Daily Blog - TheQuiltShow.com https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog Mon, 22 Jul 2019 17:39:01 -0500 en-gb customerservice@thequiltshow.com (TheQuiltShow.com) Jinny's Memory Match: 7/22/2019 https://thequiltshow.com/see-quilts/puzzles-games/28305-jinny-s-memory-match-7-22-2019 https://thequiltshow.com/see-quilts/puzzles-games/28305-jinny-s-memory-match-7-22-2019 Simple pieces with a touch of Jinny Beyer fabric make this block quite striking. What do you think it is called? Play the game and find out.

 
 
 
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customerservice@thequiltshow.com (Lilo Bowman) Daily Blog (DO NOT USE) Sat, 17 Oct 2015 15:24:40 -0500
TQS Guest Column: "How to Find More Time to Quilt" by Helen Spencer https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28294-tqs-guest-column-how-to-find-more-time-to-quilt-by-helen-spencer https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28294-tqs-guest-column-how-to-find-more-time-to-quilt-by-helen-spencer How to Find More Time to Quilt

by Helen Spencer

website: HelloSewing.com

Are you under the impression that your free time should be spent doing nothing, and that this is how one rests and recharges batteries?

If that is the case, you would be wrong. There already is time for resting – it is called sleeping.

When you go out of your way to become as passive as possible, you promote lethargy and dissatisfaction.

Quilting is especially conducive to counter that because:

  • Quilting requires working with bright colors that enhance mood.
  • Quilting engages the parts of your brain in charge of shapes, geometry and problem-solving.
  • Quilting gives you a sense of accomplishment after finishing a demanding project.
  • Quilting is not physically demanding or strenuous if you have a proper quilting machine.

In short, finding the time to engage in quilting will offer you a way to be productive and relieve stress at the same time. Avail yourself to some of the ways you can maximize your quilting hobby.

Track Your Progress

When time is scarce and you only have disjointed minutes to spend on quilting during the day, you will soon lose track of what you’ve done so far and what you need to do.

There are many apps that will serve you as a task manager, timer, and scheduler. All of these three aspects are key to keeping yourself organized and efficient. For example, try out Todoist or TickTick. Both apps work across all platforms on desktop computers, smartphones and tablets.

Create a Working Area

Speaking of getting yourself organized, according to Helen from Hellosewing, you would not want to waste your time on deploying your quilting machine and unpacking your quilting tools every time you want to do some work.

If you can’t have a small room for quilting, it’s time to move some furniture around to make space in the corner of your bedroom, or a living room. Whatever you decide, you should be able to start quilting in less than a minute. This is how you know you have a dedicated work area for quilting.

Organize Your Materials

To run your quilting operation as smoothly as possible, it is imperative to create pre-cuts. In other words, consider any project you are working on as a kit. Then, label all the cuts into individual bags so you know exactly what is what. This will accomplish two important things: quickstart any project, and smooth the flow of work.

Batch Processing

Any successful industry is streamlined so that similar tasks are grouped together. The reason for this is because switching between different tasks breaks the flow of work. It creates unnecessary halting and restarting.

Therefore, do quilting tasks in bulk, be it trimming, pressing, or sewing. Separate and chain these tasks, and you will marvel at how much time you will save.

Keep It Clean

Have a dedicated container nearby for collecting all the fabric pieces that can either be reused or discarded. After the basket fills up, sort them out and you will inevitably find pieces that can be used later on for other quilting projects. Be sure to ziplock them in a bag and label it, so to avoid confusion down the line.

Set Up Future Quilting Sessions

Every time you complete a quilting session, think about your next one. Is everything set up for it?

Is your binding color and thread ready to go for the next piece of quilt? You might even want to wind a bobbin for the next phase of your work. It only takes a minute to do these preparations, and it makes everything go smooth. On the next session, you will know exactly what to do without even checking your app’s task manager. Wouldn’t acquiring such a habit be great?

