Some of you may recognize Lori Holt from her popular blog, Bee in my Bonnet. She can now add "author" to her list of accomplishments with the publication of her debut quilting book, Farm Girl Vintage. This is the newest title from It's Sew Emma, the sister site of Fat Quarter Shop, which brings you not only great books like this, but also wonderful quilting patterns. We're excited to have one of the first reviews of Farm Girl Vintage as well as a chance for one lucky Sew4Home visitor to win a brand, spankin' new copy of the book. You'll also want to be watching for the inspiring Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along, (#farmgirlfridays) starting this coming Friday, May 1st with a kick-off post by Lori herself among others. The Sew Along will be featured each Friday on the Jolly Jabber Blog, which can be accessed from both the Fat Quarter Shop site as well as It's Sew Emma.
There are lots of ways to find what you're looking for at Sew4Home. Scroll through the home page teasers. Browse and click the main navigation tabs. Look in our Project Index. Or simply search by key word. But sometimes, it's nice to simply have one handy list of links to refer to in a specific category. Today, we've pulled together our top ten articles that show a variety of ways you can keep things closed.
Charm Box is the newest member of the Shortcut Quilts family at Fat Quarter Shop (FQS). This semi-regular quilt program is designed to make great use of pre-cut bundles; it features projects that are fast, simple, and cute-as-can-be! Charm Packs are one of the most economical of the pre-cut options. Each one traditionally contains forty-two 5" x 5" squares and most retail for under $10. Our thanks to all our friends at Fat Quarter Shop for allowing us to feature this "charming" new quilt and to offer a pair of Charm Packs to one lucky Sew4Home visitor.
You may be familiar with darts as those pointy things you throw at a dartboard on the wall of your favorite pub. Although they don't fly, darts in sewing are still vital components of the overall sewn project. For the most part, sewing darts look quite similar to their gaming counterpart. They are wide on one end and pointy on the other. Pub darts are all about a smooth trajectory and pinpoint accuracy. Sewing darts are also big on smooth lines and precise points, but their function is all about shape. No matter what kind of sewing you do, sooner or later, you will likely have to sew a dart. Throwing darts... you can do on your own time.
A high-five to our five latest winners of fabric, books and more. Bringing you the best in project inspiration and product information is our main focus, but we love to be able to do frequent giveaways to spread a bit of creative cheer among our loyal visitors. Congratulations to all the winners!! Find out who won what, and why they are happy to be Sew4Home followers.
One of the great things about the sewing and quilting community is just that: community. The connections we make with others who love to create are always inspirational and fun. Heather Jones is someone we met years ago, and who we've been thrilled to watch develop into one of the brightest stars in the world of Modern Quilting. Heather has a great love and respect for the traditional art of quilting, is an avid collector of vintage quilts, and loves to bring a modern twist to traditional patterns. We feel very special and lucky that she found the time to create this awesome Guest Tutorial on one of her specialties: Straight Line Quilting.
The more we know about our audience, the better we can tailor our editorial; making sure our projects, product reviews, technique tutorials, and more are on target with your interests. It's time to check in again with all of you to find out how we're doing and what you'd like to see. We have just a few multiple-choice questions, which should only take you about five minutes to complete. (We promise there are no story problems about two trains leaving a station!) If you include your email at the completion of the survey, you'll be entered in a drawing to win a mystery grab bag of cool fabric cuts direct from the S4H Stash. All for sharing a little of yourself with your friends here at Sew4Home.
Beads are a wonderful embellishment. They add dimension and texture and color in one fell swoop. But my-oh-my, putting them on can be a struggle and a half. Hand sewing in an option, if you have a few spare days. And machine sewing can be like trying to ride your bike over a field of BBs (no... I haven't actually done that, but I know it would be tricky and very slippery). Luckily for me (and my bicycle), our friends at Janome have a cool set of presser feet made exactly for what we want to do: quickly attach strands of beads of various widths. Can a glittering gown for next year's Oscars be far behind?!
A skosh, a wee bit, just a hair... sometimes, the distances we want to work with in sewing aren't quite as precise as the engraved inch and millimeter markings on our machines. Wouldn't it be great if there was a foot you could manually adjust to perfectly align with the exact distance you wanted? There is! Janome recently sent us their new Sliding Guide Foot. It has a perfectly balanced outboard guide you can smoothly slide to the right then lock into place, from ⅜" to 1⅛" from the center needle drop (10mm - 30mm). I love it when someone answers my "wouldn't-it-be-great" requests!
Each year, Janome comes out with a special limited edition sewing machine model with your favorite features, tons of great decorative stitches, and in a cool color combo to brighten your sewing space. Last month, at the industry's largest trade show in Las Vegas, Janome America debuted this year's model: the DC2015. A striking red and white computerized model with power, precision, and several new standard features. We took a quick tour, and we're more than ready to find the DC2015 a permanent home in our Sew4Home studios.