So, just what is a quilt hanging sleeve, and why would we want to add one to our quilts? A hanging sleeve is simply a tube of fabric that is sewn to the back of a quilt into which a pole can be inserted—thus allowing you to hang your quilt for display, both at home or a quilt show, without the undue stretching or distortion that other methods can cause.
We've Got Your Back!
Once you have finished your beautiful quilt top, it is time to choose your backing. The backing of your quilt should not be an afterthought. The backing is the part of the quilt that lies against your body, so you should, of course, select a high-quality backing fabric that will last for generations to come.
On October 28th during a Facebook Live recording, Terry demonstrated a technique she calls intentional piecing. So, just what is intentional piecing? Short answer: It’s a method that saves fabric, thread, time, and effort by eliminating nearly all unproductive sewing!
While the quality of fabric has improved over the years, many fabrics still bleed. As discussed in the blog post from 16 October 2020, To wash or not wash your fabric, that is the question!, when fabric is washed, some of the excess dye will leach out, particularly from fabrics that have rich and vibrant colors, such as reds and purples. If you do not pre-wash your fabrics, when you wash your completed quilts for the first time, you might fear that dye will bleed from some fabrics onto adjacent parts of the quilt. This is a legitimate concern, but fear not, there are products that can aid in fixing or catching excess dye, during washing, preventing it from staining other parts of your quilt. This blog post will discuss the differences between three of these products: Retayne, Synthrapol, and Color Catchers.
Should you wash or not wash your fabric before you begin your quilting projects? You will find quilters on both sides of this debate, which is what we discovered when we surveyed our Lone Star Quiltworks Community Facebook group.
I have a sign in my sewing room that says, “I should probably sew but I would rather buy more fabric.”
Even though straight pins are some of the smallest and simplest items in a quilter's toolbox, they are an absolute necessity for successful quilting.
I am a quilter. Not a “seamstress” or a “sewist” or a “tailor”.
Congratulations! You finished a quilt. You have pressed the last seam, quilted your final stitch, and clipped your last thread. Guess what, you are not done. A quilt is not considered finished until a label is added.
Do you have a passion for quilting but do not have the time or patience to quilt your quilt top yourself? Then quilting by checkbook is for you!
The other day as I was finishing cutting out a new project, I looked down at my rotary cutting mat, and realized how thankful I was to have such a useful quilting tool. So, this got me thinking, what is the best way to care for a rotary cutting mat? Thus, the incentive for this blog post.
“You just need to go to your LQS and purchase a few FQ and BSS to complete this project.” WHAT?
Spinning to Reduce those Unsightly Bulges!
As quilters, we all try to produce quilt tops that lay flat, have precise intersections, and minimal shadowing. Unfortunately, when two or more seams come together at one spot in a block, a multi-seam intersection or bulge can form. We can think of these bulges as potential speed bumps because they make it more difficult for us to create smooth, precise, and eye-pleasing quilts.
There are many products on the market that you can use to reduce the effort necessary to remove wrinkles from the fabrics you use in your quilting designs. Many of these products have the added advantage of adding body or stiffening to your fabric. All these products are sprays of one form or another, and this post will discuss some of these products.
This is a surprisingly controversial topic within the quilting community. Some quilters love to use steam, while others would never even consider it.
We’ve all heard, "it's often the little things that make the most difference." Well, when it comes to quilting, knowing the difference between pressing and ironing is one of those little things.
Have you ever thought about the origins of one of your most important sewing tools…the seam ripper?