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Holiday quilts. Patterns and projects. Machine quilting. Tutorials. Weblogs. Videos. Artisans. Free Quilting Designs - Yarn-or-Fabric. AQS Design Team Color and Design Tips | Quilt Views & News. At AQS, we work with a fun and friendly group of designers who toil at their computers every day designing ads, book covers and book pages, layout and design for magazines, show books, web pages, and much, much more. They work hard, put in overtime, and we appreciate all they do! (You’ll see some of them at most QuiltWeek® events, too!) Some of our designers are quilters, and some are not. Regardless, they’re each armed with more than an average share of color and design knowledge. Recently, they were asked the question: “What bit of advice would you like to give quilters about color and/or design?”

Here are their responses: From Jeff Beck, who creates OnPoint‘s colorful designs and many e-mail ads: Stuck choosing a color scheme? Lacking that spark of inspiration for your next project? For example, Look for inspiration in different eras—there is a very different design sense from the 1850s as compared to the 1920s or the 2000s. Look for inspiration in the details. Need inspiration? Decorating With Quilts. A World of Beauty in Detail | Inside Quilters Newsletter. My experience at Market was similar to Lori’s and Mary Kate’s – there was lots to see, plenty of people to meet and reconnect with and cool new things to discover.

We’ll be sharing a bunch of new products, techniques, quilts and inspiration in coming issues and blog posts, so stay tuned! But with all the hustle and bustle of Market, it was a pleasure to be able to take a moment to look at the quilts in the small but impressive World of Beauty exhibit which was a little island of calm amidst the busyness of Market business. One fun thing that happened was Bill and I were invited to attend a breakfast and presentation hosted by Olfa, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the rotary cutter. It was interesting to see the very first prototype and to learn how this indispensable tool has developed throughout the years. I use my rotary cutter all the time so I am very grateful that the rotary cutter exists to make quilting that much more fun and easy. Yumemi by Maiko Ogawa of Tokyo, Japan. Quilting Board. Equilters.com. Olfa Cutting Mat / Rotary Cutting Mat.

An Olfa cutting mat is among the first purchases a new quilter makes, followed closely by the rotary cutter and ruler. These quilting tools have allowed people (who otherwise would be turned off by the tedious cutting of patches one by one) to become quilters and to join in on the fun! Here you'll learn about the importance of getting a 'self-healing' mat, advice on the size to purchase and tips and tricks to care for and prolong the life of this costly quilting tool. What makes an Olfa Cutting Mat special? This rotary cutting mat is specially made to use with a sharp Olfa rotary cutter. Its slightly rough texture helps keep the fabric from shifting while you cut. When a cut is made on a "self healing" mat with a sharp blade, the cuts tend to close up. One side is marked with a grid; the other is unmarked. Do not use the measurements on the mat for cutting strips, squares and other shapes. What size should you get? Lucky enough to have a dedicated cutting table?

Phew!! Warp Prevention. The Quilt Index. 3 Easy Ways to Audition Your Quilting Stitches. Elizabeth Dackson from Don’t Call Me Betsy recently joined us with her Free-Motion Quilting Feet Guide and Top 10 Tips for Beginning Free-Motion Quilters. Now she’s back with three easy ways to audition your quilting stitches before committing with your machine!

Elizabeth is the author of Becoming a Confident Quilter and instructor for the Craftsy class Start Free-Motion Quilting. She’s an expert free motion quilter and is always eager to help others improve their confidence and skills. Have fun with your stitch auditions and practice! One of the questions I hear most from my free-motion quilting students is How do I choose what stitches to put where?! 1. 2. 3. Just a quick reminder: With all of these methods, don’t fret about how “good” your doodled stitches are. This post is sponsored by Jones & Vandermeer. . « My Favorite Quilt: Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt. 5 Quilt Supplies You Didn’t Think You’d Need - 24 Blocks. 5 Quilt Supplies You Didn’t Think You’d Need You’ve already grabbed the fabric, thread, and scissors – but what about those helpful quilting supplies that aren’t so obvious?

Once you’ve got the basics, consider getting these items – many of which you might not have considered. The nice thing about some of these items is that you probably already have them at home – just didn’t think they’d come in handy when making a quilt! Read below to see what comes in handy when quilting. TweezersYou might have a pair of these in the medicine cabinet, but grab a second pair to keep with your quilting supplies. As DreamWeaver’s Quilts explains, tweezers can be really handy when you need to hold short thread tails or thread machine needles.

They might not be obvious quilting tools, but supplies like these can be very helpful when crafting a project. Sew Daily. Acronyms in the quilting world. When I first started to sew, it took me a while to understand some really basic acronyms in the quilting world. Granted most of these I learned online. I think the very first acronym I learned was FQ which is rather simple - a fat quarter. But over time, there have been a few more that challenged me. Have you ever heard of a QIP or FMQ or the fairly new FO? Are you sometimes lost too? And if you are wondering what the picture is on this post, it would happen to be No. 7 - Nina's Choice that I am HMQ! Happy patching! Fusible Web: Demystifying Mistyfuse - Quilting Daily. Many art quilters find fusible web indispensable for quilt making. Fusible web is basically a sheet of glue that melts when you press fabric onto it with a hot iron, sticking the pieces of fabric together. Because art quilts are not meant to be washed, fusible web gives you the freedom to cut and press on small pieces of fabric without the fuss of turning under or satin-stitching the edges.

You fuse your fabric, cut it as you wish, and make a quilt with little or no measuring or endless seaming. Every quilter has his or her favorite fusible, depending on the types of fabrics they use, the kinds of quilts they make, and often personal preference. On the sturdier end of the spectrum , fusible interfacing lends structure to quilts and 3-D fiber art projects that need more support. Mid-weight fusibles that often come with a paper backing work well for general art quilting purposes. It comes in white, black (good for dark fabrics) and ultraviolet. 1. 2. 3. P.S. Pdf_291. Quilts. Quilting. Quilting fabric and Supplies. HEXIES & La Pas.