Kaleidoscopes have been around for hundreds of years since their invention in the early 1800s, but I remember getting my first toy kaleidoscope as a kid and being totally mesmerized by what I saw inside. The designs are so gorgeous due to the mirrors reflecting the shapes inside, but, unfortunately, the designs never seemed to […]
Learn how to sew and quilt projects for beginners.
We asked our Facebook fans what beginner sewists are most afraid to learn. Our fans shared what their biggest sewing fears were when they started. We weren’t surprised to find that most of our respondents seemed to be afraid of the same basic sewing techniques. To rid our fearful friends of these worrisome woes, we’ve […]
After moving to Chicago this summer, I’ve been looking forward to attending all of the upcoming events and creating some quick crafts. However, lately, I’ve been experiencing the problem of having a lot of stuff. Since I’ve been exploring the museums like the Shedd Aquarium and the Field Museum, I usually have my hands full of maps […]
Why shouldn’t a quilt be the decorative centerpiece of a room? If you like your quilts to catch everyone’s gaze, then you’re guaranteed to love bargello quilt patterns. These arresting designs, all from the incomparable FaveQuilts, are made by sewing strips of fabric together in a way that mimics moving shapes. In other words, like […]
They’re some of the most disheartening events: the day you outgrow your favorite pair of jeans or lose a little weight and try to pull on a cherished shirt…only to find your arms are drowning in fabric! You don’t want to throw these items out, but you’re also not comfortable in them anymore. The awesome […]
Buying fabric online isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration, like how it feels, how it drapes, and if it stretches, that are usually easier to tell in person. However, if you want to order fabric online (and who doesn’t love a little online shopping?) this […]
Now that it’s spring, the weather has been getting slightly warmer and the days slightly longer. The combination of those things always makes me want to get outside! I have this vision of having a picnic lunch outside in an English garden, surrounded by flowers and fresh green grass. I’ve never actually done any gardening […]