Posts by Ashley Smith

Ashley is the quilting Acquisition Editor at Craftsy, gathering the best talent in the industry for Craftsy's high-quality classes. With more than 17 years of experience, Ashley leverages knowledge from past roles as Director of Marketing for Possibilities, Great American Quilt Factory, and The Quilt Show. Additionally, she has in-depth experience in retail and wholesale channels, publishing, fabric design and video production.

Trend Alert! Beautiful Quilt Embellishments

Modern Stupendous Stitched Pillow — Quilting embellishments on the Craftsy Blog!

I've recently been impressed with the number of quilters using embellishments on their finished works of art. Because the tools and products required for embellishment can get pricy, I’ve come up with some great items to let you get your feet wet. Once you try embellishing I think you’ll be instantly hooked! Here are 6 simple embellishments and ideas for getting started.

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Fluff-Factor Matters for Your Quilts: How to Make the Right Choice

Riley Blake Chevron Squares Quilt Kit

When making a quilt, “fluff-factor” matters. A wall-hanging should have minimal fluff, while a snuggly baby quilt should have lots of fluff to comfort the little one. With so many choices on the market, (over 300 types!) deciding on the perfect batting for your quilt can be difficult. Here we'll demystify your options.

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Machine or Hand Appliqué? What Do You Think?

Applique Projects -- Machine or Hand Applique? On the Craftsy Blog!

With quilting there have been a few classic debates over the years. One debate you can find plenty of support for (on both sides!) is whether or not to wash your fabrics before using them. Another debate stems from appliqué and whether quilts should have machine or hand appliqué. Let's review the two basic types of appliqué and discuss their usefulness!

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Tackling Your Quilting UFOs on World UFO Day

Quilting Scraps -- Finish Your UFOs on the Craftsy Blog!

No matter what your theory is about life on other planets, Earth is filled with UFOs—that’s right, quilters' Un-Finished Objects. We all know these projects exist in the depths of our sewing rooms, packed away so we can forget them, ignore them and pretend we never started them. Not to fear, here are some of the best ideas on how to get the most mileage out of all your unfinished projects!

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Handcrafting for a Newborn: Welcoming a Baby!

Baby Boy Laying on a Baby Quilt

Welcoming a new baby into the world is such a special and amazing event. Months of preparation often go into getting ready for the big day. One way to make a baby’s arrival more special is to create a custom nursery. Discover how to take advantage of the best products and patterns to sew special touches for a one-of-a-kind nursery, with ease!

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Getting an Accurate ¼” Seam Allowance: Easier Said Than Done?

Quilting Ruler Measuring 1/4 Seam Allowanve

It seems simple enough when you read the pattern: Use a ¼” seam allowance. Start stitching your pieces and blocks, and you’ll be on your way, right? Unfortunately creating an accurate ¼” seam allowance can be a little more tricky than that. Here you'll find some tips to help you out!

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Are You in a Fat Quarter Frenzy? How to Use Those Fat Quarters!

Layered Fat Quarters

We are all guilty of shopping in a quilt store and falling in love with a beautiful bundle of Fat Quarters that are perfectly matched. However, many of you might be like us, in that you purchase these beautifully coordinated set, but aren’t sure what to do with them once they arrive in your sewing room. Here are seven ideas for using up your Fat Quarters, which ultimately gives you the authority to buy more fabric!

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Can’t Find the Exact Fabric You Need?

Craftsy BOM 2014 Fabric Bundle

We’ve all been in this situation before: It’s 11:30PM at night, you’re trying to finish the cutting of your quilt blocks and you run out of the perfect fabric that looks stunning in your quilt. What can you do? Here are some ways to hunt down your fabric and other creative options for completing your quilt.

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How to Make an ImPRESSive Ironing Board

Quilted Ironing Board Cover

Any quilter knows that an ironing board gets used almost as much as her sewing machine does! So why settle for a ho-hum ironing board? Discover the best ways to spice up your ironing board, to the point that you no longer mind pressing fabrics or shirts!

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