As you can see it has been WAY TOO LONG since I last posted! I am happy to say I am back and ready to get back to it. Just had some life issues that tend to appear once in a while and take over for a short period of time. Never think though I stayed completely away!
There have been many changes and ideas going on in the background even though I have been quiet. Here a just a few that either have already been put in place or will be coming out in the near future -
So as you can see there is still much going on and SOOOOOO much more to come! Hope to see you all around!
This was a fun tutorial to put together and I have even included a video (just in case you did not want to read this whole article! And yes I have created a YouTube Channel... very nervous about that! So be kind just in case you leave a comment and critique, LOL!
Yo-Yo's can be used for a lot of projects! Embellishments, backdrops on quilts, and even a full quilt, the possibilities are endless. I love to make them for my garlands that are sold in my shop.
I hope everyone enjoys this tutorial, I had a lot of fun putting it together! Now that I made you all read this post, below is a video with the same information!
First video made EVER, so I apologize for the background sound!
Let me know what you think!
There is always confusion when it comes to quilting, well in anything we get ourselves into really, especially with the terms or phrases we throw out there in the patterns or books we purchase. Just one of those we will focus on within this post.
The ‘finished measurement’ and the ‘cut measurement’…
Confused already? Never fear we will get to the bottom of this and get it all sorted out!
These two terms are use very frequently and they describe many areas of a quilt. These terms can be used from the time you are cutting your fabrics -> building your block -> setting your row to finally completing your quilt.
So let’s first focus on the ‘FINISHED SIZE’
A quilt block’s or quilt’s finished size refers to its dimensions after each of the pieces have been sewn together.
And now the ‘UNFINISHED SIZE’
This term will ONLY refer to a cut piece of material, block or a row of a quilt pattern prior to the quilt’s shell being completed.
In quilting, it can be pretty much guaranteed that we will use a 1/4 inch seam allowance for all construction. This will then mean that our unfinished size will increase the finished size by a 1/2 inch both vertically and horizontally and only on one side each. You see each 1/2 inch increase represents the 1/4 inch seam allowances that have yet to be sewn during your construction.
Throughout our quilt patterns we see a lot of measurements and there are times you will see the tern ‘finished’ or ‘unfinished’. I have finally discovered through MANY trial and errors that when one of these terms are not being used they are referring to the finished measurement of the block.
Now you could be thinking well so what does this mean if the pattern has given me cutting instructions; the quilt will come together anyway… And yes this is very true; take the time to get to understand so as you construct your quilt you can make sure you are on the right track for piecing your blocks.
Quilting is like putting a puzzle together. You know that each piece fits together perfectly and when you try to push a piece in the wrong spot, it just will not fit. Same concept here! When sewing, if you go off an eighth of an inch, the ripple throughout your quilt can grow into the inches. – Now we kinda went into another topic ‘Precision Piecing’ (yes more will come on this)…Hummmmm
No matter if you consider yourself a sewer or a quilter, the best item we have to work with are our fabric choices! The availability and types have grown SOOOOO much over time it cannot even be explained in words. For a time it was the sewers used the different or exotic type of fabrics where quilters ONLY ever touched the cotton variations. There was no crossing over to the other side of the spectrum.
However today there is no difference between the two groups now and it is awesome! We talk with each other now and have learned much. We have even figured out that if we understand how the fabric functions we can use it for anything!
So lets start looking at the types of fabrics that are out there and available to give our creations life and personality.
These are just my top choices that are available whether you are a sewer or a quilter. For me it is very dangerous to go into a fabric store, and my husband gets scared I will never come back out! Hey everyone has their vices and yes this one is mine.
When I look back on the items I have made and designed over the years, you can definitely see the change over to more exotic prints and the ways I fit them into my products.
I encourage EVERYONE to take the time to slowly walk around a fabric shop and see what comes to mind when you look over a fabric you would never think to purchase, TAKE THAT CHANCE!!!
I hope this list helps in your next projects and the fabrics you choose. And if you do take hat slow walk through a fabric shop, take a picture and let me see what you bought and what you are going to create!
Cover your World in Fabric Everyone!!!
As a business owner, there is really NEVER enough time in the day to get all our tasks completed on a daily basis... However we also add to our own frustration because we are always finding new techniques to complete our products or even add to our product lines!
And now of course this is what I have done! You Tube has become my obsession lately and from there I have gotten some really great techniques to try when creating my products... and while watching one of my favorite crafters, I saw it... Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils on FABRIC!!! Woo Whooo!!!!
As a designer I love creating an item that is both functional and also a different style that expresses the owner, but i am loving the idea that I can now incorporate my ideas into my fabric... I am pressing myself to stay small and keep it specific to certain items to test it out first...
I started playing with the different fabric mediums that can be used. These help the color to not bleed across your fabric.
I have chosen to use a 100% Ivory/White Muslin for the testing process, but I am really liking the look so I think the fabric is a keeper to use within the final designs! There are also MANY fabric mediums to choose from, i.e. Liquitex, Americana, Martha Stewart, Golden, just to name a few. I am even going to try to aloe vera gel technique. I purchase three types just to see how they react on the fabric, I do not want the fabric to get very stiff, and so far with these purchase I am not seeing that happening.
