From October, 2016

Friday Fun – Make a Quilt out of a Cross-Stitch Pattern

• Find a cross-stitch needlepoint pattern that you love. • Enlarge the pattern so you can see the stitches clearly. • Translate the stitches into squares or half-square-triangles of fabric. • Choose your colors. Try to match the colors for the needlepoint thread, or come up with your own. • Begin piecing in rows until your image takes shape!   There are cross-stitch patterns for every occasion. This really opens up the possibilities of quilting, and it can jump-start your imagination when you get stuck for ideas.

Tuesday Tip – Hand Sewing While you Wait

People ask me how I get so much hand sewing done. Here’s a little rhyme and a Tuesday Tip all in one. When you are traveling and you don’t have anything to do, take out your thread and fabric and stitch an hour or two.   Hand stitch at the airport… Hand stitch on the plane…         Even if you aren’t traveling, no matter where you go, there is always time to wait. And when there is time to wait, there is time to sew! I will take my hand stitching EVERYWHERE. Hand stitch at a football game… Hand…

Quilt on Tuesdays at Santiago Canyon College

This course involves basic manipulative skills, which concentrates on improvement of motor skills through a variety of art and medial techniques. Students will learn everything you need to know to start sewing like a professional. As a older adult student we will starting from scratch, or you may be just needing a few more pointers.…

Friday Fun – Get Organized!

Who says cleaning up isn’t fun? Okay, maybe not everybody’s idea of fun. But it’s exciting to gather all the little things you use for sewing (toys!) and have them where you can find them when you need them. I’m doing my entire studio, and as you can see it is quite a process.   Tip#1  Hang a shoe organizer on the back of your sewing room door. The clear pockets let you see what you’ve got without having to dig.   Tip#2  Those old CD shelves are perfect for fat quarters or folded remnants! You can always find them…

Lets Create Together

Santiago Canyon College This course involves basic manipulative skills, which concentrates on improvement of motor skills through a variety of art and medial techniques. Students will learn everything you need to know to start sewing like a professional. As a older adult student we will starting from scratch, or you may be just needing a…

Join Us “Artists U” Making Your Life As An Artist OC

   Artists U       WHAT WE DO Artists U is a grassroots, artist-run platform for changing the working conditions of artists. Make art. Don’t starve. We want to change the conversations artists have in our heads, with each other, and with the world. We push artists to build lives that are balanced, productive,…

Tuesday Tip – Visit Quilt Shops When you Travel

Every time I leave town, I take the opportunity to check out a new fabric store or quilt shop. I love finding prints that my shops at home don’t carry. But how do you know where to go? Here are some tips for finding great places when you’re away from home. Ask your social media contacts. No doubt you have online friends who sew. See if anyone knows a good shop in the area you’re traveling to. (Safety tip: Don’t mention the exact dates of your trip. There’s no need to broadcast that your home will be empty for a few days!)…

Friday Fun – Use Up Those Free Samples

Do you ever leave a quilt conference with a ton of fabric samples that are not your usual style? Bust them out and play! Tiny scraps are perfect for quilting. It’s an opportunity to try something you wouldn’t want to do “waste” your favorite fabric on. And you never know; sometimes trying something outside your comfort zone can lead to a great discovery. Mix it up. Experiment. With free fabric, you have nothing to lose!

Tuesday Tip – Get Published

Have you seen the Autumn 2016 issue of Haute Handbags Magazine? https://stampington.com/Haute-Handbags-Autumn-2016 I have a 6-page article featuring me and my original denim purses! How did I get my work showcased in a national publication? Read on: it’s easier than you think! Haute Handbags is published by Stampington & Company, a publisher of dozens of great art and craft magazines. They are always looking for new content. Check out their website and choose the right magazine for your craft. Look at their submission guidelines to see what they are looking for. The website takes you right through the process.   https://stampington.com/submissions Make sure to…