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There is a kind of comfort brought about by cooler
weather and shorter daylight gearing up for a sense of
hibernation I simply adore. It's butternut squash soup, a
cozy wool sweater and quietly working over a holiday
table runner that makes the notion of the winter season
ahead tolerable. A hush takes over my sewing space
and I rejoice to be able to escape in my thoughts and
This quiet time helps the creative process work its magic
and to come up with solutions to quilting stumbling blocks.
I had been working on a holiday table runner last
December until I came to halt as I contemplated quilting
the contours of these lovely poinsettias by hand or free
motion by machine. And so, it sat there all year until this
moment, where I'm picking it up again and decided to
use free-motion. Sometimes it takes that long to figure it
out, particularly when life gets noisy outside my sewing
space as it did this year.
This is my first shot at free motion quilting, although I'm
following the path of the petals, I think it rather lucky to
have that guide. I've read many tutorials on how to do
free motion quilting, and still it was nerve racking!
But as the colder winds pick up outside, and the leaves
fall, I'm overtaken by a sense of completion calling me
to finish the runner. I coupled the tapestry fabric with
velvet sashing, not easy to sew as it tends to shift; slowly
but surely is the trick. And so, slowly but surely is the
trick to free motion quilting.
Publishing three magazines and daily blog posts,
including QUILTsocial, I'm pressured with deadlines
every day, as you might imagine. But giving myself until
the end of November to finish this runner, is a deadline
I can meet without rushing. Way ahead of schedule
and the only quilting project on the go, I pray for quiet
Quiet autumn evenings are also perfect for joining our
sparkling Spectrum QAL 2020! A quilt-a-long like no
other: 12 quilt blocks, 3 designers, 3 fabric collections,
check it out! Get more details and an update on the
completed quilt blocks so far, on page 6.
I hope you find some quiet time this winter to immerse
yourself in a favorite project.
Stay warm, positive and quilt.
I hope this letter
in good health.
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Update on the Spectrum QAL 2020
10 must-have Odif adhesive spray products for your quilting space
2 essential adhesive sprays make quilting easier: Odif 404 and Odif Grippy
Easy-to-apply Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive replaces double-sided interfacing
Quilters’ favorite basting spray: Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive
Why, when and how to use Odif OdiCoat and Fabric Protect on your quilts
Brilliant bias tape creations with UNIQUE Bias Maker
Simple steps to bias tape with UNIQUE Bias Tape Maker!
How to draw with bias binding strips on your quilts
Indispensable tips for bias tape applique quilting
A favorite quilt binding technique for a clean finish
Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs by Melissa Marginet
Falling in love with Banyan Batiks Kayana autumn fabric collection
How to choose a quilt design for fabric too beautiful to cut into
How a short stitch, in quilting, can save the day
The secret to modern quilting using the straight stitch
5 tips to create the best ever quilt binding finish
Crumb quilting: What’s it all about?
Crumb blocks for a wall quilt
How to piece crumb blocks into larger pieces of fabric
Piecing the crumb quilt is easy using the ¼” foot with guide
Brother BQ3050 and its 3 free motion feet
This modern baby quilt steals the show!
Floating stitches on a modern baby quilt makes all the difference
HSTs and piecing a baby quilt top with PFAFF performance icon
Radiant Stitches on the performance icon add joy to a baby quilt
Stippling Stitches on the performance icon add whimsy to a baby quilt
Yo-yos make your quilts complete
Social Distancing – the perfect time for a hexies quilt pattern
OUILTsocial | issue 17 5
Claire's quilt design using
Little Girl in the Blue Armchair Collection
September 2020 to April 2021
WHAT IS IT ?
Elaine's quilt design using
Riley Blake Designs
Blue Stitch Collection
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Little Girl in the Blue Armchair
Wave Texture Collection
Paul's quilt design using
Wave Texture Collection
Blue Stitch Collection
This QAL is not your
typical QAL, it’s
far more exciting
and gives you the
flexibility to design
your own finished
quilt! Claire had
a gorgeous quilt
in the wings for a
long time for the
right time - NOW!
Claire’s design is
the original quilt
pattern with a total
of 12 sparkling
blocks. Elaine and
Paul will be making
the same blocks
using other fabric
lines and arranging
them to create
quilts. Aren’t you
curious to see how
the same 12 blocks
will give 3 totally
These are the first 4 spectacular quilt blocks of this QAL in the 3 highlighted fabrics.
Click on the block to get the piecing instructions and valuable tips to make your
quilt blocks exceptional!
Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
We are so excited about this QAL we want to know what your QAL
2020 blocks look like too!
Share your photos on your IG page and add #TheSewGoesOn.
OUILTsocial | issue 17 7
for your quilting
space Paul Léger
The 10 Odif products being featured in this series
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Odif 808 Paper Pattern Adhesive
Frosty the snowman enjoying a snowflake 19” x 16½”
Odif adhesive spray products are very useful in creating
cherished quilts. In this series of articles I'll explain the
purpose for each one and why it's important to have
these in your quilting space.
For many of you, the name Odif may not ring a bell, but if
I say 505 basting spray, I’m sure many of you know what
I’m talking about.
Well, Odif is the company that makes our much loved
505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive (basting spray). Odif also
makes many other labor-saving products I was unaware
even existed 24 months ago! Since I found out about
these new products, I’ve made it my mission to learn
more about each and discover how they can bring
even more joy to our quilting lives. Over the next 5
articles, I’ll demonstrate and explain the many uses of
10 Odif products.
Winter’s due to arrive in just over a month from now, so
I decided to make a little applique winter scene using
most of the available Odif products.
• 14” x 19” blue fabric for sky
• 10” x 19” white for ground and snowman (ground
piece is 3” x 19”)
• 8” x 8” black for hat, mouth, eyes and buttons
• 2” x 4” red for hat band
• 2” x 4” orange for nose
• (2) 2½” strips for binding
• fat quarter for backing
Click the link to download Frosty Winter Scene templates.
I’ll share different methods. As in all methods and
techniques, once you’ve seen the demos, pick the one
you prefer, but it wouldn’t hurt to try them all first.
Let’s start by looking at Odif 808 Paper Pattern Adhesive
spray, 808 for short.
Photos by Paul Léger
In case you’re wondering what a paper
pattern adhesive does, read on!
After I spray the 808 onto paper, the
paper will stick to the fabric when heat is
applied to the reverse side of the paper.
Essentially, I’m making homemade
freezer type paper. No more rolls of
freezer paper, no more fitting to rip it
from the box.
I’ll show 2 ways to use Odif 808 spray for
1. When there are several pattern pieces
to cut from one variety of fabric, 808
is very handy for raw-edge applique.
• Spray the 808 on the sheet of
pattern paper from a distance of
2. The second way to use 808 is for
applique. This time, it’s for turnededge
Frosty’s head and body applied
• Cut out the shape needed and
spray the shape.
• Place the sprayed piece of paper
on the fabric and press to make
• Cut around the shape; I like to
leave about ¼” extra around
Preparing Frosty’s nose for turned-edge applique
Normally, at this time I’d turn the fabric’s
edge around the paper applique shape
and baste it into place. But, before I do,
I’d like to show another Odif product
that will make the task easier.
Note: When dry, 808 will not be sticky but
the paper can be reused. To reactivate,
simply reapply heat as you would with
freezer paper. It’s that easy!
Odif Fabric Booster is a great help with
applique. Use Fabric Booster as a
Most starch or
I’ve used in the
past are either
too light or too
heavy. You have
the ability with
Fabric Booster to
use it as a starch
or sizing, you
decide from this
one spray how
much or how
little to use.
Like the 808,
there are two
ways to use the
The first method consists of spraying the
entire piece of fabric with Fabric Booster.
TIP You might want to use a box or
container large enough to hold the
piece of fabric in order to prevent
spraying it ems you don’t want to spray!
Allow the fabric to air dry according to
the directions on the Odif Fabric Booster
can. In step 1 of the 808 demo here I
used this method.
Note: Clean the nozzle opening after
Dampen the fabric by spraying Odif Fabric Booster.
The second method will come in handy
for doing turned-edge applique. Earlier,
I placed the paper template onto the
fabric and then trimmed around it. Odif
Fabric Booster spray container is a screwon
• Remove the cap from the Fabric
Booster container and pour a small
quantity of Fabric Booster into a
small container. The lid of one of
the Odif cans works great.
• Using a cotton swab, moisten the
edge of the fabric.
Odif Fabric Booster applied around the edge of
After the Fabric Booster has been
applied to the fabric, fold the fabric over
the paper shape and press it dry. (Check
out the handy Go Iron! It’s perfect for
Turn edge of fabric over the paper and press with
an iron to create shape. (Check out the handy Go
Iron! It’s perfect for this use!!)
With the help of Odif 808 and Odif Fabric
Booster sprays, I’ve demonstrated some
methods to use for applique. Believe
me when I say there are a lot more uses
for these great products! Odif 808 can
be used with plants, cardboard, plastic,
drawing sheet and non-fusible stabilizers
while Odif Fabric Booster can be used
with felt, ribbons, lace, embroidery and
wools. These are truly versatile products!
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2 essential adhesive sprays make quilting easier:
Odif 404 and Odif Grippy
Odif 404 Repositionable Craft Adhesive and Odif
Grippy Non-slip Coating
Spray pieces with Odif 404 and wait 30 seconds
for adhesive to cure.
Frosty parts are placed and adjusted as needed
The next two great Odif products I'd
like to share are: 404 Repositionable Craft
Adhesive and Grippy Non-slip Coating.
I’ll start with the Odif 404 Repositionable
Craft Adhesive (404 for short). When I first
found out about 404, I was transported
back to 1985 when Post-it notes made
their debut in my life. The link between
these products is simple. The 404 spray
makes paper, stencils, plastics, and
stabilizers repositionable just like Post-it
notes. No more picking up pieces of
fabric that fell to the floor from your
In my previous article, I used Odif 808
spray to temporarily place paper backings
onto my applique fabric pieces. Here, with
the paper still in place, I applied:
• Place the fabric pieces face down
on a protected surface.
