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May 19, 2017
"Voor de Ingrid van Facebook" from Supergoof Quilts

Of het gelukt was?
Vroeg Ingrid op Facebook,
Met het kastje?
Je weet wel?

Het kastje bij Goof op zolder.

deze Goof is er zelf heel blij mee.

Eerst heb ik de stroken,
zo neer gelegd dat ze mekaar in de lengte overlappen.
Voorzichtig spelden,
zodat de boel niet verschuift,
de tekeningen moeten immers mooi in mekaar doorlopen.

En dan?
Met hele kleine steekjes appliqueren.
Dat was echt een geduldwerkje,
maar gelukkig was ik op dat moment heeeeeeeel rustig.

Hoogste tijd om een mal te maken,
daarvoor is de rol tekenpapier van Ikea ideaal.
Die mal is ...

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3 Tips for Making Strip Sets from Quilt Fabrication

I needed a long strip set for the back of my latest quilt, and want to share a few tips to make the process of sewing long strip sets quick and easy!

strip set group

Tip 1: Keep strips at 20" or less in length, for easier sewing. Strips can be cut to the final length then sewn, OR sewn the full 20" then cut to the needed length. In the picture below, I chose strips cut to a final length of 12".

stack of twelve inch strips

Tip 2:  Sew strips in pairs. It's easier to sew several groups together than to continually sew to one ...

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May 18, 2017
Bake Something Delicious! from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

We promote quilting classes on Craftsy quite often.  Their classes are amazing and we love quilting so it's a logical match.  But did you know that Craftsy offers classes on LOTS of other hobbies??

And they're having a big sale this weekend!!  ALL classes are under $20!!

Click HERE to get the sale price on any class through our affiliate link.

What will you make this weekend??

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May 17, 2017
Workshop Wednesday: 5 Beginning Longarm Tips from McCall's Quilting

Out of the wide variety of techniques and tools quilters use today, I would say that longarm quilting is the most intimidating and seemingly out of reach, and for good reason.

First of all, the machines themselves are big, much bigger than domestic sewing machines. Second of all, there’s the price tag, which again is much bigger than those of most domestic sewing machines.

IMG 3604 225x300 Workshop Wednesday: 5 Beginning Longarm Tips

my first queen-size quilt top loaded on the Grace Q’nique longarm and ready to go

And then there’s having to learn a new way of sewing; with a longarm, you move the machine ...

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May 16, 2017
Hedgehog FPP - Pattern Testing For The Tartankiwi from madebychrissied

The Tartankiwi FPP Pattern Testing by

Juliet @The Tartankiwi is absolutely on a roll with her latest patterns and this week I've tested her Hedgehog FPP pattern.
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Otterly Adorable - FPP Pattern Testing For The Tartankiwi from madebychrissied

Otterly Adorable FPP tips by

So excited last week when Juliet @The Tartankiwi asked me to pattern test this cute and totally gorgeous Otter FPP pattern.
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May 14, 2017
Happy Mother’s Day! Hint from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center

Thanks to all mothers for all that you do.

This is a hint I got from Sharon Williams of Quilter’s Slidelock, (fantastic addition to rulers!)  Most of us have several rulers at our cutting mat.  They aren’t usually easy to pick up.  That’s especially true with my favorite, our little “Erica’s ruler.”   (45153)

Handle 1

The simple home-made handle syou see in the photos do the trick.  Use electrical tape!  Did you know it comes in lots of colors?  Purple happened to fit into my color scheme nicely, so that’s what mine have.  handle

Now I don’t ...

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May 12, 2017
Classroom Update... from Val's Quilting Studio

It's been another fun filled week at school. We had our annual outdoor day of school!
The kids LOVED creating their own tye-dye shirts for our trip into the city.

Some are continuing to stitch their little fish beanbags.
 And as with an hobby......some catch on fast....
...while others are hoping their beans don't fall out!
A quick tip: Use a stapler instead of pins when working with kids.
Admittedly, my favorite is this little elephant that one of my girls called:
"An Elephant of Many Colors...ya know like Dolly Parton's coat of many colors ...

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May 4, 2017
How To Fix Curvy, Uneven, or Ruffled Seams from The Quilting Room with Mel

Hello everyone today we are going to discuss some of the causes for uneven stitches. We will be looking into stitch patterns that vary the stitch length between stitches and the stitch patterns that leave behind curling, ruffling and crooked stitches. It doesn’t matter if the machine leaving behind the unruly stitches is old or new, most of the causes can be replicated with all types of sewing machines from long bobbins to the common round bobbins.

fixing crooked stitches

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April 27, 2017
Oh, Happy Day! from quiltscapes

So happy to be kicking off a "Happy Day" Blog Tour today!

for Riley Blake Designs

OK, I think this line is adorable!  Butterflies, happy flowers, kites, sunshine, and happy thoughts.

 And, tulips!  I love tulips!

