NQC’S Top 10 of 2017

With 2018 just around the corner, we’ve taken a look back our top tips, selected by YOU, from 2017. Read below to see the most popular articles and videos this year at National Quilters Circle!

1.How to Use Quilting Rulers Properly

Quilting rulers come in all different sizes and shapes. Heather Thomas will teach you how to use them properly by explaining what all of the different hash lines are for, as well as the diagonal lines.

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2. Quick and Easy T-Shirt Quilt Tutorial

If you have a pile of clothing and T-shirts that have special meaning but don’t really know what to do with them, a T-shirt quilt may be the perfect solution. Not only will you get to revisit some old favorites as you work, but the finished quilt will have both sentimental and practical value.

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3. Caring for Your Self-Healing Cutting Mat

Every quilter loves their self-healing cutting mat, maybe even more than their rotary cutter or scissors… That’s why it’s so important to care for your tools properly! Learn how to keep give your cutting mat a refresh for the new year!

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4. How to Care for Cutting Mats

As a quilter, it is important to take proper care of our cutting mats to make sure they stay in their best condition. Quilter Kelly Hanson shares some tips on how to care for your cutting mats, and shows the supplies needed to clean and maintain them. Watch this quick quilting tip to keep your cutting mat in tip top shape.

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5. A Quick Tip for Quilting Straight Lines

Quilting straight lines can be a nightmare. But we’ve got a secret tip passed down through generations of blue haired quilters to give you some help!

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6. Deconstructed Crazy Quilt Technique

Heather Thomas presents her fun and unique crazy quilt technique known as “Deconstructed Crazy Quilting.” This method is a raw edge technique that allows you to personalize your quilts.

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7. 5 Quick Quilted Tote Bag Patterns

Sometimes it’s nice to take a quick break from quilting and flex your creative muscles to sew a different project. Tote bags are a great project for using your quilting skills! You can make them many different ways, finish them quicker than a quilt, and give them as gifts.

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8. Squaring Up Quilt Blocks with Precision

When piecing a block, even if you have been careful when sewing your seams, you may find that the block is slightly off square when you finish it. This can be especially true when you create unique quilt blocks that may be more complicated and have more pieces. ZJ Humbach teaches you how squaring up a quilt block can ensure a nice, square finished project.

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9. Using a Color Wheel to Choose Quilt Colors

Having difficulty selecting colors for your quilt? Try using a color wheel to improve your color theory knowledge! By using a color wheel you can mix and match colors to see what colors will look best together.

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10. Log Cabin Quilt Block Patterns

Learn Carolyn Beam’s tips and techniques for creating traditional log cabin quilt block patterns in this video. Discover the fascinating history behind why these blocks are called traditional log cabin blocks and how the center square has symbolism.

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What’s your favorite quilting project from 2017? Let us know in the comments below!

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