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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

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To find out more about  Deborah Kemball, you can read my Meet the Designer article in Quilter’s World summer 2016 issue.  She is just an awesome and talented person.

Her latest book Euphoria Tapestry Quilt is eye candy! Her work is all needle turning appliqué, but she’s the first to say that many of her students have made beautiful projects using raw edge appliqué.  I have also seen her designs transformed into very modern pillows with minimal quilting.

I love her book and just have to get the new eco tote … Can someone PLEASE tell my sister?

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

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Katja is such an inspiration!  She is a Designer and Quilt Shop owner in BC (Canada) and she has published her second book this summer.  You can quilt along with her here  and share in the progress of your blocks.

I believe the perpetual calendar was just released at Fall Quilt Market and is the perfect stocking stuffer.  Can someone PLEASE tell my husband 🙂

STEP 8: ADDING BORDERS

img_0806-002The border is the last strip of fabric that you sew around the entire perimeter of the quilt (not to be confused with the binding).  You usually choose the width relative to the thickness of your mattress as it is often added to cover that specific area.

The common mistake at this stage is to cut the border to the length that is written on the pattern rather than checking the actual length of your quilt on hand.  And this is why this process is step 8 in the 12 steps to successful quilt making! Continue reading “STEP 8: ADDING BORDERS”

12 DESIGNERS OF CHRISTMAS

claire-noelThe holiday season is fast approaching and I am sure many husbands, kids and friends are wondering what to get their favorite quilter for Christmas!

Lindsey Rhodes truly inspired me last May when she launched May is for Makers.  I loved how people connected and started committing to purchasing a pattern a week and making the project.  It got me thinking that we should have a month dedicated to showcasing designers so we could find new projects.

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STEP 7: ASSEMBLING YOUR BLOCKS

img_0812You’ve finally finished your blocks and you are thinking that the worst part is done!

Really?

Assembling your blocks is a crucial moment: you have to maintain your accuracy while ensuring that all the blocks are sewn in the right direction.  And you will have guessed it!  It’s the Step 7 in the 12 steps to successful quilt making. Continue reading “STEP 7: ASSEMBLING YOUR BLOCKS”

STEP 6: TAKING THE RIGHT MEASUREMENTS

step-6We are half way through the 12 steps to successful quilt making.  And I must admit:  This is my favorite! In fact it is my favorite because nobody seems to take notice and yet it is the most important point.

When piecing a quilt following a pattern: when do you check the measurements of your work?

If you need a finished 12 inch block: do you check each one as soon as it is made to ensure that it measures 12½“?

Much to my surprise, not many people can answer yes.

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STEP 5: PRECISE 1/4″ SEAM ALLOWANCE


Do you have a quarter inch foot on your sewing machine?

Do you know where to find the quarter inch of your foot?

These are the two questions I automatically ask any student inquiring about how to achieve a precise seam allowance.

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STEP 4: PRECISE CUTTING

Step 4: Precise cuttingI wrote an article on this subject  in the Autumn 2014 Quilter’s World issue.

When deciding on the 12 steps to successful quilt making, I knew precision cutting had to be one of them.  The only question was which ranking it would have.

Here are a few key elements to ensure that you have precision cutting: Continue reading “STEP 4: PRECISE CUTTING”

STEP 3: PRESSING YOUR FABRICS

To pStep 3: Pressing Fabricsress or not to press?  That is a common question.  And I believe it to be the third step in the 12 steps to successful quilt making as ironing fabrics is essential in quilting.

But beware!

Please do not iron fabrics like you would a men’s shirt. I prefer saying that we press our fabrics! Continue reading “STEP 3: PRESSING YOUR FABRICS”

STEP 2: ORGANIZING YOUR WORK SPACE

Step 2: organizing your work spaceThis is a key element in the 12 steps to successful quilt making.

Believe it or not,  50% of the class content in my beginner’s class in quilt making is developing students organizational skills. If you are not well organized, you won’t succeed in your project.

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