Quilt Dad: orbc quilt-along Thank you all so much for the wonderful feedback you've been leaving me on my last tutorial. I am so glad to hear that I've been able to help so many new quilters (and even some older, but new-to-wonky quilters!) get started on this new project. I've even heard from some of the more experienced quilters that I was able to offer a few new tips, which is great. It's been so much fun seeing all of the blocks you've been creating, and I really hope you're enjoying yourself in the process. Before moving on to today's tutorial, I wanted to take care of a few pieces of business. There are, however, two points of clarification that I want to call out here. You can also begin to introduce pieced strips to make longer usable strips out of too-short ones, a technique I'll be introducing in this post. Second, I also want to comment on fabric requirements for the quilt along. Finally, I made the block from the first tutorial into an adorable little quilted pillow for my giveaway winner. ... and trim.
pretty quick pillowcase tutorial (& bonus french seam instructions) I guess you can read that anyway you’d like – this tutorial creates a pretty pillowcase, and it’s also pretty quick! And a bit addicting too. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to just keep on making them. As I said in the previous post, I based my measurements for Whitney’s pillowcase on a pillowcase that we have here. I don’t really know what a standard pillowcase size is, but these measurements result in a pillowcase that measures about 20″ x 29″. If you have a larger pillow, you may need to adjust your measurements accordingly. Materials: 1 yard of fabric per pillow (Note: if you want the cuff of the pillow to be a different fabric, you can reduce the main fabric to 3/4 of a yard, and add in 1/4 yard of a coordinating fabric for the cuff) 1.5″ x width of fabric for the trim (or, alternatively, you could use other trim here – I used rick rack for these pillowcases). Note: For these pillowcases I used Anna Maria Horner flannels, which are a standard 42/44″ width.
Tutorial: Sprocket Pillows These are my favorite new pillows. They are fast and unbelievably easy to make…and I hope you love them as much as I do. I did my best to simplify the instructions/pattern so they are beginner friendly, and super fun to make. If you’ve never worked with a template or curves, and your nervous about it…these pillows are a perfect place to start. The only problem with them is that you can’t make just one…trust me …I tried. There are pattern templates for two sizes: Click the link below to download the pattern templates *For best results, print the templates directly from google docs (click file on the left and print). ** Please do not re-post the link to these templates on your own website! You will also need: Large fabric scraps for the top wedges, a 5" x width of fabric strip for the middle (plus a little extra for the large size), a fat quarter for the back, a bag of poly-fill stuffing, and a button and thread for the center. Let’s get started!!!! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.
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: Penny: How do you know whether a particular garment would make a good fabric for a quilt? Bonnie: I look for garments the same way I look for fabric. If it says 100% cotton, then that’s the first thing I’ll look for. The next thing I check is how the fabric feels in my hand. I look for the same kinds of things when I look for articles of clothing to cut up for fabric. Penny: You don’t use polyester? Bonnie: No, I don’t. Men’s shirts, so far, have not incorporated spandex. Penny: How do you estimate how much fabric you’ll be able to get from a particular garment? Bonnie: The size of the garment will give you an idea.
Aligning the Quilt Sandwich I have finished the Mini Quilt and in doing so have also prepared a simple tutorial to show you how I go about aligning a pieced quilt back with the quilt top. The back for this quilt was pieced with a horizontal strip of small squares of fabric and was at least three inches larger than the quilt top. To baste the quilt the backing was taped right side down on a hard surface. This quilt was small enough to baste on my work table, which sure makes it an easier task than on the floor. I then used a pink chalk marker to mark the center of each of the edges of the top, bottom, right side and left side of the backing fabric. This image shows where the backing, batting and quilt top were marked for both the top and LHS and RHS. The next step is to place the batting on top of the backing ensuring it is centered. Each edge of the quilt top was then also marked with its center point using a pin. Guide lines for quilting I then pin basted the quilt and commenced quilting using a walking foot.
Applique - Fused Edge Prep - Quilting Tutorial from ConnectingThreads.com by Karen Johnson Why fused edge appliqué? Fusing your fabric pieces is an easy way to complete an appliqué project fast. You can leave the edges unstitched if you don't plan to launder the finished project (wall hangings, art quilts). Or you can finish the raw edges with blanket or zig zag stitching if you are going to launder the quilt. Here are a few photos of fused edges with various stitch finishes from my Introduction to Applique segment. Which fusible? Begin by taking a sheet of fusible and trace your pattern. Tip! Windowing fusible In our flower example here, less fusible in the finished piece is desired because the flower is large, so we're going to cut out some of the unneeded fusible web. To create the window, take your original tracing, and cut from the inside, approx 1/4" inside the line. At this point, do NOT cut the outer line. Prepare your fabric for the fusible piece. Gently remove one side of the paper from the fusible. Continue to remove the paper gently. Time to cut!
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