• Runaway Quilting: Your Source for “All Things Quilt” in Canada

    Posted by Cathy Cooper

    Runaway Quilting Your Source for All Things Quilt in Canada

    You can't really appreciate the value of a good tool until you've tried to complete the job without it. The right tools make every project easier, and when it's time to get down to quilting, crafting and sewing, Runaway Quilting carries the best fabrics, needles and sewing notions in Canada, all at reasonable prices you can afford.

    You're going to fall in love with quilting all over again when you get a good look at all the specialty tools and supplies we carry to simplify your life. Runaway Quilting: your source for quilting supplies in Canada.

     

    Fabric

    From fat quarters to yard goods, Runaway Quilting is your source for all things fabric. Visit us for the widest selection of prints and solids, fleece, quilted and unquilted panels designed to fit every project. Whether your latest effort involves piecing a king-size quilt or stitching together a few throw pillows for the college dorm, we have all the latest flannels, batiks, basic and retro-look fabrics from all your favorite designers.

     

    Thread

    Regardless of project, Runaway Quilting has the thread to tie it all together.  Cotton, poly, silk, heavy-duty, metallic and wool - if you need it, we have it. All at prices to fit every budget. Get the right thread for your sewing machine, your long-arm quilting machine or your serger in every color of the rainbow as well as neutral, white and black. Need to sew on a button or put a quick stitch in a skirt seam? We have just the thread to do it.

     

    Batting

    You'll find low-loft, high-loft and every batting in between when you use Runaway Quilting as your source to supply all your quilting and crafting needs. We carry all your old favorite cotton/poly blends, as well as today's eco-friendly bamboo and wool quilt battings. When you need to match the filling to the project, trust us to have it in stock. Never worry about bearding again when you shop our comprehensive collection of quilt battings.

     

    Needles

    Your project is only ever as easy as the tools you use to complete it, and needles are a biggie. You need replacement needles for your sewing machine, betweens for your quilting sessions, and embroidery, upholstery and beading needles for your arts and crafts. Get the right needle for the job when you shop Runaway Quilting for all your needles and sewing notions.

     

    Shears and Scissors

    Everyone who sews needs a reliable assortment of shears, and you can trust us to carry the best selection in town. Choose from pinking shears, embroidery scissors and all-purpose implements that cut everything from fabric to aluminum cans to help you complete even the most difficult task. You need sharp shears, and we have them, including scissors for paper and crafting.  

     

    Rotary Cutters, Self-Healing Mats and Straight-Edge Rulers

    No quilter's cubby is complete without a quality rotary cutter, self-healing mat and straight-edge ruler. Get the most precise cuts in the least amount of time when you shop Runaway Quilting for the best in rotary cutting supplies. You'll find mats in all shapes and sizes, replacement blades, and the perfect straight-edge to fit your space. Even the coziest craft room can have a cutting mat when there's every size from which to choose.

     

    Pins and Thimbles

    You can't quilt without the necessary tools, and this means stocking up on thimbles and straight pins. Find the sizes you need in the materials you prefer, from leather, plastic and aluminum thimbles to pins of every size, Runaway Quilting is your source for the largest to the smallest quilting necessities.

     

    Rulers

    Cut a straight line, take the necessary measurements and make all your sewing projects a joy to complete when you purchase rulers and tape measures designed specifically with quilting and crafting in mind. Easy to use, easy to store, our measuring implements make fast work of every project that requires a precision eye.

     

    Markers and Marking Tools

    Measure twice, cut once, and that new quilt will be completed in no time with all the points perfectly aligned. When you need to mark on fabric, paper, carbon or more, Runaway Quilting has the right implement to do it. Never guess at a measurement again when it's clearly marked using the exact tool for the purpose.

     

    Storage

    Ask any quilter what he or she needs more of, and you'll get the same answer every time - storage. You need a convenient place to keep fabrics, thread, ribbon and cutting accessories safe and out of the way, and that means cubbies, trays, tables and more. Runaway Quilting has ideal storage solutions for every craft room. See our innovative offerings today.

     

    Need quilting supplies? Trust Runaway Quilting

    Don't struggle through your latest project without the tools you need to make life easier. Let us provide everything you need—let Runaway Quilting be your quilt supplies source for all things crafty in Canada.

      

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  • The New Quilter’s Guide to Rag Quilts

    Posted by Cathy Cooper

    The New Quilter’s Guide to Rag Quilts

    Since the 1700s, quilters have been turning old clothes and leftover fabric scraps into quilts — rag quilts, more specifically.

    Rag quilts differ from traditional pieced quilts in a number of ways:

    • They highlight the raw edges of the fabric.
    • They're typically composed of simple squares instead of triangles and more intricate designs.
    • And they often use non-traditional fabrics such as denim or flannel. Rag quilts come together quickly as well.

    The best part about rag quilts? With some determination, you can complete a rag quilt over the course of just one weekend.

     

    Quilted piece by piece

    Unlike most traditional quilts, the rag quilt is constructed of small squares that have each been quilted. Most squares are made up of three separate pieces — the backing, the batting and the top. Individual pieces are pinned together, and then quilted either by machine or by hand. Only afterward are they stitched together to form the quilt top.  

     

    Raw edges to the front

    And while no quilter anywhere would normally turn his or her raw edges to the front, the rag quilter does exactly that. If you're new to the art of quilt-making, there's a great tutorial on simple machine quilting found on Generations Quilt Patterns. It will help get you started with solid information on the different parts of your machine, as well as the basic technique. Because you're quilting small, individual squares, one at a time, quilting a rag quilt is fast and easy.

     

    Low-loft batting or bust

    Your rag quilt needs a low-loft batting. That is, if you choose to use batting at all—some quilters forego the batting in a rag quilt and use heavier fabrics instead.

