Quilting Cityscape

Cityscape is a printed quilt top available from my online shop.  I have added a video showing the detail of what I did on the quilt.  Here are some tips to help you further.   Cityscape has a lot of straight lines that will be great to use with a walking foot on your domestic …

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New rulers part 1

Rulers are a great way to keep you honest!  Yes, they help you to maintain your shape, line and length.  If you’ve been following me on social media (@lavenderquiltingfarm) you will have seen me play with some rulers from Creative Grids, specifically Angela Walter’s rulers that have been available for about a year now. Since …

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Twisted Log Cabin

The twisted log cabin is a modern adaptation of the traditional log cabin.  The log cabin design represents the log homes made in the prairie. Each block is usually sewn on a thin foundation fabric.  Traditionally the log cabin block was not quilted.  The piecing was done with scraps of fabric that had different textures …

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Dresden Plates

Dresden plates have different variations all featuring a blade design around a central point.  It is usually finished with a central circular shape. The block first appeared in the 1920s but publications did not use the name consistently.  It was more familiar in the 1930s as the Dresden plate.  Blades can be pointed or rounded, …

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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.

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 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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