Quilting for Beginners: How to Baste Quilt Layers Together

quilting for beginners
I do not like quilt basting- and I am referring to making the “quilt sandwich”. Which is basting the backing, batting, and quilt top layers smoothly together so that they can be quilted together without pleats or puckers on the front or back. Early on when I started quilting, I struggled with this process quite a bit. A pleat(s) would show up on the back of the quilt every single time I machine quilted any of my quilts by machine. This is why I hand quilted several of the early quilts I made. I always have my hand on the back of the work and could catch a pleat as soon as I feel one. I began to think maybe I just didn’t have the patience necessary to baste the layers thoroughly.

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Holiday Ornament DIY From Costume Jewelry

Holiday Ornament DIY
 
Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest. This holiday ornament DIY is from plain old costume jewelry I found at the thrift store for next to nothing. First I picked out some necklaces, brooches, and earrings that were extra sparkly. Back at home, I cleaned them up, and did a little disassembling. Using some tools we have around the house, like needle nose pliers and metal cutters, I broke or cut off any parts I wouldn’t be using. Then I used some 20 gauge artistic wire to fashion a loop to hang it on the tree. On some of them I added satin ribbon for a little color.
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A Fabric Scrap Christmas Ornament DIY

Christmas Ornament
Making Christmas decorations is always so fun for me! I have made so many holiday decorations through the years, so much its really impossible to get them all out each year. These days, I’m trying hard to use materials I already have on hand, and these simple DIY ornaments are made with fabric scraps, craft paint, and wooden beads. I made these early in the season, and wasn’t quite ready to go with full-on holiday colors just yet, so I grabbed some non-Christmasy green and blue craft paint for the beads, and some equally neutral fabric scraps.
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DIY Striped Flower Vase

Flower Vase
I think I’m still celebrating Cinco de Mayo, or at least wish I was. Maybe that’s why I’ve been so inspired by a beautiful serape blanket we have. I love how the colors in it are bold, summery, kind of off beat, yet work together so well. My love for these colors kind of surprised me. Isn’t it funny where we get our inspiration from? I thought it would be fun to recreate the stripe patterns with yarn on thrift store, mismatched glassware and turn them into flower vases.READ MORE

Buying and Cleaning Vintage Linens

How to Clean Vintage Linens
I am nuts for vintage linens, needlework, embroidery, fabric, and similar textile pieces, I think I’ve made that clear. One of my favorite things to do is shop for it, either online or at secondhand stores. For me, cleaning vintage linens goes hand in hand with buying them, and its what I’m thinking about when I’m deciding whether to buy it or not. I begin with the same basic process for any vintage fabrics and linens I buy, which I cover this in my “Sewing Clothes Into Quilts” class, but I wanted to talk a bit using an actual example. READ MORE

Upcycled Curio Boxes DIY

Upcycled Curio Boxes by Wise Craft Handmade
I have a weakness for dollhouse furniture and have collected pieces over the years. The funny thing about that is, I don’t have a dollhouse to put them in! The DIY seed for this upcycled project planted while flipping through the newest Martha Stewart Living. Her version had a cluster of boxes hung together on the wall, used to store and display all kinds of things. My version uses mismatched boxes and shelving pieces from the thrift store. A little wood stain to unify them, a little decorative paper to mimic wallpaper, glued inside the backs, and now I have a place to store not only my dollhouse trinkets, but some other favorite things that had no real place before. These would be great to display things like those favorite Lego builds or bedside books. 

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