How to Quilt a Quilt- Part 4

Are you a fan of Mike, the QT Sewing Salesman yet?

We sure are… he is making it so easy to get your projects down with his tips and tricks learned while traveling the southeastern part of the U.S. and talking with his shop customers.

You may not have been able to check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 yet. No problem, that’s the beauty of the internet! Click here to start at part 1 and follow the blogs through to part 4. You can follow along at your own pace and review whenever you need this information!

Are you ready for the big finish?

Part 4: How to Quilt Your Quilt – Putting on the Binding: Part 2

If you don’t like the final step of hand sewing the binding onto your quilt, here’s the fast easy way to do it by machine.  I show you how to iron the binding in place and an easy way to machine finish the binding.

Mike knows these are not techniques for show quilts…these are helpful hints to let you enjoy the process and keep creating projects for yourself, family and friends! As Mike says at the end of this tutorial, “it’s bound, it’s done and I can give it away and somebody is going to love me because I gave them a quilt” What’s your next project look like?

Special thanks to our friends at Cynthia’s Fine Fabrics in Tamarac, FL for hosting Mike for this video and for the live studio audience! If you are in the area, stop in and tell them Mike, the QT Sewing Salesman sent you!

If you love the quilt in this video, the pattern is called “Seahorse in the Reeds” by Blue Bear Quilts. It features Dan Morris Designs’ Oceana collection for QT Fabrics and is in shops now.


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How to Quilt a Quilt- Part 3

You’re almost there… how’s your project coming along?

If you missed part 1 and 2 – no worries! Click here for Part 1 and Click here for Part 2 it’s not too late to join the fun and learn from Mike Flynn, QT Sewing Salesman!

Now, it’s time to bind your quilt. Do you have a pile of unfinished quilts waiting for the last hurrah to complete your project? Mike is here to help with his next video tutorial.

Don’t put off finishing your quilts any more!

Part 3: How to Quilt Your Quilt – Putting on the Binding: Part 1

Hate putting on binding?  I do too, it takes forever.  Here’s how to put on your binding in less that 30 minutes—using your serger!  I’ll show you a fast and easy method for attaching the binding to your quilt.  You won’t believe how easy it is!

Special thanks to our friends at Cynthia’s Fine Fabrics in Tamarac, FL for hosting Mike for this video and for the live studio audience! If you are in the area, stop in and tell them Mike, the QT Sewing Salesman sent you!

If you love the quilt in this video, the pattern is called “Seahorse in the Reeds” by Blue Bear Quilts. It features Dan Morris Designs’ Oceana collection for QT Fabrics and is in shops now.


If you subscribed to our  QT Fabrics Youtube channel 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!

How to Quilt a Quilt- Part 2

Did you enjoy your quilt sandwich?

If you are saying what? I have no idea what you’re talking about…. you missed last week’s tutorial video. No problem! Click here to catch up and watch Part 1 – How to Quilt Your Quilt – Make a Quilt Sandwich!

Mike Flynn, QT Fabrics Sewing Salesman, is ready to show you how to finish a quilt top in a few hours – start to finish!  You can quilt and bind your quilt tops fast and easy on your regular sewing machine.

Let’s continue with Mike and his fun & easy tips!

Part 2: How to Quilt Your Quilt – Quilting Your Quilt

Here’s how to easily quilt your quilt on your home sewing machine in less than 1 hour! It’s super fast and easy to finish your quilt at home with these simple techniques. Mike challenges you to try this with a few yards of extra fabric you have – in a few minutes you’ll see how easy it is, and you will be finishing all those quilt tops waiting for the big tah-dah! Try it!

Mike at Cut Up And Sew in Palm Coast, FL – a true Sewing Salesman on the road!

Special thanks to our friends at Cut Up And Sew in Palm Coast, FL for hosting Mike for this video. If you are in the area, stop in and tell them Mike, the QT Sewing Salesman sent you!

If you’re drooling over the quilt Mike is working on- it’s a free QT pattern designed by Wendy Sheppard using our Harmony collection! We encourage you to go to your favorite independent quilt shop for patterns and fabrics, not to mention the customer service and camaraderie! Here is a link to the pattern called A Walk In The Park . Your favorite shop should have the fabrics in-stock! The colorful quilt with black in the background is by our friend Reed Johnson of Blue Bear Quilts and is called Pixie Party. That is a for-sale pattern available through your favorite shop!


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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!

How to Quilt a Quilt 4-Part Series!

1..2..3..4… Quilt!

Mike Flynn, QT Fabrics Sewing Salesman, is ready to show you how to finish a quilt top in a few hours – start to finish!  You can quilt and bind your quilt tops fast and easy on your regular sewing machine.

In this 4 part video tutorial series, filmed while on-the-go, Mike will show you how to spray baste a quilt sandwich, quilt on your domestic sewing machine and put on the binding with your serger.  Finish your quilts without a lot of extra expense so you have more money to spend on fabrics!

