Why go wide? 108″ wide fabrics!

We’ve gotten lots of feedback about backing your quilts over the years!  We’ve heard everything from using bed sheets to scrap-busting to fleece to another quilt “top” as a solution.  We’re all about creativity and certainly understand we “do what we gotta do”… But, as we all know, big quilts need lots of fabric for the backing!

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One of the things you may not realize is 108″ wide quilting cotton is a big time saver and it saves you money!  You want the same high quality fabric for your backing, you’ve invested all the time and love into making your quilt top,  why skimp on the backing?

Of course, your favorite friendly quilt shop can help you make the best selection for your quilt project size!  The best part of our quilting community is how generous our shop friends are with their experience!

Mike, our Sewing Salesman, has a tip from one of his shops Wandering Stitches.  Check out this quick video to learn the value added to wide goods.

Here is the Avalon 108″ fabric Mike mentions/shows in the video. We also offer Ombre Scrolls 108″ fabric.   Soon, we’ll have another fabric to add to our 108″ offering!

Do you have a tip about backing your quilts?  Leave a comment on this blog and you will be eligible to win a 3 yard bundle of one of our 108″ wide back fabrics!   

We will select a winner next week at random – good luck!!!  Oh, and GO WIDE! 🙂

Machine troubles? Check this first

Whether you are new to sewing or a pro, we have all been there… “My machine is broken!”    According to Mike (QT Sewing Salesman) and his shop friends that service machines all the time, not necessarily!   Mike’s back with some tips from his shops, some really technical terms (joking) and a head’s up on what to check before you bring your machine in for servicing.

Exceptional service, tips and tricks are always available at machine dealers and quilt shops, and we definitely encourage you to go and become friends!  Servicing your machine is important (just like getting your car inspected and maintained!) and is worth the investment.  However, some things can be simple and you will save yourself some time, money, and feel like a superstar with these tips!

This is Tiffany, Creative Manager at QT, and I made fast friends with the gentleman (Joao) who serviced my Industrial Singer walking foot machine! Well, I was his friend but he probably thought of me as “that girl” 🙂 I bought it used from a factory in Fall River, MA, received an hour tutorial on threading and basic machine maintenance, and off I went excited to bring it home and create amazing upholstery projects!   Day 1 – I went to sew a sofa cushion and my machine was “broken” I didn’t get more than 4 inches in and had to call for help. The thread was bunching and jammed the needle… I was told to bring in the beast of a machine for Joao to take a look.   Long story short – I made several visits and signed up for lessons with Joao because the machine was perfectly fine; it wasn’t a machine problem, it was operator error (or as I prefer to say, operator inexperience). Like learning to drive a car, you should get to know and learn about your machine, it’s quirks, best ways to change gears and how to maintain it properly. That is why your machine dealer or local service is so important!  10 years of upholstery work and this machine and I are BFFs and have made some magical projects together!

 

We hope you enjoy these QT Sewing Salesman Tips.  Make sure you join our QT Fan Group and follow us on Instagram @QTfabrics to stay on top of our newest collections and fun with fabric!

Last week’s winner of the Sewing Tip Blog is Robin Noel!  We sent you a message on Facebook!  Please let us know your address so we can send you some fun fabrics!

We agree and think the fun is in the process not in perfection!

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Happy Summer & Sewing Tips!

We hope you are enjoying the sunshine and some stitching this summer!  Mike is back with a quick video of sewing tips!

Do you have a quick tip to share? Leave a comment here or  join our Facebook Fan page and post it there! We will select one winner at random and send along a great fat quarter bundle of our Harmony fabrics (shown in this video!)  We’ll announce the winner on July 19th on our next blog!

If you want to share something  you made with QT Fabrics, that’s always a good idea!  Simply post on Facebook or Instagram and tag it with @QTfabrics and don’t forget the hashtag – #QTSewingSalesman

We’ll be back with more fun & fabric!

 

 

Jacqueline Quilt-along! Finale!

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Are you amazed at how this quilt comes together?    We hope you are having fun with Mike and sewing with this wonderful pattern by Pine Tree Country Quilts!

It’s never too late to start with this blog quilt-along!  Click here to see the supply list and intro to this great project!

