How to Quilt Garden Gate Feathers + Free Practice Worksheet!

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How to Quilt Garden Gate Feathers + Free Worksheet

A couple weeks ago you guys got a peek at Pam’s adorable Paper Doll Quilt for her first granddaughter. I had so much fun quilting this quilt for Pam because it’s just so dang cute! There were so many opportunities for me to try lots of different quilting designs. I really got to play with my…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting Feathers, Part 1

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How to Quilt Feathers

One of the techniques many new (and experienced) longarm quilters want to jump into is quilting feathers. Who can blame them? Feathers are a classic and beautiful quilting design. Unfortunately, they can be a little challenging. I’ve heard a few quilters say they simply can’t do feathers. Practice is the key to mastering feathers on…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting with Specialty Fabrics

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Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Quilting with Specialty Fabrics

Have you ever had a friend suggest that you use Minky to back a quilt, only to have another friend say, “It’s SO hard to sew with Minky!” Should you try it or not? Is it O.K. to use fabrics other than quilting cotton in your quilt? The answer is YES! Some fabrics need to…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Choosing the Right Backing Fabric

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Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Choosing the Right Backing Fabric

You’ve made your quilt top and you’re ready to start quilting, but first you need a backing fabric. What do you choose? The days of using a plain sheet are long gone! There are so many choices available to quilters in color, pattern, and even size. I’m often telling my customers there isn’t one right…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Fiber Types

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Just as there are many choices when it comes to the fiber type you can choose for your thread, quilt batting comes in a variety of different fibers. You may have encountered 100% cotton batting and 100% polyester batting but there are many other fiber types to play with too. Heck, you can even find Alpaca batting! For this article we are going to talk about the most common types of batting and why you might choose one type over another.

In our previous articles we defined some of the terms you’ll hear in the batting world. Just as there are many choices when it comes to the fiber type you can choose for your thread, quilt batting comes in a variety of different fibers. You may have encountered 100% cotton batting and 100% polyester batting…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Definitions Part 2

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Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Definitions Part 2

In the last Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting post, I started talking about some common batting terms. Today I’ve got a few more terms you’ll often hear about batting. There are many different ways all the little fibers that make up a batting can be held together. There are different terms used to describe each…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Definitions Part 1

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Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Batting Definitions Part 1

My mother is not a quilter and she refers to the batting as “fluffy stuff”. I’ve stood at my school reunions trying to explain what I do as a machine quilter and find myself explaining a quilt like an oreo cookie where I’m responsible to marrying the front fabric and the back fabric with the…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Thread Weight and Ply

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Beginner's Guide to Machine Quilting: Thread Weight and Thread Ply

Have you ever tried to decipher the label on a cone of thread? Finding the name, color and fiber type is fairly straight forward but many times there are other numbers on the thread that might be a mystery to you. In this article we are going to take a close look at what those…

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Thread Fiber Types

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Beginner’s Guide to Machine Quilting: Thread Fiber Types. Modern thread is offered in a variety of fiber types. Today’s quilting world has so much diversity and, thankfully, most quilting machines can run a variety of types of threads. Machine quilter Angela Huffman discusses the different types of thread available and what you should consider before selecting a thread for your quilt.

Modern thread is offered in a variety of fiber types. Today’s quilting world has so much diversity and, thankfully, most machines can run a variety of types of threads. Of course when you’re machine piecing, you’ll want to stick with your trusted cotton thread. Of all the thread fibers out there, cotton will best withstand…

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Which Color Thread Should I Use in High-Contrast Quilts?

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Quilters make many choices when quilting their quilts. Here, Angela discusses how to pick the perfect thread to quilt a high-contrast quilt.

Recently, Kelli contacted me through the contact form at QuiltedJoy.com to ask for advice on choosing quilting thread for high-contrast quilts. I was hoping you could discuss in your blog thread choices for high contrast quilts. I keep getting red and whites, black with various colors but also white, scrappy and no two match…. The black…

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