Originally Posted by michelleoc
I've reorganized my fabric closet. Next comes the sewing room!This is heading into the closet before I started work, but after I had cleaned everything up off the floor so I wouldn't have to pole vault into it. This is my first attempt at putting pictures in, I hope I can make it work!
All cleaned up.
Not too terribly much I could do with this side of the closet. Full of fleece and wide fabrics.
Originally Posted by miriam
Sewing machine not stitching
Does it need a new needle? That is usually the quickest/easiest/cheapest fix.
Change the needle... some times we hit pins or sometimes people pull the material through the machine and the needle bends. Sometimes needles get dull? When was the last time it was changed?
Look at your upper thread. Is it catching on the little notch on the spool?
Turn it over and see if that helps...
Some times the wrong thread can be a problem.
Originally Posted by MrsBeasley
Make your own spray baste glue
I am in the process of string piecing a bunch of quilt blocks, and I decided to use up some scrap batting to make the blocks. I glued the batting to the backing, and this is the glue I used.
Boil 3 cups water, add 1/2 tsp salt. Reduce heat to medium, whisk 3 Tbsp flour into the water, a pinch at a time. Continue whisking to break up the flour, and cook until it thickens to a consistency of egg white, or maybe gravy.
Originally Posted by Plumtree
I teach quilting for my home school group. You will have lots of fun but it is a lot of work too, the kind that makes you feel good at the end of the day :-) 10 girls at once might be a bit much even with helpers. Do your helpers know how to sew/quilt? If not they tend not to be much help at least this has been my experience. My helpers offer to help so they can learn too, haha. If you have all older girls 13 and up then 10 I think would be okay but the younger ones tend to need lots of one
Originally Posted by Johanna Fritz
We needed another quilt pattern for our Quilts For Kids Milwaukee Chapter sewing day. Our next one is the second Saturday in February. We sew at Bigsby's Sewing in Elm Grove, WI if you are in the area and would like to join us. Here is one of the patterns we are handing out. I made it to be really easy. It is made of 2 blocks: HST and four patches.
You can make these any size: We are using charm packs for this one. Since our charms are 5", I made this to use 4 7/8 squares (we
Originally Posted by ScrapQuilter
here is what you are looking for www.tishastamps.com then go down to projects and look for little tissue cover.
Originally Posted by javin22
It was requested of me in the Scrap swap thread to make a tutorial for this block. I posted it there, but thought I would post here as well. It is 6 1/2" block, so cute and great for scraps or leftovers. I just hurried and did this so you could have instructions, so don't look to close at my work, my points are a mess.
All seams are 1/4 " You need a strip 1 1/4" by the width of fabric of 2 colors. Or if you have scraps you can cut those into 1 1/4 inch strips.
Originally Posted by alaskasunshine
1. Size of boards
2. laying fabric
3. folding fabric (have your fabric neat not wrinkled!) Have fold near you and selvedges away from you. Bring selvedges to the fold and firmly hand press to keep neat. The remainder of the fabric will be in a chait that is cloth so it doesn't slide around and off the chair. This is important! It took me a bit to realize I needed the fabric on a cloth chair. It works well and keeps the weight evenly distributed for ease of folding. LOTS of pictures to
Originally Posted by PatriceJ
A previous tutorial was deleted at the request of the contributor. You may find this a useful replacement.
a variety of fabrics
rotary ruler and cutter recommended
Step 1 - start with two contrasting squares. any size, as long as both are the same size