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Finding Hand Embroidery Designs

One of the challenges of learning how to embroider is knowing  where to find hand embroidery designs. If you are new to hand embroidery it is best to choose a design that is simple with only a few different stitches. Sometimes hand embroidery designs can be discovered in the most unlikely places. The key is […]

Posted: March 2nd, 2010  

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Block of the Month (or Week) Quilt Alongs

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 […]

Posted: February 25th, 2010  

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


Embroidery Thread for Hand Embroidery

embroidery threads

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 […]

Posted: February 23rd, 2010  

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How to Embroider – Choosing the Correct Needle

tapestry needles

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 […]

Posted: February 16th, 2010  

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How to Embroider – The Importance of Using an Embroidery Hoop

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 […]

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 […]

Posted: February 10th, 2010  

Topics: Guest Bloggers, Quilt Gallery, Tips and Tricks


Studio Envy!!

Fabric Stash

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 […]

Posted: February 4th, 2010  

Topics: Guest Bloggers, Tips and Tricks


How to Transfer a Hand Embroidery Design

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 […]

Posted: February 2nd, 2010  

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Learning How to Embroider

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 […]

Posted: January 26th, 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Posted: September 29th, 2009  

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