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Quilting with Adobe Illustrator. Fabric Yardage Charts: How Much Fabric Do You Need? | J&O Fabrics. Bedding Yardage Fabric for bedding is often overlooked because of a lack of variety or because of the expense associated with department store prices. However, at J&O Fabrics' online fabric store we carry an extensive selection of fabrics that are appropriate for bedding. These are designer fabrics at discount prices that are ideal for bedspreads, pillow covers, sheets, blankets, duvets, dust ruffles and so on.

With the following charts J&O offers some estimates on how many yards you may need for specific bedding projects. Bedspreads cover the entire bed by folding over the bed pillows and hanging all the way to the floor on a standard bed. Throw Style Bedspread Semi-fitted Style Bedspread Mattress Edge Fitted Bedspread Gathered Skirt Coverlets are similar to comforters in that they cover the top of the bed only. Throw Style Coverlet Semi-fitted Style Coverlet Fitted at Mattress Edge Style Coverlet To the top Comforters cover the mattress, but not the box spring. To the top Boxed Pillow Sham Swags. BadAss Quilters Society-In Quilting - Attitude is Everything! Quiltville's Quips & Snips!!: How Many Squares in a Yard?!

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Applique. The Quilting Edge: Duct Tape......Who Knew!!!!/Design Wall Tutorial. Well, all you handymen, of course.....but was I listening, well frankly, NO. I'm now officially a Duct Tape convert. I've been putting off making this design wall forever.Why you may or may not 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. But oh how I love a firm design wall versus a floppy one....alright take your minds out of the gutter. 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? Last night I decided to bite the bullet and made plans to go to Home Depot. I bought a package of six insulation boards, 3/4" x 14 1/2" x 48". Supplies: Insulation Boards. Quilt Rescue - Finishing Antique Tops - Anita Shackelford. Save my Bleeding Quilt! Feet, Feet, Feet! | Sew Mama Sew | 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. 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. Attaching your feet… The first thing to think about with feet is how easy they are to attach to your machine. On my old machine I had to use a small screw to change feet – this was time consuming and eventually led to the screw threads being worn down and the feet becoming loose. My current machine allows the feet to be easily snapped on and off in less than a second (pictured above), which is fantastic if, like me, you rarely stick to one foot during a sewing session. Standard Presser Foot This holds your fabric nicely in place with an even pressure.

It allows you to use a straight stitch or a zigzag and is universally useful. Many of the parts of this pincushion have been assembled using a Standard Presser Foot Big Foot. 23 secrets for stress-free quilting | May/June 2007 Issue | Quilter's Home. How to resize quilt blocks: easy (promise!) quilt math. I’ve always had trouble with numbers. 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. I envy you. 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. One way to check that you did the math correctly is to remember the following. 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.

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. I use a Frixion pen for marking because I like the nice sharp point and it disappears as soon as the iron touches the marked fabric. Your square will look like this.....ready for you to sew....... ....exactly on each of the lines....well as exactly as you can! Then, use a ruler and your first cut will be down the center, vertically exactly through the intersection of the stitching lines.

Your second cut will be horizontally through the intersection of the stitching lines. Then you will have this. Now, cut diagonally through each of the little squares. Press each HST with the seam toward the darker fabric. Solving Triangles. "Solving" means finding missing sides and angles. 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) ... or read on to find out how you can become an expert triangle solver: Your Solving Toolbox Want to learn to solve triangles?

Imagine you are "The Solver" ... ... the one they ask for when a triangle needs solving! In your solving toolbox (along with your pen, paper and calculator) you have these 3 equations: With those three equations you can solve any triangle (if it can be solved at all). Six Different Types (More Detail) There are SIX different types of puzzles you may need to solve. This means we are given all three angles of a triangle, but no sides. A AAA triangle is impossible to solve further since there are is nothing to show us size ... we know the shape but not how big it is.

We need to know at least one side to go further. In this case, we have no choice. 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. 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. Many claim it's the quilting that really makes the quilt in the end. 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).

There’s a general misconception that the final quilting is a machine function. You need to determine which quilting method you want to use prior to sitting down at the machine. In the ditch quilting. Make it Right: 8 Tips for Precision Piecing. Precision piecing is an important part of your quilting projects. 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. Some quilters (whether they prewash or not) prefer to starch all of their fabrics before cutting for a quilt project. Photo via A Quilting Life 2. There is an old adage in sewing and quilting that goes a little like this: “Measure twice. When cutting several strips of fabric, it’s a good idea to occasionally stop and make sure the fabric is still square. 3.

Once it is time to begin sewing, seam allowances are of critical importance. 4. Some blocks end up with little “tails” or pieces of fabric that extend into the seam allowance of individual blocks. 5. 6. 7. 8. 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? 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! Figure out how many photos you’ll needAre you trying to make a memory quilt filled with photos, or simply incorporate a few snapshots? That’ll help you plan the quilt, and also figure out how much printer-friendly fabric or iron-on transfers you’ll need. Now that you know a few ways to add photographs to fabric, you can make a sentimental memory photo quilt or simply throw some unique snapshots onto a quilt pattern – have fun with it! 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. 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. There are several methods of freezer paper 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. Freezer paper can be run through your ink jet printer (not a laser printer!)

Freezer paper can also help you to print on fabric. The secret to Y-seams | Bloomin' Workshop. Earlier in the week I dug out an old UFO to continue quilting and I busted the sewing machine needle. 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. So I dug out my Featherweight to continue sewing while I wait for a new needle plate to arrive.

Luckily, my needle plate is not as expensive as some! So… are you ready for the Y-seams? The SECRET to sewing Y-seams is to know where the seams of each piece intersect at the corners. Once you know where the 1/4″ seam allowances intersect, all you have to do is pin them in place and sew. 99 percent of the time they will turn out perfectly. With a pencil, mark where the 1/4″ seam allowance at every point. Use a pin to pin through the dot at each end before you sew. Start by sewing the 8 diamonds in the middle. Here are the sections as we will sew them together. Like this:

A little tutorial on making practically perfect points in quilt blocks | Anjeanette Klinder. 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. But for some reason, it makes my insides all a flutter when I make a nice point and match my seams.

It isn’t that I’ve always been able to do this. When I was a little girl, my quilting mostly consisted of making plain patchwork and then tying them off. I know when I first really took a real dive into quilting as I do now, my seams were not perfectly matched and my points were poo. Anyway, I thought I’d share some of my tips that I’ve learned along the way. So lets start with a row of four half square triangles put together. A few things first: Starch, steam or sizing. Needle Down. Score! 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. What are some big, important things you can do to improve the quality of your sewing time? Have you made any overarching changes to your sewing time or attitude? Do you have any big goals for your sewing time this summer? We’d love to hear from you in the comments… Lately I have been thinking a lot about habits– both forming good habits and breaking bad ones. It gets me thinking about my favorite subject: sewing, of course.

I have been thinking about bigger picture habits. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. . « Is there a “Best Sewing Needle”? 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. Bonded batting has a light adhesive on both sides to hold fibers together.

Fusible batting contains a fusible web so you can baste layers together. How to Choose the Best Quilt Batting for Your Needs: Bosal By Annie. 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. Once you’ve learned how to baste a quilt effectively using either of these methods, you’ll be able to get great results no matter which way you do it! We’ve rounded up some helpful tips and tricks from quilters about pin basting and spray basting, so read on some great ideas. Photo via Christa Quilts 1. 2. 3. Free Online Quilting Class Learn quiltmaking basics and make four treasured quilts.Enroll FREE Now » 4. 5. 6. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

What's your best tip for how to baste a quilt?