Tips & Tricks

Preparing Your Quilt for a Long Arm Quilter

Have quilt tops piling up? Do you have four or five years of unfinished quilts? New to quilting?  Envious of feathers quilted into someone else’s quilts? Own a basic machine that fights your free-motion attempts?

It’s time to hire a professional to quilt for you.

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Because you and the longarm quilter both want you to be happy with the finished quilt, Carol, a local professional longarm quilter, helped me put together a list of things for you to consider before you drop off your quilt top.

  • Let the longarm quilter know how will the quilt be used and who it is for.  A dorm-room quilt will be used differently than a special occasion throw or wall hanging. Your intended recipient may have built-in preferences.
  • Check that the quilt top lays flat and square, that borders are not stretched at the corners. You could end up with puckers and pleats, or will be charged for resewing borders.
  • Backing – know the size of your finished quilt top and ask what size the backing should be.
  • Batting can usually be supplied as a reasonable cost, or check to be sure the brand will quilt well on the quilter’s machine. Normally the backing and batting need to be at least 6″ longer and wider than the quilt top.
  • With longarm quilting, you do not need to baste the quilt.

Here are some other tips to get started with a professional longarm quilter:

  • Ask to see samples of the quilter’s work, or get a recommendation.
  • Expect to pay a fair price based on the complexity of the project, their experience and market prices in your area. Prices are usually per square inch. For an all over design, custom, pantograph, or heavy custom quilting, the price generally will range from .015 – .12 cents per square inch (length x width x rate = estimate of cost).
  • Expect a to be charged for the thread too.  Extra charges may apply for thread thickness, fine imported threads or silks, variegated threads or using multiple thread colors.
  • Find out how long until the quilt will be ready. If you have a deadline, make sure to allow time to attach the binding and label or check to see if your longarmer will bind your quilt (extra cost).

Also share whether the quilt will be entered into a judged quilt show. If you are intending to enter your finished quilt into a show or competition, tell the longarm quilter up front and ask for permission to credit them for the quilting portion of the work.  (Check the contest rules on listing professional credits)

Your longarm quilter may want to meet you at a quilt shop or at their home. Be on time, or call ahead if you can’t be. When you pick up your quilt, ask for improvement hints for your next quilt.

Hopefully you’ll find a brilliant longarm quilter like Carol.  With a great partnership, your quilts will go from beautiful to extraordinary!



Tips & Tricks

Tips for Sewing With Fleece

It’s getting colder, so you are probably pulling on a fleece jacket every morning. What great fabric – it’s cozy, lightweight and keeps you warm. It’s also easy to cut and sew. You’ve seen fleece in the stores. They are stocked with an array of colors and prints, team logos and kids licensed characters. We’ve been in the fleece business for over 10 years designing fabrics and projects.

Here’s a few tips we have to share.

8 Tips For Sewing With Fleece

1. Fleece has a right side and a wrong side. Pull gently along a cut edge and it will curl toward the wrong side.
2. Fleece stretches. That’s great to make a hat, you won’t need elastic, but for fitted necklines you’ll want to stabilize with stiches or interfacing so it doesn’t sag.
3. Fleece has a nap. To find the direction, ‘pet’ the fabric with the nap going down. Cut all the pattern pieces out with the nap going in the same direction so it doesn’t look shaded.
4. Sew with polyester thread and a longer stitch. A Universal needle works well as does a ball point needle for knits.
5. If you can set a narrow zigzag, use it for curves or areas where there will be stretch. Serging is even better because it makes a small seam with no bulk.
6. Raw edges won’t fray, so you don’t have to hem unless you like the look.
7. Don’t iron fleece. You want it to be fluffy and it usually has a low melt point. Bad news for your iron.
8. Clean your machine after sewing, there could be extra loose fibers that should be vacuumed out.

Try making a fleece scarf, hat, or blanket for yourself or gift giving. You’ll love it!


Happy Veterans’ Day | Quilts of Valor

Today we at Fabric Editions would like to take a moment to thank all of the Veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country. If you are looking for an opportunity to use your sewing skills to give back, the Quilts of Valor Foundation is a wonderful organization to work with. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Quilts are given to current and veteran soldiers to heal and comfort them.

Quilt of Valor

If you would like to make a quilt to donate to Quilts of Valor, we have several free patterns to choose from. Simply choose your favorite patriotic fabrics to use with the pattern. Below can also find two beautiful patterns available for purchase. For further details about donating, including size requirements, visit the Quilts of Valor website.

Quilts of Valor

Pattern available on Craftsy

Quilts of Valor

Pattern available on Fons and Porter


Share The Love Campaign

Our sister company, Studioe Fabrics, recently had the opportunity to donate a big box of fat quarters to a lovely gentleman we were connected to through Instagram. The fabric pieces are being used to create hearts by Chris Meadows for his Share The Love Campaign. We wanted to share a quick blog post sharing a little bit about what he’s doing.