Part 1:  How to Quilt Your Quilt – Make a Quilt Sandwich

The secret to easily quilting a quilt is to spray baste your quilt sandwich with a water-based spray glue like 505.  Here’s how using a bed or a floor or a table… do what you can where you are!

The pattern shown in this video features Bohemian Rhapsody by Dan Morris for QT Fabrics and is called “Aurora Nights” You can buy at at your favorite independent quilt shop or via the pattern designer, Bound To Be Quilting. We loved how the ombre fabric is highlighted in this quilt!


If you subscribed to our  QT Fabrics Youtube channel 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!

Sew Fast with Sew Very Easy!

Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy with Sew Fast Pattern: featuring Circle of Friends Fabrics

Our friend Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy has an incredible YouTube channel of tutorials. Her wonderful step-by-step instructions and hints and tricks make trying new projects a pleasure. Laura created a fantastic video featuring our fabrics curated by Donna Robertson of Fabric Cafe using a free pattern compliments of Fabric Cafe! Video link and more information are found below but, let’s get to know Donna and the fabrics first!

Donna Robertson’s 3-yard quilts & curated fabrics

As the song says.. we “get by with a little of help from our friends”. From this sentiment, the collection Circle of Friends was born! Donna Robertson of Fabric Cafe curated this collection of fabrics with gift giving and sharing in mind. Donna’s 3-yard quilt patterns and books are a sensational way to create quilts for family, friends, charity and yourself! Look at these prints, “sew” perfect for a heartwarming quilt project!

Donna didn’t stop there! She also curated another collection called Violet”! While technically it’s a separate collection, the prints and colors are related and can be used together for even more fun choices. 3 yards of fabric, Donna’s pattern and a weekend project is on its way! Check out Violet below.

Both of these collections can found in your favorite independent quilt shop and are in shops now! Violet even made the cover of Donna’s last book!

Here are two other patterns with the her fabrics featured.

Get ready to make your own 3-yard quilt with a little help from Sew Very Easy!

We’re thrilled that Laura Coia has created this tutorial video on her channel Sew Very Easy and a since it uses a new FREE pattern from Donna Robertson called “Sew Fast”, there’s no need to wait. You’ll want to make as many 3-yard quilts as you can. Learn everything you need to know below! Enjoy!

Guest: Reed Johnson of Blue Bear Quilts!

Hello.  I am Reed Johnson, owner of Blue Bear Quilts, www.bluebearquilts.com, a Friend of QT Fabrics, a quilt pattern designer and an educator. I have the pleasure of writing a guest blog post for QT Fabrics regarding my trip to the AccuQuilt headquarters in Omaha for their 10th Anniversary Celebration and for my winning of the runner up prize in their 2018 Quilt Block Design Contest.

I decided to make the trip a mini vacation and so, when I got to Omaha, I traveled north to Sioux Falls, SD and saw the falls, and signs of fall with the leaves turning yellow. I proceeded westward to Mitchell, SD and saw the world-famous Corn Palace. On my way to the Badlands National Park, I discovered the Dignity Statue in Chamberlain SD.

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The Dignity sculpture is a 50-foot-tall statue; designed by sculptor Dale Lamphere to honor the cultures of the Lakota and Dakota people. During the day, her star quilt– a representation of respect, honor and admiration in Native American culture – glitters in the sun with color-changing pieces that move with the wind, and at night, lights cause the diamond shapes to glow. (This was the largest quilt I saw on the trip.) I also visited The Quilt Shop and met owner, Sonya Kroupa. Many fabulous native & western themed fabrics. Find online at The Quilt Shop.

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Traveling through the Badlands is an out of this world experience. Vast valleys and golden prairies; cute little prairie dogs popping up everywhere. Badlands form when soft sedimentary rock is eroded in a dry climate. The park’s scenery is made up of sharp spires, gullies, and ridges. At sunset, the color variations in the ridges intensifies. The colors in nature can inspire many quilts. After the Badlands, I had to stop and see Wall Drug and ride the jackalope.

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I took a detour to the north to see Deadwood, where Wild Bill Hickok, was shot to death in a bar, (if I made a quilt from here, I would have to use the Drunkard’s Path) and Sturgis, home of famous motorcycle rally.

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Next stop was Mount Rushmore in Keystone, SD. It was so amazing to see the heads of Presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln carved right into the mountain. I can’t even imagine how this was possible. It is a place filled with patriotism and makes one proud to be an American. As I look at this picture, I can’t help but think that the colors of white, grey, forest green and sky blue would make an excellent palette for a quilt.

Heading back to Nebraska, you travel through Custer State Park. Hundreds of buffalo crossed the road right in front of the car. It was an eerie and amazing sight. There were serene lakes, surrounded by gentle rolling hills and many deer grazing by the road. The Needles Highway had dazzling peaks, spires, fall colors, and tunnels carved right into the mountain side.

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I made a stop in Kearney, Nebraska. I had to visit the Bricks; named for the bricked streets in the quaint downtown, which had lots of painted murals on the sides of the buildings. I went to The Quilter’s Cottage and met the owner, Phyllis Hamaker. There were gorgeous QT Fabrics and fun panels. Check out her shop at Quilters Cottage. The Archway is a museum that crosses over I-80 and tells the story of the Great Platte River Road.

