I don't know about you, but I love watching Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilt Company. Her teaching videos are not only easy to follow, but she is just fun!
This video is questions asked by her followers and gives a little peak into her very cute retro camper trailer that she has set up for sewing, of course. I loved her tips on how to teach young kids to sew. Enjoy!
I stumbled across this video on You Tube, and thought it was an interesting tip. So of course I tried it. I have to say it sure was easier to do than the traditional way I was taught. Then I turned into a mad scientist to try different glues that are recommended for quilting fabric. They all worked using the same method shown in the video, but some of them worked easier than others. My favorite of those I tried? Appli-Glue by Jillily Studio. More expensive than the glue used in the video, but it held things a little better and was easier to apply. What works best for you?
Sometimes a clever idea comes along, and I wonder why I didn't think of it myself! Watch this video and you might have the same experience...
From National Quilters Circle:
Free motion quilting can be tricky to get the hang of when you are just starting out. One thing that can make it easier and less intimidating is drawing or transferring the quilting design or motif onto the quilt top or project.
Ashley Hough shows you how to do this using freezer paper, which eliminates the need to draw directly on the fabric.
Ashley begins by talking about the type of paper to use. You can use a standard freezer paper or any other kind of wax backed paper. The idea is that when the paper is ‘fused’ to the fabric using medium heat, dry iron – the paper temporarily sticks to the fabric. The paper can then be easily removed, moved, and reused as many times as the paper will still stick to the fabric.
Ashley then shows how to easily trace a design onto the freezer paper. Because freezer paper is easy to see through, any design or motif can be traced without the need for a lightbox.
Ashley then shows how to cut out the design and fuse it into place on the fabric.
You can then use the design as a way to free motion quilt and trace the outer edges and quilt that shape onto your project, or do simple free motion quilting fill stitches around the design and leave that area un-stitched. While you can always stitch though the paper when quilting as a way to use it as a template, however, if you do so, you will need to rip the paper in order to remove it, making it non-reusable.
Actually, if you watch this video, you don't even need a pattern!
I have been a fan of Donna Jordan at Jordan Fabrics for a long time. Her family business is very generous with great videos teaching how to make quilts and use some of the fabrics they sell. This is a free tutorial technique video to make a Bargello looking quilt without all the hard work. Like always, if you follow this video, you can have a quick successful quilt too. Below is her YouTube tutorial with all the instructions you need to try this yourself.
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