Top Ten Tuesday {Sewing Tips}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday! Did you grow up with a mother, grandmother, dad, grandfather or other person in your life that were quilters or seamstresses or tailors?  If so, you may have been handed down an amazing tool bag of creative ways to help your sewing game.  If you did not grow up in a sewing environment, you may wonder where you can find techniques to help your creative time become more productive.  Here is a list of ten fantastic and free tutorials including everything from needle knowledge to recessed bag zippers from top designers and brands to help you make the most of your sewing time!

 

1. A Quilt without Binding by Rita from Red Pepper Quilts

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2. My Favorite Interfacing Trick by Betz White

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3. How to Make Needles your Friend from  Checker and Schmetz Needles

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4. Quilt Binding Basics by Julie from Jaybird Quilts

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5. Before You Cut Your Fabric by Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons

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6. Mitered Corners or Rolled Hems by Melly Sews

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7. How to install an invisible zipper ( no pins needed) by Jona from Stop Staring and Start Sewing

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8. How to Add a Recessed Zipper to a Tote from Channy from Stitchlab

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9. Understanding Thread Tension from Threads

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10. Aurifil Thread Weights by Wendi from Shiny Happy World                                (this post is for appliqué but the explanation of the thread weight differences and photo is great) thread-weight-sample-2000-px-600x277

 

Find more free patterns, tips, tutorials and inspiration by following the Aurifil Pinterest boards, the Aurifil Facebook page and on Aurifilthread Instagram! All are updated daily and throughout the day to provide you with the best the sewing world has to offer!

For more information about Aurifil products, including thread weights and Designer Collections, and where to purchase from your local quilt shop or select online shop, please visit Aurifil.com.

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday { Quilt Labels, Display and Storage}

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday!  Do you have beautiful quilts that have no labels?  Do you own lovely works of quilt art that remain folded up because you have no idea how to properly display them? Not sure how to fold a quilt without crease line?  This week is for you!  Learn how to make a label with all the information for your loved ones to know your quilt’s history. Learn how to make a quilt sleeve or tabs to display your beautiful quilts and check out some cool ways to store your ever growing collection!

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1. How to Hang a Quilt Tutorial by Amy from Amy A La Mode6656326915_af79a4f55b_z

2. What information to include on your quilt label by E. Wolfmeyer

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3. Quilt Storage Tips from Sherri McConnell for Craftsy

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4. Hang Your Quilt! (Hanging Sleeve Tutorial) by Jacquie from TallGrass Prairie Studio

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5. A Quick Quilt Label Method by Diane Harris

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6. How to Fold and Store Quilts ( a crease free method) by Ann Fahl

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7. Sewology Sunday – Easy Quilt Label by Sassafras Lane Designs

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8. Displaying Quilts on Sew Kind of Wonderful

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9. Invisible Hanging Tabs by Crystal from Modify Tradition

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10. Free Quilt Label Printable by Caroline from Sew Can She

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For more inspirations, tips and, free tutorials please follow the Aurifil Pinterest boards that are updated daily with fresh ideas from around the globe!

Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month John Kubiniec

Aurifil April 2015 Aurifil Designer John Kubiniec

Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our April mini is by Designer John Kubiniec. If you have not seen John’s designs they are fantastic! He is originally from N. Tonawanda, NY (suburb of Buffalo, NY) and now lives in Rochester, NY.  What I love about John is his bigger than life personality. He ALWAYS makes me laugh and is amazingly generous with his time and skills. He designs patterns for all the major quilt magazines,  fabric companies, and his own line. Plus he is an incredible longarm quilter.

On May 19, 2014 I chatted with John and you can listen to it right HERE on your computer!

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know John!

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Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Kimberly Jolly

Aurifil March 2015 Designer of the Month Kimberly Jolly

Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our March mini is a wonderful scrap busting project!  Designer and shop owner Kimberly Jolly shares her March mini with us, we are so lucky this year!  Kimberly is a busy designer with a shop, pattern designs and charity projects. I’m delighted to be sewing ‘Snapshots’ along with her to benefit St. Jude’s children’s center. Kimberly’s charity work is inspirational.

