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Help! How on earth should I quilt the Bjorn Bear quilt for Tula Pink?

That’s exactly what I was asking myself when Tula Pink gave me her Bjorn Bear quilt to machine quilt for her….no pressure, right? Well, you can see just how I answered that very question!

In my latest video tutorial, you can follow along as I quilt this special quilt. You’ll learn that I don’t always have a plan when I begin quilting, I’ll share a tip for using a matching thread color and you’ll find out why I love quilting “chunky feathers”

To see more pictures of the Tula Pink Bjorn Bear Quilt and to learn more about the products in this video, click here.

Check out the video below:

Help! How Do I Quilt It? Machine Quilting Tula Pink's Bjorn Bear Quilt - YouTube

Happy Quilting!!

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I have to admit that I have a bit of a sweet tooth! But since I am trying to eat healthy, I am limiting my sweets to fabric only. It’s a good think that this quilt has the sweetest name, Milky Way….

This quilt pattern was designed by Monique Dillard, who just might be a genius. I love the color placement on this quilt!

Milky Way Quilt pattern designed by Monique Dillard.

Ok, so it may be that I am just so completely sugar-deprived (except for wine….I can’t give that up!) but this Lily and Loom fabric collection is just as sweet as cotton candy!

Lily and Loom fabric collection from Boundless Fabrics

But my major dilemma wasn’t whether to cut into this gorgeous fabric. My biggest decision didn’t come until I had to decide what kind of thread to use.

Which Thread to Use?

Shiny thread…..what’s not to love?!?

When it comes to machine quilting, I spend waaaay more time picking out a thread color than I do picking fabric. (I guess I am just weird that way!) Once the quilt top was done, I couldn’t decide whether I should use a thread color that blends into the top…..or whether I should use a shiny gold thread.

A light yellow thread blends in with most fabric colors.

As much as I pretended to deliberate between threads in the video, it was actually a no-brainer. I decided to use both of them!!

What can I say?? Why choose when I don’t have to!

So why shiny thread? Here’s the deal, for the most part, I like to use a thread color that blends into the quilt top. A 50 wt thread (whether in cotton or poly) helps hide a multitude of machine quilting sins.

But every once in awhile, a shiny thread really helps the quilting show up, especially when quilting busier fabrics. I love how this gold Glide thread provides just the right amount of sheen. And since it’s a polyester thread, there’s no lint.

Plus who doesn’t love just a little bling on their quilts?

Just a little bling to help the quilting show up!

Free Quilting Diagrams

Of course, if you want to try quilting the feather meander or the Swirl filler, I have put together FREE quilting diagrams…..seriously, what’s better than free?!?

Free Quilting Diagrams

The Milky Way Quilt

Enough about threads and cute fabrics….here’s the free video!

"Milky Way" Sawtooth Star Fat Quarter Quilt | Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters - YouTube

(PS. Please be nice in the comments….I can’t help it if I think I am hilarious!!)

Your Turn

What about you? What’s your “go-to” thread when you are quilting your quilts?

Happy Quilting!!

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The Free-motion Challenge Quilting Along with Angela Walters

We all know that it takes practice to get better at free-motion quilting. But practice is so much more fun when you are doing it with friends. Now you can improve your quilting skill and cheer each other on! Join me for my first ever Machine Quilting Along!

Starting February 12th, quilt along with me as we work though an actual quilt top! You will improve your quilting skill  as well as earn the chance to win all sorts of prizes.

Here’s how to get started!

Sign Up

The Free-motion Challenge is free! Sign up to receive Quilting Along quilting diagrams and videos directly to your email inbox by clicking here:  http://eepurl.com/di9eIX

Get Ready to Practice

To practice machine quilting, you have to have something to practice on! If you want to work on the same quilt as I do, you can download the free pattern by clicking here or you can get the kit which includes the fabric to make the top and binding.

Slanted Squares Free Quilt Pattern

Or you can practice along on plain fabric! Ultimately it doesn’t matter as long as you have something to practice on. Prepare your quilt sandwich using the basting method that you prefer and get ready to practice!

Join the Facebook Group

While not required, you can join the Facebook group. This is a great place to ask questions, post pictures and stay up-to-date on the quilting along! Click here to join.

Watch the Videos

Every week, I will release a video tutorial showing you how to quilt two of the squares in the quilt. Each video will include 2 different quilting options, try them both or just try one, it’s up to you!

Start Practicing

After the video is released, try practicing the design. Once you’re finished, post a picture of it on social media using the #fmqchallenge.

