Thursday, August 18, 2011

If you Can Iron, You Can Quilt – The Perfect Beginner Quilt

We all love quilting – and are constantly looking for ways to share our love of quilting with our customers and friends. Lisa Maki has developed a technique that makes it possible for everyone to successfully create a project in an afternoon.
The secret to her process is a very light-weight iron-on interfacing. The interfacing has gridded markings (Item #821P). All you have to do is place fabric squares within the gridded markings and press with an applique pressing sheet (Item #BTD209).
Sashings can be placed and ironed between the squares. Look how effective it is in this tote bag. This is a perfect introduction class – teach your students the technique AND how to insert grommets –

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Or, try this Simple Tote….what a great way to showcase a gorgeous panel!

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Beginners struggle with sewing that perfect “scant” 1/4″ seam allowance. With Lisa’s technique, it really doesn’t have to be perfect – the seam allowance just has to be consistent. Fold the fabric that is ironed to the interfacing – right sides together – and sew. Remember, the grid lines are marked on the interfacing so it couldn’t be any easier. As long as the seam allowance is consistent, the entire quilt will go together! It doesn’t get any easier than this!
Although this technique is great for beginners, it also is perfect for all of us when we need a quick, easy project! Check out these table runners….the perfect gifts….

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The interfacing is a great stabilizer – and adds body to these projects. But this technique works for quilts as well!

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Corner posts are possible too…..

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Pieced blocks are also popular – and oh so doable!!!

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