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March Tip

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March Tip

Choosing The Best Quilt Batting What is the best quilt batting for your quilt?   Once the quilt top is finished, you need to choose the correct batting.  There are many factors to consider- Which batting drapes well, which has a hi loft, which has a low loft and which is the warmest.  There are different fibers, thicknesses, and other features such as allergens, fusibility and cost to name a few.  Quilt batting is an insulated filler that adds bulk and warmth to your quilt.  The top layer is the fabric that is pieced, the bottom layer is your backing and...

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What Is a Scant 1/4" Seam?

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What Is a Scant 1/4" Seam?

Have you ever wondered why your quilt block does not measure the size it is supposed to be?  Here may be the answer –  If you were to sew your block with an exact 1/4” seam, it is going to be a little smaller than the correct size.  A scant 1/4” seam is just shy by just a few threads, and in the process of piecing your quilt block that is important.  Because, once you sew the seam and press it, the piecing thread and the fold from pressing will replace the thickness of a few threads. Voila – you...

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Needles

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Needles

Let’s talk my favorite sewing machine needles – Universal needle (top) and Topstitch needle (bottom) One of the most important parts in your sewing machine and often the least appreciated is the needle.  A needle is a slender strand of metal, shaped to precision, which is used to deliver the thread to the machine to create a stitch.  As we all know, we spend thousands of dollars on the most advanced machine, use the most lustrous threads, and the most beautiful fabrics to make our projects.  But, all too often we use an old, worn needle or we use the wrong...

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