Monday, February 23, 2009

Jazzy Fabric

I'm new to this whole realm of quilting, but I've learned quite a lot in a short period of time. Here's a fabric buying tip if you live in the south Indy area... I found a great fabric and yarn shop this weekend that I never knew was in Franklin. If you're looking for the best and brightest fabrics with a modern twist, visit "Clementine's Dry Goods" on Water Street in historic downtown Franklin, Indiana.

The owner is very friendly and passionate about color. I felt immediately more comfortable than when I visited another quilt shop in the area. As a first-time quilter, I didn't want to be intimidated by women who "know-it-all", if you catch my drift. I had a great experience at Clementine's, so I definitely recommend the trip whether you're a sewing pro or novice!
I heard a tip for pre-washing your fabrics, that if you snip a small diagonal across the corners, it keeps them from fraying terribly in the wash.
Here are some pictures of vintage quilt tops that my mom gave me. I'd really like to finish them up someday. The pinwheel is my favorite. I flipped it over to take a picture and realized the whole thing has been hand-stitched...WOW. I feel like I should hand quilt it that means it should be done when I'm about 40. :)

My final Monday thought is on free-motion quilting. I would love to learn to stipple quilts, using my good 'ol Janome 405 sewing machine. I've done a little research, and found that I need a darning foot accessory for my machine but haven't seen it in action. If you're reading and have some advice on the matter, I'd love to hear your comments.

Happy Monday!

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