Tutorial: Multiple Mitered Borders Made Easy

I’m just gonna say it: I love mitered borders on a quilt! Unless there’s a strong design reason for a straight-set border, mitered borders are my first choice for border treatments despite the small amount of extra work involved.

Depending on how many borders the quilt has it’s actually no extra work at all, since you can apply multiple borders all at once instead of one at a time like you’d do for straight-set borders. Not only can you apply multiple mitered borders all at once, it’s really the better and more accurate way to do it, and you’ll get the most lovely matching corners if you do! Here’s the complete how to: Continue reading

Flannel Design Wall Tutorial

I’m still “moving in” and getting settled in my new sewing area (as well as the rest of the house, if the truth is told), and of course, I want a design wall of some sort. There is not a lot of room or empty wall space, but there is one wall that will do (ignoring the electrical socket and pass through right in the middle of it that I would never use anyway):

Perfect spot for a design wall

Looking back on my design wall solutions in the past, I didn’t really want to repeat either of them. The Portable Design Wall was an utter failure for me when I bought it, and still doesn’t get used for the same reasons (and I can’t bring myself to put it up on ebay and try to fob it off on someone else since it’s just that bad).

In our Matchstick Manor house in Germany, I put up Block Butler on one wall in the studio, but honestly, I’m really glad that wasn’t my house (for many reasons, not just this one of course) because when I took it down as we were preparing to move out before the house fell down around us, Continue reading

Head to Head: EQ Printables vs. Jacquard Cotton Sheets

I’ve been doing some printing on fabric off and on lately, using EQ Printables Premium Cotton Satin Inkjet Fabric Sheets. I picked up a 6 sheet package at Quilt Market in Houston in 2008 so that I could try it out. The results with the EQ Printables are okay, but I haven’t been ecstatically happy with them, so when I was ordering from SoftExpressions.com recently, I decided to order a package of Jacquard Cotton Ink Jet Printing Sheets to see if it was any better.

I actually wasn’t planning on doing any sort of really scientific side-by-side comparison when I ordered the Jacquard, but after I printed an image on the EQ Printables and was pretty unhappy with the way the ink ran and spread during the rinsing phase, I decided to print the same image on the Jacquard to test it out. And okay, it’s still not a terribly thorough analysis since it’s not like I’m going to burn through three or four more sheets to test different kinds of images on each of these brands, but I think the results are worth sharing anyway.

Here’s the head to head, brutal comparison: Continue reading

Quilt Marking Roundup: Stitching Through Paper

I’m currently teaching Machine Quilting—Master the Basics online at QuiltCampus.com, and one of my students said that the hardest thing was to figure out how to transfer the quilting design to the quilt. I really can’t disagree with that! Quilt marking methods are many and varied as are the tools, and it’s different for every single quilt you make, so it’s not like you can just figure it out once and run with it. It’s a “figure it out” process over and over and over again.

Over the years, I’ve used many different methods, so I thought I’d share some of them here over the course of the next few posts. I can’t tell you how many parts this will have, as I’m just going to start with a couple of the methods I used way back when, and work my way through my bag of techniques and tools. Some of what I’ll share I haven’t used recently for one reason or another, but that’s not to say I won’t ever use a particular technique again, and of course someone else might find it useful.

When I was fairly new to quilting, my goal was to not actually mark on the quilt at all if it could be avoided since I was petrified that the marks wouldn’t wash out, so I spent a great deal of time figuring out how to get the quilting pattern on to the quilt without ever touching an actual marker to the fabric. Continue reading

Winner, Winner…

But not “Chicken Dinner!” I don’t even like chicken (that much). We quilters need to come up with a different ending for that that’s more “quilty!” But maybe the title to this post should be Winner, Winner…Winner! anyway, since I actually chose not just one, not two, but three winners this morning for the giveaway! I received so many wonderful tips and there were a number of you out there who blogged and tweeted about the giveaway, so I added a couple more prizes to the pot!

Inchie Quilts by Nadine Ruggles

Winner #1: Sheryl H. who sent in today’s tip on The Daily Stitch, as a matter of fact! Sheryl’s won a copy of Inchie Quilts and the InchieSee & InchieDo Viewer Tool & Ruler Set!

Winner #2: Dorothy H. who tweeted about the giveaway early on and then sent in lots of great tips right at the deadline last night! Dorothy’s won the InchieSee & InchieDo Viewer Tool & Ruler Set!

Winner #3: Maria@Maria Michaels Designs who sent tips and blogged about the giveaway has won the InchieSee & InchieDo Viewer Tool & Ruler Set!

I’ll contact the winners directly by email later today! Thank you ALL for playing along, and congrats to all the winners! I received so many great tips this time, and they’ll be coming at you on The Daily Stitch for the next month or so while I’m in the States. If you’re not a subscriber yet, what are you waiting for? You can subscribe by RSS or get The Daily Stitch delivered to you by email so you won’t miss out on all the great tips from fellow quilters!

Giveaway Update: First Tip Posts Tomorrow on The Daily Stitch

The Daily Stitch

I’m just popping in to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has sent in tips, blogged and posted on Twitter about the giveaway so far! I’ve received so many tips, and they’re all pret-ty ding dang dong wonderful! My personal favorite will post on The Daily Stitch tomorrow, September 30, and the rest will follow.

Here’s what I asked for:

Any quilting tips are great, whether they’re about cutting, piecing, pressing, fabrics, threads, embellishments, unusual uses for everyday items, favorite notions or gizmos, great places to shop, or fabulous quilt shows or events. I’d also love to hear about your favorite quilting artists, especially the little known ones, so send some links and tell me what you think is cool about their work.

And oh boy, did you deliver! Yes, dear readers and friends, you’ve made my life just a little easier before my big trip to the States, and you’re all just awesome! But there’s still time—time enough to send in your tip (or tips!) to get your name in the hat for a copy of Inchie Quilts, and an InchieSee & InchieDo Viewer Tool & Ruler Set. Every tip gets another chance to win! And I know there are more tips out there where these came from! Keep ‘em coming! Deadline is October 1, and I’ll draw for the winner on October 2!