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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Today I wanted to introduce to you our newest Amy Butler Quilt Square Set that is absolutely irresistible. Just take a look at the picture and you know what I am talking about:





All of these gorgeous designs are part of Amy Butler's DAISY CHAIN Collection. I love the colors & designs of each fabric and how they complement each other. I just could not resist cutting these quilt squares and I hope you share my passion for this quilt square set.

There are 4 Amy Butler fabric designs included in this set:

Amy Butler Sweet Jasmine Brown
Amy Butler Sweet Jasmine Natural
Amy Butler Field Dandelion Rose
Amy Butler Deco Rose Brown

For each Amy Butler fabric design you will receive 8 squares, each measuring 5" X 5". The quilt square set, therefore, contains a total of 32 5" X 5" pre-cut fabric squares.

Quilt Squares are a great option when starting a new project no matter if the project is a new baby quilt, pot holders, blanket, etc. Not only do they save you time but quilt square sets will also give you the option of experimenting multiple fabric designs and even multiple fabric designers without having to purchase each fabric design by the yard.


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Sunday, December 28, 2008
Beginners usually ask which one is the simplest quilt to make and the answer is a Basic Block Quilt. Today we provide you with simple step by step instructions on how to sew your first block which is the basic for making a block quilt. This is a great way to practice making a quilt block before starting on a big block quilt project.

It is very important that you cut your fabric precisely otherwise the finished quilt block won't line up correctly. The best way to get an accurate cut is to use a rotary cutter, cutting mate and a quilter's ruler. These tools will make all the difference in the world.

To get you started as quickly as possible, you can also use pre-cut fabric strips from a Jelly Roll. Jelly Rolls are a great option as they will save you time and they will provide you with a variety of fabric designs without you having to purchase yardages of each design.

Tools & Supplies needed:

Standard Sewing Machine
Iron
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mate
4 Fabric Strips (or more if you want to make a bigger block)


In today's quilt block I am using two Amy Butler fabric designs: Morning Glory Linen and Wall Flower Cherry. I cut two fabric strips each each design for a total of 4 fabric strips.

Sew all 4 fabric strips together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Once all 4 fabric strips are sewn together, it should look like this:

Now I want to cut this finished fabric strip into 4 squares. To cut perfect squares, here is a tip: fold the fabric diagonally at 90 degrees as shown in this picture...

...then use your quilter's ruler and rotary cuter to cut the fabric as shown in this picture......continue to do so until you have 4 fabric squares. I have laid them out in the format I want them to be sewn together in this picture:

Once all 4 fabric quilt squares are sewn together with a 1/4" seam allowance, your final product should look like this:

Now you have your first finished quilt block. You can continue to make these quilt blocks using these step by step instructions until you have enough quilt blocks to make a quilt in the desired size. Or you can use the quilt block for smaller projects if you like. In this case, I use the finished quilt block to make a fun and modern pillow. I use the quilt block on one side of the cover and I use the Morning Glory Linen on the other side. Take a look at the final product:

How easy and how much fun was that? So easy and so much fun. Depending on the color and the fabric design you are choosing, this one basic quilt block design can look entirely different. Let your imagination take its course.....


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Monday, December 22, 2008
Ever wonder what a fabric layer cake is? Well, it sure sounds yummy but it is not something we can eat (how unfortunate). A layer cake is a set of pre-cut fabric squares with each fabric square measuring 10" X 10". If you are making a quilt, you can use either the entire 10" x 10" fabric piece as part of your quilt and/or you can "slice" it in various different shapes and sizes. Maybe that is why it is called a "layer cake".

