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

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

Leah Day – 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting

Have you heard of Leah Day and her “365 Days of Free Motion Quilting Filler Designs” project? According to Leah’s blog she was tired of stippling and challenged herself to “come up with a new free motion filler design every day for a whole year”. Her site includes an index to her designs. If you click one of the images on the index page, you will see the individual blog post for that particular design, including a short how-to video. Leah demonstrates every design that she has created, which makes it so easy to understand and be able to try for yourself. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter. She has a YouTube page of all her videos. I think this is a wonderful project, and very helpful when we’re stumped for quilting ideas. Let us know if you’ve used any of her designs!

Happy quilting!

Sherilyn

Superior Threads Products

texture magic.pngIn the September newsletter from Superior Threads, Bob included a link to their video tutorial page, and there are a number of videos on Texture Magic. I watched Annie at the Long Beach Quilt Festival give a demonstration on the product, and there are so many possibilities with it! Of course, I bought some. (I’ve also seen it in Luella’s shop; I don’t know if AAA carries it.) So I’m thrilled to see the videos, where I can basically watch Annie’s demo all over again! Have you used the product yet?

sunburst.jpgI also noticed the SunBurst thread, which is white indoors but turns color in the sunlight (and returns to white when the quilt is back inside). A child would definitely enjoy this in their quilt! Or maybe for a Halloween quilt or garment.

Happy quilting!

Sherilyn