Review of The Gemini Die Cutting Machine

If you love quilting and being creative, but find that some of the work is tedious and takes up time that you would rather spend putting your talents to use, having an electric cutting machine is one way to add efficiency to your hobby.

If you are in the market for a die cutting machine, the Gemini Die Cutting Machine is one of the best options out there.

Many people get tired of using a hand-crank machine, and if you are one of those people, this might be the perfect solution for you. This cutting machine is a fast and quiet twin-function die cutter and embosser.

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9 Of The Best Ways To Make More Time For Quilting

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One of the main reasons that people don't quilt is simply because they can't find the time.

It feels time-consuming to set up for a quilting session, get into your groove, and then have to clean up.

With so many things crammed into our schedules, it can be really difficult to find enough free time to just sit down and focus on your creativity. If you can relate to this challenge, read on to learn some tips to make more time for quilting.

There are benefits to quilting that go beyond the final product that make it really worth your time. Quilting used to be done for purely practical reasons, but now studies have shown that not only is quilting great for relieving depression and stress, but it is also an effective form of exercise for your brain.

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The Ultimate Guide To Machine Quilting For Beginners

Machine Quilting

Congratulations!

You have completed piecing a quilt top.

Now we must decide how you are going to quilt it. You have several options to choose from including hand tying, hand quilting or machine quilting.

Machine quilting is the fastest of these three methods but does require special feet.

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The Ultimate Guide To Better Hand Quilting

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Hand quilting has managed to still be popular in today’s modern quilt world.

Quilters choose hand quilting for a variety of reasons. Many quilters want to create an heirloom, have a hand quilting design, or simply enjoy the quiet comfort of stitching.

Hand quilting requires thousands of small stitches but altogether they work to create beautiful images. These stitches add depth and art to a colorful patchwork of colors.

Each stitch taken is as unique as the fingerprint on the quilters fingers. Hand quilting represents the love, craftsmanship, and individuality of the person holding the needle.

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The Ultimate Guide To Choosing The Right Quilt Batting

How to Choose Quilt Batting

Congratulations! You have completed your first quilt top.

At this point, you will need to make a quilt “sandwich.” The pieced top and the backing make the top and bottom of the sandwich, while the batting goes into the center.

During the 1800’s, quilters used flannel or old blankets to make the center part of the quilt sandwich. This addition made their quilts heavy. Their goal was to provide warmth in a home that typically stayed at 50° during a mild winter.

Why do we need the batting then if our home is already warm?

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The Best Quilting Rulers For New Quilters

Best Quilting Rulers

After purchasing a quality rotary mat and a rotary cutter, you must decide on what ruler or rulers you will need to cut all your fabric.

It is quite funny that quilting involves cutting a large piece of fabric into smaller pieces, only to sew them back together into a large piece of fabric again.

Alas, this is the plight of every quilter, and while it's the process we all must go through, having the right rulers in your arsenal of tools will help your piecing go together correctly.

We recommend that you start with four to six simple rulers for a couple of reasons. The suggestions are based on sub-cutting, strip cutting, squaring your block, creating a block, and learning to trim a block successfully.

Without these rulers, you will increase your chances of making blocks that do not measure correctly.

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