Category Diy

Beautiful Handmade Quilts

Beautiful Handmade Quilts

If you know how to make beautiful handmade quilts, then you will not find any need to buy quilts from shops. Homemade quilts are wonderful and you will just love to make it by your own. In order to gauge the degree of easiness for making a handcrafted quilt, it is wise to make a lovely baby quilt initially. It will help to provide comfort for making a complete and attractive handmade quilt without any blemishes.

It is easy to make a simple homemade quilt and will become very comfortable if you make one or two baby quilts. You must select some old bed sheets that are no longer in use or lost its brightness. Use this bed sheet or bath towels or Turkish for making your baby quilt...

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Wall Hanging Quilts

Wall hanging quilts are an expression of the finest artwork in cloth. Made from the finest yarns these intricately woven or knitted hangings are kept as decorative pieces. Of different sizes and in amazing designs, these hanging quilts have been used for centuries. This traditional art form is maintained with great care by certain communities and in definite geographical territories. The art of quilt making is not a widespread phenomenon but restricted to certain communities who have mastered this trade over generations.

Quilts have multiple uses and the wall hanging variety is used for decorative purpose primarily. Being decorative in purpose these quilts are created with great care and attention...

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Machine Quilting Designs

Quilting, like painting is a wonderful art. It is similar to painting in the sense that paints and brushes are replaced by threads and needles. Paper is replaced by fabrics. Quilts were traditionally made by hand, but not with the advent of sewing quilting machines, many prefer to use machines. This is because, machines make quilting work easier, faster and not to mention a lot neater. You have the option of using an ordinary sewing machine which has quilting capabilities or you can use a machine that is specifically designed for quilting. There are a great number of machine quilting designs to make beautiful projects.

Small patches of different fabrics are used to make quilts, though you can use the same fabric as well...

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Fabric Quilting Profitable Pastime?

Profitable Pastime?

Quilts and quilting have been loved by generations for lots of different reasons. Originally designed as a way of providing warmth, the changing patterns and trends provide clues to the past, and have become part of the heritage of countless communities and cultures across the world. The activity of quilting itself has moved in and out of fashion throughout the centuries, and remains as popular today as it ever was. Fabric quilting profitable pastime?

The origins of fabric quilting have been traced back to ancient China and Egypt...

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Create With Fabric Squares

Quilting has become a passion with many and with some even a tradition where the family will put their efforts together in order to finish a larger quilt or project. They create with fabric squares.

The reason why quilting can become addictive is that you can create your own from scratch. You don’t need experience or previous practice to create your quilt. However, you will need a lot of creativity and inspiration which most of us women have plenty to go around.

First and foremost you must decide on the size of the quilt and here you should first try a smaller quilt so you don’t get tired mid-way and give up the project. Sometimes when making a quilt for the first time you can get anxious to finish it in order to see the end result.

Fabric Squares for Quilting: The Details

Quilting by squ...

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Sewing Can Reduce Stress

Do you like to sew? Perhaps you tried crocheting as a child but never liked it. It could be that Aunt Grace tried to teach you how to hem handkerchiefs but you never caught on. Or that lopsided afghan throw lying crumpled on the sofa might be your first and last foray into the land of knitting needles. But even if you have never tried needlework, or if the first effort didn’t go over too well, it’s never too late to try again, especially since sewing can  reduce stress and express your artistic capabilities.

Although sewing used to be largely a female pastime, today more and more men are giving it a try. Mixed Bible studies have produced hand-sewn quilts that included squares sown by male members as well as the ladies...

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Quilting Books

Quilting Books

Whether you are a beginning quilter, or an advanced practitioner of the craft, you will find many books on quilting that will help advance your knowledge. Quilting books fall roughly into several categories, and numerous titles abound in each. The categories of books are how-to, pattern encyclopedias, historical, books about the joy of quilting, and art books.

How-to books are probably the most popular, and the first stop for the beginning quilter. They range from books which discuss the overall craft of quilting and give step-by-step instructions, to books which will take one aspect of quilting and explain how to do it...

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Starting Needlepoint

Starting Needlepoint

Starting needlepoint can be a great hobby. Many people mix up needlepoint and counted thread embroidery, they are similar but different. Needlepoint uses a canvas that is stiff; there are small openings that are evenly spaced where a needle and thread can be inserted.

