• WaterPenny.net Fabric Applique Embroidery Hoop Sign Tutorial
    Applique,  Quilts,  Signature Quilts,  Tutorials,  wedding

    Fabric Wedding Sign Tutorial

    I made this fabric sign to go along with an upcoming wedding signature quilt I am going to make. It is very simple, but not something I’ve seen much of, so I also made this simple tutorial to go with it.  It’s a pdf. I find it so much easier to format such things off-line. Let me know if it’s useful! FYI, you don’t have to sew down the letters! I liked the way it looks but for a sign that’s not going through the wash, ironing the letters down is sturdy enough.  I use Pellon Wonder Under Fusible webbing for this project. I love applique and it was fun to…

  • Signature Quilts,  Tutorials,  wedding

    How to Make a Monogram Quilt Block

    If you are making a wedding signature quilt – here are some of my thoughts on that! You’ll need Computer and editing program (I use Word) This text document if you want an example monogram  Fusible webbing (I prefer Wonder Under by Pellon) Marker Fabric Matching thread Starch (optional) Sewing machine Step 1: Pick a font! Then make your monogram in a word processing document (or use this one). You can use any program, of course. I generally use Cambria, which is a nice common serif font. You can also find fun swirly fonts that wouldn’t be that hard to applique. I personally prefer simple clean lines – they look good and…

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    Make Your Own Spray Starch

    I’ve been making my own spray starch for a bit now. I am really happy with the effect. I generally like my fabric to be nice and stiff, so I add a lot of starch. Commercial starch gets expensive if you buy a lot of it. I suppose that is true for anything. Am I blowing your mind with my wisdom? Anywho, it’s super-easy to make your own starch – just dump in a tablespoon or more of starch in a bottle of water, and shake shake shake! The starch will settle out fairly quickly, so I give it a quick shake every time I use it. I also add…

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    Madrona Road Challenge Finish

    After mulling over it for a few months – we’ve known about the challenge for a while before we even got the fabric – Wednesday night I got my vision for my Madrona Road Challenge piece. It is pieced using the wonky nine patch technique which Oh Fransson explains really well here. The Madrona Road Challenge is a national challenge with guilds across the US participating. There’s no “winner” but it’s a fun way to get folks thinking creatively. The Columbus Modern Quilt Guild’s guidelines were to do something on the Stars and Stripes theme, and have it at a max of 30×30 inches. We were given 7 fat eighths to work…

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    Square Tote Bag Free Tutorial

    I love making reusable shopping bags and totes and decided to whip up a little pattern for one of my favorite bags that I have – here is the tutorial at this link. I did a pdf because I find it so much more convenient for me to make documents than blogposts -sorry for any inconvenience to you! Essentially this bag is just a half yard of fabric folded in half.  You can also use two fat quarters sewn together. The fabric here is an upholstery weight cotton from ikea – but quilting weight is great too! Instead of just sewing up one side and along the bottom like a basic…

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    You can paint a laminate bookshelf!

    I decided on Sunday that I wanted to make an armoire and re-paint the living room. In one day. It’s dragged on a bit, but we’re getting there. And by “we” I mean “I” because Matt has been too busy with school and research to do much painting. The best part of all is that I painted these two laminate bookshelves. This is just such a revelation to me, as there are SO MUCH ugly laminate furniture for SO CHEAP or FREE and now I know that I can make it not ugly! Or, Less Ugly! These two were a horrible dark brown with gold accents, so, you can’t get…

  • Quilts,  Tutorials,  wedding

    More Wedding Signature Squares

    I have been busy making up wedding signature squares for a few custom orders. These are neatly starched with the white areas bordered in white artist’s tape to keep people from writing in the seam allowance. Though I have had a few come back with guests writing ON TOP OF THE TAPE. I try not to be a disdainful person, but I have some disdain for these people. I just hope they were good and drunk when they decided that the masking tape would be featured in the final wedding quilt. For way more thoughts on Wedding Signature Quilts check out my earlier post. It’s somewhat strange to make the…

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    Fall Classes

    I’m signed up again to teach a few classes at a local store – Wholly Craft – which, btw, has an AWESOME craft supply trade section, where people donate old craft supplies, and then other people buy them. Proceeds go mostly to charity, some to the store. I think it’s great and came up with some classes designed to teach a few quilting basics and to use up some scraps from the scrap bin. I have been offering and Intro to Cross-stitch and done a few intro to quilting classes. But I wanted something simpler than even a baby quilt for these classes – something that could be finished comfortably…