Sunday, July 10, 2011

Sand Dune

Who remembers Sandcastle fabric? 

It was fabulous for bags and stitcheries because it was a thick and had a  weave that looked like it was quilted.  Sadly the company that produced it went out of business several years ago.  The good news is that there is a nearly identical product called Sand Dune available now.  It is $30.00 per metre but is 47" or 1.2m wide. 

 I have been using it to make a bag over the last few days and I am at the lining and putting together stage.  I have appliqued on the side panels, the front and on the pocket which will go on the back.  It has been really nice to stitch on as it is very stable.
I am planning on sewing tomorrow to get it finished.

Till next time,

Happy stitching from Therese.

Friday, July 1, 2011


I finished my hand quilting sample and decided to make a cushion.  My favourite technique for cushions is to make the back in two pieces with buttonholes in the overlap and then to simply bind it like a quilt.  So I have taken some photos of the process.

Step1. Stitch with 1/4" seam

Step 2: When you get to the corner, stop 1/4" before the corner and stitch into the corner at a 45 degree angle
Step 3: Take your work out from the machine and fold the binding up at a right angle
then fold it straight down again

and continue stitching.

and then your binding  has a neat mitered corner to hand stitch down on the back.