• Spray the applique pieces from a
distance of about 8” using Odif 404.
TIP Remember 404 is repositionable, if
I’m not happy with where the piece is
placed I can move it to another spot.
I sprayed Frosty’s parts, then I played
with the placement of each piece.
It’s so easy!
Now, there’s a bit more good news here.
Should you have removed the paper
from the back of an applique piece
before spraying or if you’re working on
a collage project for which you’re not
using paper backings, you can use 404
directly on the fabric and it will still be
‘repositionable’, just like a Post-it note.
The other product I want to introduce
here is Odif Grippy Non-slip Coating
(Grippy for short). If you thought I was
excited about 404, you ain’t seen nothing
yet! I’m just as excited about Grippy.
We all have plastic rulers and templates
which probably slip around on our
fabrics just as we’re trying to cut.
Odif Grippy is the solution!
In the last few years, companies have
come up with great product options to
use with rulers but nothing for plastic
templates. Grippy is the solution for both
rulers and plastic templates, all in one
Here’s what you do:
• Place your ruler or template face
down on a protected surface;
• From a distance of about 8”, spray a
thin layer of Grippy onto the back
of the ruler or template and allow
• Enjoy slip-free rulers and templates!
TIP When sprayed, Grippy appears
slightly white but will dry translucent.
The use of Grippy is not limited to rulers
and templates. It can also be used with
stencils, plastic template sheets, etc.
Bonus! For those of you who have
difficulties with clothing sliding off of
hangers, you can also use it on hangers!
Note: Should you ever need to
remove Grippy from your rulers
and templates you can do so with
another great Odif product: DK5
Use Odif Grippy Non-slip Coating to enjoy slipfree
rulers and templates!
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Odif Grippy Non-slip Coating will dry translucent.
Easy-to-apply Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive
replaces double-sided interfacing
Onto two more products from Odif to
make your quilting and crafting life easier.
When working on a project, there are
lots of great tools and products to use
to help us achieve the desired result.
While working on an applique quilt like
the cute one I’m working on here, the
Odif line of products comes in especially
Every quilter has preferred techniques.
For instance, when doing raw edge
applique, I often use double-sided
interfacing to stabilize and fuse; perhaps
you do too!
Now you can get the same result you get
with double-sided interfacing by using
an easy-to-apply spray! Odif 606 Ironon
Adhesive and Odif DK5 Glue Remover
products do exactly that!
As I demonstrated with the 404 and
the 808 sprays, these sprays are not
permanent. The 404 allows you to
reposition fabrics while deciding where
to place applique pieces. Odif 808 allows
you to make a reusable paper template
which can be used over and over again.
Reduce, reuse, recycle!
Using two-sided stabilizer is the
conventional way to do many applique
methods. With stabilizer, there’s always
the risk of getting glue on your project.
With 606 this will not be an issue.
Using 606 spray is simple. Once the
desired shape is cut from the fabric:
Spray 606 evenly in short spritzes onto
the wrong side of the fabric.
TIP Ensure the edges are also sprayed.
Place the applique shape, sprayed side
down, onto the desired location of your
project. Getting some glue on the iron is
always a risk when pressing any fusible
item. I recommend you use parchment
paper or a Heirloom Non-Stick Teflon
Applique Mat between the iron’s
soleplate and the item you’re pressing to
prevent such a mess.
Using high heat, press for 30 to 45
seconds. Follow the product’s directions
for the best results.
I’m using Odif 606 on Frosty’s eyes and
on the snowflake. Once I’ve placed the
applique pieces in their proper spots, I
like to stitch around the different shapes
to secure them to the quilt top.
The second Odif product I’ll show you is
Odif DK5 Glue Remover.
Anytime you use adhesive sprays there’s
always a risk of over-spraying; which
can be difficult to clean. What to do?
What’s DK5? It’s a cleaning agent that’s
perfect for getting tacky residue off of
your unintentionally adhesive-sprayed
tools and surfaces. I’ve yet to find a
product that can do what DK5 can. This is
another must-have Odif product given all
of the adhesive sprays we’ve been using.
Simply spray DK5 onto the surface to
be cleaned, wait 30-60 seconds, then
wipe with a clean rag to clear away any
adhesive spray residue!
In the photo below, I removed half of the
Grippy I sprayed on the template.
A template ruler partially cleaned with Odif DK5
It’s important to shed light on these
essential quilting tools which can be used
for other crafts. Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive
and Odif DK5 Glue Remover I showcased
are handy in your quilting space.
Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive & Odif DK5 Glue Remover
Spray Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive on the back
Using a Heirloom Non-Stick Teflon Applique Mat
apply heat for 30-45 seconds
The Frosty scene is ready for an applique stitch
around every piece.
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Quilters’ favorite basting spray:
Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive
Odif AntiStatic and Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive sprays
Now I’ll introduce (or reintroduce for some of you), Odif
505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive spray (505 for short) and
Odif AntiStatic Anti-static electricity spray.
Odif 505 is a product I’ve been using for years. Over those
years, I’ve learned a few things about how to make the
best use of it.
The first thing I learned was always to use 505 when
it comes to basting sprays. I’ve tried others and they
were awful. I remember one, in particular, was so bad
everything was sticking to everything else and not in
a good basting way. I’m not one to throw things away
when they still have some useful life in them, but I did in
this case! It went directly into the recycling bin. All I can
say is 505 is the only basting spray you should use.
The first step when using 505 to baste, is to secure the
quilt’s backing fabric.
TIP Normally, I tape the backing fabric to the floor.
Second, I place the batting onto the backing fabric before
applying the 505.
Third, after the batting is in place, I roll half of it down,
spray the backing fabric and carefully place the batting
onto the backing, ensuring there are no bumps or
SafetyNote: Remember, with all spray products, only use
them in a well-ventilated space.
Fold batting half way down backing
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A mistake many 505 users make is to spray very slowly too close
to the fabric. Find a medium speed with which to apply the
basting spray and spray from a distance of approximately 12”.
Now, the winter applique quilt is basted and ready to be quilted.
Frosty is basted and ready to be quilted.
From a distance of about 12'', spray 505 on the backing fabric
After the first half of the batting has been spray-basted, I repeat
the process on the second half. With the batting secured to the
backing, I’ll repeat the process for the quilt top by applying the
505 on its wrong side.
From a distance of about 12'', spray 505 on the
Spray 505 on the back of quilt top then fold onto the batting.
Corners–don’t cut them! Often when applying the 505 basting
spray, somehow the corners get missed. When we notice the
missed corners, we try to fix it by giving only a quick spray 2”-3”
over the missed area. Doing that will only result in a glob of
glue messing up your work.
It’s important to spray the missed corners evenly from 12” away
to prevent such a mess. Don’t worry about spraying beyond
the area you need to cover, Odif DK5 Glue Remover will help you
remove the excess.
Another great use for Odif 505 is it can also be used for machine
embroidery. Hoop the stabilizer only, apply a thin layer of 505
to the stabilizer, then apply the fabric on top of the stabilizer.
You do not need to hoop the fabric. You’re ready to let your
machine do its thing!
Odif 505 spray is available in two sizes:
• a nice, economical 156g
• a larger 312g size
Note: I asked the Odif company about the care instructions on
the 505 label. The directions should read that fabrics treated with
505 may be either machine washed or dry cleaned. The 505 new
product labels will be changed to reflect this care statement.
When I first saw Odif AntiStatic spray, I wondered why quilters
would want to add it to their tool collection. Then, it occurred
to me some quilters use poly/cotton or polyester battings,
while others use synthetic fabrics in the quilts. I’ve yet to find
an anti-static spray created with quilts in mind, AntiStatic is that
Both polyester batting and synthetic fabrics could interact and
generate static electricity. When this happens, a good anti-static
electricity spray is suggested. Years ago, when I first heard of
anti-static sprays, I thought you sprayed the fabric item with
them without concern for distance, but that’s not the whole
story. Yes, you spray the items, but do so from a distance of
approximately 8” for best results.
A small spritz will go a long way to get rid of the static electricity
on your quilts and other items that may be subject to static
OUILTsocial | issue 17 13
Why, when and how
Odif OdiCoat and Fabric Protect
on your quilts
Apply OdiCoat with the OdiCoat card.
Odif OdiCoat and Odif Fabric Protect
Last, but not least, I’ll showcase Odif Fabric Protect and Odif
Most of us have experienced having quilt colors fade when left
on a bed that’s exposed to too many UV rays. This has been a
never-ending problem with quilts made of 100% cotton fabrics.
Odif Fabric Protect has quilters and fabric artists in mind, all other
products I’m aware of are designed for upholstered furniture.
No longer! Enter Odif Fabric Protect!
Odif Fabric Protect will protect quilts against:
• harmful UV rays
Apply Odif Fabric Protect using a sweeping motion while
spraying your quilt or project from a distance of 6” to ensure the
fabric of your project or quilt is well coated.
TIP If you wash your quilt, you’ll need to apply a new coating of
Fabric Protect. You should do this on a regular, 3 month cycle.
Odif Fabric Protect is great for protecting quilts AND it can also
be used on all fabric-related projects, including upholstery!
Now, let’s look at Odif OdiCoat.
I’m sure you’re all curious to know what this product actually does.
OdiCoat will render your fabric projects waterproof! Yes, you
read that correctly! OdiCoat not only waterproofs, it’s also easy
to use! I’m not aware of any other product that have been
produced to be used at home to waterproof fabrics you own.
To apply OdiCoat, use the OdiCoat card or an expired gift card
or plastic hotel key in a pinch.
