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My Favorite Polyester Thread for Machine Quilting – Glide from Fil-Tec Bobbin Central

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.

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

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.

12 Small Quilted Christmas Projects

snowmanmugrugThe 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

OchristmastreeO’ 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

Happy Quilting

Deborah

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Pin Baste a Quilt with Nickel-Finish Safety Pins

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.

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

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.

11 Paper-Pieced Christmas Quilt Blocks for the Holidays!

AdventCalendarMaking Christmas holiday quilt blocks always gets me in the mood for Christmas, especially if I turn on the Christmas music as I quilt!  Take some time this season to do a little Christmas-themed quilting.  Here are some great paper-pieced quilt blocks to get you in the mood, and some of them are FREE!

Christmas Paper-Pieced Advent Calendar

Snowflake Paper-Pieced Quilt Block

Cozy Cabins Paper-Pieced Quilt Block

Christmas Wreath Paper-Pieced Quilt Block

Mini Wreath Paper-Pieced Quilt

SnowmanSnowman Paper-Pieced Quilt

Santa Star Paper-Pieced Block

Guardian Angel Paper-Pieced Quilt Block

Book:  Paper Piece a Merry Christmas (That Patchwork Place)

Christmas Tree Paper-Pieced Quilt Block

NOEL Paper-Pieced Quilt Block

 

 

 

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10 Easy Applique’ Quilt Patterns

quarteranddimeEver 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

chirpButterfly 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

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

 

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!

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Use your Scrap Batting Pieces with Heat-Press-Batting-TogetherTape

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!

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Baby Quilt Pattern “Daisy Baby” made with Moda Charm Pack “25th and Pine”

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. .

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

P.S. If you order from the links above, I do receive a small commission. Thank you for contributing to my fabric stash fund.

12 Ideas for Homemade Christmas Gifts

Scrappy bagAs 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 purseIndygo 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

 

Happy Quilting

Deborah

 

 

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.

9 Simple Patchwork Churn Dash Quilts

401churndashOne 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

scappychurndashScrappy 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

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

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!

 

 

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Display Your Quilt with The Craftgard Co. Quilt Stand

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
Quilt Shows
Vendor booths
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.

Happy Quilting,

Deborah

 

 

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!