The term tapestry is what some people call needlepoint, do not get this confused with true tapestry, true tapestry is mainly crafted on what is called a weaving loom. When we talk about needlepoint, this is done on a canvas mesh.

The term needlepoint is sometimes referred to as the new old type of fashioned craft; this is used to produce clothing that is embellished, fashionable accessories and decorations for the home...

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Needlepoint: A Hobby Or Craft

There are similarities between counted thread embroidery and needlepoint, but the big difference is that needlepoint uses printed patterns on canvas. The canvas is stiff and there are holes spaced evenly so a needle and thread can be placed in the holes. Which is needlepoint a hobby or craft?

Tapestry is a term that many people use to refer to needlepoint; this is different than true tapestry, where true tapestry is done on by weaving on a loom. Tapestry or needlepoint is done using a stitch on a canvas mesh.

Needlepoint is known to be a new old type of craft; this type of craft is used to make embellishments on clothing, decorate a home or to make fashionable accessories. When using this type of craft patterns are pre-printed on the canvas, this is used as a guide for stitching.

When stit...

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Quilt Shops

Quilt Shops

If you visit any boutiques, exhibitions, or quilt shops, you will definitely watch different types of handmade bed quilts, comforters, and blankets. These home décor accessories are meant for the interior decoration of rooms. Handmade bedding quilts are marvelous in shape. Basically, artists prefer to paint or draw pictures for designing quilts. The theme of such painted pictures is usually collected from story books, mythological figures, and old portraiture’s. Online quilt shops are both advantageous and profitable to collect handmade quilts. Quilters make lightweight quilts which are stitched using criss-cross woofs and threads. Battens, needles, linen pad, loose fabric sheets, down, and other raw materials are utilized to design quilts which are handmade...

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Needlepoint Belts

Belts are an integral part of any wardrobe, especially if you are a guy. Whether you are wearing a formal pant or jeans, belts help to enhance the beauty of your look. With Needlepoint Belts you can keep your pant on your waist without any fear of falling off. They are super stylish and look extremely adorable if worn properly. There are many online stores that deal in them. They look uber cool.

What makes them so attractive?

Besides being an integral part of your wardrobe, the Mens Needlepoint Belts come in different shapes and sizes. You can take your pick from thin belts, broad belts. Black and brown are quite common color. Instead of these, opt for bright colors like red, green, and pink, orange and so on.

Made out of high quality leather these belts are extremely durable and will las...

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Edge To Edge Quilting

Edge To Edge Quilting

There are many terms in quilting that many individuals may not be aware of unless they are actually an expert or have done their research in advance. One of these terms, for example, is edge to edge quilting? It refers to the idea of one pattern literally going from edge to edge. There are repeated patterns that go from one edge to the other, whether that is up and down or top to bottom. There may be one pattern in edge to edge quilting or several, but the pattern dictates the term is applied regardless.

There are distinct aesthetic values attached to edge to edge quilting but there are also problems associated with achieving that effect. It is difficult to achieve the edge to edge quilting effect via hand quilting...

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Handmade Quilts

Handmade quilts

Handmade quilts are all-time favorites of customers worldwide. It’s because handmade quilts cherish the tradition of quilt making. Handmade quilts are now available for sale through online stores. Handmade quilts sale gives you an opportunity to select the best designs from hundreds of designs available with them. Today, you can get a good collection of hand made quilts from online stores. These stores offer great discounts as well. Online quilt stores also give you the comfort of doing purchase from your home, at a price less than that in conventional stores.

The most important aspect of these hand made quilts, however, is their fabric quality. They are made of cotton fabric that is pre-washed and pre-shrunk...

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From Strips To Strip Pieced Quilts

From strips to strip pieced quilts

Making strip pieced quilts today is a natural thing for diye’rs. With today’s modern equipment to neatly and precisely strip, cut and sew; it is quite easy and simple to go from strips to quilts. The introduction of rotary cutters, cutting mats and scored rulers has definitely made life easier for making striped pieced quilts. Yesterday’s quilters usually had to rip the fabric strips into varying widths and left ragged edges along the cloth with dangling threads which would likely become knotted.