Scoop some gel from the OdiCoat container using the card and
spread in a thin layer onto the fabric. Ensure the gel has penetrated
the fabric, then let the first coat dry for 30 to 60 minutes.
When the first coat is dry, apply a second coat and let it dry for
a full 24 hours.
Press your project after the OdiCoat has dried, you’ll need
to protect your iron’s soleplate by using parchment paper
between the fabric and the iron.
Some other objects you may wish to apply OdiCoat to include:
• the underside of cloth bags
• lunch bags (if all the contents are wrapped and sealed)
• outdoor table centerpieces
Guess what? Unlike Fabric Protect, there’s no need to reapply
OdiCoat after washing!
Note: A new label is being designed to indicate that OdiCoat is for
During this series of articles, I shared a brief description of some
of the benefits and uses of these Odif product. Go to your local
quilt store and get them. You will love them, I sure do!
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Brilliant bias tape
UNIQUE Bias Maker
The image I drew to recreate in bias tape applique
HeatnBond Adhesive Tape comes in a variety of sizes for
bias tape projects
2015 QuiltCon winner
CPU by Katherine Jones of Tasmania, Australia
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Three sizes of UNIQUE Bias Maker ready to go!
I have been quilting for many years
now so I have seen more than a few
trends take place. I remember when I
started quilting, Celtic knotwork was
very popular and I took a class to make a
sampler quilt using this technique, I still
have it. I remember making the bias tape
was tricky but once I got the hang of it,
everything went smoothly.
If you look back at any of my earlier
QUILTsocial posts, you will see how much
fun I like to have with applique and this
feature is no different. I like to show how
you can play with your quilting and even
if you don’t make the project exactly as I
have done, hopefully, I’ll give you some
ideas of how to play on your own!
So when deciding what I could share
here on QUILTsocial, I remembered those
bias tape makers. I went to Pinterest, as I
do, and found out the modern quilting
movement has also rediscovered bias
applique and there are some pretty
incredible creations being made with an
old and familiar quilt tool. There is even
an online beginner quilt class showing
the simple, graphic designs that can
make with bias binding.
In 2015 QuiltCon held a Bias Tape
Quilting Challenge and the results were
pretty spectacular. This is a picture of the
first place quilt, CPU by Katherine Jones
of Tasmania, Australia. I was completely
inspired. Bias tape has so many uses
beyond the traditional ones and I hope
to encourage you to find your bias tape
maker or purchase a new UNIQUE Bias
Maker and get started making some
After seeing all these amazing quilts, I
thought it would be fun to reacquaint
myself with the bias tape maker. I
decided to start with the UNIQUE Bias
Maker. I picked sizes 9mm, 12mm and
25mm. UNIQUE bias makers are simply
designed and easy to use. The plastic
handle keeps fingers well away from the
hot iron needed to create a crisp bias
I also picked up some HeatnBond Lite
Iron-on adhesive as I wanted to use in my
creation. You can choose to make the
bias tape and add the fusible web at the
same time if you like. I thought my bias
tape skills were probably a bit rusty after
all these years and wanted to take it easy.
I’ll be honest, creating bias tape can be
tricky but as long as you take it slow and
follow the instructions (and have a nice
hot iron) you’ll be making reams of bias
tape in no time, I know I did.
When deciding what pattern you would
like to create, there’s no limit. Think of it
this way, a strip of bias tape is the same
as any other line, you can quite literally
draw with bias tape. Look around on
Pinterest for ideas and anywhere else
you like to find inspiration. I ended up
drawing an image of what I thought I
could achieve with bias tape… noodles
of course! This is my initial drawing.
Remember to keep it simple. I had to
make some small changes to the design
from the picture, what I want the bias
tape to do and what it decides to do are
two different things!
Once you have decided on an image,
pick your colors. Bias tape works
particularly well with solid fabrics but you
may choose whatever you like as long as
the fabric is good quality.
Photos by Tania Denyer
I’ll go through how to make bias tape step by step,
with some tips and tricks I learned as I go along.
Let’s make some noodles!
material for creating bias tape
2. ironing surface
4. fabric, cut into required width
Cut fabrics into the correct width for the bias tape
maker you’re using. I chose to cut fabric on the bias
but it’s not strictly necessary. The more wavy lines in
your design, the more you want to call on the fabric
to move, this is where a bias cut tape will help.
I used the 9mm size UNIQUE Bias Maker. I cut my
strips into ¾” lengths. Test the first cut strip before
making more to make sure it’s the right width.
You may also piece your lengths into one continuous
strip but I found the joining seams do not move
easily through the bias maker and can cause some
frustration so if this process is new to you, eliminate
With all the UNIQUE Bias Makers, the instructions are
on the packaging but the steps following have extra
hints and tips I’ve learned.
1. Cut ¾” strips on the bias (for the 9mm size
2. Cut the end of the bias strip at an angle to feed
through the bias maker
3. Use a hot iron
4. Using a seam ripper or stiletto push the cut
fabric through until the end pokes out
5. Gently pull the edge through, about ½”, this
may take some adjusting to get the fold just
right, be patient
6. Iron the starting end
7. Pin end to ironing surface
8. Continue pressing letting the iron tip push the
bias tape maker
9. It helps to pull slightly on the fabric strip as it
enters the bias maker, the tension on the fabric
strip helps to create a crisp fold
10. Press the entire length of the strip
11. Roll the bias tape to keep the fold if not using
Make a variety of colors and sizes for your project and
as you make more, the process will become easier.
You can roll your bias tape if you wish, I find it keeps
its fold longer if I’m not appliqueing it straight away.
to bias tape with
UNIQUE Bias Tape Maker!
Noodle fabric cut into ¾” bias strips
Pin the pressed end of the bias tape to ironing surface
Keep bias tape rolled if not using it right away
Pull the fabric through about ½” to 1'' to get
the folding action started
Keep fabric strip taut as it moves through
the bias maker
Click to download PDF Pattern
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Some tips on how to applique bias strips
How to draw with
bias binding strips
on your quilts
Take your time stitching bias strips in place
A closer look at the lettering, you can see the
stitching best on the ‘S’
Showing different ways to finish off bias strip ends.
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The next step in the noodle quilt is
drawing with bias binding strips.
1. Make the background piece at least
2'' larger all around than you want
your final piece to be. This allows for
wiggle room while sewing the bias
strips down. If you are making your
own noodle bowl wall hanging you’ll
use a ½ yard of bright red fabric.
2. Press the background in half and half
again to get a cross-crease to help
position the pieces.
3. Decide which line will be the first and
pin it down. Use a lot of pins and ease
the curves with your fingers. Don’t
worry too much, a lot of the crinkle
will be erased as it’s sewn down.
4. Take the piece to the sewing
machine and sew the inside edge of
the bias strip down first. Often the
bias strip will lay flat easier when
you start with sewing the inner
5. Take to the iron and press from both
sides, front and back.
6. Sew the outside edge of the bias tape.
7. Press again.
8. Continue with this process until your
image is complete.
You may transfer the drawn image
directly onto the background fabric if
you prefer. Remember the bias tape
won’t always behave exactly as wanted
so use a light pencil or other removable
marks in case the bias tape does not
completely cover up the lines.
I chose to keep a copy of my design
handy so I could compose the lines as I
went. You can be as spontaneous or as
planned as you prefer, this is your art!
When I applique, I choose to use
my walking or my even feed foot. It
allows for a flatter finished stitch and
less bunching and stretching of the
For my design, I lay down 4 of the
noodles first, then add the chop sticks,
two more noodles, bowl and finally the
If you’re making a noodle bowl of your
own, the chopsticks are approximately
12'' long, the letters are about 2'' square
when complete and the black strips
below the bowl are 14'', 8'' and 8''.
I did not use HeatnBond Lite Iron-on
adhesive on the back of the noodles as
they were fairly easy to create, but I did
use HeatnBond on the letters to keep
them in place as I sewed them down.
HeatnBond Lite Iron-on adhesive is a
good tool, use it carefully and remember
you can’t easily move the bias tape once
it’s fused in place.
When sewing, it’s easiest to change the
thread color with each color of bias tape
you sew. If you keep the bobbin thread
the same, you avoid the pop-ups that
happened in my work. (I used red as my
bobbin thread for all colors).
To complete the ends of the bias tape
you have a couple of options:
• Fold the bias tape over to make a
squared end and sew down.
• Fold the bias tape at a 45 degree
angle, sew all edges and trim the
Last picture is an example of each.
for bias tape
Let's discuss how to quilt the applique piece.
It can be a bit intimidating to decide how to quilt your work
after you have put in so much effort in the applique. I let the
piece tell me how to quilt it, this is my process…
I always use a walking or an even feed foot… always. It makes
all the difference to have all layers of your quilted project
feeding through your machine evenly. I pick a longer stitch for
machine quilting because the needle is going through three
layers, you need the length to create an even and visible stitch.
I work from the inside out. I start by quilting between the
noodles and every two or three quilting lines I stitch, I check the
back to make sure it’s smooth.
I then stitch outside the noodles to the edge of the quilt. I didn’t
go above the chopsticks or below the bowl. I like to work in
sections to minimize any chance of bunching, particularly on
Next I stitch the bowl.
Then I work on the top above the chopsticks and below the
bowl, still working as much as possible from the outside in.
TIP Keep the quilting in the same direction. I work from the
top down. When switching directions, the fabric is pushed in
two different directions causing ripples on the front and often
puckers in the back.
I change thread color depending on the background, in this
case I used red and black. I kept the design simple and made
sure there was an even amount of quilting over the entire piece.
TIP Stop quilting every so often, press your work and hold it up
to make sure it’s hanging as evenly as possible. Quilts are fabric,
so not meant to be perfectly straight like a sheet of paper but
you’ll be able to keep distortion in check with this practice.
Enjoy the process and take your time.
Close up of background quilting in red thread
I quilted around the applique rather than over it.
