Pattern Release Day: Light Mage

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Tuesday was pattern release day for Quiltoni! We would like to introduce you to Light Mage.

Heal and Protect your comrades using White Magic with the Light Mage.

Basic Skills Necessary:
Use a Sewing Machine
Use a Fabric Cutter or Rotary Cutter and Straight Edge
1/4″ seam

Learn how to sew strips, nest seams, and piece efficiently to save time.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:
40″ by 50″

Materials:
1/4 Yard Tan
1/4 Yard Brown
3/4 Yard Black
1 1/4 Yard Light Blue
1/2 Yard Red
3/4 Yard White

You Will Also Need:
Sewing Machine & Preferred Thread
Rotary Cutter & Straight Edge
Pins
Scissors
Iron & Ironing Board

You do not need knowledge of making quilts, you just need to know how to use a sewing machine! So take a look at Light Mage and may your heals be beneficial to your party.


Pharerings by Pharewings

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Being a part of the Twitch world I get to meet some pretty amazing artists.  I had the pleasure of meeting Pharewings a few months ago and watched her create some pretty cool pieces of jewelry on her Twitch stream.  Take a look at these amazing pieces.

Three stands of stainless steel captured Swarovskis make up this lovely bracelet. Each crystal individually captured with no strings.
Hand wrapped hematite beads and drops grace the elegant line of this stainless steel chainmaille necklace. The necklace base its self is accented with a simple gradated effect. This necklace is 20 inches long with a small tail with a bead on it for an extra pop.
This is a made to order necklace made out of stainless steel. It is made out of a Japaneses weave to simulate lace and closes with a slide lock clasp. This necklace comes out to 18 inches long. It takes between two weeks to four weeks to make. The color of the swarovski drop can be changed upon request.
Made out of stainless steel this elegant headdress is accented with over 50 Swarovski crystals. Fome the crown top to the last crystals it is around 18 inches long. This was made live on Twich.tv/pharewings.
Speaking of Twitch, Pharewings is having a stream to benefit St Jude hospital tomorrow!
You check out Pharewings Etsy shop here and watch her live on Twitch while she raises money for St Jude here!

Schmetz Needle Fact

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It is the beginning of the month so it is time for another Schmetz needle fact!

The Eye of the Needle

How important is that little piece of steel making your machine stitches?
German engineering designs, calculates, tests and inspects the SCHMETZ needle.
Take for instance the eye . . . did you know that needles have different eye shapes?


The most popular needle, Universal, has an eye that is 40% the width of the blade.
There are three other needles with larger eyes: Embroidery,
and the elongated eye of the Metallic and Topstitch needles


What Does a Larger Eye Mean?

There is less friction on the thread as it passes through the eye. Does your thread
break or tend to shred when sewing? The solution is to use a needle with a larger eye.
Use a needle with a large eye when using old or poor quality thread. The thread and
needle work hard and fast. Give them a helping hand by using a larger eye. 


Twitch!

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I am making some big changes to help my stream to benefit you and I need your help!

I am making the push to be a partner on Twitch.  This will allow me to do more for my viewers and encourage more people to quilt and sew.  I have met all of the requirements for Partner except I need an average of 75 people watching my stream over a 30 day period.

What are these changes?  More Giveaways!! Starting today I will be holding giveaways for every:

  • 5 new followers
  • 5 new subscribers
  • 30 people watching the stream (and then 40, 50, 60, and so on!)

What can you win if these things happen?  The winner has their choice of the following

  • A Quiltoni quilt pattern of your choice
  • A bag of scraps
  • A custom made dice bag!

So how can you help?

I am also looking for a community manager.  At this point it is not a paid position, but they will receive hand made goodies from me, invites to conventions, and if I make partner it will turn into a paid position!  What does the job entail?

  • Working on my social media to promote  my Twitch channel and keep in touch with other streamers.
  • Help monitor my streams to update goals for giveaways or make sure another moderator is present to do this.

If you or someone you know is interested, send them my way!


Small Business Saturday

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Happy Small Business Saturday!

I want to share with you some of the handmade small companies I have come across and the sales they are having.  Please take a look and always support small business!!

First off, I am having a sale on patterns, quilt kits, and custom made pillows!  No coupon code is necessary, just head to my Etsy shop where you will automatically save 10% off until Monday.

Next, my good friend Rumble & Roar Wandmakers is offering two specials at their Etsy store.  HOGWARTSHOLIDAY gets you 20% off through Sunday and OWLPOST gets you free shipping Monday.

Kitsune Cuddles is offering 20-30% OFF EVERYTHING IN STORE from today until Monday.

Death Duck is offering Sale is 10%-20% off all in stock merch! Including pins, charms, wallets, cloaks, costumes.

And Dorkish Art is offering 15% off any purchase of $20 or more with the code: HOLIDAYS15.

