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Converting Images to Grayscale {Video Tutorial}

One of the topics that I cover when I teach transparency workshops is how to take good quality photographs of your fabric selections and convert the images into grayscale. Once the photos are in grayscale, it is easier to evaluate their relative values and edit your fabric selection to create stunning transparency quilts. I just completed a video tutorial to...

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Diagonal Cross-hatch Quilting on a Longarm {Tips}

Based on responses to my post earlier this week about my Local Fair, a few things became obvious: Quilters are visual! Adding more description (using images, photos, or pictures) on the tips I learned while quilting a diagonal cross-hatch on my longarm on Wayward Transparency would be helpful. I am certainly no exception to being visual. I actually have a...

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Evaluating Fabric Contrast {Photo Tutorial}

I received a great question in the Quilting Jetgirl Facebook group regarding the Wayward Transparency Quilt Along fabric selection: How much contrast is enough? Let's look at some real life requested examples and discuss! Above are are two potential Kona color palettes, photographed and evaluated as close to true color as possible. Above are the same two images in grayscale. Note...

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Quilting with 12wt Thread Tips

I used 12wt Aurifil thread to do some straight line quilting on my Juki TL-2200QVP Mini (think TL-2010) this week, and I wanted to share a few tips today. First and foremost, I started with a new needle. I used an 80/12 needle and my needle threader worked just fine. If you are having to thread it yourself or your...

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Stitch and Flip with Directional Fabric {Video Tutorial}

I am thrilled today to bring you a video tutorial for the method I devised to help me quickly get the directional prints I used in my Layer Cake Pop quilt to be oriented "right side up" using a stitch and flip method. So if you are working with directional prints and using a stitch and flip technique for piecing...

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Charm Swap {Tips}

I spent 3 hours yesterday sorting and making the first Alison Glass Charm Swap bundle for Group 2 (I am still waiting on 2 more packages for Group 1). As I was building up the charm bundles, I noted several things that I thought would be worth passing on as tips. A *huge* thank you to the people who shipped...

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Directional Prints and HSTs {Tips}

If you would like to keep your directional fabric in the same orientation when you are piecing with half-square triangles (HSTs), this is a quick reference you can use for determining how to sew your two-at-a-time HST blocks. Note that this is not a detailed two-at-a-time HST tutorial but a supplements for creating HSTs using that method when working...

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First Quadrant
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Paper Piecing Tools

I have a big run of "secret sewing" projects lined up through the end of June, and that is really unusual for me. Typically I have a project I need to keep secret every so often, but this is a rather long list. Thankfully I get to share one with you tomorrow, and in early June and then as...

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Long Arm Straight Line Reference Tip

Over the past week, I have been working on quilting my Beacon quilt. I really want the quilting to be a part of the story of the quilt, and I selected to use interlocking clam shells in the background. I had in mind that it would look like waves, but my husband and many others have commented that they...

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Pressing Seams Open {Tip}

If you are a regular reader of my blog, I don't think it will come as a surprise to you that I press my seams open the majority of the time I am piecing my quilt tops. There are certainly lots of reasons to press to one side, and pressing seams open is not for everyone. Today, I want...

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Crosshatch Quilting Tips
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Crosshatch Quilting Tips

As I alluded last week in my Tips for Squaring a Quilt post, I have been busy with some secret sewing recently. For various reasons, I chose to use my domestic machine to do walking foot quilting on a rather large quilt (~60" x 80"). The quilting culminates in a fairly dense crosshatch at the center of the quilt, and I...

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Tips for Squaringa Quilt
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Tips for Squaring a Quilt

I am working on a secret sewing project that I absolutely cannot wait to share with you. Unfortunately for me (because keeping secrets is hard!), I have to wait 4 months to reveal it. And in the short term while I work on meeting the deadline, I am a bit less able to keep going with blog posts. Then again,...

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Quilt Design Decisions: Borders

Because the Rainbow Improv Scrap quilt was a filler project for me, I shared a lot of my design process, thoughts, and asked lots of questions along the way via my blog and Instagram. I received a question from a blog reader that I thought would make for a good discussion about quilt design decisions: ondered if some time you...

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Block Design Tutorial

Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs, Stephanie @Late Night Quilter, Terri Ann @Childlike Fascination, and I am super excited to announce an optional extension to the 2015 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop group. Fabri-Quilt has generously offered to supply fabric for the 2015 New Block Blog Hop! The week of August 31st, we will be sharing our collaborative block design efforts, and...

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Tip for Handling Large Yardage

I recently purchased and received 8 continuous yards of fabric for a project. It came rolled up as if the card stock had been slipped out of the center of a bolt of fabric, and then folded in thirds. Because of the extra folding, I needed to lightly press the fabric before cutting my desired widths of fabric, and...

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Fabric Selection Tip

I have a very quick fabric selection tip that I saw in a Facebook group this week that I think is extremely important and worth sharing: If you love the fabrics, you will most likely love the quilt. - Kristine Dale I whole-heartedly agree with this comment! I know that sometimes it can feel daunting and overwhelming to pick the fabrics...

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Playing with Color: Transparency Tutorial

I received a few requests after my post about Evaluating Fabric Color Value to discuss color transparency. I am currently really loving playing with color transparency and have several more pattern ideas that I want to explore to follow up my Triangle Transparency pattern. Transparency quilts play with the subtleties of fabric values to create layered, transparent effects. Color transparency relies on...

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Pinning Binding
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Tuesday Tip: Pinning Binding

Sometimes it is the little things that can really make life easier. I am guessing that many people might already know about this quick tip and employ it regularly, but I have to say that when I thought of it and used it on Sunday afternoon it made my life so much easier. Prior to sewing my binding down to...

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Evaluating Fabric Color Value Tips
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Evaluating Fabric Color Value Tips

I do a lot of my fabric selection and shopping online, and that can present a challenge on occasion. Lately, I have been really drawn to creating quilts with subtle tonal differences like in my Triangle Transparency quilt. The key to getting a design like Triangle Transparency to pop is in the fabric selection, and I wanted to share...

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Last Call: Submit a Quilt to the Texas Quilt Museum
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Last Call for Submissions: Texas Quilt Museum

The submission deadline for the Texas Quilt Museum's modern quilt exhibition is April 30 — this Thursday! The exhibition starts in Spring 2016 in La Grange, Texas. Submissions are open to Modern Quilt Guild members only, and more details are available on the MQG blog. If you're ready to submit, visit mqgcallforquilts.com to enter. Well, there is nothing like waiting until the last minute, right? I have been...

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