American Patchwork & Quilting Sewing Lab: Koala Studio Makeover
Take a tour of the new and improved sewing lab at American Patchwork & Quilting headquarters.
More Swirl Designs
Presented by Handi Quilter. Angela Walters and Jennifer Keltner walk you through two more machine quilting swirl variations, building on the basic swirl design.a little smaller one in between -- and then sort of a medium sized . So it's not a static design you've really got some nice movement created by these were absolutely and I tell my students not worry about keeping this throws the same sized. It's mostly just focus on keeping the spacing between the lines consistent. But if they're not into the consistent kind of look they can try this which is a different example of that design. This is just the same concentric circle the only difference is that were -- the spacing between the lines not keeping so consistent and gives it a completely different
Intro to Swirl Designs
Presented by Handi Quilter. Swirls are a great design to add to your machine quilting skills. Angela Walters and Jennifer Keltner walk you through two great designs: basic swirl and a swirl with hook.other important thing to remember is that your in charge of the foot pedal . So if you get to machine quilting and you find yourself stuck or wondering where my gonna go next. Don't forget you
Make Triangle-Squares from Bias Strips
Watch editor Jennifer Keltner make multiple triangle-squares from bias strips. She demonstrates the method Bonnie Sullivan used to make triangle-squares in Folk-al Point--a project featured in the April 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.-- inside. And now I've taken along the top edge and the left hand edge and squared those up with my -- so I have ninth street edges on both pieces of fabric. Then IT used to rulers to make this the first cut. On this smaller ruler its last six by twelve I got up 45 degree. Angle line that's when I'll be using for this method to cut the highest stress. So I'll take that 45 degree line. And place it. So that is exactly on the top. Cut edge -- fabric here. An -- nada not ignoring. The cutting lines on the mat and just following the 45 degree angle line
Fly Stitch: Stitches to Savor
Learn hand embroidery. Watch a step-by-step demonstration of the fly stitch as seen in the April 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.needle but the chenille neagle has a larger ice -- can get heavier weight threads through it easily. So that's the importance of choosing an embroidery -- for this project. Far example today I'm going to stick with that eight weight pearl cotton. And when you're looking. For pearl cotton sometimes it comes on -- -- or -- ball what you want to look for that number in this case it's an eight weight. As I said our original sample was -- using a three and a five weight and a smaller number is a larger -- threat when you're referring to
Loading a Long-Arm Machine
Machine-quilter Nancy Sharr shows you how to load the quilt top, backing, and batting on a long-arm machine.
Stitching on a Long-Arm Machine
See machine-quilting in action! Watch Nancy Sharr use rulers and stitch allover, edge-to-edge designs.and Trace again. Rulers also allow you to travel in a perfectly straight line . Such as -- -- in the ditch. Rulers made for a long -- we'll take our acrylic. But they are thicker than
Intro to Longarm
Hi I'm Jennifer here at the American patchwork and quilting studio. I'm with Angela Walters cultures ambassador of machine quilting. sometimes when you see along arm for the first time it can be rather intimidating it looks like there are a lot of parts and pieces. And for many cultures it lookscomes to the machine asbestos to think of it as a large sewing machine many of the components are the same. For instance the -- path. You know you have your tensions out here just like you would on a regular sewing machine . Down at the bottom you can see we actually have a hopping foot which is similar. To a sewing machine -- so there is a lot of those. Consistencies that help make it a little bit more familiar to alters and I think about. Explanation I've heard for a long arm machine where you're standing at the frame is. If you think have a home sewing machine as where you're moving the paper underneath the pencil to -- free motion quilting. With a long arm machine you're moving the pencil. On the paper you're just doing it by using these he handles. And that gas pedal as opposed to a foot pedal on the floor. Is generally in the handles you also have some bells and whistles like you can get on a varietytrying to. Labor with the king -- -- that a small home sewing machine but when it comes down to an assistant needle and a motor that there's really not much you can do and I think that people are hesitant to even try one out. I can sit at a cool show oracle shop ice I increase to hop on there and tried out I think you'll find this really fun. Exactly it is -- now there are also a set of handles on the opposite side and the machine. Tell us about oh well I prefer nickel from the front and I do free motion quilting which means I'm guiding the machine however some cultures like to do what are called into graphic patterns. They're -- quilting design patterns that lay on the back -- the table the machine. You actually quote from the back tracing using a -- to --with this movement if you've done your machine quilting on a domestic sewing machine before. You'll also notice that the table is custom made to fit the machine so there's an opening here cut out for the -- plate. And then it fits snug up against the throat are the back of the machine over here. Thank you do have a little bit less distance. That a long arm on the sit down version between. The needle. And the back of the machine but you still have more room than you would have on a domestic machine. Actually I think if you just think of it as a big sewing machine with a table attached maybe it wouldn't be so intimidating letters that's for sure. So whether you want to try the long arm version where you're standing up and -- for the sit down version like this. Just remember don't be intimidated it's just another version of a sewing machine to go out and give wanna try.
Jazz Up Your Journal Cover
Jazz up a plain journal with three easy embellishment ideas using your sewing machine. Make a journal cover using top stitching, all-over machine-quilting, and decorative stitching.-- I either use a water soluble marker to mark and I straight line . Or I use it to the pressure -- as a guide those are both great ideas we used white threads that it
Hand-Bag Quick Tips
Jennifer Keltner and Jill Mead share some quick tips on assembling the Over the Top bag. Learn how to assemble, add lining, turn the bag and topstitch the bag handle.just a little tricky so I like to use -- Double sided water soluble . Tape but it's called wonder tape to hold the strapped in position on the back. I press the tape in place and