Happy Shopping!


Crochet Slippers

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I think the weather getting colder has me thinking of yarn.  I don’t crochet or knit but I can’t help looking at all of these amazing patterns.  After looking at all of the Amigurumi patterns yesterday I discovered another crochet trend that I didn’t know existed, Crochet Slippers!

It started with this Etsy listing for Monster Crochet slippers.

Then I started down the rabbit hole.  First I found a ton of free patterns at All Free Crochet including this one.

Then I found these amazing Dragon Scale slippers.

But the winner of the day must be these amazing Hulk slippers on Ravelry.

Now to find someone to make me the amigurumi from yesterday and some of these super cool slippers.

-Toni

 


Amigurumi Patterns

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I have been exposed to a lot of Amigurumi over the past few years courtesy of Nicole at Craftigurumi.  So when I discovered Amigurumipatterns.net I was blown away at some of the amazing designs and wanted to share a few patterns that you can buy and make yourself.

As an animal lover I couldn’t help but love these amazing dogs and cats.

 

I even found some really cool gaming patterns.

 

But my absolute favorites have to be the Moana ones.

 

They are super cool and I may have to buy a few patterns and convince a certain crocheter I know to make them for me.

-Toni


DIY Dog Bed Tutorial

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As a quilter I don’t use a lot of home decor fabric.  I was just introduced to Crypton Home Decor fabric that is odor resistant and spills bead and wipe up easily.  Why is this important?  Fabric.com gave us a great pet bed tutorial that you can make with any fabric, but the Crypton is recommended because of the amazing versatility and the cute dog themed patterns.

Supplies Needed

The instructions they give are great and can be easily found on their website.  But in addition to great instructions they also supplied us with a great video!

If you make one, share it with us!  We would love to see it.

-Toni

 


Meet the Hackers: Playfair

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Tomorrow starts PlayFair in New York City and Toni will be there will her quilts, patterns, pillows, and Dice Bags.  She can be found at booth 355.

 

So what is Play Fair?

Play Fair is a celebration of play and entertainment for all ages. It’s an immersive, experience-rich event for children, parents, families, and teenage and adult fans. With hands-on exhibits, awe-inspiring displays, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never-before-seen exclusives, attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games — and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow!

Last year sold out so if you want to experience it for yourself you better grab your tickets now.  If you can’t join us in New York Toni will be live streaming her experience on Twitch!  So make sure you follow her.

We are super excited to be a part of this immersive experience and can’t wait to see you in New York!


How to Cut on the Bias

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If you pick up a piece of fabric, you can stretch it in three ways, vertically, horizontally, and diagonally.  This diagonal stretch is the stretchiest and is the bias of the quilt.  You may need a cut of bias for hems, bindings, or may have a pattern that calls for this special stretch.  But cutting the bias may be something new to you.

The Dutch Label Shop is where I get my special labels for the backs of my quilts.  I love the quality of the labels and the way they look on my quilts.  In addition to making a great product, they periodically blog about important things sewers should know.  One of the blogs they ran was how to cut on the bias.

Reposted from The Dutch Label Shop:

First, you have to understand two other fabric terms: selvage and grain.

WHAT IS SELVAGE

Selvage is the name given to the self-finished edges of a piece of fabric. It keeps the fabric from unravelling and fraying. Often it serves the further purpose of providing information about the producer and designer, information that is printed directly onto the unpatterned area.

When a fabric store associate pulls down a bolt, rolls it out on their cutting table, and cuts you a portion of it, they will always cut perpendicular to the selvage. Each piece of fabric will therefore have two self-finished edges, top and bottom.

WHAT IS GRAIN

Just like wood or meat, fabric has a grain. In reference to fabric, the term “grain” indicates the way the fabric is knit or woven together. Take a close look at any piece of fabric. You will notice threads running parallel and perpendicular to the selvage. This is the grain of the fabric. Take your hands and place them on a perpendicular line and try pulling the fabric. There will be no give. Do the same on a parallel line. Again, the fabric will not stretch. Cutting along a parallel or perpendicular line is cutting “with the grain.”

WHAT IS BIAS

Now, back to bias. Take your hands and place them on the opposite selvage, diagonally across from each other, and pull. The fabric stretches! This is because you are pulling along the bias, against the grain. When a pattern calls for a bias cut, it is to take advantage of this stretchy quality. Bias is the thread line which cuts the grain at a 45 degree angle.

 

BIAS SEWING BASICS: HOW TO CUT ON THE BIAS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO CUT ON THE BIAS

To easily measure this 45 degree angle, take the top corner of your fabric and fold it down to the bottom edge of the fabric, creating a diagonal fold. Cut along the fold, and voila! You’ve cut on the bias.

If you would like to see more posts by Dutch Label shop or check out their cool labels, you can find them here.