Quilt Lessons

  • How to Sew Quilts the Easy Way

    November 12, 2013

    Have you ever wanted to make a crazy quilt, but didn’t want to have to make your own pattern, or take your mound of scraps and figure out what shapes to cut and where to sew each piece?  I can offer you a solution on how to sew quilts the easy way when creating a “crazy” quilt project. There are two well-known methods for creating a crazy quilt.  One uses foundation paper with pattern guidelines to follow, and the other uses another fabric, such as muslin, as a foundation with no guidelines to follow. Precision Quilt Cuts is a new company that provides Kits of pre-cut fabrics which create a quilt project that may look time-consuming, or difficult, but it is neither.  The first of several free quilt patterns that will be offered is a 29” x 29” “Quarter Crazy Table Topper”.  Nine different fabrics for quilting have been chosen and pre-cut into nine different pieces for nine completed blocks.  This Kit includes the Inner Border, Outer Border, and Binding fabrics (enough to sew a Table Runner if you want instead of the Table Topper).  The Kits currently available include a variety of Christmas prints in “traditional” colors of red/greens and another Kit is offered in “Winter Blues”. PHOTO OF SAMPLE When learning how to sew quilts, the “Quarter Crazy Table Topper” is a great beginner quilting project, because it comes with all fabrics for the top and binding.  How many of you have a hard time choosing your fabrics for quilting - why not let someone else do it?  This would be the perfect small project for the person learning how to sew quilts, and would provide a great deal of self-confidence in completing a project in a short time. Do you want to create something that looks like it took you days to complete, but it only takes you a few hours to construct?  If you are looking for free quilt patterns that only “look” complicated and time consuming, this project may be for you. There will be additional “Quarter Crazy” Kits available in the future with other fabrics for quilting, as well as other die-cut designs.  These Kits will be available exclusively through www.QuiltAddict.com - so keep checking back to see what other Kits may be offered in the future.  If you are interested in a special order, contact info@QuiltAddict.com and your request for information will be forwarded to the appropriate individual. DOUG - COULD YOU PLUG IN HERE HOW TO FIND THIS KIT? Let Precision Quilt Cuts help you to learn how to sew quilts the easy way - and provide you with an option for a special gift for a special Quilter.

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  • “Squaring-Up” Quilt Lessons

    September 28, 2013

    Our quilt lessons never end.  Whether we are a Newbie Quilter or an Experienced Quilter – there is always a lesson just around the corner for us.  I’ve noticed many experienced Quilters still do not “square-up” projects as they proceed from beginning to end.  Also, some Quilters have forgotten those beginning quilt lessons where all the basics were taught – a little reminder always helps.  Our quilting journey never ends as far as our learning curve – whether it’s a reminder for a technique learned years ago, or a new piece of information – quilt lessons are always there. Have you ever had problems in getting your quilts to lay flat and/or be free from waves?  If you have, do you know what the problem is?  Most times, it is because your project has not been “squared-up” as you progress from start to finish. The term “squaring-up” does not necessarily mean that everything is a total square.  It simply means that measurements are equal from side to side in width on the top, middle, and bottom.  It also means that your measurements are equal in length on each side and in the center from top to bottom. It is important to make sure you are dealing with precise measurements from the very first center block to the very last border applied to your project.  Once your quilt has been quilted, it is again necessary to “square-up” before sewing your binding. This QuiltAddict.com video will provide you with some quilt lessons in dealing with “squaring-up” your projects.  Good luck on being “square” [youtube]http://youtu.be/X7WMBeIqFjo[/youtube]   Visit us at QuiltAddict.com to see why quilting is …………….A Great Habit. We welcome your comments, which can be created by using the "Leave a Reply" box below. A new feature is the ability for friends to attach photos to your comments. To attach a photo:  1.) Click on "Choose File"  2.) Find your photo in your computer's photo or document files  3.) Double click on the file name attaches it to your comment.  4.) The file name will be in the "Choose File" window, although photo is not visible in Comment yet  5.) Click "Submit Comment" to attach photo and complete Comment.

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  • Don't Get Spooked When Learning How To Sew Quilts!

    November 1, 2012     Sophie had a great night handing out candy to the kids and was impressed with some of the costumes that she saw. Now it's time to put away the Halloween decorations, bring out Thanksgiving decorations and continue learning how to sew quilts. Halloween has come and gone, but I just want to show you the Halloween quilt that I finished before I store it away.  I learned to make part of it during my lessons on how to sew quilts and also a technique I learned as a little girl while watching my Auntie Ellen do hand embroidery on dish towels. At night when I'm watching TV and even during my lunch hour, I like to do hand embroidery or any kind of hand work.  When my hands are busy sewing, they are not busy putting snacks in my mouth.   I won't guarantee that you will lose a lot of weight, but some of your projects might get completed. This pattern is from CrabApple Hill and is named "Hocuspocusville".  The pattern was very easy to follow, even for a person like me who is still on the beginner side of learning how to sew quilts.  The center is just nine patches that are set on point.   Around the outside of the nine patches are designs of old "spooky houses" which are stores such as "Witches Stitches Quilting and Needlework".  There are 12 of these blocks that are hand embroidered using mostly the basic backstitch or stem stitch.  Each design is transferred using a .01 brown Pigma pen and stitched using #310 DMC black embroidery floss.  I did change mine up a little by using orange on the pumpkins and some of the signs so they show up more.  Also I used a fine point Sharpie permanent pen to fill in some of the designs such as the black bats. (click on photos - to enlarge)                     Even though I am still probably considered a "Newbie" on how to sew quilts, I am going outside my comfort zone and trying new techniques.  If you don't mind me bragging..."I think it turned out pretty darn cute"! Find the Hocuspocusville pattern On Sale at QuiltAddict.com  in the patterns category. Would you be willing to try something like this? We welcome your comments, which can be created by using the "Leave a Reply" box below. A new feature is the ability for you to attach photos to your comments. To attach a photo:  1.) At bottom of  "Leave a Reply" box, click on "Browse" or "Choose File".  2.) Find your photo in your computer's photo or document files.  3.) Double click on your photo file to attach it to your comment.  4.) The file name will be in the "Browse" or  "Choose File" window, although photo is not visible in Comment yet.  5.) Click "Submit Comment" to attach photo and complete Comment. Visit us at QuiltAddict.com to see why Quilting

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  • What's Next On The List After Learning How To Sew Quilts?

