excerpt from The Savvy Seamstress: An Illustrated Guide to Customizing Your Favorite Patterns
by Nicole Mallalieu
“I’ve always been a garment maker. I was a child who made doll clothes, a teenager who was obsessed with sewing my own clothes, a fashion student, a designer pattern maker, and then a pattern designer and teacher. I still make most [...]
What makes the new Lucy's 3-in-1 kraft-tex Bag Pattern sew great? As Gailen says:
“The key to this collection of bags [3 sizes] is versatility… The bands with the handles are attached to the bag with snaps, so you can make bands in many colors—or with different features—and swap them out as needed.”
Some of the great band [...]
A thought-provoking excerpt from Modern Quilt Magic by Victoria Findlay Wolfe:
I find that we are trained to look at what is in front of us but get stuck because our brain tells us something different. We have our preconceived ideas about what we like and what we don’t.
I often hear people say in class, “Oh, I [...]
Who doesn't love working with wool? The beautiful, rich colors, the soft feel of the fabric, the way your needle slides through so easily . . . but as all wool lovers know, wool is best when paired with other fabrics, too! The contributors to our new book,
Sweet & Simple Wool Appliqué, are certainly believers [...]
365 Free-Motion Quilting Designs is a treasure trove of free-motion quilting inspiration, with a unique design for every single day of the year! The author, Leah Day, suggests preparing fabric sandwiches to practice the new design on each day. To get you started, we've included the first seven designs from the book. Quilt along, and [...]
Most appliqué blocks have a background. The Magical Unicorn Quilt block has an ‘invisible’ background. You can’t see it because the appliqué pieces overlap each other and cover all of the background fabric. This
invisible background fabric holds the appliqué pieces in place for sewing.
It’s especially important in this quilt that the appliqué pieces are positioned precisely. [...]
We caught the coloring bug bad this summer! Color by Number Travel Across America Coloring Book is perfect for summer traveling and relaxing, with color-by-number pages for each of the 50 states and 5 national parks. The C&T staff split up the pages, each of us taking one for our favorite place or a place we'd [...]