This spool made from paper is perfect for decorating a card for a sewing friend or as an invitation to a quilting event. Substitute fabric for paper for an appliqué template.
Take one look inside French General and you’ll be whisked away to the French countryside. The shop, located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake, takes residence in a narrow 1926 pink adobe building and is chock-full of vintage glass beads, millinery supplies, ribbon, paper ephemera, and fabric.
Kaari Meng, the shop owner, stocks French General with treasures from her trips to Europe and journeys across the United States. Kaari is currently working on her newest fabric collection with Moda Fabrics (to be released in 2013).
Kaari draws inspiration from scraps of old advertising, fabric pieces, paper snippets, vintage packaging, and photos.
She combines her findings onto inspiration boards, sorts the boards by color, and displays them throughout the store.
In the April 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting (on sale now), we introduced readers to Nyshma Nolette, a 24-year-old bride and new quilter who learned the ropes while creating a dowry of quilts in preparation for her wedding.
Inspired by a long-ago tradition, Nyshma spent three years making 10 quilts in preparation for her wedding to fiancé, Ryan. Her mom, Sandy Mercado, filled out the traditional dozen quilts that a pioneer bride would have brought to the marriage, plus special No. 13, the “bride’s quilt,” and long-arm machine-quilter Margaret Gunn quilted Nyshma’s quilts.
I have some SUPER exciting news! My Guest Vanessa Wilson (interviewed July 4, 2011) was JUST interviewed for the 20/20 TV show!
Yes THAT 20/20 ! They did a segment on moms on youtube with tutorials. One does braided hair, one cooks, and our Crafty Gemini Vanessa was also featured!
CLICK HERE to watch the clip from 20/20 from Sept 24, 2011.
And if you remember, when I interviewed Vanessa she was pregnant and expecting baby number two. Her healthy baby girl, Allie Reina, was born and is doing great!
CLICK HERE to listen to my interview with her on July 4, 2011. I do believe I interviewed her before 20/20.. wink!
Designer Toby Lischko’s Follow the Curves quilt in the October 2011 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting is so stunning, it might tempt you to learn a new technique—curved seams!
Follow the steps below to sew a curved seam by machine. Also check out Toby’s blog for two different tutorials—tricks for sewing curves and tips for using the right tools when sewing curves. Finally, view a slideshow on AllPeopleQuilt.com to learn about sewing curved pieces by hand.
Curved shapes add gentle ease and a sense of motion to pieced designs, but joining pieces with curved edges presents challenges. Cutting a small notch in the center of a curved edge makes it easier. Typically with curved pieces you’ll be joining two separate shapes: a convex curve (a curve that bows outward) with a concave curve (a curve that bows inward).
With right sides together match the center notches of curved edges. Pin together at the center point, at seam ends, and liberally in between, gently easing the edges as needed to align.
Sew together the curved edges. Clip into the seam allowance of the edge that curves in (concave) as needed, but do not cut into or beyond the seam lines. Do not clip the convex edge. Some quilters prefer not to clip curved seams. Instead they use a longer stitch length and sew slowly which helps ease the fabric layers together (the center notch is still necessary).