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How to Quilt: Scrap Quilts

How to Quilt: Scrap Quilts
How to Quilt>Scrap Quilts Bonnie Hunter is a quilter who specializes in scrap quilts using fabric from thrift shops or donations from friends' closets. Recently she visited with us for our Eavesdrop on a Telephone Conversation, and the specific topic was how to choose the garments at a thrift shop that will make great fabric for a quilt. Here is a sampling of her answers: Penny: How do you know whether a particular garment would make a good fabric for a quilt? Bonnie: I look for garments the same way I look for fabric. If it says 100% cotton, then that’s the first thing I’ll look for. The next thing I check is how the fabric feels in my hand. I look for the same kinds of things when I look for articles of clothing to cut up for fabric. Penny: You don’t use polyester? Bonnie: No, I don’t. Men’s shirts, so far, have not incorporated spandex. Penny: How do you estimate how much fabric you’ll be able to get from a particular garment? Bonnie: The size of the garment will give you an idea. Related:  Supplies...Quilting and sewing

Red Pepper Quilts DIY Gift: Terrarium Kit November 30th, 2012 It’s widely accepted that terrariums are awesome, which means they also make awesome gifts. It’s hard to wrap a terrarium though, so a DIY kit is the perfect solution. It would be easy to whip up a whole bunch of these kits if you need a lot of inexpensive, creative gifts. Or wouldn’t they make amazing party/wedding favors? I designed some free printable cards with planting and care instructions for you to download and include in your terrarium kit. To make your kit, first put about an inch of small stones in the bottom of a jar. Print a 3 1/2″ x 5 1/4″ terrarium instruction card on card stock, and cut it out (download printable cards here—for personal use only please). If you’re feeling ambitious you could make a few polymer clay mushrooms to include in your terrarium kit. Tie some twine or ribbon around the jar, and you’re done.

7 quick, low-cost fixes for your quilting space (+ sale) Do you have a quilting studio? A room? Half a room? Lois is featured in the new Creative Spaces magazine from Quilter’s Newsletter Lois has made a career of helping quilters organize their sewing spaces for maximum efficiency. Download the eBook version of Creating Your Perfect Quilting Space for sewing-room makeover ideas that will make your precious quilting time more relaxed, more efficient, and more fun. 1. If you don’t have a permanent space for quilting, you can create portable workstations to set up temporarily and take down easily for stowing. 2. (Don’t have a budget for articulated lamps? 3. One of the key concepts of ergonomics is keeping your body in a neutral position as much as possible. 4. Fabric that is folded uniformly is easier to stack, creates a less cluttered appearance, and makes finding just the right fabric much easier. 5. 6. 7. What is your quilting space like—and what’s your biggest organizational challenge?

p.s. i quilt Rotary Cutting The WWQP How-To's Equipment Rotary cutting offers the quilter the ability to cut a large number of fabric pieces quickly and accurately. The basic equipment needed for rotary cutting is a rotary cutter, a special mat designed for use with rotary cutters, and a heavy plastic ruler. Rotary cutters come in two sizes. Safe Rotary Cutting Rotary cutters are extremely sharp and caution should be used when rotary cutting. Preparing the Fabric for Rotary Cutting All fabric should be pressed before cutting. Once the ruler has been placed, the quilter should carefully place his/her left hand on the ruler to hold it in place being careful not to shift the postion of the ruler. Rotary Cutting Basic Shapes Strips - Take the finished width of the strip and add 1/2" for seam allowances. Squares - Take the finished size of the square and add 1/2" for seam allowances. Right Triangles - Take the finished length of the straight side of the right triangle and add 7/8". Further References on Rotary Cutting

5 Quilt Supplies You Didn’t Think You’d Need - 24 Blocks 5 Quilt Supplies You Didn’t Think You’d Need You’ve already grabbed the fabric, thread, and scissors – but what about those helpful quilting supplies that aren’t so obvious? Once you’ve got the basics, consider getting these items – many of which you might not have considered. The nice thing about some of these items is that you probably already have them at home – just didn’t think they’d come in handy when making a quilt! TweezersYou might have a pair of these in the medicine cabinet, but grab a second pair to keep with your quilting supplies. They might not be obvious quilting tools, but supplies like these can be very helpful when crafting a project.

