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Mug Rug Monday - Free Mug Rug Pattern. Quilting Lingo/Vocabulary - Beginner's Quilting Tutorial Series – Pile O' Fabric. When I started quilting I hit the computer and went tutorial hunting. I ran across a lot of techniques and words that I did not understand, over time I eventually learned the quilting "lingo". My hope with this lesson is that you will learn some of the basic words/terms often tossed around in quilting tutorials and books. These terms are in order by topic as opposed to Alphabetical. Chain Piecing Chain piecing is when you sew your pieces together with one continuous length of thread without stopping and cutting between pieces. English Paper Piecing Method of basting fabric over a paper template, then whipstitching the pieces together. Foundation Paper Piecing Foundation Piecing, often called paper piecing. Types of Quilt Blocks One-Patch Blocks: Are made by repeating the same unit, such as a one patch star.Four-Patch Blocks: Are made of four main square units.

Half-square Triangle (HST) Patchwork square made up of two equal triangles. Quarter-square triangle Flying Geese Wonky Scrappy Improv. Beginners Unite! Side Trip ~ Maintenance. Let's take a side trip, shall we? As I started to talk about the rotary cutters in this post, I began to talk about how to change the blade. However, I was trying not to stray off on tangents like that.

Instead I think we will do some Side Trips during this series to delve a little deeper into portions of the topic. I don't know that it will happen every week, but we will see. This one will be devoted to the maintenance of our supplies. Self healing mat There are many different opinions about cleaning/hydrating/caring for your self healing mat.

Rotary Cutters I find it very easy to get my pieces all messed up when taking my rotary cutter apart to replace the blade. As I remove each piece, starting with the nut, I place the part that faces the blade face down on my mat. Make sure you check the new blade that you are using just one, they can stick together from the oil that is on them. I keep an empty blade container marked USED to put my old blades in. Needles This is a tricky subject. Jen. Quilt Borders- What is a stop border? - All posts may contain affiliate links. ---> Welcome! Need help tackling those piles of projects? Sign up for a free PlannerSampler Pack. More time sewing, less time hunting! So are quilt borders called a “stop border”? The easy answer- It’s a simple border the divides one space to another on the quilt.

Since I am kind of visual gal, I have come up with a few different examples and ideas of ways that you can use quilt borders or stop borders in your quilt. This shows a great example of tiny, skinny stop border. A place of rest for your eyes is needed when there is a lot of stuff going on. Below is a great example of a stop border for a quilt. This particular border only has the stop border on the top and botton– not needed on the sides, so don’t think that you have to always have them match all the way around. This border on the mega flying geese quilt, actually shows the traditional stop with adding additional borders around it. With and without a stop border: Can you see the difference? Quilting 101. Quilting 101 I love the simplicity of a basic block quilt. It is such a great way to showcase beautiful fabrics! Back in 2010, I started this blog after giving birth to my daughter.

A few friends had expressed an interest in learning how to quilt, but just didn't know where to start. There are various ways to arrange the blocks to form patterns. Other times, the fabric seems to have a mind of its own and I find that the design I had envisioned is not the one I actually go with. The important thing is to have fun and take your time! Week 1: Fabric Selection & Pre-Washing Week 2: Cutting Fabric & Arranging Blocks Week 3: Sewing It Together & Basting Week 4: Quilting & Binding. Free Quilt Tips: Intro to Quilting 101. Quilt Layouts 101: Design your own quilt. Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. If you buy thru them, I receive a small commission—at no extra cost to you. This helps me provide all the free information on this site. To learn more, read my full Disclosure Policy. Part 1: Straight Sets: You have quilt blocks galore...Now what?

Choosing quilt layouts is a fundamental part of the design process, whether you're just beginning or have been designing for a long time. The layout determines how many blocks and borders you need, as well as, how big each can or should be, in order to create a quilt the size you need. On this page, you'll discover how design is effected using: Blocks set edge-to-edgeAlternate block layoutsComplementary block layouts Let's get started.

Layout Determines the Amount of Work It is that big a deal! There are two basic quilt block layouts: Straight sets where the blocks are laid out in horizontal rows and vertical columns, or... On-point sets where the blocks are laid in diagonal rows and columns. Mrs. Wow! Another Lesson on Measuring Borders. Recently, I was discussing borders with a lady after her quilt was done. I asked if she had measured the borders and she said yes she had. But they were too big, and it occurred to me that I have not yet talked about why you need to measure a certain way to get the result you need. I had Scrap Dance Waltz in progress, and used three blocks to illustrate this concept. So, do you ever ‘do the math’ when you are measuring your borders?

