Posts tagged: "fabric selection"

  1. The wonderful world of wool – fabric primer (part 1 + sale!)

    Posted by on September 22, 2014

    Are you wild about wool? If you haven’t tried quilting with wool, autumn is the perfect time—cooler weather and cozy textiles go hand in hand. Wool is surprisingly fast, easy, and fun to use! But if you’re new to wool appliqué or piecing, you may be curious about the fabric itself. Is it really that […]

  2. How to make a scrap quilt sing? Go solo (+ sale!)

    Posted by on September 15, 2014

    Look at your pile (drawer, closet) of scraps. Is it a hodgepodge of colors and patterns? When you look at a quilt pattern that might be a good match for your scraps, you likely see a quilt where the colors are composed, the arrangement is balanced, and the finished design is stunning. A question arises: […]

  3. No-fail tip for colorful quilts

    Posted by on September 8, 2014

    Energetic. Cheerful. Lively. Vivid. COLOR! 
 Detail of “Bali High” from Colorful Quilts (ePattern available) If you gravitate toward using bright colors in your quilts—or if you have a stack of colorful blocks you’re not sure how to use—read on. Today’s tip will help you rein in those larger-than-life colors. When working with brights, the […]

  4. So you think you can stash?: novelty prints (+ sale!)

    Posted by on September 4, 2014

    Today we’re starting a new series at Stitch This! If you’ve got a stash of a particular style of fabric that keeps growing instead of shrinking, this series is for you! We’ll focus on one style of fabric in each “So You Think You Can Stash?” post, and offer ideas for how to cut it, […]

  5. Blog hop! How to build color palettes for quilts (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on August 27, 2014

    Welcome to our stop on John Adams’ blog hop for his book Beyond Neutral: Quilts Inspired by Nature’s Elements. John issued a special challenge to his blog-hop participants. The mission, if we chose to accept it: 1. Choose an inspiring photograph from nature. . 2. Use the subject or colors from the photograph to create […]

  6. Build your color confidence: take out the color (video + giveaway!)

    Posted by on April 3, 2014

    “Bee-U-tiful” table runner from Knockout Neutrals When it comes to choosing colors, value seems to be the grand enigma for quilters. We all know that value plays an important role, but Pat Wys is one of those designers who’s figured out how to choose fabric values for quilts just right, every time. And because Pat’s […]

  7. Celebrate National Craft Month with stash busters + sale

    Posted by on March 3, 2014

    Did you know that March is National Craft Month? What better way to celebrate than by sewing a quilt! Better still, make that new quilt serve your spring cleaning. Make a quilt that will shrink your stash. Because let’s face it. If you quilt, there’s a good chance you’ve amassed an impressive fabric collection. And […]

  8. Corduroy quilts: new fabric to stitch, stroke, and stash (+ fabric giveaway!)

    Posted by on February 20, 2014

    Have you seen the new corduroy fabrics at your local quilt shop? It isn’t the fabric you remember from the ’70s. Still velvety and tactile, yes, but the new generation of corduroy is lightweight, cuddly soft, and available in an array of—get this—prints! You know what that means: it’s time to make space on your […]

  9. 18 tips for collecting – and using! – quilt scraps (+ sale)

    Posted by on December 16, 2013

    Fun fabric fact: the National Quilting Association won’t consider quilts made from scraps in their scrap-quilt category unless they feature a minimum of 75 different fabrics. Whoa! And although we don’t employ any quilt police here, the number the NQA suggests offers insight into what can take a scrap quilt from good to gorgeous: plaids, […]

  10. Scrap quilting made simple: 3 ways (+ giveaway!)

    Posted by on May 9, 2013

    One block, three ways: planned, coordinated, and make-do quilt blocks from Triple-Play Scrap Quilting If your fabric yardage, precuts, scraps, and quilt-shop visits are growing exponentially with no signs of stopping, consider yourself a kindred spirit with designer Nancy Allen. A quilter since the age of 12, she estimates that she could easily make more […]