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Blogger’s Block of the Month #1

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m participating in Canton Village Quilt Works’ Blogger’s Block of the Month. This is my very first BOM and I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Since I’m using scraps from my stash, the fabrics aren’t exactly what I would have chosen if I was buying them new, but I still think it’s going to end up being pretty cute.

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Kitchen Sewing Project: Decorative Dish Towel Tutorial

If you’re looking for a way to use up scraps, an idea for teacher gifts or just a way to brighten up your kitchen, these dishtowels are for you! They’re very easy, so they’re a good project for a beginner and they don’t take long to complete.

Iron your dishtowel to get the wrinkles out. I used a bright yellow dishtowel I bought at Target.

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How to Zigzag Stitch to Prevent Fraying

This post is part of my Beginner Sewing Series.

When I first starting making quilts, I would just throw all my fabric in the washing machine when I pre-washed. I wouldn’t do anything to prepare it, and when I got it out of the washing machine, half of it was unraveled and I’d have a bunch of wet strings where my pretty fabric had once been. It didn’t phase me too much, I would just order extra fabric and cut off the strings. (Can we say wasteful, much?)

I finally decided that I should do something about all those yucky little strings, so I started doing a zigzag stitch across the raw edges before washing.

It’s super easy and only takes a couple of minutes to do.

First, if you’re zigzagging as part of the pre-washing process, you should know that you only need to stitch around the raw edges. You can stitch around the selvedge, but there’s no real need for you to do so. If you can’t tell the difference between the selvedge and the raw edges, look closely and you can probably see some tiny little threads already unraveling from the raw edges. You shouldn’t see any unraveling on the selvedge.

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How to Make Quilts for Beginners: Some Fabric Tips

When you first learn how to make quilts, you’ll find there are as many ways to make them as there are quilters. From choosing your fabric, to cutting your pieces, to actually quilting your quilt, you’ll find there are many, many ways to get to your finished product.

However, there are several steps everyone who wants to learn to quilt should take before beginning their first one. You’ll find that a little preparation and education will save you loads of time and money down the road.

Probably one of the most important, if not the most important, part of quilting if your fabric. If you take a little time to understand fabric, you’ll reap the benefits later. It’ll save you time and money because you’ll have a better idea of what to buy as well as how to avoid wasting it.

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