Education Archive

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

These items will be sorted through and put on other pages in the future according to category.  Didn’t want to lose the good information during the delay.

If you were lucky enough to get to NYC to see the huge Red and White quilt exhibition at the Armory at few years ago or better yet, you didn’t get there, there is a beautiful book published on the collection. There is a beautiful new book out featuring over 650 quilts photos from the past three centuries in 352 pages. It is called Red and White Quilts: Infinite Variety. What a great item to put on your Christmas or Hanukkah gift list! I just added it to my Amazon Wish List!  Click here for link.

The Fat Quarter Shop has a really cute new tutorial for making a baby receiving blanket. I’m sure with just a few changes, you can make a larger quilt too!

If you were Row-By-Rowing this summer and saw a pattern or kit that you wanted and weren’t able to get to the shop, you can order it over the phone as of November 1st! I know there were a few in Pittsburgh and one in Florida that I think I need! Check it out at:

I was watching an episode of Quilting Arts recently and Catherine Redford was demonstrating her paper piecing Square-In-A-Square blocks quilt. It was a Pin Quilt, using the plain white center squares to display her collection of pins. What a clever idea! Here is a link to the info and a photo:

A recent tip from Fons and Porter: When moving, a quilter used her fabric stash to wrap her breakable items and then organized her fabric after she unpacked – what a brilliant idea!

I was just watching Quilting Arts on the Create channel and  Julia Wood demonstrated making amazing hexagons from circles! The process comes from Appalachian women sewing together and using canning jar lids because no matter at whose house they gathered, everyone had canning lids. One of the added benefits of this method is that you don’t need to use a backing because the back is as beautiful as the front.

She and a friend have a book on this process called Quick and Easy Hexie Quilts

Kathleen Winters suggested that instead of tearing pages out of your quilting magazines of patterns you want to keep, take photos with your phone or iPad. What a great idea, thanks Kathleen!

I’ve been doing Lori Holt’s Sew Along from her Vintage Farm Girl book. I’ve made a few of her Quilt Block Design Boards so that that I can cut a few blocks at a time and stack them up so that I can sit and sew them.

Each block has quite a few pieces and they are marked A, B, C, etc. I bought a pack of Alphabities from the Fat Quarter Shop but they are pretty pricey to buy in any quantity – they are little plastic tiles with all the letters of the alphabet and numbers 1-9. I was in Walmart and found a triple pack of tiny foam letters for only $2.99 in different colors – serves the same purpose and so much cheaper. I bought mini muffin pans at the thrift store to sort my letters in to have them handy on my cutting table. As I’m typing this, I realize that scrabble letters would be great for this purpose too!

A British man named Alex Askaroff is an expert in most things sewing and sewing machines and has written a great book called, Isaac Singer, The First Capitalist, which is all about the creator of the Singer Sewing Machine Company. It is full of pictures and history, I love it! He has a website that you might enjoy checking out:

He recently posted this little tidbit on his Facebook page: After WW2 Singers, who had been busy helping with the war effort, started to make sewing machines again. In 1945 they started a huge advertising campaign to recapture their market. Amazingly they had over 3,500,000 back orders for sewing machines which caused huge waiting lists. Traditionally by 1950 you could wait up to 18 months for the sewing machine that you ordered.

Can you imagine a backlog of almost 4 million sewing machine orders??? I guess American women were treating themselves after all that sacrifice during the war years.

I hate sewing on my hanging sleeves for some reason, probably because it’s the last thing to do on my quilts (I enjoy sewing my bindings though). I was sitting with RaeLynn Bond at our April meeting and while we looked at Linda Hahn’s quilt I noticed that she sewed her hanging sleeve into her binding, which I had been told was a no-no. Cheryl Lynch said that she does that too, okay I’m in on that now. RaeLynn gave me a tip that I just used this week. After you press the side to be sewn down, run a stitch just inside the crease to give you a nice guide for hand sewing. It was perfect!!

Here is a really great tutorial from Fons & Porter for making a hanging sleeve. The best one I’ve seen yet!

Back when women started sewing with feed and flour sacks, the companies took notice and started producing prettier sacks to entice women to buy their products.

Today, I think that many fabric manufacturers have taken notice of the beautiful quilts and projects that are being made from selvages. Instead of just circles of colors there are little books, tiny barns, bowties, flowers, leaves and even sewing machines!  Now when I buy fabric and bring it home to fold, I search for the creative selvages.  I don’t choose fabric for the selvages but it’s a fun surprise to see the fun new ones!  I keep a big plastic snack jug on my sewing table for saving selvages now.  Kelly Meanix was the first person I knew who saved them and she gave a demo to the Guild on a beautiful big selvage pin cushion.

I attended a Downton Abbey presentation at The Old Country Store given by Andover Fabrics’ US Director of Sales, Dennis Bevins. They keep expanding the Downton line and are introducing a small Christmas line in June. It is just beautiful and includes a painting of the castle that looks like toile and comes in black, red and green.

He also announced that they are in the process of producing a line based on Little House on the Prairie, both the show and the books.

The Old Country Store is offering some interesting classes and lectures as well as frequent sales. You can go to their website to order fabric and also get their newsletter.

When I was reading my November/December issue of McCall’s Quilting, I learned a lot about Kona Cotton solids.  2014 is their 30th Anniversary and to celebrate that milestone, they have introduced 32 NEW beautiful colors.  In addition, Robert Kauffman Fabrics will be releasing 30 original quilt patterns by well-known quilters throughout the quilting world.  These quilts will be making appearances at quilt shows across the US, starting with Houston in October/November.

I didn’t know the history of Kona Cottons but always assumed it had something to do with Hawaii.  Sure enough, they were first introduced in 1984 to complement Kaufman’s existing line of Hawaiian print sportswear fabrics (boy, I’d love to get a hold of some of those prints!).

Holly and Kelly recently turned me on to MassDrop on Facebook but you do not have to be on Facebook to take advantage of the good buys on this site. The price of each items drops as more people commit to buy it. The best buys recently have been on Mark Lupinski’s and Pat Sloan’s beautiful boxed collections of Auriful 50 threads for only $79.99. Check it out at: