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May 24, 2019
Precut Friendly Tree Skirt Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Dress your tree up right this Christmas! The newest tree skirt pattern, the Charm Pack Tree Skirt, is sure to make a statement around your tree this holiday season! This quilted tree skirt made with precuts is a fun and satisfying project using just two packs of 5″ squares and some coordinating fabric. With all straight seams, it’s easy to sew and takes less fabric than a round tree skirt.
The holiday collection we chose for our tree skirt has a cool retro vibe to it. It’s called Sweet Christmas by Urban Chiks for Moda Fabrics. The collection ...

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Vintage Blossom Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

During the 1920s, the Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt pattern took the quilting world by storm! No one could resist those charming little hexagons, but they sure were tricky to put together! Some quilters used English paper piecing; some used y-seams. But no matter the technique, this pattern required yards and yards of time and patience!

This week, Jenny is working on a quick and easy version using our half hexi template.

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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7 stellar and unimaginable features on the Brother Luminaire XP1 machine from Quilt Social

 

Placemat with twin needle decorative stitching
Placemat with twin needle decorative stitching

 

And then, because I had some scraps of decorative stitching left over from stitch testing, I made a couple of mug mats. These are about 6″ x 9″.

 

Mug mats made from stitching samples
Mug mats made from stitching samples

 

The possibilities are endless for using the decorative stitches on the Brother Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 and  there are so many other features that I want to try out.

After ...

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May 23, 2019
BLOG REMIX 2 – FREE Pincushion Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We’re back for another season of blog remixes! We saw the great response to the remixed projects from last year and are continuing them for another year! The blog remixes will be throwing it back to one of our tutorials with new fabrics, notions, and tips and tricks to inspire you to make your next project. Whether you’ve seen this project before or it’s your first time, there’s a remix project for everyone. The fifth remix of our second season of blog remixes is the Pinwheel Pincushion (which we also turned into a Christmas ornament) we ...

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Pinwheel Pin Cushion & Mini Pillow Tutorial from Jacquelynne Steves

Hi Friends!! Isn't this pin wheel pin cushion adorable! I made the pin cushion (4" square), and had so much fun that I decided to make a larger one to use for a mini (9") pillow! They were really, really quick to make, too, because I used precut fabrics. Just use mini charm packs for the pin cushion, or a regular charm pack for the little pillow. There is a fun folding technique to make the double pinwheel design- but don't worry, it's pretty easy, and if your points in the center don't match up exactly ...

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Daisy Chain QAL {Quilt Top Reveal} from Little Bunny Quilts

It's here -- the big reveal!



This week we are making our cross blocks and revealing the quilt layout. Thank you for participating with us!

Combine your Unit B and Unit D block sections with your 8.5” background squares (A). Make (4/12/24/32) cross blocks. Blocks should measure 12.5” unfinished.



Alternate your star blocks and your star blocks as shown in each diagram. Pay attention to the orientation of the “chain” through your star blocks – the chains should run diagonally from upper right to lower left in each block. It is also necessary to pay attention ...

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The Luminaire XP1, its camera and projector for decorative stitches fun from Quilt Social

Yesterday I finished up the ‘quilt-as-you-go’ table runner I made using decorative stitches from the new Brother The Luminaire Innov-ís XP1.

Today I’ll show you how to make some quick placemats with decorative stitches using a twin needle on the The Luminaire. You’ll also see how to use the camera and projector that shows adjustable single and double guidelines, and displays grid lines with adjustable intervals right on your fabric!

 

Finished placemat with twin needle decorative stitches
Finished placemat with twin needle decorative stitches

 

materials

  • 2 – 13″ x 19″ pieces of fabric for the placemat front and back
  • 13″ x 19″ piece of lightweight batting ...

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May 22, 2019
The Luminaire XP1, the dual feed foot and the binding from Quilt Social

Yesterday, I showed you how to create 6½” embroidered and quilted squares using decorative stitches on the Brother The Luminaire XP1 Sewing, Embroidery and Quilting machine. The Stitch Vision feature on The Luminaire is an extraordinary feature that let’s you see your decorative stitches on the fabric before you stitch them. This way, you know the placement is right.

Today, I’m adding the sashing and binding to finish the reversible table runner.

 

Finished table runner with decorative stitching
Finished table runner with decorative stitching

 

Sewing on the sashing

  • From sashing fabric, cut 12 strips 1″ x 7½”.
  • Sew one sashing strip to the front ...

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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 20, 2019
Unboxing the NEW Brother The Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine! from Quilt Social

Who doesn’t enjoy trying out a new sewing machine? I was thrilled to learn that I was going to be testing the new Brother The Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 sewing and embroidery machine. It comes in a very large box, and there’s even a video to show you how to unpack it! Make sure to check it out.

 

The Brother The Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 has arrived!
The Brother The Luminaire Innov-ís XP1 has arrived!

 

 

The Brother The Luminaire is set up and ready to sew.
The Brother The Luminaire is set up and ready to sew.

