Quilting bees

The other day I watched Bee Movie, a smart, funny animated movie about a young bee, Barry, who questions life in the hive and seeks adventure and friendship among humans. He discovers a great conspiracy: the sale of honey stolen from bees, fields of hives pressed into slavery. When I heard this, I couldn’t help thinking of the Quilting for Peace campaign:

“Mr. Ditchwater, the way we work may be a mystery to you, because making honey takes a lot of bees doing a lot of small jobs. But let me tell you something about a small job. If you do it really well, it makes a big difference. More than we realized. To us, to everyone.”

Why bags should be beautiful

I am terrible at remembering to bring reusable shopping bags to the store with me. Having bags made of great, interesting fabric helps. That’s one purpose of design, right? When you appreciate how something looks, you remember to appreciate the object itself. When something is a pleasure to use, you’re more likely to use it. Here’s a bag I stitched up last night before bed, using Claire Morsman’s pattern (it’s in the book), two fat quarters, and a couple of scraps. I love it. And this morning it carried a couple of books I’d been meaning to bring to work for ages – I just needed an excuse to use the bag.

Quilts for veterans

People often ask me which of the causes in the book I feel most strongly about. It’s an impossible question to answer. Is global warming more urgent than homelessness? Theoretically, yes. Every day when I encounter actual homeless people, no. But the issues I feel most personally worked up about at the moment are the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the problems so many veterans and their families face when they come home. The number of veterans of the current wars who are unemployed equals the number of troops currently deployed. (The unemployment rate for vets is higher than the general population, and for returning servicewomen it’s even worse: 16%) A third of those returning face serious mental health problems like PTSD and depression. A third of homeless men are veterans, and the number of homeless vets from the current wars has increased dramatically recently. I’ve spent quite a bit of time with veterans and people working on veterans issues in the last year or so, both because of the book and because of a project I did for work. I’m also part of a group of advisors to a new social networking website for vets. I’ve heard numerous stories of young soldiers and marines reenlisting after multiple tours of duty because opportunities for work are so scarce and they feel like the only place they’ll be understood is in the military.

In the face of injury, PTSD, homelessness, joblessness, and despair, a quilt may seem like a small thing. But I’ve heard over and over again from quilters who make quilts for veterans and from veterans themselves, it’s a small thing that makes a real difference. So start a quilt top for Quilts of Valor tonight!

Join the Quilting for Peace campaign

Moda fabrics, my publisher STC Craft, and quilting guilds and fabric stores across the country are joining together in a national Quilting for Peace campaign to support charity quilting efforts and raise awareness about the long American tradition of quilting for social causes. To join in, just make one quilt – or one quilt block or a recycled shopping bag or a softie for a kid or a mini-quilt for a shelter dog – donate it, and convince your crafty friends to do the same. (If you’ve never quilted before this is a really great way to learn.) If you’re more ambitious, we’ve put together a Quilting for Peace kit to help you organize your own Quilting for Peace group, including info on how to get started, a customizable flyer, and a press release you can use to publicize your efforts and attract volunteers. And last but not least, enter to win one of 15 fabric packs from Moda by uploading a photo of your quilt here. I can’t wait to see all the pictures!

Buying Fabric Online

Buying Fabric Online

It is no secret that the arrival of the net has proved to be a boon to human beings. Now you can carry out a number of chores form your computer desk without leaving your home or office. Whether you want to socialize, learn or buy any item including plastic tablecloth clips, you could do all such stuff online. However, the web is filled with numerous duplicate and fake products. As a result, you have to be cautious while buying fabrics online. Following are few of the handy tips that will help you in purchasing clothes and fabrics online. See more on this websitequilting fabric

Do your homework properly

Before you decide to shop online, you need to do your homework properly to avoid any sort of problem at a later date. First of all, you need to figure out what type of fabric you want to buy. There are many types of fabrics such as polyester, cotton, wool and others. You have to ascertain the kind of fabric you wish to purchase for your specific purpose.

Next, determine the usage of the fabric this will greatly impact your buying decision and choices. For example, if you want to buy a tablecloth, you need to buy a durable cloth that will stand the testing of time. On the other hand, if you wish to own a fabric to cover curtains or for upholstery purposes, you will have to buy an appealing fabric that is long lasting as well as stylish.

Formulate a budget

Once you have done your homework, it’s time to plan your budget properly. A well planned budget is imperative to buy the best fabric. Without a planned budget, you could get ripped off financially in case you shop impulsively. A planned budget will keep you within your purchasing limit and avoid any impulsive spending. Moreover, your budget will assist you in selecting a high quality fabric at the most optimum price. So make sure you formulate your budget before actually shopping.

Shop wisely

Now that you know what to buy and the budget for your purchase, you need to explore a couple of reliable sites to make the right choice. You will discover numerous sites that sell fabrics online. As a result, you have immense choices to buy an ideal fabric. However, the existence of so many outlets also makes it difficult to select the right fabric. Therefore, it is advisable to surf reputable online shopping sites that are highly endorsed by shoppers.

Explore a few reputable sites that specialise in selling high quality fabrics online. Assess the various types of fabrics at these outlets with respect to size, colours and designs to make the best choice. After reviewing various types of fabrics at different outlets, choose the right fabric that is durable, adorable as well as affordable. quilting fabric

Closing words

Purchasing fabrics and clothes online is really a tedious and time consuming chore. You might get ripped off financially if you do not know how to shop online. However, you can avoid any such situation, and buy the best fabric including wipeable tablecloth by exercising diligence. Just follow the above mentioned tips and tricks in the light of your budget and requirements. Within no time, you will be able to choose the best fabric for your intended use on a budget.

Quilts for the wounded at Fort Hood

I am constantly amazed by the speed with which quilters respond after a tragedy. Less than two weeks after the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, 31 gorgeous quilts, one for each of the wounded, have been delivered to the chaplain. Cherri from Cherry House Quilts organized the effort, with the help of her son Luke, an Army Specialist based at Fort Hood. Cherri wrote on her blog, “Even among the tough military personnel, at the sight of all quilts; tears were shed. Luke had the honor of handing out the first quilt to one of the wounded in Darnell Hospital.” Home of the Brave Quilts, profiled in the book, is gathering quilts for the families of those who died. If you’d like to give a quilt, contact Sandi at homeofthebravequiltsnational at yahoo dot com.