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Updated Four-at-a-Time Flying Geese Tutorial and Sizing Tables

I have been sewing quite a few flying geese blocks lately. I use the cutting chart that I shared previously in my No-Waste Flying Geese Tutorial and Top Tips post, but many of my geese still end up a bit scant, even with all the tips and tricks I've learned to use over the years. The thing with the no-waste...

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Make A Design Wall You Can Use Your Hera Marker Against

Welcome to Day 3 of the Back to School Blog Hop. Hello and if this is your first time visiting my blog, welcome! I’m Yvonne and my blog and business name is Quilting Jetgirl which is a blend between my current profession (I am a quilt pattern designer and technical editor for the quilting industry) and my former professional...

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DIY Drop Sewing Table Tutorial

I've been using my custom built cutting table / sewing machine drop table for a little over 2 weeks. Before jumping in and sharing how we made this table (using hardware store materials), I wanted to give it enough time to test it out to know that it's holding up, sturdy, and meeting my needs. I *love* how the table...

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Tips for Working with Directional Prints
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Directional Prints {HSTs and Stitch and Flip}

Hello, and welcome to any new visitors who are following along with my Aurifil Instagram takeover this weekend. I'm Yvonne Fuchs, a former aerospace engineer turned modern quilter, pattern designer, quilt instructor, and technical editor. I've been a very active blogger since 2014, and if you have more time to poke around my website after reading my tips for...

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Binding Mini Mini Quilts & #MQGKeepCalmAndSewOn

As part of the Modern Quilt Guild's #MQGKeepCalmandSewOn weekly content, this week MQG members can download a PDF I created to help think about exploring design constraints through small makes: mini mini quilts. Mini mini quilts are tiny, think "mug rug" size or 5" per side or smaller. In short, mini mini quilts are a great way to explore...

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Reverse Appliqué and Hand Quilted Pillow Tutorial {November Slice & Stitch Challenge}

OLFA and Aurifil teamed up in 2019 to create 6 Slice & Stitch Challenges. For each challenge, one OLFA ambassador and one Aurifil Artisan received the same products to create a project and tips/tutorials to share. This month Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs and I were both given OLFA's 5" Precision Smooth Edge Scissors (SCS-4) and Aurifil’s Cotton 12...

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Making a Custom Sewing Machine Extension Table {Tutorial}

I recently purchased a Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118 sewing machine, and I knew that I would use the machine for quilting. To help balance the fact that the 118 does not have a huge throat space, I wanted to add an extension table to extend the working surface as much as possible. After looking at the available extension table...

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Silverware Roll
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Silverware Roll & Tutorial

My husband and I are making great progress on Wabi-Sabi Overland. As the majority of the structure has been built and installed inside the habitat / apartment, it's time for us to start thinking about all the small details that will make the space work for us. It's not that we haven't been thinking about those details, but I...

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Quilt Photography Tool Tutorial
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Quilt Photography Tool Tutorial

I am very lucky to have a tall husband (he is 6'2" tall), with a large arm span, who is more than happy to hold up quilts for me to photograph on occasion. Sometimes he is not available to help me, and so I have had friends hold my quilts, which usually presents a tricky problem for me as...

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Portable Design Board {Tutorial}

I love my design wall. It has revolutionized the way I visualize and organize my quilt tops while I am piecing. Even though my design wall is just to the left of my sewing machine, though, I have been wondering if there isn't a better way to stay organized. Chain piecing complicated blocks can take a lot of time...

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DIY Quilt Ladder Tutorial

My husband and I built a quilt ladder in 2012 so that I could hang and display my quilts at home. The quilt ladder now lives in a corner of my sewing room and appears in the background of some of my photographs. I've had a few requests over the years for information on where to purchase or how...

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Simple Sunglasses Case Tutorial

I have a habit of taking off my sunglasses and shoving them willy-nilly into my purse. I will be the first to admit I don't buy fancy sunglasses, these are the $19.99 (or less) kind you can pick up at a local convenience store, but looking through scratched up lenses isn't good for the eyes. So when my last...

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Cutting Color Cards

A few weeks ago, I took the plunge and cut up a Robert Kaufman Kona solids color card and an Aurifil color card! Kitty from Night Quilter joined me on the adventure of cutting up an Aurifil color card, and today you can find our joint tutorial for cutting the Aurifil color card and ideas for how to use it...

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Troubleshooting Thread Breakage

At the end of last week, I was having a very frustrating day quilting on my longarm. It seemed like no matter what I did, I was only able to quilt for an inch before having my upper thread break. After trying to get restarted on my quilt several times, I knew it was time to take a deep...

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Improv Quarter Circle Tutorial

Today I want to share the process I used to create the improv quarter circle blocks that I created in the It Comes in Waves quilt. A few things to note before getting started: I am demonstrating this using the same size blocks (5-inch charm squares) that I used to create the mini quilt. If you are new to...

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Blocking a Quilt {Photo Tutorial}

A little over a year ago, I needed to learn to "block" a quilt for the first time. Blocking a quilt is the process of manipulating a quilt into a squared-off, flat shape after quilting. Sometimes during the quilting process, a quilt will become slightly wonky, and the process of blocking that quilt will return the quilt to a perfectly square shape and...

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How to Modify Your Ironing Board into a Rectangular (Quilter’s) Ironing Board

For my birthday this year, I asked my husband to help me modify my ironing board. I had been eyeing a tutorial by my friend Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination. I have been using the large board for almost 2 months now and *loving* it - a fat quarter fits on the top as do full widths of quilting fabric...

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Square in a Square Tutorial

Today I want to share a photo tutorial of the steps I used to piece my square in a square blocks for my Snowflake Shimmer Quilt Along quilts. To place the Fabric B and Fabric C triangles for the Square in a Square blocks, I recommend folding the Fabric A 6 ⅛ʺ x 6 ⅛ʺ squares in half in both directions and...

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Rainbow of 12wt Aurifil Thread
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Quilting with 12wt Aurifil: Auribuzz Tutorial

Remember the delicious rainbow of 12wt Aurifil thread I shared about a little over a week ago? I spent quite a bit of time learning how best to set up both my long arm and domestic sewing machines so that I can take advantage of this amazing rainbow for a free motion quilting project. You can get all the...

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Sewing Full Circles Tutorial

To piece the circles for the Rockabilly Baby quilt, I sewed full circles into the background fabric. Today, I thought I'd share with you how I put them together via a photo tutorial. The circles I made for the Rockabilly Baby Quilt finish at 8-inches in diameter. I created a half circle template set to use, and you can download...

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