Monday, February 28, 2011

Did you Know...

It is estimated that the total dollar value of the Quilting Industry is $3.58 Billion, according to the Quilting in America 2010 Survey.  And, the number of quilters in the US now exceeds 21 million.  That's a lot of quilter's spending a lot of money each year!   The average quilter is a 62 year old female.  Well, I fit half the profile...I'm female but I am definitely not 62 years old.  My husband always says I act old so I'm not going to share that info with him!  He will surely find a way to tease me.  I have to wonder if that trend will start to change.  I believe we are seeing an influx of younger quilters.  And, the fabric manufacturers are introducing more contemporary fabrics all the time.  These fabrics tend to appeal to the younger generation of quilters.  I just thought I would share a few tidbits of quilty information.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Have you Tried Therm O Web Iron on Vinyl?

Have you tried Therm O Web's Iron on Vinyl?  If not, you should!  I decided I should try this product out since we are selling it at our website, Quilting Lodge.  After all, it is very important to me to be able to answer questions about the products we carry.  So, I grabbed some fabric and a piece of the Iron on Vinyl and I went to town.

First, I ironed my fabric, Dilly Dally by Moda, to get all the wrinkles out.

I just love this fabric!

Next, I peeled the paper backing off the Vinyl.  I put the Vinyl on top of the fabric with the sticky side touching the fabric.

The Vinyl is placed sticky side down on the fabric.

Then I placed the paper, shiny side down, on top of the Vinyl.  The grid on the paper is face up, as in the picture below.

All I need to do now is iron it on.  I slowly ironed over the entire piece until the Vinyl adhered.  It did not take long at all.

I peeled the paper off and repositioned it so I could make sure the edges were secure.

I turned the paper to go around the edges one more time. 
And finally, I flipped it over and ironed on the fabric side for a minute.  It's that easy! 

The final product!

The fabric on the left is coated.  The fabric on the right is not.  

Now, you might be asking yourself why you would want to coat your fabric with Iron on Vinyl?  Well, just think of all the wonderful things you could make....bibs, placemats, tablecloths, coasters, diaper bags, little rain hats, rain coats, etc.  The list goes on and on. 

A couple things to keep in mind...
  • Your fabric needs to be smooth before you adhere the vinyl
  • You need to use a medium heat setting on your iron
  • Never place your iron directly on the vinyl.  Always place the paper on top of the vinyl before you iron
  • Always laminate your fabric before sewing
  •  This product is water resistant, durable, and UV rated
The only negative about this product is it's size.  It's 17" wide and I think it could be a little bigger.

It's a great alternative to the high priced coated fabrics that the manufacturers are producing.  And you aren't limited to what they produce...the possibilities are endless!

What do you think?  Have you used this product?  Would you consider using it?  Let us know your thoughts!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Easy Pillowcase Pattern

Are you ready to make a beautiful yet simple pillowcase in a matter of minutes?  Well, I have the perfect pattern for you!  This pattern is perfect for all skill levels.
I decided to try out a new line by Moda, Sunkissed, for my pillowcases!  It is soft and silky, not to mention beautiful colors!

Supplies:                                            Cut:
1/8 yard for accent strip                        2.5” x 41” for the accent strip
1/3 yard for the cuff                             11” x 41” for the cuff
3/4 yard for the pillowcase body              27” x 41” for the pillowcase body

Use a 1/2" seam allowance 

Making your pillowcase:

1.  Fold the 2.5” accent strip in half, WRONG sides together, and iron. The strip will now measure 1.25.”

2.  Lay the cuff RIGHT side up. Place the accent strip on top matching the RAW edges.

3.  Place the pillowcase body on top WRONG side up. Pin all of these layers together along the 41” side.

4.  Roll up the excess pillowcase body fabric until it is shorter than the cuff. 

5.  Bring the cuff up and over the roll. Pin together and sew.

6.  Pull the body out of the cuff. Press the pillowcase. You may secure the accent strip by top-stitching it down.

7.  Fold your pillowcase and sew the sides and bottom together. You will want to finish your pillowcase with a serged seam, zigzag stitch, or french seam so there are no loose edges.

We would love to hear from you!  Leave us a comment and let us know what you think.

Monday, February 14, 2011

How to Use Heat Press Batting Tape

Do you have a mound of batting pieces like this? 

Well, I've been throwing all my pieces in the corner trying to figure out what to do with them.  I'm not really a fan of piecing the scraps together but who wants to throw out all that usable batting?  And it never fails, just when I think I'll be able to use a piece from my scrap stack, it's just not quite big enough.

Well, I think I have found a great solution....Heat Press Batting Tape!  This tape comes on a roll that is 1.5" by 10 yards.  I just tried it out this afternoon and it was super simple to use.

First, you will want to make sure you have a nice straight edge on both pieces of batting that you want to fuse together.

Then you want to cover the seam with the Heat Press Batting Tape.

Now you will iron the tape to the batting.  Make sure you check your iron settings.  You do not want to use high heat.  Also, I did not drag my iron over the tape.  After I pressed a section I lifted my iron and moved to the next section.

And, that's're done!  Talk about easy!  The tape does a great job securing the pieces together.  You don't need to worry about it pulling apart under normal circumstances.  In the below picture, I have the batting hanging off the side of my ironing board so you can see it won't easily fall apart. 

I wasn't sure if I would like this product, but I do.  It is very easy to use and durable.  Now I can save a little money by using all my extra batting! 

Oh, you can use this on all types of batting...I used Warm and Natural in my demo.  That's my personal favorite!

Questions?  Just leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Quick and Easy Tater Bag Pattern!

I am finally posting our first FREE Pattern!  Have you heard about the Tater Bags?  These little quilted wonders perfectly cook your taters in the microwave in no time!  

Cutting Instructions:
Outer Bag - Cut one  11" x 21" piece of fabric
Lining - Cut one 11" x 21" piece of fabric
Warm Tater Batting - Cut one 11" x 21" piece

**You don't have to use different fabrics for the outer bag and lining.  You may decide to use the same fabric.  If so, just cut two 11" x 21" pieces of the same fabric.

Next, layer your fabrics RIGHT sides together and put the batting on top.

Pin all three layers along the 11" side.  Please the picture below the batting is on bottom for picture purposes only.  You will want to have the batting on top when you sew this together.  Otherwise, your batting may stick to your feed dogs.  

After you sew both 11" sides, you will turn your fabric sandwich RIGHT sides out.  The Tater Batting will now be on the inside with the RIGHT sides of your fabric showing.

Topstitch 1/4" from the end on both 11" sides.

Now we're ready to sew up the side seams.   Make sure the lining fabric is on the outside when you fold up your bag to sew the side seams.  In the pictures below, you see the red polka dot fabric folded over.  That will be the inside of my bag.

You need to fold the short flap first.  I folded mine down about 3.5" and pinned it in place.

Then fold up the bottom flap.  This flap should overlap the 3.5" flap by 1" and pin in place.

You can see I used my 6" x 24" ruler to help me get a good fold and to keep the fabric from buckling on the inside.

Now you are ready to sew up those side seams.  I went over mine twice just to make sure it holds.  You could also use a serger.   The last thing you need to do is flip your bag right sides out. 

You can see my red polka dot fabric peeking out in the below picture.  

Please make sure you always  watch over your tater bag in the microwave.  Do not leave it unattended.  A large potato will cook in about 3-5 minutes.  I always keep an eye on mine because they can overcook before you know.  Oh, I also wrap my tater in a paper towel then stuff it in the bag.

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