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  • VIDEO: Sue Daley Round We Go Sew-along Version 1 of Block 10

    If you haven't stumbled across it yet, Sue Daley is releasing a series of blocks with some great videos to show you how to make them. GnomeAngel highlighted this one in particular, which caught our eye.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Catch a great video of Sue Daley's Block 10
    • They also have a monthly prize and a grand prize

    "The team at Sue Daley Designs have put together this helpful video that shows how they glue the pieces for assembly and then the order in which they are assembled."

  • Learn How to Sew a Scarf

    Learn how to sew a scarf

    Have some extra scraps of fabric sitting around that's too good to toss out? Learn to sew a DIY scarf! Polkadot Chair helps you, starting with the first step of considering which supplies are needed. Then there's step-by-step instructions and pictures on how to cut the fabric into a square, making sure that it's the proper length. Finally, you'll see how to sew and steam a seam around the edge of the fabric. Steaming, sewing, and then steaming again! :)

    Key Takeaways:

    • For the necktie to work best, you need a fabric that’s lightweight and has a bit of drape to it.
    • If your fabric is slinky or harder to work with you can sew a basting stitch 3/8th inch from the raw edge and use this as a guide to help you get an accurate and consistent hem.
    • To wear it, fold it in half to create a triangle. Roll up the triangle beginning at the widest part. Tie around your neck using a double knot.

    "So bust out that scrap fabric bin and join us as we learn how to sew a scarf!"

  • Wondering about wool? 2 wool-applique tutorials to inspire your stitching

    Wool Applique Tutorials for Stitching

    For anyone new to wool, you'll be surprised how very relaxing and simple making a project with it is. Many projects can be done and there are many different styles and ways to do them. You can use almost any type of wool, from reusable garage sale wool to hand dyed and felting wool. Check out this post by Stitch This to see images of various finished projects to get some ideas of what you might want to do with it. If you're interested, check out the video for the blanket stitch too!

    Key Takeaways:

    • Wool appliqué is very portable, so you can work on it almost anywhere.
    • Felting wool requires moisture, agitation, and heat.
    • Hand-dyed wools are soft and wonderful to stitch, plus they offer many different texture and color options.

    "When choosing wool off the bolt, look for fabric that is at least 80% wool, or it won’t felt. My recommendation is to choose 100% wool whenever possible. Suit-weight wools tend to be too light, and coat-weight wools are too heavy."

  • New details about Moda & Martingale’s Quiltstock retreat!

    Moda & Martingale’s Quiltstock Retreat is starting soon. They recently announced in their Facebook group that sewing will be available... all night long. The classes are taught by four wonderful designers, Lisa Bongean, Me and My Sister Designs, Carrie Nelson, and Kathy Schmitz. All of them are unique and qualified to impart large amounts of knowledge on sewing.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Lisa Bongean, Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, Carrie Nelson and Kathy Schmitz in person.
    • A free quilt book from each of the designers.
    • Five full days for the quilts display and exhibition.

    "Don’t miss your chance to recharge and reinvigorate your creativity at this one-of-a-kind event, brought to you by some of the best in the business!"

  • Simple Baby Quilt Pattern

    A minimalist and simple baby quilt

    Sometimes it's hard to explain why a quilt can be so striking. In this case, we came across a simple baby quilt that just made perfect, adorable sense. The pattern is quick and easy to sew. It's a striped quilt that's great for giving as a gift for a new baby. The original post at Simple Simon includes instructions for cutting and sewing this simple baby quilt pattern. And there's some great photos to help you along the way.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Making baby quilts is a quick afternoon project.
    • Baby quilts are a great gift for new parents.
    • Strip quilts are simple to cut and sew up and then you have a nice gift that will be treasured for years to come.

    "I love to make baby quilts for new babies, they are my go-to project because they are a quick afternoon sew."

  • Ruffle Edge Doll Quilt Tutorial

    A beautiful ruffle edged blanket

    Anyone with a toddler or grand-toddler? We loved this easy tutorial from polkadotchair.com for a ruffled baby doll quilt. Make any little girl feel special with her customized bedding for all her baby dolls! It makes great use of any ruffle strips that you might have laying around. And you will need to piece some strips together to get the 90”.

