Clothesline Projects

Have you ever heard of sewing with cotton clothesline? You know the sturdy stuff used for hanging your clothes to dry?  Well there are some beautiful projects you can make that are no where near related for it’s recommended use like tying up your tomato plants or emergency rope to be kept in your car.

Here are a few…

There is also a book available “It’s A Wrap” by Susan Breier for Martingale Publishing.

Wind, wrap, and sew fabric strips into fantastic containers! Start with a plate shape to learn the technique. Then experiment with four basic container styles to create round, oval, square, and other shapes. Create purses, baskets, and bowls in an endless variety of sizes, shapes, and colors Simply wrap fabric strips around cotton clothesline, coil into the desired shape, and secure with machine stitching Special sections on lids, handles, and embellishments offer unlimited options for your own variations. 

Watch a video to see how it sewing with clothesline works

Need clothesline?  We have it in store or online here>

Tuesday Tip: Add a Quarter Ruler

The “Add a Quarter” ruler performs up to its name. This ruler is available in multiple sizes with the ruler measuring 1.5 x 12 inches being our store’s most popular seller. This ruler is a must have for completing Judy Niemeyer projects and/or paper-piecing. This is one of the few sewing notions that receives a five star rating from everyone who uses it!

The Add-A-Quarter combines the speed of rotary cutting quilt pieces with the accuracy of using templates. Once your templates are made, the Add-A-Quarter will automatically add the customary 1/4″ seam allowance to any straight angle and provide a straight edge for your rotary cutter.

Here’s video from Carolyn McCormick, the designer of this tool, showing a demonstration:

By the way, we have a “Luminosity” class coming up in April, 2019 that has a few spots left if you want to register and learn how to create this beautiful quilt using the add-a-quarter ruler.

Winterville

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Have you seen “Winterville“? It is a lovely winter village quilt designed by Camille Rosekelley of Thimbleblossoms. The quilt finishes at 78 inches square which is a nice large wall hanging, beautiful table topper or decent size sofa quilt. The quilt features the fabric collection “Vintage Holiday” by Bonnie & Camille for Moda and has been a pretty popular item all over social media. Take a look.Winterville 5427QK_2_z

If you want to use your stash and just need the pattern we have that too. Click on the image below to find it on the website.Winterville_cover_small

Sew and Tell….Minecraft Pillow

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Anyone know a Minecraft fan out there? Here is a great project to whip up as a gift or even better introduce patchwork sewing to child. This Minecraft Creeper pillow is simple, fairly quick and useful.

This pillow was created by my 10 year old son David, with the exception of cutting the squares. I will give simple instructions on how you can make one too!

You will need
4 to 6 – 2″ strips of green fabric
1 – 2″ strip black fabric
.50 approximately of 2″ Quilter’s Grid (8 -10 square grid)Minecraft Pillow 1 cut squares

To start select four to six green solid fabrics and a solid black.  I mixed up Kona Cottons and Bella Solids.  You won’t need much, only ten or fifteen centimetre strips of each of the green and one strip of black.  Begin by cutting one or two 2″ strips of each green colour, only one 2″ strip of black is necessary. Cut an 8 by 8 inch square on the printed line from your Quilter’s Grid (you could also make in 9×9 or more depending what size pillow you want.

Lay the quilter’s grid out glue/textured side up on a large pressing surface (bigger than your piece of quilter’s grid) or a cutting board where you will have the freedom to transfer your laid out design to your ironing board.

Begin laying your squares out (right side up if you have a printed fabric) onto the rough or textured glue side of the quilter’s grid in the Creeper face pattern. You will later press your squares adhering them to the quilter’s grid foundation.Minecraft Pillow 2 Minecraft Pillow 3a Minecraft Pillow 3

Once you are happy with the arrangement straighten out the squares within the lines as best as you can and give them a quick press. **If you used your cutting mat as the base under your project be sure to slide the grid off onto your ironing board BEFORE you press.** Your squares will now be held lightly in place and keep them from shifting or floating off your grid. You may also make any changes or adjustments at this time. When you are satisfied with how everything looks press all the squares down following the manufacture’s instructions.Minecraft Pillow 5 Minecraft Pillow 7 Minecraft Pillow 8

Next, fold your grid right sides together on the first line of one side (David chose to stitch across the face first) and stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Continue to sew each line until you are finished all the lines in the same direction.Minecraft Pillow 8a Minecraft Pillow 10 Minecraft Pillow 11 Minecraft Pillow 11a

Snip to but not through the grid line between each square so that you are able to fold the seams on the lines in opposite directions.Minecraft Pillow 12

Give the seams a press. Each rows seam should lay in the opposite directions to the one next to it as pictured below.Minecraft Pillow 13

Now fold the first row on the fold line (up and down for this pillow) and stitch. The seam allowances are thicker because of the quilter’s grid so be sure to make sure the intersections are not folding the wrong way while stitching. I showed my son how to use the small screwdriver that came with my sewing machine to hold the seam in place while approaching the seam. Make sure to watch that those sneaky seams on the underside don’t flip the wrong way as well.Minecraft Pillow 13a Minecraft Pillow 14

Once you ‘ve sewn all the seams give your Creeper face a good press.

Now use your favourite method to add a back pocket for your pillow or use it as a block for a wallhanging or quilt! Minecraft Pillow 16 FinishedPS- Davis has asked to sew more pillows of his favourite Minecraft characters 🙂

 

A Season of Mini’s – Autumn

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Isn’t this one of the cutest Halloween quilts you’ve ever seen? Heather stitched it up using the This & That pattern ‘A Season of Mini’s – Autumn’. This pattern is one of four in a darling series.  You may remember the Summer version Heather made not so long ago, which you can view here.

It is made using traditional piecing with a smidge of fusible applique for the colourful bunting. Because it is only twelve inches square you can dip right into your scrap bin.

I think I would keep this one on display all Autumn long, Halloween just isn’t long enough.