Saturday, June 18, 2011

Capture Nature's Glory with a Green Quilt

When thinking about blankets and designs and more specifically, the designs I would like to do in the future, I barely ever appear to think about using green as the main theme color. When I thought about why it is that I never made a green quilt, I realized that I did not have a strong reason for this.

When I thought about it, I realized that I had been missing out on making an insipring assortment of natural themes. Just how many nature themes had I been overlooking? Well...

Farms
There's nothing as old fashioned as a rustic quilt, and you can't get much more rustic than a farm themed quilt. With fields and field of green, its easy to imagine how it's possible for you to use green as the primary colour for this quilt. Dot the quilt with sheep, cows and the occasional tractor and you'll have a gorgeous, country quilt in no time.


Friday, September 24, 2010

How To Use a Quilting Frame

A quilting frame is a piece of equipment which holds all of your quilting material together so that you can sew your quilt without having to worry about holding everything together. A quilting frame is not much different from an everyday needlework frame, except for the size and material used.

The key use of a quilting frame is to maintain tension throughout. Before you begin to stitch your quilt design, you should lightly trace an outline of your pattern on top of the quilt so that there is a pattern for you to follow once your project is loaded on a quilting frame.

Once you have loaded your project onto the quilting frame, make sure that all edges of your fabric line up so that your quilt will hang properly when completed. You should always work from the center of the quilt towards the outer sides to make sure that everything stays smooth.

Adding Interesting Borders to Your Quilt

Making a quilt is very much like creating a painting; and generally will benefit from having a frame, or border, or two. As with the quilt itself, your fabric selections will determine the look of your quilt, and are limited only by your imagination.

The easiest borders are simple strips added to the sides of your quilt. Many quilters use the same fabrics that are in their quilt blocks. Other quilters use completely different fabrics.; This adds a design dimension or introduces a new and interesting color.

A simple way to add interest to your border is to add cornerstones. These are squares in each corner that are different from the fabric used in the border. I began to appreciate cornerstones when I ran out of border fabric on a quilt. The cornerstones filled in the missing fabric.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Baby Quilt Patterns - A Brief History of Quilting and Quilt Patterns

My interest in quilting and patchwork started many years ago and I found that starting with a small project and using Baby Quilt Patterns as a source of ideas and inspiration, I was able to produce a very pleasing quilt for a baby's cot without too much gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands.

I think the term The Quilt became a product of the verb To Quilt as there is evidence of ancient statues wearing quilted garments, a quilted linen carpet was found in Siberia around the beginning of the first century and of course the very fashionable quilted doublet and hose of the Elizabethan era. Even today we have quilted body warmers, trousers and sleeping bags.

Quilting Tips - 5 Ways to Use Your Digital Camera

If you are interested in quilting tips for using your digital camera, you have come to the right place. Most of us think of our digital camera as a tool to capture family memories. It can also be used to document and help you with your quilting projects. Here are five ways of using your digital camera that you may not have thought of before now.

Quilting Tip 1 - Determine Fabric Values

Do you have a hard time telling what is a medium fabric versus dark fabric when it comes to quilting projects? You can use your digital camera to help you out. Simply, set your camera to take a black and white picture. Then, take a picture of the fabric next to either other. When you view the fabrics next to each other in shades of gray, you can better tell if you there is a nice contrast.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Happy Needle

Quilting tips and tricks

Well, last week I mentioned having a quilting tips and tricks post this week and since today is Friday and I have ran out of "week" I guess it had better be today. Here is a book that I find very helpful and I think you will too! ...
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Quilting Tips. Determining Bed Quilt Measurements

Quilting Tips: Determining Bed Quilt Measurements

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