Roundup: 10 Modern Quilts to Delight and Inspire!

created at: 02/02/2011

February is bedroom month here at Curbly and what could be more appropriate than a roundup of fabulous quilts?  If you’ve got a soft spot for textiles, prepare to be delighted!  

created at: 02/02/2011

Although I’ve never* quilted before in my life, I am absolutely obsessed with quilts.  My mother-in-law is a master quilter, whose talent I am fortunate enough to benefit from.  I’ve been inspired by her creations over the years, enough to decide that this year I’m going to learn how to quilt!  Continue Reading

Sew An Indigo Star Quilt

Quilting can conjure up images of fussy bedrooms in meemaw’s house. It can also evoke images of total fun and funkiness. Take for example this Indigo Star Quilt from Alabama Chanin. It has the traditional Star Quilt assembly, but the material (cotton JERSEY) and its a-typical construction give it a fresh feel–literally and figuratively. You can find the complete instructions on how to make it at Alabama Chanin. 


Free Motion Quilting: A Tutorial

created at: 2009-09-09

When most people think of quilts, they think of blocks that fashion log cabins or tulips or something with precise up and down running hand stitches. Free motion quilting is nothing like that. It’s an easy going, groovy, free-hand kind of stitch that suits contemporary quilting perfectly. And, because you do it on a sewing machine, it’s much less taxing!  Oh, Frannson describes the procedure with practical advice and beautiful pictures. Your sewing machine will have to have a ‘lower feed dogs’ feature and you’ll need a free-motion foot, but other than that, you’ll be good to go.  Continue Reading

Fabric Alteration…With Bleach

No, it’s not tie-dye. Nor is it a washing day mishap. It’s actually an experiment that turns printed fabric into a muted version of its former self. What Elizabeth did was mix 2 quarts of water with 2 cups of bleach. She then added pieces of fabric and let them soak for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. What’s very cool about the outcome is that the ‘befores’ coordinate with the ‘afters’ perfectly. To see more pictures of her experiment and its outcome, visit Oh, Fransson! Continue Reading

DIY: Build a Top Notch Sewing Kit

created on: 12/20/08

Nothing satisfies a seamster more than fresh new supplies. Whether it be sharp new shears or a handy cutting mat, sewers (not soo-ers) love their supplies.  Opt for ala carte when putting together a sewing notions kit. That way you can choose higher quality items and eliminate the unncessary ones. The best thing about this is that you can spend a little or alot and get credit for everything. Here’s a list….

that may help guide you when you enter a Joann Fabric superstore or order online:

  • Gingher Shears.
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Mod No-Sew Quilt Ornament

created on: 12/14/08

Tie a little extra LOVE onto the gifts you’re giving this year. If you have scrap fabric piled up, pull out some bright, happy prints and go to town. You can design and create one-of-a-kind, no sew, modern quilt ornaments in no time flat by following these quick and easy steps posted over on Whip Up….

created on: 12/14/08

Thanks to Jody for her easy tutorial.

The supplies you’ll need:


styrofoam balls

utility knife




pretty ribbon ties

floral hooks

Make a few of these for teacher gifts, mailman gift, tie onto hostess gifts, batch of fudge, plate of cookies, or any reason at all to share your creativity. Continue Reading

Fabric-Free Quilting–Or Making Patterned Fabric with Paint

In my ongoing effort to create patterns in fabric that combine the unlikely partnering of caramel and white, my attention turned to quilting. But not in the traditional sense. I saw this idea on All People Quilt and thought, of course! My inspiration was a decor fabric that I found at the store that had combined celery green, yellow ochre (which looks like a dark caramel) and robin’s egg blue in its pattern. Robin’s egg blue? Continue Reading