Remove Distractions

In the era of gadgets and 24/7 entertainment and social media, it can become difficult to not have a disjointed approach to life. The attenuated focus of the modern generation has even been studied. Things have gotten so bad that most people can hardly read a short book, instead of going to YouTube to listen for opinions and reviews.

As a matter of fact, most people have a hard time reading anything beyond news headlines, which is why so often the body of the text is so divergent from the title.

Quilting itself requires focus, but in order to be maintained be sure to turn off your TV or silence your smartphone.

Takeaway

Even the most daunting quilting project can be completed in a short span of time if you are organized, clean, and consistently add up 5-10 minutes of your time during the day. And what is 5-10 minutes? Nothing; people lose it in a haze all the time.

Don’t resign yourself to procrastination and excuse-making. Make an effort to push through, start and you will find how easy it is to do it when you have all your quilting ducks in a row.

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customerservice@thequiltshow.com (Mary Kay Davis) Daily Blog (DO NOT USE) Mon, 05 Nov 2018 21:31:30 -0600
NEW IN THE STORE - Laundry Basket Favorites Linen Texture Collection https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28299-laundry-basket-favorites-linen-texture https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28299-laundry-basket-favorites-linen-texture Have you ever seen lovelier colors than these?

This Linen Texture Collection from Edyta Sitar at Laundry Basket Quilts features 36 fabrics in a lush rainbow of muted tones that are perfect on their own or paired with other fabrics. The textured linen look adds just the right amount of interest to any project.

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36 Piece Fat Quarter Bundle

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36 Piece Fat Eighth Bundle

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42 Piece Single Scoops Charm Pack

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customerservice@thequiltshow.com (John Anderson) Daily Blog (DO NOT USE) Wed, 17 Jul 2019 19:20:00 -0500
Top 5 Tension Tips from Superior Threads https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28303-top-5-tension-tips-from-superior-threads https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28303-top-5-tension-tips-from-superior-threads Superior Threads has some great tips to help you master your machine tension.​​

(photo: Superior Threads)

If you're a sewist who wants the perfect stitch every time, we recommend three things:
  1. High-quality thread (shop here for all our favorites).
  2. The right needle size and style (learn more here).
  3. The correct tension.

Getting the right tension can be a little tricky, which is why we've produced numerous articles, videos and reference guides to help you master it. Here are our top five educational tips on tension: 

1. Thread is in a tug of war, and tension helps balance it. https://www.superiorthreads.com/education/how-tension-works

2. Adjusting your bobbin tension may help create the perfect stitch. https://www.superiorthreads.com/education/bobbin-tension-adjusted

3. Your sewing machine may need the proper tension training to create flawless stitches. https://www.superiorthreads.com/education/tension-solutions

4. Your stitches will provide a clue on whether your top tension should be tightened or loosened. https://www.superiorthreads.com/videos/tension-is-like-love

5. Override the automatic or preset tension settings on your machine to ensure bobbin thread is only visible underneath. https://www.superiorthreads.com/education/balancing-top-and-bottom-tension
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customerservice@thequiltshow.com (Mary Kay Davis) Daily Blog (DO NOT USE) Sun, 21 Jul 2019 02:29:46 -0500
WeAllSew Tutorial: Reverse Appliqué Unicorn Baby Quilt https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28304-weallsew-tutorial-reverse-applique-unicorn-baby-quilt https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28304-weallsew-tutorial-reverse-applique-unicorn-baby-quilt ​​Unicorns are all the rage and who wouldn't want to make this adorable baby quilt from Art Gallery Fabrics and WeAllSew?

Click here for tutorial.

Click here to download templates.


 
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customerservice@thequiltshow.com (Mary Kay Davis) Daily Blog (DO NOT USE) Sun, 21 Jul 2019 02:42:48 -0500
See Danny Amazonas' "Goldfish" Quilt https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28306-see-danny-amazonas-goldfish-quilt https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28306-see-danny-amazonas-goldfish-quilt When Danny Amazonas makes a quilt, you know that there will be a lot of different fabrics. We can't even begin to figure out just how many fabrics he used to create the eye in his Goldfish quilt.

