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  • 59:03

    Ashley Hough and Toby Lischko answered quilting questions live from our Minnesota Headquarters in this month’s NQC LIVE. They covered questions regarding the upcoming Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block challenge, as well as many other quilting related questions.

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  • 56:14

    In this month’s NQC LIVE, Ashley Hough and Toby Lischko officially announced the upcoming Mystery Paper Piecing Quilt Block Challenge. They revealed what fabrics they plan to use for their quilts and answered viewers questions. Click the banner below the video to join the challenge!

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  • 6:31

    While most sewers and quilters use their iron as often as their sewing machines, they don’t often think about the need to clean it. ZJ Humbach shares why this is an important thing to do and shows how to clean your iron. How to Clean Your Iron Carefully ZJ begins by explaining that there are

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    Half square triangles are a popular component in many different quilt designs. Learn a fun, new way to make them using a technique known as tube quilting- Ashley Hough shows you how. Fabric Preparation To use the method of tube quilting to make half square triangles, you must first start with two strips of fabric.

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  • 6:06

    Knowing how to figure out how much backing fabric is required for a quilt is a great skill to have. Not only will it ensure that you always buy enough fabric for your project, but learning how to figure it out before having to just measure the pieced quilt top can allow you to purchase

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  • 6:36

    When designing and piecing a quilt set on the diagonal you will need to have both setting triangles and corner triangles in your design. Heather Thomas shows you how to measure for and cut both kinds of triangles sharing several different cutting and measuring tips and techniques. Quilt Design and Cutting Triangles To begin with,

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    Cutting your fabric is one of the first steps in making a quilt. ZJ Humbach shares how to make this step quicker and easier by eliminating some of the cutting and buying pre cut quilting fabric. Pre Cut Fabrics ZJ begins by showing some of the more popular and easier to find pre cut quilting

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  • 9:28

    Choosing quilt colors can be one of the most difficult and intimidating processes for quilters, especially if trying to choose colors other than what is shown on a pattern. ZJ Humbach shares several tips for choosing quilt colors and selecting fabrics that can help the whole process go smoother and be more enjoyable. Fabric Selection

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  • 7:23

    Flannel is a popular fabric choice when it comes to making garments, like flannel pajamas, but it is also a great choice when wanting to make nice, warm, snuggly quilts. ZJ Humbach shares tips for quilting with flannel that can make preparing and working with the fabric much easier. Flannel ZJ first shows several examples

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    Assembling a quilt sandwich is an important part of finishing a quilt. Once a quilt top has been pieced, this is the step of the process that needs to happen before it can be quilted. ZJ Humbach walks you through this process and explains how a quilt sandwich is made. Quilting A quilt sandwich is

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  • 16:10

    Thread painting is a great way to add extra color to a project using free motion stitching- Ashley Hough shows you how. Thread Painting: Fabric and Machine Preparation and Stitching Whether you are stitching a small wall hanging project or quilting a bed size quilt-thread painting can be used to add extra color and design.

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  • 7:59

    While there are many different ways to quilt a quilt, the type of quilting done can be categorized into three main quilting styles. ZJ Humbach shares what these quilting styles are and shows examples of each. Quilting Styles ZJ explains that quilting can be categorized into three main quilting styles- pantograph, free motion and custom.

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  • 6:47

    Using invisible thread can be a great way to quilt your quilt when you want the fabric and pieced pattern of the quilt top to be the star of the design, rather than the quilting itself. However, using invisible thread can be more challenging that using regular thread like cotton or polyester. ZJ Humbach shares

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  • 16:26

    Learn how to make a stained glass quilt in a few easy steps with no pattern required – Ashley Hough shows you how. Fabric Selection When learning how to make a stained glass quilt, one of the most important parts is the fabric. You will want to have black or another very dark fabric to

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  • 24:29

    A cathedral window quilt pattern is a fun way to add a small pop of color to a quilt by using a neutral background color and darker prints for the windows. Learn how to make a cathedral window quilt using a more traditional fold and sew method and pre-cut fabric squares- Ashley Hough shows you

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    While most sewers and quilters use their iron as often as their sewing machines, they don’t often think about the need to clean it. ZJ Humbach shares why this is an important thing to do and shows how to clean your iron. How to Clean Your Iron Carefully ZJ begins by explaining that there are

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  • 6:15

    An applique pressing sheet is a favorite tool of many sewers and quilters. ZJ Humbach shares why an applique pressing sheet is always in her sewing and quilting studio, and explains that there are several ways to use it and shows one of her favorites. Pressing Sheet ZJ begins by showing what the pressing sheet

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  • 5:02

    While most ironing boards that can be purchased at either fabric and craft stores or big box stores are all fairly similar and work well, there are several products that can be used to improve them. ZJ Humbach shows what several of these products are and shares which are her favorites to use and why.

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