Monday, February 22, 2010
P.S. I'm also working on a matching sewing machine cover.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I found a few things to share with you and the rest of my readers.
These are the 71 Reasons to Buy Fabric, minus
#16 because you don't usually fuss.
#24 since I've never once thought of calling you the Fabric Patrol
#28. Until now I hadn't thought of storing fabric under the
#34 is kind of hard to use since our youngest (yet to be created) child is
not leaving us.
#66 because I'm sure you can always find something else to complain
So, I thought I'd share that poem with you on your birthday to say thanks for not complaining too much that my stash has hit the floor. I love you!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Dictionary.com defines couching as:
The definition goes on to include the term couch as in your sofa. I've always thought this terms was a little bit funny.
1. the act of a person or thing that couches.
2. a method of embroidering in which a thread, often heavy, laid upon the surface of the material, is caught down at intervals by stitches taken with another thread through the material.
3. work so made.
According to the glossary in Jo-Ann: Your Guide to Quilting, couching is,
"Stitching thick threads, ribbons, beads, and other items to a quilt surface."
Couching is a pretty cool way to embellish things. Click on the links below for some examples.
wikipedia. There are examples of stitches and some really nice descriptions.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I've also been putting in more hours at my day job lately. Things have been pretty busy!
I'll be busy working at the office and on making things to sell in a few weeks, so blogging is probably going to take a backseat until March.
Anyway... that's about all I have for now. I'll be back in a few weeks!
Monday, February 8, 2010
I thought it was pretty cute. I've got a bunch more cut out to stitch together for an upcoming craft show.
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Dictionary.com defines Basting as:
This is one of the few times where the first definition found in the dictionary is the definition used in the creative world. There are a few other alternatives to basting than just sewing long stitches. Here's a few alternatives:
1. sewing with long, loose stitches to hold material in place until the
2. bastings, the stitches taken or the threads used.
1515–25; baste 1 + -ing 1
1. the act
of moistening food while cooking, esp. with stock or pan juices.
liquid used in basting.
1520–30; baste 2 + -ing 1
- We can use a basting spray. This is a temporary adhesive that we can spray between pieces of fabric or layers of a quilt to hold them in place.
- We can use a basting gun to tack layers together. (Note: I used to love this method. The guns are fairly expensive, but very convenient. I've given up on this though, because I've broken two guns and they aren't really repairable.)
- Safety pins are a quick and easy way to baste a quilt. All you have to do is spread it out and pin through all the layers. This prevents a lot of wasted thread and is much quicker (in my opinion).
- You can also use a basting tape in some circumstances. This wouldn't work well in quilting because you need to be able to remove the basting after you have completed the quilt, but it could be handy in sewing or other craft projects.