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Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

I like to use batting scraps-leftovers from larger quilts-to make my smaller quilts, pillows and vase quilts.  Previously, this required hand-stitching the batting together and was a bit time consuming.  

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

A few weeks ago, I found this new (new-to-me at least) product:  Heat PressIt eliminates the hand-stitching.  Here’s how it works:

First, layer the two batting scraps so that they overlap by an inch or two.  Next, rotary cut a curvy line down the overlap.  (A curvy line is more stable than a straight line and is less likely to be noticeable when it is quilted.)

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

Remove the “overlap” pieces and discard.

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

Realign the batting–place it together tightly.

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

Place a strip of Heat Press (resin side down) on the join…

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

Read the warning about testing and lowering the heat.  ( I lowered the heat from the highest and used a pressing cloth.)

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

Using a pressing cloth, iron the Heat Press over your joined batting.

Heat and Bond, Fusing Batting, Tutorial

It works like a charm and with no hand-stitching required!  More time for FMQ and working on all of those tutorials (you-trying, me-making samples!)

Please check out the Quilt Tab/Tutorials above for many free motion quilting tutorials.

 Next week we are working on straight line designs…and I am going to talk about a very popular FMQ aid that I hate…and MY SECRET WEAPON for FMQ!

Stay tuned!

A Design Tip-Contrast

Design Contrast

Today is another sunny day here in Minnesota-a stark contrast to the snow and rain we’ve endured so far this spring.  It is so unusual to see the sun that all Minnesotans have paused their busy lives and taken notice…

That is what Contrast does.  It makes one stop and notice.  It creates Focus.  Contrast is a powerful tool that gives a design Energy, Focus and Visual Interest. There are several ways to create contrast using color, size, shape or texture.   These are all terms used in art and graphic design, but can easily be applied to quilting as well.

For this quilt, I wanted the flowers to be the focus of the quilt…

Design Contrast

I used shape contrast -pairing the curly, circular flowers with a straight line quilting pattern…

Immediately, the flowers “popped” right off the quilt.

In addition, I employed color and value contrast – the white thread against the darker blue fabric created more visual interest and drama.

Design Contrast

So here it is in a nutshell:  Whenever you want your quilting to be the focal point of your quilt or block-use Contrast to help make it “POP’.

If the quilting is not the focal point–perhaps your fabulous applique is the star of the quilt–don’t use Contrast

Design Contrast

Next week we will be stitching a few Straight Line quilting patterns to pair with all those curly patterns we’ve learned already.

Also, we have another great giveaway sponsored by The Stencil Company

All of the Tuesday Tutorials can be found in the “Quilt/Tutorial” Tab above, and check out the “Bookshelf” tabs…they’ve been updated.  I will be adding more every week, and I  would love know your favorite books on quilting, photography, creativity, art, fiction…..

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