Here are a couple of options of how you can slice your cake:
  • Cut the 10" x 10" fabric square into quarters and it will provide you with 4 finished fabric squares each measuring 4.5" x 4.5".
  • Cut the 10" x 10" fabric square into quarters as above. Now cut the 4.5" x 4.5" finished squares in quarters again and you will end up with 8 finished squares each measuring 2" x 2".
  • Cut the 10" x 10" fabric square twice diagonally to create 4 quarter square finished triangles measuring 8.5".
  • Cut the 10" x 10" fabric square into quarters. Now cut the quarters once diagonally and you will end up with 8 finished half square triangles each measuring 4".
Here is pictorial from Moda:

All our Moda Layer Cake fabrics are currently on SALE while supplies last:

Moda Oh My Dog
Moda Nest
Moda Miss Jumps Scrapbag
Moda Bistro
Moda American Primer



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Friday, December 12, 2008
Have you ever thought of making a portfolio with your favorite fabric? If not, you should! Take a look at the portfolio we made using Joel Dewberry fabric. The fabric is called Damask and it is from his Manzanita Collection. This portfolio has many pockets for you to store your notebook, pens and all kinds of miscellaneous items. It is so much fun to use.

We used one of Amy Butler's
free sewing pattern to make this fun portfolio. Amy Butler provides very detailed instructions and if you are a relatively experienced seamstress, it should be easy for you to follow. All you need is your favorite fabric and cardboard which is used to stabilize each inner panel. Now go download and print the free sewing pattern and get going!


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My wonderful and most talented mother made me a very special gift - this absolutely beautiful fabric bowl. I was stunned by how gorgeous and luxurious it is. Fabric bowls are great for decorating your home or as gifts for loved ones.

I was able to find a beautiful bamboo candle that is a perfect match to the green color of my fabric bowl. If displayed with the candle in the fabric bowl or next to the fabric bowl, either one choice is absolutely gorgeous. How about putting some tissue paper in the fabric bowl and serve warm rolls in the fabric bowl? Beautiful and versatile at the same time.

My mom used some Quilt Gate fabric for my bowl from the Hyakkaryouran collection. This is a cotton sateen fabric manufacturered in Japan and only distributed through Robert Kaufman in the United States. The fabric is of highest quality and the sateen quality gives the print extra luster and eye-catching appeal and the metallic touches bring an extra air of rich sophistication.

Since a fabric bowl does not require a lot of fabric, you should use some of your fabric remnants that you have at home. It is a fast, fun and easy project.

We are working on a How To Make a Fabric Bowl tutorial and it will be posted up on our blog within the next couple of weeks. So, if you want to learn how to make this beautiful fabric bowl, come visit our Imagine Fabric blog again soon.




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Thursday, December 11, 2008


Decorating with wall hangings can be an effective way to create a theme in your room without breaking the bank. Especially if you are like me and you want to change up the theme periodically. Take a look at the Amy Butler fabric wall hanging that I created for my living room. What a stunning focal point! In this case, I used Amy Butler lacework brown fabric to create this piece of art.

If you love fabric but you can’t sew, making a fabric wall hanging would be a perfect project for you. Here is what you need to get started:

4 Wood Stretchers (I used 2 X 24” and 2 X 36” stretchers)
Picture Wire
Eyehooks
Staple Gun
Fabric of Choice


I personally bought my wood stretchers at Michaels and they are readily available in various sizes. The wood stretchers have corners designed to interlock so it is super easy to put together. Make sure that your fabric of choice is about 2 inches larger than the finished wood frame. This will make it easy for you to staple the fabric to the back of the frame.

I started stapling the fabric in the middle of one side working my way to the corners. I stopped stapling about 2” before the corner. Once you are done stapling one side continue the step on the opposite side. Once all four sides are nicely stretched you can start working on neatly stapling the corners.

Attached the eyehooks and picture wire as instructed and you are ready to hang up your fabric wall hanging. Let your imagination take its course as you can decorate your living room, bed room or a baby room with a fabric wall hanging. If you are using Amy Butler fabrics or any other designer fabrics, it is easy, it is fun and it is inexpensive. HAVE FUN!


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Tuesday, December 9, 2008
If you just recently joined the quilting world, you most likely have not invested in a quilting designing software yet. But that will not prevent your from starting to design you first quilt. All you need is some graph paper and creativity.



