I just started using these bobbin boxes and I am loving them. Anything that helps me stay organized in my sewing room is a big bonus! Now my bobbins stay organized and don’t unravel. I can easily grab the box out of my drawer next to my sewing machine when I need another bobbin.
When I first saw a paper-pieced quilt, I couldn’t figure out how it was made. The geometric pattern seemed so intricate. It was not obvious, by looking at it, how it was constructed. But I knew I would never be able to use such unusual quilt pieces and actually make a successful block. But then I learned the paper-piecing technique and discovered how easy it was once I know how.
Whether you’re a beginner or already have made paper-pieced quilts, I have found some new patterns that you might like to try:
One of the most important tools any quilter owns is a rotary cutter. I admit, I have several. This is one of my most favorites. The automatic closing feature is a huge benefit for me. If you’re looking for a good all-purpose rotary cutter, this one is for you!
One of the funniest names for a quit block is the Drunkard’s Path quilt block. With it’s curved pieces, you can arrange the blocks into many different variations that can create a topsy turvy pattern. This block gives you plenty of practice with curved piecing. Don’t be afraid to try curved piecing. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you will be able to take that skill and use it to make many different blocks that have curved piecing in them.
Here are a few books and patterns with variations of the Drunkard’s Path.
There are some tools that are so simple, yet so valuable. The Quilters Magic Wand is one of those tools. In this tutorial, I show you how to make a traditional Churn Dash Quilt Block. To make the half-square triangles, I use the Quilters Magic Wand half inch ruler. It helps me piece accurate quarter inch seams. Once you know how to use it, you will find yourself reaching for this ruler again and again!
The Churn Dash quilt block is such a versatile and traditional block. You can take any of the patterns below, and depending on where you place your fabrics, and how many colors you use, the one block can create endless design options. Or make them exactly as they are shown here!
Here is another item that I have been using in my sewing room to help me get organized, especially near my sewing machine. As we sew, we are constantly using different tools, like small scissors, bobbins and pins. The Sewing Caddy holds my stuff, and helps me stay organized. Besides that, they are just darn cute! The caddy comes in an Owl, Lady Bug and Porcupine. You can get one today from the Quilted Turtle in the links below:
Applique gives us much freedom of pattern. There is so much we can do with applique that we cannot do with traditional quilt piecing. Whether you like to do needle-turn applique, machine applique or raw-edge applique, your only limit in pattern-making is your own imagination.
Here are some great applique quilt patterns, some traditional, some non-traditional and some whimsical.
Table runners are a great way to decorate your home. You can use them on dining room tables, coffee tables, end tables, under lamps, on dressers, and more! Table runners give you a way to change out a little bit of color in a room each season or when you just need a change, a fresh look.
A table runner is an easy way to try out a quilt pattern without having to make a whole quilt. If I make a table runner, and find I like the pattern, I will then go ahead and make the whole quilt. If I find I didn’t have fun working on the pattern, I finish the table runner, and move on to another pattern.
Table runners make great gifts. Keep a few on hand, and you’ll always have a gift, even for unexpected gift-giving events.