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23 secrets for stress-free quilting

23 secrets for stress-free quilting

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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″. Finished Paintbox Quilt The Paintbox Quilt is finished! This quilt is made with 64 - 6.5" blocks in 32 color combinations (8 by 8 blocks with 1.5" sashing). Each combination is a Kona cotton solid and a monochromatic quilting print. One of the blocks in each combination is made with a printed center and outer ring and the other is made with a solid center and outer ring. I had a hard time deciding how to lay out the blocks for the quilt.

Red Pepper Quilts A few weeks ago I received an email from Diana. Diana asked if she could send me some fabrics: "I would like to send you some fabrics. Because i like them and because i love your quilts. I don't want you to make me a quilt, I don't want you to buy them from me. I don't want you to write about me or make any kind of publicity."

How to Quilt: Scrap Quilts How to Quilt>Scrap Quilts Bonnie Hunter is a quilter who specializes in scrap quilts using fabric from thrift shops or donations from friends' closets. Recently she visited with us for our Eavesdrop on a Telephone Conversation, and the specific topic was how to choose the garments at a thrift shop that will make great fabric for a quilt. Here is a sampling of her answers:

How to choose quilt fabrics in five minutes (+ giveaway!) Quilt designer Kathy Brown admits that choosing fabric for quilts has never been difficult for her. (Envious? I admit it. 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?

Ryan Walsh Quilts: Dresden Wedges Mug Rug Tutorial { Made Using A Bliss Candy Bar by Moda Fabrics } I was contacted last week by Jill, a member of the Denver Sewing Collective, a community group in Denver, Colorado. Currently 130 members strong, the Collective proudly promotes community, shopping local and the wonderful art of sewing. They meet 2-3 times a month doing various projects or often times just to sew and get together with like-minded sewing fanatics. MissouriQuiltCo's Channel‬‏ This is an ad we are running for our Quilter's Daily Deal, the link she is pointing to when she says click here is -­uiltingspecials This took us almost 8 hours to film, and another 8 hours to prepare all the props for it. It was hard because we had to do it all in one take, so we would get almost all the way through, then one sign wouldn't go up right or something goofy and we'd have to start all over. Mom did so good not being distracted, we had 5 helpers on the sides doing signs and props.

I'm actually getting it done... I'm following Vicki's lead and quilting for an hour first thing in the morning. I have been making a lot of progress on my Scrappy String and I'm enjoying it immensely. If I keep up at this pace, this quilt will be done in no time. Since I've decided to make it a tall, narrow wall-hanging I think it will be easy for me to quilt too.

1.414: every quilter’s magic number Numbers. I confess a love/hate relationship with them. They are so unyielding; so absolute. The mathematic principles that decree my checkbook should balance refuse to yield to my creative genius. I usually get three different totals when I add up my withdrawals and subtract them from the deposits. And do any of my numbers match the bank’s?

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. a string quilt block tutorial – paper pieced method I’m so blown away by all the wonderful comments on my string quilt, now aptly named ‘Kaleidoscope’ (many thanks to Kerri who was the first to suggest it, followed by 9 others of you who had the same thought!) I think it’s just perfect. And now, a quick tutorial – I had a few requests for a tutorial on making this type of quilt, so I figured I’d oblige (it’s the least I can do, right?). This shows the paper piecing method, which is my preferred method. To start, you’ll want to decide on the size of your blocks.