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How To Do Japanese Boro Stitching. Traditional Japanese boro cloths have a beauty like no other. Each cloth tells a unique story of its journey through life with patches carefully sewed on and reinforced with stitching, often over generations of a single family. Boro is my antidote to the fast fashion world. The cloths can be viewed to embrace the concept of 'wabi sabi', that sees beauty in an object's impermanence and imperfection. Making a feature of garment repairs is an alternative to the art of invisible mending. Taking the time to create something really unique is a beautiful way of connecting with a garment or textile, and because mistakes and wonky stitching can be embraced it's the perfect project for beginner sewers like me.

Read more: how to do basic clothes mending Recently I've been exploring images of boro cloths and sashiko stitching to add some inspiration into my repair repertoire. Image: Minamitextiles History of boro stitching Although beautiful, boro cloths came about through pure necessity. Tips. Big Stitch Quilting - an Easy and Fun Hand Quilting Technique | Shiny Happy World. Machine Quilting Myth #2 | Machine Quilting Business. Machine Quilting Myth #2You can quilt two, three or more quilts per day!

Machine Quilting Myth #2 is a “sister” to Machine Quilting Myth #1. The reasoning goes that if it takes only an hour or two to quilt a quilt (Myth #1), than you should be able to quilt three or more quilts per day. Please, DON’T BELIEVE THIS! If you read the comments to Machine Quilting Myth #1, you will quickly realize that it takes MUCH longer than two or three hours to complete a quilt on a quilting machine. But … what is being quilted and what is the quality of the quilting.If the quilts are small, such as baby size quilts to a twin size quilt, you could do two per day, but I would think that the quilting would be more all over, edge to edge or pantograph work.

If the quilts are smaller and are using the same backing fabric, I’ll either put both quilts onto the quilting machine at the same time. But other questions that this myth raises are – Do you REALLY want to be quilting more than one quilt per day? Quilty Folk: Part #1: Learning How to Make the Baptist Fan Pattern for Hand Quilting. Someone asked about a tutorial for making the Baptist Fan Pattern for hand quilting. It seems pretty complicated until you break it down, then you might wonder why you haven't been stitching this pattern all along!

For the formal (very structured and tidy) style of Baptist Fans, you start with a basic template. I use template plastic, but cardboard is good too--just make sure it's stiff enough to withstand repeated use. Cut your template plastic (or cardboard) in a long rectangle shape at about 1 1/4" wide and 9 or so inches long. Then, starting from the bottom, mark the distance you want between the arcs of your fans, making sure that the distance from the bottom of the template to the first mark is the same distance as well. For this template I marked 1" increments, but you can customize your template however you choose. First off (see the picture below), you need to line your template up placing the bottom hole directly over the corner of your quilt (paper). The Quilting Edge: There's More than One Way to Quilt a Spiral... Quilting Spirals with a Walking Foot When using a walking foot, I love the amount of control I have as I'm stitching, resulting in very even concentric circles.

Don't get me wrong, I love the wobbly free motion ones as well but depending on the project and size of the desired's nice to have a choices. This particular method works best, if the piece you are quilting isn't overly large, since you are moving the quilt round and round in a circular motion.

The larger the project you are working on, the more cumbersome that would be. Quilting Spirals with a Walking Foot This sample block is approximately 20" square.Layer the quilt block, batting and backing together. Baste the layers preference is to use a basting spray. When I was first learning to quilt spirals, I would start my spiral by drawing a small freehand spiral with an erasable fabric pen.I've drawn you a sample. Wind yourself extra bobbins because you'll need them. Now just stitch away....

Single Girl Quilt Along – Week 5 | a cuppa and a catch up. So, your Single Girl is all basted and ready to quilt. Yay! Are you hand quilting yours too? I’m going to chat about how I transferred the quilting design provided in the pattern onto the quilt top, my threads & needles of choice & some thimble love. I have to admit when I made my first Single Girl Quilt I did ponder about how to transfer the hand quilting design onto the quilt top. So as usual I turned to my old friends Google and flickr and did a few searches & asked some questions. I found this via this lovely flickr quilter and after a quick email convo I was away! I’ll try and explain without too much waffling how I approached the hand quilting of the Single Girl. After basting the quilt I worked on a ‘circle’ of quilting at a time starting at the centre of the quilt and working my way out as usual.

What you’ll need:: First I traced the quilting design provided in the pattern. Next select your marking weapon of choice. Place your template onto your quilt. Happy Quilting! X. Seams to be you and me | The (mis)adventures of two quilting friends. Charm About You.

