Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Garden Plots Quilt

Hello, fellow bakers! I’m Alison from Little Bunny Quilts back today sharing a brand new quilt featuring Voyage by Kate Spain! Lately, I’ve really enjoyed making and using big blocks to make quilts and this quilt uses only sixteen 18″ blocks to make a very generous throw sized quilt! With no triangles to piece, this quilt would be easy to piece for a confident beginner with a mastery of the 1/4″ seam. Let’s put new blades in our rotary cutters and new needles in our machines and get to work! This quilt finishes at 76″ square. One Jelly Roll of Voyage by Kate Spain 4.5 yards teal trellis print for backing + piecing 1/3 yard blue trellis print for piecing 1 yard pink trellis print for piecing and binding One Jelly Roll Bella White -or- 3 yards Bella White Note: All of the background piecing can be cut from a jelly roll -or- yardage — it’s your choice! From your background, cut 32 rectangles 18.5″ by 2.5″ and 224 2.5″ squares. Also cut 8 WOF strips 2.5″ long — these will be used as th..
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Video: Mark Double-Ended Darts Accurately for Fine Sewing

Accurate fabric marking is a key step in fitting and sewing clothes.

Confetti Cabins Quilt

Hi quilters! This is Kristina from Center Street Quilts and I’m delighted to be sharing my Confetti Cabins quilt tutorial with you today. When I saw Vanessa Christenson’s new Ombre Confetti Metallic line, I fell in love and knew it would be the perfect fabric to re-imagine a favorite traditional block–the log cabin! My quilting preferences are a mix of traditional and modern and I particularly enjoy using classic blocks combined with fun, new elements. Confetti Cabins does just that by merging the beloved log cabin quilt block with sparkly fabric and an unconventional block setting. I hope you’ll enjoy following along with this tutorial and please let me know if you make your own Confetti Cabins quilt! This quilt finishes at 70″ x 98″. 2 Jelly Rolls (Ombre Confetti Metallic by V and Co.) 4.25 yards background fabric (Bella Solid 9900 200) 6 yards backing fabric (pieced with a vertical seam) 2/3 yards binding fabric Before you begin: Read through the entire tutorial Width of Fabric ..

Farmhouse Red Ornaments Quilt

Hello, my name is Christine and I am your average crafter over at catinthegrass where I dabble in all sorts of fun stuff, but really show my obsession for all things quilting! At my house, Christmas lasts almost all year long! I love Christmastime; from the decorations to the songs to the celebrations and of course the gifts! So even though the new year has just started, in my book it’s never too soon to be thinking of Christmas gifts. I designed this pattern as a challenge to myself to use only one Charm Pack, a gift I received from my local quiltshop…and that one charm pack plus some background fabric became my favorite quilt of 2017! So here I am making it again, but this time in the gorgeous Farmhouse Red fabrics by Minick & Simpson. This quilt/project finishes at 68″ x 75″. 1 Charm Pack* {Farmhouse Red by Minick & Simpson} 3 yards background fabric {Bella Solid in Snow} 1/3 yard Ornament Cap fabric {14853-12} 1 yard Borders #1 and #3 fabric {14857-11} 1 1/8 yard Border #2 fab..

X’s and O’s Quilt

Hi! My name is Susan Vaughan from The Felted Pear. I am excited to share with you today a tutorial for my X’s and O’s quilt! By using one charm pack and a little over a yard of background fabric, you will be able to create a festive wall hanging or table topper that looks great not only in the happy colors of April Rosenthal’s Mama’s Cottage, but soft and romantic in your favorite floral fabrics. The idea for this quilt originated from a charm pack and pad of the Cupcake Mix Recipe Cards #1. I love working with the recipes because they use precut fabrics so they require little cutting prep work, they are fast, accurate and most importantly they eliminate the need for squaring up Half Square Triangle units! After all your units are made the fun comes. You can literally spend hours arranging the units coming up with different patterns and blocks. While playing around with blocks on my design wall, I noticed that these two blocks looked just like X’s and O’s and I knew I had to put them..
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Learn to Braid a Japanese Cord for Unique Sewing Accents

Learn this Japanese technique for braiding a 16-strand custom cord.
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Video: Learn Kumihimo, a Japanese Braiding Technique

This easy-to-learn braid gives a custom touch to any sewing project.

