Friday, July 3, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma and a Poll About Your Favorite Part of the Quilting Process

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Last week we asked, "How do you baste your quilts?" The results are in, and with a bit of variety, including two ways I hadn't thought of (Elmer's washable glue and no basting needed as a quilting frame is being used).

How do you baste your quilts? Poll results

This week, we're asking about your FAVORITE part of the quilting process. Even if you love multiple parts of making a quilt, just choose your TOP favorite for this survey.

What's your favorite part of the quilting process?

Designing the quilt
Cutting fabric
Piecing the top
Sewing on the binding
Poll Maker

And now, onto the link-up!
Crafty Comment Karma

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DIY Swedish Roller Window Shades

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

DIY Swedish Roller Shades

I needed window shades for my sewing room.  Now that summer had finally arrived, I had to block the afternoon sun streaming into the room without darkening the room.  I had some indoor/outdoor fabric that was going to be used originally on the patio but was repurposed for Swedish roller shades (think Bamboo roll up shades) in my sewing room.

The fabric was just over 54" wide, and I needed the full 54" to cover the windows.

DIY Swedish Roller Shades

The length was cut and the sides were trimmed to allow 1/4" foldover to the wrong side and held in place with 1/4" double fusible tape (my favorite Steam-a-Seam 2!). The top and bottom were also turned under 1/4" and fused with 1/4" double fusible tape.

DIY Swedish Roller Shades

The top of the fabric was then stapled to a closet pole that had been cut to fit the inside of the windows.

DIY Swedish Roller Shades

Eye hooks were evenly spaced and screwed into the closet pole.

DIY Swedish Roller Shades

In addition, at each end, a screw was place to prevent the rod from rotating once it was in position on the closet pole hangers.
DIY Swedish Roller Shades

Cording was tied to the eye hooks, wrapped around the front of the fabric to the back, and threaded through the eye hooks to the end of the rod.  This was done in three locations - center and one on each side of the center.

DIY Swedish Roller Shades

On the bottom, a pocket was created to hold 1-3/4" PVC pipe.  This provided the weight to "hold" the fabric down when unrolled and the support to roll the shade up when not in use.

DIY Swedish Roller Shades

The shades have been quite successful in preventing the intense heat from invading the sewing room and still allow some light to pass through.

DIY Swedish Roller Shades

Monday, June 29, 2015

Quilt Market Recap-Expo Hall

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Today we're sharing our last recap post from the 2015 Spring Quilt Market. Previously we talked about Schoolhouse and Sample Spree, and today we're finishing it up with the Expo Hall.

Linda Chaney and Laura Chaney Prairie Sewn Studios

Since we were at Quilt Market with the AQS Publishing booth we had special exhibitor name badges that got us into the expo hall when it was still being set up. I'd never been inside of an expo hall during set up before, so it was really fun to see how the different booths came together. Some of the booths had amazingly elaborate set-ups, where some were more much more simple.

The big fabric collections had booths that not only displayed their new fabric collections but also allowed space for their sales representatives to sell directly to the store owners. I see this kind of set up each year for the international education conference I go to for my day job, but this type of a expo hall was a new experience for Mom.

2015 Spring Quilt Market Expo Hall

Once the expo hall was officially open, Mom and I carefully made our way through each and every aisle. Similar to Sample Spree, much of the Expo Hall was geared towards shop owners and helping them find new notions and fabrics for the coming season. We didn't let that stop us from getting some ideas of our own, and finding some fun new things to experiment with in our designing.

2015 Spring Quilt Market Zirkel Magnet
Zirkel Magnet

2015 Spring Quilt Market Fabric Elements Fabric Editions
Fabric Elements from Fabric Editions. 

Even though we aren't shop owners everyone in the expo hall was nice to us and more than willing to tell us about their fabric collections, supplies or patterns. It was also lots of fun to meet some of the amazing quilters that I follow online, including the woman who has opened up free motion quilting on a domestic machine to thousands of quilters, Leah Day.

2015 Spring Quilt Market Leah Day
Leah Day

Of course, the most exciting part of our time in the expo hall was doing two author demos for Contain It! English Paper-Pieced Style Accessories at the AQS Publishing booth.

As designers with book through a traditional publisher it's sometimes hard to know how well our patterns are being received by shop owners and their customers. So it was really exciting when a shop owner came to the booth and said she was there specifically to see us, and buy the book for her shop! Showing our English Paper-Piecing technique to experienced shop owners and quilters and seeing their enthusiasm was one of the most rewarding parts of this whole publishing process for us. 

We hope you've enjoyed hearing a little bit about our experiences at our very first Quilt Market. We learned so much about the industry side of quilting and crafting, and had a great time getting to meet other designers, shop owners, and manufacturers alike!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Crafty Comment Karma and A Poll About Basting

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Happy Friday! I'm kinda getting a kick out of these weekly polls (and from the comments it seems that at least a few of you are, too), so I'm going to keep rolling with them for a while.

Last week we asked, "When you purchase quilting fabric, do you prefer the school cut or tear the fabric?"

I was actually a bit surprised by the responses here, or at least in all of them being the same! I've heard the theory that tearing the fabric gets a straighter edge since it automatically follows the grain of the fabric, but I'm not convinced that's true. Mom prefers cutting the fabric, and I guess she instilled that upon me since I also prefer cutting the fabric.

How do you baste your quilts?

Safety pins

Basting stitches

Spray basting

Please Specify:
Poll Maker

And now, onto the link-up!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Work in Progress Wednesday-#42 Walk in the Park Mystery Quilt Continued

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

The Mystery Quilt saga continues as I finish Part II and start Part III. Last week I posted about I and II where I selected my fabrics, cut the pieces and started assembling the first blocks.

Walk in the Park Mystery Quilt

Completed blocks are on the design wall.  It takes a bit longer to sew some of these blocks since there are quite a few seams to align carefully.

Walk in the Park Mystery Quilt

My best friends have become the Clover ultra fine pins that distort the fabric very little as I try to align intersections for sewing. Part IV will be published in the next issue of Quiltmaker (September/October 2015).  Yes, I will be ready to complete the assembly to see the final design!

Love linking up? Be sure to join us each Friday for our Crafty Comment Karma link-up. Join in and check out the festiveness here

Crafty Comment Karma Prairie Sewn Studios

Linking up with Freshly Pieced and Sew Fresh Quilts.