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A Quilter’s Cautionary Tale – Longarming Gone Wrong | BadAss Quilters Society. No one likes a tale of woe, quilters most of all. For those who have experienced it, there is nothing like that heart-stopping moment when you find that your quilt has been mistreated by the person who was supposed to love it and bring it to life. Today we learn from the experience of a friend who is currently damned to the hell of skinning two quilts that were very badly done. Now, let me be clear that there is a far margin between a botched quilt job and just not liking the way a quilter who was let to “quilt as desired” has chosen to quilt a quilt, but at a certain point calling out bad work is necessary, and learning from it is helpful to the quilting community as a whole. In Longarm Quilting there are a whole bunch of choices to be made for each quilt: pattern, quilt piecing, thread color, stitch length, density, and batting come to mind.

Each of these choices has a parameter of viable choice depending on the quilt, the quilter, and the price point. Crappy batting anyone?? The Quilter's Cache - Marcia Hohn's free quilt patterns! Thoughts on how to quilt this Around the World quilt? - Ask The Expert - How Should I Quilt This...? - APQS Forums. I wouldn't stipple in either black border. Those are the frames that enclose the interior.

Piano keys with spacing that matches the piecing would be easy and effective for the outer border. If you can get away with only SIDing the inner black border, that would make a nice frame. If you need stitching inside the inner border, a straight line down the middle would continue the graphic lines and keep the focus on the colored piecing. Traditional quilting for this type of pattern made up of many small squares is CCs. You can stitch traditional CCs that are like circles/pumpkinseeds or you can do Terry Twists or any other variation. Google "line dancing" or "Diana Philips quilter" for inspiration.

If you have one or two fabrics that you want to accentuate (like all the brown florals or perhaps the palest fabric) don't stitch CCs on those--just SID them. Another options is diagonal lines through the corners of the squares, following the paths that the different colors make. Taylored Stitches | Longarm Quilting. Quilt Alliance. Quilt Query / FAQ Quilt Query provides expert answers to frequently-asked questions about quilts. The page combines our Quilt Query FAQ with questions from our Quilt Query Archive. If you have any quilt related questions that you would like to submit, that have not been covered by the experts below, please contact us. Appraising / Value You may get help from an expert in the field. Major quilt shows, held around the country, sometimes offer appraisal booths, where for a fee, quilt experts look at your quilt and tell you approximate date and will identify the pattern.

You can do some detective work on your own thanks to the book Clues in the Calico, by quilt historian Barbara Brackman. Another helpful resource for quilt dates is the book Dating Fabrics: A Color Guide 1800-1960, by Eileen Trestain. If the quilt is made with mostly straight lines, it's likely a pieced quilt.

Prepared by Penny McMorris, quilt historian and author, 8/00. Quilt dating is a learned skill. "You don't understand! Machine Quilting Frames | Hand Quilting Frames | Rotary Cutters. Lucie The Happy Quilter's Blog | Sewing Tales of a Longarm Quilter | Page 2. Hello my lovelies. I hope you’ve all had a fab Monday. The days seem to be whizzing by. And the New Year is looming. There are some many things I would like to do before 2015 ends!!!! I spent a bit of time in my sewing room on Saturday longarm quilting one last quilt for this year.

This one was pieced by Lynne. Yesterday, which was Sunday, I decided that I wanted to sit quietly to do some simple hand stitching. You may remember that I posted about this simple scrappy clamshell project recently ….. Well I received an email from June this morning asking if I had done a clamshell tutorial previously. First let me say that there are many ways of doing clamshells but this is the way I approached the task. Once your clamshells are cut out it’s time to sew them together. Once you have a row of clamshells you can add and sew across the row. Now you can sew. Now let’s move onto the pressing. I have been working my clamshell quilt top row after row. Happy stitching. ♥ ♥ Patsy Thompson Designs: Free Downloads. Free Downloads The downloads below are completely free for anyone to use in their own quilting creations! To download the files to your computer, simply click on the download button link, and your browser will begin the download.

***For some of you using Internet Explorer, there may be a problem with directly downloading the drawings. You can circumvent this by right-clicking on the file, then choosing "save target as. " You can then save the file to a location on your computer. Once file has been saved, you should be able to open it without a problem. Fast and Free, Volumes 0.5 and 1 Fast and Free, Vol. 2 Fast and Free, Vol. 3 Free Motion Fun With Feathers, Vol. 1 Free Motion Fun With Vines & Leaves, Vol. 1 Free Motion Fun With Vines & Leaves, Vol. 2 Checklist: Pre-Flight Checklist (DOC – 2.50KB) Fast and Free, Volumes 0.5 and 1: Fast and Free, Vol. 2: Fast and Free, Vol. 3: Bonus Download for Right Handed Quilters (PDF – 1.8MB)Bonus Download for Left Handed Quilters (PDF – 2.68MB) Continuous Line Quilting Designs: Machine Quilting Tips on Craftsy.

