Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
If you believe quilting is in the details, than you’ll love this blog! Blogger Nicole plays with scary materials for some sewers, such as snaps, pleather, hexagons, fusible and more (and you won’t be afraid, either, after reading her easy tutorials). Her style is bold, but totally livable! And her projects are great for those looking to try new techniques on smaller projects.
Nancy has been the go-to gal for learning new techniques and simplified quilting processes for a long time. And her blog is no exception! Full of clear tutorials, easy projects, and reviews of must-try tools, her blog is perfect for beginners and advanced quilters alike. Plus, her round-ups (like the Top 5 Sewing Projects blog above) make it super easy to find her top tutorials.
Inspired by Antique Quilts
Designer Kathie Holland’s blog is one where you’ll become a better quilter just by looking at pictures of her quilts. She has a beautifully scrappy style, which makes for perfect lessons on color, contrast, and light. The best part is she’s always sewing something new and blogs daily about her projects!
I had a surprisingly productive month! And although I put two projects aside, I did cross some things off my to-do list that I was dragging my feed on (buying supplies, finishing binding). I’m at the point where I’m nearing the end of a few of my projects. I’m happy to permanently get them off my list and on the wall or bed they belong on! (Find out more about my goals this year in my resolutions blog – read it here.) Four more months this year to finish the five projects I chose. Since the holidays get busy in the magazine world, I’m hoping for one more very productive month so I’m not panicking by the time Christmas hits!
On my to-do list this year:
- Tula Pink‘s City Sampler (See all my blocks here.)
- American Patchwork & Quilting Quilt Along (Read more about it here.)
- Pat Sloan‘s Globetrotting Block of the Month with Free Quilt Patterns (Get details here.)
- Finish my Passion 48 (See our staff’s Project 48 rules here.)
- Quilts and More Welcome Home wall hanging series (in Quilts and More Fall)
I finished the last 20 of my Tula blocks! Now time to choose a sashing color that will match brown, blue, teal, and green! See all my blocks here.
Nine of the blocks for the Globetrotting Block of the Month are done. The quilt is almost done! I love all blocks equally in this and love the fabric line. I hope I have enough time before the end of the year to quilt and bind it.
Finally got the binding done and all the layers ready to quilt. This is the first quilt I started (and obviously one that I put on hold for awhile). I’m ready to get it off my design wall and hanging in my house.
In a burst of energy over Labor Day weekend I almost got the Quilts and More Fall Welcome Home wall hanging done. A little bit of binding left to sew on and some embellishments to make, but I’ll be ready for cooler temps when they come!
I have some tips for jumpstarting your creativity. (See my tips for making your list here.)
1. Take time off. While it’s important to be creative every day to keep the juices flowing, it’s also alright to take some time off from your to-do list. I took time this month to be creative while reading, gardening, and baking. And while I did do some quilting, it was a gift that was not on my to-do list. Taking a break gives you the energy and motivation to move ahead on your projects.
2. Do what you feel. With nicer weather this month, I didn’t want to be cooped inside at my sewing machine. I, instead, opted for a lot of cutting. I liked being on my feet with some music playing. And touching the pretty fabric was a nice stress reliever after a long day. I still made progress on a quilt, but it wasn’t something that was time-consuming or felt like work
3. Let your mind wander. We always say in the office that sitting at your desk and thinking counts as work. While it may seem silly to let your mind wander while you’re working on a quilt, sometimes the best ideas or creative spark come from just sitting. If you’re not feeling the creative process, look at some quilting magazines, browse some websites for inspiration, or go to a store to look at fabric. You’ll be surprised how this can jumpstart your motivation!
Happy quilting in 2014! Share your own quilting to-do list in the comments and make sure to check back to see my progress.
Every month, we highlight a trend in quilting and show you how you can add this hip style to your projects!
This month, we’re all about fabric with words! We’re writers, so we’ve obviously always loved the look of printed text on fabric. But we’re starting to see a lot of word fabric on the market now, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! From standout prints to tone-on-tones, word fabric can take on a lot of different looks!
Type fabric for your shopping list (in order going clockwise):
- Elementary collection by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics
- Kiss the Cook collection by Mary Lake-Thompson for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
- Little Monsters collection from Andover Fabrics
- Hello, Bear collection by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics
- Wild by Wee Gallery for Dear Stella
- Playground collection by Vita Mechachonis for Camelot Fabrics
I’m done! I’m done! I’m done! (Almost…)
I finished the last 20 blocks in my Tula Pink‘s City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks! quilt! I now have 100 blocks in 5 different color ways: brown, teal, blue, light green, and dark green. You can see my dark greens above. (See my previous posts for my progress and tips for choosing color and patterns.)
I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t very careful with these last 20 blocks. I was so excited to finish and a little short on free time to sew, so I pulled a few late nights to work on them. There’s two blocks in the set above that don’t look like the ones in the book, because I sewed the parts together wrong. I could definitely go back and redo them, but I think it’s all part of the charm of a sampler quilt. It will be a little reminder to me about the process of making this quilt (and something that no one else will notice).
I’m going to let this one sit for awhile, so I can think about the design and what color sashing I want (post any suggestions you have in the comments!).
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Once a month, we highlight blogs our staff is reading right now!
The Cottage Mama
If you consider yourself the domestic type (or wish you were), this blog is perfect for you! Blog owner Lindsay is a stay-at-home mom to three kids (#4 is coming soon), a business owner, and still manages to get sewing projects done. Her blog is full of sewing and crafting tutorials, cute clothes patterns for kids, and even recipes and party inspiration! She also frequently does giveaways, so it’s worth it to make this blog part of your daily routine.
Julie Herman is a master of tutorials! Her step-by-step photos are so clear and she is always willing to share a tip for making it easier! (If you haven’t already, check out her rulers — they’re life-changing tools!) She also frequently posts pictures of her readers’ projects using her patterns and rulers making her blog a one-stop shop for quilt ideas and inspiration. On top of that, Julie is the cutest and we’ve been stalking her upcoming nuptials like the Royal Wedding.
The Sewing Loft
Blog owner Heather should be your go-to gal for when you have a sewing question that you’re too afraid to ask. Her tutorials on sewing machine feet, binding and so much more take the guesswork out of the topics every sewer should know! And one of our personal faves is How To Hang A Mini Quilt (you think you know, but you don’t!). She’s never short on ideas, and her daily blogs are constantly creative, inspiring, and super helpful!