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She  was born and raised in Austin, TX. .. now doesn’t that look like a FUN city?

On May 26, 2011 I chatted with Kimberly and you can listen to it right HERE on your computer!

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Kimberly!

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When was your FIRST quilt sighting? Did it inspire you to start quilting? If not, what did?

I have always loved quilts, thread and textiles since childhood, so it’s impossible to remember which one came first.  My granny taught me to crochet when I was five and I have always loved granny squares.  I had always dreamed of learning to quilt and made it come true once I was out of college.  The first quilt I ever made was a blue and yellow log cabin.  I’ve learned so much since then, but it still has a special place in my heart.  I handquilted it and the stitches leave a lot to be desired.

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When you go to a quilt show, what types of quilts are you drawn to? 

I am drawn to vintage-y quilts of all kinds, pre-Civil War quilts and feedsack quilts especially.  Oh, and Amish quilts too!  They have a certain simplicity that I’m drawn too.  It could just be simple sawtooth stars or Irish Chains, but that back-to-the-basics simplicity is my true quilt love.

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Did you have a career prior to making art, and what was it?

I was a CPA before quilts became my profession.  I do employ that knowledge to run my businesses (Fat Quarter Shop and It’s Sew Emma), but this is so much more fulfilling.

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What is your favorite place to visit in your hometown? 

The Hey Cupcake! trailer is a mainstay for me and my kids, and we have a weekly family dinner at El Gallo, which I’ve been going to since I was a child.  My husband Kevin and I like to go to UT games during football season(Go Longhorns!).

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What does your studio look like, and what would you change in it? 

My studio is actually getting a makeover right now, so I don’t have any photos, but MAN I’m going to be so organized!  That means lots of shelving and using up previously unused space.

It also doubles as my home office, so I also have a computer and TV in there. (tshirts here)

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Do you have a GREAT storage, organization, or label making tip?

I store all of my fabrics in wire baskets similar to this.  I also have a handy cart from IKEA for my UFOs.  I like having my UFOs out in the open so there is more motivation to finish my projects.

My good friend Lori Holt taught me how to make her design boards (tutorial: here) which I use to hold my fabrics in place while I plan my quilts.

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Then of course, Alphabitties are my cute way of labeling fabrics as I cut

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and I need to share our Mystery coming soon! Details HERE (… one block is MINE! pat sloan)

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What are your 3 favorite colors of Aurifil thread? 

2000 (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-beige-100-cotton-mako-spool-thread) and 2610 (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-gray-100-cotton-mako-spool-thread) are my favorite colors to piece with.  I’ve started using the Invisible Monofilament thread to quilt, too! (http://www.fatquartershop.com/aurifil-clear-invisible-spool-thread)

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Anything else you’d like to share? 

I know you, Pat, are already sewing with us, but I can’t urge everyone enough to sew the Snapshots quilt with us!  This is a free quilt-along program we’re offering that benefits the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Please join us, Read all the details HERE

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We’re also finishing up Lori Holt’s next book, Farm Girl Vintage (http://www.itssewemma.com/farm-girl-vintage-book), that releases in April.

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What about your Month Inspired your Quilt Block?

After sewing my Snapshots quilt, I wanted to use up my leftover Daysail scraps.  Bonnie and Camille fabric always makes my heart go pitter-patter, no matter how much I’ve sewn with it already!  Going along with my love of simple blocks, my mini is made with simple half-square triangles and flying geese.  Each ring gets to show off its own color, and the slightly off-centeredness makes it feel fresh.  I hope you love it!

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And a few on the light side

  • Favorite TV show  –  My current must-watch is Married at First Sight.
  • The snack you crave –  Not a snack, but I love sweet tea.
  • The Color you have always LOVED –  Pink.  It’s happy and girly.  I just painted two accent walls in my office bright pink! (here is Alex Visiting Kimberly at her office!

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Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Joanna Figueroa

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Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program,  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Our fantastic year of Mini’s rolls into February with Joanna Figueroa the designer behind Figtree & Co.  Joanna has an amazing style and I feel pretty lucky to be on the Moda design team with her. Her beautiful soft colored fabric always make their way into my stash.   Her company is based in a small town named San Leandro in the San Francisco Bay Area. Joanna told me it’s a great little place, now I want to visit!.

