Education of the Textile Arts

This event is primarily for sewing, but I saw a knitting class so other textiles might be covered.

Education of the Textile Arts
Irvine, CA
October 15-17, 2010

More information is available from their website.

If you’ve attended this event in the past, do you have any insights or tips to share?

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

New Notions from United Notions

I was looking at the Facebook page for United Notions and found some recent additions:

Heat Press Batting Together
1.5-inch cloth tape to fuse two sections of batting side-by-side. There’s also a brief demo on YouTube.

Sewline’s Water Soluble Glue Pen
Temporarily hold fabric pieces together for sewing. Blue glue dries clear.

Luna’s Soy Soft Batting
Made from soybean protein fibers. Naturally anti-bacterial. No binders or resins. Stitch up to 8″ apart. 50% soy fiber, 50% cotton.

Hang it Dang it Quilt Hanger
Self-leveling. Place rod into the quilt’s hanging sleeve and snap to wall-mounted magnetic clasp.

The quilt hanger sounds great. I saw some similar magnetic hangers at the Long Beach International Quilt Festival.

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

Spring Fabrics to Dream About

I know. We’re barely starting into Fall and I’m already mentioning the Spring fabrics. But these are just too pretty not to share, and why not start dreaming about the possibilities?

Me and My Sister Designs has a new line called Dilly Dally created for Moda. It will be shown in Houston and hopefully our local shops will have it available next Spring! Here’s a preview of the turquoise colorway:

Dilly Dally turquoise.jpgTheir site has images of all colors and prints in the set.

Also from Me and My Sister Designs are a couple of patterns that would look so nice in their new fabric line:

  • Juliet Bag pattern – Besides the black and white model, here are photos from a recent class, showing other variations.

And Barb from Me and My Sister says Hi to all of us! (How nice!) So what other projects are you dreaming of?