NQC LIVE! May 2016

Join Heather Thomas as she discusses all things quilting! From different backing fabrics, to joining batting to form larger quilts, Heather gives several tips for flawless quilt construction. Also, learn how to practice and perfect stitching while doing free motion quilting and find out the best ways to start embellishing your next quilting project

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95 Responses to “NQC LIVE! May 2016”
  1. Angela

    Do you use any special detergents or color catchers when you wash your fabrics or quilts?

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  2. Lynne Godbout

    Hi I’m here to,listen but my question is I’m new to long arm quilting and I keep getting thread nub bites when I start and stop each time kind of like too much back tacking or if my thread breaks. How do I fix this problem?

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  3. BJ Bible

    I have made a few quilts recently and my most frustrating issue is the binding – it is not even on the front and back. Do you think a binding pressure foot (where the double folds fit into the foot and feeds into the foot and sews a straight line) would help keep the binding straight and look better?

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  4. Brenda

    I’m a fairly new quilter and even though I am very careful with cutting and sewing a 1/4 inch seam some of my squares are a little off. I use a steady Betty for pressing so can’t figure out what the problem is

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  5. Nancy

    Just starting again to quilt. Want to make baby quilts for all the future greatgrandkids.

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  6. Carol

    I was wondering how blocks of patches does it take to make a king size quilt?

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  7. Pat

    I have pieced my quilt and it is all layered ready to quilt. It is pieced in strips. What is the easiest way to stitch together for you first quilt.

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  8. Nancy

    I’m making cotton top baby quilts with a Minkee backing. How can I best quilt the tops?

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  9. Nancy Edmondson

    I’m learning free motion quilting, and learning long arm quilting. Does one hurt the knowledge of what was learned from the other. i.e. One moves the needle, one moves the fabric.

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  10. Susie

    WherWhere do you find fabric with grids like you mentioned for your ironing board?

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  11. Marlene

    When you finish a segment of quilting and use the cutter on the machine how do you finish the small cut thread end

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  12. linda stahlschmidt

    I just finished Heather’s video class Becoming an Art Quilter. I’m so excited to snip and rip, create my own design, make mistakes and learn from them! I’m curious how Heather HANGS her mini quilt creations.

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  13. Gordeen Sherwood

    I’ve loved this tonight! You’re my favorite instructor and your art inspiration is awesome! Thanks so much for tonight!

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  14. Linda Jones

    The moderator’s voice is sometimes broken, and hard to understand what she is saying. Also her speech and sound are not synchronized.

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  15. Sharon Powless

    Thank you for the great show. I am not a new quilter, but there is always something to learn. Can you buy sythopol in large quantities?

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  16. Louise Hudson

    Thank you very informative, great hints and tips, just loved listening. Heather is just amazing. Please do another one. Sydney, Australia

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  17. Jennifer Shaffer

    Why is the video quality and audio at times bad?

    What is the best way to do corners?

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  18. sunnye

    Just wanted to say thank you to Heather. I’ve seen many of her videos and love her demeanor, knowledge and art.

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  19. Pat

    I’m a new quilter and can’t seem to get the sound going tonight on my PC, but am anxious to watch!

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  20. Linda Hubbard

    Hi all. I am wondering what you tell me in your opinion the pros and cons between a mid arm quilting machine and long arm?

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  21. Gwen

    how do we figure out on the size of borders to use on a quilt when you don’t have a pattern

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Gwen. The general “rule” from a design standpoint is that the borders should be approximately half the size of the largest block or slightly larger. If your blocks are 12″ then a 6″ to 8″ border works great. If your blocks are 8″ then an 8″ border would overwhelm them. However, if you quilt is a bed quilt then the border or border system (multiple borders) should create the drop, that portion of the quilt that hangs over the edge of the bed and covers the sides of your mattress, anywhere from 12″ to 16″. Each successive border in a system should be wider than the previous one.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Shirley. Stitch regulators really only come in handy when you are doing some kind of free motion stitching on your machine- otherwise the machine already regulates your stitch length for you. So, if you do a lot of free motion stitching and you find that you are having trouble keeping your stitches consistent, then yes a stitch regulator may be a good option for you.

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  22. Shirley Boersma

    I am making a wool appliqué quilt, on primitive gathering material. It will be king size. Any special needs when washing the quilt, or will it need to be dry cleaned?

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  23. Joan

    Can you blend a few different weights of fabrics together for the quilts..I want to have layered materials…sheer over any other kind

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  24. Alma Martin

    Hi! Do you always pre wash all if your fabrics prior to cutting out for quilting?