    You could cut up all your family's outgrown denim jeans, for instance, and back them with flannel. This type of rag quilt is heavy enough on its own that it doesn't necessarily need to use a batting.

    If you do decide to fill your quilt, however, use a quilt batting that's low-loft, and cut it at least 1 1/2 inches / 4cm smaller than your quilt blocks. You'll have a lot of thicknesses to sew through as you stitch your blocks together. And unless you're a professional with tons of experience, a high-loft batting in this project is only going to make your life miserable.

    Find out more about the types of quilt batting available on our post here.

     

    Assembled with love

    When it's time to pull your rag quilt together, you’ll experience the satisfaction that comes from making your first, super-easy quilt or coverlet.

    Simply assemble all your pre-quilted squares, pin them together two at a time with the raw edges together, and stitch. Your finished seams will face the back; raw seams will face the front.

    Wash your creation afterward to start the fraying process. (Frayed rag quilts are happy rag quilts.)

    For more detailed instructions on how to assemble and stitch a rag quilt (using fleece in this case), visit FleeceFun.com.

     

    Get started making your own rag quilts

    There's hardly an easier quilt out there for beginning quilters to try than the rag quilt. And the more you launder and love this creation, the better it looks. As the edges fray, they create fun and fuzzy borders around each square. There are no fussy points to match up, no intricate sashing to sew. Simply assemble your squares and go. You're going to love the look and feel of your new rag quilt, and so is the loved one who's lucky enough to receive it.

    For more on rag quilts, there's a perfect introduction to rag quilting on The Educational Value of Quilting website.

    Once you’ve learned about this non-traditional method of quilt-making, though, make sure to come back to Runaway Quilting for all your supplies.

     

    Ready to get started? Runaway Quilting has everything you need

    Need quilting supplies or notions to make your rag quilt? You’re in the right place.

     

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  • Quilt Batting: Choosing the Right Kind for Every Project

    Posted by Cathy Cooper

    choosing the right kind

    The type of quilt batting you choose can make or break your next quilting project.

    Whether you've just spent months meticulously cutting, piecing and stitching your most intricate design so far, or you spent a quick weekend tossing together the simplest nine-patch, it's vital to match your batting to your quilt top.

    Otherwise, you'll be left with a finished quilt or coverlet that's not quite what you pictured.

    The bad news? When it comes to quilt batting, there are many points to consider, including loft.

    Here’s the good news: we’ll tell you everything you need to know.

     

    Know your form and function

    Quilt batting varies widely based on construction, intended purpose and desired function. Some types need closer quilting to perform best; others are manufactured to provide greater warmth. Familiarize yourself with the properties of each type of batting if you want to select the best one for the project you're currently considering. 

    • Recommended Quilting Interval — The recommended quilting interval refers to the minimum recommended distance at which you should place lines of quilting.
      If you ignore the recommended quilting interval and place your lines of quilting too far apart, the batting could separate or bunch, ruining the overall appearance of your quilt. Place lines of quilting too close, and you waste precious time and thread.

      For best results every time, read the recommendations on the quilt batting before you invest. Batting made from cotton tends to offer the largest quilting intervals — up to 10 inches / 25cm, in some instances. This means less work for you while still maintaining your quilt's integrity.
    • Possibility for Bearding — Bearding is the annoying tendency some battings have of poking through your fabric along with your needle and thread. It leaves little tufts of batting showing on the top and bottom of your quilt as you quilt it.

      Don't let this happen to you or to that project you just spent months creating. Choose a quilt batting that's been bonded to decrease the chances for bearding. Bonded batting is available in several types of batting, including cotton and polyester.
    • Loft — Loft refers to the thickness of your batting. Hi-loft batting typically works great for bed quilts and comforters. Low-loft batting is the go-to choice for table runners and placemats. The thicker the batting, the more pronounced definition between quilted and non-quilted areas.

      Hi-loft batting also makes for a warmer quilt. So if you're working on a lightweight, summer coverlet, you'd want to choose a batting that offers a lower loft.
    • Non-Allergenic Properties — If you suffer from allergies, you'll want to use a hypoallergenic batting. This means that the batting does not contain known allergens, such as chemicals.

      Natural fibers such as organic cotton and bamboo may be hypoallergenic. Polyester battings may be as well. For best results, read the packaging to ensure that the batting you're buying is allergy-recommended.
    • Tendency to Shrink — Some battings are more prone to shrinkage than others. If you like the crinkled, vintage look, choose a batting with a known shrinkage factor and don't prewash it. For a sleek, modern-looking quilt, opt for a batting that boasts zero shrinkage, or pre-wash and dry your batting before incorporating it into your quilt.

    Cut and size properly

    Once you've chosen the perfect batting for your project, you'll need to cut it to the proper size.

    What's the proper size, you might ask? It all depends upon the project, but typically, you'll want a few inches of extra batting that sticks out past the border of your quilt top. If you're quilting something small, such as a table runner or pillow top, 1 to 2 inches / 2.5 to 5cm is plenty.

    For a full-size quilt, however, allow at least 3 to 4 inches / 7.5 to 10cm of overlap. This will help offset any drawing up that might occur during the quilting process, and it also gives you a little extra leeway when squaring your quilt at the end.

     

    Above all, choose wisely

    When crafting your quilt, it's important to pay just as much attention to the type of  quilt batting you buy as you did to your fabric choices. The wrong batting can not only be difficult to work with, it can affect both the finished appearance of your quilt and its.

    Research your  quilt batting before you buy to get the best end result.

     

    Ready to get started?Runaway Quilting has everything you need

    Need  quilt batting ? You’re in the right place.

     

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