 

The Brother The Luminaire sewing and embroidery machine has so many wonderful features and I’ll show you as many as I ...

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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 17, 2019
How to Use a Log Cabin Trim Tool ruler to Make the Perfect Log Cabin Quilt Block from A Quilting Life

Elfa Storage Drawer Unit

Hello and happy Friday! Welcome to my Sew Your Stash post where I share tips and more to help quilters sew with their fabrics on hand. Today is the first day of Spring International Quilt Market in Kansas City, so I’ve pre-scheduled this post for you. Using the Log Cabin Trim Tool ruler is my […]

The post How to Use a Log Cabin Trim Tool ruler to Make the Perfect Log Cabin Quilt Block appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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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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May 16, 2019
Making beautiful borders with your walking foot from Quilt Social

Welcome to step 4 of our series on using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread to create a whole cloth quilt with just straight line stitching and your walking foot.

Yesterday I layered the quilt, showed you how to bring up our bobbin thread, anchor stitching, quilt a grid and pivot to change directions.

Today I’ll share some techniques for creating beautiful border designs.

Let the magic begin!

 

Create beautiful quilted borders with a few simple steps.
Create beautiful quilted borders with a few simple steps.

 

Defining quilted borders

Many pieced quilts have one or more borders applied to the interior portion of the quilt as an accent or ...

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May 15, 2019
What to know about grid quilting with a walking foot from Quilt Social

Here we are at the third step to making a wholecloth quilt using the walking foot, SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread.

Yesterday we learned how the walking foot works, prepared our machines, trimmed our fabric and marked the center design using a UNIQUE 2 in 1 marker.

Today it’s time to layer our quilts with Fairfield batting and start quilting.
I’m excited, how about you?

 

An example of a walking foot quilted grid with the spool of Gütermann spun silk thread that was used for the quilting SCHMETZ / Gütermann / Northcott / Fairfield / UNIQUE
An example of a walking foot quilted grid with the spool of Gütermann spun silk thread that was used for the quilting SCHMETZ / Gütermann / Northcott / Fairfield / UNIQUE

 

Layer and pin baste

Center the ...

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May 14, 2019
Vintage Block Along - Week 16 - Farmers Daughter Block! from Bee In My Bonnet


Hello again!
Today is Thursday and that
 means that it's time for 
another episode of the 
Vintage Block Along


I'm sharing another block with you
 from my Grandma's pattern basket:)



I'm using Farm Girl Vintage fabric 
for my vintage blocks and 
all of the blocks will 
eventually become a quilt ...
that is...
 when the Vintage Block Along is over:)

So far I don't see the end 
in sight yet lol sew...
 let's just keep making vintage blocks
 until I feel it's time to
 put them all together!


I'm also using my 
Bee ...

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May 13, 2019
Quilts & More Quilt-Along: Making and Using Templates from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

It is time to start the Quilts & More Magazine Color Outside the Lines Quilt Along! Quilts & More Magazine has put together a video to get you started. In it editor Joanna Burgarino walks you through the process of creating and using triangle templates to create the sharp angled triangles in this pattern. There is an updated template piece you can get by clicking here.

The Tri-Recs Triangle Ruler is the same shape as the template, so if you want to skip making your own template (and make cutting a lot easier and faster) you can always pick up a Tri-Recs ...

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Supernova Block 2 Tutorial – Quilt Addicts Anonymous Block of the Month from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Join the Quilt Addicts Anonymous 2019 Block of the Month designed by Stephanie Soebbing! Supernova is a nine-month block of the month program that runs April 2019 through December 2019. But you can start at anytime!

There are nine block designs and the quilt will measure 90-inches square when completed. The quilt uses Misty by Clothworks and is available in two colorways.

For the Supernova Block 2 tutorial we’re focusing on half square triangles so you can really get the technique down down before we get to the more complicated ones later in the quilt.

So even if you ...

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How to Make an Easy Log Cabin Quilt Block: Pattern and Tutorial from A Quilting Life

Log Cabin Quilt Block featured by top US quilting blog A Quilting Life

Hello and happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start. One of my most favorite quilt blocks is the log cabin quilt block, and I’ve made a variety of quilts using it over the years. So when I made my most recent list of videos to film for the blog, a […]

The post How to Make an Easy Log Cabin Quilt Block: Pattern and Tutorial appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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May 12, 2019
Hands2Help 2019 - Welcome to Guest Blogger Kathleen! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Where has the time gone?  It seems like just a few weeks ago that the Challenge started - but here we are, almost at the end!  Today we welcome our last guest blogger for the year, Kathleen, who will be sharing a great and super-simple precut-friendly tutorial.  Simple enough to throw a quilt together before the end of the Challenge, if you've been waffling about joining in or have been procrastinating in general!  So let's turn the blog over to Kathleen right now!

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Welcome to my day of guest blogging on Sarah's blog.

I am Kathleen ...

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