog Hop Introduction from Quilt in Piece

Back To School Blog Hop Introduction Post So what is next in the calendar of big events? We will be going back to school…. wait what?! Yes! We are going back to basics with sewing and quilting tips and tutorials. Our host for this event is Sam Hunter from Hunters Design Studio Sam has collected and amazing group of people who will be helping you along the way.  There will be a variety of topics from machine cleaning, threading, paper piecing, piecing, applique, binding, fabric storage, tools and just so much more. I can’t wait to see what everyone ...

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July 25, 2017
A Quilting Motif and A Longarm Technique from MMM Quilts

As you know, I'm working on quilting the Cows quilt. I have four heifers left, a few churn dashes and the barn. Well, I also have to finish the other half, or two-thirds more like it, of the border.  As is usually the case when I quilt a quilt, I have a very, I mean very, vague quilting plan in my head.  Once the quilt is loaded, it starts to talk to, sometimes whisper to, sometimes cajole, me.  Such was the case with this one.  I had no idea how I was going to quilt the churn dash blocks ...

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A Quilting Motif and A Longarm Technique from MMM Quilts

As you know, I'm working on quilting the Cows quilt. I have four heifers left, a few churn dashes and the barn. Well, I also have to finish the other half, or two-thirds more like it, of the border.  As is usually the case when I quilt a quilt, I have a very, I mean very, vague quilting plan in my head.  Once the quilt is loaded, it starts to talk to, sometimes whisper to, sometimes cajole, me.  Such was the case with this one.  I had no idea how I was going to quilt the churn dash blocks ...

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July 22, 2017
How To Piece Multiple Quilt Projects At Once from The Quilting Room with Mel

I often get asked how I keep producing projects for the blog.  I am usually doing multiple quilt projects at once.  You can do it too!  It takes a little planning and a little organization but it's not hard to do.  It really does make quilting go quicker and might get a few naysayers off your back when they see how much you are getting done.  Are you ready to learn how to piece multiple quilt projects at once?

how to sew multiple projects

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July 12, 2017
Workshop Wednesday: How to Choose Fabric for a Quilt from McCall's Quilting

The opportunity to play with fabric is what attracts many of us to quilting in the first place, but actually selecting fabric to use in our first (or 21st) quilt can be daunting and make us doubt our own preferences and instincts long after that initial trip to a fabric store.

The first time I ever selected all the fabrics at once for a specific quilt was for the project I’d be making in a hand applique class at my favorite quilt shop. I had been quilting for a little over a year at that point and I had ...

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July 10, 2017
"Als je het niet verwacht,..." from Supergoof Quilts

Het drietal
 is vandaag op de troep zolder te vinden.
Goof achter haar werktafel,
die ze pontificaal in het midden geschoven heeft,
zodat ze goed zicht heeft op,

alwaar teckelina,
natuurlijk weer op een quiltje ligt,....
rechts ergens achteraan,
vol zicht op haar inspiratiebron,...

de diamanten 




tijdje af zijn,...
Sommig diamanten zelfs al jaren,...

Aan en op de rommelige tafel,

wordt hard gewerkt.

Kleine Muis staat de boel 'n beetje te dirigeren,...
En Goof?
Die is druk met de diamanten.

Zeg vertel eens Kleine Muis & Goof,
hoe doen jullie dat nou,
hoe ...

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July 6, 2017
Welcome to Germany: Quilter's Style from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

The sum total of my stitching choices while I wait
for my sewing room to arrive.
As we told you in our post "Going Global," I (Kara) have moved to Germany! We found out that we would be moving here last October—two days before Teri and I left for Quilt Market in Houston. I waited to tell Teri that it was official until we had arrived at our hotel, and she was sitting down with coffee in hand (wine would have been better, but it was only ten in the morning). She took the news well, and we proceeded ...

