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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Nesting Ironing Table

As I mentioned in my Big Move post, we are working hard to renovate and create a cozy space in our new-to-us 512 square foot cottage. One of the challenges of a smaller space is making sure that everything has its place and that the overall effect leaves it feeling as large and open as possible. Before we moved,...

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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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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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