Quick-Cut Bias Binding
To quickly cut binding strips on the bias, start with a fabric square or rectangle. We used a stripe fabric, resulting in a barber pole effect.
Diagrams below show a 5/8-yard length of fabric. If your fabric piece is a different size, the folded fabric may look different, although the instructions will be the same.
1. Lay out the fabric so the selvage edges are in the upper right and lower left. Fold the lower selvage edge to the cut edge, creating a 45º angle.
2. Fold the bottom corner up on top of first fold.
3. Fold top corner down on top of first and second folds.
4. Using a rotary cutter and acrylic ruler, trim off left-hand folded edge.
5. Cutting from trimmed edge, cut the desired-width bias strips.
6. Strips will be a variety of lengths; piece strips to equal the desired length of binding strip.
Fabric: Winter’s Kiss collection by Lonni Rossi for Andover Fabrics
Choose a favorite fabric and make this quick-to-sew pincushion. Stack two buttons to top of your cute creation for bright accents. Make a bunch for your sewing friends or keep one handy for on-the-go sewing. This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and easy home decor.
- 2–4-1/2″ squares red print
- Polyester fiberfill
- 1–1-3/8″ diameter white button
- 1–5/8″ diameter yellow button
Assemble the Pincushion:
1. Layer two red print 4-1/2″ squares with right sides together. Pin pieces together.
2. Beginning in the middle of one edge, sew together pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 1-1/2″ opening along one edge for turning.
3. Turn right side out. Use a chopstick or knitting needle to push out corners; press.
4. Use a chopstick or knitting needle to gently push small tufts of fiberfill through the 1-1/2″ opening.
5. Using a needle and matching thread, sew the opening closed.
6. Stack and sew buttons through all layers to complete pincushion.
Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!
Paper-piecing is hot right now! From beautiful and intricate quilt patterns to helpful products and books to get you started with this technique, we’re seeing paper-piecing across the quilting world!
Paper-piecing products for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):
- Paper Piecing thread from Coats & Clark
- The New Hexagon: 52 Blocks to English Paper Piece by Katja Marek for Martingale
- Arcadia Avenue from Sassafras Lane Designs
- Scrappy Pineapple Block Foundation Piecing Pattern from Red Pepper Quilts
- Quilt Talk: Paper-Pieced Alphabet with Symbols & Numbers by Sam Hunter for C&T Publishing
- Precut Iron-On Hexies from Hugs ‘n Kisses
Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
Hyacinth Quilt Designs
Designer Cindy Lammon shares her creative designs, fun tutorials (including that quilt shown above), and her works in progress! She’s inspiring, has fresh color and design ideas, and features beautiful photography!
Designer Amanda Castor features easy how-tos (we love her “how to hang a mini quilt” blog shown here), pretty pictures, and frequent posts, that always give new ideas and fresh inspiration. She frequently does smaller projects, which is a great reminder that new techniques and projects can easily be achieved in small steps!
Each month, we highlight the books we’re reading in the office. January is the month to make crafting resolutions and be inspired and renewed in your creativity! These books will help you reach a sewing goal, learn a new skill, or just take more time to be creative!
The Little Spark: 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity
Ignite your inner creative spark with the 30 engaging exercises, fun activities, inspirational images, and motivating ideas in this book. Learn what your Little Spark of creative passion looks like, how to capture it, and how to make room for it in your life. Use it as a month-long creative roadmap or just dip into the exercises as your time and inclination allow. Either way, you will change your life.
Free-Motion Quilting for Beginners and Those Who Think They Can’t
Been dragging your feet on learning to machine-quilt? This is the year! Learn to free-motion quilt on your home sewing machine. Try 10 different quilting designs, including stippling variations, pebbles, square meander, and swirls. Then master the fundamentals of free-motion quilting on manageable fat-quarter-sized fabric pieces and turn the pieces into projects you’ll love.
Savor Each Stitch: Studio Quilting with Mindful Design
Explore how selecting materials combined with playing with the design can help you slow down and enjoy the process of quilting. This book contains eight quilts each with a multitude of color way options. Projects range from table runners to full-size quilts each encouraging readers to play with design possibilities to create unique quilts of their own. Hand quilting, needle-turn appliqué, thoughtful design choices, and experimentation replace the fast and easy counterparts found in many pattern books.
Quilting the New Classics: 20 Inspired Quilt Projects
No matter what their style, all quilters draw inspiration and creative vision from quilts of the past. This book reinterprets 10 traditional quilt patterns into two gorgeous designs — one a traditional interpretation, the other modern. Along the way, it also presents galleries of quilts both past and present, demonstrating how quilters can use visual inspiration to transform traditional patterns into unique quilt designs.
Sewing to Sell: How to Sell Locally & Online
If starting a crafting business was on your to-do list this year, this book is a must-have! This practical guide from professional sewist Virginia Lindsay includes everything you need to know to start sewing for profit. From creating a product line to identifying customers, pricing and selling your work, marketing yourself, handling the business and legal side of sewing and more, this book gives you all the tool to start making money from your passion. And that’s not all! You also get 16 projects that you can start sewing and selling right now.