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Step 1: open your binding strips and press your
binding strip end at a 45° angle
Step 2: fold the binding back up and press again
Now I’m giving instructions on how to
complete your piece of art to hang on
the wall. The following is my preferred
technique for binding.
To make the binding, cut strips at 2½”
wide x the width of the chosen binding
fabric (approximately 42'' on average).
Sew strips together at a 45° angle. Press
seams and trim.
Press length of binding in half and make
a 45° cut and fold at the start of the
binding, as shown here.
Step 3: trim away the excess leaving about ¼” seam
Stitch machine binding on the back of quilted project,
following the binding edge as closely as possible.
Now for the hanging sleeve, cut a length
of background fabric 3'' x the width of
your quilt. Press sides in and bottom-up.
Pin to the top edge of your quilt before
adding the binding and pin in place. I
was able to create my hanging sleeve
from the finished edge of the fabric so
I didn’t need to fold the bottom edge
Make sure the hanging sleeve is flat
against the back of the quilt as you sew
on the binding.
Remember to consider the binding and
background colors when threading your
machine to bind. I had a black thread in
the top and a red thread in the bobbin,
because my binding is black and my
background fabric (on the quilt front) is
Begin the binding at a few inches away
from a lower corner and a few inches
past where the binding begins. Stitch
all the way around making miters in
the corners and when you come to the
end/beginning of the binding strip, tuck
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Take the quilt to the ironing board and from the front, press the
binding to help it flip over to the back.
Fold the binding to the back and pin in a few spots. Machine
stitch from the back. If you keep just to the edge of the binding,
the seam will nestle just beside the binding on the front.
Press your project and hang it on the wall. Art can be made of
fabric too. Now that you have the skills to create bias binding
with the Unique Bias Maker, look for images and ways to draw
with it again.
It’s been fun sharing my process with you. Please connect on
Instagram @iamgingerq so I can see what you create.
Until next time…
With practice, the stitch line of machine binding will nestle beside the binding
on the front.
Noodle Bowl Art! With UNIQUE Bias Makers, anything is possible.
A close up showing the front and the back of machine-finished binding… it’s
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Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs
After the resounding success
of Melissa Marginet’s Walking
Foot Quilting Designs, Melissa is
back with her second brilliant
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Foot Quilting Designs. This book
is another must-have reference
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you’re serious about exploring
exciting ways to quilt your
Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot
Quilting Designs is particularly
useful for the beginner quilter
puzzled about how to quilt on
a domestic sewing machine. It’s
a reference book you’ll use time
and time again for small or large
projects. Edge-to-Edge means no
threads to bury and no rotating
Edge-to-Edge Walking Foot Quilting Designs
is a collection of designs that are created
from 6 basic designs used in different
combinations and orientations to give
you over 200 more ideas.
The designs are created for the walking
foot but can also be used for free motion
quilting, ruler work, long arm quilting, and
For more information or to order online
visit Melissa Marginet’s website at
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Falling in love with
Banyan Batiks Kayana
autumn fabric collection
Refer to photo when cutting the six 6½” squares
in each distinctive colorway.
Falling in love with Kayana Autumn Collection from Banyan Batiks
The main piece of the collection features the color range of the complete collection in a masterful way.
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If fall is your most favorite season,
you'll love this project as it features the
Kayana collection from Banyan Batiks
which highlights the awesome autumn
colorway. It’s the perfect weekend
project you can make, no matter your
skill level, and gift without breaking
The secret to this easy project is the
beautiful masterpiece #80296-25 from
the Kayana Autumn collection as its
color changes from one selvage to the
other. It’s the perfect key element for the
pattern I have in mind.
• 1½ yds #80296-25 from the Kayana
Autumn collection for the top and
• 1⁄8 yd each of 6 coordinating fabrics
from the Kayana Autumn collection
• 26” x 38” batting
This makes a 24” x 36” quilted throw.
• Cut one 12½” piece (D) (ensure this is
cut from selvage to selvage)
• Cut one 6½” WOF strip
» subcut into six 6½” squares (C)
(ensure the blocks are made with
each distinctive colorway: one
beige, two pink, one brown and
two brown/black) Refer to photo
to see color blocks.
• Cut one 2½” WOF strip from each
» subcut into two 2½” x 6½”
rectangles (A) and three 2½”
How to choose a quilt
design for fabric too
beautiful to cut into
That’s one thing I truly love about this Kayana collection. Not
only are the various fabrics beautiful on their own. But! The
main piece featuring a gradation in the colorway from selvage
to selvage is absolutely fabulous. Seeing this kind of fabric can
sometimes overwhelm us as quilters.
So that’s why I decided to come up with an easy design giving
the fabric front and center stage. We automatically think that
the fabric is so beautiful that we couldn’t dare cut it. But this
project is quite the opposite. At first there’s a huge piece that
keeps the gradation levels as is. And then using some squares
that have been fussy cut out of sections of the fabric to make
solid – ish squares to use inside the project.
Intimidating no more!
Now that all the pieces are cut, let’s get right into making the
main six blocks.
Grab all the A and B pieces and arrange to form six blocks with
your favorite color arrangement. Ensure that the color variation
is strong enough to actually see the design of the blocks.
Ready to begin this beautiful table runner project that can be done in a
Begin by sewing two B squares together, pressing the seams toward the
Then sew the third B square to the piece, again pressing the seams toward
the darker fabric.
Grab all the A and B pieces and arrange to form six blocks while ensuring that
the color variation is strong enough to actually see the design of the blocks.
Now sew the three B squares together as established in the
arrangement. Begin by sewing two B squares together, pressing
the seams toward the darker fabric.
Then sew the third B square to the piece, again pressing the
seams toward the darker fabric.
Great work! See how easy it is to enjoy playing with the
beautiful fabrics of Banyan Batiks Kayana Autumn Collection
without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed!
Sew the A rectangles on each side of the pieces ensuring the right color
Photos by Claire Haillot
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Kayana Autumn Collection transformed into a
beautiful table runner for any occasion.
I’ll show my foolproof trick: the short
stitch that saves the day.
So now I have six blocks. I also have
cut out six solid blocks from the main
fabric piece. It’s now time to play with
the positioning of the blocks to make
the project. You may notice this pattern
isn’t like my typical projects. That’s
because I really want you to play with
the colors and design to your liking, just
like the fall foliage is different from one
tree to another, this project can also be
transformed to feature the colors the
way you want it.
I took my blocks and main fabric and
played with the disposition on my design
wall. Here are the two combinations that
caught my attention. Keep in mind that I
had only two days to make the project! I
personally like symmetrical placements
and opted for the second design as shown
in the pictures. I found that the light beige
block positioned on the near center edge
of the table runner made the eye rest and
move seemingly through the design.
Once again, you can opt for another way.
Once the design is chosen, it’s time to
sew the blocks 2 x 2.
Sew the 2 x 2 blocks together. And I’ll
give you my little trick to sew them
together while keeping the seams
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How a short stitch, in quilting,
can save the day
Design combination 1
Design combination 2: my fave!
Sewing the blocks 2 x 2
Remove the piece from the machine and look to
ensure that the seams are perfectly aligned.
Seams positioned to reduce bulk
How the short stitch saves the day
Align the seams one
against the other
right sides together,
ensuring that they
are not overlapping
or leaving the tiniest Step 1
gap in between.
Position the piece
under a ¼” foot
needle ¼” before the
center seam. This is
when the lines on Step 2
the foot can be pretty useful.
Stitch along until
reaching ¼” past the
center seam. Now
remove the piece
from the machine
and look to ensure Step 3
that the seams are
perfectly aligned. If satisfied, sew the
two blocks together and continue in the
same manner for all the other blocks.
Although for this project, I simply short
stitched all the blocks together and then
I sewed all of them together.
Ironing out the seams
The last trick I want to show is how I iron
the seams on the back. For this project,
it’s pretty simple as I simply ensure all
of the seams are going in the same
direction. You’ll notice that one of the
four is heading in the opposite direction,
simply turn that one and magically see a
mini four patch on the back side.
You can use that trick for each
connecting block. It works!
Now all that’s left to do is to stitch the
main piece onto the edge of my piece.
The final piece top should now measure
24½’’ x 36½’’ and be perfectly aligned as
you’ve used my short stitch trick that
saves the day.
The secret to modern
quilting using the
A simple yet elegant straight stitch with a solid beige color thread
As time was the essence for this project, I wanted to finish
making the table runner in two days, so for quilting, I opted for
a simple yet elegant straight line stitch with a solid beige color
thread. The use of the beige color quilting thread was perfect
again to show off the beautiful Kayana Autumn Color fabrics
from Banyan Batiks.
Here's the secret to a straight stitch.
In order to ensure
I would not create
any distortions while
quilting, I started
to quilt my first line
in the center of
the piece. I don’t
like to stitch in the
ditch, so I align
1⁄8” – ¼” alongside of
the center seam, it
helped me to keep
a straight line and
when quilting the
main theme fabric, I
simply followed the
straight line. It’s ok to
use a white fineliner
to mark the first
line with a ruler if it
would make you feel
I started to quilt my first line in the center of
Using my foot to determine length between
Once the initial line
is stitched, I need
to stitch along each
side going in the
from the main theme
fabric to the block
section. I simply used
the length of my ¼” I used my rulers to square off the piece perfectly.
foot to align my next
stitch… like I said, I was in a hurry to finish this table runner.
Once those two lines were quilted, I stitched along each side
once again starting from the block sections back to the main
theme fabric. Basically, I repeated the same alternating direction
quilting until the top
was all quilted.
The next step was to
cut off all the excess
backing and batting.
I used my rulers to
do so aligning with
the seams from my
block to ensure I
squared off the piece
Close up of ruler aligning to seams of the table
runner for perfect squaring off
I hope you enjoyed
learning my secret to a perfect straight stitch to show off the
beautiful Kayana Autumn Color fabrics from Banyan Batiks.
