patchwork in-the-hoop

Patchwork in-the-hoop

Patchwork in-the-hoop is the method of creating patchwork blocks using your embroidery machine.  It is a matter of hooping stabilizer or background fabric, and then following the instructions to create a patchwork block that looks like you made it the traditional way.  Essentially, patchwork in-the-hoop is a form of foundation piecing with your embroidery machine. […]

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What is quilting?

Quilting is actually the stitching through of a number of layers of textiles.  It is usually a layer of fabric, with an insulating material and then another layer of fabric. The history of quilting goes back to early pioneer days and Mary Queen of Scotts also enjoyed this craft.

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Quilting Tools

We start our multi-part series on quilting basics with quilting tools.  There are many websites and magazines that all offer advice on starting to quilt.  One thing that they all have in common is kicking off with the right tools. I have many quilting tools that I’ve gathered over the years.  Some are used more […]

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Virginia Reel

Virginia Reel

Virginia Reel is a variation on Snail Trail.  It was first published by Mountain Mist. The Virginia reel is also a folk dance that dates from the 17th century. Its origins are Scottish and related to the Highland reel.  There is perhaps also influences from the Irish Rinnce Fada.  Generally, people consider it an English […]

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