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BadAss Quilters Society-In Quilting - Attitude is Everything! Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: How Many Squares in a Yard?!

Paper piecing

Applique. The Quilting Edge: Duct Tape......Who Knew!!!!/Design Wall Tutorial. Well, all you handymen, of course.....but was I listening, well frankly, NO.

The Quilting Edge: Duct Tape......Who Knew!!!!/Design Wall Tutorial

I'm now officially a Duct Tape convert. I've been putting off making this design wall forever.Why you may or may not ask....how hard can it be?? Well the answer is, there are two ways to do everything...the hard way and the easy way. I've made design walls before and trust me, I took the hard way. I came up with yesterday's floppy design wall because I wanted to avoid making the whole covered insulation type.

The reason I hated making this type of design wall, was that I actually tried gluing the batting to the insulation board with a glue gun....things melted...well dah!! Did doing the things the hard way end there.....well, what do you think? Quilt Rescue - Finishing Antique Tops - Anita Shackelford. Save my Bleeding Quilt! Outstanding sewing, quilting, and needlework tutorials since 2005. Florence from flossie teacakes brings us this excellent guide to some of the more common sewing machine feet.

Outstanding sewing, quilting, and needlework tutorials since 2005.

Be sure to click through to her introduction and explore her made by florence shop! Don’t forget to comment below for this week’s Sewing Machine Month prizes. 23 secrets for stress-free quilting. How to resize quilt blocks: easy (promise!) quilt math. I’ve always had trouble with numbers.

How to resize quilt blocks: easy (promise!) quilt math

I stand in awe of those of you who can manipulate them with skill and finesse. I break into a sweat if I need to figure out what numbers to punch into the copy machine in order to enlarge a 12″ appliqué pattern into 15″. Are you with me here? Do you have a math phobia too? If you don’t and number among the math adept, please feel free to smirk and feel superior.

Quilting has a way of sneaking past phobias. “Ya start with whatcha want, and ya divide it by whatcha got.” Imagine a darling little appliqué that’s just perfect for your wall, but the 12″ block is too large. Begin with your goal—it’s the reason you have to deal with quilt math in the first place. The copy machine wants a percentage, so move that pesky decimal point to the right by two spots, and then you’re done. Let’s work it the other way and make it a little more complex. Virtual Classroom. HST - 8 at a Time I make 8 HST at a time using this method that you've probably seen before, so this will be a refresher for some of you.

Virtual Classroom

Begin with two squares, in this case I'm beginning with (2) 8" x 8" squares. Place RIGHT sides together. I use an OMNIGRID 1/4" ruler and I then draw a line on each side of the ruler from corner to corner. Then do the same procedure on the other corner. Solving Triangles. "Solving" means finding missing sides and angles.

Solving Triangles

Six Different Types If you need to solve a triangle right now choose one of the six options below: Which Sides or Angles do you know already? (Click on the image or link) Quilt Basics - Quilting The Quilt - Part 5 of 5. As we enter the final phase of making a quilt, you should be proud of all you've learned thus far.

Quilt Basics - Quilting The Quilt - Part 5 of 5

If you think back to Part 1 of this Series, you may have been skeptical about adding "how to quilt" to your sewing toolbox of skills. Now you can see it was simply a case of ignoring your fears and going forward with curiosity and confidence. We encourage you to remember this as we venture into the final phase! Quilting a quilt can be very simple or quite complex. Remember, you are the creator and it’s your creative vision that drives the process. In this tutorial, we'll be providing step-by-step instructions on basic quilting techniques that can be used on any kind of quilt (or any other quilted item, like a pillow or bag). Make it Right: 8 Tips for Precision Piecing. Precision piecing is an important part of your quilting projects.

Make it Right: 8 Tips for Precision Piecing

After all, since you are spending the time to prepare, cut, sew and quilt your fabrics, why not make sure everything goes together well. These tips for precision piecing will make perfectly pieced quilts a breeze. Photos via A Quilting Life 1. Prepare your fabrics. One of the first steps in quilting is the preparation of your fabric. How to Put Photos on a Quilt - 24 Blocks. How to Put Photos on a Quilt Want to make a photo quilt, or simply incorporate a picture into your project?

How to Put Photos on a Quilt - 24 Blocks

Thanks to technology, that isn’t a tough request at all! We’ve crafted an easy-to-follow guide for placing photos on your quilt, so your creation can have that personalized touch you’re looking for. Simply follow the tips below! Quilting 101 - Quilt making tips and resources. World Wide Quilting Page. Great Uses for Freezer paper. Freezer paper is that wonderful stuff you can find in your grocers storage aisle along with Ziploc bags and foil wrap.

Great Uses for Freezer paper

One side is paper and the other has a light coating of a plastic which melts like wax when you iron it. To adhere it to fabric, place the wax side down on the wrong side of the fabric, then use a medium iron to adhere it to the fabric. Ostensibly for wrapping meat, I suspect freezer paper is used far more often for quilting fabrics. Buy good quality freezer paper - Reynolds is far easier to use for freezer paper piecing than Costco, for example. Freezer paper is great for appliqué. Draw your motif on the dull side, cut it out and iron it to the top of the appliqué piece. Freezer paper can also be used for paper piecing. Freezer paper templates are great for hand sewing, too. The secret to Y-seams. Earlier in the week I dug out an old UFO to continue quilting and I busted the sewing machine needle.

The secret to Y-seams

When I sat down to start sewing the pieces together on the Carpenter’s Wheel I discovered a huge burr in the needle hole! And, after running around town, I couldn’t find a file small enough to file out the burr. A little tutorial on making practically perfect points in quilt blocks. Ok so there is no doubt, I love making pretty points when sewing my blocks together.

I LOVE to match up my seams as nicely as I can. It makes me all excited when I do this and then look at the nice points and matched seams. When I say this and then explain how I do this, you may think I’m a little OCD or particular. But really, nothing can be further from the truth. IRL you would not find me OCD at all. Quick_reference_guide.pdf. 10 Big Picture Habits for Happy, Successful Sewing. Virginia Lindsay of Gingercake and Gingercake Patterns recently gave us the Free Owl Pattern from her latest book, Pretty Birds. She also shared her free Day Out Purse + Variations (which you can make and sell, if you wish) and discussed The Balancing Act of Putting a Price on Handmade, both tying in nicely with her informative Sewing to Sell book. Virginia’s back with her thoughts on 10 Big Picture Habits for Happy, Successful Sewing. Quilt Batting - Types and How to Choose the Right One.

Quilt batting is used in various sewing and quilting projects, is also known as wadding. It is used as a layer of insulation between fabrics, most often used in quilt making. Batting is the filling of quilts and makes them warm and heavy. It's usually manufactured from cotton, polyester or wool, and recently manufacturers started to use bamboo fibers. Types of Batting Cotton batting - because it's made from natural fibers is favored for its soft texture and comfort. 100% cotton batting is usually 1/8" thick. Polyester batting holds its shape and thickness compared to other fibers. Wool batting is very lightweight and is used for its warmth. Cotton/Poly blends are typically 80% cotton and 20% polyester. Bamboo batting is made from 50% bamboo and 50% organic cotton blend batting. 12 Tips for Basting a Quilt. Whether you have been quilting 10 days or 10 years, you’ve probably learned that there are more than a few ways to baste a quilt.

And while everyone has an opinion on the best methods for basting, the two most popular ways to baste a quilt are pin basting and spray basting. Other methods include basting with fusibles and basting with thread, which you can read about here.