Keep reading, I’ll show how I made the binding with alternating
fabric for a perfect finish.
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5 tips to create the best ever
quilt binding finish
5 tips to create the best ever binding finish
Setting the binding for best visual impact
I want to share my 5 tips to create the best ever binding finish. This project, made with
the beautiful Kayana Autumn Collection by Banyan Batiks is the perfect example of how
you can play with the fabric in your binding to get the final touch just right in your
I usually make a binding by adding the strips at an angle so that it’s virtually impossible
to determine where the binding process actually began. But I wanted it to be different
for this piece as I had a beautiful corner block showing off a light fabric along with the
main piece that changed color along the way. So I needed the binding to showcase
the same changes.
TIP 1: Length of binding
Now for the record, I always cut my binding strips at 2¼” and fold in half so that I have
a double layer binding to ensure longevity. For this project, I started by picking the
fabrics and setting them beside the table runner in order to determine which should
go where for a better visual impact.
Once I had determined which strip went where, I was able to see which needed to
be joined at an angle and which needed to be joined in a straight line. Usually, I don’t
recommend joining the strips end to end as the joining area will be bulkier. But the
visual impact of adding a light fabric binding edge along the corner block area on this
piece outweighed the bulkiness.
TIP 2: Joining strips at a 45° angle
I still joined all the other pieces at a 45° angle and sewed them to the table runner
before making that corner. Here are the steps:
• Lay the two ends that are to be joined, with right sides together, at a 90° angle. I
usually ensure that they overlap each other so that I can clearly see the corners.
• Sew corner to corner across. Look closely at the picture to ensure you’re sewing on
the correct angle.
• Cut off the excess fabric, open the seams, and press with an iron.
Repeat to join all the binding strips, with the exception of the light colored binding.
Fold the strip in half lengthwise and iron the fold.
Begin stitching on the top side of the table runner. Now you’ll want to sew the strip
clockwise, so start about 6” – 8” from the edge of the light colored block and sew all
the way until you reach 6” – 8” from the other edge of the light colored block.
Joining binding at an angle
Cut off excess and pressing the seams open
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TIP 3: Handling corners
Stop sewing at a ¼” from the actual
corner, leaving the needle down in the
Rotate the table runner to sew out to the
Take the loose end of your binding and
fold away from the table runner, using
the seam you just made sewing to the
edge of the corner.
Take the long end of the binding once
more and fold it back so that the raw
edge of the binding lines up with the
raw edge of the next section of the
Begin sewing from the corner edge.
Stop sewing at a ¼” from the actual corner, leaving
the needle down in the table runner. Then rotate
the table runner to sew out to the corner edge.
TIP 4: Aligning binding to
Align the binding to the side of the
table runner and overlap the other
I like to use the Omnigrid Marking Ruler
to make this part. I set the center of the
ruler on the seam of the block and I then
mark the ¼” seam along each binding.
Ensure the mark is in excess on the right
side. Cut on the mark and sew binding
edge to edge. Then sew the binding to
the edge of the table runner.
TIP 5: Quick and easy finish
Here’s my final trick that I just love when
I’m in a hurry to finish a project and really
want a perfect binding finish.
I use ¼” HeatnBond Quilter’s Edge Iron-
On Adhesive Tape on the edge of the
back of the table runner and position
the edge of the binding over the tape
and iron to hold.
Position the binding as you want it to
look once finished as the iron sets it
to the tape and the back of the table
runner. Then position the table runner
top facing you and stitch in the ditch of
the binding. This will be the final step to
a perfect finish.
Hope these 5 tips will help you create
your best ever binding finish. Hope
you enjoyed this beautiful project
using the Kayana Autumn Collection
by Banyan Batiks.
Mark the binding according to block seam
Sewing the binding to the edge of the table runner
Adding tape to the back of the binding
Take the loose end of your binding and fold away
from the table runner, using the seam you just
made sewing to the edge of the corner
Stitching in the ditch of the binding for a quick finish
Take the long end of the binding once more and
fold it back so that the raw edges of the binding
lines up with the raw edge of the next section of
the table runner
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My batik scrap bucket
Brother Innov-is BQ3050
My Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 with crumb scraps
ready to sew!
What’s it all about?
Crumb scraps ready to sew together
¼” foot with guide on the left and ¼” foot without
the guide on the right
Most quilters can’t bear to part with scraps of favorite fabrics and tend to
keep them in little bins and boxes for future use. Crumb quilting, although
not a new idea, is enjoying a resurgence now as we try to use up all those
bits of fabric we’ve been saving. Basically, it’s sewing small pieces of fabric
together to make new fabric which can be cut up to make blocks, borders,
sashing and more.
I’ll be using the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine to do some crumb
quilting using batik fabrics from my scrap bucket.
Here’s a video you might like to watch for an introduction to the crumb
Although I can just grab pieces from my scrap bin and start sewing them
together, I decided to sort my batik scraps into light and dark values for 2
Let’s start with the light fabric first!
Take 2 scraps of fabric and sew them together. The pieces don’t have to
be the same size. As long as there is one straight edge on each scrap, I can
sew them together.
Sew several pairs of scraps together. This is a good time to use either the ¼”
foot with guide or the ¼” foot without the guide.
If some pieces end up too large, just cut them in half with either a straight
or diagonal line.
Sometimes I’ll have a long strip of fabric to use. Sew several small pieces
along one edge of the strip. Then cut the strip into smaller sections.
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Start sewing the pairs together to make
4 patches. Again, the pieces don’t have
to be the same size. Look for straight
edges to sew together. I can always trim
one side so it’s straight if necessary.
Sew the 4 patches together to make a
piece with 8 patches.
Keep sewing sections together until you
have a piece the size you need.
Sometimes there are multiple seams to
stitch over. I love the way the Brother
Innov-ís BQ3050 machine, with it’s
automatic fabric sensor system, allows
me to do this so easily. Make sure this
key in the on position!
Cut larger pieces in half to make even more crumbs!
Sew several small pieces to one long piece.
Cut the long piece into smaller sections.
Sew 2 patch sections together to make 4 patches.
Position the 6½” square ruler where I wish to cut.
Make sure the automatic fabric sensor system is
I’m cutting my crumbfabric into 6½”
squares using a 6½” square ruler. I’ll use
that measurement as a guide to let me
know how big to make my new fabric.
After I cut the 6½” squares, I’ll have some
fabric leftover, so I can continue to add
crumb pieces until I have a piece big
enough to cut another 6½” square.
Sew smaller sections together to make larger pieces.
After the 6½” square is cut, I have more crumb
pieces to use in another section.
Photos by Jean Boyd
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Crumb blocks for a wall quilt
Crumb fabric made from little scraps
Arrange 9 – 6½” blocks as desired. Sew blocks together to make 3 rows of 3.
Now it’s time to use my new fabric. Of
course, I could have kept making these
crumb blocks, but I wanted to get on
to another project using my dark batik
scraps. So I decided to make a little wall
quilt which could also be used as a table
Let’s get started!
• From crumb fabric, cut 9 – 6½” blocks.
Arrange the 6½” blocks as desired.
Sew the blocks together to make 3 rows
I cut my border strips 6” wide, but that
can be adjusted to any size you like.
• From border fabric, cut 2 – 6” x 18½”
and 2 – 6” x 29½”.
• Sew the 18½” strips to the top and
• Sew a 29½” strip to each side.
Now the piece is ready to be quilted!
Because of the busy design that’s been
created, it’s probably best to do a simple
The MuVit dual-feed foot that comes
with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 allows
you to do this very easily. There are 5
different feet for the dual feed foot,
including a stitch in the ditch foot that
makes the quilting process almost
Have a look at this video to see the MuVit
foot in action.
Many of the decorative stitches can also be
used for quilting. The serpentine stitch is a
favorite of mine and you can easily change
the width and length just by pushing the
+ and – buttons on the screen. And of
course, I love the wide 5” x 11¼” workspace
on the machine when quilting!
You could also use these 6½” blocks for a
cushion top, tote bag or part of a larger
quilt, and you could make larger blocks
if you wish. The possibilities are endless
when crumb quilting and it feels so
good to be able to use up those scraps I
can’t bear to part with!
stitch is a
The MuVit dual feed foot comes with 5 different feet.
6” borders have been sewn on. MuVit dual feed foot with the open toe foot attached
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How to piece crumb blocks
into larger pieces of fabric
I’ll show another project using the same
crumb quilting technique, but this time I’ll
be using dark-colored scraps. The batiks
are so easy to use in a project like this,
as the edges don’t fray or stretch. This is
really important because of all the bias
edges that occur when crumb quilting.
My first crumb quilt made on the Brother
Starting a crumb quilt project
• Start by sewing 2 small scraps
together to make several 2 patch
blocks. The scraps can be as small as
1½” square for this technique. Use
squares, strips or any odd-shaped
pieces you have.
• Sew 2 patch blocks together to make
4 patch blocks.
• Sew 4 patch blocks together to make
8 patch blocks.
• As you finish each set of blocks,
straighten one edge so it’s ready to
sew to the next set.
• Keep adding pieces until you have
created a new piece of fabric in the
size you want.
In the last project, I cut my crumb fabric
into 6½” blocks, but this time I’m using
my new fabric to make borders. I want
my borders to be 2½” x 8½”, so that’s a
guide for how big to make my crumb
I’m making 3 – 8½” blocks that look
cutting instructions for each block
• 1 – 4½” square for center of block
• 4 – 1½” x 6½” for border around
• 4 – 2½” x 8½” crumb strips for outer
8½” block with crumb quilt borders
Sew small scraps together to make 2 patch blocks. Sew small scraps together to make 2 patch blocks. Sew small sections together to get the size of
block you need.
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Piecing the crumb
quilt is easy
using the ¼”
foot with guide
Let's put it all together.
