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June Tailor Grid Marker

June Tailor Grid Marker

June Tailor Grid MarkerI used June Tailor’s grid marker for the first time today and I absolutely love it. In the past I used a standard quilting ruler to mark my grids. Without fail, they would be off just enough that by the time I finished, I was frustrated. This template is great. It’s thinner than normal quilting ruler, which makes marking much easier. Using my Fons and Porter marking pencil, I marked and then free motioned the lines. Once done, erased the lines, and voila….perfect grid. read more

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How to make a Pillowcase

How to make a pillowcase

I just finished making my first Quilt of Valor. But before I can send it on, the Quilt of Valor Foundation requires I make a coordinating pillowcase as a presentation cover for the quilt. I used Crafty Gemini’s method but increased the length. It is so easy to make and I will be doing this for all my future quilt gifts I think.

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Fons & Porter: Sew Easy, Quick Triangle Squares

Easy Triangle Squares

I cut my squares one inch larger than the finished size of the block. The general rule is 7/8 of an inch for half-square triangles, but one inch gives me wiggle room and for whatever reason is easier for me to remember. 🙂

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Disappearing Nine Patch

Disappearing Nine Patch

One of my ongoing UFO’s is a red, white, and black disappearing nine-patch quilt. I’m still in the process of making the nine-patch blocks. Here’s a very short but excellent tutorial explaining the technique.

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The Perfect Curved Binding

Perfect Curved Binding

Sharon’s process for folding the binding fabric before cutting is awesome. I can’t wait to try it. I’ve always used the non-bias binding method. The video is just chock full of interesting techniques. I’ve always used the ruler markings to determine my cutting line and she uses the mat which she states is more accurate. Also starching the inside of the strip before folding in half is a fabulous idea.  So many of her tips are applicable for a straight edge binding as well. read more

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Quilt Labels

Quilt Labels

I watched this Fons and Border video this morning. I love the idea of using a fabric with a coordinating pattern. I definitely plan to try this on my recently finished Blue Bayou as it is to be a gift.

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Hoopless Hand Quilting

I’ve been working on hand quilting my Sampler Quilt for almost 2 years now. It’s one of those projects I keep setting aside. This poor baby is in desperate need of a washing so I’ve decided to move it to the top of my UFO list. I’ve tried traditional hand quilting using a hoop and applied various techniques with varying degrees of failure. Pretty and expensive lap quilt hoop now resides in a closet. For me, the best way to go is hoopless hand quilting. Sharon Schamber’s Hoopless Hand Quilting video is one of the best tutorials available illustrating the technique. read more

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Square-Up Ruler

I have quite a few rulers with some used more often than others. This baby is used everytime I make half-square triangle blocks and it does a marvelous job of squaring up these blocks. Once I’ve sewn together 2 blocks and cut them apart on the diagonal, I use this ruler to square the block before I press it open…a real time saver! I line up the finished block size indicated on the ruler with the seam allowance and then cut away the excess on the two sides.

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Organizing Fabric Tips

I certainly will give this one a try!

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Mitered Border Corners

What an interesting way to do a mitered border. I’m not sure I would use this procedure with a large quilt but it certainly would work for smaller wall hangings. And I’d sure like to know how she manages to control the glue so well. I would have gotten it all over the square, my iron and the table.

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Magical Basting

Sharon Schamber illustrates basting techniques for correcting quilt assembly distortions with a great technique using starch to ease out puckers..very nice. I could have used this technique on several of my earlier quilts!

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Hand Basting a Quilt

Sharon Schamber illustrates her hand basting technique, provides tips for fabric preparation, and itemizes tools/supplies she uses. I watched the series  this morning and have decided to give this a technique a try on my quilt sampler once I have finished assembling the top.

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Diamond & Stars (KayeWood.tv)

Kaye Wood illustrates how to make diamonds and stars using a strip piecing technique and her special star maker templates. This technique simplifies piecing for patterns like the Lone Star.

Update 1/4/09: Since Brightcove TV is no more, I am unable to embed Kaye Wood’s original video. However, all is not lost…after some searching, I found it on her site (hallelujah). It’s an older video that has not been updated for her new format so it appears a little fuzzy when viewed at the default setting. Click on the view at original size setting and it looks fine. The link: http://www.kayewoodtv.com/ktv/?dlink=true&chn=2&vid=ktvvids/Diamonds_and_Stars.flv read more

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Foundation Paper Piecing (YouTube)

My current project, Navajo Nation, uses a foundation piecing in some of the more complicated rounds. Karen Johnson, of Connecting Threads, teaches you the most common version of Foundation Piecing – usually known as Paper Piecing. Achieve perfect points on tiny blocks with just a few easy tips.

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Machine Quilting (Quilt in a Day)

Eleanor Burns illustrates basic machine quilting techniques covering quilt marking with stencils, pin basting, types of binding, free motion quilting, feather quilting, stippling techniques,  stitch-in the ditch, hand placement, and more.

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Quilt Binding: Joining Ends, Marci Baker of Alicia’s Attic

Once I mastered learning the traditional approach to attaching a quilt binding, I found this video extremely helpful for attaching the two ends of the binding together in such a way you can’t find the start and end of the binding once it’s finished.

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How To Sew Quilt Binding (You Tube)

One of the hardest things to wrap my mind around (no pun intended) was adding a binding to my quilt with a mitered corners. For my first several quilts, I delayed learning the process by cutting my backing larger and wrapping it over to simulate the binding…an acceptable and common practice. But I really wanted to learn the traditional approach. Watching this video finally helped me understand the process.

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