Saturday, May 30, 2015

Time Saving Scrap Quilting

We have all made flying geese or snowball blocks where we have the waste triangles. 

Have you ever thought to seam those up before you press the finished block?  Send those units through the machine again, leaving a 1/2” allowance between your (intentional) diagonal seam.  This will give you a 1/4” allowance for both your pieces.

Cut the units apart after you press your flying geese unit (so you don’t distort).  Just a nice straight cut between your seams.

Now you have a start on a new quilt, or a pieced border, backing, pillow or doll quilt.  You’ll want to square up, since you’ve eyeballed the diagonal line (I don’t mark mine, since I square up all my HST’s).  This one will make a cool pinwheel!

This is a sneak peek of my Skipper quilt that is from Vintage Vibe.  Hope to see you in the shop this summer for the Trunk Show of this awesome book.  Not only will we have the book samples to show you, but also our creations & kits of our samples too.  It’s just part of our Row by Row Experience!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

So much quilty goodness on the horizon this summer

It’s summer, but that doesn’t mean the quilting goodness is out of season!  In fact, it’s about to blow up!
Quilters across the country are gearing up for the summer shop hop supreme, the Row by Row Experience.

We are so excited to be participating again this year & hope that you will make it to our shop.  We are just 30 miles off I-40, so take in some beautiful country scenery and enjoy a slower pace. 

We’ve finalized our row and our patterns are eagerly awaiting your arrival!  We also have a fun demo to show you, complete with a goodie bag so you can take it home & make one for yourself!

Go to and click the Start Here button at the top of the page to see all the shops in your state, or to scope out while you are on vacation this summer. 
The shop hop is a no-fee, no-passport event and runs June 21-September 8.  See you soon!

(hope you enjoy the little sneak peek of our row!  We’ll be back with more for the June 1st kickoff!)

Also on tap is the 5th Annual Scrap Quilt Challenge!

For the 5th year, Fabrics N Quilts will bring you the Scrap Quilt Challenge!
We are partnering with some great sponsors this year and look forward to our kickoff party July1st! 
If you’ve missed the Challenge in prior years, we are glad to have you here this year!  Check out our prior year posts here.

Our next free pattern with Quilting Treasures will be out soon too, so keep your eyes peeled for Maya in stores soon! 

We’ll be sure to post the link up to the new pattern as soon as it’s available!  In the meantime, check out all the free patterns from QT here.

The summer Quilt Show Season is also upon us! Check out where we’ll be this summer & come say hi!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Aurifil Love

When I first got my Long Arm, Brutus, we had a long love-hate relationship.  At the very beginning, I loved him, he didn’t act like he even liked me.  During these first months (yeah, months) I tried so many thread combinations, tension settings and the like, that when he FINALLY found something he liked, I just accepted his choice.  For 2 years we have been brand loyal to Signature 40 weight in the top & Aurifil 50 in the bobbin.

Thinking Brutus and I were ready to take our relationship to the next level, I bought cones of Superior threads Omni and Glide.  Both poly threads.  I have had moderate success with Omni, but Brutus just does not like Glide.  Either he messes with the tension, or he shreds that thread like the monster we both know him to be.

My original plan for this quilt was to use Glide in a dark gray on top and Aurifil 50wt #2605 in the bobbin.  Since Brutus decided to spit up the Glide, again, I decided to give the Aurifil 40wt another shot in the top.  I tried this once early on, and had issues, but back then Brutus had issues with everything.  I just so happened to have #2605 in 40wt too, so with skepticism, I threaded it up.

I was stoked to see that he has warmed to Aurifil 40 in the top.  I have quite a collection of 40 wt Aurifil, so this opens some great options for me this summer! 

Lynn strings

This is a customer’s quilt.  She used a Missouri Star video tute, but I couldn’t find it at first glance.  You can look for it on their youtube channel.  I quilted this quilt with Quilter’s Dream Black Poly.  It added great dimension to the quilting I think.

Lynn strings-001


One day I will get Brutus to love Glide.  Until then, it’s nice to know he has a new friend in Aurifil 40wt!

{Did you know we sell the large spools (1300m @50wt and 1000m@40wt) of Aurifil for just $12.00?-check out the website for your favorite colors & share the news!}