Now strips of fabric can be cut into long narrow widths or even fatter pieces depending upon the choice of the quilter. The width of the strip gives character to each quilt and adapts to the colors and prints of the fabrics.
Narrow strips allow a more delicate fe...

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Using Quilt Stencils

using quilt stencils

Ever wonder what to do with all your quilting stencils which are mostly used only once? Here are a few ideas for using quilt stencils for other things than marking quilts. Recycle like this.

  1. Make book marks from narrow stencils. String a ribbon or cord to tie through top hanging hole of the stencil.
  2. Use a floral stencil as a pattern for a fabric applique project. Trace shapes onto fabrics to be used for various flower parts, add seam allowances and cut out. The complete stencil may be traced onto the background fabric as a placement guide for the applique pieces.
  3. Use stencils to create candle wicking, embroidery, cut-work, and cross stitch designs.
  4. Create a Celtic design on quilt blocks, jackets, or vest fronts, etc...
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Perfect Applique Curves and Points

 perfect applique curves and points

There are many ways of making perfect applique curves and points. For hand applique you can use freezer paper or templates. For sewing machine applique; fusible bonding materials or fusible thread work really well. Works for diy.

After the pieces are ready the sewing method is the same for hand or machine applique. Sew the bottom layer applique pieces first and continue layering the pieces until they are all stitched n place.

For hand applique use a buttonhole or blind hem stitch. For machine applique use a special applique or zig zag stitch. Unless you want contrast, use thread colors to match the pieces.

HAND APPLIQUE

A popular method for hand applique uses freezer paper. Trace the picture from your pattern onto the dull side of the paper...

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String-pieced blocks

The following instructions are for string-pieced blocks on paper which is torn away. If you wish to make a sturdier quilt, you can use muslin squares instead of paper.

Cut 20 squares from typing paper or copy paper, each to be 8 1/2″ x 8 1/2 inch. You may use muslin or tear-away webbing instead. From scraps of fabric, cut strips (strings) from 1 inch to 2 inches in width. The edges need to be cut straight with a rotary ruler, but the 2 long sides do not need to be parallel. In fact, if some of the strings go from narrow to wider, the blocks will be more varied and interesting. The strings can be cut to any length.

Since two corners of each block require triangular shapes, you can conserve fabric by first cutting a 2″-3″ square...

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OH! what a mess

This is it. The day I’ve finally decided to cleanup my sewing/quilting rooms. The mess has become so horrific that it’s taking up to much area and looks horrible. I can’t work under these conditions. Can’t find any scissors, although I know there are several pair around here somewhere. Material is spilling onto the floors and boxes are stashed all over in every nook and cranny. Spools and bobbins of thread are all tangled together. Buttons and beads are spilling out all over the place, like shining eyes daring me to pick them up. OH! what a mess this truly is.

As I prepare to get started at this impossible chore, I wonder where to begin. Do I sort fabric by color or pattern? Do I put large prints here and small there? Do blacks go next to whites...

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Way Too Much Material

 too much material

I’ve said it. You’ve probably said it. Seems like all quilters say it at one time or other. “I’ve got way too much material. I shouldn’t buy any more. I need to use what I have first.” So what happens? We go and buy more anyhow. We’re all alike in that respect.

What is a fabric addict supposed to do? Stop getting fabric? Not on your life! Use more of what we have on more quilts? There’s only 24 hours in a day. Find new storage places? Every place is full already. We have to increase our stash, and fill our dreams. But where are we to store are new purchases?

When we get to this point, it’s time for serious thought about our surpluses. It appears that we have two choices: control the space better and /or dispose of the fabrics we will never use.

Take a good look at the f...

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Make Perfect Quilts

make perfect quilts

No matter whether make the right color scheme, trying for accurate piecing, or consistently doing a small and even hand quilting stitch, quilters are typically obsessed with perfection. It is extremely hard and,  strictly speaking, almost impossible to achieve. Push the limits and learn how to make perfect quilts. Is it a possibility to make perfect quilts? Maybe but I need to learn a lot more if this is so. Great for diy to make perfect quilts.

Here are some ways to get the perfection you desire.

CARPE DIEM   don’t pass the opportunity to buy something if it strikes your fancy. If you can see an inspiring piece of fabric, take it home if you can. Don’t worry if it doesn’t match your present work. You just never know when or where you may get to use it...

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