    July 30, 2012    Sophie has just participated in her first "Block Swap" with the Lake Gogebic Community Quilters.  Since learning how to sew quilts, new opportunities have opened up for her to experience.   What a great day Wednesday was, spending the day with a great group of fellow quilters, recieving eleven beautiful quilt blocks and of course, we can't forget the delicious pot luck food.  The bad thing about pot lucks are that you want to try all the dishes...and by the looks of the scale the next morning, I think I tried everything! It's hard to believe that it's Thursday already and I don't want to go back home in a few days. I love waking up to the cry of the loons and the quacking of the family of ducks floating by the cabin.  Can a person ever get tired of a cup of coffee out on the dock, still in their p.j.'s, and enjoying the sun rising with sounds of the lake?  Some people may get bored with it... but not this girl. As I was sitting on the dock and planning my day, my "Bucket List" popped into my head.  I had made a committment to start marking things off and I have, such as learning how to sew quilts.  I have enjoyed every minute of learning how to sew quilts along with making many new friendships.  Since the start of quilting has been a success, it's time to move on to another item on the "Bucket List" which is to build or buy a cabin.  I have a couple days left, so the plan is to call a realtor and check out what is available on Lake Gogebic. Have you experienced anything special since learning how to sew quilts?(see "Leave a Reply" below) Visit us at QuiltAddict.com to see why Quilting is..."A Great Habit"!

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  • What Does "Passion" Have To Do With A Beginner Quilting Class?

    July 10, 2014

    The dictionary’s definition of passion is “a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept”.   Well, I guess that describes me!  I have a sewing room that I could live in 24/7 IF I had a bathroom (with a shower, of course), a microwave (mainly for popcorn), and a dorm-size refrigerator to accommodate fruit, cold drinks, and maybe some cheese.  I have found my passion along with A Great Habit.  I believe Sophie is on her way to finding her passion too, through quilting.

    As a person getting into beginner quilting, and not really knowing what I was doing, the first quilt I ever made was from my polyester maternity tops which I had sewn myself.  In my opinion, it was a waste of money to purchase those articles of clothing that would be worn for only a few months.  Once our family was complete, with a boy and girl, I decided that no one on earth would want my hand-me-down maternity tops, so what better way to use them than to chop, chop, chop away and make a quilt.  That very warm quilt is still like new today – it will probably never wear out!

    Beginner Quilting Lessons found in books. (click image to purchase) There were no Quilters in my family, and there were no beginner quilting classes that I was aware of, nor were there great websites to go to for guidance and help, such as www.QuiltAddict.com  Those of you who are “less-mature”, have to realize that home computers were not available and the term “website” didn’t even exist.  Imagine that!  (Oops – that does place me in a certain age category, doesn’t it?) I have come a long way in the area of quilting – from beginner quilting (not really knowing what I was doing and having to learn on my own) to becoming a quilting instructor.  One never knows what lies ahead.  My advice to you is to take advantage of all the opportunities that come your way with beginner quilting classes, and have fun with them! Visit us at QuiltAddict.com to see why quilting is........A Great Habit!

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  • Did I Say "Free" Quilt Patterns?

    June 4, 2012    Sophie has recently joined a "Block Swap" project and is searching the internet for free quilt patterns that she has heard about.   I could not keep my eyes open any longer last night as I was looking for free quilt patterns on various quilting websites.  Hopefully tonight, with fresher eyes I will be able to find a block to use. Where did all this cold rainy weather come from?  I thought summer was here.  I'm kind of glad that the weather is lousy, so I don't feel guilty staying in to get some work done.  The project that needs some time now is the quilt blocks for class, I still have three more of the Jacob's Ladder blocks to make.  Since I have learned how to chain piece, it shouldn't be a problem getting the three blocks finished...maybe even tonight! I have probably told you before how nice it is to walk into my quilt room and have my sewing machine, ironing board and cutting table out and ready to be used.  The pieces to the Jacob's Ladder blocks are still laying where I last left them...I love just shutting the door to hide the mess. With the tunes playing, and the rain hitting the windows I start chain piecing my sets together.  I am getting faster at sewing, but I still have to watch my quarter inch seams.  Fortunately. being able to keep my un-sewing (ripping) to a minimum, my three Jacob's Ladder blocks were done in an hour.  I am even starting to impress myself....this is fun! Since there are still a few hours left till bed, I am going to jump on-line to find the free quilt patterns.  I did find a great site at www.FreeQuiltPatterns.info that had many blocks to chose from.... not all of them were the size I needed.  After some more searching I finally found the one I was going to use. With my pattern in place, I must go to the quilt shop to find some fabric...LOVE IT!!!!! Where have you found free quilt patterns? What website is best for free quilt patterns?                  (see "Leave a Reply" below) Visit us at QuiltAddict.com to see why Quilting is..."A Great Habit"!

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