September 2010 Archives

Knots - The Good Kind!

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Knots in twisted or tangled thread are certainly no fun, but we're here to talk about the good kind of knots. Knots to secure our thread and let us get going with the sewing. How are your knots serving you?

Heather Bailey has a photo tutorial of her favorite knot (click on Enter Gallery). I think I learned this same method in Sally Barnes' hand quilting class, and I agree that this is a great knot to use. It's so easy to create. This YouTube video illustrates the steps in Heather's photos. (The video resolution is low, but good enough for this purpose.) The video shows one wrap around the needle, which might be suitable for applique. Heather's tutorial shows 3-4 wraps, better suited for hand sewing or tacking down quilt binding. (In my opinion.)

Becky at Piece O' Cake Designs is asking for feedback on Which end do you knot? I read through the comments, and the consensus is to knot the end that you cut from the spool. This is what I've been taught since I started quilting, and it makes a difference. I also never thought about the thread on a bobbin, which is reversed from how it was wound on the spool, so it makes sense to knot the end that you pull from the bobbin. Also, all commenters agree that high quality thread makes a difference.

What tips would you share on knotting?

Happy quilting!

Sherilyn


Fabric Dyeing

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(photo Liz Wong)

With all the recent energy and press for Claudia Gomez' fabric dyeing classes, I was delighted to find a new site (thank you, Diane!) with a recent post on dyeing. Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson! posted photos and an overview of her latest venture with dyeing fabric on her blog in Sunshine Quilt Part One: Dyeing the Fabric. As she states, the post isn't a tutorial, but the pictures show the steps and make it look so fun and creative! Visit her site to see the images!

Do you have photos of your hand-dyed fabric? Why not share them on our Facebook page!

Sherilyn


September Meeting Highlights

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Were you able to join us on Tuesday for the September meeting? Here's a quick recap in pictures of our evening events, prior to the presentation by our guest speaker Marcia Stein.

Taking care of business:

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Free Christmas fabric for the Holiday Stocking Contest:

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Dottie's antique quilt from Show 'n Tell:

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Two Show 'n Tell quilts from Ethie:

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Colorful hand-knitted sweater and first quilt from Grace, tonight's Patchwork Star. (Thanks for modeling for me, Grace!) Grace and Dottie developed our first website and brought the Guild to the world wide web. Visit Grace on her blog, Bad Mom, Good Mom.

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Auction quilts for the 2011 Quilt Show (these pictures do not do justice to the quilts!):

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Happy quilting!

Sherilyn



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Drumming Up Business


Our guest speaker tonight was Marcia Stein, with her lecture entitled Destinations: Travel-Inspired Quilts. Marcia showed her beautiful photographs and described methods for going "from photo to fabric."

Marcia's latest book Picture This!: Capture the Essence of a Photograph in Your Pictorial Quilt (released last week) presents her techniques for photos and quilts "even if you don't know how to draw or consider yourself to be an artist or photographer." That's always good to hear! Her book includes the following two quilts, so we were privileged to see them up close and personal:

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Part of Marcia's technique for quilting is to plan the layout on vellum. She brought a couple of her patterns to show us. First, for her '52 Pickup quilt (thanks, Don!):

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And next for her Ladies in Waiting quilt (thanks, Karen!):

Ladies in Waiting Marcia Stein.JPGOur thanks to Marcia for her presentation filled with humor, "geraniums that grow where I need them to," and tips for turning our photos to fabric! Happy quilting to all who are attending her workshop tomorrow!

Sherilyn



Tuesday Tutorial: Pillowcases

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American Patchwork & Quilting 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. I donated pillowcases to the challenge. Click here to learn more!

Since the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge is continuing throughout 2010, and is still an active topic in the blogging world, I decided to look around for pillowcase tutorials and patterns. Whether it’s called the hot dog, sausage, or burrito method (hungry yet?), this seems (seams) to be a very popular and quick method of assembling a pillowcase.

Here are some of the video and written tutorials for the hot dog method:

If you prefer the traditional, non-tube method, here are some tutorials:

And lastly, some free patterns from APQ site.

