Thursday, December 27, 2012
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
With the new year just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start organizing, planning and deciding on your quilting projects for 2013!
I really like to take some time to think about my quilting goals and ideas. It seems there are always more projects on the "I Want to Make This Someday" list than I might ever be able to complete in a few lifetimes; however, taking stock on a regular basis really helps to keep the most importatnt projects at the top of the list!
Here are a few ideas:
- First, sort through your "works-in-progress." There might be one, two, or a few that might not take too much to get them finished. Finishing up a couple works in progress always seems to help me get organized. I like to also make a list of these projects so I can refer to it throughout the year.
- Next, think about those projects you've been wanting to make. I like to look through patterns and fabric and look over on-line bookmarked sites while making my list.
- I actually have two "want to make" lists: the first one has quick and easy projects on it, and the second one has projects that will take a bit more time.
- Along with lists of specific projects, try making a list of new techniques or skills you want to work on during the new year. In years past different things like applique' or foundation paper piecing, or English paper piecing have been on my list. This year I'm going to try and quilt more of my own projects, and I really want to sew some projects with laminate fabrics.
- Sometimes I have favorite groups of fabric I'm just not sure what to do with. With these, I like to gather them together and leave them somewhere I can see them every day. Having a coordinated stack in a visible spot in my sewing room seems to help me figure out when the "perfect project" for that group comes along.
- Don't make too many goals or have unrealistic expectations. I've been thinking about starting a really big project and plan on having a two-year timetable for it.
- Another reason to not have too many projects on the list is to leave yourself time for new ideas that may come along...the little Vintage Modern tumbler mat below was one of those projects for me...I just put everything aside one afternoon and made something fun!
What ever your quilting goals might be for the new year, taking a little time to think them out can have big rewards...who knows...you might just be able to figure out what to make with that favorite pre-cut you've been saving! Happy deciding for the new year!
Friday, December 21, 2012
For a view of Sandy’s latest creation, a mannequin whose holiday habillement includes a skirt made from a holiday tree, visit her blog.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
As quilters we long to preserve sweet memories through our quilts.
We create quilts and other projects as keepsakes
to be handed down for generations.
StoryPatches are a great complement to our quilts,
because they allow our future generations to
know and remember the story behind us and our creation.
StoryPatches are QR, or quick response, codes you can link to any website or video.
Sew or iron one on to your project and then anyone can use their smartphone to
scan it and hear what you want them to know about it.
StoryPatches allow you to add a photo, video or audio message to any quilt or other fabric project.
Sing a lullaby to a child or grandchild and connect it to their
Use a StoryPatch as your quilt tag, and record yourself telling the story of that quilt.
Show a group of quilters how you mastered that certain technique.
Make a t-shirt quilt and add photos of yourself taken when you wore the shirts.
Watch this video to learn more about this innovative new product...
Saturday, December 15, 2012
It may be December 15th already, but there is still time to make some fun things for your holiday gift-giving. Here are a few ideas...
Table runners are a wonderful "quick to make" gift. A narrow runner is easy to quilt with straight-line quilting and can be made with holiday or with everyday fabrics. The table runner below was made with left-over jelly roll strips. The scrappy binding is even made from left-over strips! (Tutorial for table runner found here).
Pot holders and casserole mats are another quick and easy project. Moda Candy packs are the perfect precuts for this. Jelly roll strips and charm packs are easily cut into 2 1/2" squares for quick piecing. These mats have a layer of batting and a layer of heat resistant batting inside, making them perfect for dishes hot from the oven!
Patchwork notebook covers can also me made quickly. There are a lot of tutorials available for these projects--again, Moda Candy, charm packs and jelly rolls are a real time saver in stitching these up! (Pattern for notebook cover below by Sweetwater).
Pincushions are another "go to" project for the sewists and quilters on your list. This one was made from just a few Moda candy squares and a few other bits and pieces of fabric. The pincushion below is made from a Little Bites pattern, "Morsel" by Miss Rosie's Quilt Company.
Zipper bags are another project you still have time to make. The one below is "Abby's Treasure Box" by This & That patterns. Some charm squares and a fat quarter are all that is required to make this bag.
Patchwork bags go together pretty quickly as well. This one uses Moda twill tape for the drawstrings! Tutorial can be found here.
Embellished dish towels can also be made in an afternoon. A matching potholder could be made to go along with the towel to make a cute set! The pattern below is by Sweetwater.
There are also quite a few fun free patterns for pouches, bags, and table runners on the United Notions Free Patterns Page found here.
Some other ideas for last minute gifts include:
- Thread--neutrals or colors are always on every quilter's wish list
- Templates and tools
- Moda Candy packs
- Small pillows
- Mug rugs
- Key Chains
- Luggage Tags
- Doll quilts
Thursday, December 13, 2012
CONGRATULATIONS to bairdmtn!!!!!!
She said, "What generous Santas you are this year! I am so happy to see more and more people taking interest in sewing and quilting! I sure hope Santa leaves this goodie in my stocking because I am a 911 Dispatcher and I quilt and sew to remove the worries of the day! This would enable me to have more time to create some beautiful items to donate to emergency service organizations! Merry Christmas to Moda and all your employees! ."
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Well, we have reached the FINAL day of our 12 Moda Days of Christmas!
We hope you have gotten some stocking stuffing inspiration and had a little fun along the way.
Enjoy our final day & don't forget to go by your Favorite Local Quit Shop
to pick up some of your favorite things for your friends stockings.
We wish you all a Very Merry Christmas & hope Santa is good to you all!
What's not to love about the AccuQuilt Cutting Machines?
They just make cutting so simple and effortless. Who wants to spend their valuable time cutting those intricate designs when the Go! Cutter can do it for you in a fraction of the time and with perfect precision.
We love these easy FREE Christmas projects from Accuquilt...
(click each image for the free downloadable pattern)
Like this Santa Pillow Case.
here are its coordinating dies...
And this adorable Snow Man Family wall hanging...
and its coordinating dies...
We used our Go! Baby to make these adorable Christmas Gift Ornaments...
But aside from the Holidays they have tons of wonderful dies for your everyday projects!
We really like this Free Mix & Match Quilt Block Pattern Idea which shows you how to combine quilt blocks to create pieced blocks like those shown or come up with your own!
How fun is this Braided Beauty Quilt?
So as you can see, the possibilities are endless with the AccuQuilt Go! Cutters.
The AccuQuilt Go! & Go! Baby make for the ULTIMATE in Quilty Christmas Gifts!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
CONGRATULATIONS to LJ!
She said, "This mini iron looks fantastic! It looks the absolute perfect size for ironing those seams. I would keep it close to my sewing machine so I didn't have to keep getting up to use the full-size iron."
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