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July 17, 2019
How to audition quilt designs from The Crafty Quilter

I enjoy each step of the quilt-making process, but the hardest part for me is figuring out what design to use for the quilting. Today’s blog post is all about how to audition quilt designs. This will help make the quilting part an easier and more fun process for you.

How to audition quilt designs before quilting your quilt @ The Crafty Quilter

Software programs

I recently tried using a software program, Microsoft Publisher, to audition some quilt designs. This is a great way to test out a quilting idea in order to see if it will look good on your quilt without doing any sewing. For my recent disappearing 9-patch quilt ...

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July 5, 2019
Tips For Learning How To Play Guitar from Pippa Patchwork

All of us would want to learn something new once in a while. It could be just a hobby or, like my once-amateur quilting hobby, it could be something we work hard enough at to make an income. No matter what the case is (and in mine, it’s just a hobby), it will certainly not be perfected on the first try. 

One of the most common hobbies that people learn or at least take a stab at is playing musical instruments, and guitar is definitely one of the more popular choices. Learning guitar is not as hard as people ...

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June 11, 2019
"Boeren, burgers, en buitenlui,..." from Supergoof Quilts

komt dat zien,

Daar zijn we weer,
Margootje & Goof,
met deel 10,
wat gaat de tijd toch snel,
van de Margootje BOM.

De teckeltjesquilt,
met de titel,
"Plaatjes & Praatjes van Margootje".

In deel 10 zie je,...

Blok 28,
waar wensen uitkomen,...

In blok 29,
zijn Margootje & Goof aan de wandel,
langs de IJssel,
één van de lievelingswandelingen van de beide dames,...

En Blok 30?

Dat gaat over een wel heel ondeugend teckeltje,..

Een verhaal echt uit het leven gegrepen.

De deelnemers aan de Margootje BOM hebben inmiddels allemaal mail ontvangen.
Mocht ...

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May 30, 2019
"Inspiratie,..." from Supergoof Quilts

De afgelopen dagen,
werd er wat afgewandeld,...
Tenminste door Goof,...

Gootje genoot van de zon in het warme gras,
en meerdere keren,
 werd er aan de andere kant van de lijn gemompeld,
een tekkeltje op wieltjes,
dat zou handig zijn,...

Over de diamanten werd 'geprakkezeerd',...
wat als het midden, 
mooi rood zou zijn,..
met van die antiekerige bloempjens,...
 dan hoef ik misschien de sashings om het middenstuk niet uit te halen,...

het is een bijzonder rood lappie,
de quiltstof is heel glad & ook zacht,
met een mooie glans,...
en wat als,
er dan ook iets van broderie bij ...

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May 24, 2019
Charm Pack Tree Skirt Quilt Along from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be sharing my version of the Charm Pack Tree Skirt, a Fat Quarter Shop Shortcut Quilt. This is a fast and fun project that I loved making!

Charm Pack Tree Skirt Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop!
Charm Pack Tree Skirt pattern by Fat Quarter Shop

I used two charm packs of Vintage Holiday by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. The pattern requires 48 (5″) squares plus two yards of background fabric. I used Vintage Holiday Silver Metallic Dots for the background and Vintage Holiday Pink & Red Bias Candy Stripe fabric for the binding.

Charm Pack Tree Skirt Quilt Along with Fat Quarter Shop!

For the back of the tree skirt, I created ...

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May 22, 2019
My experience with Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable markers on fabric from The Crafty Quilter

Hi friends! I have an important experience to tell you about. This past weekend, I used Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers to mark the quilting lines for an upcoming Fat Quarter Shop project that I’m participating in. I had heard some good reviews about using these markers on quilts while I was researching for my blog post about using Frixion Pens and quilting. First of all, never mark fabric without testing the marking tool first – my first mistake.

My experience using Crayola Ultra-Clean Markers on fabric during the quilting process @ The Crafty Quilter.

I began by using the blue Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Marker and a stencil to mark some quilt blocks. After I had marked ...

