In honor of the holiday shopping season already being in full swing, I am sharing with you a GIFT GUIDE for the sewists, makers, and quilters out there! If you are seeking the perfect Chistmas gift, holiday gift, or birthday gift for a quilter – look no further!Continue reading
Do you know Brittany from @Loandbeholdstitchery? If not, you need to start following her! She designs and writes incredible patterns. Brittany’s grandma Lois was a quilter too and passed down her enthusiasm for this great art. I love this about Brittany/Lois because, I too, come from a quiltin’ grandma!
A few months ago Brittany came up with this awesome way to honor grandma Lois by starting to release patterns that are inspired by her own work: the Lois Quilt Collection. The first pattern to release as part of the collection was the First Gift Quilt, which I loved so much that I made TWO! (Click here to see them!) And now the second pattern inspired by grandma Lois is Model Farm! You can read Brittany’s story behind the quilt design here!
Womp Womp Womp… Please tell me I am not the only one who has done this before.
Recently I finished a quilt top and was SO thrilled with how it looked and then when I brought it outside into natural lighting for photos, I noticed that some of the white background pieces got mixed up and I somehow used the WRONG SHADE OF WHITE.
In this post, I want to teach you what I did to try to embrace the imperfections instead of ripping out the seams!
Are you into awesome quilt patterns that hype up long lines and geometry? If yes, then I am 99% sure you already follow @SuzyQuilts. If you don’t, click this link right now. Suzy probably doesn’t know this, but she has been one of my quilt mentors for literal years. In 2014 when I decided to start an Instagram specifically to log my quilt progress, her account was one of the first I found that allowed me to see quilting as a fun modern thing that hip young people are into too. I loved that she played with crazy fun colors and shared just as much of her heart as her abounding creativity. I was drawn in by her cool downtown Chicago apartment (at the time), super cute dog Scrappy, and ability to break down quilting in a way that makes even tricky steps look easy.
OK, OK, that is enough about my obsession with Suzy. I am here to tell you about her newest quilt pattern: Reflections!
The Reflections Quilt Pattern is beginner friendly and comes in 5 awesome sizes: Baby, Throw, Twin, Full/Queen, and King! As per my usual, I decided to make the Baby size which finishes off at 40″ x 40″. Continue reading
Is it just me or have there been tons of amazing patterns coming out lately?! I’m always so impressed by the amazing creativity of quilt pattern designers and how easy they make it look! I recently got the chance to test @patchworkandpoodles’ newest quilt pattern: Bear Path, and spoiler alert: it’s a fun one!
If you want to purchase this pattern for yourself, you can find it in Patchwork & Poodle’s Pattern shop.
Have you ever made a mini quilt and then not been able to decide if you want it to be a pillow or a wall hanging? I have the perfect solution! In this post I am going to walk you through exactly all the steps I took to make this mini quilt, and how I made it into BOTH a pillow cover AND a wall hanging – so it is officially the most versatile mini quilt I own.
I recently finished making this pink-loving baby girl Misty Mountains Quilt. I did baby size which finished at 36″ x 36″.
This quilt is unique in that it is the first one I’ve ever made where I did a mock-up of the exact fabric colors before cutting into the fabric at all!
To do this mock-up design, I used the colors from Art Gallery Fabric’s PURE Solids collection and just played around with colors until I found something I couldn’t NOT make.
While the design is not quite perfect or a to-scale version of the actual quilt pattern, it gave me a good idea as to how the fabrics and colors will play out once in the design. Continue reading
Here’s just a bunch of pictures of Beau showing off his gorgeous quilts (yes, he thinks they are all his)
Pro tip; scroll to the bottom quickly and then work your way back up to watch him grow!!!!
10 easy steps to hand quilting like a pro:
Do you want to learn how to hand quilt? Now’s the perfect time to get started! If you’re really unfamiliar with hand quilting, head over to read about the supplies you’ll need.
STEP 1: Time to gather your “quilt vision”. Lay the quilt out on a nice flat area and just look at it for a while. Ask the fabric where it should be quilted and plan out in your mind where your stitches will go. It is essential to start with a plan, so don’t skip this step! This is also where a nice ruler and hera marker come in very handy if you plan to mark your lines!
STEP 2: Once you have a plan or a general idea in mind, go ahead and put your basted quilt into your nice, large, quilting hoop. This device provides tension on your layers of fabric and batting, and will help keep your stitches straight and even. TIP: Make sure not to make it too tight, you do want a little give in it.
