Crime Scene Quilts

CRIME SCENE QUILTS

As a former assistant prosecuting attorney currently in private practice, Vickie Hylton often hears from child protective services workers who describe children being carried from crime scenes or abusive homes with only the clothes on their back.

“It’s bad enough you’re being taken away from your home without anything you own,” Hylton said. “Sometimes you don’t even get to take your shoes or coat.”

So, since the spring of 2015, Hylton and her mother, Judy Davis, have been working on making child-size quilts for officers with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department to wrap the children in, and hopefully provide some support when they come across them during traumatizing calls.

– See more at: http://www.wvgazettemail.com/life/20151211/quilts-to-bring-comfort-to-children-at-crime-scenes#sthash.siILXVCV.k4QzkmGZ.dpuf

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FLASH MOB – QUILTS OF VALOR

FLASH MOB FOR VETERANS – QUILTS OF VALOR

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APQS organized a flash mob at AQS QuiltWeek in Des Moines

to honor veterans for their service and raise awareness of Quilts of Valor (QOV).

If you’re a longarm quilter,

please consider volunteering your machine quilting skills to help finish quilts.

You can read more about this effort here: http://bit.ly/1Hyh49a

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WHO PAYS THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR FABRIC?

WHO PAYS THE HIGHEST PRICE FOR FABRIC?

Those

who love those

who love fabric

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Call for Instructors and Lecturers: QuiltCon 2017

Call for Instructors and Lecturers: QuiltCon 2017

The Modern Quilt Guild

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QuiltCon wouldn’t be what it is without the amazing instructors and presenters who share their wisdom in workshops and lectures. We’ve had some amazing speakers throughout the years, and now we’re opening the floor for applications for QuiltCon 2017 in Savannah, Georgia!

We’re looking for experienced instructors who can teach techniques of interest to modern quilters. Our workshop instructors are leaders in their fields for a specific technique, and they offer unique workshops that inform and inspire. QuiltCon instructors also teach techniques that are new to many modern quilters.

In general, we like a balance of technique-based and project-based workshops.

For more details on the application process, please read the application details and complete a submission. Please read through the whole page completely before emailing us with questions.

The deadline for submissions is December 31, 2016 at midnight CST, and applicants will be notified by March 31, 2016. Good luck!

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PERIODIC TABLE OF SEWING ELEMENTS

PERIODIC TALBE OF SEWING ELEMENTS

Isn’t this a creative spin on the elements?

The chart was created by Scientific Seamstress.

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THREADS 101 – Part 1

THREADS 

101- Part 1

GENERAL RULES

By Jenn Long

Rainbow of thread

Threads, threads, and more threads!  Why are there so many different kinds and types of thread?! Not all thread is created equal.  There are more factors into selecting thread then just matching the thread color.  Trying to sort out what is what can be overwhelming for anyone.  Picking the right thread can make or break your project as well as your sanity.

So let us start with the basics.   When it comes to thread there are a few rules to help guide you.  However, as with all rules, they seem to be made just to be then broken!   These rules are very general and there is always someone out there that does it differently.

Metallic Thread by Sulky

 MATCH YOUR THREAD TO YOUR FABRIC SHADE

 In an act of breaking the first rule…I actually go one to two shades darker.  It tends to blend in much more once it is sewn up.  Something to remember is that colors will vary between brands.  “Canary” color in one brand will not be the same in another brand or even a different dye lot of the same brand.  When buying thread, buy enough to complete your project.  Taking the chance of running out of thread and getting a different dye lot may ruin your project.  This is especially true with machine embroidery.  Not to mention that if you are like me and sew at 1:00 am while the kids are in bed is not convenient to run out of the thread at that time!

MATCH YOUR THREAD TO YOUR MATERIAL

Next is to match your thread with your material and use.  For example, silk thread for silk fabric and cotton for quilting cotton woven, etc. This is where it can get murky.   It is hard to know what your material consists of in this day of up-cycling.

If you are unsure, sticking with all-purpose polyester such as Mettler Metrosene Plus is probably your best bet.  Generally, garment sewers like to also use all-purpose polyester like Metrosene Plus.

DO NOT USE CHEAP OR OLD THREAD

This next rule I never break.  Don’t use cheap or old thread.   As cute as it is to have grandmothers wooden spool of thread on your machine, it will break repeatedly, leave a ton of lint inside your machine which leads to more repairs.  The money you save buying cheap thread will be sucked up in your purchase of Advil in order to be able to deal with all the thread dilemmas you have granted yourself.  This I have learned from experience!

THREAD STORAGE AND ORGANIZATION MATTERS

SULKY STREAMLINE THREAD AND STORAGE

I love the online images of highly organized sewing and craft rooms.  In reality, sewing rooms rarely look like that.  We try to but it just doesn’t happen!  It reminds me of when you see pictures of a beautiful newborn baby and there is mom…hair done, make-up flawless, no bags under the eyes, fully dressed and not in P.J.s. Yeah right! In real life, our sewing rooms are a mess and we invest just as much time trying to keep it organized (or at least entertaining the thought) then we do actually using the room.  It is very pretty to see an entire wall decorated with a rainbow of threads.  Pinterest is absolutely covered with awesome craft rooms like that.

DUST FREE THREAD AND FABRIC ARE A MUST

However pretty and convenient, sewing rooms are hard to keep clean and nothing will age your thread faster than dust!  Dust on threads will be carried into your tension disks of your machine and lead to repairs.  Although it is easy to see all your threads on the wall, keeping them in some kind of container dust free is best.  Sulky as well as other thread manufactures make boxes to keep the threads organized, labeled, and dust free such as Sulky Slimline box.

Stay tuned for Thread 101 (Part 2) by Jenn Long

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