Using Ripped and Torn Fabric in Strip Quilts
Are you afraid of ripping fabric? Torn or ripped fabric can make a great focal point for your quilts. In this video, Heather Thomas shares some tips for how to rip fabric correctly and ideas for incorporating the strip pieces in your quilt projects. With Heather’s help, you can create gorgeous strip quilts with the added interest of ripped fabric.
What is Lutradur, and How Do I Use It?
Lutradur is a spun-bond polyester stabilizer and it comes in two weights, 70 grams, and 100 grams. The 70-gram Lutradur melts easier and at a lower heat, whereas the 100-gram Lutradur is more difficult to melt but better to print on.
How to Choose a Quilting Fabric
Aurora Sisneros and Kelly Pederson Hanson express important tips and information regarding different quilting fabrics. Find out what the many benefits are for using certain fabrics as well as how the size and sharpness of your sewing needle impacts the durability of your quilt. Learn how to find the grain line in quilting fabrics and identify the best fabric for each of your quilts.
The BEST Fabric Shops Online: A List fromSuzy Quilts
Suzyquilts.com has put together a list of the best online fabric stores! Includes shops in the USA, UK, Canada and Australia. #fabricstore #quiltfabric #quilting
What You Need to Know About Quilt Fabric
Not all quilting fabric is created equal and some fabric is better quality than others. ZJ Humbach breaks down what can make one fabric better to use than others and how to tell.
How to Choose Fabric for a Quilt Using Accent Color Fabric
Heather Thomas delivers unique tips for choosing fabrics for your quilt with accent colors. Learn how to find something that “Pops” against all the other colors you plan on using for your quilt. See several examples and what accent colors compliment each other. Make a beautiful and colorful quilt by using these helpful tips.
How to Keep Fabric from Puckering
Fabric puckering can be extremely frustrating when sewing as it can make your project not look as professionally done as you would like it to. ZJ Humbach shares several tips on how to keep fabric from puckering while sewing and how to fix puckered fabric.
Quilting Fabric Quality: Is More Expensive Always Better?
Most beginning quilters have one of two competing mindsets about fabric: either they want to be frugal (like our quilting ancestors) and plan to use the least expensive fabric they can find, or they want to create something that lasts centuries (like our quilting ancestors) so they use the most expensive fabric in the store. Both viewpoints are valid, but neither one should take hold of any quilter’s entire quilting career. It all depends on each quilt’s final destination.
What to do With Your Leftover Fabric Scraps
Whether you’ve just finished your first quilt or you’ve been quilting for years, you probably have some scraps leftover from past projects. In this tutorial, learn how to use fabric scraps to create larger units and then ultimately turn them into quilts — Toby Lischko shows you how.
6 Waste-Free Ways to Use Quilt Scraps
Wander into any quilt store today and you’ll see aisles and aisles bursting with a rainbow of fabrics – and the hardest part will be deciding which prints to bring home. In the presence of so many amazing patterns and products, it’s hard to remember that quilting has a surprisingly thrifty background. Some of history’s most amazing quilts are rendered from the leftovers from other projects.
Determining Fabric Calculations for Quilts
How much of each color of fabric is needed to complete a design is generally given when you are working off of a purchased pattern. However, when designing your own quilt it can be difficult to know how much you will need. Heather Thomas shows you how to do basic fabric calculations to determine how much of each color or print of fabric you will need.
How to Prevent Fabric Bleed
To stop quilting fabric from bleeding in your finished quilt, be sure to machine wash your fabric (sorted with like colors) and dry before cutting. Yes, that does mean you will have to iron or press your quilting fabrics as well!
How to Make Dye for Fabric Dyeing
Heather Thomas loves making her own fabric dye for her unique quilt creations, and in this video she shares with you her process for mixing and applying dyes. Follow along as she shows you the tools and materials you’ll need for the dyeing process, and then how to use them to make your own dye mixes to make beautiful dyed fabrics that are uniquely your own. Make sure to check out Heather’s other video to learn about some considerations before you begin the dyeing process.
Quilting with Alternative Fabric
Heather Thomas shows you several examples of quilts that utilize alternative fabrics, or fabrics that you don’t typically consider for quilting, including metals, silks and wools. By varying the fabrics that you use on your quilts, you’ll find that you can create fun pieces that are unique and eye-catching.