Happy sewing!

Sherilyn



Twitter and Quilt Gardens Tour

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quilt gardens.jpgToday I created a Twitter account for the Guild and while looking for other quilters to "follow", I came across the Quilt Gardens Tour in Indiana. For those who love color and quilt designs, isn't this such a fun idea? For your arm-chair travel enjoyment, their Flickr photo gallery shows the beautiful gardens planted in well-known and original quilt designs. I know you will enjoy the photos. And if you've visited the gardens, what memories do you have to share?

Happy quilting!

Sherilyn

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The October/November 2010 issue of The Quilter Magazine features a beautiful Autumn-inspired quilt by Wendy Sheppard. Wendy has numerous pictures (including close-ups) and details of the quilt on her blog, Ivory Spring. Be sure to view her post because her pictures really show the depth of her work on this project. She mentions that she used the Autumn into Winter collection from RJR Fabrics, and talks about her thread and batting choices, as well as her hand embroidery on the blocks. I think this is an issue that I need to purchase!

And what projects are you working on this Fall? Happy quilting!

Sherilyn


Education of the Textile Arts

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This event is primarily for sewing, but I saw a knitting class so other textiles might be covered.

Education of the Textile Arts
Irvine, CA
October 15-17, 2010

More information is available from their website.

If you've attended this event in the past, do you have any insights or tips to share?


Have you heard of Leah Day and her "365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs" project? According to Leah's blog she was tired of stippling and challenged herself to "come up with a new free motion filler design every day for a whole year". Her site includes an index to her designs. If you click one of the images on the index page, you will see the individual blog post for that particular design, including a short how-to video. Leah demonstrates every design that she has created, which makes it so easy to understand and be able to try for yourself. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. She has a YouTube page of all her videos. I think this is a wonderful project, and very helpful when we're stumped for quilting ideas. Let us know if you've used any of her designs!

Happy quilting!

Sherilyn

New Notions from United Notions

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I was looking at the Facebook page for United Notions and found some recent additions:

Heat Press Batting Together
1.5-inch cloth tape to fuse two sections of batting side-by-side. There's also a brief demo on YouTube.

Sewline's Water Soluble Glue Pen
Temporarily hold fabric pieces together for sewing. Blue glue dries clear.

Luna's Soy Soft Batting
Made from soybean protein fibers. Naturally anti-bacterial. No binders or resins. Stitch up to 8" apart. 50% soy fiber, 50% cotton.

Hang it Dang it Quilt Hanger
Self-leveling. Place rod into the quilt's hanging sleeve and snap to wall-mounted magnetic clasp.

The quilt hanger sounds great. I saw some similar magnetic hangers at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival.

Happy quilting!

Sherilyn


Superior Threads Products

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texture magic.pngIn the September newsletter from Superior Threads, Bob included a link to their video tutorial page, and there are a number of videos on Texture Magic. I watched Annie at the Long Beach Quilt Festival give a demonstration on the product, and there are so many possibilities with it! Of course, I bought some. (I've also seen it in Luella's shop; I don't know if AAA carries it.) So I'm thrilled to see the videos, where I can basically watch Annie's demo all over again! Have you used the product yet?

sunburst.jpgI also noticed the SunBurst thread, which is white indoors but turns color in the sunlight (and returns to white when the quilt is back inside). A child would definitely enjoy this in their quilt! Or maybe for a Halloween quilt or garment.

Happy quilting!

Sherilyn

Spring Fabrics to Dream About

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I know. We're barely starting into Fall and I'm already mentioning the Spring fabrics. But these are just too pretty not to share, and why not start dreaming about the possibilities?

Me and My Sister Designs has a new line called Dilly Dally created for Moda. It will be shown in Houston and hopefully our local shops will have it available next Spring! Here's a preview of the turquoise colorway:

Dilly Dally turquoise.jpgTheir site has images of all colors and prints in the set.

Also from Me and My Sister Designs are a couple of patterns that would look so nice in their new fabric line:


  • Juliet Bag pattern - Besides the black and white model, here are photos from a recent class, showing other variations.

