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To Border or Not To Border

Posted by admin on February 4th, 2015 in Quilting Tips with 2 Comments
Quilts for the most part take quite a bit of time and also effort (Yes! effort) to make. By the time you finish all of your cutting, piecing and sewing, you are usually ready to be done with it. But, are you done?!! Think about it. Does it need that one extra touch of a “border”?? Well, not every quilt really needs a border. But – again – how can you tell or how do you know what you should do?
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OK, this is where I am going to throw out some suggestions for you. Start by laying out strips on the sides and bottom of your quilt and see if you like it. Try different widths and different colors.  In other words, audition different sizes and pieces. Sometimes certain colors will make the whole quilt just pop when you put a great border on it. Read More…

Another Use for Fat Quarters

Posted by admin on January 9th, 2015 in Uncategorized with Comments Off on Another Use for Fat Quarters
I’d like to throw out to you another idea for a use for fat quarters. They are versatile in so many ways.
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This particular way features using them as a backing on your quilt. Everybody seems to do the traditional way of using the 108″ fabric for backing. This may be out of your “comfort zone” but something you might want to try. Most everyone has fat quarters in their stash or scraps of fabric laying around that you might now know what to do with. By piecing the fat quarters, it can actually save you some money and it can add interest to the back of your quilt as well as the front.
 
Below is a breakdown to help you figure how many you need and how many squares to cut of each. Read More…

Quilt Pressing Instructions To Make The Perfect Quilt

Posted by admin on June 20th, 2014 in Quilting 101 with 1 Comment

 

First of all, make sure you use the iron on the seam itself that you just sewed. Do not open it! Press it with the wrong side up just as you sewed it. This sets the threads in the seam with the heat.

 

Secondly, press the seam with the wrong side up. Press the fabrics to the dark side of your fabric. This is so the pressing doesn’t s

how on the light side. You can also do a finger press if you have a small seam to save a little bit of time. But, pressing with iron is really the best way to do if you can. It gives it that nice clean crisp look each time and when you put your project together the seams are so much easier to match up if you press as you go.
To finish your project or block, flip over your fabric and press again on the right side. This again seals everything and you for sure now have the clean crisp look that you want for a finished quilt.

Questions or comments: Please email me. I would love to hear your thoughts on pressing and how you feel about pressing.