I am willing to bet that 98% of you will say no. What I mean by this is figuring out what the border should be, then measuring correctly to see if it is close. So here I have three blocks, each finishes at 10 inches. OK, now I am going to pick up the quilt, and measure on the edge by sliding the quilt edge and the measuring tape in my hands and working down the quilt edge. Wrong! More than one inch of excess fabric would be added in that border using that measurement, and it is only three blocks.

Then cut it to length. So, why take three? Carole Sharing.. Quilt Borders Tutorial. This tutorial is to teach the why of putting on a border properly on a quilt. There are countless new and experienced quilters using what we call the “slap and sew” method instead of the proper “measure and cut” method. I thought I would show you the difference, and maybe convince you that the slap method isn’t a good one. In order to do a proper job showing the difference in the two methods, I needed to make a couple of samples to use.

So, I did quarter-square triangles, mainly because it would optimize the bias edges and make the point clearer. So, I sewed up 18 of them, squared them all up, and set them in rows of three. I carefully pressed them, seams opposing, so I could nest the seams. I assembled two mini-quits, identical in size. I measured both just to be sure we were starting out the same. I cut one set of borders to that measurement. I finger pressed each one in the center… and did the same with the little quilt top so I could find the center. Pin in place. Carole Like this: Piecing Batting Tutorial | Elm Street Quilts. I've a bin filled with batting scraps that I want to put to good use for a backing for my next quilt top. In this post, I am sharing how I tackle piecing batting and I'd love to hear in the comments any tips you might have as well.

Here are the steps I use to piece my batting (reference numbered photos below):Find two pieces of batting that are roughly the same size where you want to join themOverlap them about 1 to 1 1/2''With your rotary cutter, cut a wavy line Pull away the extra bit of batting and discard. The two pieces will fit nicely together.Using an open zig-zag stitch on your machine, slowly sew the two pieces together. They are not overlapped but just butted against each otherEnjoy your new piece of larger batting and use it as it were one piece.

You can use the same zig-zag technique on batting with a straight edge but I find that a little easier to find in the finished product. I'll be linking up with Tips & Tutorials Tuesday. Have a wonderful day! Start Free-Motion Quilting. The day is finally here - my Craftsy class is officially up and running! Start Free-Motion Quilting is my first class with the wonderful folks at Craftsy, and this class is perfect for you if you're just getting started with free-motion quilting, or if you've done it before and run into trouble, or if you've done it before and just haven't fallen in love with it. Trust me, my love for free-motion quilting is contagious! In my class, you'll not only learn about the necessary tools of free motion quilting, but you'll also learn how to handle many of the common problems that can happen when you free motion quilt, from skipped stitched to crazy stitch lengths.

I also walk you through ten different free motion quilting stitches that I come back to again and again, that can be used in many different ways, and all of which are super beginner friendly. There are also three patterns included with the class, two pillow patterns and a baby quilt. Very sweet, right?


Binding. Cutting. Machine Quilting. Making Bias Tape. Piecing. Pressing Seams. Quilts backs. Reference Sheets. Sewing machine, Bobbins & Threads, Stitches & Tension. Squaring Blocks. Stitch & Flip. Supplies. 1/4” Seams. Tips and Tutes at The Tulip Patch – Quilting. Product: iPhone app for quilters – Quilting. Two tutes: Leaders/Enders and Stars – Quilting. How to Make a Hanging Sleeve. With quilt show season upon us, I thought I would share my favorite method for making a 4″ wide hanging sleeve. This is the quilt show standard, so that a pole can easily slide through the back.

I made this sleeve for my Modern Logs quilt which will be hanging in the modern quilt category at Road to California later this month. My Modern Logs backing was scrappy, so I made the hanging sleeve to match! Materials Needed: 8 1/2″ strip of fabric by the width of your quiltPins for hemmingCotton thread to match your fabricHand sewing needleWashable fabric glue (optional) Step 1: Measure the width of your quilt and cut a strip of fabric 8 1/2″ wide by 1 inch less than the width. Pin the hem in place – use a seam gauge if necessary to keep it even. Step 2: Hem both short sides by folding them over 1/4″ twice. Use matching cotton thread so your seams will blend.

