Tuesday Tutor - binding

Posted by Ruth on 13 April 2011 | 4 Comments

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This is our last week for the sampler quilt, but instead of me giving you instructions for how to add binding to your quilt, I would like to hear which binding style you'd like to learn or which is your favorite binding.

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Hoffman Fabrics - the designing challenge

Posted by Ruth on 10 April 2011 | 0 Comments

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Recently I visited Hoffman Fabrics as I am making a quilt for their Quilt Market booth again this year. I love working with their fabrics, my only problem is, there are so many beautiful ones it is really hard to choose .... and then when you do, which fabrics you'll need to create a design, a design you haven't even thought up yet. Let the fun begin...

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Tuesday Tutor - free motion quilting

Posted by Ruth on 5 April 2011 | 0 Comments

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How about learning a little bit of free-motion quilting to finish off our sampler. You could of course just use straight stitch, but why not practice free-motion instead. This is a great opportunity to try it. To make it easier, I'm going to include a video so you can actually see it in action.

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Tuesday Tutor - machine quilting your quilt

Posted by Ruth on 27 March 2011 | 0 Comments

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Now that we have the quilt layered and pinned securely, it is time to begin quilting. The first quilting I like to do, when possible, is one or two securing rows through the quilt, just to help prevent the layers from moving. We will start by stitching two lines through the center of the quilt. I will use Stitching in the ditch (also known as Ditch Stitch quilting) so let's see how that is done first.

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Tuesday Tutor - how to layer your quilt ready for quilting

Posted by Ruth on 23 March 2011 | 0 Comments

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Probably the biggest question about quilting your quilt is how to quilt it. There are so many designs and quilting techniques that sometimes it is really hard to decide on what would look best for your particular quilt.

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Tuesday Tutor - borders

Posted by Ruth on 16 March 2011 | 0 Comments

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Welcome back to our quilt making lesson. So what comes next? Yes you guessed it, it's time to add a border. On my quilt, I'm going to add one dark border. You may want to add more to make it bigger.

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Older Quilts to jigsaw

Posted by Ruth on 15 March 2011 | 1 Comments

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The other day I was busy taking some photos of some quilts I'd made a few years ago. I grouped a few of my favorites together and took a shot of them scattered over the lawn. None of these quilts are patterns, but perhaps one or two should be. What do you think?

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Tuesday Tutor - Joining the blocks

Posted by Ruth on 8 March 2011 | 0 Comments

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We now have all the blocks made for your sample quilt. You should have a total of 35 blocks made up of 7 different blocks.

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Tuesday Tutor - Double Monkey Wrench

Posted by Ruth on 28 February 2011 | 0 Comments

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monkey wrench smallThis is our last block for this quilt. How have you been doing? We'd really like to hear your comments. This week's block is Double Monkey Wrench. It is made up of several units we have used before. Half square triangles and strip blocks.

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Tuesday Tutor - flying geese

Posted by Ruth on 22 February 2011 | 1 Comments

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This week is we are taking a look at the flying geese block. This is another block that can be made a number of ways. You can use the half square triangle method used for our Friendship Star block (by making two squares and joining them together) or you can use the Flip Corner method or you can use foundation piecing method. Since we have already learned the first two methods, let's take a look at foundation piecing. You can use either of the other methods if you choose or try this instead.

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