And Barb from Me and My Sister says Hi to all of us! (How nice!) So what other projects are you dreaming of?

It's a Wrap Bowls

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Our own Carol Thomas is teaching a class at Luella's in a few weeks on wrapping cotton clothesline to make bowls, baskets, and purses. I found another picture online:

bali bowls.jpgusing Bali fabrics in blue/green/purple to create some beautiful baskets. And an online store that carries a number of books and patterns using wrapped clothesline.

I hope all the attendees have a great time in Carol's class, and please bring your finished items for Show 'n Tell!

Sherilyn



Seasonal Color Trends

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Fall-Winter 2010-11.jpgDid you know that seasonal color forecasts are set well in advance of the season? This is one reason that the season's clothes and home dec items and quilt fabrics arrive in stores in similar color schemes. One website I've found that provides upcoming color palettes is the Fire Mountain Gems site. Their own Fall/Winter 2010-11 forecast (shown above), as well as the Pantone forecast, are available on this page.

Color lovers, are there other sites that you refer to for color forecasts?



New from Robert Kaufman

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Looking for a new project or need to add to your stash? Robert Kaufman Fabrics has a couple of new fabric collections that we will see in our local stores very soon.

Dr Seuss.jpgThe Cat in the Hat (a la Dr Seuss) is set to ship this month. The collection is created in primary colors plus black and white. Wouldn't these be great for a Read Me a Quilt project?


Mon Sheri Waves.jpgThe Mon Sheri collection ships to stores in October. Julie of Jaybird Quilts has a free pattern and video available on the Robert Kaufman site for her Mon Sheri Waves quilt. Julie uses a unique arrangement of Drunkard's Path blocks, easily assembled with the Curve Master sewing machine foot, and the resulting quilt does look like layers of waves. The Mon Sheri collection is fashioned with very trendy prints, in shades of rose, clay, and olive, with lots of white overlays.

Hopefully we'll see these in our local shop very soon! Happy Quilting!

Sherilyn



This information copied from AAA's Friday, September 3rd email.

Gift Card Blast Off!

Super-size your money with our Gift Card introduction.

Yesterday our new Gift Card system was installed. We are now pleased to offer Gift Cards for your convenience. Gift Cards may be purchased in any amount, and look just like a credit card. You can even re-load them with more funds as time goes by. They are convenient and safe, and are something we've been wanting to offer our clients for some time now.

To kick off our new Gift Card program we are hosting a Blast-Off Increase-Your-Card-Value sale! For every $100 dollars you spend on a Gift Card, we will load up $120 on the card. Yes, that's right! You'll spend just $100 and get a Gift Card worth $120! This will work for any full $100 amount. For instance:

Buy a $100 Gift Card - receive a card worth $120
Buy a $500 Gift Card - receive a card worth $600
Buy a $1000 Gift Card - receive a card worth $1200
And, so on...

Take advantage of this special offer for yourself, or take care of your Holiday shopping early while getting more punch for your buck!

Valid one day only: Saturday, September 4, 2010

We'll be open regular business hours Saturday, which are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come in early to get your Blast Off Gift Cards, and then enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend knowing you are a savvy shopper who got a TERRIFIC deal!

Sewingly Yours,

Amina, Aman, Salima, Sohail, and Suzy
AAA Sewing & Vacuum Center



Oh, there are so many sites to visit, patterns to see, videos to watch, and beautiful fabric to inspire. I'm hoping these will foster creative thoughts as you head into the holiday weekend.


Quilt Binding

Pat Sloan shares her technique for applying quilt binding by machine, and using a blanket stitch on the front. Her pictures and video are very clear. She makes it seem so easy!

Jennifer at That Girl ... That Quilt created a method of binding the edges of her Hexagon quilt. Lots of tutorial pictures to follow. And I really like the look of her table runner using the hex shape:

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Apron tutorials

A Girl's Garden Party Apron

And then I searched for "free apron patterns". Oh my! These ought to keep us busy making aprons for the Fashion Show! The sites have long lists, but some of the links have nice patterns. Click here and here and here and here.

