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Quilting Books

Quilting Books

Whether you are a beginning quilter, or an advanced practitioner of the craft, you will find many books on quilting that will help advance your knowledge. Quilting books fall roughly into several categories, and numerous titles abound in each. The categories of books are how-to, pattern encyclopedias, historical, books about the joy of quilting, and art books.

How-to books are probably the most popular, and the first stop for the beginning quilter. They range from books which discuss the overall craft of quilting and give step-by-step instructions, to books which will take one aspect of quilting and explain how to do it...

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Needlepoint Belts

Belts are an integral part of any wardrobe, especially if you are a guy. Whether you are wearing a formal pant or jeans, belts help to enhance the beauty of your look. With Needlepoint Belts you can keep your pant on your waist without any fear of falling off. They are super stylish and look extremely adorable if worn properly. There are many online stores that deal in them. They look uber cool.

What makes them so attractive?

Besides being an integral part of your wardrobe, the Mens Needlepoint Belts come in different shapes and sizes. You can take your pick from thin belts, broad belts. Black and brown are quite common color. Instead of these, opt for bright colors like red, green, and pink, orange and so on.

Made out of high quality leather these belts are extremely durable and will las...

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Using Quilt Stencils

using quilt stencils

Ever wonder what to do with all your quilting stencils which are mostly used only once? Here are a few ideas for using quilt stencils for other things than marking quilts. Recycle like this.

  1. Make book marks from narrow stencils. String a ribbon or cord to tie through top hanging hole of the stencil.
  2. Use a floral stencil as a pattern for a fabric applique project. Trace shapes onto fabrics to be used for various flower parts, add seam allowances and cut out. The complete stencil may be traced onto the background fabric as a placement guide for the applique pieces.
  3. Use stencils to create candle wicking, embroidery, cut-work, and cross stitch designs.
  4. Create a Celtic design on quilt blocks, jackets, or vest fronts, etc...
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Way Too Much Material

 too much material

I’ve said it. You’ve probably said it. Seems like all quilters say it at one time or other. “I’ve got way too much material. I shouldn’t buy any more. I need to use what I have first.” So what happens? We go and buy more anyhow. We’re all alike in that respect.

What is a fabric addict supposed to do? Stop getting fabric? Not on your life! Use more of what we have on more quilts? There’s only 24 hours in a day. Find new storage places? Every place is full already. We have to increase our stash, and fill our dreams. But where are we to store are new purchases?

When we get to this point, it’s time for serious thought about our surpluses. It appears that we have two choices: control the space better and /or dispose of the fabrics we will never use.

Take a good look at the f...

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Make Perfect Quilts

make perfect quilts

No matter whether make the right color scheme, trying for accurate piecing, or consistently doing a small and even hand quilting stitch, quilters are typically obsessed with perfection. It is extremely hard and,  strictly speaking, almost impossible to achieve. Push the limits and learn how to make perfect quilts. Is it a possibility to make perfect quilts? Maybe but I need to learn a lot more if this is so. Great for diy to make perfect quilts.

Here are some ways to get the perfection you desire.

CARPE DIEM   don’t pass the opportunity to buy something if it strikes your fancy. If you can see an inspiring piece of fabric, take it home if you can. Don’t worry if it doesn’t match your present work. You just never know when or where you may get to use it...

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Optimum Accuracy

optimum accuracy

Most quilters(especially beginners) don’t realize that optimum accuracy in their quilts begins with the very first step– cutting the fabric. To understand why this is true your first have to understand the properties of fabric. Good diy projects.

Most quilters are know that the bias of fabrics stretches. But do you know that the crosswise grain also stretches? Try this: cut a three inch by five inch piece of material along the lengthwise grain(parallel to the selvage edge) and one along the crosswise grain( perpendicular to the selvage edge).

Holding one end of the lengthwise rectangle in your left hand and the other end with your right hand, give it a little pull. then do the same thing with the crosswise rectangle. There should be a noticeable difference...

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Paper Piecing

paper piecing

I have heard the term “paper piecing” so I asked about it. Paper piecing is the technique of  drawing the pattern on foundation paper. Then materials are added and sewn to the paper. The following is a guide .


You will need one paper foundation for each block or for each unit of  the block.

The Marked Side is the Sewing Side– the numbers are your placing order and the

lines are your sewing lines. The reverse side is where the fabrics will be placed.

Cut the foundation pattern out just outside of the seam edge. Trimming done later.      img_20161031_0003

Locate #1 on the foundation. With the Printed Side of the Foundation Towards You,

place a scrap of fabric (wrong side to paper)  over #1 on the Unmarked Side,

making sure the edges of the scrap extend wel...

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Mock-up Block

After choosing a pattern for a quilt and making a colored block on paper; it’s off to the fabric store to find the right materials. You sort through an few bolts of fabric and stack them. Step back and squint at them to see if your choices work together. You trade some colors for different ones to go with the colored print you chose. Yes they seem to go together fine; but do they really? Probably do. Maybe? When you get home make a mock-up block to really be sure.

So as not to go overboard, buy only 1/8 yard of each fabric you chose and the ones you exchanged for at the last minute, and as many other possibilities as you can afford. Take these home to cut and paste  or pin on your design wall, if you have one.

To make a portable block, get some 1/4″ graph paper, a pen or pencil, pins, ...

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Quilting Terms Glossary 2


IN-THE-DITCH QUILTING.  The stitching done alongside a seam or applique edge

MATCH POINT.  The ending or pivoting point of a seam line.

MITERED SEAM.  A 45 degree angle seam.

ONLINE QUILTING.  Stitching done outside or inside the seam lines of patchwork or applique.

PATCHWORK.  The composite of pieces sewn together to form a larger piece, such as a block or quilt.

QUICK-CUTTING.  The process of cutting fabric into strips with a rotary cutter, a thick, clear plastic ruler, and a cutting mat.

QUICK-PIECING.  The machine-sewing method for joining material, instead of cutting it into pattern pieces.

QUICK TRIANGLES.  A grid system method to make half -square triangle squares.

QUILTING.  The small running stitches made through the layers of a quilt...

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Quilting Terms Glossary

quilting terms

I happened to be looking at an old magazine and came across this article. Thought this was a good informational item of quilting terms glossary. I learned some new terms. Here is the article.

APPLIQUE.  The sewing technique for attaching pieces(appliques) of cloth onto a cloth background. Appliques may be sewn to the background by hand, using a blind stitch, or by machine, using a satin stitch or a blind hem stitch.

BASTING.  The sewing technique for joining layers of cloth by hand or the layers of quilt with large stitches. The stitches are temporary and are removed after permanent stitching.

BATTING.  The layers or sheets of filler placed between to pieces of fabric to make a quilt. The thickness varies and adds warmth.


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Hand Piecing Versus Machine Piecing

hand piecing versus machine piecing

If I were to make this statement (there is absolutely no difference between hand piecing versus machine piecing) I believe there would be a lot of gasping. It would also be quite a controversial statement.

Is there no difference? Many would say that there is a world of difference. Several would say that a hand-pieced quilt is much more valuable just because of the time involved in making it. Many would say hand piecing is more accurate and that it would produce a better-constructed quilt. And,too, many would say hand piecing gives you a peaceful feeling that you do not get from machine piecing. Some would never use a machine because hand-pieced shows more care and loving...

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