These caught my eye as something cute, easy to make and quick to make. The video includes instructions for making both pillow, with an explanation on an easy back for the pillow so you can easily change your pillow cases when you want. The free instructional video and patterns are from Riley Blake Fabrics.
Here is a download for the two patterns:
We have shared this video before, but with the holidays rapidly approaching, we thought you might be looking for a fun gift that you can make quickly. You can use any colors you want, or even use the colors of the season.
I made some of these last year for myself, and love using them everyday. An added bonus is that the base of a wine glass can slip right in the center of the squares and act also as a glass marker!
Many of our members love watching Tutorials from Jordan Fabrics. Donna makes it easy to understand and gives lots of good tips along the way. This free pattern from Moda Fabrics is from about 5 years ago, and is still a great pattern to make today.
If you would like to see more of Jordan Fabrics Tutorials, look on their website here: https://jordanfabrics.com/pages/videos-tutorials
Many of us quilters love purchasing Fat Quarter bundles. This quick and easy pattern is perfect for them. Even good for large prints if used in the larger cuts.
By the way, this is a fast quilt to make and might be perfect for making Charity/Community quilts to donate as well. Novelty prints for kids is another great idea.
A big Thanks to Material Girl Quilts for sharing this free pattern. Her website is www.materialgirlquilts.com
The Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) was last weekend. The big quilt shows are still coming back from the Pandemic times, but our members that attended the show enjoyed it. Below are photos shared by our members Elaine, Marilyn, and Justine. Thank you!
Tilda Fabrics has some beautiful patterns they give out free to quilters. You can find other free patterns you might fall in love with on their website TildasWorld.com. This pattern caught my eye not only because of the beautiful fabrics, but also the opportunities to adapt it to different fabrics in my own stash.
I love this video. Not only are these lies that I have told myself, but I love her suggested solutions. Hope you enjoy too!
Here are the quick projects she mentions in the video. Free tutorials
With October right around the corner, I thought this was a fun project to decorate your home or to make as a quick gift. One side is "Stitch and Flip" and the other is applique. Both are easy techniques and the video is clear enough even for someone who hasn't tried them before.
Watch the video below and download the free templates she mentions just below that.
This is a traditional block that is easy and beginner friendly, but also has many variations that make it fun for advanced quilters too. Usually this is a 2 color quilt, but you can have fun by using a different 2 fabrics in each block you make. That makes it scrap friendly and Jelly Roll friendly. If you would like layout ideas, it is always useful to Google Bento Box Quilt, or search on Pinterest.
You will need two different fabrics for this block. Look for a good light/dark contrast.
From both fabrics, you will need:
If you want more, including written instructions with photos, you can check it out on the Epida Studio's website:
Fun and easy quilt. Jelly Roll or Scrap friendly. Everything you need to know is in the video!
Stenciling on Fabric is easy, fun, and looks amazing. I have taken classes in person from April and she is a fabulous teacher. This video gives you an idea of how it all works.
Thanks to April Sproule for this video. https://sproulestudios.com/
Most quilters know that striped fabrics look fabulous as a binding if you cut it on the bias. Although I haven't tried this technique yet, it looks like a good solution when the fabric you have to work with is limited.
Everything you need to know to make this quilt is in the video. Fast, Easy and cute quilt using a Layer Cake fabric pack (10 inch squares).
Another great pattern and demo from Missouri Star Quilt Company.
I thought this was an interesting technique. It helps that I love string quilts and am ready to try interesting concepts with them. The different layouts at the end of the video look fun to try, What do you think?
This is a quick and easy tip. One that I have used every since I saw it!
I thought this tool might be helpful to know about. Even though I am careful about stray threads, they can be sneaky and end up between layers on your quilt. This tool takes care of it without any stress at all.
A big thank you to all who participated in our Mystery Quilt Program this year! I asked our members to share photos of their quilts in process and finished quilt tops. Here is a slideshow of them.
By the way, if you made the Mystery Quilt and want to join this slideshow, email a photo to Ann@VirtualQuilters.com. It doesn't need to be quilted, a photo of the Top is just fine...
I recently took a longer color class from Jennifer Sampou, and it was eye opening for me. My most recent quilt project gave me a chance to use what I learned. I signed up for a Quilt Challenge with my local Guild that used two pieces of fabric for the quilt. Unfortunately, I had nothing in my stash to match it. Then I remembered my Jennifer Sampou Ombre's and problem solved! I compared the challenge fabrics to my ombres and I am quite happy with the results. The Ombres's as a background fabric added so much. I challenge to you give it a try too!
Here is a quilt tip shared by one of our members, Pauline from Vancouver, Canada.
I have used a version of this in the past, and it really saves a lot of time. Thanks, Pauline!
One of our members, Krista C from Florida, submitted this tip she found on the internet by American Quilter's Society. I was having this same problem recently, and tried it out. Like the author said "Worked like a charm!" Thank you Krista for the tip!
Try this quick and easy tip from AQS Member Maggie Desmond.
I do not know about anyone else but I sew on an older machine. I cannot replace the throat plate when I am sewing things with fine points. I tried every trick I knew and some I got from other people. The slot in my throat plate is just too large for quilting and the corners get chewed up with the needle and stuffed into the throat plate.
I have been using scrap fabric to start and also have been starting in the middle of the piece and sewing out through the points. This makes it hard when you are chain sewing - just cannot do it.
I found some very thin parchment paper and cut or torn it into small rectangles to use at my sewing table. This works like a charm!
Just put a small piece of parchment paper part way under the piece you are going to sew and under the needle. Sew normally.
Since you are using a small piece of parchment paper and it is not under the full piece of fabric, it pulls out very quickly. The points come out perfect and I love my machine again.
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