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Susan's Blog – August 2009 Archive (24)

Improv Patchwork: A Jazzy Approach To Quilting

By ALIX BOYLE Master quilter Denyse Schmidt is just like most of us when it comes to starting a new project: She's plagued by doubts, second-guesses herself and procrastinates.

But Schmidt always triumphs over these demons and produces some of the freshest contemporary quilts available today. In addition to creating couture, custom quilts, as well as a line of more accessibly priced quilts, Schmidt is committed to teaching other quilters to get out of their own way. With a… Continue

Added by Susan on August 29, 2009 at 7:39am — No Comments

Sewing Machine Hoax Stitches Up Saudis

Hoaxers tricked hundreds of people in Saudia Arabia into believing their old sewing machines were worth a fortune as they contained a mythical substance.

Saudi newspapers published pictures of people proudly posing at traditional markets next to Singer machines said to contain red mercury. The English-language Saudi Gazette newspaper said some buyers were willing to pay up to 200,000 riyals (£35,000) for an old Singer sewing machine proven to… Continue

Added by Susan on August 29, 2009 at 7:32am — No Comments

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Added by Susan on August 28, 2009 at 7:24am — No Comments

Know your weaves

by Wendy Kaufman

As a serious sewer, there are things you need to know about the fabrics you use, so that you can achieve the look you want. One of these things is knowing the weave of your fabric. Think all you need to know is how the fabric looks in your hand when you buy it? Not even close. Fabric weave (let alone content) determines future fit and even how it sews up. You have already proven this to yourself every time you buy jeans. You try… Continue

Added by Susan on August 24, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Painting with fabric: Quilting can bring income, pleasure

By Tamera Manzanares A complex array of red, orange and rust tones mesmerize while telling the story of a devastating wildfire. The elaborate patterns are pieced together in a quilt inspired by the Hinman fire near Clark seven summers ago. The piece, which hangs in the Steamboat Lake State Park visitor center, was designed and created by Jo Morrison and Jo Stack. Invoking beauty and awe, the quilt is one of many… Continue

Added by Susan on August 24, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Vintage Sewing Pattern Lingo

"Up for bid is a lot of three vintage dressmaker patterns: M1021, New York Designers Collection, ff, uc, complete; lfvv, uc, ff, printed, mint condition, Paris Original, circa 1950s, Pierre Cardin, V2075 w/label; and Dior, lfvv, cut, vc, complete, Paris Original, V2911." Eh? No, it’s not top-secret navy code or a new texting language designed by teens to stump curious parents rambling through their children’s cell phones. It’s the language of online buyers and sellers of… Continue

Added by Susan on August 21, 2009 at 6:14am — No Comments

Sew stunning: Teens bring fashion show to life, thread up, with help from fashion great Anne-Sara Odor


Anne-Sara Odor stood amid a clutch of young fashion designers spelling out the details of their upcoming runway show and asking them to select the music to accompany their models' walk. "There are going to be hundreds of people here and invitations sent out, so we want the show to be stunning," she instructed. "It will be hard work, but it will be really fun." A former vice president of women's design at Abercrombie and Fitch, Odor has… Continue

Added by Susan on August 20, 2009 at 11:20am — No Comments

Sewing Lounges: The Starbucks For The Seamstress

by Calandra Ferguson Sewing lounges, a Starbucks for sewing enthusiastic of sort, is a modern day twist of the home sewing room and an

old-time sewing circle. A community space for sewers looking for some method of sharing their combined creative passions, nourish creativity and gather together to share common experiences and feed their stitching souls. A sewing lounge isn’t a fabric or sewing machine store. In fact, there might not be anything to buy, except for an offering of… Continue

Added by Susan on August 20, 2009 at 6:30am — 1 Comment


Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through the recycling of used clothing.

The Swap When you attend the swap bring at least one bag of your unwanted clothing and a small donation (each swap varies depending on available funding). Every swap begins with a giant collective pile of clothing, the unwanted clothing of all who… Continue

Added by Susan on August 19, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Amy Butler Nigella Yoga Bag - Free Pattern Download

Amy Butler offers this free

Nigella Yoga Bag.pdf download. I absolutely love this project! Yoga bags can be very expensive. Make and customize your own with this free pattern download. If you make this bag please post a photo to share with Sew-What'! We'd love to see the finished bag. Sleek and practical. Ideal for taking your yoga mat to and from classes, or stowing it away at home. Sewing… Continue

