Free Motion Quilting: A Tutorial

by DIY Maven

Free Motion Quilting: A Tutorial

When most people think of quilts, they think of blocks that fashion log cabins or tulips or something with precise up and down running hand stitches. Free motion quilting is nothing like that. It's an easy going, groovy, free-hand kind of stitch that suits contemporary quilting perfectly. 

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Fabric Alteration...With Bleach

by DIY Maven

Fabric Alteration...With Bleach

No, it's not tie-dye. Nor is it a washing day mishap. It's actually an experiment that turns printed fabric into a muted version of its former self. What Elizabeth did was mix 2 quarts of water with 2 cups of bleach. She then added pieces of fabric and let them soak for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. What's very cool about the outcome is that the 'befores' coordinate with the 'afters' perfectly. To see more pictures of her experiment...

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DIY: Build a Top Notch Sewing Kit

by Mod Home Ec Teacher

created on: 12/20/08

Nothing satisfies a seamster more than fresh new supplies. Whether it be sharp new shears or a handy cutting mat, sewers (not soo-ers) love their supplies.  Opt for ala carte when putting together a sewing notions kit. That way you can choose higher quality items and eliminate the unncessary ones. The best thing about this is that you can spend a little or alot and get credit for everything. Here's a list....

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Fabric-Free Quilting–Or Making Patterned Fabric with Paint

by DIY Maven

In my ongoing effort to create patterns in fabric that combine the unlikely partnering of caramel and white, my attention turned to quilting. But not in the traditional sense. I saw this idea on All People Quilt and thought, of course! My inspiration was a decor fabric that I found at the store that had combined celery green, yellow ochre (which looks like a dark caramel) and robin’s egg blue in its pattern. Robin’s egg blue? Yup. But, sadly, no...

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