With more modern textile shows in circulation than ever, there is one thing that's hard to avoid sewing – quilt sleeves. If you have ever wanted your quilt in a magazine, quilt show or even if you’ve made so many quilts you’ve now decided to cover your walls with them, sewing a basic hanging sleeve on the back of a quilt is a good skill to know.
How to sew with denim! This next series of posts is very exciting because I'm going to take you on the adventure of a lifetime (and y’all know me. I never exaggerate.) Prepare yourselves to boldly go where few quilters have ever gone before: on an exploration of seldom-used, underrated, crazy-difficult or just plain strange fabric options that you may have never even thought of before.
I love quilting with flannel. So soft. So snuggly. So many different plaids! But quilting with flannel can get a little tricky because of a few of flannel’s hidden quirks.
Here’s what flannel’s putting on its online dating profile: I love to snuggle by the fire on a chilly evening with hot apple cider.
Fabric Starch: Not Just for Your Grandpa
You might associate fabric starch with the pleats on your grandpa’s jeans… but he’s not the only one who uses starch. Quilters use fabric starch, too! Fabric starch is a magical spray-on formula that stiffens fabric, making it easier for you to work with while quilting… especially when you’re sewing intricate, complex patterns.
Picture this: you’re scrolling through Instagram, lalala, like’n a few pics...lalala...oh look, your cousin is on a boat...lalala...cool! handmade purses; I should learn how to make purses...lalala...WAIT. ERRYBODY HOLD UP! That fabric. I love it. I need it.
Now the internet scramble.
Whether you’re a newbie quilter or someone who has been sewing for decades, there’s always something new to learn – be it a time-saving tip or a new handy notion.
I am made aware of my knowledge...and lack of knowledge every time I get an email from a fellow quilter asking about specific sewing techniques.
Alright ya’ll. This is the post where I dish all of my little tips and secrets about how I write a quilt pattern from beginning to end. This is not necessarily the best or the right way to do it, but it’s the way I do it.
When researching sewing machines, there are a lot of factors to consider. Since my specialty is quilting, I’ll give you the deets on what I’ve found to be the best quilting sewing machines.
It’s time. You’ve sewn a couple quilts, become totally addicted (I mean, it’s hard not to), and now realize the old hand-me-down Singer just isn’t cutting it.