How You Spell Disaster

Fri Jan 31 No Bobbin thread

Celebrate Black History Month By Quilting

Black History

February is Black History Month. In this short video by BET, Faith Ringgold tells the story of how African-Americans have used quilting to share their history and pass down their traditions throughout the generations. Watch how these artists are keeping the art of quilting alive. Watch the full video here:  http://www.bet.com/video/newsbriefs/brief/quilting-an-african-american-tradition.html

Show Off Your Olympic Spirit With A Quilted Mug Rug

Olympic Rings

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are right around the corner. Show off your Olympic spirit with this Olympic rings mug rug offered on the Sew Lux Fabric blog. This simple design is quick and easy to quilt, and it is a great display piece for your viewing party.

HTC Retail offers Quilt-Fuse #3240-1 (http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid37.html) for making this mug rug.  For the mug rug tutorial, go to: http://sewlux.blogspot.com/2012/09/picture-post-olympic-rings-mug-rug.html

Finding That Perfect Home

Fri. Jan. 24 Quilting Studio

Quilting T-Shirts Make A Great Fashion Statement

quilt tshirt

If you love to quilt, show off your passion to the world with a fun quilting T-shirt. Two Chicks Designs have more than 120 quilting-themed T-shirts that make a great addition to any quilt-lover’s wardrobe. All T-shirts are preshrunk and fit true to size. For pricing and design options, go here:  http://www.twochicksdesigns.com/Quilting_T_Shirts_s/477.htm

Quilt Custom Designs With Tissue Paper Templates

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In these two great tutorials by Quilts by Jen, learn how to make and use tissue paper quilting templates. Jen walks you through the process of creating custom quilting templates from your own designs and then explains how to use them for your project. For the tutorial on how to make a template, go here:  http://quiltsbyjen.ca/how-to-make-a-tissue-paper-template-for-quilting/. Go here to learn how to use your template: http://quiltsbyjen.ca/how-to-use-a-tissue-paper-template/ .

Even better than tissue paper for making quilt templates is HTC Retail’s Fun-Dation. This translucent, nonwoven tearaway is stronger than paper, but still allows you to see through fabric layers for easier positioning and less flipping back and forth. It will not tear prematurely as can happen with tissue paper, and it tears away cleanly without the use of tweezers.

For more info, go to http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid38.html .

Going To The Dogs

Fri Jan 17 Dog Quilt

Craftsy Offers Free Machine Embroidery Lessons

MEC Class

Explore the ins and outs of machine embroidery for free with these 4 HD video lessons only at Craftsy.com. Expert instructor Yvonne Menear shows the complete process of embroidering pillowcases, kitchen towels, and high-pile bath towels. She also discusses her favorite stabilization strategies and techniques, including washaway stabilizer and spray adhesive. These free lessons include all four of the embroidery files taught in them in 10 file formats.

For more information and to register, go here:  http://www.craftsy.com/class/machine-embroidered-classics/500?ext=DiME_MachineEmbroideredClassics_11-23-13_text1&utm_source=Designs%20in%20Machine%20Embroidery-Designs%20in%20Machine%20Embroidery&utm_medium=eBlast&utm_campaign=External&initialPage=true

Heart Struck Table Runner Is Ideal For Valentine’s Day

Heart Struck Runner

Kim, from Kim’s Big Quilting Adventure, is giving away a free Heart Struck Runner quilting pattern and tutorial. Made for the intermediate quilter, this weekend project is ideal for Valentine’s Day.  For the pattern and tutorial, go here:  http://kimsbigquiltingadventure.blogspot.com/2011/01/welcome.html 

HTC Retail’s Fusible Fleece #9720-1, http://www.htc-retail.com/product-info.php?pid22.html, would be an ideal choice for this project. It is a 3.2-ounce material that is denser than batting but offers better loft, dimension, and is more durable. It can be washed, dry-cleaned and run through the dryer without damage.

Reward For A Hard Day’s Work

Fri Jan 10 Quilt Massage