We all know what bad tension looks like: loops on the top of the quilt sandwich or on the backing. Good tension results in sewing machine stitches that are nearly identical on the back and front of your work.
What does the terms "sewing appliques" mean to you? Do you think of hand applique? Machine applique? The applique stitch?
Matchstick-style machine quilting is a sophisticated way to give your quilt a modern look. But it also works well any time you want to fill in an area on your quilt--and looks especially nice on solid fabrics.
In my experience most quilters' stitching falls into one of two general categories. First are the ones who can quilt motifs in even, well-spaced, patterns. These stitchers are usually very good at teaching how to machine quilt.
The pebble stitch is a popular filler stitch for free-motion quilting backgrounds. It's easy to get into a Zen-like state while machine quilting little connecting circles over and over again.
When it comes to quilt finishing, I've always resorted to an easy quilt binding like the pillowcase method. Sometimes I even leave a raw edge. Because I usually make small fabric collage quilts, these techniques have worked.
My favorite work day is Tuesday, because that's when our office holds show-and-tell. Given the array of quilters, sewists, and mixed-media artists in our group (many of whom also knit, crochet, and make jewelry), you never know what to expect.
Did you resolve to make more fiber art this year? Learn new sewing techniques? Decrease the size of your scrap stash? Finish your UFOs?
Looking back over the last 12 months, I'd have to say that portraiture was a big trend in modern and creative quilting. From pixel quilts made of tiny fabric squares to mixed-media quilts that enhanced fabric with paint or colored pencil, quilt artists made a lot of faces.
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a day when we gather with family and friends, stuff ourselves with traditional foods (or their vegetarian, gluten-free, low-sodium versions), and reflect on what we are thankful for. Some of us also watch football.
I've used the walking foot attachment for years as a valuable tool to help me sew even stitches with slippery material and as a tool for machine quilting.
Today I'm sharing some of my favorite gift ideas to make for your friends and family, as well as gifts for quilters that would be welcome at your guild's holiday party swap--or under your own tree.
Recently, our online editor, Cate Prato, put out a plea on Facebook, regarding the sudden change in tension on her sewing machine stitches Sewing friends, I need advice. I have been machine piecing a quilt top for a couple hours without incident.
Thread sketching can add lots of texture and movement to your quilts. But as anyone who has tried it knows--if you don't stabilize your work, your fabric will draw up and pull out of shape.
When I think about it, I'm astounded by the variety of ways you can learn how to machine quilt these days. Many of us learned straight machine quilting or free-motion quilting from a family member