THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 11/17/15. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. LOOK FOR HEATHER'S BOOK ONLINE AND IN-STORE.
Quilting is all about personal style, and in this brand new book by our friend, Heather Jones, we see how that translates into "local" style. Quilt Local: Finding Inspiration in the Everyday is a beautiful book showing how ordinary items can become the spark for and basis of incredible quilt designs. Take a closer look at the crumbling brick wall you pass each morning on the way to school. Consider the intersecting lines of your neighbor's wrought iron fence. Glance up at the panes of glass that interlock to form the side of a skyscraper. Then... capture it in a quilt! As Heather says, "I truly believe that there is beauty everywhere, no matter the surroundings." We have a review of some of our favorite parts of the book, a few photos of local Portland, Oregon inspiration, and a chance for you to enter to win your own copy of Quilt Local.
O-ver-whelm-ing / adjective / to have a strong emotional effect. See also: dumbfounded, bowled over, left speechless. We've been to Quilt Markets in the past, but mostly the Spring Market that moves around the country to various venues. It had been quite a number of years since we'd been able to attend the big dog: the International Quilt Market, which takes place each October in Houston, Texas. We got to preview the latest fabric collections, try new products, reconnect with old friends, and meet new creative powerhouses. We've put together a quick tour-in-pictures of some highlights from our Three Days of O-ver-whelm-ing.
Attention Sew4Home ghosts and goblins, our spooky Halloween Great Giveaway is back! We've put together a mystery treat box full of fabric, notions, and more. Who knows what may lurk inside?! Why all these treats and no tricks? It's our way of saying thanks for spreading the word about Sew4Home to your friends and families, encouraging them to become S4H followers. You are doing that, right? Because we'd hate to have to go back to tricks.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again, "We have the best sponsors ever!" They are forever generous with fabric and notions for projects, giveaways, and more. When you support them, you support us, and everybody wins! Today, we're delighted to introduce you to brand new sponsor, Dinkydoo Fabrics. Not only do they have an adorable name, they also have a great site - especially for pre-cuts. We visited with owner, Alicia to learn a little bit about how it all started, what makes their shop unique, and why science-fiction aids in creativity.
If you or someone you know is heading back to school, the biggest must-have item is something to carry all the stuff you need. Books, electronics, supplies, lunch, and more - it all has to get from point A to point B. We picked a few of our favorite bag and tote projects to give you ten great ways to look cool for back-to-school.
It's celebration time for seven lucky Sew4Home fans. These last four Great Giveaways were some of our most popular ever! We know it can be disappointing to not see your name in the list below, but we can promise you this: the universal reaction of our winners is the statement, "I never win anything!" Oh, but you do. Your chance at the brass ring may be coming soon.
We have a whole new batch of ideas to add to our official You Asked 4 It list thanks to our recent Great Giveaway request for the projects and techniques you'd like to see on Sew4Home. We also realized there are A LOT of existing articles many of our visitors, maybe even you, are looking for that we actually already have. It's time for a little re-cap tour of our Project Index – a reminder of where to find some of our most asked-for tutorials. It might be exactly what you're looking for, very similar, or perhaps a new idea you love even more!
We are thrilled to bring you news of a very clever way to "audition" fabric for a quilt or other pattern before making a final decision to buy and cut. It's online, it's very easy and intuitive, and the process of designing is free. Emily Taylor is with us today for a guest editorial to give you an overview of the how PatterJam.com works. "How great would it be to see fabric in a quilt pattern before investing time and money into the project?" Emily asked herself. "I knew there had to be a better way to visualize what a sewing project is going to look like before it's made." We were so impressed with Emily's idea and the tools she developed to make creating more flexible and more fun.