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July 2009 Blog Posts (52)



Added by JOANNE GALBREATH on July 31, 2009 at 2:47pm — No Comments

Swapping on the Internet

I'm so excited with the new fabric swap!! There was such a great response to my original discussion on the quilting page. We all need to thank Susan, the editor, for all her work in coordinating emails and swap partners. I've always loved swapping, but since I'm not in a guild anymore I don't seem to have much opportunity. Isn't the internet great! Anyhow, this picture is my Country Rose wallhanging. It is all hand appliqued and then machine quilted.… Continue

Added by Lynne Demeter on July 31, 2009 at 9:15am — 1 Comment

Garment Sewing Swap

Count me in

Added by Carolyn Lueders on July 31, 2009 at 8:58am — No Comments

Family Update

Dh's sister in KY went to be with the Lord. She loved to quilt and have done this for many years. She helped me out a lot. She really was having a hard time. Within 3 months she had a stroke and no feeling in one side of her body and 2 weeks ago she had a massive heart attack...I wasn's able to visit because I had surgery on my ankle. I had a ligament reconstructed. Hope that makes sense...I had to slow down on my sewing and decided to do some knitting to help occupy my time. I'll update more… Continue

Added by Threading the Needle on July 30, 2009 at 12:18am — No Comments

Choosing colors for quilt

I am just learning to piece quilt and not at all confident about choosing colors that would go together. How or where do I start? Any help will be much appreciated.

I have done some quilting and listed the items on Etsy, but, the fabric used in these items were placed next to each other in the store or were recommended. So no searching was necessary.


Added by Donna on July 29, 2009 at 11:22am — 1 Comment

More No-nonsense Sewing Tips For Beginners

By Joanne Jones Experienced sewers make it look so easy - the fabric they are sewing just seems to flow through their machine with little guidance from them. But even experienced sewers had to start somewhere. They either taught themselves or had someone show them how to sew. Everyone has their own little tips that helped them along the way and I'm no exception. Here are some of the tips I learned that I would like to pass along to you. These tips will help you to find ways to make sewing… Continue

Added by Susan on July 29, 2009 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

New Rowdy RAVENS!

Hello all! I just updated my shop with a few fun critters.

They are some silly Ravens who love bright, shiny objects and fun colors (just like their feathered cousins). Filled with batting and a magnetic tail keeping all you pins and needles neat and tidy.

Quick, buy them because I have to get them out… Continue

Added by Tanna Peters on July 28, 2009 at 5:57pm — 3 Comments

Picking the right sewing machine


JoAnn Connolly If you’re in the market for a sewing machine, you already know that the selection is huge and that picking the right one can be a bit overwhelming. Ask a hundred sewers which machine you should buy and you’ll get a hundred different answers. So, step back, take a breath and read on to make the process simpler.

Believe it or not, all the machines you’re looking at are more alike than… Continue

Added by Susan on July 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Fabric Swap

I am interested in this swap. Is it a FQ swap or yard piece. Unfortunately I have an extrordinary busy week and a half coming up. So if it is a go, could some one please send me a private email?
Thank you so very much
with already too much on her plate :}

Added by Dawn on July 27, 2009 at 6:05pm — 4 Comments

Sewing Tips For the Beginner Seamstress

By Sabina Taylor I love sewing, it is my main hobby of choice. I do enjoy many other crafts outside of stitching, but my sewing machine is always close by and ready for whatever the task. I find it rewarding to make clothing and useful things to decorate the home. There is always something new to learn allowing your imagination to grow and soar with endless ideas. Designing is where I find the artist in me, others may find their creative sides in other areas of the craft. Since you have… Continue

Added by Susan on July 26, 2009 at 9:10am — 3 Comments


I've been noticing alot of "Christmas in July" promotions over the past month. It always seems the holidays creep up on me and every year I say I'm going to make this or that. Last winter I was flipping thru books and magazines to come up with an idea for a wallhanging. I found beautiful ideas but, each one was too Christmasy (is that a word?!). So I decided I would design my own wallhanging that could stay up longer throughout the winter. This… Continue

Added by Lynne Demeter on July 26, 2009 at 7:01am — No Comments

ZeelTV is Searching for the Next Crafting Diva. Ten Minutes of Fame and A Chance to Host Series.

