Just about every quilter on the planet knows how to make a basic nine-patch block. This is one of the first blocks we teach in our Beginning Quilting curriculum here at AST, and it's an extremely east block to make. However, it has a bad rap for kind of being a boring block that doesn't make for a very exciting quilt. Well think again, because today we are showing 9 Ways to Spice Up a Nine-Patch Block!
These quilts are not your basic, boring blocks but instead bring a whole new life to using a nine-patch in your projects! The source for each is tagged above the picture. Hope you enjoy!
Why are some people always starting projects and never
finishing while other people seem to have a super human quilting speed and one
project after another flies off their sewing machine? As a former quilt shop
owner and someone who has quilted for more than 30 years, I can tell you that
the answer to this question comes down to one simple word -- INSPIRATION. When
you're really truly inspired with each project you begin, your sewing machine
flies and you can't wait to finish. You are a fearless quilting ninja!
The way to stay inspired is to push yourself. Get out of
your comfort zone. Choose a "not your usual" color scheme, modify a
pattern, tackle that project that intimidates you, try a new technique with
each new project. Take a class in something you don't think interests you --
you may (or may not!) find a new passion. Maybe you've never tried paper
piecing or appliqué. Find a
class and give it a whirl. In a nutshell, never stop learning!
I keep an inspiration notebook that I turn to when I'm stuck
or feel myself falling into a quilting rut. When I run across an idea that
piques my interest, I'll jot it down in my notebook. I also keep pictures in my
notebook of things that inspire me. It might be a flower bed filled with
riotous colors or the pattern of a tile floor. Architectural elements often
lend themselves to quilting. I see machine quilting design potential in both of
Unless I'm looking at antique or vintage quilts for unique
design ideas (eBay is great for this!), it's pretty rare for me to actually
look for quilts that inspire me. There are a zillion quilts already on my wish
list to make, but it's the creativity of making a unique quilt that inspires me
most whether in color scheme, fabric combinations or quilting patterns. This is
where my inspiration notebook comes in handy. I will often spend time exploring
Instagram or Google Images for non-quilt related ideas that inspire me. One of
my favorite searches on Google Images is "cake design" which often
yields color combinations that spark my creativity.
Here at A Scarlet Thread, we LOVE all things AccuQuilt! The AccuQuilt cutting systems are some of our best selling products, and we just love how accurate and fun it makes quilting! If you have never heard of the AccuQuilt, it is a die cutting system for fabrics, basically just like the die cutters you may have seen used in schools to cut letters out of paper. If you're asking yourself, "Why would I need one of these?," here is your answer!
For today's post I have rounded up 12 of the most stunning AccuQuilt patterns I could find that can be made using JUST ONE DIE! Many of you who have an AccuQuilt cutting system may already have many of these dies at home, because most of them are very popular. If you don't have an AccuQuilt cutting system already, stop by the shop to see a quick demo anytime and you could even take one home with you! The best thing about all these patterns is they are completely FREE, and all of them can be made using your stash of scraps at home!
(Note: To download the patterns, you have to add them to your shopping cart on the AccuQuilt website and go through the checkout process. However, you won't have to enter any payment information since they are free downloads!)
School's out for summer! That means if you have young children, grandchildren, or siblings they probably looking for something to do. You may have already heard the dreaded phrase, "I'm bored!" This blog post is packed full of simple sewing tutorials to help you teach your favorite kids how to sew this summer.
First up, the basics are always an important place to start. This video from MADE Everyday is an excellent informational tool! Dana will walk you through all the basics you need to know, from how to use your machine, to various sewing techniques. It is a bit long, so start at 2:35 for machine basics, 8:00 for sewing basics, or 13:57 for stitch basics.
Next up, its great to start sewing by practicing straight lines until your child gets the hang of it. When first beginning you can even use paper to practice straight lines; either use plain copy paper and draw your own or use lined notebook paper to save extra prep time.
Once your child has mastered straight lines, you can move on to some simple projects. This is where your child really starts to feel like they are learning something fun because they get to see a finished product. Below are some simple projects that mostly use straight lines. Click the link above each photo to be taken to the tutorial site.
I tried to organize these with the most simple projects first and then progressively getting more challenging.
School may be out for the summer, but not at A Scarlet Thread! It's the perfect time to indulge in a little "me" time, and we'll help you do just that with our popular Class Pass Series beginning in July.
Purchase of a Class Pass entitles you to take unlimited Class Pass classes during July and August. These are quick and easy classes (2-3 hours at most!) that we've selected to enhance your sewing and quilting skills or in some cases, just because they were too cute to resist! Our staff teachers are busily creating samples of the projects and techniques they'll be teaching, but we're not quite ready to reveal all just yet (soon, I promise!) In the meantime, here's just a little teaser to pique your interest.
We've planned a drop-in Open House for Saturday, July 1, 11:00am to 2:00pm, where we'll have all of the Class Pass project samples on display. You'll be able to purchase your Class Pass and make your selections for the classes you'd like to take. You're sure to find a class or two (or five or six!!!) to add to your calendar. Class sizes are limited, so don't wait if there's a "must make" project on your list.
Summertime is playtime, so grab a friend or two and make plans to enjoy a Girl's Day Out as often as you can!