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Fabric Quality for Beginners

What are your thoughts on fabric quality for beginners? I’ve heard it said that beginners may not want to use to use good quality fabric in their early quilts because they may make mistakes and thus waste good fabric. But if you’re ripping pieces apart, the cheaper fabrics tend to really fray and stretch, and…

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New Quilter Shopping List

I am very new to patchwork, and wanted to ask about the most helpful tools I should buy to start my very first patchwork quilt. (Apart from a sewing machine!) Which fills I should buy? What are the most efficient rulers I should have? I see a lot of quilters using a rotary cutter too,…

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Quilting with Old Blankets

I think it would be a fun idea to make a quilt out of old blankets, but I read somewhere that maybe that’s not the greatest idea. What do you think? Why wouldn’t I want to do this? Or if I did… any idea where I should start? Submitted via email Reusing an old blanket…

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Selecting Thread Based on Tone

Hi, I just watched a video about selecting thread for your quilt. It mentions using a thread that matches the tone of your quilt. What does that mean? How do I go about choosing a tone? Submitted via Facebook By tones we mean the shade of color you are selecting for your quilt. Tones are…

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Should I Prewash My Batting?

Hi, I’m wondering about prewashing quilt batting. I come from the garment school of thought where we prewash everything that is washable. I have been prewashing my batting with a gentle rinse, spin, and then dry, but it doesn’t seem like other quilters do this. Are there any cons to this that I don’t know about?

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Storing Quilt Fabric and Thread

How is it that I see everyone storing their fabric and thread so it’s visible on open shelves and open storage boxes? The florescent lighting and sunlight would fade mine over time. Related, is it a good idea to store fabric in plastic containers? Mine are all in plastic totes under my cutting table and…

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Try Your Hand at Hand Quilting

I’m interested in hand quilting, do you have any info on this? My grandmother taught me how to quilt – we would cut out scrap fabric from a pattern she had cut from a cereal box. We would cut one piece at a time, hand sewing together. We hand quilted in a frame in her…

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Featured Pattern: GO! Butterfly Patch Quilt Pattern

The GO! Butterfly Patch quilt pattern, by fabric artist Edyta Sitar, brings a whole kaleidoscope of graceful, winged creatures to the foreground of your next project. Pre-cut 10-inch patches, fusable webbing, the GO! Butterfly Die, and machine applique make crafting this design a breeze. Even better, the GO! Butterfly Patch quilt looks complicated enough to…

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