Step 3: Fold the strip in half along the long side, wrong sides together. The bottom of this picture is the folded, creased side. Step 4: A Hera what? | Bloomin' Workshop. August 6, 2015 § Over the years I may have tried nearly every way of marking a quilt in preparation to quilt it. Disappearing ink pens, tissue paper, masking tape, chalk pencils and more. But I have come to the conclusion that I really don’t like using most of those. If I must mark, then I most often use a Hera Marker.

I am in love! Have you used one of these before? They do come in different sizes and shapes. What it does is leave a crease in the fabric that washes away without leaving any trace of the previous marking. I’m trying to finish up this quilt so that I can free up my pins to pin baste the do.good.stitches quilt waiting in the queue. And finally… when do you like reading blogs? On another note. Like this: Like Loading... EQ7 Tutorial Tuesday – Planning a Round Robin. This week I figured I’d show my “thinking” behind the Planned Round Robin I’ve now hosted twice and where we just had a GREAT finish this month.

First you start of with a horizontal layout and only 1 x 1 block and in this one the block is 12” x 12” Now it’s all about the borders! (and a bit of math!) On the border tab, add a border that’s 4” and blocks 3 horizontal and vertical Also take note of the size of quilt now (20” x 20”) Now another border, but instead of adding 4” I chose to add 5” blocks and do 4 each direction. now it’s 30” x 30” The next border, I chose to JUST do top and bottom Now it’s not a square anymore 30” x 42” so then the math has to be divisible by both So I added a whole round of 6” blocks and the last one is 3” blocks Once you get the hang of figuring out the math and that the border pop up box always shows the size, it’s easy to keep adding to make the quilt grow!

Here’s one with a 10” center block Then 2” blocks (14” x 14”) Then 7” blocks (28” x 28”) Then 4” blocks (36” x 36”) How to Hang a Mini Quilt. Happy Saturday! Hope your weekend will be a good one! First I want to say thank you for all of the lovely comments I got on my blog anniversary yesterday. I tried to reply to every one, but for some there is no email...please know I read every comment and appreciate the time everyone took to write! Today is Minis and More parade day, and this month's pattern is my Star Bright Mini.

This has been a favorite of mine, and I have loved seeing it worked up in different fabrics...I have two to share and will begin with this fun Christmas version by Brenda. This next version is by'll notice she reversed the darks and lights in the pattern...what a fun idea...I love her version too! Be sure to go over to Michele's blog to see a couple more quilts! Since we're talking about mini quilts today, I thought I'd share another video tutorial I filmed while at the Fat Quarter Shop in March. Thanks so much for stopping by...have a wonderful weekend! Happy Saturday! St. Louis Folk Victorian: Free Tutorials. How to hang a mini quilt - QA Creations.

Tutorial shows you a quick and effective non-permanent way to display your growing collection of mini quilts. If you are visiting from Fort Worth Fabric Studio Mini Quilt Mania, Welcome! I have a quick tip on an easy way to hang mini quilts. If I am making a mini to keep or give away, I generally do the corner tab hanging method. When I first started making mini quilts, I didn’t add any sort of sleeve or tab to hang it with. As a result, I never hung them up. To do this, I cut two squares from scrap fabric. I then use a very small line of Elmer’s Washable School Glue within the seam that will be covered by the binding, and glue the triangle in place with the raw edges flush against the raw edges of the quilt. This will keep those triangles in place so that they will be sewn down when you sew the binding down.

So, why on earth you would let a wire cutter get near your hard work? To hang, I cut the bottom part of a wire clothes hanger to match the width of the quilt. Make an envelope backed pillow. Well, I wasn't kidding when I said it was pillow week here! Today I'm going to show you my favorite way to make an envelope backing for a quilted pillow cover.

As always, this is just one way to do it. First off, let me talk just a bit about the front of the pillow. Make the patchwork, then layer it on a piece of thin cotton batting (warm and natural or something similar). Quilt the patchwork, then trim down to size. Gather your supplies...the quilted pillow top and 3/4 yard quilting cotton for the backing fabric. From the quilting cotton, cut two pieces 26" x 20 1/2". Fold each piece in half so it measures 20 1/2" x 13". (I LOVE my vintage iron, by the way! Sew near the fold line using an 1/8" seam allowance. Place the pillow top right side up. Flip the pieces down into place. Use a walking foot to sew around the ENTIRE piece. The backing looks nice and tidy. Stuff your pillow form inside and you are done! I love the way this crisp, clean and tidy!

Go forth and make pillows! Label a quilt. Adding Borders 101. How to work with Quilt Patterns. Make a pillow form. Thread catcher pattern.