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There are 2 topics that are most “feared" by quilters that come into our shop - creating without a pattern and quilting your quilt.
Do you have an idea for a quilt or special project, but don’t know where to start? Do you have a stack of unfinished quilt tops you are afraid to begin?
Our hope is that you enjoy your sewing time, that we inspire you to try new things, teach you new techniques and help you along the way.
This is your hobby, it’s supposed to be fun and we’d like to help.
So, we address these issues 3 ways in our shop & online:
WE'LL HELP YOU THROUGH THE FEAR OF QUILTING AND INSPIRE YOU TO CREATE ALONG THE WAY
Stop making quilt tops and make quilts. With this method when your quilt top is done, so is the quilting. Like "they" say, it isn't a quilt until it's quilted.
Another joy of creating your own fearless quilt is that you can change your mind at any time!
Think you’re going to make a quilt and then decide it would be a great wall hanging—no problem. Think you’re going to make a table runner and love it so you want to turn it into a quilt-no problem. You can truly do anything you want. You can even just build it a block at a time as you move along.
Combine most any technique or quilting style - Be Fearless!
Large print fabrics, stripes, dots, printed panels...
Special fabrics –things you’ve found over the years (kimono silk from my niece is in mine)
Photo transfers to fabric
“Leftovers”-blocks, embroideries or fabrics from previous quilts or projects.
Fabric markers—for words if you don’t have an embroidery machine
Memory items including fabric from clothing, stitchery, lace, ribbon or linens (obviously you need to consider if you’re making a wall hanging or quilt—washing issues may be a problem depending on the products used)
Remember, it's quilted as you go so when it's done it's you're done!
Do you have lots of unfinished tops? You aren't alone. Stop making quilt tops and make quilts!
This is a variation on the "Stitcher's Garden" pattern. We quilted it as we made the blocks.
Prints, panels, textures - everything you like
By blocks we mean the pieces of your creation that could be squares, rectangles, triangles, rows and you can even add borders
The pieces are created on batting and the back is attached and quilted during the process
Piecing, applique', paper piecing, crazy quilting or any other technique you want to try
Use embroidery, by hand or machine, or fabric markers to add words or phrases
This is a fantastic place to use decorative stitches and machine embroidery. Let's use those machines to their fullest!
By making just 2 blocks you'll learn the whole process.
Stitch along with us as we share techniques, ideas and tips for creating your own quilt - or project of your choice.
We'll start with 2 blocks and then keep going with more tips, techniques & fun!
Come Play With Us
Only our sewing community
No ads, politics, or other junk
And, it's free
You can use it on your computer (link below)
or get the app on your phone or tablet at:
Once you have the Mighty Network app choose Studio Y and you're in our network
There will be:
QAYG means Quilt As You Go. You can create a quilt one block at a time. Top, batting & backing is done all at one time on each block, rather than making your entire quilt top, then layering and quilting it. Check out these ideas for creating your own unique quilt! You can even use this method to make T-Shirt quilts! This video is the next step in our series of Quilt As You Go videos. The first was called Learn to Quilt As You Go Tutorial.
Large prints, panels, piecing you can use any techniques you want
Different shapes, borders, no borders, sashing or not. It's up to you
Whatever size and shapes you cut your batting to, that's the size of your project!
Real life sewing. No pretty backdrop, unpolished nails, messy sewing rooms, different clothes including stocking feet and sometimes sweatpants. You’ll be watching us as we create and sew in real life at home and in the shop. It will be recorded as we do it on different days, with different fabrics, on different sewing machines as we finish projects or change our mind mid-stream. Join us to see the whole creative process.
We are quilt shop owners - we sew and embroider every day. This is what we do. Let’s have some fun together!
We aren’t professional photographers or videographers, copy writers, editors or proof readers, web designers, social media specialists or many other things. So please enjoy the videos and laugh along with us! We’re doing our best. Just like you and your sewing skills - always do the best you can with the skills you have at the time :)
What does that mean to you? It may not look “fancy” but, you’ll learn stuff . . .when we make a mistake, we’ll show what we did wrong and how to fix it. You’ll see the tools and processes we use every day.
You’ll learn the “why & how” of projects - not just be told what to do.
Learning should be fun. We’ll do our best.