• Sew a 1½” x 6½” strip to one side of a
4½” square using a partial seam.
• Press seam toward strip.
• Sew on the remaining 1½” strips.
Sew a 2½” x 8½” crumb pieced strip to one side, using a
• Sew on the remaining 2½” strips in
the same way as the strips around
the center square.
• Finish the partial seam that was
Sew a 1½” x 6½” strip to a 4½ square, using a
• Sew another 1½” x 6½” strip to the
next side of the square.
Sew on the remaining 1½” strips.
• Finish the partial seam that was sewn
Sew the crumb pieced strips around the center
square. Then finish the partial seam that was
The block now measures 10½” x 10½”.
I’ll also be giving some tips on quilting
your crumb quilt projects using the
MuVit dual feed foot and the free motion
quilting feet that come with the Brother
Innov-ís BQ3050 machine.
Sew another 1½” x 6½” strip to the next side of
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Finish sewing the partial seam that was sewn
• Sew a 2½” x 8½” crumb pieced strip to
one side, using a partial seam.
You’ll notice I’m using the ¼” foot with
guide but you could also use the ¼”
foot without the guide if you wish. Either
one helps give a perfect ¼” seam, but
I find the ¼” foot with guide gives that
extra hand in keeping the fabric steady
on its course.
Finished 10½” block
Brother BQ3050 and
its 3 free motion feet
Block with crumb pieced border made on the
Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 machine.
How to finish the
table runner using
• Sew 1½” x 10½”
• From border fabric,
cut 2 – 5” x 32½”
for side borders
and 2 – 5” x 19½”
for the top and
• Sew on the side
borders first and
then the top and
There are lots of
seams to sew through
crumb quilts, but
the Brother Innov-ís
BQ3050 machine has
no problem sewing
through them. Make
sure you have the
key for the automatic
fabric sensor in the
on position! Then
the thickness of the
fabric is automatically
the foot pressure
sewing to ensure the
fabric is fed through
smoothly. What a
When you have
your blocks all put
ready for quilting!
Sew sashing strips
between the blocks.
Sew on side borders
first and then top and
Because of the
busy design that
has been created,
it’s probably best
to do some simple
quilting in the
blocks. You can
be a little more
adventurous in the
The MuVit dual feed
foot that comes
Turn on the
sensor key to ensure
with the Brother Innov-ís BQ3050 allows
you to do this very easily. If you didn’t
have a chance to look at the MuVit dual
feed video be sure to watch it now. It really
shows how versatile the MuVit dual feed
I love how the MuVit attachment comes
The MuVit dual feed foot comes with 5 different feet.
with 5 different feet. You’ll be sure to find
one that’s perfect for your quilting style.
The dual feed foot can be used with any
of the straight or zigzag stitch patterns.
It’s best to sew at slow or medium
speeds when using this foot.
You could also do some free motion
quilting in the plain borders of this table
runner. The Brother Innov-is BQ3050 has
3 different free motion feet from which
to choose. When doing free motion
quilting you can use most of the straight,
zigzag and decorative stitches. If you’re
new to this technique, it’s a good idea
to do some practice stitching before
working on your quilt.
The free motion foot E, shown on the
left in the picture below, is used for echo
quilting. The circular lines on the foot are
¼” and 3⁄8” away from the needle position,
so it’s easy to follow previous stitching
lines at an equal distance.
Free motion foot C, shown in the middle
in the picture below, should be used
with the straight stitch needle plate for
consistent stitching. Use straight stitch
Q-01 or 1-30 when using this foot.
Free motion foot O, shown on the
right in the picture below, is used for
free motion quilting with zigzag or
decorative stitches OR for free motion
quilting of straight lines on fabric with
an uneven thickness.
3 different free motion feet come with the Brother
Innov-is BQ3050 machine.
When free motion quilting, you can
adjust the height of the presser foot to
match the thickness of your quilt. Just
press the + or – key on the free motion
foot height bar on the screen. Another
great feature on the Brother Innov-ís
I hope you’ve enjoyed trying some crumb
quilt projects. I loved using the Brother
Innov-ís BQ3050 machine in doing so. It’s
always exciting to try new techniques and
use some of the many attachments that
come with this machine. Don’t be afraid
to play and have fun with your machine!
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This modern baby quilt
steals the show!
PFAFF performance icon
Modern baby quilt
Baby quilts are a fun and hopeful project. Let’s make one! I
invite you to go on an adventure into the stitching land of the
PFAFF performance icon. I have to admit, there isn’t another
machine I’d like to take on this trip than the performance icon.
We have become close friends :)
This quilt was inspired by a lot of things, including the colors of
the year. I also wanted to challenge myself to make a modern
quilt with solids – a very different kind of journey for me! This
quilt would also be fun in novelty prints or more than 3 solid
colors, so use what you have on hand.
Mostly the fabric is just the background for the story the
stitches tell. I thought about what kind of blessing or dreams I
would want to share with a new baby and its family to give me
some focus or a theme. I came up with the song, Climb Every
Mountain, from The Sound of Music. I hope you’ll be able to
see how the lyrics inspired my stitching and truly led me on a
wonderful quilting adventure.
• 1 yd Fabric Creations 100% cotton – royal blue
• 1 yd Fabric Creations 100% cotton – kelly green
• 1 yd Fabric Creations 100% cotton – white
• stabilizer- I used INSPIRA Fast and Easy Tear-A-Way Light
• UNIQUE Quilter’s Fast Fade marker purple – thin tip
• 55“ square of batting
• 55“ square of backing; I used leftover yardage from my Fabric
Creations 100% cotton fabric 2 yd packs
• threads to coordinate and contrast with fabrics – I used blue,
green, white, and yellow Gütermann thread
Cut pieces in order given to make best use of fabric
• 6 – 9“ squares
• 2 – 8½” squares
• 12 – 4½” x 8½” rectangles
• 6 – 9“ squares
• 2 – 8½” squares
• 12 – 4½” x 8½” rectangles
• 4 – 9“ squares
• 8 – 4½” x 8½” rectangles
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Floating stitches on a modern baby quilt
makes all the difference
I’ll show the floating stitch technique
built into the PFAFF performance icon
used in the making of the modern baby
Floating stitch menu
Floating stitches are found in section
8, the Techniques stitches. Submenu
5 shows all of the floating stitches built
into the performance icon.
Touch the menu icon in the top right
of the Sewing Mode on the large Color
Touch Screen. From here you can select
your stitch and find some important
details, like which presser foot to use to
best execute the stitch.
Presser feet for floating stitches
With my stitch selected, the bottom
right of the screen tells me the presser
foot to use – the Bi-Level Guide Foot
included with the machine – and gives
me written instructions on what to do
with my fabric. Reading further I find out
the Bi-Level Guide Foot is used when I’m
stitching on one piece of fabric folded
over; for use with two fabrics, I will use
the 1A foot. Both of these feet engage
with the IDT to feed the fabrics evenly
under the needle. Touch the word LOAD
to bring your selected stitch into Sewing
Sew the rectangle units
To make a rectangle unit, select a
floating stitch. Put two Fabric Creations
100% cotton fabric rectangles right sides
together, and place a 1” strip of INSPIRA
Fast and Easy Tear-A-Way Light stabilizer
on the bottom of the pair along one
Stitch the floating stitch down the edge
of the pair. Remove the tear-a-way
stabilizer then gently pull the fabrics
open to reveal the floating stitches.
Photos by Sarah Vanderburgh
TIP Have the edge of the two-layered
fabrics and stabilizer lined up with the
inner metal edge of the presser foot; this
way the seam allowance will stay intact.
Repeat to make the following number of
• Use yellow Gütermann thread to make
4 white and blue rectangle units – I
used floating stitch 8.5.11.
• Use blue Gütermann thread to make
4 green and white rectangle units – I
used floating stitch 8.5.6.
• Use white Gütermann thread to make 8
blue and green rectangle units – I used
floating stitch 8.5.10 on 4 and floating
stitch 8.5.2 on the remaining 4.
You could chain stitch all of the rectangle
units of the same pair to make good use
of your sewing time – if you do, be sure
to press the Stitch restart button so the
floating stitches start at the same spot
on each pair. Or don’t! It could be fun to
see the stitch not look the same from
unit to unit.
I forgot to take photos of the units
before quilting; the 'floating stitch'
photo shows a white and blue
rectangle unit with its floating stitch.
I also quilted down each side of the
stitch with thread that blended into the
fabrics to emphasize the floating stitch
on the quilt.
The floating stitches really add some
character to the rectangle units. I
imagined creating stars and lakes and
mountains while I was stitching mine!
Floating stitch menu
Presser feet for floating stitches
Fabric edge lined up with inner metal edge of
presser foot 1A
Floating stitch 8.5.11
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HSTs and piecing a baby
quilt top with
PFAFF performance icon
The PFAFF performance icon isn’t only
full of built-in stitch techniques but is a
great machine for precise sewing. I’ll sew
half-square triangle units and put the
Half Square Triangles (HSTs)
Make HSTs using pairs of Fabric Creations
100% cotton fabric 9“ squares listed:
• 2 white and blue
• 4 blue and green
• 2 green and white
1. Draw a diagonal line on the back
of one fabric square with UNIQUE
Quilter’s Fast Fade marker.
2. Sew second fabric square to diagonal
line fabric square, right sides
together, by sewing ¼” away from
each side of the drawn line.
3. Cut on the drawn line to create 2 HSTs.
Press the seam to the darker fabric.
4. Trim each HST to 8½” square.
You can read a post I wrote Two ways to
trim larger Half Square Triangles without
a square ruler with tips to help with
trimming half-square triangles that are
Assemble the quilt top quadrants
Now that all the units are made, it’s
time to start putting together the quilt
top. I found it easiest to assemble one
quadrant of the quilt at a time using my
design wall. I also chose to use matching
rectangle units in each quadrant.
