All You Need To Know About Quilting Hoops And 7 Hoops To Try

7 Best Quilting Hoops

When you want to hand stitch a quilt, a quilting hoop is an essential tool. 

It transforms what would be a cumbersome task into a creative pleasure where you can see the results emerge before your eyes. 

This simple device holds your quilt while you sew the layers together. 

Quilting hoops for hand quilting come in a variety of sizes.

You hold some in your lap while others come with stands. 

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25 Merry And Bright Christmas Quilt Patterns

Christmas Quilt Patterns

My favorite time of year is Christmas, and a great way to get into the holiday spirit is by creating a Christmas quilt to decorate my home.

There are so many different beautiful styles of Christmas quilts you will be sure to find one that matches your personal style and design preference. 

I’ve rounded up 25 Merry and Bright Christmas quilt patterns (even a few free Christmas quilt patterns) for you to check out and put you into the Holly Jolly mood. 

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17 Deliciously Beautiful Layer Cake Quilt Patterns

woman with fabric, layer cake quilt patterns

When shopping for fabric for a quilt, it can sometimes feel overwhelming trying to match fabrics and find different designs that go together.

An ingenious fix for this problem is the layer cake precut packs.

In this post, I will go over what a layer cake is, why they are so useful, and show you several beautiful (and delicious) examples of layer cake quilts that can utilize a layer cake.

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7 Of The Best Sewing Machines For Kids Who Want To Quilt And Sew

Children love to learn how to make things.

Watching you make a quilt can undoubtedly inspire your child to learn how to sew. 

Small quilting projects can build your child's confidence and sewing skills.

By investing in a kid’s sewing machine, you will inspire your young one to build on those skills and share a much-loved hobby with you. 

Choosing a children's sewing machine requires some care.

You'll need to think about safety, function, and cost.

Happily, you'll find many good models on the market that are much better than cheaply made toy sewing machines.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Free Motion Quilting

Free Motion Quilting

So you’ve just created your gorgeous quilt top, and you can’t wait to try it out, but first, you have to quilt it. 

When trying to decide how to quilt your quilt, it can be a little overwhelming with all the different types of stitching. Plus, there’s the option to send it out to a longarm quilter as well. 

I personally love to do my own quilting, as it just adds that extra personal touch and handmade feel to my projects. In this tutorial, I am going to show you the following:

  •  How to free motion quilt (FMQ) (also sometimes referred to as freestyle quilting).
  •  A popular style of FMQ
  • Tips and tricks to help you practice FMQ.

What Is Free Motion Quilting? 

Before we jump right into the tutorial, I want to go over two of the biggest questions that come up when talking about FMQ.

What is free motion quilting?

Free motion quilting is a quilting style that you do with your home sewing machine.

As the name implies, you use “free motion” to create designs with your stitches. 

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7 Best Quilting Ironing Boards For 2021

Best Ironing Boards for Quilters

If you're a quilter, you're going to need a good quilting ironing board. And no, that skinny, wobbly board you've had for twenty years won't do the trick.

You'll need something that works for a large swath of fabric and a heavy finished quilt — something that doesn't tip over or cause you to trip over yards of material as you're trying to iron.

Fortunately, there are ironing boards made just for your quilting projects, so don't skimp on this important piece of equipment.

If you want a quality, beautiful finished product (and we know you do), invest in an ironing board that makes the job easier and safer.

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