Win Prizes

Every week, I will select winners from pictures posted on social media. Consider it a bonus for practicing!

I can’t wait!!! The first video will be coming to on February 12th…..will you be quilting along with me?

F.A.Q.s

What does it cost to participate?

Nothing, Nada, Zilch. There is no fee to quilt along with me and there are no required products.

Do I have to make the quilt top to participate?

No! If you don’t have the time or inclination to make a quilt top, all you have to do is prepare a small quilt sandwich. You just need something to practice on.

Does it matter what kind of machine I use for the Quilting Along?

Definitely not! I will be filming videos on my home sewing machine, but the designs that I show can be done on any kind machine. Just use what you got and join along!

What kind of machine quilting designs will we be working on?

I have tried my best to include a range of designs and techniques. The schedule is below, it will give you an idea of what we will be practicing.

How will I get the videos? 

The weekly videos will be free on my YouTube channel, subscribe so you don’t miss them! Or to get the videos and tips sent to your email inbox directly, sign up for the newsletter by clicking here. The videos, as well as tips or any other pointers, will be emailed to you as soon as they are posted.

See you soon!

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Have you tried machine quilting the woodgrain design only to realize that it didn’t look quite right? If so, congratulations! You’re completely normal!

The woodgrain quilting design is perfect for adding texture to a quilt or even as a quick allover design. It’s one that I am particularly fond of since it’s one of the designs that I included in my very first machine quilting book, “Free-Motion Quilting with Angela Walters“.

In the book I give step by step instructions on how to quilt Woodgrain as well as several other all-over quilting designs. But since writing it, I have taught more quilting classes than I can count.

And teaching all those classes has taught me that when it comes to quilting the woodgrain design, there are 3 common mistakes that quilters make.

But the good news is that these mistakes are really easy to fix. Don’t believe me? Well, in my newest video tutorial, I prove it! Watch as I show you how easy it is to quilt the design, then I demonstrate the mistakes and show you how to fix them.

**Spoiler Alert- There is no ripping out of quilting in this video!**

Video Tutorial

How to Fix 3 Common Mistakes when Machine Quilting the Woodgrain Design - YouTube

If you can’t see the video, click this link to watch.

Your Turn

No matter what kind of mistakes you make when machine quilting, I hope this video encourages you to keep on quilting. Because no one became a better quilter from ripping out their quilting!

What about you? Do you make any of these mistakes when quilting the woodgrain design? Leave a comment and let me know how you fix them.

Happy Quilting!!

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4 Tips for stitching in the Ditch

Can I confess something? I actually like Stitching in the Ditch. I know….it may sound crazy, especially since I am a “close enough is good enough” kind of quilter. But I can’t help it! I just love how it looks when all the seams are quilted down.

I am sure that some of you might not agree…..there’s even a chance that some of you view it as a swear word.

What is Stitching in the Ditch (otherwise known as SID)?

Stitching in the ditch is stitching along the seams of a quilt, either with hand quilting, with a walking foot or even with a free-motion quilting foot.  It can be the only quilting on a quilt, or it can be a part of a more complex machine quilting design.

Quilt Pattern is “Wild and Free” by Cut Loose Press

Tips for Stitching in the Ditch

To me, stitching in the ditch is kind of like waxing my eyebrows. No one notices it, but it makes my whole face look better. The best stitching in the ditch is the kind that you don’t even notice. Here are a few tips to help you get the best results with your SID.

1. Stitch in the Ditch when you want to!

Let’s pretend that you want to SID. The next question might be, “When should I do it? Before I quilt the blocks? After?”

It can be hard to know when and where to start. But the good news is that there is no right answer……do it whenever you want!

As with everything else quilting related, there are several different ways you can do the same thing. There are some quilters that prefer to stitch in all the seams, then come back and quilt the blocks. Personally, I prefer to stitch in the seams as I go. That way, I can use the stitching along the seams to move from block to block.

The more that you quilt your quilts, the more you will discover your preferences. So just go for it!

2. Use a matching thread color.

Using a thread color that matches the quilt top will cover a multitude of quilting sins! It will help make any bobbles and quilting errors just disappear…..especially after washing the quilt.

When quilting, either SID or otherwise, I prefer using a 50 wt thread (such as Aurifil). Since it’s thinner than other threads, it helps the quilting blend in even more.

I can almost hear you thinking……”What if the the two fabrics are completely different colors? What do I do then?”