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Flying With My Sewing Machine in Australia from Blossom Heart Quilts

Obligatory disclosure – this post is sharing my experiences on these specific routes on these specific planes on these specific days with these specific security people… it will give you a good guide of what to expect, but don’t take this as official advice!

A couple of months ago, I flew from Melbourne to Adelaide for a quilting retreat, which meant that it was my first time flying with my sewing machine as carry-on. I have previously flown international when moving to Japan and back again, each time with a sewing machine, and those times I simply packed them back ...

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May 21, 2019
"Waar de Dellen voor zorgen,..." from Supergoof Quilts

m'n Lief & m'n lieve teckeltje & ikke,
waren aan de wandel.

eerst in de auto stappen,
en dan,
 wat dorpjes verderop,
 om zo,
 wat mooie kilometertjes maken.

Samen praten over van alles en nog wat,
luisteren naar het bos,...
en de teckelina?

Die volgde allerlei nieuwe sporen,
die vaak niet helemaal gelijk liepen met onze wandelroute.
Maakt niks uit.

Waar we waren?
een prachtig gebied,
een aanrader.

Bij aankomst kregen we net mee,

dat de schapen ook aan de wandel gingen.
Dat vond onze teckelina best wel spannend,
want wij ...

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May 11, 2019
Are Frixion pens safe to use on quilts? from The Crafty Quilter

Frixion Pens are heat erasable pens that have become a popular marking tool for fabric, but are they safe to use on quilts? There has been much debate and discussion about this, so I did some research and experimentation of my own. I don’t have a “yes or no” answer for you, but I do have some great information to share so you can make a mindful decision for yourself.

Is it safe to use Frixion Pens on quilts?  Julie @ The Crafty Quilter explores this topic in depth.  The answer is "yes and no".

What is a Frixion pen?

First, let’s talk about Frixion Pens in general. These pens are made by Pilot and were designed to be used on paper and ...

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"Weet jij waar de les is,..." from Supergoof Quilts

Bijna is het zo ver?
Wat Goof?
Dat deel 5 van de KERSENMUISJES MYSTERIE BOM uit komt,....
Op vrijdag kon aan het eind van de middag het nieuwe deel opgehaald worden bij de drukker.
Al die Kersenmuisjes aan het eind van de dag,

op de post doen naar de deelnemers,
dat gaat dan niet meer.
de komende week wel,...
En in deel 5 zit ook een plattegrondje van de leslokalen,...

Dat is wel zo handig,
dan weet een Kersenmuis meteen waar naar toe te hollen voor de volgende les,...
Benieuwd welke nieuwe lessen erbij komen?
Ik kan alleen maar ...

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May 9, 2019
"Over aardbeitjes, wenspluisjes en,... de Lapjesslak" from Supergoof Quilts

Goedemorgen lieve allemaal,
daar ben ik eindelijk weer met een blogverhaaltje,
er werd al om gevraagd,
hier in het Supergoofbloghuis,
de mail,
en op Instagram.

Niks aan de hand met deze Goof,
alleen een beetje veel aan haar hoofd.

En wat kom ik hier vertellen?

Dat deel 9 van de quilt
 'Plaatjes & Praatjes van Margootje',
vandaag op de post is gegaan naar alle deelnemers.

Wat zie je in deel 9?
Dat Margootje dol is op aardbeien,...

Dit is het lapje aan de achterkant.
Dat is zo leuk met de quilt-as-you-go-methode,
dat je dat precies uit kunt kienen,...

Zo ziet het ...

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April 26, 2019
Productivity Tips & Tricks for Quilters | Sew Your Stash 16 from A Quilting Life

Productivity Tips & Tricks for Quilters

Hello and happy Friday! Today I’m sharing some productivity tips and tricks for quilters as part of my Sew Your Stash series that I post on Fridays. And, I have another video to share today as part of this post. I hope it will be helpful to see first hand some of the methods I […]

The post Productivity Tips & Tricks for Quilters | Sew Your Stash 16 appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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April 7, 2019
Tips for Mitered Quilt Binding from Carol Lyles Shaw

Like most quilters, I use a mitered edge on my quilt binding.  I’ve tried several methods for getting that angle corner correct.

