Quilt Festival Happenings

October 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Stitch in Time Fashion Show Luncheon

Do you design and/or create wearables? Enter your garment(s) for the Stitch in Time Fashion Show Luncheon at Quilt Festival in Houston!

Plan to model your garment (or have a friend or other participant model it for you) and give attendees the opportunity to see it up close and personal, and to learn more about the pattern, fabrics, techniques, etc. used to create it. This fun even will take place on Friday, Nov. 5, from Noon-2:00 p.m.

Please fill out the entry form below and deliver it, along with your garment, to the Education Office (Room 340AB) by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4.

We hope you’ll join us to show off your fabulous fashion creations, enjoy a delicious lunch, and vote for your favorite garment!


(Source: http://www.facebook.com/QuiltFestival/posts/162264700466017)


Pet Postcard Project

Quilt Festival’s We are thrilled to announce that Friends for Life, Houston’s fastest growing no-kill animal adoption and rescue organization, will be the beneficiary shelter for Quilt Festival’s Pet Postcard Project! I personally admire this organization tremendously for the work and outreach they do, and it is where I adopted my dog, Clarence.

For this fall’s International Quilt Festival/Houston, we are launching our first of three Festival Pet Projects, and we are inviting YOU for this fall’s show to make fabric postcards that will sell for $20 each to benefit Friends for Life.

Take the Pet Postcard Pledge!

Would you be willing to make and donate a one-of-a-kind fabric postcard? I am hoping we get at least 500 fabric postcards, and if they all sell, that is $10,000! And wouldn’t it be fantastic if we got even more?

We encourage animal-themed fabric postcards but we certainly welcome and would appreciate other themes as well, such as abstracts, landscapes, floral pieces, etc. The point is to raise as much funds as we can!

If you are interested in making a fabric postcard (or two or three or more), here are the requirements:

  • Each fabric postcard must be 4″ x 6″ and can have either a horizontal or vertical orientation. They should be stitched (hand or machine) and consist of a front, batting (or interfacing), and a back. As these postcards will not be going through the mail, it is OK if they are in excess of 1/8″ in thickness. So if you want to heavily embellish your postcard(s), go for it!
  • You are not limited to making just one fabric postcard. Create as many fabric postcards as you like.
  • On the back side of the fabric postcard, please sign your name and title your postcard. (Contact information is optional.)
  • These postcards are due at the Quilts, Inc. office no later than Tuesday, October 23rd. Please note: this is a received-by date.
  • You can mail as many fabric postcards as you would like, but please place them in a padded envelope. This way they will stay in pristine condition to be displayed at Festival. Please mail them to:
    • Festival Pet Project
      Attn: Pokey Bolton
      7660 Woodway Suite 550
      Houston, TX 77063

(Source: http://pokeysponderings.com/2012/09/28/please-take-our-quilt-festival-pet-project-postcard-pledge/)


The Selfish Seamstress (blog)

October 16, 2012 2 comments

I don’t remember how I found The Selfish Seamstress, but it’s one of my favorite blogs. She hasn’t updated it in a long while, unfortunately, but I still recommend it! She is a very good, very funny writer, plus she offers some free patterns (generally in her size, which is small). And did I mention she makes gorgeous clothes?! Anyhoo, I think everyone should know about her, so I’m going to wave my little internet banner on her behalf. Go, Elaine, go!

Because I only want to sew stuff if it’s for me.
~The Selfish Seamstress

Wild Things! – Free Pattern Design Software

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Wild Ginger offers Wild Things!, which is “free software to easily design and print patterns for hats, bags, footwear, and other fun stuff.” Here’s more info from their website:

  • Wild Things! is a fully functional FREE program for drafting patterns for hats, bags, wraps, footwear, and other accessories
  • All of the patterns in Wild Things print to the dimensions you specify.
  • It even has embroidery design planning tools to aid you in creating unique accessories for yourself and others.
  • Wild Things! comes complete with a Help file to aid you in using the new tools as well as sewing instructions for each and every style.
  • Wild Things! can only be downloaded from our website and is not supported through our telephone technical support staff.

I haven’t tried this software yet, but it’s on my list of things to do! Here’s where you download it: http://www.wildginger.com/downloads/demodownloads.htm

Also, here are four screenshots taken from their website’s tour of Wild Things! (click a thumbnail to see a larger view):

Machine Sewing Your Binding

June 8, 2012 Leave a comment

The video below is about binding a quilt, which is not a wearable item, but bias binding is used on clothing and tote bags and other such wearable things, right? Right! So I have convinced myself that it’s entirely proper to talk about this video on this blog. 😉

The big thing I learned from “How To Quilt Series: Machine Binding Basics” by Riley Blake Designs was how to attach the two ends (or tails) with a nice diagonal seam. Jump to ~8:30 to see the explanation.

Link: How To Quilt Series: Machine Binding Basics

I had my doubts (make a snip into all the layers?!), but let me tell you, this method works! I used a different kind of binding than theirs, and it took me about 4 tries to figure out which way to orient the two ends (or maybe I’m just dense), but in the end, I made a lovely join with my bias binding. See how nice and flat it is?

Okay, it could be better, but still, not too shabby for a sewing-past-my-bedtime-and-can’t-be-bothered-to-iron effort. Here’s an overall view:

(Anyone care to guess what this is??)

Sewing Room Organization

May 8, 2012 Leave a comment

At long last, here is Ruth’s presentation about sewing room organization!

Sewing Room Organization (PDF)

Ruth also shared photos from her sewing room (photos 1-9) and her mother’s sewing room (photos 10 & 11). Click a thumbnail to see a larger image.

Contoured Pressing Hams

March 29, 2012 Leave a comment

I was on the fence about writing about these hams because it might sound like a paid advertisement (which this is not!). But the novelty of these things won out. “Contoured pressing hams? Say what?!”

Let’s face it, hams are already a bit weird. They’re helpful and all, but they seem like an arcane sort of notion. I can’t imagine that quilters and home dec sewers have any use for them, so they’re just for a garment sewers (correct me if I’m wrong). Now here comes along contoured hams, which Ann of Gorgeous Fabrics called “as rare as hen’s teeth” in her recent blog post. Check out her new ham below:

Purple contoured hamDid you think “OMG, it’s Barney’s spleen!”, too?? 😉

Anyway, if you’d like to get a contoured ham for yourself, you can order one from Stitch Nerd. You can get a custom ham in your choice of fabrics or a ready-made one from her Etsy shop. She sells that nifty ham stand as well.

(Also, am I the only one wondering how she makes them? She has to leave a good-sized gap to turn the ham right-side out after stitching, and then she has to fill it really full with sawdust. I imagine that hand stitching the gap closed is not an easy task!)

View Sewing with Nancy Online

March 10, 2012 Leave a comment

And now for something more wearables-oriented! Sewing with Nancy, hosted by Nancy Zieman, airs on PBS on Saturdays at 8:30 am. (I guess it replaced Sew It All, which used to be at the same time?) If you missed an episode, or if you want to see part 2 of the serger workshop series that didn’t air here, you can view her shows on the Wisconsin Public Television website. Not every show is there, but a lot of them are! The site also has episodes that haven’t aired in Houston yet (apparently we’re behind the times…).

Sewing with Nancy

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