On to assembling this beauty!

Keep going!  You’re going to assemble the strips now…

And… before you know it – tah-dah!!!!  A gorgeous project by a fabulous quilter – YOU!

Go at your own pace, that’s the best part of blog quilt-alongs!  Mike is here in his videos whenever you’re ready!

If you subscribed to our  QT Fabrics Youtube channel!l, you can visit these videos easily, anytime!

Share pictures of this or any QT Fabrics projects on our Facebook Page!   Join our Facebook Fan Page to ensure you always see our posts.  On Instagram, tag us with @QTFabrics and @QTSewingSalesman  We can’t wait to see your projects!

We hope you enjoyed these tips and tricks from our Sewing Salesman!

Follow our “On the QT” blog so you never miss a blog post!  We’ll see you again soon!

Jacqueline Quilt-along! Week 3

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How’s your quilt coming along?  These bargello quilts look so much more complicated than they really are! We hope you are having fun with this beautiful collection of fabrics and wonderful pattern by Pine Tree Country Quilts!

It’s never too late to start with this blog quilt-along!  Click here to see the supply list and intro to this great project!

Just look at this quilt *swoon* 🙂  Another one of our QT Sales Managers, Ann, made this quilt!  The she styled it and sent this photo!  Our team is so talented!!

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Let’s sew that center square!   Mike has had some practice – he sewed it at least twice!  🙂 Practice makes perfect and Mike will share his tips on getting it right the first time!

How did you make out?  You’re getting so close!

Go at your own pace, that’s the best part of blog quilt-alongs!  Mike is here in his videos whenever you’re ready – and there is more to come!!!  Next week, we’ll finish this beauty up and show it off!!!

Share pictures of this or any QT Fabrics projects on our Facebook Page!   Join our Facebook Fan Page to ensure you always see our posts.  On Instagram, tag us with @QTFabrics and @QTSewingSalesman  We can’t wait to see your projects!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

We’ll be back next week with some more tips from our Sewing Salesman!

Jacqueline Quilt-along! Week 2

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Did you gather your  Jacqueline fabrics and this  Pine Tree Country Quilts’ pattern, Bargello Star?

It’s never too late to start with this blog quilt-along!  Click here to see the supply list and intro to this great project!

We hope you are ready to get started with this great video quilt-along with Mike Flynn, our QT Sewing Salesman!

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Here, Mike explains a bit about cutting, right and wrong sides of fabric tips and keeping things organized!

If only it was as fast as the video – the magic of “TV” as they say!

Go at your own pace, that’s the best part of blog quilt-alongs!  Mike is here in his videos whenever you’re ready – and there is more to come!!!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

We’ll be back next week with some more tips from our Sewing Salesman!

Jacqueline Quilt-along! Week 1

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He’s at it again!  Our Sales Manager, Mike, is ready to tackle another amazing quilt project and help you along the way!

This quilt, featuring our Jacqueline collection, is just stunning with Pine Tree Country Quilts’ pattern, Bargello Star!

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Talk about a show-stopper!  Bargello quilts never disappoint and this Jacqueline version is just lovely with the very trendy purples and lilac colors of our fabrics!  Speaking purple and color, check out Pantone’s Color of the Year – 2018 – Ultraviolet!

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Let’s get started! You’ll need to buy your fabrics and pattern (available at your favorite independent quilt shop OR at pinetreecountryquilts.com   Here is a link to our shop locator on our website.  Here you can find online shops carrying QT Fabrics or brick & mortar shops near you!  Please call ahead to see if the shop carries these fabrics as not every shop carries every collection!

Here is a PDF download to print/reference for the fabric requirements.

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Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

We’ll be back in 2 weeks to start cutting!  Gather your supplies!!!

Lazy Girl Designs – Sew Inspired!

The best part of working in this industry is meeting creative, like-minded friends.  We are thrilled to work with Joan Hawley from Lazy Girl Designs.  Get to know this lovely lady; you’ll definitely want to become a Lazy Girl!

We hope you enjoy this peek into the super-creative, fun and sew-inspired world of Lazy Girl Designs!

QT:  Tell us a little about you and your company

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Joan in her happy place!