I am in no way an artist, but I know I can get through the basics and loving the colors these produce when blending on the fabric...
Again totally addicted to YouTube, so I have also provided the link to the video that COMPLETELY hooked me in with the possibility this technique can provide. Now she used the Derwent Inktense Blocks (YES will be my next purchase!!!) but wait until you see the item she made, ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!
This video demonstration was recorded during the West Michigan Quilter's Guild's show in October 2014. The instructor is Nancy Roelfsema and she is the President of this Guild Show.
I encourage everyone to check all these videos out, they are amazing at some of the techniques other crafters use and the designs they have created - very INSPIRING for everyone!
Be on the look out for our future designs capturing this technique. until next time everyone, ENJOY!!! And please if you should try this technique or even if you just feel like sharing, leave a comment! I love to see what inspires everyone out there!
Remember - Cover Your World in Fabric!!!
Made at Home Quilts ...and then some!!!
But it was funny, one day I was reading all the posts and just trying to catch up. What is great within these groups is we help out each other. There is always someone who does I craft that I do not know about and visa versa.. In this post there was a crafter who just could not understand why her metallic thread was breaking! Her posts were just hysterical with what she was saying and then it dawned on me, was she using a metallic thread needle...
I had made the suggestion to her and she since came back on the posts and thanked everyone for their help and it was the needle that was causing her the problem...
Now I have to admit I am really not that type of person who remembers these things and really what was making me laugh was I knew her pain!!! I learned the hard way...
When I started sewing, MANY, MANY years ago. I used one needle and I mean that literally. I NEVER PURCHASE ANOTHER NEEDLE!!! As I got further into my craft and got involved in my local quilt shop, yes I was taught the proper use of sewing needles. Can I tell you I had people rolling on the floor with some of the stories I was telling them and my thoughts... and here I thought I knew it ALL!
I learn everyday that I do not and nor does anyone else, but together we continue to LEARN even more!!!
Until next time everyone! ENJOY!!!
Made at Home Quilts ...and then some!!!
For those of us that sew, quilt or craft with any type of fabric, we ALL have those little pieces of fabric that start taking over our work area!!! When we add into the mix an individual that cannot throw ANYTHING away (yes, I am talking about me!) those piles start taking on a life of their own...
It was time I either got therapy to let them go or figure out a way to implement them into some great products! Of course I chose the latter, again CANNOT throw ANYTHING away!
The first thing that had to happen was an organization system that would be able to handle the mass of cotton growing at an astronomical rate... Dollar Store here I come!!! I found plastic show box containers that were perfect for the job, and yes we needed ALOT of them... They were then sorted by the primary color grid and they now sit perfectly within my shelves for easy access!!!
It is a very strange process, when I get organized, I get designing... and then once the sewing starts, I get unorganized all over again... I believe that if I cleaned my house the number of times I clean my craft room, dust would NEVER have a chance for survival!!!
OK back to the topic at hand... once I get organized I get designing.... I have seen some great ideas for scrap fabrics and I have come up with a few of my own!...
Once we can sit back and see what we have sitting around, the possibilities are endless! So take the time to just stand in your crafting area and be INSPIRED and start sewing and share them below... Remember our goal...
COVER YOUR WORLD IN FABRIC!!!
Made at Home Quilts ...and then some!!!
There has always been a debate as to whether to prewash or not to prewash your fabrics prior to sewing or quilting. Just with anything there is an agreement and disagreement with prewashing. After some hours of research on this topic, this is what I have found.
YES, I DO:
NO, I DO NOT:
I am one of those that DO NOT prewash my fabrics prior to sewing/quilting, with minor exceptions. Time is a huge issue for me. I love running my personal business, but I also have to work full time. So my time is VERY limited and I do not want to take away ANY time for washing - that is best for the family and there is enough of that!
Now even though I am on the side of 'I DO NOT' there are some fabrics I will. When designing a quilt from a wall hanging to king size, I will prewash my reds, blues, and purples, just to be safe from dye transfer. For the larger size quilts of course that is an easier process due to the size of the fabrics being washed are by the yard. However for wall hangings, we may be dealing with fabric the size of a scrap, fat quarter or pre-cut. I will also prewash fabrics used in anything Baby I make. There skin is very different from an adult.
Well during my research I have found the perfect solution for that! CLICK HERE to watch a video from Laura Coia on her sewing channel called Sew Very Easy.
Material shrinking is only an issue on some fabrics, and these fabrics I tend to not work with. These fabrics are those novelty type, i.e. terry cloth or chenille). And I have to be honest, I have sewn with them and I now stay AWAY from them...
Finally the chemical debate! Yes I agree they are there in the fabric, but I like the texture and control those chemicals give me. I get a crisper cutting line and I have GREAT control when manipulating the fabric to do what I want it to do! Our industry has changed SO MUCH over the years, that from the bleeding, to shrinkage and the chemicals, it is different now. Manufacturers are conscious of the fact that we are out there and do not wash our fabrics. So they take the necessary steps to prevent these concerns from happening. And let's face it, they make a better product, then we will buy it more!!!
If you are still on the fence of what to do, my best advise is use your best judgement. While I consider myself on one side, I will take the time to check and ensure there will be no issues for my products designed for my customers.
Thanks for stopping by and let me know what side you are on!
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