Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What do you want to know?

I'm interested in knowing what you , my readers, are yearning to learn about! Is there a kind of project you'd like to get started on but aren't quite sure how? The whole point of this blog is to help YOU out, so please tell me what I can help you with. And even if I have no idea what to do... I'll be searching the web to find the best person to tell you.

Or do you have a tutorial you're wanting to share with others but don't want to start a blog or website of your own? I'll feature your tutorial and of course give you all the credit. Consider me the 'middle man'! (Please email me if interested in this option; please make sure the tutorial involves sewing).

I'd really like to cater to your needs so please please comment and tell me what you are wanting to learn!

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Yardage Card

When this card was handed to me, I decided I must share it! It's called "The Yardage Card", and as you can see it is put together by Quilters Newsletter. 

It is pretty self-explanatory, simple, and packed with information to hold in your wallet for a quick look when you're at the fabric store. The "How to Seam" figure indicates where to join fabric for the backing on each different size of quilt. 
If you'd like for this information to be in your wallet, simply click on the picture to print it out. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Chenille Quilt

Do you want a quick, easy, and beautiful quilt to make? I've got the pattern for you! It's a chenille quilt. I have two of my own and I receive endless compliments on them. 

Here's the quick tutorial: 
1. Purchase up to six different flannel fabrics (I buy baby flannel) at 1 1/2 yards each.
Tip: Buy mostly for the overall color, not necessarily the design as it won't be seen except on the back of the quilt & a little bit on the front but I'll explain that later.
2. Layer your fabrics - the first face down, the second face up, the third face down, then how ever many layers you'd like to do on top of that with the face up.
3. Now you can mark a 45 degree angle on either side (top or bottom). 
4. Now sew each 45 degree angle line - I use 3/4 inch masking tape as my width so if you tape the quilt at a 45 degree angle you would sew in between each strip. Just do a straight stitch here & start in the middle, working your way out on each side.

5. Now straighten out and trim each of the sides so all fabrics are the same length on the edges.
6. Cut all layers (but the two on the bottom) in-between each of your sewn lines. See how the second to last layer shows up more? That would be one fabric that you'd want to take the design into consideration.
7. Sew on your binding, and you're done!

As always, let me know if you have questions or comments - I love to hear from you!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Sew Mama Sew Serger Giveaway

Sew Mama Sew is giving away this NEW Husqvarna Viking Serger! 

This is NOT my giveaway, so be sure to click above to enter.

Why would I like to win a serger of my own!?!
I grew up around sewing - my grandmother being a seamstress and my mother leaning more towards quilting. I've seen the best of both worlds! So, it's only natural to me to have available a normal sewing machine as well as a serger. Unfortunately, I don't have extra money to invest in a serger as I am staying at home with my 5 month old daughter and my husband is finishing up his undergraduate degree in Spanish teaching. I would use this to teach myself as well as others (the main purpose of my blog) the perks of using a serger. I am thankful for my talent in sewing and LOVE to share it with others. I've taught two gals how to sew and it has been a blast. I've even had the opportunity to start a weekly quilting group to show new techniques I've learned. Having a serger would help me to work on more projects, expand my knowledge in sewing, and then teach that to others. 

Thank you for such an amazing giveaway Sew Mama Sew!! 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

I've Been Featured!

Hey All!

If you'd like to check me out on a more personal level - I've been featured today on a blog called "5 Questions".