STEP 3: Thread one of your needles and tie a little knot at one end of the thread. Just one simple knot is perfect.
STEP 4: Carefully take your needle and insert it through the quilt top and batting fabric nearby where you plan your stitches, and draw it back up exactly where you want your first stitch to start. Give the thread a tug to pull the knot to the inside of the quilt layers. (HINT: this is referred to as “burying the threads” and is SO cool because it’s like hiding tiny little secrets inside the layers!)
Step 5: Insert your needle straight down in the place you want your stitch to complete. Push through all layers this time.
Step 6: Rock your needle backwards while pushing up on the fabric with your other hand, creating a tiny little mountain in your hoop. Immediately push your needle back to the top of your quilty layers. That’s your first stitch.
Step 7: Repeat steps 5 & 6 until your thread tail is just a few inches long, or you reach the end of your design. The key here is to aim for each stitch to be the same size.
Step 8: Tie a little knot in your thread tail, using your needle or your finger to pull the knot as close to the quilt itself as possible. Draw the needle down into the hole it just came up, but only through the quilt top and the batting. Pull the needle back up through the top an inch or so away, and tug the thread until the knot disappears into the quilt layers. **MAGIC**
Step 9: NEW PIECE OF THREAD AND YOU’RE ON A ROLL
Step 10: Don’t give up. You’re just getting started! …and be sure to send me pictures of your awesome progress! Please! I want to see your work!
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Want to see some projects that I’ve done with big stitch hand quilting? Check them out here:
- First Gift Quilt
- Using AccuQuilt 8″ Qube to make a pillow/wall hanging duo
- Reflections Quilt
- Boho Mod Quilt
- How to Make a Quilt from Start to Finish
What are the best hand quilting supplies and tools out there?
I’ve recently tried hand quilting and completely fell in love with it, but I don’t think I would have loved it nearly as much if I didn’t use the tools that I did. This article will go over all the supplies and materials you will need to succeed at hand quilting!
Before we get too far into the Hand Quilting specifics, if you are new to quilting in general, I recommend you take a look at this complete beginner’s guide to making a Quilt! This post will teach you exactly how to go about making a quilt from start to finish.
While hand quilting really is relatively simple in terms of what you need, there are a few absolute essentials. (I have supplied amazon affiliate links to some of my favorite products for your convenience!)
- Basted quilt top – When prepping a quilt for hand quilting, I like to spray baste and then add a few Curved Safety Pins for added security. You can click here to find my spray basting comparison blog post. I recommend using Quilter’s Dream Orient Batting because it is a literal DREAM to work with.
- Hand Quilting Needles – I have recently fallen in love with these big stitch needles, but its important to find what works for you and roll with it
- Thread – I love either 12 wt or 8 wt thread for some big stitches that stand out & colors that pop are always fun too!! I personally find it much easier to quilt with thick thread and big stitches, but that is really just personal preference. Its important to remember there’s no wrong way to do this.
- I order my thread online from Millers Dry Goods – you can save 15% on select thread when you use code “HOMEMADEEMILYJANE”
- Thimble– this one is leather and super comfy. Having a thimble that you love is very important!!!
- Sharp Snips – I love these little ones from Havel’s but any sharp little scissors will do the trick!
- Quilting Hoop – creates accurate tension on all layers of the quilt. I prefer 14 – 20 inch hoops. (optional)
- Ruler – we all gotta stay in line somehow, amiright?
- Hera Marker – this little tool allows you to put temporary crease marks on your quilt that will disappear with time. (a butter knife works too in a pinch)
- Dome Threaded Needle Case – while this is not completely necessary, it really does make the process much easier with fewer interruptions to thread needles!
What to expect once you get started:
- Expect to stay in the same place for a while. Once you get started you’re not going to want to stop
- Expect your fingers to hurt. Remember: Thimbles are your friend!!!
- Expect it to take for.ev.er. Especially if you’re like me and love to sew really really fast on the machine.
- Expect to get better with practice. The more stitches you do, the better you become.
OK … Now that you have all your supplies and are mentally prepared for the journey ahead, let’s learn to hand quilt!!
Thread tip: If you use code HOMEMADEEMILYJANE on www.millersdrygoods.com you can save 15% off your total thread purchase! I suggest checking out their Perle Cotton size 8 or Aurifloss collections.
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