*This post was inspired by How to Sew.
Vinyl can be a really useful material to use for a bunch of different types of projects, like my Hello Pouches pattern. Since it's see-through, the vinyl allows you to see inside the pouch without actually opening. This is only one of the many applications of vinyl in projects.
However, sewing with vinyl can be tricky because it sticks to your pressing foot. It's also much thicker than regular fabric, and it doesn't maneuver the same, either. Sometimes, this means broken needles if you don't take the right precautions. Here are 4 tips you can use to sew with vinyl:
1. Use a size 90 needle. Since vinyl is so much thicker and less pliable than normal fabric, it requires a special needle. Otherwise, you'll end up with a bunch of broken needles and an unfinished project. A thicker needle (specifically size 90) will do the...
I was more than thrilled when Shayla from Sassafras Lane asked if I would participate in her Foundations Fabric Blog Tour. Foundation is a fabric line designed by Shayla for Windham Fabrics with the perfect rainbow palette.
Ever since I released my Hello Pouches pattern I have wanted to do a little improv piecing work on the base of the pouches. These fabrics gave me the perfect opportunity. I especially loved quilting my pouches with these prints. Each hand drawn print created the most perfect quilting lines to follow.
I accented the rainbow patchwork with mini pipping which highlighted the colors so nicely.
I am also hosting a Sew-A-Long through the year of 2018. #12minisin12months A mission to create more mini quilts for my sewing space while connecting to other creatives and improving and learning new skills. I couldn't pass up the opportunity to create my February Mini from this Foundation fabric. Here...
I'm so excited to have you all along for this mini creative journey this year. I have already been so inspired by your incredible mini quilts! Part of the reason why I wanted to plan this mini quilt sew along was to share simple tips to help improve your quilting and sewing skills. For this first "tips and techniques" post, I want to go over how to choose fabric for your mini quilt projects.
Choosing your fabric is, in my opinion, one of the very best parts of any project! Whether you're at the quilt shop or digging through your fabric stash or scrap bin, you are working with a fresh canvas and taking the first step in bringing a new creation to life. Have fun picking your colors, prints, and textures for your creation!
Here are my four tips:
Choose high-quality fabric. This may sound obvious, but there is a difference...
Hello quilty friends,
I've outlined below what tips I'm going to cover this year as part of my resolution to create more often with mini quilts. Each month, as I post new tips, I'll link to the post from this page, so you can always come back to this page if you need help finding a post.
February: Choosing fabrics
March: Cutting tips
April: Needles and thread
May: Piecing & pressing tips
June: Quilting tips
July: Binding Tips
August: Pattern favorites
September: Paper piecing tips
October: English Paper piecing tips
December: Final post
I want to give special thanks to the generous sponsors of this sew-along—they are the reason I have so many great items to give away to you every month! You can look forward to fabulous giveaways from:
Quilters Dream Batting
Patterns By Annie
Cluck Cluck Sew
Riley Blake Designs
It's that special time of year full of new beginnings and fresh starts. I've got some new plans of my own, and I'd like you to join with me on this new year's resolution: to connect more, and to create more.
My friend Kelsey (Instagram @spoolsandspice) moved across the country this past year, and we wanted to do something that would help us keep in touch. Sewing quilts and sharing them with each other is the perfect reason to reconnect and remember our dear friendship. However, we are both busy working to support our husbands in school.
Since, for most of us, finding spare time is like trying to find a dropped needle in a shag rug, we wanted to plan something that would be more digestible and less overwhelming than a full-size quilt. I also live in a tiny two-bedroom apartment that still lacks decorations in a few of the rooms....
Join in on this sew-along for sewing tips and tricks, product reviews, and exclusive giveaways from some of my favorite designers and notion suppliers!
Throughout 2018, I’ll be leading a sew-along in which followers will sew a new mini-quilt each month. For those who follow along and enter their monthly mini quilts, I’ll be giving away a new prize package at the end of each month. For those of you mini quilt junkies who are particularly prolific, and who sew at least six new mini quilts during the year, I will be giving away a massive grand prize package. Oh, and just now, when I said “massive,” what I meant to say was
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Throughout the year, I’ll also be featuring my favorite mini-quilt patterns, reviewing my favorite notions,...
I'm so happy it's finally here! It's the release of my new pattern Hello Pouches. I have been blown away from the support and excitement for this pattern! I have loved the process of creating this pattern. I played with the idea for several years, and now it is here!
The pattern includes instructions for all four sizes. These pouches have a quilted base for great stability, but also include a great vinyl top for easy viewing of all your trinkets.
I made the bags on the cover with Vanessa's (from V and Co) fabulous new Confetti Metallic Ombre' fabric, shipping to stores in January.
Don't miss out on the coupon code for 20% off your PDF copy of the pattern. Enter "HELLO" at checkout until Saturday 9/30 midnight MST. Thank you for stopping by.
Welcome to the Wonderful Things Blog Tour. What an inspiration to see what so many have created with this beautiful collection of fabric. If you haven't had a chance to check out all that has been shared already, here is the full schedule. Stay tuned because there is more beauty coming your way through the end of August. Did you get a chance to see Sari's beautiful table runner from yesterday? If not, you must check it out!
Bonnie's collection for Art Gallery Fabrics will once again bring inspiration and beauty to your homes. The collection contains 20 beautiful cotton prints along with select prints in knits, voile, and canvas.
When I spotted the sweet floral border print, I knew I had to use it to make my Olivia's Basket Pattern. When I...
I have been the busiest I have ever been this "Quilt Market" season. I think I have sewn over 20 bags, and quilted many quilts. I always get so sad that I can't share until market it over. But luckily it is just around the corner.
Since I can't share all the lovely bags and fabrics I've been sewing with just yet. I wanted to show you a great new pattern from Patterns by Annie. It is called the Every Way Every Day Bag. This is a pretty great bag, it comes with a bunch of different ways to carry it. Included are the perfect length handles, backpack straps (that can be removed at the bottom and put in the pocket if you don't want to use them), a carrying strap, AND if that wasn't enough included in the pattern are some stroller straps.
The pattern also includes the instructions for a...
I am so happy that so many have joined in on our Open Heart Sew Along. If you missed the details don't worry, there is still time to join. For the next few weeks we will be sewing the Open Heart Quilt. (If you hurry fast the pattern is still on sale on Vanessa's website for just $5.)
I have been wanting to make this quilt for as long as the pattern has been available. When Vanessa of Lella Boutique released this pattern I was instantly drawn to the title and design. Some of you know I travel to Africa as often as my time and money will allow with an organization called Mothers Without Borders. While there we practice principles such as being present, being intentional, and having an open heart.
Many have also suffered from various heart conditions. I hope this sew along will in a small way bring recognition...