Lazy Girl Designs is absolutely an extension of me and my rocky, semi-successful, journey as a sewist. It’s not that I’m not accomplished. It’s that I learned different things from my sewing experience. Being tall, I made my own work wardrobe for years. I even made a wedding dress for a friend. That was all great. But I love to sew for sewing’s sake. And I no longer need a closet full of office attire. I think fabric crafting should be fun. So now I like to make things. They aren’t quilts, apparel, or home-dec. It’s the in-between stuff like bags, accessories, etc. Little, fun, functional, gifty, easy-to-make, feel-good creations.

 

QT:  How did you get started in sewing/crafting/making?

A Home-Ec class in the 7th grade started my sewing passion. I remember the feeling of excitement when I was at the store picking out my first pattern and fabrics/supplies. It was like building my own puzzle. Working my way around the store, selecting fabric first, then trim/notions, and finally thread. It was like a scavenger hunt in which I decide what to collect or find. I was building something as I shopped. As the contents of my shopping cart grew, I could see the finished project in my mind. I was working my way toward bringing that project to life with each acquisition from around the store. What was this first project that set me on a course to today? It was a two-piece, red, terry jogging suit (pants and a zip jacket) with white trim on the pants and sleeves. I made it. It fit. I loved it. I was proud and empowered…and also very red.

QT:  What inspires you most?

I am like a dog with a bone when something inspires me. It’s all I can think about. I forget to eat, I can’t sleep, I’m stuck until it’s done. I love this pursuit of the final creation. For me, inspiration and intrigue are everywhere.

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Where the Lazy Girl magic happens!

QT:  What’s the worst sewing experience you’ve ever had?

Oh, let me tell you! I call these sewing scars. The worst was a project that stopped me in my tracks – after I bought everything needed. It was a two-piece suit. The pattern had 19 pieces for the jacket, and suddenly, every seam felt like an opportunity for me to fail. That sounds awful, I know. But when you’ve argued with projects and broken up before finishing, you don’t want to go down that road again. We invest time, love, and money and don’t want to be crushed. And for me, those negative feelings become attached to that project. I can’t bring myself to go back, pick it up again and finish.

QT:  Have your ‘sewing scars’ shaped your pattern line?

Yes, absolutely. Due to my own sewing tragedies, I keep my projects within a safe playground. And I think the journey should be as enjoyable as getting there.

Here’s my framework:
– No binding, piecing, or hand work
– No more than five fabrics
– Require supplies found in your basic fabric shop
– One new tip, trick, or technique to build your skills
– If you can cut and sew a straight line, you can make anything I design.

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A place for everything….

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…and everything in its place!  🙂

QT:  How do you decide on a project for a new pattern?

When designing or considering a pattern, I ask myself: Do I need it? Can I make it? Can I innovate the construction? Can I teach something in the project? Is it fun? Will my Lazies enjoy the journey as much as the finish?

QT: What drives your passion for designing patterns:  color, print or silhouette?

I’m completely driven by the symphony of where function, construction, beauty, and learning meet to create an enjoyable journey. It’s like a really good movie that has strong characters, great acting, an amazing story line, and beautiful scenery. I love when something hits all the high notes and draws me in.

QT:  Sewing sounds like a philosophical pursuit for you…

Yes! My extra big nerdy-ness is showing. I find it fascinating that our daily lives are filled with stitched things. Shoes, furniture, car interiors, clothes, accessories, books, etc. Everywhere you see (or don’t see) a stitch – it was sewn. The world is humming with the whirl of needle and thread, everywhere, all the time, making things for us. Stitching is a universally basic building block. Something is being stitched right now.

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QT:  Do you speak another language?

I’m fluent in fabric-crafting as a language. Fabric, thread, buttons, zippers, interfacing, etc are our words. It’s up to us to construct sentences and dialogue with these components. When I see something interesting that sparks question marks, I see it in my fabric crafting ‘words’. I ask myself if I can do that in fabric. What does that look like? Can I build it? How would that work? Could it be a launching point for something else?