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Whale of a Tale: A Visit with Karen Ackva from McCall's Quilting

Welcome guest blogger and quilt designer Karen Ackva. A Michigan native who has lived in Germany for a number of years and built her family there, Karen blends her American heritage with the traditions of her adopted country in her designs, such as in her crib quilt Whale of a Tale. You’ll find this quilt in the McCall’s Quick Quilts August/September 2017 issue. We’re excited to have Karen here to talk about her design process!

QQ20 STYLE 300 200x300 Whale of a Tale: A Visit with Karen AckvaThis is my very first quilt found in McCall’s Quick Quilts, and I am so happy to share it with ...

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July 1, 2017
How To Spin Quilt Block Seams from The Quilting Room with Mel

Some quilt blocks have a lot of seams that come together and then you end up with this odd bump you can't iron flat.  It's a whole different issue when it comes time to quilt.  So what are you to do?  You spin your seams!  Spinning quilt seams allows you to distribute the fabric better so there isn't a wad in one spot.  That means it will lie flatter and be easier to quilt the finished project.  The finished project will just look better when you don't have wads of seams in your project.

how to spin quilt seams

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June 21, 2017
I May Have A Scrap Problem... But I'm Working On It! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's now officially summer, when the combination of rain and warm weather makes everything grow - and I think that includes my scraps!  As much as I've been using them, they still keep increasing... oh well, guess that means I need to find more great quilts to make!

But first, let me show you what I've been doing with mine this week...

I finally bit the bullet and tried to make the pineapple blocks for my Long Time Gone quilt.  Only five so far, but I'm happy with how they are turning out!  I did ...

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June 14, 2017
Mug Rug binding tips from The Crafty Quilter

After sharing my Orange Peel Mug Rug last month, I promised you some mug rug binding tips.  Here they are – better late than never! I tried something a little different for this project and I’m pretty happy with the results.  I think you will be too.

Check out these mug rug binding tips from The Crafty Quilter that will make your next mini quilt project a breeze!

Mug Rug Binding Tips

Mug rugs are such delicate little things.  In the past, I’ve used traditional binding techniques with 2 1/4″ wide binding strips.  This time I tried a single-fold binding, and I think it “fits” the petite nature of these mini quilts.

Tip:  Single-fold binding reduces bulk in the ...

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Workshop Wednesday: How to Bind a Quilt from McCall's Quilting

“Bind the quilt to finish.”

IMG 3565 300x300 Workshop Wednesday: How to Bind a Quilt

a pieced scrappy binding

That simple instruction, which ends almost every quilt pattern ever written, refers to a step in the quiltmaking process that in itself requires a few different steps. When a quilt pattern editor writes “bind the quilt to finish,” it’s assumed that the quilter knows what this means.

Most patterns assume you will use a continuous double-fold binding technique in which you 1) stitch together narrow strips of fabric with diagonal seams to make one long strip, 2) press your binding strip lengthwise and wrong sides together, 3) align the raw ...

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In case you were wondering, these four small snowball squares are what I accomplished last week while at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  I think I was too busy talking, catching up with all that's been happening with my fellow quilters over these past few months.  Sure is good to get back into the swing of things.

On another note:  Remember last week when a fellow quilter asked this question:

"I have the problem. At home I am always looking for my quilting patterns, rulers, scissors etc.... I put things away and can't remember where...  Do any readers ...

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June 9, 2017
Get Rid of your Fear of Appliqué Once and for All! from Quilter Chic

Inside: Hand Appliqué: Making it easy and fun. Technique, tips, and hints.

The class was my friend’s first try at appliqué. The instructor looked at her work and told her she needed to unpick everything and start over. No, no, no! This is not the way to encourage people to learn to appliqué! My friend never finished the project.

The kind of appliqué I do is purely needle-turn, where the pieces are marked with a small seam allowance and just sewn on by hand.This tutorial will explain how I do this.

Marking the Appliqué Pieces:

I use freezer ...

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