Use the photos below to assemble
each quadrant. I included arrows to
show pressing directions for each
seam in the rows and then how to
press the rows together.
Top left quadrant
Top left quadrant layout and pressing directions
Top right quadrant
Top right quadrant layout and pressing directions
Bottom left quadrant
Bottom left quadrant layout and pressing directions
Bottom right quadrant
Bottom right quadrant layout and pressing directions
The bright LED
lighting and the
wide harp of the
icon makes it easy to
spend time putting
the modern baby
Assemble the quilt top
Sewing blocks into
rows with PFAFF
Sew the quadrants together and you’re
done! The seams should nest easily on
the quadrants. Sew the top quadrants
together and press the seam to the right;
sew the bottom quadrants together
and press the seam to the left. Sew the
top and bottom together and press the
seam to the bottom quadrants.
The quilt is ready to stitch on now.
Thanks to the PFAFF performance icon this
step went smoothly and quickly.
Trim half square triangles
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Radiant Stitches on the performance icon
add joy to a baby quilt
The PFAFF performance icon is making
quick work of this project and giving me
so many opportunities to take creative
license with this quilt.
Mark the radiant lines
To get ready for the radiant stitches I
have to plan ahead. I marked the curved
lines for the stitches before I layered
and pinned the quilt together with the
backing and the batting. I used a glass
pie plate and the UNIQUE Quilter’s Fast
Fade marker to mark my lines.
Pie plate and UNIQUE Quilter’s Fast Fade marker
Prepare the quilt for quilting
With the label stitched into the backing,
I’m now ready to lay out the backing,
batting, and quilt top to pin baste them
together. I also cleaned the floor first!
To start quilting the quilt, I sewed in the
ditch of the vertical block seams with blue
thread. Then I went in the ditch of the
half-square triangles and sewed beside
both sides of the floating stitches. I did
all of the blue, then switched to green to
do the green areas and finally the white.
Once this grid of quilting was in place, it
was time to start the radiant stitches.
Quilt layers pinned on floor
Radiant stitches are in section 8,
Technique stitches, just like the floating
stitches. Select subsection 6 to view them
all in the Stitch menu. The Stitch menu
gives you details about stitches before
you select them including in this case,
instructions on how to stitch out radiant
stitches. This is how I knew I needed the
UNIQUE Quilter’s Fast Fade marker!
Once you’re done reading, touch LOAD
to bring your selected radiant stitch into
The radiant stitches stitch out behind the
presser foot – making sure I turned the
fabric the right direction was the only
hard part of this process. And really, it
just meant I had to pay attention.
To use this technique, line up the needle
with the marked line and press the Start/
Stop button. When the machine stops,
turn the fabric and then press the button
again. When the machine completes the
stitch it stops again. Turn the fabric again
and line it up with the marked line. This
process repeats until the line is complete.
I used the Cut function button at the
end of a line so the machine could
secure the threads and snip them for me.
Stitching with a contrasting thread
helped me create the forest and
wilderness I was planning since I began
this stitching adventure.
I used as many radiant stitches as I
dared! I limited myself to three radiant
stitches in each quadrant. I played with
using thread that contrasted or blended
into the fabric color. I like to think I
created sunshine, rain, pine trees, birch
trees, flowers, snow (it happens in the
mountains!), and goldenrod (weeds
happen too!). See, I told you this was my
favorite stitch technique yet!
I was really anxious to try out the radiant
stitches on the PFAFF performance icon.
I had to basically make a quilt before I
could test out my ideas and I was so glad
to see them stitch out!
Radiant stitch instructions in Stitch Menu screen.
Start of radiant stitch row
Radiant stitch line almost complete
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Modern baby quilt
Green stippling stitch
Three fabrics used for binding
add whimsy to a
The story continues with more built-in stitches on the PFAFF
performance icon, and I need to finish all of the quilting and
bind the quilt. Of course, I can have fun while I’m doing it!
I used several stippling stitches to add more adventurous
details to this modern baby quilt. I didn’t want to do a lot of
quilting because I like baby quilts to have some loft. I also didn’t
use all of the stippling stitches – the quilt is starting to look
busy as it is!
You can check out all of the stitches available on the PFAFF
performance icon in the Stitch Guide document here.
I used the same stipple stitch (2.2.10) with a longer stitch length
(80mm) in most of the triangles and where two rectangle units
met. I also used thread that matched the fabric so it wouldn’t
be a visual distraction.
I like to think I stitched river streams and walking paths, but
maybe it’s just a curvy texture that the eye appreciates with all
of the straight edges in the quilt.
I did add a few shamrocks though.
I used up the rest of the green and blue Fabric Creations
100% cotton fabric in the binding along with white. You need
approximately 200” of binding.
The quilt should trim square and be approximately 48” square.
I cut the binding at 2¼” which is narrower than I usually do – I
just wanted to make best use of my remaining fabric and I’m
so glad I did! I really like how the binding turned out. I even
changed the thread as I sewed to keep it hidden in the binding.
The modern baby quilt was an enjoyable stitching adventure
for me. I was so happy the radiant stitches were all I hoped they
would be. The PFAFF performance icon continues to take me
on many happy quilting trails. Thanks for following along!
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Yo-yos make your
Yo-yos are a fun way to complete
your quilt. They can be the whole
quilt or they can be easy and fast
embellishments on your quilt or
quilted items. Here you can find
two simple ways to make yo-yos.
skill level beginner
• scraps of fabric, depending on your size
of yo-yo, a 5'' square for the larger one
• a 3'' square for the smaller one
• TrueCut 360
Use the TrueCut 360 to cut your circle to your
Creating a Yo-yo
1. This first method creates what I call a
raw edge yo-yo. Do a running stitch
around the perimeter of the yo-yo
starting on the wrong side and about
1⁄4'' from the edge.
2. Once stitches are completely around
the circle, pull to gather and do a few
stitches to hold.
3. Finesse to get a nice looking circle.
4. Create a smaller yo-yo to go on top of
the large one and stitch down.
To create what I call a finished yo-yo, as
you do your running stitch, fold your
fabric in wrong sides together from the
edge about 1⁄4'' and stitch through both
layers going around the perimeter.
When gathering the yo-yo, you can either
pull tight or because you have a nice clean
looking finish, leave a small opening in
which you can insert a corresponding
fabric and stitch down to give a unique
If you want to sew yo-yos together, do
simple slip stitches at the edges of each
yo yo to join. Try adding a few onto your
next quilt or quilted bag to make it look
fun and show off your creativity.
Yo-yos can really make your quilt
Do a running stitch 1⁄4'' from edge of circle.
Put a small
yo-yo on top
of a larger
one to cover
Slip a small
piece of fabric
into opening of
yo-yo to create
a pretty center.
Create a more finished looking yo-yo by folding
the fabric in and stitching through both layers
around the circle.
Photos by Jackie White
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Social Distancing – the perfect
time for a hexies quilt pattern
Staying connected – quilting mentors and
Fabric for my hexagon table runner with
matching Gütermann thread
Paper hexies ready for Fabric with Fiskars
Basting the fabric to the cardboard hexie
I decided to approach social distancing and this
time of isolation with an attitude of gratitude. I
have lots to be thankful for – that I had started my
own stash of fabrics – some may call it a ‘hoard’
but, just like that, it went from hoarding to being
I also decided to live in the learning/growing zone
of this experience, expanding my learning from my
last baby quilt and look for opportunities and ask
myself, “When I look back at all, what do I want this
moment to have been?”
Luckily, we have SO MANY ways to stay connected
so, through the magic of Facebook messenger
and Zoom and texting, I still managed to stay
connected to my quilters and, now, my dear friends.
I had expressed a desire to create a spring table
runner and prior to isolation, we headed out
to shop for some spring fabrics. I have now
experienced several ‘quilting group’ fabric shopping
trips that include great advice, lunch, laughs and
connection and friendship.
In a bit of pre-isolation wisdom, I even purchased
a hexagon-maker I found NOT in the fabric section
of the craft store (as we were chastised by the
salesperson – apparently hexagons are not real
quilting???) but instead, in the scrap booking/paper
craft section. In this lesson: Don’t let anyone – ever
– make you feel bad about your project. If you use
batting, it’s quilting.
So, with my fabrics, purchased and some from
my stash, I consulted my online sources for ideas
My quilting mentor guided me into the world of
hexies, both a time consuming and satisfying way
to spend days, weeks, months! At the moment,
time is definitely my friend and besides – I was
enthralled with this new project idea. I began by
making cardboard hexies…using my hexi-maker.
I decided that I would make 10 flowers and use
the butterfly fabric for the background. I picked
7 fabrics for the flowers and began cutting and
ironing my fabric into hexies. I looked up on
YouTube how to baste them, picture my sad face
because I couldn’t just go over and ask my mentors
to show me. Sometimes, however, it’s good to
figure things out for yourself and then brag about it.
I think for most of us, we miss the physical
closeness of the groups we had during ‘real’ life –
although this is feeling pretty real at the moment…
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Basted hexie becomes a flower
I decided some online chatting and show and tell would help,
so we had a sharing Wednesday morning meeting. I got to ask
a few questions, like… How does one sew these flower petals
I was also inspired by new projects that were being completed,
started, and those considered.
Now, I find that when I complete a piece of a project or a
project completely, I text a picture for feedback, praise and
suggestions. Staying connected is the important thing and
feeling grateful to have quilting as something to fill my days is
a thought I have daily and often share with my quilting friends.
Even if we are apart, the joy of our connectedness through
quilting is still there.
Eventually, after a couple of tries, I figured out how to create my
flowers without the threads showing through where I had sewn
Now, with the flowers nearly completed, I needed to figure out
how to display them on my runner. I texted for advice. I felt I
needed to add a background to my flowers so they didn’t get
lost in the butterflies and my quilting friends completely agreed,
so now for cutting bigger sized hexies for the background with
a different sort of ruler.