Three-tier apron by Shabby Fig


Sewing, non-quilt items

Camera Strap Cover
Nice idea to customize a camera strap with the beautiful fabrics of your choice!

Scrappy Strip Rose
Embellish a sweater or purse. Here's a sample from the author's site, Cluck Cluck Sew:

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Soft Fabric Basket
As part of a baby gift set, or for displaying fabric or yarn, or holding guest hand towels ... Many uses.

Amy Butler Hourglass Pillow



Quilt patterns

Amy Butler Daisy Chain Strippy Quilt

Piece O' Cake Designs Dutch Tulip and Simply Color


That's it for now. Happy sewing!
Sherilyn


National Sewing Month 2010

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NationalSewingMonthSept2010.jpgDid you know that September is National Sewing Month? I think that means we have an excuse to spend just a little more time sewing or adding to our stash, right?

NationalSewingMonth.org has a list of ideas for getting more involved with sewing this month:

  • Teach a family member or friend to sew.
  • Volunteer your time and teach sewing to a local youth organization like Girl Scouts and 4-H Clubs.
  • Make it possible for someone to learn how to sew. Give employees time off work so they can volunteer their time; or donate fabrics, equipment, and sewing supplies.
  • Sew more often. If you haven't been sewing lately, find out what's new in the sewing world at a local fabric or sewing machine store.
  • Join your local chapter of the American Sewing Guild at www.asg.org and participate in its activities.
  • Register for a class at a local fabric store or sewing machine dealership and take a friend.
  • Contact your local public television station and make a contribution that supports sewing programs.
  • Create your own sewing circle of friends; it's fun to sew with others!

The National Sewing Month website also has written instructions and a video for making either a Kindle or an iPad cover.

NationalSewingMonthSept2010Contest_300x250.jpgAnd lastly, there is an "Accessorize Your Life" contest through the month of September. Your accessory can fall into one of these categories: Fashion/Garments, Personal Items, Home Dec (including kitchens & outdoor), Sewing Room, Travel, Pets, Office/Work, or Auto. Guidelines and the entry form are available on the contest page.

We'd love to hear how you plan to celebrate your love of sewing!



Bowers Museum Quilt Faire

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I received the following information from the Bowers Museum about their upcoming event. First, some information on the quilt faire, and second, an opportunity for quilting vendors.

Quilt Faire:

The Bowers Museum is proud to showcase the art of quilting in its contemporary forms with our Quilt Faire weekend. Browse the colorful, detailed works of local quilters and take a piece of the beauty home with you! Also, please check out our Quilts special events held in conjunction with the faire.

Lecture: Saturday, November 13, 2010
Keepin' 'Em in Stitches: America's Funniest Quilts
Julie Silber, quilt curator and historian, reveals the hilarious anecdotes behind some 19th and 20th century quilts.

Film: Sunday, November 14, 2010
Hearts & Hands: 19th Century Women and their Quilts
Highlights women's greatest achievements in textiles during major historic events of the 1800s.

Saturday and Sunday
November 13 and 14, 2010
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
John M. Lee Court
Admission: Free; Does not include admission to the museum or special events
For more information please call 714-567-3677

Vendor Opportunity:

The Bowers Museum is proud to host a Quilt Faire on Saturday & Sunday, November 13 & 14, 2010 held in conjunction with our current exhibit, Quilts: Two Centuries of American Tradition and Technique.

We are currently looking for creative local quilters to serve as vendors for the faire. The weekend events will include quilt sales, demonstrations, hands-on projects, a lecture and film screening.

For more information, please click here to download the Bowers Museum Quilt Faire informational flyer.

To apply, please click here to download and fill out the application and return to the Bowers Museum Education Department at education@bowers.org no later than September 10, 2010.

If you have any questions please call 714-567-3677 or email education@bowers.org.

We look forward to your participation in this wonderful event!

Thank you,

Nancy Warzer-Brady
Vice President of Education

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706
www.bowers.org
 

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