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Baste the ruffle to the cushion front.

A gourmet finish for a quilted designer cushion

This week has been so much fun as we have learned how to express pretty words through quilting using the ...
Just add a stem or vine if you stray off a line.

Making quilted words pop – it’s all about the thread

Welcome back. Yesterday was such a fun day! We set up our machines for free motion quilting, did our first ...
Sewing machine ready for free motion quilting.

Quilting words – so much to say using Gütermann Dekor thread!

I hope you've been having fun getting ready to free motion quilt words and more for a designer cushion. Was ...
Cushion front marked, layered and pin basted

Mark, layer, baste, easy preparation for machine quilting

Quality materials and good preparation are the keys to successful machine quilting. Yesterday we gathered our supplies and cut our ...
Say it with free motion quilting - designer cushion

Say it with free motion quilting, a designer cushion

Free motion quilting is one of my favorite things to do and I'm always exploring new and exciting variations. I ...
The finished pot holders

6 essential tips for sewing bias binding on a tight curve

It's the end of the week and time to wrap up our appliqued pot holder project. The pattern is called ...
PIvoting with the needle in the work

6 tips for blanket stitching applique shapes you want to know

Welcome back. Another tip filled day as we get one step closer to finishing the pot holders. The pattern I'm ...
A sharp pair of scissors results in smoother edges and no frayed edges.

4 TIPS for cutting and fusing applique shapes

Welcome back. How did the tracing go? Hopefully, the tips from yesterday made the process a lot easier to do ...
Using a light tablet to provide greater contrast for the lines when tracing

2 tips to make prepping a paper pattern much easier!

Welcome back. Did you have a chance to gather your supplies? I've got more great tips for you as I ...
Stitching in the ditch beside the lines of hand embroidery stitches

Quilting a hand embroidered piece and making doll clothes, is so much fun!

Welcome back. The week is already over. How did that happen? Hopefully, you've enjoyed the week with all the tips ...
Start and end your lines of quilting under the flange if you have one.

11 essential tips for machine quilting

Welcome back! I hope you liked the discussion on which way you should cut your binding strips in yesterday's post ...
Finished Welcome Spring quilted banner

Tear away stabilizer, batting and binding to finish Welcome Spring banner

Yesterday we had a wonderful time using decorative stitches to add depth and dimension to our machine applique. Now it's ...
A blanket stitch was used to stitch the leaves and stems in place.

Decorative stitches add detail and dimension to machine applique!

Yesterday our banner found its voice as we added a sentiment using computer fonts or stencils and fusible web applique ...
Rough cut the pieces apart and then cut accurately on the drawn line

Enlarge, print, cut, fuse: successfully appliqueing letters to a quilt

In yesterday's post, we explored how to prepare fusible web applique for stitching for maximum success. Today we use the ...
Fuse the applique shapes in place on the background fabric

Fusible web applique – preparation for success

Yesterday I listed all the supplies we'll need to create a quilted spring banner. Are you all set? Let's go! ...
A selection of the supplies used to create your quilted spring banner

5 easy steps to making a quilted spring banner

Last month in my post Adding dimension to applique pieces using fabric markers, we learned how to accent a floral ...
What a difference color makes!

Color your free motion quilting for the instant look of applique

Yesterday I used a variety of methods to create our very own custom fabric simply and easily by drawing and ...
A 4.0/100 Jeans/Denim needle is on my machine, threaded and ready for straight line quilting. SCHMETZ twin needle

Everything you ever wanted to know about quilting with a twin needle

In this five part series we'll explore some of the different ways that you can use a SCHMETZ twin or ...
TrueCut 360° circle cutter

5 steps to perfect circles using the TrueCut 360°

The placemats have become placemats pretty quickly using the no binding finish yesterday. Did you try it? At this point, ...
Ready to hand sew opening close

10 easy steps to a no binding finish for small quilted projects

My little project is definitely coming together. And to think I had such a creative block at the beginning of ...