After 37 years of quilting, I have decided to learn something new this year; Machine quilting on my domestic machine. I have always been a hand quilter and for years have thought I would never learn machine quilting. It looked hard to do, and I love the hand quilting. But I changed my mind this year, and decided to take a class.
And I love it! No one is more surprised than me. This baby quilt is my first quilt that I have completely quilted on my machine. It went so well that I think I am hooked. Along the way, I tried out some polyester thread from Fil-Tec called Glide Polyester Thread and matching prewound bobbins.
I think this thread had a lot to do with how well my project has turned out. The shiny nature of the polyester is beautiful and really made my machine quilting pop!
You can order Glide in many colors from Bobbin Central.
P.S. Fil-Tec Bobbin Central sent me this thread to try. However, rest assured, I only review and recommend products that I use and like. I love this thread and can’t wait to try many more colors in my future projects.
The holidays are fast approaching, but there’s still time to do some Christmas sewing. I have found some more adorable small quilting projects perfect for giving, or for keeping in your own holiday collection. Below you will find mug rugs, table runners, pillows and wall quilts. And some of them are Free!
Snowman Mug Rug
Christmas Tree Patchwork Pillow
Star Medallion Tree Skirt
O’ Christmas Tree Wall Hanging
Christmas Antlers Mug Rug
Happy Snowman Mug Rug
Modern Merry Christmas Pillow
Jolly Stockings Table Runner
Swirled Christmas Tree Small Quilt
Shining Star Table Topper
Snow Family Holiday Wall Quilt
Christmas Pinwheel Runner
P.S. If you purchase a pattern from any of the links above, I receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash.
My baby quilt is ready to quilt, and so it’s time to baste the backing, batting and top together. Because this quilt is small, I decided to use safety pins to baste the layers together. I am using Dritz Safety Pins with a Nickel Finish.
These pins won’t rust and ruin my quilt. There have been times in the past where I have pinned a quilt and not finished it for several months. If I use a regular safety pin, I run the risk of the pin rusting and leaving a rust mark in my quilt top. But the Dritz Safety Pins with a Nickel Finish eliminate the risk of rusting. Even though I am going to quilt this quilt right away, I only use these special safety pins with my quilt tops.
P.S. If you use the link above to order pins, I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash.
Ever since I complete the Flower Basket block for my recent sampler quilt, I’ve been thinking about doing some more applique’. I used to do quite a bit of needle turn applique’, but I’m finding I prefer the paper piecing method I used for the Flower Basket. So I’ve been look at easy applique’ patterns and thought I would share them with you!
Quarter and Dime Quilt Pattern
Chirp Quilt Pattern
Wild Flowers Quilt Pattern
Catnip Quilt Pattern
Butterfly Garden Quilt Pattern
Flower Fairies Quilt Pattern
Going Solo Quilt Pattern
Katelyn’s Quilt Pattern
The Best-Ever Applique Sampler from Piece O’Cake Designs
Applique Outside the Lines with Piece O’Cake Designs: No Rules-No Ruler
P.S. If you purchase a pattern from these links, I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!
Every time I make a quilt, I have excess batting. I’ve kept a pile of these batting pieces from the last few quilts that I’ve made, figuring I’d find a way to use those pieces in some other project. I’ve discovered a product that is going to help me do exactly that: Heat Press Batting Together Tape.
Now, instead of throwing out those pieces of batting, I can fuse them together with Heat Press Batting Together Tape to make an entirely new piece of batting. It is super easy to use, and when my quilt is done, you cannot tell that I piece several pieces of batting together. Now I can use every inch of batting I buy!
This baby quilt pattern is called “Daisy Baby”. This pattern is free from Craftsy. I would definitely recommend this one for quilters of all levels, especially beginners. There is nothing difficult about this pattern.
I chose a pretty Moda Charm Pack called “25th and Pine”. This line of fabric includes very traditional wintery patterns. I used a yard of Kona Solid Sand for the background. I am very pleased with how well it matched the charm pack fabrics. .
P.S. If you order from the links above, I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund.
As I start thinking about the holidays, this time of year I start to get the itch to make some gifts for friends and family. If you’re in the same boat, I’ve found some super cool ideas for homemade christmas gifts that you can make for this gift-giving season. Get started today!
Scrappy Patchwork Gift Bag
Simple Patchwork Potholders
Easy Christmas Table Runner
Patchwork Sketchbook Cover
Quilted Gifts From Your Scrap Basket: 25 Patchwork, Applique and Quilting Projects for Special Occasions
Indygo Junction Quilted Pocket Purse
Sew Gifts!: 25 Handmade Gift Ideas from Top Designers
Seasonal Table Toppers: 20 Quick-to-Stitch Projects (Annie’s Sewing)
Easy Sew Jelly Roll Bags
Sew Creative Gifts Under $10
P.S. If you purchase a pattern from the links above, I do receive a very small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash.
One of my first quilts was a Churn Dash quilt. This traditional block is an easy block for beginners and also a great block for more experienced quilters. I’ve found some more Churn Dash patterns and wanted to share them with you!
Modern Churn Dash Quilt Pattern
401 Churn Dash Quilt Pattern
Vintage Churn Dash Quilt Pattern
Liberated Churn Dash Quilt Pattern
Scrappy Churn Dash Table Runner
Nested Churn Dash Block
Dash Around The Churn Quilt Pattern
Your Turn to Churn Quilt Book
Happy Churn Dash Quilt Pattern
P.S. If you order a pattern from any of the links above, I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund!
Hanging a quilt is not always an easy task. I have found an easy hanging stand that allows you to easily hang your quilt anywhere! Here are some places where this quilt stand would work very well:
Quilt guild meeting
Photographing your quilt
This stand is so easy, I was able to set it up in minutes the very first time I tried right out of the box. I’m planning on using mine in my video studio as well as taking it with me to quilt shows. It’s lightweight and easy to bring along. I don’t need tools to set it up, and I can set it up myself. The Craftgard Co. knows these things are important to quilters and they’ve kept us in mind when designing this quilt hanging stand.
I highly recommend this stand from The Craftgard Co.
P.S. The Craftgard Co. sent me this stand so that I could try it and review it for you. I only bring you reviews of products I love and really use. I love this stand and will be using it in future videos when I need to hang quilts quickly and easily!