With the hexie flowers stitched to the background, I was ready
to sew them to my runner.
Do you know that feeling when you find a piece of matching
fabric that’s exactly the right size for the back of your runner?
I do…because during a pandemic, you don’t just run out to
search for a new piece of fabric!
Now, I find that I don’t have enough batting, so with spray
basting and patience, I made a big enough piece of batting.
Background, quilt batting and butterfly front pinned together….
now to add the hexies in a pattern.
It takes a LOT of attempts to figure out how you want to
arrange your hexies on the quilt – that’s fine. It’s the balance
between showing off the background and arranging them
(using a ruler) to look appropriately spaced on the background.
You can be the judge of my success with this!!
Cutting large hexies using my Fons&Porter
Hexagon Ruler (Omnigrid) and Omnigrid Cutter
10 hexagons ready to attach to my table runner
Auditioning a layout
Sewing the hexagons to the runner using
Photos by Pam Voth
Spray basting the batting together
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Ready to machine quilt
Preparing the binding using clips and the iron
Machine quilting around the hexagons
Now to quilt – machine quilting – thanks
to my mentors and some confidence from
doing it and doing it and doing it, I quilted
around the large hexie shape…three times.
OK, now for binding…time to watch a video
to remind me how to do it.
I cut the strip, pieced it together and ironed
it in half. Attaching the raw edge to the
right side of my runner, I sewed a ¼” seam to
attach the binding to the runner. Oh, and just
to be clear, I did NOT plan ahead so, it was a
bit of a scramble to find a piece of fabric with
enough on it to make the binding. Not to
mention, cutting it the WRONG width to start
with and then having to re-cut…just enough
fabric…luck was definitely on my side.
The final step…another project almost
complete…picture me celebrating by text
and Zoom with my quilting group.
I folded and pressed the binding around to
the back of the quilt and the blind stitching
began. I chose blind stitching because I don’t
think I would be able to sew the binding on
by machine to my satisfaction. I know, that’s
pretty crazy but, the more I quilt, the higher
my standards get.
What is up next for me? The Dresden Plate…
yes, I looked it up and it’s beautiful. I’m
hoping that if it all works out, I’ll give it to my
friend and mentor (although not a quilting
mentor) for her 80th birthday.
Quilting allows you so many opportunities
to connect with people – from the online
conversations, the texts and the phone
calls, to the opportunity to give your hard
work and love-filled pieces to some of your
The finished table runner
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Brampton Sew & Serge
289 Rutherford Rd S, Unit 7, Brampton, ON L6W 3R9
Welcome to Your One Stop Sewing Centre! We are
authorized dealers of Baby Lock, Husqvarna Viking, and
Singer sewing machines and sergers. We also offer a full
schedule of sewing classes for everyone.
Bytowne Threads - Ottawa, ON
Featuring Aurifil thread from Italy. Long staple Egyptian
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Canadian National Fabric - Brampton, ON
We are an online fabric shoppe offering a wide variety
of fabrics, patterns, books and notions for all your
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Shop in person available by appointment!
1 Dufferin St, Cookstown, ON L0L 1L0
705.458.4546 or toll-free 1.888.834.4407
Visit our lovely and unique quilt shop in the quaint village
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271 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga, ON L5G 1G8
Gitta's, nestled in the east village of Port Credit, is the
place where stitchers meet with their stitching friends,
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designs from Europe and the United States.
Hardanger House, designs by Betty Stokoe
PO Box 1223, Stettler, AB T0C 2L0
Hardanger embroidery charts and kits. Designs feature
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Haus of Stitches
626 Main Street, Humboldt, SK S0K 2A0
306.682.0772 or toll-free 1.800.344.6024
Our one of a kind store offers everything you need for
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Authorized dealers for Janome and Elna.
Kelly's Creative Sewing
804 Main St, Dartmouth, NS B2W 3V1
We offer sales and on-site service of high-end domestic
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variety of educational programs.
Ottawa Sewing Centre
1390 Clyde Ave, #107, Ottawa, ON K2G 3H9
Authorized Dealers for Brother, BabyLock, Elna,
Q'nique & Grace quilting frames. Specialize in sales,
parts & servicing for all makes & models of quilting/
embroidery/sewing/serger/overlock machines &
cabinets by Sylvia Design.
375 Daniel St S, Arnprior, ON K7S 3K6
Your Ottawa Valley PFAFF® Authorized Dealer. We have
a large supply of quilting & sewing supplies, knitting
supplies, as well as in stock PFAFF® sewing machines.
We also have a listing of sewing and quilting classes.
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Sew With Vision
480 Parkland Dr, Halifax, NS B3S 1P9
Authorized PFAFF, HUSQVARNA VIKING, and SINGER
dealer and service provider offering an extensive line
of sewing, embroidery and serger machines, as well as
long-arm quilting systems.
That Sewing Place
16610 Bayview Ave #10, Newmarket, ON L3X 1X3
Introducing That Sewing Place as your sewing source and
Authorized Dealers for Bernina and Brother machines.
Our focus is on placing your sewing needs first, providing
outstanding support, service, and training.
The Quilt Store / Evelyn's Sewing Centre
17817 Leslie St, Unit 40, Newmarket, ON L3Y 8C6
905.853.7001 or toll-free 1.888.853.7001
The Quilt Store West
695 Plains Rd E, Unit 6, Burlington, ON L7T 2E8
905.631.0894 or toll-free 1.877.367.7070
Now with 2 locations to serve you, we are your Quilt Store
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of all we pride ourselves as the place to make... All Your
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The Stitcher's Muse Needleart
#101 - 890 Crace St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2T3
A divine little shop with supplies for all your hand
stitching needs! Friendly, knowledgeable, helpful staff.
Cross stitch, canvaswork, needlepoint, embroidery,
counted thread, lace making & more. Books, patterns,
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The Yarn Guy
15 Gower St, Toronto, ON M4B 1E3
416.752.1828 or toll-free 1.800.836.6536
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Knitting machines, sewing machines, repairs, parts
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Upper Canada Quiltworks – Quiltworks Studio
37 Perth St, Brockville, ON K6V 5C3
613.865.7299; Open 10-4, Tuesday-Saturday
Quilt patterns and books, fabric and notions, felted
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Brandon Sewing Centre
821 Princess Ave, Brandon MB R7A 0P5, 204.727.2752
Carellan Sewing Centre
1685 Corydon Ave, Winnipeg MB R3N 0J8
K&A Quilt Studio
160 Ingersoll St S, Ingersoll ON N5C 3V3
Stitch By Stitch
550 Days Rd Unit 1, Kingston ON K7M 3R7
A-1 Singer Sewing Center
1012 S Oliver St, Wichita KS 67218
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1415 Hanover St, West Hanover, MA 02339
Charlotte Sewing Studio
1109 Tamiami Trl Unit 2, Port Charlotte FL 33953
Close to Home Sewing Center
277 Hebron Ave, Glastonbury CT 06033
Cottage Quilts * Sew Creative Studio
1310 Center Dr Unit A, Medford OR 97501
Discount Fabric Warehouse
933 Kanoelehua Ave, Hilo HI 96720
El Cajon Sew & Vac
1077 Broadway, El Cajon CA 92021
Hursh's Country Store
2425 W Main St, Ephrata, PA 17522-8426
Jessamine Quilt Shop LLC
1301 Old Cherokee Rd, Lexington SC 29072-9047
JS Linen and Curtain Outlet
1250 Northside Dr, Statesville NC 28625
Just Sew Studio
51 Third St NE, Waite Park MN 56387
Keeping You Sewing
226 4th Ave S, Clinton IA 52732
Lone Star Quiltworks
4301 S Texas Ave, Bryan TX 77802-4360
Maryland Vacuum and Sewing Center
26845 Point Lookout Rd, Leonardtown MD 20650
New England Sewing
501 Hartford Rd, Manchester CT 06040
Options Quilt Shop
102 E Commerce St, Jacksonville TX 75766
Paramount Sewing & Vacuum
3960 Rickey St SE, Salem OR 97317
Pick Your Stitch
6701 Manlius Center Rd, East Syracuse NY 13057
Quality Vac and Sew
1213 Gilmore Ave Ste E2B, Winona MN 55987-2632
Quilter's Attic Sewing Center
118 Maple Ave, Pine Bush NY 12566
Quilters' Corner @ Middlebury Sew-N-Vac
260 Court St Ste 4, Middlebury VT 05753
4261 Lien Rd Ste M, Madison WI 53704
2415 East 65th St, Indianapolis IN 46220
688 W Main St, Uniontown PA 15401
Sew What? Fabric Shoppe
7 W Front St, Addison NY 14801
Sierra Sewing, Quilting, and Vacuums
8056 S Virginia St Ste 6, Reno NV 89511
Singer Factory Distributor
4914 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago IL 60641
5850 Kroger Dr Ste 110, Fort Worth TX 76244
Thimbelina's Quilt Shop
118 North B St Ste B, Livingston MT 59047-2662
Wise Monkey Quilting
501 Hwy 39 N, Denison IA 51442
Light Years Beyond
Presenting the Luminaire 2 Innov-ís XP2. Brilliant new quilting innovations and app-based
features available from your mobile devices let you find perfection in every stitch.
Enjoy StitchVision technnology and see
your designs projected on fabric before
you begin to embroider.
Experience the comfort of sewing on 65
square inches of workspace, the largest of
any Brother machine.
Large 10.1” HD LCD touchscreen display
with capacitive technnology.
The Luminaire 2 has the magic of 192
built-in Disney embroidery designs and
10 decorative Disney stitches.
Stop your stitch in the perfect place just
by placing the Snowball End Point Sticker
on your project.
Enjoy 2-colour quilting sash designs, built-in
hexagon shapes for auto split sash, single or
triple stitching, and more.
Visit an authorized Brother dealer today to find out more!
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