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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Zeroing in on zakka sewing!

Creating a zakka inspired mug cozy for individual cups of tea.   In English, the Japanese word zakka loosely translates to mean the small necessities of everyday life, or more broadly, home goods. Actually, it doesn’t translate well at all. There’s something quite peaceful and basic in zakka design. Busy North American way of life […]

Whimsy Summer Table Topper and Napkin Rings

Whimsy Summer Table Topper and Napkin Rings
[columns] [span6] [/span6][span6] [/span6][/columns] Anticipating summer has never felt so good with Jean’s easy to make and super fun table topper and napkin rings. Quilt it in your favourite colour! Read more in our Summer 2013 issue. Designed by Jean Boyd machine quilted by Tammy Spencer patternsbyjeanboyd.com jeanboyduppercanadaquiltworks.blogspot.com

Apliquick Practice Quilt Block

Yesterday, we told you about Apliquick – arguably the easiest method for turned-edge applique ever! Applique shapes are traced onto light-weight fusible interfacing, cut out, and ironed onto the wrong side of the fabric. The Apliquick rods and glue stick are used to easily and precisely turn under the seam allowance before hand or machine […]

Lantern Beads Necklace

Lantern Beads Necklace
[columns] [span6] [/span6][span6] [/span6][/columns] Creating with fabric and thread is my favourite thing to do. As a textile artist and a threaducator for WonderFil, I often have small pieces of fabric left over from other projects. These are perfect for experimenting with thread and decorative machine stitches. After accumulating many stitch samplers, I began cutting […]

Turned-edge applique made easy with Apliquick!

Apliquick is an innovative set of tools for turned-edge applique. I first encountered this method in the fall of 2013 at International Quilt Festival in Houston. After watching the demo, I was so captivated that I immediately bought a set. Turned-edge applique made easy with Apliquick method, but what really impressed me was the accuracy […]

Crazy Daisy Quilt Block

Last fall, we presented a step-by-step guide to fusible applique and highlighted four edge-finishing techniques including an invisible zigzag stitch, blanket stitch, satin stitch, and tulle with a couched cord. The sample block we used is called Crazy Daisy and it has a rather unique setting. It looks like it might be difficult to sew […]

Bra-making 101 – Part 3

Bust line
[columns] [span4] [/span4][span4] [/span4][span4] [/span4][/columns] So you’ve taken the plunge and sewn your own bra? In our previous issues, we’ve described the sewing process from start to finish. Now that your first bra is sewn together, let’s look at common fitting issues and how to correct the pattern. We’ll also see how to add some […]

Creative Variations in Fabric Chenille

Yesterday, we learned how to create the look and feel of real fabric chenille. It’s a simple process of layering a stack of fabrics, stitching them with rows of diagonal lines, slashing the top three layers between the stitching, and washing the fabric to make it fray. The result is wonderfully soft and fuzzy fabric. […]

Bra-making 101 – Part 2

Sewing underarm area
[columns] [span4] [/span4][span4] [/span4][span4] [/span4][/columns] In Part 1 of Bra-making 101 (ANPTmag Summer 2013) we described the measuring process and the supplies required to make your own bra. Included was the layout diagram so you should have your bra all cut out at this point and other supplies you will need at hand. Ready? Let’s […]