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August 16, 2019
Tidy topstitching makes the Sew Joy quilted banner sparkle! from Quilt Social

This has been such a fun week for me! I enjoy learning something new and trying free motion quilting with the PFAFF quilt expression 720 has been a rewarding experience. In yesterday’s post, I tried free motion quilting with the quilt expression 720. Today I’m finishing the quilted banner.

 

Quilted banner

 

To finish the banner we first need to sew the backing fabric to each of the sections. If you haven’t already, cut a backing for each fabric using the banner template.

To sew the backing fabric to each section I used my neutral thread.

The quilt ...

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August 15, 2019
BLOG REMIX 2 – Jolly Braid Tote Bag Pattern from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We’re back for another season of blog remixes! We had so much fun with the remixed projects from last year that we’re going for round two! 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.

This month’s remix is the Jolly Braid Tote Bag, a beginner-friendly bag pattern with a signature braided look that looks intricate but ...

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User friendly free motion quilting with PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

It’s time to lower the feed dogs! This week I’ve been building my confidence using the free motion quilting features on PFAFF quilt expression 720. In yesterday’s post, I used the built-in stippling stitches to quilt several of the several sections of a banner I’m making for my sewing room. Today I’m free motion quilting!

What’s the difference between quilting a quilt and free motion quilting? Quilting is the term for stitching through three layers of fabric to secure them. Free motion quilting is when the quilter is fully in charge of moving the ...

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Lined Draw String Bags from Want It, Need It, Quilt It!

Every year I go away with my school friend of 40+ years. Over the past few years I have given each one of my friends a quilt. This year I have made my travel buddies some handy drawstring bags for dirty laundry or shoe storage. Using some of the 1/2 yard pieces in my Art...

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August 14, 2019
"Max the Cat " Zipper Key Chain Pouch Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Even though it still very much feels like the dead of summer here in South Florida the kids are heading back to school! Even as an adult I love walking through the aisles of school supplies and reminisce about my Mom bringing me and my sibling's school shopping every year.  I love how my Mom would write our full names on all of our school supplies so we wouldn't lose them or get them confused with someone else's supplies.  Another fond memory I have about back to school is in every one of my Mom's handmade ...

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Free motion the easy way with the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

Sometimes you need someone to hold your hand when trying something new. The PFAFF quilt expression 720 is definitely user-friendly when it comes to starting the free motion quilting journey.

In yesterday’s post, I prepared fabrics for quilting by fusing batting to them. Think of each color, or piece, as a sample for trying out a new stitch. To make things even easier, let’s try out a few stippling stitches with the feed dogs engaged!

That’s right, you can use the stippling stitches on the quilt expression 720 just like regular stitches. Select a stitch then attach ...

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August 13, 2019
Making a quilted banner for your sewing space from Quilt Social

I’m finally doing it! I have wanted to make myself a banner for my sewing space – forever. In yesterday’s post, I talked about the free motion quilting features on PFAFF quilt expression 720 and how they increased my confidence to try out this skill. I combined my desire to create with my determination to learn something new and am really happy with the results. Maybe you need a quilted banner too?!

 

Quilted sewing room banner

 

Did you guess it would be in rainbow colors? Of course yours doesn’t have to spell what mine does; in fact there ...

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Little House Japanese Sewing Thimbles from The Ardent Thread

We stock several types of sewing thimbles from the Japanese brand Little House, and I use many of them myself. Which one(s) do you need? That depends on the type of sewing you do, how large or small your hands are, the length of your fingers, your mobility issues (if any), preference for vegan or leather materials, etc. Here is an updated list of what we offer from this brand. You can also read my previous post on thimbles here. 


Palm Thimble – This is extremely helpful for sashiko and I have several on hand so I can always find ...

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August 12, 2019
Free motion quilting with the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

There’s always something new to learn! I’ve been quilting for a few decades and am just feeling finally ready to learn how to free motion quilt. The PFAFF quilt expression 720 is a big part of that reason. This machine not only makes sewing together a quilt top precise and easy, it’s also set up for finishing quilts too. What a concept! In today’s post I’m doing a quick overview of the features on the quilt expression 720 that made me a confident free motion beginner.

 

PFAFF quilt expression 720

 

User’s Guide

The manual ...

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August 9, 2019
Summer Florals & Fruits: Floralish by Katarina Roccella from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 

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"Summer is my favorite season of the year, when nature delivers the most beautiful flowers and fruits of the season. Inspired by summery delights and my favorite painting technique-watercolor, I created this summery collection. Some prints were also part of my “Lavish” collection, when I first submitted it several years ago, so Floralish can also be seen as its sequel." - Katarina Roccella

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Celebrate the last days of summer with blooming florals and delicious fruits! Channeling her favorite season, our designer Katarina Roccella’s latest collection “Floralish” features watercolor textures with gorgeous petunias, poppies, watermelon slices, cherries, and citrus fruits. 

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How to Sew a "Triangles" Quilt Block Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

I wish Summer never had to end, lucky I live in Florida so technically it feels like Summer all year round. Lately, I have been sewing with Katarina Roccella’s new fabrics called Floralish. Which I think are perfect summertime prints with delectable fruits and fantastic floral designs.  The Rayon print offered in this collection is called "Poppy Memories” has just made it to my top three favorite rayon prints from AGF! Check out my dress in the video below. I also sewed up the “Triangles” quilt block where I made half-square triangles using the four at a time method ...