Share The Love

Share The Love Campaign officially launched February 14, 2014 and has been spreading smiles everywhere since. The campaign’s purpose is to “offer a piece of love and happiness to those who need it most.” Chris does so my sewing fabric hearts and passing them out at hospitals, nursing homes, and to anyone in need of love.

You can learn more about Chris’s cause on the Share The Love Facebook page. You can also read more about how the campaign started and how you can get involved here.


Fabric Elements Creative Challenge Winner

We have a winner to the Fabric Elements Creative Challenge! Barbara’s beautiful sunflower card was the clear winner with 77 votes. Keep reading to see her lovely work and learn about her process in creating the piece.


I have always created and it all started with sewing and my love for fabric continues although I do not sew anymore.  I have played with paper for about ten years.  I am mostly a card maker but always enjoy making canvases and doing mixed media projects.  Now that I have retired I am enjoying developing other areas of creativity that have always interested me.

This creation is actually a canvas.  It is 8 x 10,  The canvas was covered with tissue paper and then painted with cream acrylic paint.  I used Rebekah’s stencils and added dimension with brown inks and paint.

The sunflower was created out of the Waffle Muslin.  I cut a pattern with my Silhouette.  The muslin was adhered to grocery bag paper with iron on adhesive.  The flowers were cut out by hand and painted with an assortment of paints to get the color I wanted.  After they were painted I wet them and crumpled them up and let them dry so I got extra texture.  I took another piece of the muslin and cut the center for the sunflower.  I then did messy French knots to mimic the look of sunflower seeds.  To create depth while assembling the sunflower, thick glue dots were used in between the layers.

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The stem and leaves were made from the Wool Felt.  I cut strips of the felt and colored them with acrylic paint.  I then rolled the felt and did some hand stitching to make it round.  For the leaves I used the same method but to create the leaves I  tied a knot in the center and then formed the leaf shape.

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The outside of the canvas was trimmed out with two layers of patterned paper.  Over the top of the paper strips, I centered strips of fabric.  I also tied a bow out of a torn strip of the fabric.

Before adding the elements to the canvas, bronze acrylic paint was splattered over the canvas.  The flower, stem, leaves, buttons, and bow were added using hot glue.

At this point, I misted gold spray in the air and let it fall onto the flower and canvas.  Everything has a beautiful sparkle to it.

The sentiment was embossed on paper which was painted with blue acrylic paper and cut out.  It was adhered to the canvas with gel medium.

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Fabric Elements Creative Challenge Finalists

It’s finally time to share the finalists for the Fabric Elements Creative Challenge! We’ve been blown away by the beautiful projects you all have created with the mixed media collection. Our favorite aspect of the finalists, and the best quality of the product line, is the variety of pieces created. The finalists’ projects range from wall hangings to bracelets and all are absolutely beautiful. Now it’s up to you all to choose the winner!

To vote:

Visit the Fabric Elements Creative Challenge photo album on Facebook.

Like the photo of your favorite project.

**If you share the photo or album, be sure your Facebook friends know they have to like the photo on our album, not on your shared post! They need to click on the photo before liking.**

Photo with the most likes this Friday, October 30th at 8 am EST will be the winner!

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No-Sew Projects

Fall Season Decorating – New Fabrics

Decorating for Halloween and the Fall season takes on an elegance this year with these beautiful fabrics. These are Creative Cuts Singles, 18 in x 21 in fat quarters, at Walmart. Not only do they look great, they have a wonderful hand.


These are just seven of the new fat quarters.  Picked to inspire some fall season decorating, crafts like quick pumpkins or gift bags.

Here’s a Two-Minute T.P. Pumpkin. No sewing. No cutting. Just wrap. A lovely stick creates the stem.



The best treat is that when you’re finished with Halloween, put these grey and black fabrics in your stash. Creative Cut’s fresh new singles.  You will want these for your next quilt!


No-Sew Projects

Fabric Elements – Framed and Displayed

Here’s a quick way to turn your mixed media pieces into wall art.  As your collection of fabric experiments grows and you find your artistic voice, you may want to hang and display a favorite piece.  You need to! Just do it!


Blank canvas is sold in many sizes, but never the size you need, right? The thread sketching project started about 9″ x 9″, so when I saw the 8″ square while wandering the art aisle, I picked it up.  Close enough, but because the stitching went to the edges, I don’t want to cut and loose any elements.

  1. Let’s trim just enough to square the sides and add a few yellow strips.
  2. Pull the fabric around to the back and secure with masking tape.
  3. Check the front to be sure you are centering most of the design.
  4. Then finish with a few staples

Frame Mix Media Piece

Now the important part – place it proudly where everyone can see.  You’re a mixed media artist!