GREAT TUTORIAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

I had fun experimenting with the drunkard Path block in January and have come up with a fun project to make for Valentine’s day.

It can be a pillow, a place mat or a cute wall hanging.  It’s all up to you!

Here’s what I did. Continue reading “GREAT TUTORIAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY”

TIPS & TRICKS FOR A BETTER STUDIO

In my last blog, I discussed the fact that your sewing room needed to become your STUDIO this year as you will be experimenting with your quilting.  While giving my lecture last weekend, many students had questions regarding their studio and I thought I should elaborate more on the subject.

When I started to talk about organizing your space to make room for your creativity, way back in 2015, many students reminded me that I had the space in my quilt shop to have a studio.  So I accepted the challenge to create a studio in my home.  Keep in mind that I have 3 boys and do not live in a mansion! And I will not apologize for the mess in the following pictures. Continue reading “TIPS & TRICKS FOR A BETTER STUDIO”

STEP 10: ADEQUATE QUILTING

 

I must admit that quilting was not my favorite part of the quilting process for a long time … but on January 1st 2014 I decided that it would be part of my new year’s resolutions. As I mastered the academic side of quilting …. but not the pratical side. I cannot write this  blog without thanking Colleen for her loyal services since 2004 and if after reading this blog you wish to use her services, I would not be offended.

Quilting by Colleen Paul
It’s not easy being green!

Why?

Because the quilting is a necessity to ensure a long life to your quilt. When I started, I did not understand the importance of quilting and I rushed to do a minimalist quilting … and I was disappointed when a few years later the seams were loose, the fabrics would be stretched out and the colors fading …. in short a quilt that had cost me time and money did not last more than 3 years …. it did not take long to convince me to pay a professional to quilt them.  It became an investment, not an expense.

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Dancing Diamonds quilt pattern by PlumEasy Patterns
12 designers of Christmas

OK, some might think that this one is a bit bias. But it’s my blog 🙂

If you have an addiction to beautiful fabrics and have tons stashed in your house, this is the best pattern to showcase them all!  You don’t even have to use much of each. In fact a 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″ strip is all you need of each piece.

I wrote this pattern trying to make my dream quilt.  PlumEasy Patterns believed in my project and helped me create a template to sew my quilt with ease.  And the rest is history as we say!

So like and share this post with all your friends who are wondering what you are going to do with all your stash!  Don’t forget to leave a comment below so that I can keep track cause come December 25th, I will be randomly selected one lucky winner who will receive a copy of my pattern as my Christmas gift to you!

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

12 designers of Christmas

There are so many things I love about Victoria!  Of course she makes beautiful quilts but she is so much more!  She is very active with the Quilt Alliance, writes inspirational blogs and holds a Hats & Gloves drive for kids in NYC… that’s just to name a few things.  She also got me to do some soul searching every January to find the key word for my year and turn it into a quilt!

And she has so many gift ideas to choose from:  I would love the Star Storm Quilt AND her new Aurifil thread collection.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

12 Designers of Christmas

If you have many Jelly rolls laying on your shelves collecting dust: This is the absolute best present you can ask for!

Marti has been in the quilting industry for over 40 years and is always finding ways to keep right on track with what we need!  We all love to get the 2 1/2″ strips from our favorite fabric collection but sewing strips together can become a bit boring.  These 3 templates will help you create more intricate designs.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Sharyn Cole
12 Designers of Christmas

I have to admit that this was on my list of projects to make since Spring but had to delay due to my health problems.  But I plan on making one next year! Sharyn is the original Tuffet lady!

You can order the pattern with the foundation pattern only or get a complete kit so that you don’t have to run around to find the foam, feet and all the other little things you need to make a fabulous tuffet.

 

 

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

I spoke of the Free-Motion Quilting Workbook yesterday but I have to say that I used it with THIS BOOK!  I love how Christina explained free-motion quilting in this book and it has helped many of my students.

So if you plan on adding Learning free-motion quilting to your list of things to do in 2017: you need this book under the Christmas tree.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

This book is an absolute must have for anyone that really wants to free-motion quilt!  I have had several quilters confess that they have several quilting books at home but are still afraid to do it!  This book is the best as it actually gets you to try out on paper before going over to your sewing machine.  It’s that one small step that was missing in all the other books.  
So thank you Angela for this fantastic book!  I have had mine for some time now and truly enjoy it.

 

 

STEP 9: MAKING A SANDWICH

img_3593Congratulations!

The piecing part of your quilt is complete, now we must begin the quilting process.  As you have regularly used your design wall, you know that there are no excess fabric and the top will hang well on the batting.  All that’s left to do before quilting is adding the batting and backing.  And this is the 9th step in the 12 steps to successful quilt making. Continue reading “STEP 9: MAKING A SANDWICH”