Get Free Navajo Sunrise Quilt Pattern

AAt, there a link for download a free pattern for this amazing quilt designed by Jinny Beyer.

“Navajo Sunrise is a bargello-style quilt reminiscent of the rug patterns woven by native Americans. The design is created by arranging a repeat of mirrored and non-mirrored versions of a single block.

Rotary cutting and strip piecing make the construction of the blocks both quick and easy.”

If you are not yet familiar with the excellent work of Jinny Beyer, this pattern will be a good introduction.  She designs world-renowned fabric for RJR Fabrics and has published twelve books and hundreds of patterns.  Please check out her site at!

RinseAway Stabilizer Is Ideal For Embroidery On Napkins and Towels


RinseAway is designed for open embroidery on light cottons and linens. When the embroidery is finished, the excess tears easily away from the stitches and the rest dissolves in water with the first wash.

Check it out at or e-mail for the dealer nearest you.

How To Make A Potholder Fast and Easy!

This photo is not an example of the one made in the video.
Photo courtesy of Rain Garden Quilts & Handknits

This great video ( ) shows you how to make a beautiful pot holder fast and easy. It’s great for gifts or to coordinate with fabrics and patterns already in your kitchen. For more great info and ideas like this one, go to

Thanks to Sue Elenbaas, of Borculo, Michigan for the video demonstration.

Passionate Quilter Book Offers Ideas, Inspiration

The Passionate Quilter by Michele Walker offers ideas and techniques from an array of experienced quilters. It’s a great resource for inspiration as well as tips on how to get faster and have more professional results. It’s available at in new and used copies.

Learn How to Make A Basic Bag

Kim and Kris of DIY Dish present a 14 minute video on how to create a basic handbag. All you need is a sewing machine.

View the video here:

Win Up to $1,500 in the Quilt Expo 2012 Quilt Contest

Gain recognition and cash by entering the 2012 Quilt Expo Quilt Contest held during the expo September 6-8, 2012 in Madison Wisconsin. There are 10 categories from hand-quilted bed to wall quilts. To download the entry form go here:

You submit a photo to enter and the entry fee is only $5. For more information about the Quilt Expo, go to:

Triaxial Weaving: An Explanation for the Uninformed

By Deborah Sexton

This shows how a triaxial weaving project is initially set up. Charlene St. John likes to use a polypropylene board covered in muslin as her base.

If the word “triaxial” sounds complicated to you, it is. And while you do not need to be a math major to do triaxial weaving, you do have to change your mindset, says Charlene St. John, who has been passionately doing triaxial weaving for the past four years from her home in Franklin, N.C.

“It’s hard for people to do triaxial, because we think in 90 degree angles,” she says. “Everything’s got to be square. So having to think in 30, 60, and 120 degrees is not normal for our brains. A lot of people have a hard time coping with that. But once I broke through that boundary I could do it.”

To set up a triaxial weaving project, you start with a board, which acts as the base. Charlene uses a piece of polypropylene and covers it with muslin. Then using a pencil and a ruler, lines are drawn on the board in three directions. First, envision a set of horizontal lines going across the board. Then two more sets of lines are drawn intersecting the horizontal plane in an X.

This is an original pattern created by Charlene St. John to show spots and stars. It was made from curling ribbon. One way St. John has used this piece is for greeting cards. Photo courtesy of Charlene St. John

Once the lines are drawn, the first step is to pin strips of the weaving material along the horizontal lines. This is done in whatever size you want your finished piece to be. Then the second ribbon is woven at a 30 degree angle (or one leg of the X) along that line. Then the third ribbon is woven at a 120 degree angle along the other leg of the X.

For a better understanding, you may want to view this video:
This weaving technique gives stability in all three fabric directions: warp, filling, and bias. Charlene uses a variety of materials. Paper ribbon, silk ribbon, and quilting cotton fabric are a few examples. Your only limitation is your imagination.

We’re interested in hearing about what your passion is. If you’re willing to share, please contact Deborah Sexton at

If you’d like to contact Charlene about her work, her e-mail is or you can visit her Facebook page at: Heavenly Handwovens,

Stay tuned for more blogs about Charlene and her weaving.

Specialty Paper Makes Tracing Patterns For Appliqué Easier

If you do a lot of appliqué work, a great way to avoid using templates is to use a special tracing paper specifically designed for tracing patterns to fabric. An example is Chacopy tracing paper offered by Clover. It comes in five assorted colors to ensure it shows up on any color fabric. Unlike regular sewing tracing paper, which wears away after only a little while, Chacopy does not wear away.

For best results, Clover offers a special a metal tracing pen to use with Chacopy. For more info, go to

Pursuing Your Passion

By Deborah Sexton

If you had asked Charlene St. John before 1990 if she had a passion in life, she would have shook her head and said, “No.”

“I’ve always been a middle of the road type of person,” she says. “I thought, ‘It’s nice that there are a lot of people who have passions, but I’m not one of them.”

Then Charlene decided to try her hand at weaving. “I don’t even remember why,” she says. “I know my great grandmother was a weaver and I had a neighbor who weaved, but otherwise I really never had much exposure to it. But I just decided to start weaving, and it became as natural as breathing.”

This gorgeous woven blanket was made by Charlene St. John for her water-loving son. It is woven in undulating twill, which is regular biaxial weaving. The wool is from Bovidae Farm, Mars Hill, N.C., which is nearby. It was woven on a 36-inch, eight-harness Schacht Mighty Wolf loom,

Since that time, Charlene estimates she has created dozens of woven items, which include scarves, shawls, blankets, and even rugs. “Once I got started, I just kept going,” she says.

Her work has been shown in numerous galleries over the years, and she gets requests from individuals to create exclusive merchandise to sell. She also does commissioned work for individuals. And she is thinking about offering merchandise on Etsy.

It’s not so much that this is going to make her rich, but it does help fund her addiction. “I only know two people who are actually earning a living at weaving,” she says. “It’s a hobby for me. I don’t do it to make money at it.”






This piece, entitled "Field of Bearded Iris" was created by Charlene St. John. Some of her pieces are used as wall hangings.


Charlene’s latest passion is triaxial weaving. She learned about this from her weaver’s guild which is the Western North Carolina Fiber/Handweavers Guild, It is located in Hendersonville, N.C., which is close to where Charlene lives in Franklin. N.C.

Her first attempt ended in frustration. “I couldn’t figure it out by myself, and I was too shy to ask the other guild ladies who were doing it.”

But then one day about four years ago, she attended a one-day retreat with her guild. “One of the four hour-long mini classes was on triaxial weaving, and you could not have kept me out of there with a bomb,” she declares. “I jumped in with both feet.”

With the triaxial weaving, St. John now makes placemats, table runners, purses, and eyeglass cases. She estimates that about 50% of her time is devoted to her loom weaving and 50% to the triaxial weaving.

Stay tuned for more blogs about Charlene and her weaving.

If you’d like to contact Charlene about her work, her e-mail is or you can visit her Facebook page at: Heavenly Handwovens,

We’re interested in hearing about what your passion is. If you’re willing to share, please contact Deborah Sexton at