• Create Fabric Paintings using Pre-cut Quilt Kits

    Ready to give picture quilts a try? My favorite way to create fabric paintings is to layer fabric shapes using fusible appliqué. It can be quite time consuming to iron fusible to your fabric and to cut out the various appliqué shapes. Now that laser pre-cut quilt kits are available, quilting images is easier than ever! What’s a laser pre-cut quilt kit? If you’re not familiar with these handy appliqué kits, you’re missing out! The kits include pre-cut fabrics with the fusible web already ironed in place. The fabrics have also been laser cut into the smaller, more intricate shapes required by the pattern. Small tabs keep the various cut…

  • Keep Your Sewing Room Organized with These 5 Tools

    In my experience, keeping fabric and quilting supplies organized can be difficult. Even though I have a sewing space and plenty of storage, I, personally, have struggled for years to keep everything in order and ready to use. I’ve bought fabric, but forgotten where I stowed it when I was finally ready to use it. I’ve picked out thread that perfectly complements my fabrics, but it was nowhere to be found by the time the quilt top was ready to be quilted. Even worse is when I cut my binding, put it “somewhere safe,” and then couldn’t locate my “safe place” so I had to cut the binding again. Needless…

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    Machine Quilting Ideas

    Once you’ve pieced and pressed your quilt top, how do you quilt your quilt? Machine quilting your quilt has become more popular over the years as techniques, tools, and technology have changed to make it easier and more affordable. Also, as quilters age, they often find that hand quilting is no longer an option, due to arthritis and other ailments that make handwork difficult. So, what are the options for how to machine quilt your quilt? Machine quilting on a home sewing machine With a little practice and some machine quilting lessons, many quilters find they can learn to quilt on a home sewing machine. Free-motion Quilting One way is to drop…

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    How to Quilt: Master the Half-Square Triangle

    What is a half square triangle? Only one of the most popular building blocks for patchwork quilting! If you know how to quilt with half triangle units, you will greatly expand your quilting repertoire. The units, also known as HSTs or triangle squares, are simply two triangles that make up a square. You can make them large or small, use them here and there in a pattern, or create a whole quilt just with HSTs. Often, HSTs are made up of one solid color triangle and another of the same color but a lighter or darker value to create a shading effect, such as the quilt pictured here. But you…