Big Quilt Block Alternatives | Think Big

Think Think Big Quilt Blocks| Pillow Collective

This week Amy Ellis is celebrating her new book Think Big and hosting her second annual Pillow Collective series.  You will find many talented artists on the tour sharing their spin on her designs. You maybe wondering what's the deal with the "Think Big" title since we are talking pillows. Well, that's the beauty of the book. Think Big walks you through the process of thinking beyond the big … [Read more...]

Sewing Machine Mat How To

Use shelf paper to create a sewing machine mat. The Sewing Loft

Many of us share a work surface to sew on. It could be the dining room table, a small desk or even the kitchen counter. (don't judge, I've done it!) I've tried a bunch of different things to prevent scratching the surface, including a bath towel. This helped prevent scratching but not reduce the noise or the shaking. To help solve my issue, bust through my scrap bucket and stitch something … [Read more...]

Around the World Blog Hop

Around The World Blog Hop The Sewing Loft

Last week, I got a pretty cool invite from my sweet and talented friend Jennifer of EllisonLane to take part of the Around the World Blog Hop. I feel so lucky to have met Jen. She is local.... HURRAH!!! Is the amazing host of Sew South and has the most amazing sense of color. I swear, I'd be happy to have just one of anything she makes! Just check out that triangle quilt. Around the World … [Read more...]

How to Create Scrap Binding

Turn leftover fabric scraps into quilt binding. How to make scrap binding. The Sewing Loft

When I have extra fabric pieces that are not quite large enough for a full project, I toss them into the scrap basket for another day. Well, today is that day! I'm going to turn most of them into scrap binding. This binding can be used for many things from a quilt, mug rug to piping. For me, I love the way the different patterns come together and play off each other.  How to Create Scrap … [Read more...]

First Fridays Year in Review 2014

embroidered personalized quilt label

It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here to share my first post of 2015!  For those of you new to The Sewing Loft, I tune in on the first Friday of every month to bring a little sewing humor to your lives. I can't believe another year has snuck up on us.  I hope you're all off to a happy and healthy start. I wanted to be sure and let you guys know that I did indeed finish the T-shirt quilt I had … [Read more...]

Holiday Mug Rug

Fussy Cut Mug Rug Hero

Holiday time is always so busy that sometimes, it is hard to start a new sewing project. Well, today's project is so simple that you can start and finish it in one quick session behind the machine. That's right, this holiday mug rug is that easy!     Holiday Mug Rug   This project is for all levels. Skill Level- 1 Button Materials: fabric scraps cut into strips 7 … [Read more...]

Wrapping up the T-Shirt Quilt

T-shirt quilt WIP

Do not let the title of this post mislead you dear friends of First Fridays!!  It's your old friend TJ here from Studio Mailbox about to fill you in on the on-going saga of my quilting progress.  Last month I shared with you how I switched gears and started a T-Shirt quilt to practice my skills while getting a holiday gift ready.  I had fully expected to stroll in here and report how awesome it … [Read more...]

30+ Tips for Making Quilts

30 Ways to improve your quilts

Have you been wanting to make your first quilt, but you're not sure where to start? Or maybe you've dabbled with quilting here and there, but you're not getting the results you want, and you'd like to refine your skills. No matter your experience level, we've rounded up enough tips and tutorials to suit your needs. Read on for over 30 of them! Tips for Making Quilts, Part 1: Planning, … [Read more...]

Memory Quilts: Not Just for T-Shirts!

Learn how to turn those out worn clothing items into a one of a kind memory quilt. The Sewing Loft

Recently I posted a How-To on making your own T-shirt quilt. (You can find the first tutorial in that series here.) But maybe you don't have a lot of T-shirts lying around, waiting to be cut up for a quilt? That's okay! A memory quilt can be made out of so much more than just T-shirts! Now that you've mastered the basics with our free T-Shirt quilt tutorial, let's expand our horizons and think … [Read more...]