Blog hop! Fabulously fast quilts to make (+ tips and giveaways!)

Fabulously Fast Quilts by Amy Smart
Photo courtesy of Amy Smart

Count your UFOs. If the number you came up with is bigger than you’d like or more than you thought it would be (or if you’re still counting), you just might be a short-attention-span quilter. And if you’re a short-attention-span quilter, we’d like to introduce you to Amy Smart. She’s the quilter who coined the phrase!

Amy whips up stacks of quick quilting projects on her wildly popular Diary of a Quilter blog, forging ahead with what seems like the speed of superhero. In her debut book, Fabulously Fast Quilts, she shares the techniques that have helped her become so speedy—techniques that result in beautifully quick quilts that you’ll never need to banish to the UFO pile.

Today we’re thrilled to be a part of Amy’s blog hop for Fabulously Fast Quilts. It’ll be well worth your while to click through to each blogger’s post about the book (see links below). Why? Because Amy’s asked all of us to share our best quick-quilting tip! We gathered up three of our favorite tips about thread to share with you.
Modern Buzz Saw quilt
Photo courtesy of Amy Smart

But first, let’s take a peek at Amy’s new book! Get to know and love her timesaving techniques: strip piecing; quick corners; slick slicing; and stack, slice, and shuffle.

Zig quilt
Strip piecing:
“Zig” + 2 more (photo courtesy of Amy Smart)

Roundabout quilt
Quick corners:
“Roundabout” + 2 more (photo courtesy of Amy Smart)

Crossing Guard quilt
Slick slicing:
“Crossing Guard” + 2 more (photo courtesy of Amy Smart)

Quick Puss in the Corner quilt
Stack, slice and shuffle:
“Quick Puss in the Corner” + 2 more (photo courtesy of Amy Smart)

At just $16.99 for a dozen of Amy’s fresh quilt patterns (or $11.99 for the eBook), an attention span isn’t needed—owning Fabulously Fast Quilts is a no-brainer! See all 12 quilts here.

Now, on to our three favorite thread (or more like dethread) tips!

Block from Fabulously Fast Quilts

TIP: Rip It Good
“If you have to unsew, use a seam ripper to undo every 4th or 5th stitch on the bobbin-thread side of the patches. Then pull the top-thread side and the seam will magically unzip!”

–Karen S., Managing Editor

TIP: Sticky Stitches
“Whenever I have to remove my stitching (which is more often than I’d like to admit), I keep an adhesive lint roller nearby. After unpicking the stitches, I pass the lint roller over the seam. The stray threads easily stick to the tape. Now I’ve got a clean slate, along with high hopes that I’ll do it right next time!”

–Jenny, Content Editor

Block from Fabulously Fast Quilts

TIP: Thread-Free Fashion
“When you have those little thread bits from, say, a seam you just unsewed, a nylon-net dish scrubbie is a great (and cheap) tool for swiping them off your clothing. You can get craft netting at fabric and craft shops by the yard, to make your own for pennies on the dollar. Either gather strips, using your machine basting stitch, to make a sewn thread remover, or cut strips and crochet them. Years ago I worked in a fabric store and we had a box of craft netting under the counter so we could dethread before leaving work at the end of the day.”

–Karen S., Managing Editor

Fabulously Fast QuiltsHope you enjoyed our tips! Now, share yours: what’s your favorite quick-quilting tip? Share it in the comments and you could win a copy of the Fabulously Fast Quilts eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Bridget, who says:

“I came across this tip a while ago and I find it really helpful now that my eyes are not so good. I sew on black fabrics with navy thread and on while or cream fabrics with a light grey or beige. It helps me to see the thread easier if I have to rip out the seams.”

Bridget, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

Get more quick-quilting tips when you follow the Fabulously Fast Quilts blog hop:

Monday, April 28
Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home
April Rosenthal of April Rosenthal
Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane

Tuesday, April 29
Stitch This! blog at Martingale (that’s us!)
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet

Wednesday, April 30

Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Melissa Mortenson of PolkaDot Chair
Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock

Thursday, May 1

Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Jeni Baker of In Color Order

Friday, May 2

Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lindsay Conner of Craft Buds
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life


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