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Featured Blog Posts – July 2009 Archive (40)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essential math for sewing

There are a few math equations that will really boost your successes in sewing. The first is finding the circumference of a circle. Why do I need to know how to find the circumference of a circle, you may ask? Well, if you ever need to know how much trim to buy for the hem of a circle skirt, or table cloth, you will need this equation. [read… Continue

Added by Susan on July 21, 2009 at 6:56am — 3 Comments

Niamh sewing true colours

Just six years of age Deception Bay youngster Niamh Cadoo-Dagley sure is a crafty person. After winning the 2008 primary section of the

Queensland Quilt Show, Niamh will now enter her prize-winning quilt in the junior section of the Brisbane Ekka’s "Quilts Across Queensland" awards. The Southern Cross Catholic College pupil became the youngest person to win the Queensland Quilt Show primary… Continue

Added by Susan on July 18, 2009 at 9:39am — 9 Comments


DO WHAT YOU LOVE WITH ALL YOUR HEART. That's what this wallhanging in my sewing room says!! I couldn't agree more. I have been sewing forever (we'll keep that undisclosed!), and have been quilting for 20 years. Although I've tried my hand at many crafts, cross stitch, tole painting, floral arranging and so on, sewing has always been my passion. This is where the bulk of my "investment" to myself lies. I truly believe that purchasing good tools:… Continue

Added by Lynne Demeter on July 17, 2009 at 6:19pm — 3 Comments

Swaddle blanket

Does anyone have a tutorial on making a swaddle blanket? My daughter is about to have her baby and everyone is telling her to buy one of these. She said it has velcro attached to it. Has anyone seen these? It sounds like it would be easy to make but I'm not sure what it looks like.

Added by Kathy Schwendeman on July 17, 2009 at 11:28am — 1 Comment

Are Sewing Patterns Copyright Free?

Are sewing patterns copyright free? The simple answer to this question is no, although what you are allowed to with your sewing pattern will vary depending on the pattern itself and the company that made it. Copyright when sewing patterns are concerned is a very controversial thing and many people seem to have differing opinions on it. If you went to a shop and purchased a sewing pattern you would see a copyright logo on the pattern and some where it would say "for personal use only" or "for… Continue

Added by Susan on July 16, 2009 at 2:27pm — 8 Comments

Fashion Design & Sewing Contests

Does anyone know where I may find a listing of Annual Fashion Design/Sewing Contests which also includes entry details, guidelines and prizes?

For those of you interested, "Threads", is sponsoring a Linen contest now, deadline 8/17/09.

Added by Erika M. Yuille on July 16, 2009 at 8:28am — No Comments

Sandra Betzina conducts Joplin workshop

Sandra Betzina loves to sew more than anyone she has ever known. And Betzina, 65, has made a living sharing that passion with people across the nation and now, Joplin. Betzina, a San Francisco resident, was the host for the HGTV television series Sew Perfect for six years. She continues to design a full line of patterns for Vogue and has her own tab in Vogue’s pattern books called “Today’s Fit.” Sandra Betzina loves to sew more than anyone she has ever known. And Betzina, 65, has made… Continue

Added by Susan on July 14, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

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