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Waves Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Waves can be scary. In 1958, a landslide triggered a 1,700+ foot wave in Lituya Bay, Alaska. And here’s the wildest part: A little fishing boat was carried atop that wave, clear up the side of the forested mountains and back. But somehow, the boat, the fisherman, and his 8-year-old son came away completely unscathed!

So, yeah, waves can be super-dee-duper scary. But Jenny’s waves? They’re just fun! Click HERE to learn how to whip up gorgeous, wavy curves using our drunkard’s path template! 

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August 7, 2019
Free Embroidery Pattern- Tomato Pin Cushion! from Jacquelynne Steves

There's nothing more classic than a tomato pin cushion, is there?? Both of my grandmothers had one- I still have the one that belonged to my paternal grandmother, and I even left her needles and pins in it exactly as she left them the last time she used it. You could make so many cute projects with this Tomato Pin Cushion Free Embroidery pattern! How about a sewing tote? Or a mug rug for a quilt-y friend? A wall hanging for your sewing room? Click here to download the free PDF pattern. Getting creative with a pattern is something ...

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Tips & Tricks: Machine Quilting with 28 Weight Thread from The Cloth Parcel

This lovely quilted pillow cover was made from our latest pattern, the Conservatory Quilt.  We made this quilted pillow using the new supplies we got for the Summer Cabin Pillow Tutorial, which was from our turn on the OLFA + Aurifil Slice & Stitch Challenge last week. We used our 16″ square OLFA ruler, which […]

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August 6, 2019
Six Free Motion Quilting Designs for 2-inch Borders! from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

In today’s video we go over how you can use a parallel lines stencil to create consistently sized quilting designs in your borders. Stephanie will show you six designs you can practice that fit perfectly inside a 2-inch border!

All of these designs are fully customizable, so you can alter the size and scale to fit whatever quilt you are working on. Stephanie goes step-by-step showing you how to mark the parallel lines on your quilt, draws out each design and then gives you tips on how to quilt it.

This video is great to follow along with as ...

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August 5, 2019
HOW TO SEW A “EIGHT POINTED STAR” TUTORIAL | AGF QUILT BLOCK COLLECTION from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

As a child, I used to love to hear stories of magical worlds filled with unexplained beauty, make-believe creatures, and stories that would my take your mind on an insightful journey packed with adventure and possibilities. 

Alexandra Bordallo’s debut collection for AGF called Dew and Moss brings me back to my youth with her whimsy prints illustrating a world where gnomes play in their gardens and live in their mushroom houses. Not only are all the prints super adorable, but the color palette is what caught my eye right away. The shades of green mixed with the wonderful pops ...

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August 2, 2019
Diamond Chain Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Diamond Chain Quilt

Can you name the notes on a piano keyboard? ABCDEFG. That’s all! And yet, those seven notes can be played in a gazillion combinations to create sonatas, fugues, jazz or even a hearty rendition of chopsticks! 

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The same is true for quilts. We use basic four-patch-blocks and half-square triangles to create an endless array of gorgeous quilt patterns. This week, Jenny arranged ‘em into a Diamond Chain quilt. Watch today’s tutorial and make this quick and easy charm pack pattern!

Diamond Chain Quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
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Making your own appliques on the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Welcome, back, everyone – looks like this is getting to be a habit, LOL. I’m just having so much fun playing with the toys tucked into the Brother Luminaire Innov-is XP1, and I’m so glad you could join me again. Yesterday I played with Auto-Stippling on the Luminaire, and today’s playground will introduce yet another toy – one I intend to apply in a bit of a non-traditional use.

Ready to dive in and play? I hope so – because I’ve a fantastic little project I want to show off – a personalized key fob using the Appliqué Creator.

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August 1, 2019
A Debut Collection by Alexandra Bordallo: Dew + Moss from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 

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Have you ever visited and explored a forest? There's no other feeling like being in this unique, natural environment! Being surrounded by so much greenery, the stillness, the fresh, invigorating smell of the trees, and unexpectedly discovering cute animals, bugs, as well as cute mushrooms, plants or flowers. It's definitely a place to decompress, discover, and let your curiosity and wanderlust guide you. 

Making her debut with a collection, our newest designer Alexandra Bordallo takes you into a whimsical forest with “DEW + MOSS!” These prints are filled with little gnomes, fireflies, and florals that were inspired by wandering ...

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Create stippling-in-the-hoop with the Brother Luminaire from Quilt Social

Hi, again, folks…Welcome back! When I left off yesterday after meandering through some of the Brother Luminaire embroidery editing tools, I was dithering whether my finished design needed stippling. I love the Design Preview option on the Brother Luminaire…it helps bring “what you imagine” to life with a pretty good picture of a “possible reality”.

If you’ll recall, just before stitching yesterday, I saved my design compilation to the machine’s memory. So today, when I booted up my machine, I recalled yesterday’s design, tried to add stippling to it…and ran into a roadblock: I ...

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