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!

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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!

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!

Jacqueline Bargello Star

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.

Jacqueline Quilt Along Sewing Salesman PDF

Jacqueline Quilt Along Sewing Salesman

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!

Blog Shout Out – Austin Sewing Machines & Quilting

Hey Y’all!!!  We’re excited to share with you the winner of our Blog Shout Out from our National Quilting Day Event on Facebook!   Abby Brooks (shown below) won an 84 piece fat quarter bundle of Harmony!    Per the giveaway, Abby tagged her local quilt shop, Austin Sewing Machines & Quilting and so it is… our Blog Shout Out winner!

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National Quilt Day is once a year, but we eat, sleep, and breathe fabric and quilting every day!  🙂  We were thrilled to see the photos of consumers enjoying their time spent in their local quilt shop!  There is so much of a spirit of camaraderie when shopping local;  we love to encourage people to go to their local quilt/fabric shops!  You’ll find you can get guidance on a project or technique, inspiration, and of course, FABRIC!!!!! 🙂

I reached out to Austin Sewing Machines and Quilting to find out their story.  Another perk of being in this industry is learning about our new friends and their experiences!

QT:  Tell us about you and your shop:

Austin Sewing Machine (ASM):  ASM has been owned by my parents, Bob and Ruth Clark since 1984.  My name is Robyn Smith and I have worked in the sewing industry for most of my life.  Sewing is a love inherited from my mother and I created my first garment in 4H in the 7th grade.  ASM started out as a sewing machine business and we currently sell five brands of machines:  Pfaff, Viking, Brother, Janome and Juki (including Juki’s long arm).

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Impressive offering of machines… care for a test drive?

In 2001, premium quilting fabric, patterns, designs and notions were added to our inventory.  I soon was addicted to quilting.  In addition to teaching new owners’ classes to those who purchase machines from us, we also have a monthly Sewing and Embroidery Club meetings to encourage our club members with new techniques and designs as well as recognizing their own creativity and patronage.

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That’s a whole lotta patterns 🙂

QT:  Are you more motivated by color or pattern?

Currently, with approximately 3,000 bolts from various manufacturers, I’m motivated by color rather than pattern.  I especially love bright colors and since I am the fabric buyer for the store, ASM has a lot of color!  Batiks, stripes, dots and metallic finished fabrics provide our customers with a selection towards the modern look rather than the traditional or civil war style.

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I spy our Sunkissed fabric (Spring wallhanging) beautiful sample! 

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Another beauty!  The fabric used here is  Kaleidoscope by Desiree Designs  ❤

QT:  If you had to make only one type of project going forward, what would it be?

Quilts, hands down.  Though I sewed garments for many years, fitting is not a strong point for me – if it didn’t fit, it never got finished!  Fortunately, quilts do not have to “fit”.

I especially love machine embroidery which plays very well with quilting.  We sell Anita Goodesign embroidery collections as well as various other companies’ designs.  We just completed an event with Anita Goodesign with over 50 participants which was a lot of fun.

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

In connecting with our customers, of course face to face is the best.  We use email a lot and we do have a Facebook page.  We are exploring using Instagram.  To me, success is creating the most positive experience for each customer that makes a contact in our store.

QT:  What are your future goals?

Our goals for the future would be:  to continue to greet each individual who contacts our store with the genuine intention to get to know him or her and meet their specific needs; to provide customers with the best service possible; and to keep our “brick and mortar” business going well into the future.


 

A wonderful story and legacy for this family-owned and operated business.  So often, in this digital age, we forget the friendly smile and welcoming spirit when walking into a brick and mortar shop.   We love to learn from our shop customers and see the positive impact they have on their community.

I can’t wait to head over to my local shop tomorrow to see what types of events they have going on!   Maybe, just maybe, my friends there will be able to help me figure out a technique to keep my stitching within the seam allowance for once!  If crooked sewing/stitching was an Olympic sport, I’d tie for 1st, 2nd and 3rd 🙂