Featured on the left is my personal attempt of creating my next quilting pattern. It is very simple as you can see but drafting will open the door to endless design possibilities.



Just start by drawing some simple blocks. Next thing you know, you will be drawing your own quilting patterns. I used some free graph paper that Moda made available for all of us to use. Just print it out, sharpen your pen, get your ruler and start drawing!



The easiest way to get sewing on a star quilt pattern is to use pre-cut quilt squares. Not only do they save you time but it will give you also an opportunity to use fabric from various fabric designers without having to purchase multiple yardage of each design. Use a pre-cut quilt square and cut it diagonal to get the triangle quilt square for the above star quilt pattern. I cannot wait to get started on my star bannered quilt.


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Monday, December 8, 2008

Don't you have some remnant fabric at home that you haven't decided on what to do with it yet? If you do, why not use the remnant fabric this year to wrap up your holiday gifts? I personally love Marimekko fabric so this year I decided to use some beautiful Marimekko fabric to wrap up gifts for friends and loved ones.

As featured in this picture, I used a Marimekko design called KIOTO in red & green. This subtle yet stunning design was originally created by mother and daughter design team Maija and Kristina Isola in 1976. The red & green version of Kioto is absolutely perfect for the holiday season.

We currently have this Marimekko Fabric on SALE at 52% off the regular price so get it while you can! Have fun wrapping up your gifts.











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Breathe life into your couch by spicing it up with throw pillows. Throw pillows are an easy and inexpensive way to change the look of your room without buying new furniture. The picture above includes Marimekko Pillows and on our website you can find over 150 unique toss pillows.


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Sunday, December 7, 2008

A Quilt Block is the basic unit of a traditional pieced quilt. If you are a beginner, the Quilt Block featured here today is a perfect one to enter the quilting world.


The easiest way to get started is to purchase a Jelly Roll. A Jelly Roll is a set of pre-cut fabric strips that are coordinating in styles. Not only will it save you time as you do not have to cut the fabric strips but it will also save you money as you do not have to purchase multiple yards of each fabric design.


Take a look at one of our Amy Butler Jelly Roll that contains designs from her Belle and Lotus Collection. How easy can it get?



Once you have sewn multiple Quilt Blocks, pieced them together as shown in this picture to the left. As easy as this Quilt Block may be, the end result can be extraordinary.



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Saturday, December 6, 2008
Every holiday season we spend so much money on paper gift wraps. Even worst is the fact that all the paper gift wraps are going to waste which adversely affect our environment.

Instead of paper gift wrapping, why not use fabric to wrap up your gifts this year? Fabric gift wrapping can be re-used and recycled for years to come and therefore eco-friendly.

Who does not have fabric remnants at home that you don't know what to do with. In this case, we used some beautiful Marimekko fabric called Tamburiini that is perfect for the holiday season. Make sure to get yourself some of this luxurious sateen cotton fabric while it is 52% off.





Part I:
1. Cut a 10" X 10" piece of fabric.
2. Fold fabric in half with the RIGHT side of the fabric together.
3. Stitch all around leaving an opening of approximately 2". 4. Turn the fabric RIGHT side out.






5. Topstitch all around about 1/4" from the edge.











Part II:
6. Cut some fabric strips on the bias of the fabric.








7. To join the fabric strips into one long piece, lay the strips perpendicular to each other with the RIGHT sides together.
8. Stitch across the diagonal edge with a 1/4" seam.







9. Trim any small "tails" of fabric at the seam of the bias binding.
10. Repeat until you have joined all the fabric strips.
11. Once you have joined all fabric strips into one long strip, fold the fabric in half with RIGHT side together and stitch a 1/4" seam.







12. Attached a safety pin at the end of the fabric strip.












13. Use the safety pin to turn the sewn fabric strip inside out.










14. Once you are done with Part I and Part II of this fun project, you can start to wrap your bottle of wine.
15. Use the fabric piece from Part I and put around the wine bottle.
16. Now use the long fabric strip from Part II and wrap several times around the wine bottle and finish off with a big bow.


