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February 17, 2019
Step 5 – quilting, how and how much, add the finishing touch from Quilt Social

Welcome back. We’re at day five and have already accomplished so much!

All we gathered our supplies, did our cutting and preparation work, pieced and added borders then accented our Artisan Spirit Water Garden panel with both trapunto work and thread painting.

As an added benefit we’ve been putting our needle and thread knowledge to work by pairing SCHMETZ needles with a variety of Sulky and Gütermann threads for beautiful successful stitching.

For today’s fifth and final post in this series, we’ll put that knowledge to good use once again as we add the finishing touches ...

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February 14, 2019
Step 4 – thread painting for incredible lifelike detail from Quilt Social

I had a wonderful time yesterday showing you how I used basic trapunto techniques with SCHMETZ NeedlesSulky Thread and Fairfield Batting to add extra dimension our Artisan Spirit Water Garden heron panel.

Today I’ll use a variety of Sulky threads and SCHMETZ needles to accent the heron with beautiful thread painted detail.

Let’s have some fun!

What is thread painting?

Thread painting is a free motion quilting technique that involves using the machine needle and thread the way an artist would use a brush and paint. It can be used to add detail to applique and printed ...

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February 13, 2019
Step 3 – how to machine trapunto for added dimension from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was a busy day trimming the lovely Heron panel from the Artisan Spirit Water Garden, ironing the Sulky stabilizer in place, and using SCHMETZ needles and Gütermann thread to construct and attach borders to the panel.

Today I’ll use Sulky threadSCHMETZ needles and Fairfield batting to add extra dimension to our panel with easy machine trapunto.

You may remember that we used trapunto in part three of my post Say it with quilting, a designer cushion to give a raised appearance to the words and motifs.

This technique will help add extra visual depth to ...

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February 12, 2019
Step 2 – framing up a quilt panel using a patchwork border from Quilt Social

Welcome back to our continuing journey of perfect pairings for our SCHMETZ needles, Sulky and Gütermann threads.

Yesterday I listed the materials required to make a thread painted and quilted panel.

Today I’ll do some preparation work, a little bit of piecing and add borders to our beautiful Artisan Spirit Water Garden panel from Northcott.

You’ll see how the correct needle and thread make each step along the way both fun and easy.

Good preparation is the key to success when adding pieced borders to a printed panel. A tutorial on thread painting using SCHMETZ needles/ Gütermann threads / Northcott fabric
Good preparation is the key to success!

Good preparation is the key to success

I start by trimming a little bit off our panel.

I ...

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February 11, 2019
Step 1 – needles and threads for a thread painting tutorial from Quilt Social

During my previous QUILTsocial post, Perfect Pairings-needles and threads work together for successful quilting I described how to choose the best SCHMETZ needles to work with a variety of Sulky and Gütermann threads.

This week I’ll show you in 5 easy steps how to use these new skills to make a beautiful quilt from a printed panel using a variety of needles and threads.

I’m using the Heron panel from the Water Garden collection by Northcott to work with.

Let’s get started.

What you’ll need

Water Garden Printed panel DP21916-44 from Northcott

This beautiful, artistic depiction ...

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November 15, 2018
Simple Essentials Travel Tote is sew easy to make for gifting from Quilt Social


Yesterday I shared the mini stockings for the holiday countdown, but there are other items that can be made ahead of time for at least a couple of people on your list.

Everyone needs a travel tote! This tote is not only easy to make, it can be personalized with a monogram and can tote any range of items from arts and craft/sewing supplies to make up brushes, small toys and toiletries. It’s very versatile for all ages. It has 4 simply constructed pockets and for this reason, it’s called the Simple Essentials Travel Tote. Featured in ...

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November 14, 2018
Mini Holiday Countdown Stockings are sew easy to make from Quilt Social


Take time over the holidays to savor all of the special moments with family and celebrate each day leading up to Christmas with a fun holiday countdown decor project. With this project, you can use and admire some beautiful Northcott Holiday Collections and Shimmering Dekor Metallic, SULKY and Gütermann threads.

Mini Holiday Countdown Stockings

Get into the festive spirit with this project. Fill these mini stockings with goodies each day to decorate and celebrate the holidays with all of your family members for years to come.


