Simple Fusible Applique

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, Basic Quiltmaking Supplies, Quilt Fabric Preperation, Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams and Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric – be sure to check them out!

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Have you ever shied away from a quilt pattern simply because it featured appliqué? Take a few minutes to learn just how easy fusible-web appliqué can be!

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TT1 Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Fusible AppliquéLaura Stone Roberts walks you through every step of the process, sharing tips and clear explanations along the way. From tracing and cutting out the designs from the sheet of fusible web, to pressing the shapes onto your fabric.

TT3 Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Fusible AppliquéShe talks about layering fusible appliqués, and shows you several different options to further secure the shapes with edge stitching.

TT5 Tuesday Tutorial: Simple Fusible AppliquéRemember fusible appliqué when you need a quick, simple alternative to hand appliqué.  Click here to watch the FREE video demonstration of how to use fusible web for quick, simple appliqué.

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Color Selection Using a Focus Fabric

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, Basic Quiltmaking Supplies, Quilt Fabric Preperation and Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams – be sure to check them out!

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Have you ever wondered where to begin when it comes time to choose fabrics for a new quilt? If so, you’ve come to the right place, because Karen Taylor, graphic designer and artist, has a wonderful video lesson with lots of helpful tips that you’ll enjoy in this weeks’ Tuesday Tutorial.

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TT color selection 1 Tuesday Tutorial: Color Selection Using a Focus FabricKaren begins the lesson by explaining what she means by “focus fabric”, and offers you some creative ideas how to better examine what hues are actually at play within your sample.

TT color 2 Tuesday Tutorial: Color Selection Using a Focus FabricKaren continues with more about color harmony, showing examples as she auditions many different fabrics, and explaining her reasoning for which selections will work, and which will not.

TT color Tuesday Tutorial: Color Selection Using a Focus FabricYou’ll have to watch the video to see the amazing selection of fabrics Karen finally ends up with! Click here to watch the FREE video demonstration of how to use a focus fabric for color selection.

Remember, you can watch any of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) how-to-quilt video library lessons 24-7—click here to see the full selection.

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Black Friday Craft Deals & Steals!

We hope you’re having a Happy Thanksgiving and spending quality time with your family. If you’re getting ready for shopping Black Friday deals tomorrow, we wanted to make sure you knew about all of the fabulous deals we’ll be having here at KQ! Shop for the gifts you want – right from the comfort of your own home! No waking up at the crack of dawn or dealing with busy crowds.

Keepsake Quilting is offering 15% off your entire order now through 12/1 using promo code KQ1347C! Be sure to shop some of our holiday and seasonal quilt kits and supplies, our quick quilt kits (perfect for last minute gifts) or our fabulous fabric collections!

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Chain Piecing and Opposing Seams

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, Basic Quiltmaking Supplies and Quilt Fabric Preperation sure to check them out!

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Welcome back to our Tuesday Tutorial! Today we’re going to review chain piecing and opposing seams. If you’re an absolute beginner, you may have heard of this technique, but not really know what it means. Kathy Patterson, our senior editor, uses squares from a simple baby quilt to demonstrate the chain piecing approach while telling you about several benefits of this method.

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chain1 Tuesday Tutorial: Chain Piecing and Opposing SeamsKathy continues with her demonstration by pressing the seams of her rows in opposing directions, and showing you how that enables you to stitch those rows together with perfectly nested seam allowances.

chain4 Tuesday Tutorial: Chain Piecing and Opposing SeamsClick here to watch our FREE video demonstration of chain piecing, pressing and piecing with opposing seams.

chain5 Tuesday Tutorial: Chain Piecing and Opposing SeamsTo save time, and improve your piecing results, you’ll want to use chain piecing and press your seams in opposing directions whenever you have the opportunity.

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Quilt Fabric Preparation

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, and Basic Quiltmaking Supplies be sure to check them out!

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Today, we’ll review a commonly debated question: whether or not to prewash our quilting fabrics before use.

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fabric prep Tuesday Tutorial: Fabric Preparation, To Wash or Not to Wash

In this free McCall’s Quilting University video lesson, Kathy Hannah discusses the pros and cons of washing fabric before use in quilting. She’ll show you an easy way to test color fastness of fabric, and tips for preparing fabric for the washing machine. Did you know there are specific times when you’ll want to be sure to prewash your fabrics, as well as times when you’ll want to be sure not to prewash your fabrics?

You’ll learn lots of valuable tips from Kathy, and you may wish to print out the summary web page for easy reference.

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Basic Quiltmaking Supplies

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics, Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety & Maintenance, be sure to check them out!

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I don’t know about you, but I just love quilting goodies…of course I love food goodies, too, but I’m talking about quilting tools and supplies right now! Our free video review of basic quiltmaking supplies is great for beginners, but a nice refresher for more experienced quilters, too. You just might see a tool or two that could revitalize your quilting space.

In this free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) video, Kathy Hannah goes over basic quilting supplies that make quilting easier, as well as more efficient.

You’ll learn:

  • Which tools are essential for cutting, ironing, marking, and more
  • Great tips on what to look for when shopping for a sewing machine
  • What supplies will help you get the most out of your sewing machine
  • Which tools are necessary for hand piecing, hand appliqué, and hand quilting

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TT Basics Tuesday Tutorial: Basic Quiltmaking Supplies

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Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety and Maintenance

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics and Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, be sure to check them out!

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Were you a quilter before the invention of the ubiquitous rotary cutter? Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine cutting out fabric for a quilt without one!

Whether you’re already familiar with this wonderfully handy quilting gadget, or are just about to explore its usefulness, you’ll learn lots of useful tips in our free video. For this Tuesday Tutorial, I am pleased to present another one of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) video lessons, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety, & Maintenance. Your host for this video lesson is Ellie Brown, art director for McCall’s Quilting.

You’ll learn:

  • How to make sure your first fabric cut is straight (no v-shaped strips!)
  • How to choose a rotary cutter
  • Important safety and cutting-comfort considerations
  • Why you need a ruler specially designed for use with a rotary cutter
  • How to tell when your blade needs replacement
  • Tips for dis-assembly, re-assembly, and safe used-blade disposal

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1 Tuesday Tutorial: Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety, and Maintenance

After you watch the video, be sure to download the free PDF as a handy guide to keep near your cutting table—you’ll find the link on the video page.

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Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowance

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the first post in this series, Pressing Basics, be sure to check it out! _______________________________________________________________

Ah, the elusive 1/4″ quilting seam! For this Tuesday Tutorial, I am pleased to present another one of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) video lessons, An Accurate 1/4″ Seam Allowance. Your host for this video lesson is Kathy Patterson, senior editor of McCall’s Quilting.

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quarter w tape Tuesday Tutorial: Accurate 1/4″ Seam AllowancesTake a few minutes to learn some great tips from Kathy for this essential quilting skill! Think a 1/4″ quilting foot is enough? Kathy will show you why it’s not. Have you ever had a suspicion that the thread you use might make a difference? Kathy will give you a great tip about what thread is best used for your piecing.

quarter1 Tuesday Tutorial: Accurate 1/4″ Seam AllowancesAfter Kathy walks you through the steps for setting up your accurate 1/4″ seam allowance, she’ll show you how to test its accuracy, as well as how to correct it if it turns out a bit too small or too large.

If your feed dogs would be partially covered with tape or post-its, try moving your machine needle as far to the right as it will go first , if your machine has that capability, then proceed with the accuracy test. Note: make sure you’re not using a straight-stitch needle plate if you need to move your needle to the right!

After you watch the video, be sure to download the free PDF as a handy guide to keep with your sewing machine—you’ll find the link on the video page.

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