Knots – The Good Kind!

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

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

Marcia Stein’s Travel Photos and Quilts

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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!):

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Our 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

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:

  • Judy for Quilts of Valor video – using french seams; excellent camera angles make it easy to see all the steps
  • Missouri Star Quilt Co video

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

And lastly, some free patterns from the APQ site.

Happy sewing!
Sherilyn