Ideas for Quilting Cupcake Onesies Gift Idea If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our mailing list. Thanks for visiting! Ever since I saw this video from Oh Crafts! If you know me, I love to gift homemade gifts. I started with the following supplies: cupcake gift box (I found mine at my local Michaels store)colorful cupcake linerscupcake sleeves (optional)4 onesies (I used a pack of Gerber ones from Target)2 pairs of baby socks (also found at Target)Scotch tape Here is a visual of how I made the cupcakes: Fold each onesies long ways twice in on itself, so it is a very thin long piece.Then take one sock and let the top of the toe area of the sock pop above the onesie.Roll the sock tightly in the middle of the onesie to create the cupcake shape. UPDATE: After making over a dozen of these cupcake onesies boxes, I realized if I let the end of the baby sock hang down, I could fold it up around the onesie roll to secure without the use of tape, just like this: Looking for another homemade baby gift idea?

How to Choose the Best Rotary Cutter It wasn't too many years ago that quilters had only a few choices when it was time to buy a rotary cutter. Things have certainly changed, because now just about every manufacturer who makes rotary cutters lets us choose from a variety of blade sizes, handle types, safety latches and other features. That's good news for quilters, because it means there's a rotary cutter out there to suit every need. Choose a Rotary Cutter Blade Size Rotary cutters are available in several different blade sizes, from 18mm to 60mm in diameter. I have good luck with Olfa blades. About Rotary Cutters The "Best" Rotary Cutter Handles Handles are where rotary cutter styles fly off into every direction. I love to shop for quilting supplies online, but if you've never used a rotary cutter visit your local fabric or quilt shop and try several out in person to be sure you're getting a good "fit." Rotary Cutter Safety Latches Hold each cutter in your hand and flip its latch open and shut. Rotary Cutting Safety Tips

I'm actually getting it done... I'm following Vicki's lead and quilting for an hour first thing in the morning. I have been making a lot of progress on my Scrappy String and I'm enjoying it immensely. If I keep up at this pace, this quilt will be done in no time. Since I've decided to make it a tall, narrow wall-hanging I think it will be easy for me to quilt too. In this bottom photo it's possible to see at what stage I'm working. I'm planning on using a black/white polka dot for binding and no borders. Take care,

Quick bread in a bottle Cool weather puts us in the mood to bake. So why not give a friend a head start? Layer the dry ingredients from step 1 (below) for this easy quick bread into a milk bottle or 1-quart mason jar. To fit, tamp each layer well (with chips and nuts on top). Then all that's left is to add the wet ingredients and bake. We used craft paper adhered with double-stick tape to cover the original milk bottle graphics and the lid. Add a label on the back of the bottle for the recipe instructions. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Quick Bread 1. 2. 3. 4. Looking for milk bottles? We used bottles from milk we bought in an independent food market, which is a good source for milk from small, local dairies. Get local recipes that you won’t find online.

Keeping Scissors Sharp: 10 Tips to Care for Your Sewing Scissors Your fabric scissors are a prized possession of your sewing room, so be sure to treat them that way. Follow these tips to keep your scissors in tip-top shape, so they are sharp and ready for use at all times! 1. Avoid moisture. Ironing and sewing go hand in hand, but irons usually have water in them so we can steam as we press, and moisture is not good for your scissors. Avoid setting your scissors on your ironing board, as your board will retain the moisture from the steam a lot longer than you may think. 2. It’s tempting to reach for your closest pair of scissors when you need to cut something, but you should reserve your good fabric scissors for only cutting fabric, thread, and ribbons without wire. 3. Have an alternate pair of scissors on hand for cutting wired ribbon, patterns, fusible interfacing, and other things that might damage your fabric scissors. 4. Have your scissors sharpened regularly by a professional knife sharpener. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Click to shop the kit collection!