Mini Quilt Inspiration

Inspirational project ideas for Mini Quilts. The Sewing Loft

Are you getting excited about your mini quilt? Have you decided what type of pattern you’d like to try, or are you waiting for inspiration to strike? Here at The Sewing Loft HQ, we’re getting pretty stoked to see all those mini quilt pictures in the Flickr Pool  in a few weeks. In the meantime, we’ve rounded up some mini quilt pattern resources to inspire your creativity! Mini Quilt … [Read more...]

Make a Mosaic on Flickr

Learn how to make a mosaic table on Flickr with this easy tutorial. Step by step photos will help walk you through the process.

Make a Mosaic on Flickr In preparation for our mini quilt swap, we’re asking swap participants to make a mosaic on Flickr to showcase some of their favorite quilting styles, colors, and more. Even if you’re not participating in the swap, a Flickr mosaic is a great way to put together some of your favorite images - so follow along with this tutorial! Note: if you are swapping with us, … [Read more...]

Mini Quilt Swap: Time to Sign Up!

It's time to swap! Mini quilts can be mega fun. These smaller projects are perfect for trying out new techniques. Join us for the swap.

Mini Quilt Swap: Time to Sign Up! The sign up form is ready for you to join our Mini Quilt Swap! Simply click HERE and fill out the form, and you’ll be all set.   A few reminders: Please read over Monday’s post for a full description of the swap, so you know what you’re getting into! You will get your swap recipient’s name and other relevant information by July 30. By signing up, … [Read more...]

Mini Quilt Swap- Mega Fun! Let’s get ready to swap

It's time to swap! Mini quilts can be mega fun. These smaller projects are perfect for trying out new techniques. Join us for the swap.

Let’s Get Ready to Swap!  Mini Quilts, Mega Fun I don’t know about you, but I love to complete smaller-scale sewing projects during these busy days of summer. A small project helps me beat the heat and keep my mind occupied without taking up too much of what little time I have. (Plus, this isn’t the time of year when I want to be snuggled under a bed-sized quilt, hand stitching the … [Read more...]

Like Sewing Water

Minky, Soft and Cuddly fabric cutting

Hello Friends of First Fridays and a Happy 4th of July to my US peeps!  It's your old friend TJ from Studio Mailbox here to share with you where I'm at on my quilt project.  Can you believe it's July and officially more than half way through the year?  *Gulp* Last month I posted about the backside of the quilt and how I chose the softest cuddliest fabric imaginable to finish this baby off.  As … [Read more...]

How to Make Straight Grain Binding

Straight grain binding is perfect for quilts, mug rugs and pillows. Learn how to make and calculate yardage needed to create binding for your next project.

Now that we’ve discussed the debate between bias binding and straight grain binding, it’s time to round-up our Binding Basics series with a tutorial on making your own straight-grain binding. As a bonus, this “cheater binding” method will have seams that are angled to resemble bias binding.  This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Ready to get started?   Step 1: … [Read more...]

Binding: Bias vs. Straight Grain

Learn the difference between straight-grain and bias binding. The article also shares how, when and where to use them.

We all know that binding has a variety of uses in the sewing room - from finishing the edges of quilted items to hemming garments. In general, the term “binding” just applies to a folded piece of fabric that goes over or around the edge of something, but there are two main types of binding - bias and straight grain - and there’s a good bit of debate about which type is better for certain … [Read more...]

The Backside Story

Sewing Cartoon

Hello friends of First Friday's!  It's your friend TJ here to fill you in on the what's been happening with my quilt project. Last month we left off with my layout decisions made and my rows neatly stacked like proud soldiers.  I strutted around completely and utterly proud of myself until one tiny nagging detail crept in: the backside. OMG this thing needs a backside. Susan had suggested … [Read more...]

Quilt Puzzle

This denim quilt puzzle needs a layout.

Hello friends of first Fridays!  It's your old pal TJ here to update you on my Quilt project. Last month we left off as I was trying to figure out which colors to use.  I need to start out by saying how much I appreciate all the advice, help and feedback.  You guys have offered up so many good tips that my head's been spinning.   The latest idea that I just can't shake came from Heidi who … [Read more...]