Sewing Better with Custom Quilt Motifs
Mar14

Sewing Better with Custom Quilt Motifs

If you want to get better at free motion quilting, the best thing to do is practice. Even if you logged 20 minutes of bad quilting today, you’re still getting FMQ stitch mileage.  There are a ton of books and websites with sketches of motifs, but personally I hate marking quilt designs.  I’ll do it when needed, but one of my favorite things to do it outline or follow the motif on the fabric I quilting. Big, bold prints,...

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Sewing Better Quilting Binding
Mar07

Sewing Better Quilting Binding

If you ever wanted to learn about machine binding your quilts, this blog post is for you!

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Sewing Better with Chain Piecing Strips
Jan25

Sewing Better with Chain Piecing Strips

Chain piece strips to save time (and thread)!

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Sewing Better with Scrappy Binding
Jan17

Sewing Better with Scrappy Binding

Use those long skinny trimmings from the quilt back to save up for a scrappy binding!

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Sewing Better with Frankenbatting
Jan10

Sewing Better with Frankenbatting

This tip is pretty specific to quilting rather than general sewing, but feel free to take inspiration from my thrifty side! I’m usually pretty good about cutting my batting and backing big enough to leave the exact 2″ overage all the way around; since I baste my own quilts and quilt them on a sit down, I can get away with that. If longarming a quilt, you need to leave 4″ of backing on each side so the machine has...

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Sewing Better with Gadgets
Dec14

Sewing Better with Gadgets

I’m not a big one for gadgets, but I am a big fan of chain piecing! I’ve used several different types of scissors to snip the threads holding the pieces together, but Lynn is a fan of this little gizmo: ‘This is a tabletop thingy with a small razor blade embedded in the dip at the top of the gizmo. You slide the chained fabric pieces so the thread goes into the “dip” and gets cut by the razor blade....

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