How to Miter Corners on a Quilt

Congratulations! You have almost made a complete quilt一 all that is left to do are the corners. Corners can seem complicated and confusing, but it is simple once you know the methods. Creating a quilt takes a long time, so it can be tempting to cut corners, but all the time and effort you have put into this project deserves a strong finish! When finishing your quilt mitered corners are a highly recommended method. You might recognize a mitered corners quilt by its predominant characteristic: edges that meet at a 45-degree angle. This differs from the

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Quilt Cutting Basics

Whether you are new to quilting or looking to refresh, this is a one-stop guide for quilt cutting basics in addition to some new tips! This written guide provides all the necessary simple steps, but if you are a more visual learner, check out this thorough video tutorial. Before starting any project, it is very important to properly prepare. This means knowing how to cut fabric for quilting. Although it may seem overly simple, cutting quilt pieces requires the right materials, patience, and knowledge.  Knowing how to cut fabric for quilting can be quite intimidating: if it

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How to Machine Quilt

While quilting itself has been around for centuries, in recent decades, the craft has been adopted more for amusement than necessity.  Whether you’ve been on your quilting journey for one week, one year, or a decade, this article is packed with helpful tips and information for those who want to learn how to machine quilt.  Continue reading to learn more about the art of machine quilting or to find your next machine quilt design.  What Is Quilting By Machine?  First things first, what is machine quilting, exactly?  If you’re new to the wonderful world of machine quilting and you need

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Temperature Quilt Along 2020

So, what is a temperature quilt? A temperature quilt is made up of either 365 or 366 blocks, one for every day of the year, using fabrics that correlate to the temperature in your area each day. You can start with the new year on January 1st or go back to a previous year and look up temperatures. Here are our top five tips for planning your temperature quilt.   Tip 1: Create a reference sheet for your fabrics.  Print out a chart to which you can add small fabric swatches to keep track of what colors to use

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The Case for Quilt Shops: Why You Should Still Shop Locally

By Mindy Lennon, Founder of Quilting Mayhem If you are lucky enough to live near a locally-owned quilting or crafting store (like Quilting Mayhem in Snohomish, Washington), chances are, it has survived this long because it’s serving the needs of local creatives like yourself. Here are some of the many reasons you should shop local next time you run out of thread, fabric, notions, or project ideas: 1. Knowledgeable Staff Help You Find What You Need Quilting is a very specific form of art and creation and there’s always more to know. So why not shop where you might

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6 Ways to Encourage the Young People in Your Life to Quilt

As quilters, we know the value of creating quilts as gifts, forms of expression, works of art, and charity pieces. Quilting brings us excitement, purpose, and a meaningful way to spend our time, Yet, for many young people, sewing, let alone quilting, is not a regular part of their lives. As a quilter, this can be both sad and frustrating. With so many schools no longer teaching home economics or sewing, these skills are often lost on younger generations, but you can help connect the young people in your life with quilting. Here are some creative

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We have a blog!…..Again

Yes, I am back at it again. It's been a couple of years since I worked on the last Quilting Mayhem blog, and a lot has happened since then. If you haven't come to visit us in the last year and a half, we have moved off of First Street and up to a much larger facility on Second Street in downtown Snohomish. This gave us the chance to expand everything, along with adding a larger Machine Service Center and retreat rooms that we rent. In light of a lot of brick-and-mortar quilt shops closing

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