Viewing entries posted in February 2015

Quick and more efficient ways to piece

Posted by Barbara Dieges on 19 February 2015 | 0 Comments

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Barbara likes to use quicker and more efficient ways to make pieced units. ​She calls them Sewfasst. ​Some of the techniques may be familiar, but others show new ways to tackle pieced blocks. This is just one of several that are included in the class.

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Unconventional Methods of Quilt Making

Posted by Linda Schmidt on 18 February 2015 | 0 Comments

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Waves and Waterfalls class is a great place to start to learn how to make fabric wall hangings out of your photos, especially of anyplace that involves water. In this class, you will not use conventional methods of making quilts, but will try something different, something that stretches you like a rubber band, so you’ll never be quite the same. We’ll be playing with lots of products that will spur your creativity into new paths, as you find out what fun it is to make your own, realistic waves and waterfalls.

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Choosing the Right Fabric

Posted by Jennifer Houlden on 18 February 2015 | 0 Comments

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When choosing the star fabric (yellow in the below photo) you want it to stand out and say I am here but not so much so that it over powers the appliqued animals sending them into the background of the quilt. This has happened to me and hence there was much ripping out with the seam ripper which was well worth the effort in the end. Always keep in mind, the animals are meant to be the star attraction of the quilt not the stars.

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My February Stitch Along week 3

Posted by Ruth on 15 February 2015 | 0 Comments

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Week three of the stitch along is all about stitching, not that we didn't do any last week, but this week is free-motion which is my favorite. I started out by looking at my thread selected chosen in week one and decided the threads weren't quite the right color so I chose another couple. A dark olive green and a pale pink, which was just a tad darker than the fabric.two new threads selected - olive green and a pink

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Changing Seasons

Posted by Ruth on 14 February 2015 | 1 Comments

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I am so excited to finally get another quilt pattern published. It is always a good feeling to get another chalked off the board so I can move onto the next. Of course, by the time I chalk one off, I've usually added at least half a dozen more. Anyway, my latest pattern is called Changing Seasons.

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Stitch along February rules part 3

Posted by Ruth on 12 February 2015 | 0 Comments

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Did you check out the gallery this week? I updated it last weekend so you could see what was going on. I hope you are looking forward to what's happening this week...

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Embroidery Machines with Applique

Posted by Joanne Winn on 11 February 2015 | 1 Comments

Appliqué is applying layers of fabric to a base fabric to make a design. Embroidery machines have made this beautiful type of quilting very easy. As in hand appliqué, an appliqué design for the embroidery machine is meant to last for many years. To have this happen, we have to lay a good foundation or underlay and the edges of the fabric have to be very well attached to the base fabric and have no chance of raveling.

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Two Fabric Applique Choices

Posted by Nancy Chong on 9 February 2015 | 0 Comments

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Nancy Chong's Two Fabric Applique class is starting this week so she wanted to share some important information about the right fabrics to choose when you enroll in her applique class.

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Beautiful Crazy and Sane

Posted by Ruth on 9 February 2015 | 0 Comments

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Cindy Thury Smith’s CRAZY AND SANE class is designed to introduce experienced crazy piecers to some simple sewing techniques to add visual punch to their crazy quilts. Sane quilters frequently use secondary patterns, settings and sashing to highlight their designs and crazy quilters can also use these. It is also an effort to show how the technique of crazy piecing can be adapted to many shapes (such as the diamonds pieced in Cindy's quilt below) and inserted into many traditional block designs to get a really crazy and sane quilt.

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My February Stitch Along week 2

Posted by Ruth on 8 February 2015 | 0 Comments

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I am all set to get started with this week's stitch along. First up, I had to layer the sections with sketched fabric on top, batting in center and a backing. I used the same hand dyed fabric for the back.stitch along feb15 w2 a

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