    Key Takeaways:

    • The ruffle edge trim sets this sweet quilt apart and makes it playful and fun.
    • This would be a fantastic project for beginning sewists, replace the ruffles (which can be a bit tricky to pin and sew) with glue on the ribbon, ricrac or pom pom trim and have them piece the top.
    • This fun quilt can be finished in an afternoon, which is always satisfying!

    "This quick project is a great way to show off favorite fabrics, practice your quilting techniques and make a little girl in your life happy- all at the same time!"

  • Patchwork & Quilting Basics – Quilt Batting

    Varieties of Quilt Batting

    Batting is an often overlooked area of quilting, so we were happy to see Nadra write about the different batting options that you can pick from. Depending on your project you may want your batting durable, or maybe you don't want it to crease? Maybe you want it fluffy or maybe you want it to absorb moisture and wear well? Some things to keep in mind are going with blends vs. straight cotton. Blends are not easily pressed; they do not fade as easily as cotton, but are harder to use in patchwork and are especially difficult in appliqués. Scrap quilts combine fabrics of many types, depending on the quilt. Antique quilts often use a combination silk and wool.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Keep in mind there's a whole world of batting materials
    • Thickness of quilt batting is measured by its loft
    • Scrim is a light-weight, thin and hardly visible fabric

    "There is a wide variety of quilt battings available on the market. Apart from common cotton or polyester batting you can choose between different fibers like wool, bamboo, soy or silk. It’s available off the bolt in your own custom size or prepackaged, in standard sizes for quilts."

  • Limonella Table Runner

    table runner for the summer

    Does anything say summertime more than a cold glass of lemonade? Here I am, not even half-way into spring and this limonella table runner already has me thinking about the summer. While I'm not ready to move on from my spring projects quite yet, this table runner project is super easy and I'm already wondering how great it would look with the extra blue tones of the Summer Breeze III collection

    Key Takeaways:

    • Great size for table runner
    • A table runner is great gift for Mother's Day
    • Super easy to make

    "It feels like summer! Why are the kids still in school!!!!!!!"

  • How to Choose Fabric for a Quilt

    How to pick matching quilt fabric

    Today we bring you some tips for how to choose the right fabric for a quilt (check the full post out here).

    Find a "focus fabric" and choose your color scheme based on that fabric. For instance, the post's writer was making a baby quilt for her sister a few years ago and she really liked a jungle print by Alexander Henry - so they used that as the jumping off point for the rest of the fabrics. They had a blast then picking and choosing the fat quarters to bring the whole quilt together.

    Key Takeaways:

    • A process that is a simple and straight forward way to bring a quilt together!
    • Small scale, medium and sometimes even large scale prints in a quilt can give the quilt the depth and texture it needs to look pulled together.
    • Use beautiful blocks and pull together color palettes out of the block's image that work great together.

    "Color is also an important part of a quilt"

  • Sew Goodness – Scrappy Log Cabin Quilt Blocks

    Scrap Quilting - Red Scraps Log Cabin

    Just look at this gorgeous mountainous picture from Amy of "Diary of a Quilter"! It's rare to see such a beautiful quilt matched by such a beautiful background. But you'll also love what an easy tutorial she's put together for you. Each step that she has written was clearly thought out and easy to follow as well as her way of teaching and explaining in detail of what she is doing. Even for beginners, we think that you could easily follow along and create something similar to her project.

    Key Takeaways:

    • Make a monochromatic (meaning one color) scrappy log cabin block measuring 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″.
    • Step one is to DUMP the bin on the floor! The dump method makes it easier to see what you have while sewing and sorting.
    • The goal is to mix up the placement of lights and darks in your block to create more depth and dimension in the quilt.

    "I’ve been thinking it would be great to put out a Quilt Block challenge to be made into quilts for a good cause, because many hands make light work (or in other words – many blocks make fast quilts!)"

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