If I am trying to stitch in the seams between fabrics that are completely different colors, for instance black and white, I usually tend to pick a thread that matches the lighter color. There really is no particular reason, it’s just a personal preference.

3. Aim for the low side.

If the seam is pressed to one side, there will be a higher side and a lower side. If you try to aim for the lower seam, the quilting will almost sink into the quilt. If the seam is pressed open, just err on the side of the seam that matches your thread.

4. Don’t get frustrated.

As with any other skill, the more you practice, the better you will get. Try not to get frustrated if you make any mistakes. Instead of focusing on perfection, focus on the purpose of the quilt. You made the quilt for a reason, focus on that instead!

Free Video Tutorial

Still on the fence about stitching in the ditch? Here’s a video tutorial that shows how I approach stitching in the seams of my quilts! Using my new machine quilting ruler, Slim, and the Wild and Free quilt pattern, I show you just how easy it is!!

Machine Quilting Straight and Curvy lines with Angela Walters and the Slim Ruler - YouTube

If you can’t see the video, click here to watch it.

Your Turn

What do you think? Do you like to stitch in the seams or do you avoid it like the plague? Let me know what you think (or leave any questions) in the comment section!

Happy Quilting!

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Happy New Year!! To help celebrate the brand new year, I have some brand new quilting videos for you. Let’s face it, sometimes the best way to chase off the dreary cold, is to enjoy some quilty fun……especially if we can’t actually be quilting!

Midnight Quilt Show 2017 Recap

What would a New Year be without a recap of all the hilarious things that happened over the past year? That’s what we thought! So we have put together a hilarious look at the quilts, bloopers and….sigh….even a spill, that have happened over the last year at the Midnight Quilt Show!

A YEAR IN THE LIFE of Midnight Quilt Show 2017 | Celebrate with Angela Walters (Blooper Reel!) - YouTube

If the first year has been this fun, I can only imagine how much fun I will have next year!

Rising Star- The Newest Episode of the Midnight Quilt Show

Speaking of having fun, I have to say that I am having way too much fun making episodes of the Midnight Quilt Show! In the newest episode, Rising Star, I make a couple of New Year’s resolutions…..AND I demonstrate how to quilt the Plume feather, an incredibly versatile machine quilting design.

"Rising Star" Beginner Paper Piecing Quilt | Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters - YouTube

Squiggy – You’re New Quilting Friend

As you probably read in my earlier blog post, I have recently released new machine quilting rulers with Creative Grids. To help show you all how awesome they are (as well as how to use them), I am making videos for each ruler. The first one is out and it’s all about Squiggy.

Machine Quilting with Rulers - Squiggy and Serpentine Lines - YouTube

Squiggy may have a silly name, but it’s seriously good at helping you quilt serpentine lines.

Your Turn!

Now that 2017 is over, I am looking forward to even more quilting in 2018. Let me hear from you….what kinds of things would you like to see on the Quilting Is My Therapy website this year? Your input helps me decide what topics to write about!

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Hey, guess what! I’ve got a present for you…..some new machine quilting videos!

It’s a busy time of year, isn’t it? Chances are you’ve been running around trying to get last minute things done for the holiday season. At least that’s been the case around here! Its been so busy that I haven’t had a chance to share the newest episodes of the Midnight Quilt Show.

That means I have two new episodes to share……so take a few minutes for yourself and enjoy…..

The Bargello Quilt


Well, I did it! After tons of requests for a Bargello quilt, I  finally made one for an episode of the Midnight Quilt Show. I don’t know why I was so scared, it’s actually a pretty easy quilt to make.

What makes this quilt so wonderful is that it uses 10” precut squares!

That’s right, you can make this quilt with precut squares and a couple of background colors.

And to put the cherry on top of all this amazingness…..I designed this quilt so it’s a free pattern!! It’s like my little gift to you!

Click here to get the free pattern.

Angela's Modern Bargello Quilt + GIVEAWAY | Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters - YouTube

Stars Squared

Fabric fondlers unite! We know that the absolute best part of going into a quilt shop is getting to fondle the fabrics. There is just something about the smooth, softness of quality fabric that lights up our hearts. In the newest episode of the Midnight Quilt Show, I not only get to fondle some beautiful fabric, I learn how awesome a seam roller is, AND I tackle quilting with stencils.

The Stars Squared Quilt is a scrappy, precut friendly quilt pattern that is quick and easy to make!

But there wasn’t just fondling happening in this episode, I pulled out a favorite stencil and show you how easy it is to use when machine quilting.

