I want to make a small embroidered piece look antique. I plan on doing this with a tea dye. Should I stitch first, then dye, or the other way around? Also, does anyone have ideas on antiquing fabric other than using tea?
I have been a sewer for over 25 years and I have always prewashed my fabrics. It's what my mom taught me and it's what I've always done.
I just got the pattern "Turning Twenty" and I am dying to try it out. However, I'm a bit freaked out that she tells you not to prewash your fat quarters first. I can't bring myself to purchase my fabrics because I'm all hung up on whether to prewash or not. I will not be purchasing all of the same brand of fabric because I tend to get my fabric from various sources. From what I've read, this greatly affects the shrinkage factor.
So my question is, has anyone experience with the "Turning Twenty" pattern, or more to the point, do you prewash your fabrics before you piece your quilt tops?
I really want to make a quilt for my bed, but the thought of quilting a king size quilt in my regular sewing machine makes me want to throw myself off a bridge. I machine quilted my son's twin size quilt on my machine and it was a nightmare.
Is there some kind of trick to machine quilting that I don't know about? I have a walking foot, but it doesn't make the quilting any easier.
Should I think about hand quilting it? Tying it instead of quilting it? Sending it to a longarm quilter? It just seems like cheating to send it to someone else to quilt.
Anyone have any experience with quilts this large?
I used to make teddy bears a long time back, and I am recently getting back into making stuffies and toys for my son. I remember I used to be able to buy at just about any craft store, those little electronic devices that played music. They are about the size of a quarter, maybe bigger, and about 1/2 inch thick. When you press on them, they play a little tune. I cannot find them anywhere in my hometown and was wondering if anyone's had any luck finding these online.
I have lots of people around me who know that I sew, and keep asking about sewing lessons. I am thinking of doing lessons on a one on one basis or maybe two at a time.
Does anyone out there have experience with this? Any advice? What should I charge? I'm a little bit scared of taking the plunge, but it seems to be really in demand and I would love to start making a little money with something that I love doing.
So basically I have decided that I love to piece fabric and make my quilt tops, but I HATE to quilt. I don't mind as much tying my quilts (I hate it less, actually). My question is: can I tie a quilt made with cotton batting? I am somewhat addicted to it, and would prefer to use it from now on. The only quilts I have tied are made with poly batting.
I love to quilt, but I hate the actual quilting! I love the designing, the cutting and piecing, but putting the layers together and quilting them all together is a total nightmare for me. Case in point: I am making a twin size quilt for my son's bed and it has taken me over a year because I dread the machine quilting! I do have a walking foot, and I try to go slow and take my time, but I just hate it. For me, it's hard to work with so much fabric and batting. Is there something I am missing?
I really want to make a new quilt for my bed (queen size), but I fear it will be even harder than the twin size. So my idea was to make a quilted top, then make it into a cover for my feather duvet. My main concern is to prevent all the pieces from fraying once they're on the inside of the cover. Has anyone tried this?
Last summer the tiles on my living room ceiling came crashing down. Don't worry---they were very old and damaged, and no one was here when it happened!
We cannot afford to put in tin tiles which is what we really want. I had the idea to do a fabric draped ceiling, but could never find any photos or how-to instructions. I was thinking of stapling cheap white muslin up along the walls and then gathering it in the center, where the chandelier is.
Here's a photo of the look I'm after, although my ceilings aren't that high.