It’s a Wrap Bowls

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 using 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

New from Robert Kaufman

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.

The 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?

The 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

Friday Freebies: Patterns and Tutorials

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:

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:

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

Quick Weekend Projects and New Notions

Looking at the myriad of quilt-related blogs and articles on the web, I found some quick projects that could be accomplished over the weekend. Maybe some of these will fit into your schedule?

Projects:

Scrappy Bookmarks
Very simple. Instructions are shown following the second photo. Back to school item?

Organize quilt projects
Inexpensive and space-saving method of storing in-progress projects.

Cell Phone Pouch
Hmmm, my Mom was asking for one of these. This pattern could also be made with a solid piece of fabric for a simpler style. Or add beads and other embellishments.

Fabric Fortune Cookies
These would be fun for a Friendship group or Asian-themed party. Or just because they would surprise my family!

Fabric and fast2fuse Heart Ornaments
Couldn’t this easily be adapted to any shape? I’m thinking pumpkins or Christmas bells.

Christmas Tree napkin
Dottie showed this at Show-N-Share last year. Never too early to start thinking of Christmas!


Notions:

Fiskars Fingertip Rotary Cutter
Handy for cutting the intricate pieces. (Shown on Amazon; this is an extra “plug” for shopping through the SBQG Amazon link!)

Clover’s Soft Touch Thread Pic
“…the perfect tool for hiding or removing stray threads as it easily slips through fabric, leaving no marks or punctures.”

Does anyone have additional quick project ideas? Happy quilting!

Sherilyn