Quilting 101: Preparation for your quilt project

No matter how long you quilt, you will find some area of quilting you thoroughly love to do and some area you loathe to do. Getting through those areas we loathe sometimes can throw us for a loop. In this article we discuss the importance of planning out our quilt project so we avoid getting stuck and discouraged. Clarity I seem to always manage to get a clear vision of the quilt I want to make because I see some quilt somewhere that inspires me. I have a good idea of the color scheme, theme, and quality I want to …

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The Quick and Dirty on Quilt Borders

Hey, Amy here. I am getting ready to sew my blocks for my Dresden together, and the borders will follow right behind. The topic of borders is not common, but knowing a few tips on how to sew borders gives us that nice job done. Three Things That Make A Quilt Wonky Using the term “wonky” in this sense would be our quilt top not exactly coming up square. No matter how even we cut our pieces, no matter how straight and exact we sew our seams, and no matter how much we avoid not steam pressing our blocks, our …

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Tuning into the Essence of All That is Mine

Lately, focusing on thoughts that help raise vibration seems to be something that I am hearing a lot about in some of my friends circle. Most of the time, we really do not do anything unless we feel we will benefit from our actions. If you care about consequences of your actions, you may wonder when things are not going the way you want them to be why. Especially, you do what you need to do to reap the consequences of good choices but things seem to off in some way. In today’s article, we discuss how we need to …

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Award Winning Advice to Quilters

You have to know what makes an award winning quilt an award winning quilt and gain that experience. We might not ever make it as big as some (and then again maybe we will), but the award winning advice on building an award winning quilt is a great place to begin gaining experience as a quilter. Quilts that win awards are quilts that are put together the right way. Depending on you style of quilting (piecing, appliqué’, etc.), the more you sew the better you get. In this article, we discuss the 7 Simple Steps to get closer to winning …

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Taking a Quick Break: Visit to Waco

I am an avid quilter, and I usually get to the sewing room everyday. My husband is home from overseas (his job takes him there and home once a year), so we went to Waco for a short vacation. Of course, I had to go to see Magnolia and was hoping like crazy to get a cupcake. They look so good on television. However, we chose Saturday to visit and the line was a mile long (exagerating). I decided I did not want to wait that long in line, but I feel I missed out on a really tasty treat. …

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Fun Challenge

We went to a Japanese restaurant for Sushi this evening, and I tend to take photos when I am out and about that I may be able to use on my website. I mean I support photo websites from time to time, but I like the idea of free photos and not have to worry about crediting photo creators. When we really take the time to explore our environment, we can no doubt spot patterns and color schemes that probably were put together by professionals. Here is the wall behind the register, which if you look closely at the variation …

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Inspired by Pinterest

I am not sure why I get bogged down when I am making a quilt about the time I get close to putting a border and backing on my quilt. I was thinking this evening how we have many, many holidays coming up soon, and I want to make some things for the spring and summer holidays. I never cease to be amazed at the inspiration I gain from Pinterest. I am a Google fan, and I enjoy clicking on images when I am need of inspiration, but there is something special about plugging in a topic in Pinterest to …

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Flying Geese Quilt

My first quilt back at the machine after college is a patriotic flying geese pattern. I made this throw quilt for my husband. I learned a lot from making this quilt and I was so glad to finally finish. I didnt plan out the pattern. I was just excited after seeing a quilt with flying geese that I just started making flying geese blocks! My initial goal was to make the patriotic theme seem antique which is why I chose a cream colored background instead of white. Needless to say, the resulting design is nothing compared to the original goal, …

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My First Log Cabin Quilt

I want to share my first log cabin quilt. I have to admit I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of making this quilt. Even though I did not want to make it larger half way through, I still feel so proud to finally complete this one. Made completely from fat quarters (which was fun to pick out), I machine quilted this entire California King size quilt with Superior Threads 12101-901 King TUT 3-Ply 40W Cotton Quilting Thread in Cedars color. Before trying this thread, variegated thread did not interest me. The best part of using this thread when machine quilting is …

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Dresden Plate

The Dresden Plate pattern is another traditional pieced quilt block. I am working on a quilt for one of my daughters and she wants a sunflower quilt so I thought the Dresden plate offers a great foundation for making her one. Pattern I found a pattern for a Dresden Plate based on 30 degree radius which makes for less petals but still has the orgional style Dresden Plate. If you want to make one you can find the tutorial and patterns here. When I first begin looking for a template to make a Dresden Plate, I felt compelled to purchase …

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