Learn to sew with this tricky (but super cozy) material. Plus, hear an interview with Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner.
Episode 458

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How to Sew with Plush Fabric

Cold weather has us doing our best to warm up here in the Midwest. While plush fabric is perfect for year-round, we especially love it in winter. But it isn't always the easiest to work with. Joanna Burgarino, the editor of Quilts & More, shares tips for using plush so that you can have success with your projects!

Back to Basics with Joanna

Joanna does Back to Basics, a segment where we share tips and tricks about a sewing tool or technique. On this episode, Joanna takes a look at one of the most popular quilting units—the triangle-square. We're pretty sure most of us have sewn our fair share of them, but they can be tricky to get right. Usually the two issues that come up is they end up too small or the diagonal seam is at the wrong angle.

Quilt-Along Announcement

Lindsay Mayland shares the details of the next quilt-along! The American Patchwork & Quilting quilt-along starts on February 17, 2020! The pattern is called Get Together by Diane Tomlinson. The quilt is a throw-size quilt and showcases scraps of all colors. The quilt has nine-patch blocks, square-in-a-square, and Flying Geese units put together in a very interesting design. The quilt along runs for 10 weeks and is going to be SO fun! We'll be sharing extra tips, tricks, videos, and special bonuses on our website and in the Quilt-Along Facebook group! We were also super excited this quilt-along to partner with Electric Quilt to offer this project in their EQ8 software.

Valentine's Day Poem

In honor of Valentine's Day, Lindsay shares a cute little poem that quilters will get a kick out of. It's called The Sewing Machine by Thomas C. Cowherd. Cowherd was born 1817 in England, and then immigrated to Canada when he was a young man. He was tinsmith by trade and eventually operated a tin and sheet iron shop plus a hardware store. Fun fact: He was friends with Alexander Graham Bell and his company was hired to help produce new prototypes for the telephone. Over his life, he also published over 300 poems in the newspaper about everything from religion to the Prince of Wales to the sewing machine.

Getting Sewcial

On today's show, Lindsay chats with Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner. Andy has been sewing since a young age and is a talented pattern designer and blogger. She recently became a first-time author of the book Fresh Fat-Quarter Quilts. In this interview, Andy shares how she got her start quilting, her love of fat quarters, tips for storing scraps and fabric collections, a favorite product find, and how she makes time to sew.

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Andy with Quote