Added by Susan on August 18, 2009 at 1:30am — 1 Comment

Amy Butler Portfolios - Free Pattern Download

Here is an excellent project offered by Amy Butler. The portfolios are designed to hold and organize cards, gift tags, paper crafts, or sewing tags! A lovely gift idea. Instructions and measurements included.
SweetGreetingsPortfolios.pdf Download

Added by Susan on August 17, 2009 at 8:51am — 1 Comment

Skirt Pattern Calculator

Need a really simple flared skirt? Here's a quick

pattern calculator that tells you had to make two main arc pieces! It does not consider seams, hems, or seam allowance, but you can figure that out on your own. This pattern has no darts or tricky stuff, so it won't look perfectly tailored, but it's great for costumes or something… Continue

Added by Susan on August 13, 2009 at 7:32am — 1 Comment

How to sew your own laptop sleeve

What's better than making something practical for your laptop while exercising your creative skills at the same time? In this tutorial, Ars shows how to make your own laptop (or camera, or phone) sleeve, step by step. With more and more people toting around laptops and netbooks, the market for third-party notebook sleeves and cases has heated up. However, as many of us already know, those offerings can sometimes be hit or miss—laptop sleeves can be ugly, expensive, or both. So why not… Continue

Added by Susan on August 12, 2009 at 5:53am — No Comments

Memory Quilts from Sports Jerseys or T-shirts

There's something about the approach of fall that makes us nostalgic about our school days and the school days of our children and grandchildren. Why not use this nostalgic adrenaline to get started on some memory quilts? Are you looking at a stack of t-shirts or sports jerseys that don't fit any more? Or, maybe they fit, but your son, daughter or grandchild is on a different team this year. On the other hand, possibly your husband has retired from his weekend sports teams, or has a collection… Continue

Added by Susan on August 11, 2009 at 7:19am — No Comments

How To Find Time To Sew

Do you have you loads of simply beautiful material folded neatly away in the cupboard, unused? Would your wardrobe increase if a few missing buttons were stitched back on and some drooping hems or the like were stitched up? Do you want to learn to sew and use that material and recharge that wardrobe? I often hear my friends moan about a few little mending jobs they would like to do but haven't quite got the skills. The other reason given is 'I don't seem to have the time to do these things!'… Continue

Added by Susan on August 11, 2009 at 6:54am — No Comments

Quilt maker goes high-tech

Even things as simple as needle and thread have been influenced by technology.

Penny Roberts will show you how. Roberts, who

opened her quilt shop, Penny Quilts, last month at 719 Ave. G in Fort Madison, has the needle and thread she uses plugged in to

make quilts. Penny Quilts is within K's Fabrics and More.… Continue

Added by Susan on August 10, 2009 at 6:30am — No Comments

Save a slice of summer: Make an oilcloth bag

Fruit laden oilcloth bags continue to be quite the summertime rage and it’s not too late to whip one up. Also available in autumn inspired prints, the most popular designs sport vividly colored citrus and berries and are sure to brighten any shopping trip- no matter what the season.

Sewing with oilcloth is a bit different than traditional fabrics. Today’s oilcloth is essentially vinyl permeated cotton mesh and the good news is it won’t fray (goodbye overcastting!) and it’s… Continue

Added by Susan on August 7, 2009 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Thread Count in Quilting Fabric - What's the Big Deal?

Thread count is the number of threads per square inch in the fabric. It determines the quality and weight of the fabric. Threads are counted for both the length and width of the fabric. If there are the same number of threads in both directions, the fabric is an “even weave.” Fabrics with an even weave are easier to work with as you make a quilt, since the fabric will have the same amount of “give in both directions.

Quilting cotton is generally 68 x 68 threads per square inch,… Continue

Added by Susan on August 6, 2009 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

A Little About Moda Fabric...

Moda is a leading US manufacturer and distributor for designer quilting fabric. Moda fabrics are not only sought after in the United States but also by avid quilters in Australia and Europe. What sets Moda apart from other quilting fabric manufacturers? Why do consumers, especially quilters, prefer Moda Fabric? Let's examine some of the unique aspects of Moda. Moda has built a wonderful team of fabric designers who are extremely talented. Just to name a few: Chloe's Closet, April Cornell,… Continue

Added by Susan on August 6, 2009 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

Making a Quilt Using Your Printer

For a meaningful, fun project why not make a quilt using your printer? All it takes are some inkjet fabric sheets, an inkjet printer and some favorite photos to make a quilt full of memories. The fabric sheets are permanent and machine washable and your photos are going to look great on them. It is really easy, fun and fast to create your own quilt pieces. You should be able to easily find the special fabric sheets at a fabric or quilting store and probably in most craft or hobby… Continue

Added by Susan on August 6, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

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