The Quilt Place

11601 S. Orange Blossom Tr.

Orlando, FL  32837

321-632-3344

THE QUILT PLACE

Florida's Favorite Quilt Shop

                    11601 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32837    
321-632-3344     
Hours: M-F 9:30 - 5:00      Sat 9:30 - 3:30

What to do with those 5" Charm Squares

Thursday, August 24, 2017 8:00 AM

5" Wonders!

Charm packs are like candy aren't they? They sit there in pretty packages with colorful edges and just call to us!  We can't help but pick some up.  But what do we do with them?

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In our search for all things charm pack we discovered this fabulous reference chart released by Moda.  We absolutely love it!  Blocks and geese, how many, and how to use all in one friendly format.  It even gives how many squares you get from yardage so that background calculation will be easier.

Check it out and print yourself a copy as a reference.  It is a great tool to keep handy.  The image here is a link to a printable page so feel free to share with friends as well.
st_charm-pack-cuttingSo break out those charms and start something new today!




This week's Blog Bargain!

Thursday through Saturday

25% off Regular Priced Wide Back Fabrics.

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Keep Sewing,

The Quilt Place

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How accurate are your seams?

Thursday, August 17, 2017 8:00 AM

Seams always seem to give many of us trouble. 

How accurate are your seams?

Well it all depends on the fabric, thread, machine and feet that we use.  

Do you test your seams?  Have you checked in the past but haven't in a while?  Are your blocks not coming out accurate?  

Let's look at what we can do to ensure that our seams are 1/4".

First cut 3 squares 2" x 2".  Check that they are an accurate 2 inch square before you sew a stitch.  

Sew the three squares together in your usual manner.  Don't do anything different or you will not be  testing your seams.  If you sew extra careful or with a different foot than usual you are not giving yourself a true test.  


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Once the two seams are sewn press to the inside square.  Remember to press and not iron.  The seams do end up with a slightly raised feel which is correct.  When we iron, really flat, it actually distorts the seam.


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Once the block is pressed you are ready to measure.  This small block should measure 5" exactly.  If it does, perfect, you have a quarter inch seam allowance.  If it does not, measure your seam and see where the adjustment needs to be made.  Is the seam too large or too small.  Then change where your needle position is located or which foot you are using.  Retest and save the settings so that you are ensured to have a good 1/4" seam all the time. 

 
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Remember that accurate seams lead to correctly sized blocks which make for happy quilters!




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Super Deal of the Week!


Thursday - Saturday


All Bargain Nook Fabric is Marked $1 off its already low, low, price!


That's right

$6 will be $5

$7 will be $6

and 

$8 will be $7


Amazing!!!


Online and In Store!


Keep Sewing,

The Quilt Place

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A New Appreciation for Batiks

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 1:09 PM

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Batiks

We love batik fabric.  We carry thousands of bolts here in the shop with more arriving weekly.  We now have a new appreciation for batik making after watching this video.  

Batiks are a wonderful group of fabrics that have a wide following here in the states. Most are made overseas and this video is produced by the Peranakan Museum Singapore showing Javanese Batiks.  It is amazing to see the detail and painstaking efforts put into each and every piece.  

The next time you take a look at all of the thousands of Batiks in our store perhaps you will remember that someone took the time and energy to stamp/paint each and every design! This is why no two yards are exactly the same in color, design, and pattern.  Amazing.


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Speaking of amazing we had an amazing response to the first block of  

The not so True History of America 

and we had several great comments and questions.  Thank You!

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We would love to answer a few of the questions:


You do not have to sign up in any way for this Free sew along.  

Every two weeks a new block will be released and the old block retired so be sure to download and save or print the block during the two weeks it is available.

Blocks will be presented in the newsletter and available here in the blog.

Kits are for sale at the store and on the website if you would like to sew along with us in the same colors.  The kits include enough fabric for all of the required blocks of that type.  Kit for block one includes enough fabric for all 8 blocks. Just order online and we will ship it out right away.


Deal of the Week!


 August 10-August 12


No Sign Up Fee for any

 Block of the Month Program!

Over 40 to choose from!


We just finished our shop sample of the Batik Block of the Month, 

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It is striking and so very vibrant!

