Last week, staff members from American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts and More, and our sister publication Scrapbooks etc., hosted a visit from Christina and Nizzi of Etsy.com. On Thursday, the staff members hosted an early morning sewing session for so we could show our visitors how to sew pillowcases using the tube method. Everyone had so much fun! Check out the video and photos below.
Have you participated in the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge yet? Get free pillowcase patterns and details about the challenge at AllPeopleQuilt.com/millionpillowcases. Our online counter shows that readers have made and donated more than 97,000 pillowcases. Keep up the good work!
PS: If you haven’t seen the tube method, (also know as the burrito, hot dog, or sausage method) check out this step-by-step video for making pillowcases.
Both of my nephews (3 years old and 16 months old) love animals, especially lions and monkeys. Recently, I fused animal shapes on t-shirts and gave them to my nephews (as late Christmas gifts). Download the free lion appliqué pattern from AllPeopleQuilt.com, and purchase the Spring 2010 issue of Quilts and More for the monkey appliqué pattern. (If you can’t find the issue at your local quilt shop or newsstand, you can purchase Quilts and More online.)
I had so much fun cutting, fusing, and stitching that I plan to embellish one of my t-shirts using a bird appliqué pattern. If you’re planning a machine appliqué project, check out this slide show for machine appliqué tips.
You’ll find a wealth of info at the Needle Education Center from Schmetz Needles. Learn the basic anatomy of a needle, download one of multiple guides for choosing needles and pairing them with appropriate fabrics, or browse a troubleshooting guide for common sewing machine problems.
Read the informative blog post from Sew, Mama, Sew! on choosing needles for your sewing machine. Then check out the rest of their tons of tutorials on other topics, from inserting a grommet to making kids’ clothes and fun stuff for your home.
Read Coats & Clark’s recommendations for fabric/thread/needle combinations in their downloadable Thread Advisor. Also check out the Quilting Advisor on the Star Threads site (and see all the yummy color combos of Star multicolor quilting threads!).
Take free online classes and download free hand embroidery designs for a variety of hand stitching techniques from Caron, makers of Wildflowers, Waterlilies, and other gorgeous hand-dyed decorative threads.
Read info about Superior Threads products, including King Tut and Bottom Line machine-quilting threads, plus see their new titanium-coated needles. An extensive education section has lots of downloadable guides. And check out the School of Threadology in St. George, Utah, where you can take classes to trouble-shoot problems with threads and experiment with multiple specialty threads.
General site: http://www.superiorthreads.com/
YLI, makers of threads for sewing, quilting, embellishment and more, including gorgeous collections by Laura Heine, Diane Gaudynski, Luana Rubin, and McKenna Ryan. Scroll down to download the Thread of Truth brochure, a comprehensive guide to thread, including a history and glossary.
Visit these other thread company sites to learn about their threads and download available thread colors.
American & Efird
U.S. importer of Mettler threads and makers of Robison-Anton and Signature Machine Quilting.
Italian makers of thread, including the ultra-fine Cotton Mako’ 50, a fine but strong thread that won’t take up extra room in your seams.
Visit their Creative Corner to download info about Gütermann threads and free projects that have a funky European style.
Metallic, silk, and iron-on threads.
Sew Art International
Try their invisible nylon quilting thread.
Sue Spargo Folk-Art Quilts
Source of wool, cotton, and silk threads in Sue’s signature folk-art colors.
Beautiful hand-dyed threads for hand and machine sewing.
Weeks Dye Works
Hand-dyed perle cotton, floss, and sewing thread (not to mention their wonderful hand-dyed wool!). The No. 3 perle cotton is thicker than usual so it really stands out on your hand-stitched projects.
More notions company sites to visit:
Hand- and machine sewing needles.
Among their wide variety of notions are hand sewing needles.
Hand- and machine sewing needles, needle organizers, and more.
A guide for choosing Singer sewing machine needles.