Sew up a simple quilted drawstring bag with some of your favorite fabric scraps. The quilting not only gives your bag unique look and texture, it also makes it sturdy enough to protect your treasures.
Our dear friend Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts is sharing her quilting knowledge all this fall in the Spoonflower Greenhouse with a series of modern quilting workshops. For those of you who can't make it to learn and stitch with us here at our North Carolina crafting and community space, Nicole is kindly offering her workshops in the form of simple block technique tutorials here on the Spoonflower blog. In today's tutorial, Nicole will demonstrate the modern half-square triangle block using the stitch and flip technique. Enjoy!
Need an easy way to use up those fabric scraps? Making a quilt using free-pieced strips is a great way to bust through your scrap bins. Quilter and blogger Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts is teaching a series of modern quilting workshops this fall in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here in Durham, North Carolina and she’ll be sharing tutorials from her classes here on the blog for those of you who can’t visit us here at Spoonflower HQ. From her first class in the series, use this improvisational piecing technique to create a modern quilt that is all your own style!
Registration opens today for October's Open Studio! Join us in the Spoonflower Greenhouse on Tuesday, October 22, from 6-9pm to work on your sewing project of choice or start something new with expert advice and instruction on hand. We've had so much fun since we launched this event in August, and, I must say, it has been so inspirational to see what our community has in the works with craft projects that range from quilts to coffee cozies– last month, we actually saw the "cat's pajamas"!
Clockwise from top: Anne's quilt, Rachel's comic book coffee cozy, and Lisa's "cat's pajama" bottoms!
As we head into colder weather, we have quilts on the brain, and starting at this month's Open Studio, we're going to initiate a social quilting bee for the holidays!
We're delighted to have quilter and blogger Nicole Neblett of Mama Love Quilts teaching a series of modern quilting workshops in the Greenhouse, our classroom and community space here at our Durham, NC headquarters, this fall! We're kicking off the series with an overview of Free Piecing Techniques on Saturday, October 6 from 2-5pm. Registration opens today at 6pm, so be sure to head over to Eventbrite to reserve your seat today!
This week we continue our “Market Yourself” series of posts on getting the word out about your creative enterprise with tips and practical project ideas from creative business folk.
As a quilter, I find that a quilt isn’t truly finished until the label is added. Not only is it a great way to remember when and where you were when you made a quilt (especially when you move as much as I have the past few years!), it can act as a calling card for your blog or business.
When you sell or donate your quilts, your label is a great way for you to brand your work in a polished way, as well as help people find and connect with you online and off.
Below is a tutorial for a simple quilt label using a logo and text. While the directions are specific to Photoshop CS5.1 on a Mac, they can easily be adapted to other Photoshop versions, on either Macs or PCs.
To start, open Photoshop and click on File >> New. Enter a file name and dimensions for your label. My preferred size for quilt labels is 4 inches wide by 3 inches tall, but feel free to do whatever size works best for you and your projects. Enter 150 pixels/inch for your resolution and click OK.
Day two of the 12 Days of Giveaways is an exciting one for us quilters in the office. We find quilting inspiration all over the place–on the web, from each other, at our local fabric shops, and of course, whenever we look over and see what’s coming off our own printers. But sometimes it’s nice to have concentrated inspiration right at your fingertips between the covers of a good quilting book. That’s why today we’re giving away a small library of modern quilting books today to provide you with plenty of fresh ideas for your quilts in 2013. Quilting Modern by Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen, Modern Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman, and Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal are sure to get your creative synapses firing!
Yesterday's winners (from our Day 1 giveaway) were Audrey Clayton, Yuki McNeil and Christa McMillen. We'll be sending them emails shortly!
Enter this giveaway between now and 8:00 am EST tomorrow morning for a chance to win these lovely books. Good luck to you all, and do check back with us tomorrow for day three’s giveaway and for the announcement of the modern quilting library winner!
I love English paper piecing and fabrics with great big prints, but these two things don’t always play so nicely together. So I decided to experiment with super-sizing some traditional paper pieced hexagons. I love the way they showcase these three beautiful designs from Spoonflower designer Holli Zollinger: Coral Lined Mosaic, Fish Scales Slate Full, and Diamond Circles Aqua, and the chevron lines of quilting make a nice frame.