Holiday Mini Countdown Stockings using Northcott Holiday Fabrics, Sugar and Spice and Swedish Christmas, Gütermann Metallic and Dekor Threads, Sulky Holoshimmer, Northcott ColorWorks, Fabric Fun Markers, UNIQUE Rick Rack and Fairfield Quilter's 80/20 Batting
Holiday Mini Countdown Stockings using Northcott Holiday Fabrics, Sugar and Spice and Swedish Christmas ...

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September 14, 2018
A gourmet finish for a quilted designer cushion from Quilt Social


This week has been so much fun as we have learned how to express pretty words through quilting using the beautiful Gütermann Dekor rayon thread.

Yesterday we completed the background quilting to really make the letters and trapunto sections stand out. Now it’s time to complete our designer cushion.


Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion
Say it with free motion quilting – designer cushion


Preparing your pieces

Trim the quilted cushion front to measure 18½” square. Set aside for now.


Trim the quilted cushion front
Trim the quilted cushion front


Prepare your machine with a new SCHMETZ 75/11 Quilting needle and the standard sewing foot.

Thread withGütermann 50 weight ...

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September 13, 2018
Making quilted words pop – it’s all about the thread from Quilt Social

Welcome back.

Yesterday was such a fun day!

We set up our machines for free motion quilting, did our first set of outline quilting, learned how to trim the batting for trapunto and layered our piece to prepare for today’s background quilting.

Now it’s time to really make those quilted words pop as beautifulGütermann Dekor rayon thread brings life to our designer cushion!


Beautiful thread makes the design come to life
Beautiful thread makes the design come to life


All of the stitching from now on will be done with Gütermann Dekor Rayon thread that contrasts with the background fabric.

I used a single color ...

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September 12, 2018
Quilting words – so much to say using Gütermann Dekor thread! from Quilt Social


I hope you’ve been having fun getting ready to free motion quilt words and more for a designer cushion.

Was it hard deciding what you wanted to say? Maybe you’re already making more than one?

In yesterdays post we learned how to mark, layer and baste your piece. Now it’s time to create our trapunto using wonderful Gütermann thread.


It's time to quilt!
It’s time to quilt!


Prepare your machine for free motion quilting

Put a new size 75/11 SCHMETZ Quilting needle on your machine.

A quilting needle will pierce the multiple layers of batting and fabric quickly and ...

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September 11, 2018
Mark, layer, baste, easy preparation for machine quilting from Quilt Social


Quality materials and good preparation are the keys to successful machine quilting. Yesterday we gathered our supplies and cut our fabric and batting to size. Now it’s time to prepare our pieces for quilting.

Let’s go!


Good preparation is the key to success.
Good preparation is the key to success.


Our pillow front will be quilted twice in some areas to create an effect called trapunto.

This is a form of stuffed quilting in which some areas use two layers of batting to give a raised, 3-dimensional effect.

Our Gütermann Dekor rayon thread will really make the quilting stand out!

Marking Matters

Before we layer ...

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July 20, 2018
6 essential tips for sewing bias binding on a tight curve from Quilt Social


It’s the end of the week and time to wrap up our appliqued pot holder project.

The pattern is called Barnyard Buddies by ellie mae designs and they’re just the cutest.

We’ll have them done and ready for that weekend BBQ.


Barnyard Buddies pattern by ellie mae designs
Barnyard Buddies pattern by ellie mae designs


The first step to completing the pot holders is to remove the tear away stabilizer from the wrong side of the fronts. Since I only used Sulky Stiffy tear away stabilizer for the satin stitch, I only have to remove it from the pig and the cow. It tears ...

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July 19, 2018
6 tips for blanket stitching applique shapes you want to know from Quilt Social


Welcome back. Another tip filled day as we get one step closer to finishing the pot holders. The pattern I’m using is called Barnyard Buddies by ellie mae designs. They’re super cute and very easy to do. The pot holders are a great project for beginners, but even if you’re a seasoned quilter/sewist, I’m sure you’ll find a tip or two that will make your next applique project that much easier.


Barnyard Buddies pot holder pattern by ellie mae designs
Barnyard Buddies pot holder pattern by ellie mae designs


TIP 1 – How to choose an applique stitch

There are so many stitches that ...

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July 18, 2018
4 TIPS for cutting and fusing applique shapes from Quilt Social


Welcome back. How did the tracing go? Hopefully, the tips from yesterday made the process a lot easier to do.

Today I’ve got tips for cutting out the shapes and fusing them to the background. Let’s get started.

The pattern for the pot holders is called Barnyard Buddies by ellie mae designs.


