Hi everyone! Tina here again to show you all how I made a really fun quilt made from Cotton + Steel lawn fabrics. For those unfamiliar with what cotton lawn is, the feel is light and crisp. Compared with a voile, it has more body, but is similar in its fine smoothness. Lawn has a high thread count and is very soft. Traditionally, lawn is used in garment construction, and makes lovely lightweight dresses and blouses. Compared with a quilting cotton, it is thinner and smoother.
Here are some of the fabrics I used:
So, I decided to gather up as many beautiful Cotton + Steel lawns as I could find in the store and started cutting wide strips measuring 4.5″x20.5″ and I made several large blocks using 5 strips pieced together, and one horizontal strip, across the top.
What’s so nice about piecing with lawn is how crisp and flat the fabric stays. In piecing a quilt, it’s always good to have your seams lie flat and stay flat, which results in a square and flat quilt. Also, I press open my seams to keep the block flat. Here’s a picture of the back…
The seams just stay put, which is what you want.
The new Handcrafted 2 by Alison Glass fabrics came in today and we are so excited. The latest collection is a follow-up to her first Handcrafted fabrics and they are gorgeous. We wanted to sew something right away and so we came up with this fun and fast quilt block for you.
We were especially taken with the stripe and dot combo of this print.
Since this month is our celebration of all things Anna Maria Horner, I thought it would be fun to cross stitch one of her designs! In case you don’t know, I am slightly obsessed with cross stitch! Because of my passion for needle work, I have always loved the Anna Maria Horner prints that look like cross stitch!
Paper piecing is a great way to use up some of the smaller pieces of fabric in your stash! I recently learned how to paper piece and have become kind of obsessed with trying new patterns! I decided it was finally time to try making my own pattern, and came up with this simple arrow block. I think it turned out pretty cute, and it takes no time at all!
We all know there are a lot of binding tutorials out there but somehow when it comes time for me to actually finish my quilt (my absolute LEAST favorite step by the way) I always need to find some really great pictures to remind me what to do. So here are some hopefully simple and clear pictures to help you finish off your next quilt. This technique gives you nice square corners instead of rounded off corners.
Paper piecing is a method of quilting where small or complex pieces of paper are used to form a quilt block. English Paper Piecing quilts date back as far as the 1770’s! During the 1800’s in America paper pieced quilts became very popular. Even though paper was scarce in early America women often saved letters and newspaper clippings to create patterns. A lot of times paper templates were not even removed from the quilt as the paper serving a dual purpose of both pattern and insulator. Nowadays the paper is removed before adding the backing and various types of batting is used as the insulator.
HI everyone! We have another project for you during Quilting Week as part of our Sew Your Hart Out month here at Hart’s Fabric.
To make two standard placemats, we started with one yard of Interweave Chambray in Brown. Our chambray fabrics are woven using two solid colors resulting in a deep dimension of color. We chose the brown because it is perfect for an Autumn table. You’ll also need cotton batting. We used the Quilter’s Dream cotton batting for this project; two pieces cut to 15″x19″. Also needed are Schmetz Topstich needles size 12 and Aurifil Varigated Thread in Marrakesh.
Hi everyone! We have a great tip for you for quilting week during our Sew Your Hart Out September
Making your own bias tape or binding gives you more options for your garment or project. Bias binding can be just the right touch for finishing seams in place of a lining in a coat, you can use it to finish a hem, and you can bind a quilt with it. Instead of packaged binding tape, why not make your own so that it coordinates perfectly? This tutorial will show you how to cut on the bias, and make continuous binding tape.
Here is a 44″ wide cotton, which is perfect for making bias binding. Take your fabric and open it up so that it’s no longer folded.
This tutorial will teach you a super easy way to make the Half Square Triangle (HST). This is the most versatile quilting block. Once you see how easy these HSTs are to make and how many designs you can make from them, they will be addictive! This is a great project for a beginner quilter because it is easy but still lets you be very creative and make your own designs.
Lets get started by collecting supplies. I made a baby quilt, but you can adjust to a bigger or smaller project very easily.