So you’ve made a quilt that you love and now you are wondering how to display it so that you can see and enjoy it every day… or you want a way to quickly and easily change out your wall hangings for the seasons… OR you’re thinking that you are ready to enter your fabulous quilt creation into a show and a hanging sleeve is required to exhibit it. No worries! Today we will be learning how to make a hanging sleeve for a quilt- it’s really very simple!
There are a couple of ways to make a hanging sleeve, today I will be sharing the most common method. Now, if you’re like me, you may be tempted to skip this step of making the hanging sleeve, because it does require some hand sewing, and you’re like- I just sewed all of that binding on, I do not want to do more hand stitching! But having a hanging sleeve on the back of your quilt makes it so much easier to hang your quilts and swap them out seasonally. Plus- it greatly reduces the stretching and distortion that will inevitably occur if you try to hang your quilt in some other fashion. Generally, the larger/heavier your quilt is, the more you need to worry about stretching. For miniature quilts, you can get away with hanging them with clips or with safety pins in the corners. But for larger quilts, by evenly distributing the weight on a rod, you greatly reduce the distortion than can occur. (more…)
—Beginner’s Guide to Hand Embroidery, perfect if you’re just starting out with embroidery! (Videos, bonus “mini” patterns great for practicing basic stitches, printable stitch guide, and printable supply list you can take with you to the store.)
—Bonus quilt, tote bag and pillow projects you can make with any embroidered or appliqued block
February 14 is right around the corner! I was trying to think of something quick- really quick- to dress and brighten up little spots in the house that needed some “love”. I made these little Valentine’s Day quilted tags! Sort of a super-mini Valentines Day quilt pattern, lol. They are the perfect way to use up some fabric AND batting scraps! (If you’re anything like me, you hate to throw even the littlest pieces away!) Have you noticed that metallics are everywhere?? For this Valentine’s Day sewing project, you can use metallic DecoFoil like I’ve done here, or you can do machine applique. If you do machine applique, keep in mind that the pieces are fairly small, so you will want to use a small stitch, and don’t forget to use the reversed patterns. When using DecoFoil, you don’t need to reverse the patterns.
You can just sit the tags in little bowls like this:
Or add some twine or ribbon and tie them to a vase like I’ve done below. Ooooh… you know what would be really cute??? Fill Mason jars with candies or cookie mix, and tie one of these little tags to it! I’d definitely love to receive that as a gift, how about you??
For each quilted Valentine’s Day tag, you will need: (more…)
Looking for a free Valentine’s Day quilt pattern (or 2 or 27?) It’s no secret that I LOVE Valentine’s Day! Not for the chocolate and roses (though those are nice….), but I LOVE red and pink! I think another reason I love Valentine’s Day decorating is that it’s a really nice way to “warm” up the house in the midst of the cold, gray and dreary winter. I’m always a bit sad when we take down the Christmas decorations in January- but I look forward to adding punches of bright cheerful color with my red and pink hearts!
For this post, we’ve rounded up 27 Free Valentine’s Day projects for you to stitch up! I think you’ll “love” these!
And if you like these, be sure to check out these previous posts:
Many of you have finished your I Love Home Block of the Month quilts and are posting your photos in the Sew Quilty Friends Facebook group– Bravo on such beautiful quilts!! To celebrate, we will having a GIANT grand prize giveaway, so keep reading!!!
*** I’m even going to give you a sneak peek of the 2018 free block of the month, keep reading!!! ***
Today we are making this cute Valentine’s Day Mini Quilt! It’s about 10 1/2″, so you could use it for a large mug rug, or a candle mat, or a little mini table topper or wall hanging. This has a fun, unexpected shape- refer to my How to Bind Odd Angles tutorial found here.
This tutorial will also appear in the Olfa newsletter this month! I have always used Olfa rotary cutters and blades, but for the last few months I’ve been using their new Endurance Blades– and let me tell you, they are super sharp! They will cut your fabric like “butta”!!
Standard quilts have corners with 90 degree angles, but sometimes you come across a project with an “odd” angle. Today, I am going to show you how to bind a quilt which has 135 degree corners (8 sides). Next week, I’ll show you how to make the cute little project that I’m binding today!! (Find the Valentine’s Day Mug Rug project here.)
You will need binding strips just like if you were binding a standard shaped quilt (usually 2 1/4 – 2 1/2″ wide.) Fold them in half lengthwise, right sides out, and press. (more…)
Oh, it’s that time of year again! Time to get cozy and creative and make things for decorating and gift giving! 25 Free Projects to Sew for Christmas and Holidays is a great place to start! Quilting, embroidery, and felt projects await- Let’s get busy! (more…)
Don’t you want to snuggle up with this fat, cozy kitty? He is all bundled up and ready for the holidays in his handsome scarf and spectacles. He’d be super-cute embroidered on a Christmas stocking or pillow.
You could also use it for a coloring sheet. Get my coloring tips in this video, and tips for using watercolor pencils in this video.