How to Use Minky Fabric for Quilt Backing

Whether you call it Plush, Minky, or Fuzzy Fabric – this cozy, stretchy polyester blend is a surefire way to guarantee the most cuddly quilt you can imagine, but not without it’s downsides! Many people find sewing with Minky fabric to be quite challenging as it slips & slides all around, can stretch & pucker like you’ve never seen, and tends to leave fuzzy lint everywhere! I am here to help alleviate your fears and teach you the best practices to make Minky your new BFF sewing fabric!

Backing Your quilt with soft minky fabric

I have been backing many of my quilts with cozy Minky since my 2nd quilt and I have learned a LOT along the way! I hope these tips and tricks help you take the plunge!

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How to Make a Quilt from Start to Finish

With the start of the new year I have decided to start at the very ground level of quilting. I am going to go back to the basics and provide some beginning fundamentals. This is a complete guide for a total beginner and can also serve as a refresher for anyone else who wants to learn my own personal spin of quilt-making!

It is important to note that we all have got to start somewhere, so this guide is created specifically to help even the most novice person learn how to make a quilt! I began sewing when I was a kid, and have been quilting for over 6 years, so if there is ever a part in this process that you’d like me to expand on, fill out this quick link to give me some feedback and ideas for future blog posts! Also, you can reach out to me on Instagram or via email with any questions you have!

I‚Äôve broken it down into 12 steps, and I am calling it my Learn to Quilt 12-step program. Once you’ve been quilting for some time, you’ll see why! ūüėČ

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FREE Quilt Pattern: Vintage Camping

Who loves a great free quilt pattern? I know I sure do! Right now I am going to deliver to you all a FREE beginner-friendly, accuquilt-friendly, throw size quilt pattern!

This FREE quilt pattern uses 12 traditional Churn Dash blocks and adds a border around all the sides, and the large scale of the blocks makes it great for any large-scale prints you want to show off!

This pattern was designed specifically to showcase the Vintage Camping fabric collection by Crissy Rodda! I fell in love with the whimsical mountains, bears, campers, and deer in the prints, and truly wanted to feature them in a classic, traditional quilt design to match the vintage feel.

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Can I Learn to Free Motion Quilt on My Sewing Machine?

Maybe you’ve already noticed, but I have been dedicating a LOT of time over the past year focusing on hand quilting, and before that I did a ton of straight line walking foot quilting, but I am thinking maybe I should do some more quilting on my machine – Free Motion Quilting, to be exact – also known as FMQ! I have actually made a couple quilts over the years with FMQ but I have never been happy with my stitches or designs.

Recently, I heard about an online course for learning how to Free Motion Quilt and I’ve decided it’s time for me to get some official training on the topic! Signing up for Free Motion Quilting Academy will be a great way for me to expand my skillset & get better at it, while also getting to practice it with some accountability! I love the idea of taking an online course so I don’t have to give up a whole weekend & lug all my stuff to an in-person class, but I can still connect with the other quilters in the class via virtual groups & show off our progress in photos!

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My most recent FMQ experience. Still very shaky!

Have you been wanting to learn how to Frr Motion Quilt but you’re worried your machine isn’t up for the task??If you are concerned that you do not have the right machine for Free Motion Quilting, HollyAnne Knight is here to debunk your worries and explain what the most important things are to look for in a machine for FMQ! Continue reading

AccuQuilt: 12 ways to use the 12″ Qube

If you love precise quilts and endless possibilities, this blog post is for you!

I got an AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine a few months ago and I really just can’t stop dreaming up projects to make with it. I want to make everything I see! Since getting my AccuQuilt fabric cutting machine¬†I have had a ton of fun making a Pillow/Wall Hanging Duo and also some adorable Baby Shower Gifts, just to name a few! My most recent AccuQuilt finish is my 12 Block Sampler Quilt!

Today I am going to teach you about the beauty of getting an AccuQuilt Qube! If you have the AccuQuilt Go!, AccuQuilt Go! Big Electric, or even the AccuQuilt Go! Me¬†you can use the Qube die sets! (The Go!¬†Me machine can use up to the 8″ size Qube!) Continue reading

Using AccuQuilt for Designer Quilt Patterns

Have you seen the AccuQuilt fabric cutting system and wondered if you’d still be able to make the quilts from your favorite quilt pattern designers? With some creativity and a little math, you definitely¬†CAN use your AccuQuilt die cut machine to make nearly any designer quilt pattern! I am here to teach you exactly how you can convert a designer quilt pattern into an AccuQuilt pattern, and I’ll show you how I made the Indian Summer quilt by @suzyquilts using my¬†AccuQuilt Go!¬† as the example. I used my AccuQuilt Go! to cut out all the fabrics and save a ton of time in the process!

You can download the baby¬†size pattern of this quilt for FREE here, or if you are feeling more ambitious, you can snag the throw version of the pattern in Suzy’s shop. I wrote these instructions with the baby version in mind, but by the end of this post you should feel comfortable and confident in your abilities to make the throw work for you as well! Continue reading

7 Quick and Easy Quilt Patterns

Sometimes we all just need a quick win, a fast baby shower gift, an easy pattern to showcase your new favorite fabric line. Amiright?

I’ve compiled a list of all beginner-friendly quilt patterns that you need to check out, all by some of my favorite modern quilt pattern designers! I made many of these patterns in baby size, but most have many options for making various sized quilts!

In NO PARTICULAR ORDER, here are some of my favorite, quick, easy quilt patterns:

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Quilter’s Spray Basting Comparison

If you’re new to quilting, you might be wondering “What is spray baste?”, “Which spray baste is the best”, “How to baste a quilt?” or maybe even “What is basting?”. hint: I’m not talking about what you do¬†to a turkey at Thanksgiving.¬†I am happy to say I’m here to help you figure out all the basics of quilt basting and help you determine which spray baste product is the best one to use!

First off, basting a quilt is the step after you finish piecing together your quilt top. There are a few different basting methods out there for when you put together your “Quilt Sandwich”. Continue reading

Ivy League Quilt // pattern review

My friend Rachel over at @wren.collective released her very first quilt pattern: Ivy League! I tested the pattern and really love this pattern, and all the different variations I have seen so far from other testers too!

I made the baby size version of this pattern, and it finished at 39″ x 43″, but the pattern also includes a Wall Hanging size, and a Throw Size. To see lots of awesome colorways and the different sizes of this quilt, check out Wren-collective’s Ivy League pattern release blog post.

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