QT:  Give an example of your fabric-speak…

My Button Boats project is a perfect example. I follow food bloggers and saw an interesting food tray on Instagram. It didn’t speak to me, it yelled at me. The blogger was showcasing sushi but all I saw was the architecture of the food tray. I thought the structure was really cool and I just knew I could think of fabric as architectural components (Lego blocks, Lincoln Logs, Jenga). I combined my fabric and interfacing to create firm sheets as building materials. They had fabric on both sides, like a sandwich. Simply cut the size and shape needed, then combine to make things. Cut, stack, sew, embellish. It’s a new building block. I designed a whole collection of patterns made using these sandwiches. All of that came from a picture of sushi yelling at me.

QT:  What types of stitching do you like to do?

There is a great big buffet of fun awaiting every sewing adventure, whether you are dreaming, buying, making, collecting, sharing, or learning. The universe of sewing is a 24/7 non-stop party. Grab a big plate, belly up to the buffet and discover what makes your soul sing. From time to time as a stitchy person, you’ll wear different hats or experience different elements of sewing.

QT:  What type of sewist are you?

I call myself a ‘thinger’. I make things. I’m a little sew-y, a little quilt-y, but mostly I make things. I started Lazy Girl because there weren’t any projects for people like me. I felt there must be others looking to play in the areas between apparel sewing, home dec, and quilting.

QT:  What else has your love and attention?

I love testing a new recipe or cooking tool. If there’s a dog nearby, I need to smooch on it and that usually happens. All the neighborhood dogs know where Aunt Joanie lives. When dogs get loose in the neighborhood, they often end up at my door.

QT: What advice would you give to a newbie to sewing/crafting?

Don’t be shy, find your sewing community, decide what brings you joy and run toward it. Find your local quilt shop, go in and say ‘Hi’. Tell them you are new and ask for tour of the store. Find out about projects, classes, supplies. Ask friends if they sew and let them know you want some guidance. When deciding on a project, I usually ask myself ‘How wrong can I go?’ What’s the worst that can happen? It’s just fabric and time.

QT:  What’s your biggest fear?

Running out of the supply I need. I’ve been there. It’s not fun!

QT:  Finish this statement:  To me, success is…

…enjoyment. That says it all.


We just love everything about Lazy Girl Designs!

Introducing, the newest pattern from Lazy Girl Designs:  Banana Bag

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This will become your new sewing obsession! Who doesn’t love a little grab & go bag?

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So pretty – featuring our QT Fabrics – Hayden!

We want you to be able to make these pretties yourself!

Head over to our Facebook Page tomorrow, Friday, April 13, and look for the Hayden/Lazy Girl Designs Giveaway!  

You’re one step away!

Saturday with QT’s Sewing Salesman! Week 8 – Finale!

It’s been a great 7 weeks, we took last week off for the holiday but we’re back with the finale of the Mustang Sunset Cowboy Memories II Quilt-Along with Mike!

This is the last week – we are so excited to finish!  Don’t worry, if you’re just joining us, it’s never too late to start!  Click here to go to the 1st video/blog!

The Whimsical Workshop designed this quilt and we think you should check out their site and see what other whimsical quilts you can create!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

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Click the image to go to the 1st blog in this series.  It’s never too late to start!

Off we go to the big finish!

Please be sure to share your project with us on Instagram  #QTFabrics #QTSewingSalesman

For Facebook – you can join our Fan Page – click here and click JOIN to submit your request – we will approve you.

Tag us with @QTFabrics and show off your finished masterpiece!!!

Happy sewing friends, we’ll be back with more great projects!

Saturday with QT’s Sewing Salesman! Week 7

How is your project going?   Share your progress on Instagram!  Tag us @QTFabrics and then use the hashtag #QTSewingSalesman   We want to see all these great Cowboy quilts!!!

This is the 7th week of an 8 week series – so close to the finish!  Don’t worry, if you’re just joining us, it’s never too late to start!  Click here to go to the 1st video/blog!

The Whimsical Workshop designed this quilt and we think you should check out their site and see what other whimsical quilts you can create!

Be sure to subscribe to our QT Fabrics Youtube channel!

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Click the image to go to the 1st blog in this series.  It’s never too late to start!

Here is Mike in the 7th segment of this 8 part series.