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Could not miss a chance to stop in at the International Quilt Reedimage9Study Center and Museum (International Quilt Museum) at the
University of Nebraska in Lincoln. They currently had an exhibit of quilts owned by Mark Dunn, President and Owner of Moda Fabrics. There also was an exhibit of Marti Michells and the business of quilts. No trip to Lincoln is complete without a stop at the Baker’s Candies Company.

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On to the main event in Omaha. I stopped at AccuQuilt the night before the award ceremony to take one last look at my block that was up on the 17-foot billboard, outside their headquarters, from having been the Grand Champion in 2017.

 

The next day, as part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration, we were treated to a trunk show of quilts that were made from the free patterns that can be downloaded from their
website, including Elephant Cuddle Parade, which was designed and made by me. We toured an exhibit of quilts that were designed and made by Kaye England.

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As the runner up in the 2018 Block Design Contest, my block will be displayed inside the corporate headquarters for the next year. We also got a tour of the AccuQuilt Quilter’s
Dream Studio.

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We proceeded outside to the tents. Kaye England gave an awesome presentation talking about life and presented a trunk show of her quilts that could be made using AccuQuilt Qubes.

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The Grand Champion this year was Candace Door and her winning block was revealed on the billboard. (below left/middle)  (Read the AccuQuilt blog about Candace here)

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We headed back to the tents and had a wonderful Panera lunch where door prizes were given away. Candace and I were awarded our prizes. Photo (above right) shows me with the CEO of AccuQuilt, Steve Nabity and the President, Greg Gaggini.

AccuQuilt is such a generous company that all of this was not enough. For their 10th Anniversary Celebration, they gave everyone there a Go! Baby Cutter, a tote, the 3 anniversary dies and an anniversary edition storage box. Getting ready to leave Omaha, we were greeted with the most intense and beautiful rainbow.

A great time was had by all.

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Hey there!   Tiffany, Creative Manager for QT here:

We congratulate Reed, and thank him for sharing news of this wonderful event.  Isn’t that the best part of the quilting world?  Sharing experiences, knowledge and the camaraderie?   We are so thankful to collaborate with Reed.  His quilt designs are fantastic and working with him is a great pleasure!  Look for his patterns in your favorite quilt shop!   His Kaleidoscope pattern looks awesome in our Harmony Collection.  Within the next month or so, we’ll have 3 of our newest collections featured in Reed’s patterns… stay tuned!

We hope you enjoyed this guest blog and look forward to more in the future!


 

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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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!

Brooke Quilt-Along – The big finish!

Welcome back!  We’re almost finished.. it’s been so much fun creating this quilt with you!  Let’s add another layer of fun to our Brooke project!

Once your quilt is quilted & bound, add some dimension and FUN to your finished quilt.

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 (1) rectangle the same size as the applique rectangle you reserved from Week 4.

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(2) rectangles the same size as the applique rectangle

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picture 3_fusibleFuse 1 rectangle of Fusible Fleece to wrong side of the Black Illusions rectangle.  Working quickly, while this is still warm, place the 2nd Fusible Fleece rectangle on top of the fleece just fused & fuse in place.

You’ll need a toasty-hot iron with steam to activate the glue on the second layer.  Press & steam from both the fleece & the Black Illusions side.

Remove paper backing from floral applique rectangle.  Position on top of fusible fleece.  Fuse floral fabric to top of the applique sandwich.

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Once the layers are well fused, fussy-cut out applique shape.

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Satin stitching is recommended for durability.   I set my machine zig-zag at .3mm stitch length & 3.0mm stitch width.  I used yellow thread on top & black thread in the bobbin to better match the fabrics.  You can blanket stitch if preferred.    Once stitched, trim any loose threads poking through the satin stitch.

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There are many ways to attach your embellishment.  I opted for 2 stacked buttons from my button stash.  I ran my stitch through the entire quilt for ease of stitching.  Just be sure to make small stitches on the back & pull nice & tight.  I like the buttons because they allow some movement of the applique.

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Other Embellishing Ideas (not shown)

The red flower would be easily embellished with some French Knots on the stamen.  You could also add seed beads or crystals to make the flowers glimmer.

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If you missed our earlier posts, just click over here, gather your supplies, then join in as we make this fun lap quilt together.

I am excited to see your finished quilts!  Be sure to tag any social media posts with #QTBrookeQAL  #QTFabrics so we can see your creations and share in your stitching fun!

If you have any questions, just comment or email me directly @ shannon@fabricsnquilts.com.

Last Chance to win!!!

One lucky winner will receive our entire Harmony collection as fat quarters – that’s 84 fat quarters! WOW!

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There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway:

  • Upload a photo using the hashtags (#QTBrookeQAL and #QTFabrics) on Instagram
  • Comment on this blog
  • Comment on the Facebook event with photos!

We’ll pick our winner from the comments or photos next week and will announce the winner on 12/27

HAPPY STITCHING – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –