Quilting Basics - Part Three - Embroidery

Quilting Basics - Part 1

Quilting Basics - Part 2

Quilting Basics - Part 3

Quilting Basics - Part 4

When I was done quilting the sample I made for our Quilting Basics series, I wanted to add a little embroidery to the piece. I thought back to those early days of coloring inside the doodles and instead of using crayons, I did a different embroidery stitch inside each shape.

A couple of notes about embroidering for quilted pieces. If the back of you piece is going to be seen, like on a blanket, do your embroidery BEFORE you quilt. This way, all the messy stitching will be inside the quilt, and the only stitches on the back will be of the actual quilting.

If the embroidery is going to be on a piece that you won't see the back, like a wall hanging, you can embroider AFTER you quilt. The advantage to embroidering after you quilt is your embroidery will have more dimension because you are stitching through several layers. Both techniques are acceptable. 

The choice is personal and depends on the project you...Read more

Quilting Basics - Part 2 - Stitching

Quilting Basics - Part 1

Quilting Basics - Part 2

Quilting Basics - Part 3

Quilting Basics - Part 4

Let's face it, the more we do something, the better we get. Sometimes when we try to explain a technique to someone, we find the chore daunting. We know when the bread has been kneaded long enough or how tight to hold our yarn when we knit. Experience has taught us that... we've learned what "right" feels like, but it is hard to explain that to someone else. The same is so when you do hand sewing and embroidery. Experience teaches us how to hold the needle, how tightly to pull the thread, and how far apart to place the stitches... we simply learn how it feels.

Sometimes, though, there are little tricks we can use to help speed the learning process. I will admit I'm a BIT anal when it comes to my stitching. My dad was an engineer and every so often his genes surface in me, requiring an engineer's precision. When I first started quilting, I was forever taking my quilting out because my stitches weren't even... or straight... or even remotely close to the same size! One day I got the...Read more

Quilting Basics - Part I - Getting Started

Quilting Basics - Part 1

Quilting Basics - Part 2

Quilting Basics - Part 3

Quilting Basics - Part 4

Probably the question I get asked MOST is... how do you get your stitches so even. My glib response is usually... years of experience. Although that is true, there are tricks I've learned along the way that helped my skills improve.

Quilting is all about stitches. By definition, quilting is sewing 2 or more layers of fabric together, usually with some layer of batting in the center for warmth or to give the stitching depth. Whether you are quilting a patch to a ripped pant knee or sewing a large quilt, the techniques are the same. If this is your first go at quilting, I do recommend you start with a small, manageable projects. Bulk equals additional complexities.

So, today, we are going to make a practice piece. When you are done, you may decide to incorporate it into something else, but this project is all about process. We will be creating a free form design, then learning the basics of quilting.

Materials:
solid fabric - use a light weight cotton or...Read more

Quilting 101... Sort of!


Have you been thinking about quilting but not sure how to get started? Like anything else, quilting is not hard if you break it down into small steps and learn a few tricks. This week we are going to be talking about hand quilting, and before the week is over, you'll be quilting like a pro! We'll be sharing some techniques we employ and be asking our readers, many of which quilt circles around me, to share their little secrets. So stayed tuned!Read more

Pinwheel Quilt - Part Two "Assembling Your Quilt"

Remember that pinwheel quilt I started before my vacation. I didn't forget... as promised here is the second part of the tutorial. Now that you have complete Part One of this tutorial, you should have your 17 pinwheel blocks completed and 18 6" print blocks cut out.

Layout your block into rows as follows...
3 rows (A) with Pinwheel, Block, Pinwheel, Block, Pinwheel
4 rows (B) with Block, Pinwheel, Block, Pinwheel, Block

Sew your blocks together into rows and iron the seams.

Pin your rows together in the following pattern... B, A, B, A, B, A, B.
Sew your rows together and iron the seams.

Cut out your border. You will need 4 4x42" strips. Your strips will be longer than you need. I always like to leave my border longer and trim them after I sew them on.

Sew the borders onto the long sides of your quilt block. Iron your seams and trim the borders even with the top/bottom edges of your...Read more

Pinwheel Baby Quilt - Part One "The Pinwheel Block"

The other day I mentioned that the pinwheel quilt was my favorite "go to" pattern... especially for baby quilts. (I CHERISHED my pinwheel baby quilt :) I am now making one for my little niece that is due in September. (Don't look Meghan!) I will share this tutorial in 2 parts. Part 1: Making pinwheel squares. Part 2: Assembling your Quilt. Here is Part 1.

To make a baby blanket (approx 34"x42") you will need:
1 - 1 1/2 yd cute print fabric (to be used for backing and print blocks - or you could get 1/2yd for blocks and 1yd for backing)
4 - 1/4yd coordinating, small print or solid fabrics (for pinwheel blocks)
1 - 1/2 yd fabric for border
2 - coordinating colors of embroidery floss for ties
batting
thread
(unless noted all seams are 1/4")

Cut out your 4 coordinating fabrics into 4" wide strips.

Cut the strips into 4" squares. You will need 18 squares of each coordinating fabric.

Cut...Read more

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