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Block of the Month (or Week) Quilt Alongs

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I have a confession to make … I’ve never participated in a block of the month (or similar type) quilt project. I know, shock, and I call myself a quilter. Well, that’s about to change, as I’ve committed to two that I’m really excited about. These are both block of the weeks. First up is […]

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Posted: February 25th, 2010  

Topics: Free Projects, My Quilting Journey, Tips and Tricks


Embroidery Thread for Hand Embroidery

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An important factor to consider when learning how to embroider is your choice of embroidery thread. If you are new to hand embroidery I would recommend that you choose a stranded embroidery cotton, such as DMC. There are lots of different threads on the market and the choice can be overwhelming. Stranded embroidery cotton is […]

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Posted: February 23rd, 2010  

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How to Embroider – Choosing the Correct Needle

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Once you have your design transferred onto your fabric, the next decision to make when learning how to embroider is your choice of needle. Just like a carpenter, choosing the right tool for the job is imperative to the quality of what is produced. It is no use using a screw driver in place of […]

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Posted: February 16th, 2010  

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How to Embroider – The Importance of Using an Embroidery Hoop

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One of the most common mistakes that people make when learning how to embroider is that they don’t use an embroidery hoop. And there are others who admit that they have tried to use a hoop but they found it awkward. So I thought I would shed some light on the matter. Using an embroidery hoop […]

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Posted: February 11th, 2010  

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Carla Barrett, Feathered Fibers Cartoon & Blog

Hello! In my day job, I am a machine quilter / teacher / cartoonist / beading designer, so I thought I would share a bit about quilting from a machine quilter perspective. Before I begin, let me say that 99.999% of quilting clients are wonderful people and a delight to work with. Really. I thought […]

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Posted: February 10th, 2010  

Topics: Guest Bloggers, Quilt Gallery, Tips and Tricks


Studio Envy!!

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Hi, I’m Barbara Wilson from the Thimble Pleasures (Chapel Hill, NC) blog "Hot Flashes". It’s great to be a Guest Blogger! Our shop’s blog gets lots of comments on anything to do with quilt studio design and organization. So, I thought I would share some of our ideas with you! After years of quilting on […]

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Posted: February 4th, 2010  

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How to Transfer a Hand Embroidery Design

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One of the first things to consider when learning how to embroider is how to transfer your chosen design onto the fabric. There are a few different methods that you can use and the method you choose will depend on the thickness of your fabric. If you are a beginner, my advice is to choose […]

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Posted: February 2nd, 2010  

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Learning How to Embroider

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Learning how to embroider can be a great idea for quilt makers. Mastering some simple embroidery stitches can open up exciting new possibilities. Incorporating embroidery designs into quilts has become very popular and there are many wonderful quilt designs on the market that showcase both hand embroidery and quilting skills. Because I personally enjoy hand […]

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Posted: January 26th, 2010  

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Signature Block Tutorial

Rachel’s put together this super cute siggy block tutorial. Lots of photos to help you along, it’s so easy. She’s also organizing a modern siggy block swap. Better hurry though, she’s limiting registration to 100. P.S. Pat Sloan’s also organizing a SweetHearts ROCK! Swap.

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Posted: January 7th, 2010  

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Free Motion Quilting Tips

Geta Grama has put together some great tips in her free motion quilting tutorial. I definitely have to try her hand position to see if it helps with the back pains. UPDATE: I did try Geta’s hand positioning recommendation on a smaller wall hanging this past weekend. It really did help, though the big test […]

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Posted: October 26th, 2009  

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Jazz Up Your Quilts Video Tutorials

Looking for some inspiration? Here are a couple of fabulous videos from Patsy Thompson. You’ll learn some great techniques specifically how to: burn fabric edges add colour highlights with Prismacolor pencils free motion machine embroidery I am the very lucky owner of Patsy’s free motion DVDs. I highly recommend them as they’ve been a tremendous […]

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Posted: October 8th, 2009  

Topics: Tips and Tricks, Videos


365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs

Running the Quilting Gallery site, it’s no surprise that dozens of quilting-related blogs come across my screen each day. I can’t remember another blog that captured my attention so thoroughly like Leah Day’s 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs. I’ve been watching the progress daily on this blog for a few weeks, and […]

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Posted: September 29th, 2009  

Topics: Free Projects, My Quilting Journey, Quilt Gallery, Tips and Tricks, Videos, Web Finds


Video Tutorial: Edge Stitching Inchie Ornaments

Nadine’s put together this great video tutorial on how to edge stitch the Inchies for the Inchie Ornaments Christmas Swap. Join the Inchie fun!

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Posted: September 11th, 2009  

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How to Make a T-Shirt Quilt

I’m not much of a t-shirt kinda girl, but I do think t-shirt quilts are a great idea for preserving memories from concerts, sports teams, and other events. Here are a couple of tutorials that I found: How to Make an Out-of-the-Ordinary T-Shirt Quilt: Part One and Part Two T-Shirt Quilt Has anyone tried using […]

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Posted: August 13th, 2009  

Topics: Free Projects, Tips and Tricks


3D Pinwheels Tutorial

Sara made this adorable quilt for the Spring Blooms mini swap. She then created this fabulous tutorial on how she did it: 3D Pinwheels Tutorial. I definitely need to give these a try .. wouldn’t they look adorable on a friendship bag?

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Posted: August 12th, 2009  

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How to Hand Stitch Binding Invisibly

Nadine of DreamWeaver’s Quilts has put together this fabulous tutorial with photos, on How to Hand Stitch Binding Invisibly. I finally get it. You can zoom in on the photos on her site to get a closer look too. I’m working on some baby quilts to donate to NICU babies through the quilt guild. This […]

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Posted: August 6th, 2009  

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The Birth of a Quilt Class Kit

Linda M. Poole teaches us how she puts together one of her a quilt class kits. I had never realized, nor appreciated, how much work goes into make a kit. So much planning and careful attention to detail. Thanks Linda for showing us your process. P.S. You can order the kit by contacting Linda directly.

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Posted: April 27th, 2009  

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Designing a Sewing Studio with Eleanor Burns

Here’s a great video from Eleanor Burns, Quilt in a Day on designing a sewing studio. Topics covered include: Proper height of sewing, cutting and ironing tables. Learn how to make a design wall. Transform a farm table into a flat sewing table. Tips on posture and proper ergonomics. Cutting tools.

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Posted: March 24th, 2009  

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Woven Wonder – A Tutorial?

By: Kim Lapacek I am going to try to break down for everyone the steps I took in making my woven wonder quilt. Unfortunately, I did not take pictures during the process and I have no near plans to recreate this amazing quilt. This has also been an ongoing project for the past four years […]

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Posted: March 20th, 2009  

Topics: Free Projects, Guest Bloggers, Tips and Tricks


Wonky Log Cabin Video Tutorial

Shawn Bailey from Bailey’s Quilting HeadQuarters made this excellent video on how to make a scrappy Wonky Log Cabin quilt block. She makes it look so easy, and lots of fun too. I’ve never really been inspired to do a log cabin quilt before, but I quite like this method, and want to give it […]

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Posted: March 17th, 2009  

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