Happy Tulips quilt by Deonn Stott, 48" x 62"
featuring Happy Day fabric by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake Designs
This was a fun little quilt to make; super-easy, super quick with super-sized tulips plus three of my favorite little quick tricks:

1)  Instant Blocks ~ Did you know you can make 8 HST units at the same time?!
Layer two squares right sides together ...

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April 25, 2017
SCRAPS!!! Keeping Your Sewing Space Under Control from madebychrissied

Tips for Keeping Your Scraps and Sewing Space Under Control by


I have a question for you today - do you save your scraps?
I do - every last bit and this is how I do it.
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April 24, 2017
Red & White For Days from MMM Quilts

It feels like it.  I didn't realize until I typed the title, and these first few lines, that I'd be posting this on St. George's Day.  Heh? you say... Do you know St. Patrick?  Of course! Patron saint of Ireland.  His colour?  Green, duh! Well, St. George is the patron saint of England, the very same guy who slew the dragon (not slayed; I looked it up and that would indicate St. George was amused by it.  Which he could have been I supposed.  Before he slew it.  Or maybe the dragon slayed himself with St. George ...

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Red & White For Days from MMM Quilts

It feels like it.  I didn't realize until I typed the title, and these first few lines, that I'd be posting this on St. George's Day.  Heh? you say... Do you know St. Patrick?  Of course! Patron saint of Ireland.  His colour?  Green, duh! Well, St. George is the patron saint of England, the very same guy who slew the dragon (not slayed; I looked it up and that would indicate St. George was amused by it.  Which he could have been I supposed.  Before he slew it.  Or maybe the dragon slayed himself with St. George ...

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April 19, 2017
DIY Four Circle Table Topper with Bernina Circular Embroidery Attachment from Mulberry Patch Quilts

I’ve been eyeing a special attachment for my Bernina sewing machine for quite some time.  I was at Mill House Quilts in Waunakee this past week, where they have all the newest Bernina sewing machines along with a great assortment of attachments and feet.  Then I saw it, they had it in stock!, so I finally decided to buy it — the Circular Embroidery Attachment.  (cue the trumpets) Ta da!


I have lots of ideas of how I  want to use the attachment (none of which included embroidery–hehe), so I got online to find a few YouTube videos to ...

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Have You Tried Alphabitties? from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

We probably all agree that chain piecing is a fast and easy way to sew our pieces into units, units into blocks and blocks into quilt tops. But what if you lose track and sew the wrong pieces or blocks together? Then out comes the seam ripper!

I have been using a system involving fabric pieces stacked up on a cutting board. When it came to sewing rows together, I didn't chain piece. I would pick up two things, sew them together, then take them out of the machine, put them back where I got them and pick up ...

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April 13, 2017
Have You Tried This? The Original Thread Cutter! from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

We love this little goodie!!  It came in a Quilty Box and has become a necessary tool!!

What do you use to make cutting go quickly??

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April 12, 2017
How to Use Rotary Cutters (Even if You have Two Left Thumbs) from Quilter Chic

The first time I decided to make a quilt I had no idea how to properly cut fabric, or even to figure out the sizes I needed to cut! I had only used scissors before, and this was my first try with a rotary cutter and mat, given to me by my mother-in-law.

I found a picture of a quilt I wanted to make and tried to figure it out. I estimated how big I should cut triangles and cut them as that; triangles! I used old clothing fabric, which was probably a cotton/poly blend, and then I sewed ...

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April 11, 2017
Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting with Specialty Fabrics from Quilted Joy

Have you ever had a friend suggest that you use Minky to back a quilt, only to have another friend say, “It’s SO hard to sew with Minky!” Should you try it or not? Is it O.K. to use fabrics other than quilting cotton in your quilt? The answer is YES! Some fabrics need to be stabilized, others may need to be loaded a certain way if you are using a stand up quilting machine, but you can make them work. In the latest post for the Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting let’s take a look ...

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April 10, 2017
Leaders? Enders? Am I Always the Last Quilter to Hear About This Stuff? from Paula Reid - Machine Quilter

Warning: Tip to make piecing better that, while I hadn't heard of it, you probably already know all about it and have made your last 20 quilts this way!

When I was teaching at Calla Lily Quilts in Greensboro NC, I was happy to be able to stay with my friends Karen & Graham in Reidsville. Karen is an avid quilter, owned a quilt shop at one time, and knows just about everybody! So as I was leafing through some of her back issues of Quilt Moderne (yes, of course I subscribed -- those quilts are killer!!!), Karen asked me if ...

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April 8, 2017
Hourglass Quilt Block - Any Size You Need from The Quilting Room with Mel

The hourglass or quarter square quilt block is another foundation quilt block.  You find them not only on their own but also in many other quilt blocks.  Being able to easily make them and in any size you need can really expand your arsenal in the quilting world.  When you master this method you won't have to worry about those pesky points in the middle they will line up without any problems.  There are no bias edges to deal with here and no triangles to cut.  The hourglass quilt block is all based on sewing squares.

hourglass quilt block

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