I chatted with Joanna about minis, sew and flip and other fun things on 10/24/11 and 10/6/14 at my All Quilting podcast

And let me give you a heads up, you are about to see the most beautiful photos of quilts you have ever seen. Joanna is an amazing photographer…

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Joanna!

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Aurifil 2015 Designer of the Month Gudrun Erla

Aurifil January 2015 Designer of the Month Gudrun Erla

Welcome to our 2015 Designer of the Month program!  I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan!

Gudrun Erla kicks off 2015 year of Mini Quilts, and I’m so excited to interview her. We have been friends for a very long time, and I love her designs so much. She always has a fresh take on things. Interviewing her I also learned a few NEW things, that’s always fun!

I chatted with Gudrun about quilting in Iceland April 5, 2010 on again on Feb 4, 2013 on my All Quilting podcast

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

Let’s get to know Gudrun!

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Meet the 2015 Aurifil Design Team!

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Hi I’m Pat Sloan (in the polka dot top) the host of Aurifil’s Designer of the Month program!  This is going to be an exciting year of getting to know 12 Designers and learn about them. PLUS they will each do a small MINI project for you this year, how fun is that?  12 mini quilts!

Let me introduce you to the group

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Front row

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Aurifil 2015 Design Team goofing around

We had a little fun with Aurifil’s GIANT spools!! Look carefully at the faces… by the way… I’m pretty sure Joanna snagged that spool to take home!

This year we moved the Interview to Jan 12 – 15.  So many of you have other Block of the month programs that start on the first, so we are going to balance out the month by giving you the Mini quilt about the middle of the month this year!

Interested in the FREE Patterns from Prior years?

On our sidebar is a category called Designers of the Month, click it!

December 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our December Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our Designer this month is Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company, I bet you have a few of her patterns in your collection!.  Carrie had a booth next to mine at a trade show and we have been friends every since!  I am always thrilled to get to know more about each designer when I interview them. Carrie has been living in Arizona and is trading the South West life for the bright lights of the city of Dallas Texas where she will be working for Moda Fabrics… so excited to have her there!

I have had the pleasure of having Carrie on my All Quilting podcast June 25, 2012 and May 2, 2011 . You can go HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

And we have an added feature this year of a machine quilting tip from Natalia Bonner. Look for that at the end of each interview!

Let’s get to know Carrie!

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November 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our November Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our Designer this month is Scott Hansen of Blue Nickle Studio. I first meet Scott during a blog hop and was immediatly drawn to his use of color and fabric… but after that.. his design style is what really hooked me and I’m so happy to have gotten to know Scott!  He and his family live in Sultan, Washington, USA. I am always thrilled to get to know more about each designer when I interview them. Scott’s interest in design runs deep, you’ll see he has been creative all his life, and I bet many of you can relate to that.

I have had the pleasure of having Scott on my All Quilting podcast Oct 8, 2012. You can go HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the  prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

And we have an added feature this year of a machine quilting tip from Natalia Bonner. Look for that at the end of each interview!

Let’s get to know Scott!

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October 2014 Designer of the Month

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Welcome to our October Block of the Month! I’m Designer/Radio show host PatSloan! Our Designer this month is the super talented Jane Davidson of Quiltjane from Brisbane, Australia!  I first met Jane when she asked me to be in a blog tour and we’ve been friends ever since.  I actually covet ALL her quilts.. I’m still trying to get one from her, she told me if I visit Australia I can pick one… mmmm… checking my schedule now.

I have had the pleasure of having Jane on my All Quilting podcast Nov 19, 2012. You can go HERE and scroll back on the player to listen

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We continue our MONTHLY thread BOX giveaway (seriously folks… you could win a box of my thread which is over $120.00 value.. for making a quilt block… you have to join in!). We will pick one random winner that has made a  block from our 2014 designers and that random person receives a FULL BOX of my Aurifil thread as the  prize! Winners are all contacted via Flickr email and posted at our FLICK GROUP HERE

And we have an added feature this year of a machine quilting tip from Natalia Bonner. Look for that at the end of each interview!

Let’s get to know Jane!

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