As always, I have made some free machine quilting diagrams, be sure to download them!!

Slim, Shorty, Archie and Squiggy – My New Machine Quilting Rulers

Holy cow!! You all sure do love the brand new machine quilting rulers I designed with Creative Grids. They have been selling like CRAZY!

If you ordered them through my website, your order has already gone out or will go out on Tuesday.  We practically turned the back room of our quilt shop into a fulfillment center……..

I am pretty sure that I owe my mother-in-law, Debi, and my assistant, Ruth, a really special Christmas present….

That sure is a lot of boxes to make!!!! Let’s just say that there was a lot of packing going on!

Machine Quilting with Rulers

There have been a lot of questions about the rulers! Here are a couple of answers:

  • They WILL work on longarm quilting machines.

Even though I designed them with the home machine quilter in mind, they are 1/4” thick acrylic and will work with stand-up and sit-down longarm machines.

  • You WILL probably want a ruler foot for your sewing machine.

If you quilt on a sewing machine, you can use these rulers with a regular free-motion quilting foot. However, if your sewing machine manufacturer makes a ruler foot, it is well worth getting it. The higher profile of the ruler foot will prevent the ruler from jumping over the foot and breaking your needle (as well as your ruler).

  • They WILL work with High Shank and Low Shank Machines (at least for the most part).

One of the most asked questions is ‘Will this work on a low shank machine?” The answer is yes, for the most part. First let me say that I am speaking generally, you will need to contact your sewing machine manufacturer to get the specific answers in regards to your machine. But, generally, if you have a high shank sewing machine, you can use them. If you have a low shank sewing machine, you can still use the rulers from the front and left side of the foot (which is how I use the rulers even on my high shank machine).

To learn more about the rulers, check out this video:

Brand New Machine Quilting Rulers from Angela Walters & Creative Grids - YouTube

Be sure to stay tuned, because I plan on having several more videos showing you how awesome they are!!

Coming Soon!

I hope you have a great week, I’ll be back soon with a brand new episode of the Midnight Quilt Show!

Happy Quilting!

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I have been keeping a secret from you, but now I can finally share!! Meet my new friends Slim, Squiggy, Shorty and Archie!

These are my brand new machine quilting rulers…..and let me tell you, I am so freaking excited that they are finally here.

While their names are fun and silly, they are seriously awesome at helping machine quilters quilt a range of different designs.



Just a few more examples of designs quilted with the rulers. These rulers are designed to work on home sewing machines as well as on a longarm.



Why now?

So why am I making rulers? Even though I have been machine quilting for 15 years, I never felt I had anything new to add to the plethora of machine quilting rulers that are available. But now that’s changed

Teaming up with Creative Grids has allowed me to design rulers that are going to be of value to machine quilters, no matter their machine or skill level!

Besides versatile shapes, they come with the exclusive grip that Creative Grids is known for. Plus markings in black and white, which means you can see them no matter what color of fabric that you are using!

Like a proud mama showing off pictures of my babies, I put together a video that introduces each of them to you:

Brand New Machine Quilting Rulers from Angela Walters & Creative Grids - YouTube

I’d love to hear what you think about machine quilting with rulers…..is it something you love to do? Or something that scares you?

Stay tuned, there will be more videos on each ruler……I can’t wait!

Quilting Is My Therapy Swag

The holidays are practically here and if you are looking for a fun new gift for the quilter in your life (or just a gift to yourself) I have new Quilting Is My Therapy products for you to check out:

New Leather Earrings

Light, comfortable and made with genuine leather, these earring are stamped with the “Quilting Is My Therapy” Logo and are a classy way to show your love of quilting. It’s the next best thing to actually quilting!

Available in Brown or Black

Quilting Is My Therapy Keychain

A stylish leather key chain is the perfect stocking stuffer….we promise not to tell if you put it in your own stocking. You deserve it!

Available in Black or Brown

It’s Midnight Somewhere T-shirt

We know you love the Midnight Quilt show and now you can show your quilting pride with this vintage purple shirt. This triblend shirt is as soft as a new bolt of fabric.

Plus you can check out other quilty gifts here.

Happy Quilting!!

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After weeks and weeks of waiting, the Midnight Quilt Show is back with a new season’s worth of episodes. I am definitely biased, but I think that this season is the best yet! Besides all new quilts, we are also going to have some bonus videos AND all patterns will be available for individual sale! I hope you love them as much as I do.