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      Hi, Alma. This comes down to personal preference. Sometimes I wash all of my fabrics before hand and sometimes I don’t. If I am worried about any colors fading I absolutely wash everything first. Also, if one color of fabric gets washed for a quilt then all colors must be washed- meaning you want to be consistent with all the fabric you put into one quilt design. Even though all fabrics react differently when washed, making sure you are consistent with pre washing or not can help make sure fabrics “shrink” evenly.

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  25. Bonnie Lacroix

    long-time sewist looking quilt wall hangings using traditional designs but using colour and texture for interest

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  26. Lilian Santos

    Loved the May 26th event with H.!Thomas. I learned a lot ! Thanks

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  27. Elsie

    i have been quilting for year’s i have learn a lot from heather never to old learn …….. enjoy watching her viedo she very interesting…………

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  28. Christine Scally

    Thank you for the information and answers. I am a quilter in Alaska.

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  29. Patricia

    How do I use the backing fabric for the binding on a quilt? How much material do I need to allow for this?

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      Hi, Patricia. If you are wanting the backing fabric and binding to match, I would recommend purchasing extra backing fabric and then making a double fold binding from it. It would be difficult to use the backing fabric as a binding by wrapping it around to the front side because quilt layers tend to shift while quilted and you may end up with less backing fabric on one side than the others.

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  30. tina flinn

    great information. thank you. love your videos – they’re inspiring as they force one out of their comfort zone. I also appreciate all the commonsense information – the reasoning behind a project…

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  31. Lou

    Can I get this program again. I didn’t know it was going to be on. It is 11PM. I would like to hear the total program, but I can’t stay up any longer.

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  32. Judy Wheldon

    Thank you Heather I have learned so much from your lessons and experience.

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  33. Connie Roberts

    Please repeat what to use t

    Please repeat what to use to catch color when washing

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  34. Barbara Buckman

    Do you ever quilt with minky as the backing? If so, do you still use batting? Also what is the thine st batting available?

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Barbara. Yes, you can quilt with minky as a backing fabric and whether on not you still use batting would depend on how thick you want the quilt to be. When it comes to batting, it is available in light-, medium- and heavyweight depending on the amount of loft you want.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Kathie. No, though it may be one of the most important aspect to some. It is also good to know how colorfast a fabric is and higher quality fabrics tend to be more colorfast.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Barbara. There are several things that can lead to thread breakage. First, is your machine threaded correctly? And do you have too much tension on your needle thread? Next, are you using good quality thread? Also check your needle. Make sure that you are not only using the correct type of needle, but that it is sharp and doesn’t have any burrs or marks on it.

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  35. Barbara

    This was super! Thank u so much. Great idea to have this. My question was answered, happy about that too.

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    • Customer Service

      Hi, Sandy. Can you elaborate more on this? Do you mean how do you piece curves? Or are you wanting to applique different shapes?

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  36. Elsa Cane

    I missed the live broadcast, but caught it a few days later online. Heather is such a good teacher, speaking with clarity, warmth, and a lot of knowledge and experience. I really enjoyed the broadcast. Thank you. elsacane@shaw.ca

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  37. Deidre

    I watched this from South Africa (not live as it was the middle of the night for me!) and absolutely loved it. Such a great idea – please do more of these! Deidre

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  38. Charmaine

    interesting video but a lot of the conversation especially toward the end was very garbled and could not be understood. sound needs improvement

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  39. laureanne lepage

    THANKS FOR ALL YOUR ANSWER. I LEARNED A LOT. I HAD A HARD TIME TO CATCH THE NAME OF THAT LAUNDRY SOAP TO AVOID TO MIX THE DYES TOGETHER…CENTERPAUL IS IT?

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      Thank you for watching! The name of the detergent is Synthrapol.

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  40. Linda

    I use an inexpensive Brother, I got for 95$ but it is a 200$ quilting machine with some stitches; cannot afford a 500$ machine. Just have to clean out bobbin case quite often to clean out fuzzy build ups. New quilter.. learning.

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  41. Marilyn Hodge

    Love Heather Thomas! Really enjoyed this video, very helpful. Please do more of this variety!

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  42. Marilyn Hodge

    Love Heather Thomas! Really enjoyed this video, very helpful. Please do more.

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  43. DJ

    I love Heather Thomas, you can always count on quality when she is involved. This was a wonderful video, full of great helps, hints and ideas. Thank you

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  44. donna

    On the preview tutorials, the sound is not loud enough. I have my lap top on 100% and your sound as high as it will go. Is this what to expect if I join national Quilters circle? If so, I wont learn much.

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