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Creating Pixel Blocks Using Grid Interfacing – A Tutorial

Materials List: Quiltsmart Watercolor Grid Interfacing in the size of your choice. The width of the fabric strips you are using will determine the grid size. I am using 1.5″ grid since my strips are 1.5″ wide.  They have it in varying sizes: Quiltsmart 1″ Grid Quiltsmart 1.5″ Grid Quiltsmart 2″ Grid Quiltsmart 2.5″ Grid You will also need: Sharp fabric scissors (I used my Perfect Scissors for this project) Piecing thread (I used 50 wt Aurifil Cotton Mako) 90/14 Quilting Needle Purple Thang or small tool to keep fingers away from the needle Iron with steam Teflon Pressing Sheet (I use the Bear Thread Applique Pressing Sheet) Your pattern and fabric strips I recommend reading...
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WIP Wednesday – Experimentation and Nostalgia

I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing the past few weeks. I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things though. I did a bit of experimentation with some Pigma Paintstiks on fabric. That was interesting to play around with. The bottom of the feather I drew directly onto the fabric with the Paintstiks and towards the top I put the paint onto a stencil brush and brushed it on. I like the look at the top better – it almost looks airbrushed on. The corgis are enjoying the new couch. I’ve decided to start a new quilt this year. I’m participating with the Reddit Quilters group and will be working on the Super Mario...
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Panasonic Cordless Iron Review

The quilters on Twitter (we call ourselves “Twilters”) will be the first to tell you – I’m a bad influence. I find good deals on quilting stuff and share the info immediately. This cordless iron was one such deal that I found and several of us purchased one.  I mainly wanted to see if a cordless iron would be useful with my melt and blend crayon classes since the cord does get in the way sometimes.  I’ve been using the iron for over two months now so I think I’m ready to give it a review. Surprisingly enough, I’ve quickly found it’s become my main iron that I keep by my sewing machine. Panasonic Cordless Iron...
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Tutorial – Printing Directly Onto Fusible Web

I love machine applique but one of the things that I hate doing is tracing designs. They can be really time consuming to do especially if they are very intricate patterns you need to trace. The good news is there is a way to print onto fusible web using your ink-jet printer and it’s not very difficult to do. Supplies and Tools Needed: Your applique template, preferably sized to fit on a regular letter size sheet of paper. Download the Tinkerbell Star design here for free! One sheet of letter-size cardstock or medium weight paper Gluestick, lightweight spray adhesive or scotch tape Lightweight Fusible web – I used Heat and Bond Lite Scissors (paper scissors and serrated...
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WIP Wednesday – Bags and Such

I tried a new Quiltsmart kit ‘The Bitty Bag” (the smallest version of the Mondo and Midi bag) this weekend and really had fun with it. There are so many cute variations you can do with this kit to make the bag you want. I decided to make a foldover flap and shoulder strap but I may make another one and do it with drawstrings. This is the Mimi by Chez Moi for Moda line. The kit comes with enough pre-printed interfacing to make two bags and also includes two hooks and a button cover kit for one button.  It only takes 13 charms to make the outside of the bag! I also finished up some...
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Aurifil Thread Giveaway from The Quilt Bear!

The Quilt Bear is giving away another Aurifil prize pack! Two beautiful tones in 28 wt thread would look fantastic in the holiday projects everyone is probably working on now. Colors: 2600 Gray and 2460 Dark Red will shine in your quilts or other projects. I love quilting with 28 wt. thread! It creates beautiful texture and dimension and really stands out on your projects. I love The Quilt Bear for thread for a number of reasons: Buy any 3 large spools of Aurifil Thread and get one FREE! Free US Domestic Shipping Use Coupon Code PODCAST at checkout to save 10% on your entire order! Giveaway open to US Domestic residents only. Ends 10/29/13 at...
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Fun in Lonestar class

Saturday was my first time teaching the QuiltSmart Lonestar class and we had a ball! It was a small class so everyone had plenty of room to spread out which was great. Two of the students had the same first name and brought very similar fabrics to work with! I also decided to start a mini-lonestar using the QuiltSmart Bitty Broken Lonestar kit and some fabrics I chose (a combo of Noteworthy by Sweetwater and Moda Grunge by Basic Grey).
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73 – Thread Painting Class, Show quilt prep, more Ask Anything answers

A thread painting workshop with Nancy Prince Corgi Fairytale gets shipped off. A final note (warning) about using the bleach gel pens. Creating a free motion quilting class – musings from a teaching perspective Feedback from the “so you want to sell a quilt” post  More answers from the recent Rafflecopter giveaway “ask anything” prompt And some photos from Nancy’s workshop: Nancy’s Samples (these are referenced in the podcast)   My Samples and Workshop Photos
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72 – Bleeding, Stashing, Tinkertote, Pricing a quilt for sale

Problem solving time! Bleeding and what to do about it on white fabric Quite a bit of stashing going on New computer Review of the Tinkertote Craftsy class and my finished tote – plus some things I’ll be changing on my next one Pricing a quilt for sale Book reviews - Liberty Love and Sew!   Bamboo Tablet Create More HOA woes I answer some questions from the recent giveaway “Ask Anything” prompt
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