Snowbirds Quilt

Painter Bob Ross used to remind viewers of his popular PBS show that “We don’t make mistakes. We have ‘happy accidents’.” The Snowbirds quilt is indeed, a happy accident. As I was making the blocks for my last Moda Bake Shop “recipe” (Stargazer), I kept sewing units together backwards. While I was unsewing yet another seam, my friend (and longarm quilter) Kathy said, “I liked it the way it was.” I went home and sketched the error out, and sure enough, it wasn’t a mistake…it was a new pattern! As with Stargazer, this is a simple pattern – just squares and half-square triangles – but you will have to be careful to sew them together correctly. 1 Layer Cake® – I used “Wild Nectar”, designed by Crystal Manning for Moda 3-1/2 yds background fabric – Grunge Basics 30150-71 Essence 1 yd border & binding fabric – Wild Nectar 11800 17 Navy 4.5 yards backing fabric Tools: Rotary Cutter Mat and 24″ long ruler for cutting strips of your background fabric. 12-18″ long ruler for cutting Layer Ca..

The Long and the Short of It Quilt

Happy New Year! Hello! I am Barbara Esposito @TheQuiltedB. I love to sew and have a passion for teaching others to do so. It is a joy to see this craft being passed on to younger folks! This quilt pattern came about because I was in a place where I needed FOUR baby quilts in the same month. And that month was December. I know I just heard a little *gasp*! The pattern is from my “down and dirty” bag of tricks. The top can literally be assembled in an afternoon. It is also a great beginner’s pattern. You can change the look and size quite easily by adding sashing and/or borders (shown at the end of this post with Confetti by Me and My Sister Designs – using yardage instead of a Layer Cake). Mama’s Cottage by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns is a prefect collection for quick piecing because all the fabrics play so very nicely together. These quilts finish approximately 45″ by 55″ and 50″ by 60″ respectively. Who’s ready to whip up a quilt (or two)? Mama’s Cottage Two Charm ..

Countdown to Christmas: Quilt Setting

Today we have a couple of ideas for putting the Countdown to Christmas blocks together! ON POINT SETTING finishes at 51.25″ x 51.25″. HORIZONTAL SETTING finishes at 48″ x 48″. Both settings use 25 blocks. ON POINT SETTING 25 Countdown to Christmas blocks (6″ square finished) 7/8 yard sashing 1/2 yard sashing squares and setting squares/triangles 7/8 yard border fabric 1/2 yard binding fabric HORIZONTAL SETTING 25 Countdown to Christmas blocks (6″ square finished) 3/4 yard sashing 1/4 yard sashing squares 7/8 yard border fabric 1/2 yard binding fabric ON POINT SETTING Cutting: {A} (2) 5.5″ squares cut once on the diagonal for corner setting triangles {B} (64) 2.5″ x 6.5″ sashing strips {C} (4) 4.25″ squares cut twice on the diagonal to yield 16 sashing triangles {D} (4) 9 7/8″ squares cut twice on the diagonal to yield 12 side setting triangles {E} (24) 2.5″ sashing squares Cut border fabric into (5) 3.5″ x WOF strips. Sew together end-to-end. Cut into (2) 45.25″ side borders a..
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Sewing-Related Events in January 2018

Check out sewing gatherings for January 2018.
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Make a Fabric Calendar to Help Plan Your Sewing Time and Get Organized

Add a colorful and useful fabric calendar to your decor.
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Reader Tip Offers a Make-and-Bake Coating to Cover Those Pesky, Sharp Underwires

A unique sewing solution to deal with the cut ends of underwires.
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Reader Tip Offers a Make-and-Bake Coating to Cover Those Sharp Underwires

A unique sewing solution to deal with the cut ends of underwires.
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Reader Tip: Make and Bake a Coating to Cover Sharp Underwires

Try a unique, time-saving solution to deal with cut ends on underwires.
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Threads Magazine Reader Tip Offers a Make-and-Bake Coating to Cover those Pesky Trimmed Underwires

A unique sewing solution to deal with the cut ends of underwires.
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Faux Suede is an Excellent Choice for Creating a Garment with a Sumptuous Feel...

For care and ease of sewing, it just may be better than the real thing.
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Among Sewing Fabrics, Faux Suede is an Excellent Choice for a Sumptuous Feel Without...

For care and ease of sewing, it’s better than the real thing.
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Use Faux Suede for a Sumptuous Feel Without Bulk

For care and ease of sewing, it just may be better than the real thing.
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Adjusting Women’s Pants With This On-the-Body Fitting Method for the Back-Crotch Seam

You’ll be amazed at how precisely and easily it locates and fixes areas of poor fit.