When you frequently start and stop a free-motion quilting pattern, you’ll often end up with a mess of carried threads across the quilt back. A continuous line quilting design, on the other hand, allows quilters to avoid starts and stops. As the name suggests, continuous line quilting patterns flow from one element into the next, such as a flower surrounded by blades of stitched grass. Nature patterns like wildlife and foliage make up many continuous quilting patterns, but other designs may be abstract shapes or even household objects.

With this technique, you’ll be able to avoid lots of carried threads on a quilt back (or inside the quilt, for hand quilters). Continuous line quilting designs are especially common on longarm machines, where they often appear in repeat. You don’t have to work on a long-arm machine, however, to practice continuous line quilting designs! Sketching Quilt Patterns Sizing and Transferring a Quilting Design Quilt with Nature Motifs. Color Me Quilty. Machine Quilting 101:Picking a Pattern. We are up to week 6 in the Machine Quilting 101 Series! I'm very excited about today's post! If you'd like to check out the previous posts, I've added the links for easy access: Week 1: IntroductionWeek 2: Pre-basting PrepWeek 3: BastingWeek 4: Practice, Practice, PracticeWeek 5: Working your way around the quilt Today we will be talking about how to pick a quilting pattern for your quilt.

You've probably heard the phrase "quilting makes the quilt". The main thing to consider when picking a pattern is what is your comfort level vs. the risk. Not to sound like a broken record, but don't underestimate the power of practice. When picking a quilting pattern for a quilt, there isn't one right answer. All Over Quilting: Sometimes all you need is something to hold all the layers together. On this patchwork quilt, I quilted loops down the center of each row, eyeballing the line of stitching down the middle. On my trees! For my candy cane quilt, I quilted lines of loops that follow the patchwork. Stitch Length for Quilting with a Walking Foot. By Melba Marshall (Macon, GA) What type of stitch and stitch length do I use with the walking foot? Reply The purpose of the walking foot (aka even feed foot, IDT on a Pfaff) on a sewing machine is to pull the layers of a quilt sandwich evenly through the machine.

That prevents puckering and tucks from forming on the backing side. The best stitches to use are those with all forward movement like your straight stitch, which is the most commonly used stitch for machine quilting. Straight Stitching For straight stitching, it is advised to set your machine's stitch length to 2.5 to 3.0 or about 8-12 stitches per inch. For threads with sparkle or shine, use a longer stitch length. If you are using a thicker thread, say a 30 weight rayon, a longer stitch length is appropriate. For a monofilament thread, I like a shorter stitch length to help hide the thread. With a traditional 50 wt 100% cotton quilting thread I set my stitch length to 2.5 and then test to see if I like the resulting effect.

Learn How to Machine Quilt Big Projects on Your Home Sewing Machine. Class Description Finishing a bed-size quilt doesn't have to be a king-size chore. Award-winning quilter Ann Petersen shows you five easy, large-scale quilting techniques. You'll learn how to finish any quilt beautifully with the same sewing machine you've always used.

Basic quilters will enjoy Ann's helpful, easy-to-follow instructions, while more advanced quilters will pick up dozens of tips and tricks for whole-quilt finishing, splitting your block or batting, quilting blocks as-you-go or adding borders to a central medallion. Learn More about Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine Lesson Plan Lesson 1. Learn five easy techniques to tackle any size quilt on a home sewing machine. Lesson 2. Design considerations, color, fabric and thread choices. Lesson 3. You'll learn how to spray baste safely, heat-set the adhesive with your iron, set up your workspace and get your machine ready for stitching. Lesson 4. Strategies for working the whole quilt at once. Lesson 5. Lesson 6. Lesson 7.

F.A.Q. Learn more about Leah and find the answers to all your questions about machine setup, tables, tools, supplies, fabric, and more. General questions about the project How do you come up with so many designs? Why did you start the project? Are you a formally trained artist / Do you have an art degree? How do you manage to do it all? Free Motion Fillers DVD and Books What books and DVDs have been created about the Free Motion Quilting Project?

Machine Setup Do you drop your feed dogs and / or what stitch length do you use? General Quilting Tips What supplies / tools do you recommend? Don't see the question you have? How do you come up with so many designs? Coming up with new free motion quilting designs is really very easy. If you take the design Paisley for example, all you have to do to come up with a new design is change the starting shape! Of course, there are always new designs and new design types being formed. Back to Top Why did you start the project? Back to Top No. Yes! Back to Top. Local Classes – Pile O' Fabric.

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