Quilt Lessons

Sharon's tips and techniques

  • “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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  • 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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  • Free Quilt Patterns - Where Can You Find Them?

    April 17, 2013 How many of you like the word “free”?  Most of us do and sometimes “free” is easy to find. Where can you find free quilt patterns?  If you are like me, you keep getting subscriptions to various quilting magazines and they are always loaded with patterns.  As these magazines accumulate and pile up, I go through the pages and tear out the patterns that I think I would like to make someday. These upright magazine holders work fine for categorizing patterns from various magazines. These then go into stand-up magazine holders by categories.  (If I was really well organized, I would put them in plastic sleeves in categorized notebooks – like LeeAnn does!)  When I am in the mood to start another project (which is quite often, thus the reason for having so many unfinished projects) I have another source of patterns in addition to my quilting books. How many of you get flyers in the mail enticing you to send for books or magazines?  Many of those flyers provide free quilt patterns for you to try.  Don’t toss them away! Another great source for free quilt patterns are calendars.  Have you ever received one with a different pattern for each month?  Those are the greatest!  If your family needs some gift ideas for you, why not add a quilt calendar to your list. Take time to visit your local library.  Most libraries have a section on crafts or such, which will include quilting.  Many of these books are outdated, but many of these “old time” patterns are still used today – it’s just the fabrics that look different and we know we can always substitute any fabric of our liking – we do not always have to make something look just like the “picture”.  . If you have the opportunity to go on a “Shop Hop” to various quilt shops, go!  Many times these shops will be handing out quilt patterns and ideas to the Quilters walking through their doors. Notice my little "tags" on the shelf edges - yes, this is a little "dorky", but it helps me to know where certain types of books are (at least until I am better organized and have time to set up a better system). Another way to get free quilt patterns is by combining several different blocks or ideas from various quilting patterns you already have.  This in turn will give you an entirely different look to a new project.  This can be interesting and fun (and a mystery until it is finished).  If Sophie gets bit real hard by the quilting bug, I will have to make sure she knows about all the possibilities for free quilt patterns. Many of the companies we are linked to offer free quilt patterns – so check them all out and see if there is something that piques your fancy! Have you ever picked up a free quilt pattern, purchased your fabric, and cut it out according to the directions - then – guess what!  It doesn’t go together as stated OR you are short on your fabric.  Yikes!  That’s a big let-down and a whole lot of work (and money) out the window.

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