This week we got to join forces with my friend Liz from Sew4Home.com and share a tutorial that she did on their site years ago. The Soft Elegance Big Bound Blanket originally used a fabric that Shannon Fabrics no longer makes, so I substituted in the Buffalo Check Cuddle. Combine that with Luxe Cuddle Sherpa and Carolyn Friedlander cotton… ooohh la la, you got a beaut.Continue reading “How to Sew a Cotton Binding on a Cuddle Blanket [Sew Together Tuesday]”
There are lots of things that intimidate sewists about working with Cuddle® minky, but I think the task that freaks people out the most is using it for quilt binding. It seems like a crazy idea at first, then you do it and see how great it looks and feels. Sorta like using it for quilt backings; once you try it, you’ll want to do with most of your quilts.
A few weeks ago, we tackled Cuddle® binding for our Sew Together Tuesday and if you’re thinking about doing it yourself, this is a good place to start. I show different Luxe Cuddle® fabrics and which work best for bindings, which stitches you might want to try and give some tool tips that can be helpful.Continue reading “How to Sew a Minky Binding [Sew Together Tuesday]”
You’ve probably seen Funky Friends Factory patterns in a quilt shop somewhere along the way. They are popular among sewists, but usually whenever I’ve asked someone about their experience with the pattern, they admit that they’ve been too scared to try! Like so many fabrics and quilt patterns, these stuffed animal patterns often live in our stash but never get put to use. That’s just silly–give it a try! Continue reading “Larry the Lion — sewing plush stuffed animals”
I met Alex Anderson last fall at Quilt Market, years after I started following her in the quilt industry. I look up to her immensely as she has much the same passion that I do about sewing and quilting. We both really just want everyone to find their happy place here! A lot of that passion involves teaching the basics and I’ve often admired her Alex’s ability to seem so approachable and excited in her public presentation. The truth is, she is actually one of the nicest people I’ve met. She knows her stuff, too.
As the head educator for Shannon Fabrics, she invited me up to her home in northern California to do some videos and I jumped at the chance. It was a mix of fear, excitement, admiration, and joy to be honest. But I’m so glad I did it. We got to share some great information and I got to get over my awkwardness (or at least a bit) by the time we filmed the last video.
If you are interested in sewing with Cuddle fabrics, I think we’ve included some helpful info. Give ’em a watch and let me know what else you are curious to know.
You can see more tutorials and interview on The Quilt Show YouTube channel.