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We'll keep sewing and so should you,

The Quilt Place

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Do You Wash Your Quilts?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 4:19 PM

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Are you afraid to wash your quilts?  Many quilters are and we are here to help.  We are always looking for the latest and greatest ideas for preserving all of our hard work and wonderful creations. While we were reading the recent news from Moda we ran across a great passage by Carrie Nelson discussing her opinions on this topic and we are going to pass on her wisdom!  Thanks Carrie and Moda for such great insight!

"Question of the Week ~ Do you wash or clean your quilts?  If so, do you have any special tips to share?

Yes, I wash my quilts.  I love the way they feel and look after they’ve been washed, all soft, squishy and quilty. 

There have been some discussions lately about colors running and excess dye, and despite all the vibrant, saturated colors I like and use, I’ve had very few problems over the years, and none in the last ten or so.

This is what I do:

  • Only one quilt in the washer at a time.  (Unless they’re really small.)
  • Use a large-capacity washer, or one that easily fits your quilt with room to spare.
  • Wash in cold water.
  • Use the setting that fills the washtub with water – water-flow is important.
    • Note: High-efficiency washers can be part of the problem with colors running-bleeding as there isn’t much water in the washtub to disperse-dilute any excess dye.
  • Use a soap or detergent that does not contain any fragrance, brighteners, whiteners or fabric softeners.  Orvus is what I’ve used for years.  It is often sold in shops as “quilt soap” but I get large containers at the feed store.  (It’s used to bathe-shampoo livestock.)
  • Remove the quilt from the washer as soon as the cycle ends.
  • Dry with heat – some heat.  If you have a clothesline, dry the quilt until “almost dry” in the dryer, then line dry.  The weight of a wet quilt is hard on the fibers."

So wash those quilts and enjoy their beauty for years to come!


Speaking of washing quilts we have just finished this fabulous quilt called French Roses.  This close up picture of just one section of the quilt shows the frayed edges of the applique flowers.  This quilt had to be washed to create the cottage cozy feel that it so easy displays.  

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This week is our 5th Saturday Bag Sale for all of our local customers who have purchased the bag.  If you would like to know more about this sale please give us a call and we can explain it!

For our far away friends we have a special

Internet Sale this Weekend.  

Saturday, July 29th 

Order $100 of Merchandise and get $25 off!

That is right it is a huge $25 automatic coupon that will show in your cart when you proceed to checkout!


Thanks for Reading and Keep Sewing,

The Quilt Place



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Use those precut patterns with your yardage.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 8:00 AM

Sewing_Machine_Clip_ArtStash, we all have it!  We all say we are going to use it. But, many patterns on the market and in magazines use precuts.  Can we use our yardage for those precut patterns? Of course!

So where do you begin?  

Let's start with 10 inch squares.  Most packages of 10 inch squares come with 42.  That means most patterns revolve around that number.  To use yardage you then have to think as close to 10 as you can get! 1/3 of a yard is 12 inches so you can get 4, 10 inch squares, from each 1/3.  11 fabrics at 1/3 a yard will yield 44 squares- perfect.  If you want less variety in the fabrics use 5/8 of a yard which measures 22 1/2 inches.  You can then cut 8, 10 inch squares, from each 5/8 of a yard.  Now, 6 fabrics are all you need to yield the 42 squares.IMG_4717_3_


What about Charm Squares?  Those wonderful versatile 5 inch wonders. To get the most variety in your home made pack of 42 a 1/4 yard cut is the go to size. Each 1/4 yard will yield 8 squares.  The remaining 4 inches can then be cut into strips for binding or borders.   charm

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Now on to 2 1/2" strips!  Most patterns call for 40 strips.  So, 1/4 a yard would yield 3 strips, therefore you would need 14 fabrics.  3/8 of a yard would yield 5 strips, so 6 fabrics would work.  Finally, 1/2 a yard would yield 7 strips (make sure the half yards haven't shrunk) which would require only 6 fabrics.

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So start shopping that stash and creating something beautiful!  


Last Chance Sale!

Today through Saturday July 22 is the last chance to get the special preorder price on the Bree Fat Quarter Bundle!

Delivery is expected this week!

Regular price is $123.50

Special price $98

Get one today!

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Use it for all of the patterns found in, Imagine by Nancy Halvorsen

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Enjoy and Keep Sewing,

The Quilt Place


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