Here’s a tutorial on a method that I tried a few days ago that worked out pretty well.

I cut my binding strips fairly wide–this one is 2-1/2″.  It’s a pieced binding using fabrics from the quilt top and back.   I turn and iron a 1/4 inch edge –I’ll use that when I hand sew the binding to the back.  As normal, I sew the binding strip to the front of ...

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April 3, 2019
Odds & Ends from Needle and Foot

I am supposed to be at a class today. I have been really looking forward to it – Mel Beach came up from the South Bay to teach a workshop for our guild. But, as you can probably guess, the past two days were migraine days and I am wiped out today. It seemed ‘too difficult’ to cart the sewing machine and supplies and be in class, listening and comprehending a technique today. The day or two after a migraine are just weary for me. So, I am home.

I thought I would catch up with you. It has been a ...

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March 24, 2019
How To Give Quilting Fabrics a Worn Appearance from Pippa Patchwork

Fabrics with a worn appearance have been highly desired by consumers and fashionistas alike for over a decade now, and it doesn’t look like the trend is going away any time soon. When you’re in need of some worn fabrics for your next quilting project there are a number of approaches you can take. Today I’d like to discuss a few of my favorite techniques that I use in my own quilting projects.

It’s important to keep in mind that the amount of wear that you desire can vary greatly from project to project, so you ...

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Hands2Help 2019 - Tips, Tutes, and Tasty Things! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Welcome to one of my favorite weeks of each year's Hands2Help Challenge - Tips, Tutes, and Tasty Things!  I always enjoy seeing what you guys share, and I've picked up some great ideas each year.  It's a great way to get to know the folks who are participating in this year's challenge, too, and make new friends.  Just link up a post (or two or three, or more!) below to share your ideas.  It doesn't have to be a new post, or even one of your own if you want to share a great ...

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March 22, 2019
Sew Your Stash 2019 | 11 from A Quilting Life

Family Farm Quilt

Hello and happy Friday! And happy spring…(or fall depending on whether you are in the northern or southern hemisphere). We’ve had a beautiful beginning to our spring here in the desert southwest with some lovely gentle rain through the evening last night. (That means there is a lot of yard work to be done this […]

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March 19, 2019
5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Sewing Room from Blossom Heart Quilts

Happy first day of spring, to all my northern hemisphere friends!! And to my fellow-down-unders, here’s hoping for no more hot spells… goodness knows this country is desparate for rain. But regardless of what your local weather is doing, if you’re wanting to freshen up, here’s five ways to spring clean your sewing room!

Tips to spring clean your sewing room by

1. Refresh your fabric stash
Clear out the fabric cobwebs by going KonMari on your stash! Sort through it all and be tough on getting rid of fabric that you no longer want or need. Whether you donate or host an Instagram destash ...

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March 6, 2019
"Kersen-Woensdag" from Supergoof Quilts

We hebben samen zo hard gewerkt,...
De Stagiaire en ik,...

Lapjes & kantjes
overal in verwerkt,...

ja echt waar alle,
 leslokalen van de Quilt Coach School,...
zijn aan mekaar 'gebouwd',...
met heel veel 'stenen',... 
oftewel vierkantjes,....

Deel 3 van de Kersenmuisjes ligt bij de drukker,
en daarin is het verhaaltje van de Stagiaire te lezen.

Hoe is het nu bij Goof op Zolder?
Het is daar een giga lapjes bende,
er huppelen heel veel Kersenmuisjes rond.

Fijne woensdag lieve allemaal,

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February 25, 2019
Sewing Room Organization Tips from A Quilting Life

Sewing Room Organization Tips

Hello! Today I’m tackling the topic of sewing room organization tips. I refer to some of these ideas within other post topics but haven’t ever devoted an entire post to just this subject. When I was ten I received a sewing machine for my birthday and proudly placed it in my room. Back then I […]

The post Sewing Room Organization Tips appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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