(PRWEB) July 24, 2009

Auditions held at the CHA SuperShow at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando July 31st and August 1st. The screen tests benefit Jenny McCarthy's Generation Rescue.

Casting call for Crafters, Decorators, Sewing Experts, Quilt Designers, and Scrapbook Experts. Winning contestants will land their own television series! Held at the CHA SuperShow at the Orange County Convention Center, West Hall, Orlando on July 31st and August 1st and Audition,… Continue

Added by Susan on July 25, 2009 at 7:31am — No Comments

Elements Of Your Quilting Design - By Penny Halgren

You can transform your quilt from a Plain-Jane to an Exciting Quilt with simple design elements in your quilting design. Although books are getting better about this, often a book demonstrating a beautiful quilt top design falls short when it comes to suggesting quilting designs. Many of the books have small pictures of the whole finished quilt top, leaving you guessing how it was quilted. Others have close up pictures of the quilting design for part of the quilt top, but don't show how that… Continue

Added by Susan on July 24, 2009 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The fabric of tradition

Quilting is not just for girls

By Nayeli Rodriguez

Sean Gutekunst is rambunctious on the playground, like many 6-year-olds. He enjoys attending band practice with his father, playing piano, and being in the Cub Scouts, but he has an unusual hobby - quilting.

Sean learned through his grandmother, Linda Dougherty, an experienced quilter who has… Continue

Added by Susan on July 24, 2009 at 6:41am — No Comments

You are awesome!!

Thank you ALL for the truly helpful advice, which I read very carefully. Am taking notes and will be off shopping this week. Will keep you posted on my decision.
Appreciate your time!!
thank you thank you thank you!

Added by Ink Spot on July 23, 2009 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Teeka tickled pink by quilt

By BRUCE MOUNSTER A QUILT delivered to Dogs' Homes of Tasmania's Risdon Vale facility yesterday has dogs all over it. The dog-inspired quilt, called Walkies, is the outcome of Hobart quilting group Quilt-Inn's annual retreat at Steeles Island last September. That was where the idea was born for the work, which has been donated to the dogs' home as a fundraiser. The workload was shared by 21 group members who made the individual squares, each containing an image of a dog, most of them… Continue

Added by Susan on July 23, 2009 at 6:38am — No Comments

Advice on machine for beginner?

Hi All,

I had a really poopy brother machine for about $100 a couple years ago. I was disheartened when it jammed and consequently died. I have renewed urge to begin sewing again (spawned from all these beautiful textiles I bought along my travels in asia) and I'm back in the market for a machine! Any advice on something around the $250-$350 range for entry level? I'd love to have a computerized one but that is expensive, I know. I'd love the ability to tie off and have a sewing on/of… Continue

Added by Ink Spot on July 22, 2009 at 12:51pm — 24 Comments

I'm "sew" scrappy!

I really am very scappy. Since I began quilting I've been drawn to the scrappy look. That is why I am so pleased with the response to the fabric swap question I posted. It seems to me that no matter how much fabric I buy there's always that feeling that "If I just had one more blue or green!" I've also noticed that different areas of the country offer different fabrics too, and this just widens the possibilities. So, keep on responding to the fabric… Continue

Added by Lynne Demeter on July 22, 2009 at 8:08am — 3 Comments

Door Topper

I work on alot of quilts at the same time as do most quilters, I think. Some days I cut, or pin, hand sew or machine sew. I might have lots of blocks to press, or paper to remove from a paper pieced project. But a good portion of these projects take some time and every now and again I like to throw in something quick and easy. That's when I decided to do the door topper. I was looking around the living room and thought to myself that the area over the… Continue

Added by Lynne Demeter on July 21, 2009 at 7:55am — 1 Comment

How to make your own duvet cover

If you have a new dorm room or apartment to outfit this fall, you’ve probably discovered that store bought duvet covers are expensive. Queen size organic cotton covers from Calvin Klein retail for around $350 and even Target charges $250 for some of their queen size covers. Thankfully, making one is a project a novice sewing enthusiast can accomplish with beautiful results for about $175 (and that’s using some of the most expensive organic cotton fabric on the market).

The… Continue

Added by Susan on July 21, 2009 at 7:27am — No Comments

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