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Completed designer tote bag

How to sew on handles to a quilted tote bag

Handles - of course, our bags need handles. The question is whether you want to make handles or use a ...
Bottom panel added between front and back panels

5 sewing tips make a quilted tote bag perfect

The pieces are quilted, the embellishing is done and now it's time for this tote bag to take some shape ...
Embellishing complete with buttons

How Fray Stop helps your quilting projects

The panels are quilted and the tote bag looks nothing like a bag yet but never fear by the end ...
Side and bottom panels quilted

3 solutions to stop thread breaking when sewing

Welcome back! Did you get your panels sewn together? Mine are all sewn together and today I'm going to focus ...
Husqvarana Viking Designer EPIC

Outstanding design features of the HV Designer EPIC

Welcome back. Can you believe all those fabulous features on the Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC? Everywhere you look on this ...
Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC

Husqvarna Viking Designer EPIC review

Welcome back to another great week of sewing machine review. I was a tad excited to say the least when ...
A basic lap quilt, a fun easy quilt for the beginner quilter. An opportunity to learn about blocks using squares, rectangles, half squares triangles and quarter squares triangles.

The new quilter

Most of us have met new quilters looking for advice to get them started in the wonderful world of quilting ...
Michelle and I with her wedding quilt. The pattern for this quilt, Transparency, is from the book “Quilt Made Modern” by Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr.

The gift of a quilt

Most seasoned quilters have given quilts as gifts and most probably also had no regrets after giving a quilt away ...
When opportunity knocks

Quilting crisis or opportunity?

A couple of years ago, I was fortunate to hear my friend, Mary Pal make a presentation to a guild ...
Photo of a tapestry while traveling in Cusco, Peru

Finding quilt inspiration everywhere

A road sign, a backpack, a painting or a random idea are some of things that can be used to ...
My first quilt

The Story of an Airman’s First Quilt

A few weeks ago, Carla asked me if I would be interested in being a guest blogger on QUILTsocial.com.  After ...
This beauty is dancing in the wind, and ready for a cozy day lakeside!

Yo-yos and echo quilting to finish a quilt

Now that the top band of our Day at the Lake quiltowel has been appliqued, let's turn our attention to ...
Serving up applique: Dresden plates decorate the top bands of the Day at the Lake covering.

How to applique Dresden Plates on quilt block

Yesterday on QUILTsocial, we created four Dresden Plate blocks to embellish four 12½ʺ x 12½ʺ background blocks which form the ...
Pretty points on the Dresden Plate

Sewing the perfect Dresden Plate quilt block

Now that we've cut our background blocks for the top and bottom quilted bands our  waffle weave cotton Day at ...
Cool lakeside breezes make our Day at the Lake "quiltowel" a perfect spring/summer project.

Chambray fabric is perfect for the quilted towel

Yesterday, we prepared a lovely piece of waffle weave cotton to make a lightweight, yet cozy, throw that I've dubbed ...
All set up for a day of reading at the lake, where cool breezes call for a lightweight throw.

Essential sewing tools for any quilting project

"One of my earliest memories is of seeing my mother in her beach chair, reading a book under an umbrella ...
Place sashing strips and 2" squares on the design wall.

Sewing the tilted quilt blocks and sashing

Now it’s time to start sewing the tilted quilt blocks and sashing. At this stage of construction, it’s a good ...
When you find a vinyl mesh pouch that's too big, trim it to fit your needs.

Sew Easy Templates make perfect circles and hexies

The outside of our pret-a-porter portfolio is looking gorgeous! Let's get the inside scoop and use Sew Easy Templates to ...
Audition your materials. I thought I might use a vintage buckle or two...but decided against it. Playing around with treasures in your stash is all part of the fun!

Stitching a portfolio with circle and hexagon templates

When I was a kid, the women of my family would show up with for a visit with their creative ...
Table topper construction

How to make a quilted table topper from placemat blocks

Now you have the idea of using the Soho panel and some of the coordinates to make placemats. But, if ...
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