The Puzzle Episode

This week’s episode features the Puzzle quilt designed by Monique Dillard, and it’s such a deceptively easy pattern that is fat quarter friendly.

The weaving effect of the piecing is achieved with a single block. When I saw how it came together, I couldn’t believe it!

For this quilt, I used the Boundless Collage fabric in the cafe spice colorway. The grays, tans and maroons are just perfect for this quilt pattern.

But before we get to the episode, I want to show you how easy it is to use the quilting to enhance the quilt pattern using a few basic designs.

I have said it so many times, but I’m going to say it again……Echoing is your best quilting friend. You can use it to move around an area, to highlight or hide a quilting design or to show off a quilt pattern. Which is exactly what I did with the Puzzle quilt.

Echoing the sides of the quilt blocks adds a custom look to the quilting. It does take a little extra effort, but the result is so worth it!

If echoing is my best friend, then wishbones are a close second. Since they can wrap around the corners of a block, it helps pull the pieces together and makes the “twisty” bits come forward.

And since I am using all my favorite designs in this quilt, I quilted swirls in the lighter blocks.

The goal was to “smash” down the area so that it also receded to background.

Geesh, the more of this that I type out….the more I realize that I can get really excited with just a few quilting designs. Oh well, I guess it’s an occupational hazard!

But isn’t it amazing that a quilt can look just as good when using different fabrics and different quilting designs. Don’t believe me? Well, it just so happens that I have the perfect example!

During Quilt Festival, I remade the same quilt pattern with the Boundless Collage in the Sea Glass colorway.

And since I quilted it at Festival as well, I used a ton of different designs. I promise it wasn’t because I was being crazy, I was taking quilting requests!

Even though there wasn’t a rhyme or reason to the quilting, I think it still looks good. In fact, it’s hard to pick a favorite of the two….

Midnight Quilt Show 

Ok, ok….enough about the quilting….I know you just want to watch the episode! But hold on just one more sec, I have a giveaway for you!

If you want to win this gorgeous fat quarter bundle of the Boundless Collage fabric, all you have to do is leave a comment on the YouTube video. I will pick a lucky winner on Wednesday, November 22nd.

(Remember, you have to click through and leave a comment on the video on YouTube)

Without further ado, here’s the video:

Interlocking Puzzle Quilt SEASON 4 PREMIERE | Midnight Quilt Show with Angela Walters - YouTube

Some people have emailed saying that the video doesn’t show up in their email browser. If the video won’t load, click here to watch it.

Click here if the video won’t load.

Happy Quilting!

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Facing My Fear & Quilt Festival – TWO Videos!

Happy Tuesday! I have not one, but two(!) fun quilting videos for you! One is all about my recent trip to International Quilt Festival and in the second video, I face one of my Quilting Fears!!

International Quilt Festival

Can you believe that I have never been to the International Quilt Festival in Houston? This year, I finally got to cross it off of my quilty bucket list.

Photo By Craftsy

It was everything I thought it would be! I shopped, saw some beautiful quilts…….and even got in a little trouble with a police officer. (oops!)

I also got to see a lot of Midnight Quilt Show fans which was my favorite part of the whole show!

Photo By Craftsy

We gave a sneak peek of an upcoming episode and I had a blast demoing some machine quilting!

Photo by Craftsy

Craftsy followed me around and made a special video episode of the Midnight Quilt Show…….check out the awesome quilts, booths and people (including none other than Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company!) of Quilt Fest here:

Angela's Dispatch from QUILT FESTIVAL 2017 | Midnight Quilt Show SEASON 4 Preview - YouTube

Facing My Machine Quilting Fears

I had an amazing time at Quilt Fest, partly because before I left I finished a quilt that had me scared silly!

Even though I have been machine quilting for almost 15 years, I have never quilted a wool appliqué quilt before. When a friend gave me this stunning quilt top to quilt…..all I could do was gulp and act that I wasn’t worried at all!

Quilt Pattern is Bird Dance by Sue Spargo

It’s not hard to imagine why I was so nervous, it was amazing embellished with more embroidery and details than I have ever seen on a quilt.

But, my feelings of guilt over putting it off for way too long finally got the best of me. I put on my big girl britches and finally finished the quilt.

I put together a video showing you the process and problems I encountered on the way……as well as the final result of all my worrying! (Spoiler Alert- It wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be!)

Facing My Fears: Machine Quilting A Wool Applique Quilt - YouTube

I hope you enjoy these two very different videos, and I look forward to hearing what you thought about them!!!

Happy Quilting!

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