Cutting Convex Shapes Efficiently & From Directional Fabric
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Cutting Convex Shapes Efficiently & From Directional Fabric

As I promised yesterday, I have a quick video tutorial to share with you today. Not only is this tutorial perfect for showing how I cut the convex shapes from a directional print so that I could keep the print "right side up" as I was piecing Garden Peony, the added bonus is that this is actually also the...

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Stitch and Flip Pressing Tip

Have you ever made a stitch and flip unit only to be disappointed to find that it is undersized? Because I do not pre-wash my fabric, this happened to me all the time, and I got frustrated enough by the undersized units that I avoided patterns with stitch and flip piecing. When I wrote the pattern for Star Pulse...

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Tips for Making / Planning a Scrappy Binding

After sharing about the scrappy binding I used on Signal Trace, I was asked by longtime reader and online friend Mary (Quilting is in My Blood) if I would consider writing up a blog post about how I plan out and make scrappy binding. Not having taken photos of my process for Signal Trace, I kept that idea tucked away...

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Quilt Show Entry Tips

We have until October 31, 2023, to submit quilts for consideration for QuiltCon 2024, which will be held in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am working on a quilt that I am planning on submitting (Cloudy Night Sky), and as such I'm doing a few things differently than I normally would for a regular use quilt. I got a great...

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Two Quick Sewing Room Cleaning Tips: Scrap Batting and Lint Roller
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Two Quick Sewing Room Cleaning Tips

Life continues to be very hectic and I have not had much time to focus on quilting this week. So today I thought I'd share two quick sewing room cleaning tips using items you very likely have on hand already! Dusting Tip I keep ALL of my scrap batting. The larger pieces get saved for potential future projects (from mini mini...

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Quilt Basting Tips and Tricks

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 career as an aerospace engineer. Today I'm going to be giving all...

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Sewing Machine Cleaning Tip

If nothing else, this post is a friendly reminder to take some time and care for one of your best friends: your sewing machine! The first thing I should note is that all sewing machines are made a little differently. For reference, I sew on a Juki TL-2200QVP Mini. After every bobbin, I like to use a small paintbrush to remove...

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Curved Piecing Bias Evaluation

I was cutting fabric to prepare to test out the Meringue quilt pattern, and I noticed that I could get a little bit creative and save some fabric if I cut drunkard's path concave templates differently than I normally recommend in a pattern. Well, one thing lead to another and I decided it was worth a side trip of...

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Marking Diagonal for QSTs
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Marking Diagonal Lines for QSTs

One of my favorite aspects of teaching workshops is that it makes me really think through what I do. In the process of preparing to teach the Sunburst workshop with the Las Vegas Modern Quilt Guild a little over a week ago, I was making samples to show my process for making quarter-square triangles (QSTs), and I realized that...

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Walking Foot Washi Tape Tip

I took these photos weeks ago when I was setting up to spiral quilt the Love is Love Sky Full of Stars quilt to share this simple tip with you, but silly me misplaced the photos and then forgot about them. Oops! Well, better late than never, right? This is a really simple tip that I find handy when...

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Sunburst Evaluated in What a Color App
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Color Blending Color Theory

I am very excited to share this color blending color theory post with you today! It's pretty technical at the beginning, but trust me, I wrap back around to discussing how this applies to fabric selection for quilting projects. During a recent Wayward Transparency workshop that I was teaching, where quilters apply fabric selection techniques to create a transparency design,...

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Quilt Bulk
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Domestic Sewing Machine Walking Foot Quilting – Turning and Dealing with Quilt Bulk Tip

As I was quilting Pulsar, a 72" square lap quilt, with my walking foot on my domestic sewing machine (I have a Juki TL-2200 QVP mini), I employed one of my standard tricks to cope with the quilt bulk when I reached the corner of the quilt. I decided to record a quick video to share this tip, and...

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Pin Basting Tip
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Pulsar – Pin Basting Tip

I tested out the lap size of the soon-to-be-released Pulsar quilt pattern, which finishes at 72" square. I knew that basting a quilt this size was going to be stretch in our cozy 512 square foot (47.5 square meter) cottage, so after a few days of measuring and planning how to make it work, I was able to give...

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Tips for Using a Hera Marker {Video Tutorial}

Today I want to share a quick video tutorial that I recorded yesterday to give you some tips for using a Hera Marker. It includes how I use a regular acrylic ruler to mark curves and suggestions for how to modify the lighting at your sewing machine in order to see the marked lines, especially on prints, better while...

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