Giving someone a wine bottle wrapped in this luxurious red and gold Marimekko Fabric will make anyone happy.


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Friday, December 5, 2008
This is exciting - Amy Butler released 2 new sewing patterns that are absolutely adorable. The first one featured here on the left side is her new Domestic Goddess Apron sewing pattern.


The apron on the top picture is made using Amy Butler Sweet Jasmine fabric in Navy from her new Daisy Chain Collection.



Pressed Flowers Forest fabric was used for the second apron which is also from Amy Butler's Daisy Chain Collection. This design makes the apron as elegant as it can be.










The second new Amy Butler sewing pattern is her Sun Surf Halter featured here in the Nouveau Trees Moss fabric from Amy Butler's Midwest Modern Fabric Collection.


We may be in the middle of winter right now but it is never to early to start working on your spring clothing collection. Just imagine wearing this beautiful halter top when you are at the beach. Since Amy Butler's fabrics are 100% cotton, it is perfect to wear during hot weather.




This new Sun Surf Halter sewing pattern is an excellent mother and daughter project.


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If you are looking for make the most beautiful purse for yourself, try out the most popular of all Amy Butler sewing patterns, the Birdie Sling. Amy Butler provides very detailed and easy to follow sewing instructions and this Birdie Sling sewing pattern is one of the easiest one. So, even if you are a beginner, don't be afraid.

The first Birdie Sling tote on the left features
Amy Butler fabrics from her Midwest Modern Collection: Fresh Poppies Fuchsia and Martini Moss.

The second Birdie Sling purse in the middle features beautiful fabrics from Amy Butler's Nigella Collection.

For the third Birdie Sling handbag on the right features fabrics from Amy's Midwest Modern Collection as well.

If you are successful at making the first one, don't stop there but make another one for yourself or make it as a gift for a loved one with a gorgeous and unique gift. Try making a Birdie Sling using Amy Butler fabric from her
Belle Collection, Daisy Chain Collection or Lotus Collection. You will find absolutely lovely fabrics from either one collection.


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Thursday, December 4, 2008
To create a new look for your room you don’t have to buy new and expensive furniture. Instead, reupholster a chair that you already have at home. The picture features a chair re-upholstered with Joel Dewberry fabric. You can find more creative home décor ideas on Joel Dewberry’s website.

The fabric used for this chair is called
Ironwork and it is from Joel Dewberry’s Chestnut Hill Collection. We have it available on our Imagine Fabric website in the Eggplant Mix color scheme.

Many of you probably have an old chair at home with a drop-in chair seat. Most drop-in chair seats are made with a simple piece of plywood with foam or stuffing on top. Here are some tips for you on how to reupholster the chair seat, giving it a new and exciting look.

Steps:

1. Remove the seat; sometimes the chair seat may be secured with some screws that you can easily remove with a screwdriver.

2. Remove the staples that are holding the existing upholstery fabric in place (don't forget to view all our upholstery fabric).

3. Place the chair seat upside down on your new fabric and trace the outline of the seat on your new fabric. When cutting the fabric, add approximately 2 inches all around the edges. TIP: If you are using fabric that is loosely woven and frays easily, zigzag stitch all around the edges with your sewing machine.

4. Mark the center point of your chair seat.

5. Fold your fabric in half and mark the front and back center points of your fabric.

6. Place the chair seat upside down on the new upholster/home décor fabric and line up the center points of the chair seat to the center points of your fabric.

7. Start stapling the fabric to the chair seat at the center points of the front and back of the seat. Stop stapling about 2 inches before the corner.

8. Now repeat the stapling step for both left and right side of the chair seat.

9. After you have stapled all fours sides of the chair, neatly fold the corners before stapling.

10. Now put the finished stapled seat back on your chair and voila, you have a beautiful new piece of furniture.

Here are some Joel Dewberry Home Decor fabrics designs that will inspire you:














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