Barnyard Buddies by ellie mae designs
Barnyard Buddies by ellie mae designs


TIP 1 – Cut the fusible webbing and the fabric together

All of the shapes have been fused to the wrong side of the fabric pieces. Now it’s time to cut them out.

Remember I mentioned that it isn’t ...

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July 17, 2018
2 tips to make prepping a paper pattern much easier! from Quilt Social


Welcome back. Did you have a chance to gather your supplies? I’ve got more great tips for you as I start the prepping process to make the pot holders. I’m using this pattern by ellie mae designs called Barnyard Buddies – three very cute pot holders that will make a whimsical addition to your kitchen or your backyard BBQ.


Barnyard Buddies pattern by ellie mae designs
Barnyard Buddies pattern by ellie mae designs


If you’ve never worked with this type of pattern before (a pattern that comes in an envelope), you’ll find a folded instruction sheet including cutting layouts (if necessary).


Pattern instructions on a folded sheet
Pattern instructions on ...

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June 13, 2018
The finishing touches for an attractive tote bag from Quilt Social


Yesterday I showed you how to add inside pockets and outside pockets made by using Stitch-N-Steam by UNIQUE to your tote bag. Now you’re ready to sew on the handles and do the finishing touches.


Getting creative with Stitch-N-Steam, it's a versatile tool when using it for accent on all sewing projects!
Getting creative with Stitch-N-Steam, it’s a versatile tool when using it for accent on all sewing projects!



  • Place one handle strip made from webbing on the outside of one of the 16″ squares so it’s about 4″ from the outside edge of the bag and covers the raw edges of the outside pocket.
  • Pin or baste in place. You can “try ...

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June 12, 2018
7 easy steps to make inside pockets for the tote bag from Quilt Social



Stitch-N-Steam for making texturized fabric
Stitch-N-Steam for making texturized fabric


Today I’ll show you how to make the inside pockets and sew the outside of the tote bag together. You’re well on your way to finishing this bag with an outside pocket made of unique texturized fabric!


Tote bag with texturized fabric for outside pockets
Tote bag with texturized fabric for outside pockets


Inside Pockets (make 2)

  • Fold one 7½” x 18″ rectangle in half, right sides together, to make a 7½” x 9″ rectangle
  • Using a ¼” seam ...

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June 11, 2018
The magic of Stitch-N-Steam continues from Quilt Social


On March 15 and 16, 2018, I introduced you to an amazing product, Stitch-N-Steam by UNIQUE.

The package contains 1 piece of polyester fabric 18″ x 62″. Stitch-N-Steam is a steam activated product, designed to add texture to the fabric. After steaming, fabrics will shrink approximately 30%, giving the fabric a wonderful textured effect. Be sure and go back to read those QUILTsocial blog posts if you missed them before.


Stitch-N-Steam by Unique
Stitch-N-Steam by Unique


At the end of those blog posts, I showed you a picture of a tote bag that I had made, using Stitch-N-Steam to create the textured pocket ...

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May 11, 2018
Tear away stabilizer, batting and binding to finish Welcome Spring banner from Quilt Social


Yesterday we had a wonderful time using decorative stitches to add depth and dimension to our machine applique.

Now it’s time to complete our quilted Welcome Spring banner.

I’m just loving the look of the Black & White with a Dash of Color from NORTHCOTT Studio with my GÜTERMANN Dekor rayon threads!


Finished Welcome Spring quilted banner
Finished Welcome Spring quilted banner


1 Tidying up

Remove the Tear Away stabilizer.

Brace the stitching with your fingers and gently tear the stabilizer away from the stitching.

Our UNIQUE Tear Away will tear easily in any direction making it easy to remove.

You can lightly score ...

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May 10, 2018
Decorative stitches add detail and dimension to machine applique! from Quilt Social


Yesterday our banner found its voice as we added a sentiment using computer fonts or stencils and fusible web applique.

Today we add detail and dimension by stitching the applique pieces with rayon thread and decorative applique stitches.


Our applique flower stitched with decorative stitches
Our applique flower stitched with decorative stitches


Preparing the machine for decorative stitching

Put a new SCHMETZ 75/11 embroidery needle on the sewing machine.

Insert a bobbin wound with Gütermann Dekor bobbin thread.

Thread the machine with Gütermann Dekor rayon thread in a color to accent the applique fabric.

I stitched my leaves and stems first so I started with a ...

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