Quilting and sewing tips and tutorials

Monday, July 21, 2014

say it with color

Which color speaks to you?  Red, aqua, purple, brown, orange, pink, blue, yellow, green, etc. etc. etc.?

 Do you have a "go-to" color?

You know, the color that your closet or fabric stash has an abundance of. I find that I have more aqua blue, red and spring green in my closets and stash.

Do you tend to make quilts in the colors you usually wear?

Brandon Mably - waves

Do you get brave with color choices when you are making a quilt or bag? For instance you may favor blue for your home or wardrobe but you choose bright pinks or yellows for your projects.

Kaffe Fassett  - jungle paisley

Ever notice that your mood can affect your color choice when you get dressed in the morning or when shopping for new fabric or clothes?  One morning, this may be your color pick ......

Amy Butler - Gray Lacework

and the next day it may be this.......

Amy Butler - Tumble Roses
Are you easily influenced by trending colors, or have you stayed with your tried and true color choices?

I love color, all colors, and I love the current trend of the use of lots of color and the mix up of colors that weren't considered "right" in days gone by.
Just take a look at the fabrics by Kaffe Fasset's, Brandon Mably, Amy Butler, and other popular designers, and how color is used in their collections. When you look at you fabric stash, think how drab our world would be without color and without changing the way we see it.

 Brandon Mably - fish lips


Embrace color, be brave....go forth and say it with color!



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

time for a quickie....

I don't know about you, but every so often it's refreshing to make something that can be finished in minutes, instead of days ...or weeks....or months.
Much of my pattern design is a long multi-step process, as are the memory quilts I make for clients.
A lot of thought and stitching goes into them and it takes attention, concentration and commitment.
So, as a treat I really enjoy those quick, but darling, little projects that are done and done in a jiffy and don't create a large quiltnado in the process.

This is a little Christmas table runner I made for my Sister-in-law, don't worry she's already seen it.  I've already gifted it to her so she can put it out ahead of Christmas. It is the "ten minute table runner" that has been around for quite some time, but it is so fun to make. See the link below for PDF instructions if you need a quickie......

As you can see in this closeup, I added red  jumbo rick-rack to each end of the runner.

This pattern was written by LaRae Brunnell Clark and the pattern was shared by the Utah State University Weber County Extension. here is the link.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Oh no, a Quiltnado

First there was Sharknado, and if that wasn't scary enough, now there's this ....

beware, this perilous phenomenon could be headed your way! 

It can strike without much warning and leave behind a massive trail of debris. 

 my recent category 2 quiltnado 



noun \'kwilt -'n ā - dō\

A very intense squall consisting of fabric, thread and sewing tools.
Known to strike suddenly, very often coming on the heels of a quilt related activity such as
a guild meeting, fabric shopping, or blog hopping.

"I was going to do some laundry, but before I knew it, a very intense quiltnado hit."

Intensity ranges:
category 1  - Mild, generally only lasts 1 hour or less and leaves behind a very small debris field.
category 2 - Moderate, can last anywhere from 1 to 4 hours and usually involves a combination of newly purchased and stash fabric. A moderate debris field that includes many fabric and pins.
category 3 - Severe,  a quiltnado in this category can easily last a day or longer. The debris field is very widespread and may include candy wrappers, coffee cups, ignored family members, backed up text messages, massive amounts of fabric, pins, empty spools and pizza boxes.


There is not much you can do to ward off a large quiltnado. The best course of action is to make sure you have plenty of supplies on hand,  (including chocolate) then hunker down behind your sewing machine and ride it out. WOO HOO!

When was the last time you've been hit by a quiltnado? What category was it ?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

save your favorite tops and t-shirts from this terrible fate......

Surely, I am not the only one that has had this wardrobe tragedy befall them.

Have you noticed small holes that mysteriously appear on the front of your knit shirts? Especially t'shirts or tops that tend to be more closely fitted? 

At first I figured it was the quality of the fabrics in the shirts I was buying, and to some degree that is true. But still....why are all these little holes appearing toward the bottom of my knit tops and t-shirts?

See here.....

 and here....

How annoying!
I finally figured it out, maybe you have already and I've just been slow on the uptake.

In a perfect world, this is what the waistline of jeans and shorts should look like......
nice and smooth and flat.

But most of mine, and most likely yours too, look like this next picture. The top corner by the button- hole curls over and sticks out.  That's when I finally said A-HA,  there's the culprit that is ruining all my shirts prematurely. The stiff, curly corner on my jeans and shorts are wearing little holes in the shirts!

Grated if I spent more than $20.00 on a t-shirt it would take a lot longer to happen but eventually those tiny holes would appear I'm sure.

Linda has found the culprit of the holes in her shirts.  blog from Thistledown & Co

so here's what I did....  I took my rotary cutter (you could use a scissors) and lopped off that stupid little corner. It won't hurt the buttonhole.   I hardly ever tuck anything in, and if I did a belt would cover it. So why not just cut it off? So I did.

the way to keep your pants and shorts from waering holes in your shirts

Then I set my machine to a dense zig-zag stitch about .5 length and 3.0 width. and stitched along the raw edge to finish it. One down and many more to go.
Hopefully this solution will be helpful to you and your wardrobe of tops and t's.

Save yours now, before it's too late.

the solution to keeping your jeans from ruining your knit shirts