 

 

 

 

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customerservice@thequiltshow.com (Mary Kay Davis) Daily Blog (DO NOT USE) Sun, 21 Jul 2019 03:19:22 -0500
TQS Puzzle: "Clam Toss" by Latifah Saafir https://thequiltshow.com/see-quilts/puzzles-games/28241-tqs-puzzle-clam-toss-by-latifah-saafir https://thequiltshow.com/see-quilts/puzzles-games/28241-tqs-puzzle-clam-toss-by-latifah-saafir Another of Latifah's classic Clamshell quilts, but the clams are "tossed" which allowed her infinite design possibilities. Enjoy Latifah's fantastic quilt, Clam Toss.

Watch Latifah in Show 2502.

ClamTossbyLatifahSaafir - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

ClamTossbyLatifahSaafir - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

ClamTossbyLatifahSaafir - 300 Pieces Non-Rotating

ClamTossbyLatifahSaafir - 36 Pieces Rotating

ClamTossbyLatifahSaafir - 100 Pieces Rotating

ClamTossbyLatifahSaafir - 300 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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customerservice@thequiltshow.com (Mary Kay Davis) Daily Blog (DO NOT USE) Wed, 03 Aug 2016 16:25:09 -0500
See the "Clam Toss" Quilt by Latifah Saafir https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28301-see-the-clam-toss-quilt-by-latifah-saafir https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28301-see-the-clam-toss-quilt-by-latifah-saafir Another of Latifah's classic Clamshell quilts, but the clams are "tossed" which allowed her infinite design possibilities. Enjoy Latifah's fantastic quilt, Clam Toss.

Watch Latifah in Show 2502.

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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customerservice@thequiltshow.com (Mary Kay Davis) Daily Blog (DO NOT USE) Wed, 03 Aug 2016 16:25:09 -0500
The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition: "Welcome to the Heavenly Flower Garden" by Yukiko Nakao https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28238-the-14th-quilt-nihon-exhibition-welcome-to-the-heavenly-flower-garden-by-yukiko-nakao https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28238-the-14th-quilt-nihon-exhibition-welcome-to-the-heavenly-flower-garden-by-yukiko-nakao Today we continue our selection of quilts recently displayed at the Spring Paducah 2019 show featured as part of The 14th Quilt Nihon Exhibition. The exhibit is described as:

"Organized by the Japan Handicraft Instructors' Association, the Quilt Nihon Exhibition is one of the most prestigious international quilt contests in Japan. The exhibit features 42 quilts from the "Innovative Traditional" category, which will later be exhibited at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art."

Please enjoy the seventh quilt from the exhibition by Yukiko Nakao.

Title of Quilt: Welcome to the Heavenly Flower Garden

Quilter's Name: Yukiko Nakao

Dimensions: 72" x 72"

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customerservice@thequiltshow.com (Mary Kay Davis) Daily Blog (DO NOT USE) Mon, 12 Nov 2018 01:45:42 -0600
New in The Quilt Show Store - Barn Quilt Coaster Sets https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28290-barn-quilt-coaster-sets https://thequiltshow.com/daily-blog/142-newsletter/28290-barn-quilt-coaster-sets These lovely tumbled stone coasters feature colorful designs inspired by "barn quilts" - large, hand-painted wooden blocks typically displayed on the front or side of a barn. 

 

"Patchwork Barn" Coasters

Barn Quilt Coaster Sets

 

"Country Barn" Coasters

"Country Barn" Quilt Coasters - Set of 4

 

"Celestial Barn" Coaster Set

"Celestial Barn" Quilt Coasters - Set of 4

 
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customerservice@thequiltshow.com (John Anderson) Daily Blog (DO NOT USE) Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:36:23 -0600