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Quilting, $3.5 billion industry, seeing bolder colors, bling and recycled-bottle batting

Gone are the days when quilting was only a cottage industry!

By Carma Wadley



"Quilting is certainly an art — an art, a craft, a hobby, a pastime, an outlet for creativity, even a form of therapy. But in today's world it is also an industry..."

To read the rest of this article and see more beautiful photos please…

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Added by Susan on May 26, 2017 at 8:25am — No Comments

How to Use a Twin Needle | Free Sewing Tutorial from Domenica Tootell

This week I've been been busy redoing my tutorial for how to use a twin needle (also know as a double needle).

I've got a full video twin needle tutorial as well as a photo tutorial with clear photos so I am hoping to be as clear as possible with the instructions and help others be successful with using a twin needle on their sewing machine. …

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Added by Dommy T on May 18, 2017 at 11:30pm — No Comments

How to do a Ladder Stitch - Free Sewing Tutorial from Domenica Tootell

Hi everyone. This is my first post here so I hope I'm doing this correctly!

I wanted to share with you all one of my recent tutorials that has been very popular. It's a video tutorial all about how to do a ladder stitch, which is also know as an invisible stitch or hidden stitch. 

This has been a very valuable stitch to me as it has enabled…

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Added by Dommy T on May 10, 2017 at 12:00am — 5 Comments

Totes Ma Tote Nautical Beach Bag ⛵

I've got a couple of commissions to sew for people going on holiday, this is the first one, a beach bag for May, using the …

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Added by Karen on May 1, 2017 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Oliso Smart Iron Products - Comments on the Oliso® TG1600 Pro

 

As modern and traditional quilters and garment sewers, we at Sew What's New prefer to use Oliso Smart Irons for pressing our sewing and quilting projects every day.  In…

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Added by Susan on March 7, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Floral Applique Cushions

A new florist opened up locally (Flowers at the Forge ) and supplied a lovely basket arrangement for MIL's Mother's Day present.  We got talking and I showed her…

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Added by Karen on April 20, 2017 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Tiger Lily Appliqued Cushion Cover - Embroidery, Patchwork, and the Frill of Gathering!

For the last couple of years I have made an embroidered cushion for my MIL's birthday present. The first one was a pattern I bought from bustleandsew.com but had problems with the sizing both the pattern and…

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Added by Karen on April 9, 2017 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Easter Bunting Tutorial and Downloads

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Added by Karen on April 2, 2017 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

Slouchy Recycled Denim Sewing Machine Cover & Accessory Storage

Back in 2012 I made these covers for my sewing machine and …

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Added by Karen on March 12, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Hot and Spicy Block - Quilt as You Go with Joel Dewberry Fabric

Modern Quilt Block on Vintage Brother Sewing Machine

I intend to use this block as the front of a bag. What kind of bag - I have no idea yet. The fabrics are from Joel Dewberry, and I think there is an orphan strip from a Spring Zing Batiks strip pack in there. I used a scrap of …

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Added by Susan on March 1, 2017 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Vintage Silk Memories Cushions

I've had another request for some Memory Cushions, using a vintage silk Wedding Dress, and a satin and lace Christening Gown.  The dress was made by the bride (now aged 100) from parachute silk after World War II.  The Christening Gown she made out of her daughter's Wedding Dress for her…

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Added by Karen on February 21, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

My Pattern Tester Bag for ChrisWDesigns "Ellen's Esplanade"

I was moaning about the dreary weather when I got an e-mail that brightened my day. Christine asked me to be a tester for her latest Easy Street Pattern "Ellen's Esplanade". It can be sewn from quilt weight cottons or combined with…

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Added by Karen on February 16, 2017 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Sewing Machine Feet Storage

I have gradually amassed quite a collection of different feet for my Janome.  To start off with they all fitted in this little wooden box.…

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Added by Karen on April 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — 19 Comments

A Fashionable Stitch + Trouser Sewing and Alterations

Image from Pants for Real People

Sunni of "A Fashionable Stitch" hosted a trouser Sew-Along.  Armed with…

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Added by Susan on January 8, 2017 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

....and the back of the Angler's Memory Cushion!

The finished cushion, but then I thought maybe I should make more of my idea of using the back to leave a message....…

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Added by Karen on September 20, 2016 at 5:52pm — 2 Comments

Sewing Envelope Scatter Cushions

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Added by Karen on January 12, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Christmas Present for a Teenager - The Urban Bucket Bag (Little Moo Designs)

I liked the look of this bag as soon as I saw the one Bobbin Girl girl made on her Instagram page, and bought the epattern.  When my niece wanted…

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Added by Karen on December 2, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Recycled Denim Genevieve Bag - PDF Pattern by Chris W Designs

I was asked by Shona to make her a bag using recycled denim with an appliqued butterfly on the flap for decoration.  I was given a sketch with dimensions and having looked at several patterns we decided to try the …

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Added by Karen on November 16, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

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