In this tricky and uncertain period we are using our time to concentrate on some sewing! It's a great way of staying calm, keeping your mind active and also a great opportunity to make a gift for someone special. Sew Magazine have lots of free instructions and patterns you can use, follow the link below. … Continue reading A quick make for someone special…
We hope you are enjoying our focus on the achievements of women stitchers. Today, join us for a dive into the history of banner-making about a hundred years ago, as it was used by the suffragettes in their fight to gain votes for women. The suffragettes had started to use calico banners with slogans printed … Continue reading Suffragette banners
I was working with a couple of students this week of Youngish Quilter age, so I ran a few ideas past them for this post. They liked the idea of a little mascot that would fit in a pocket. With exams on the horizon, a friendly face, a motivational word or two. Anyway - this … Continue reading Pocket Mascot
Happy Monday everyone! It's well being month here at Youngish Quilters and today's motto is 'be a pineapple!'. Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside. That means be confident, know your own self worth and be kind to yourself and others. If you fancy making your own pineapple visit the Sew … Continue reading Be a pineapple!
We hope you enjoyed our environmentally-aware themed January here at Youngish Quilters. I think we all agree that considering how our stitching impacts on the world around us is important. But how about the effect on each and every one of us as individuals? I know quilting helps me to relax - the act of … Continue reading Welcome to February – and a book giveaway!!
This is very, very random - but entirely brilliant!! Abby Glassenberg at While She Naps has a free pattern for a Christmas Pickle Ornament. She describes Christmas pickles as 'hilarious and adorable' and I think she's entirely right. There's not long to Christmas now, so no time for major sewing projects before the big day … Continue reading 2 days to Christmas: a festive pickle!
Making clove oranges is a cheap and low-waste way of bringing the ultimate Christmas scent into your house. All you need: some cloves an orange some ribbon (if you want to hang it up) If you are using a ribbon, this bit is by far the fiddliest. Start by wrapping the ribbon around your orange. … Continue reading 6 days to Christmas: clove orange
Today we're going to take a look at some examples of historic quilts made by quilters. First up is this lovely album quilt by Sarah Ann Wilson: (image by The Art Institute Chicago) This elegant quilt, featuring delicate floral and animal motifs, is notable for its depictions of black people in the central row. The … Continue reading Black History Month: Sarah Ann Wilson and Harriet Powers
This is just a quick little project when you just want to relax and sew. Nothing difficult to find, you can just do it! STUFF YOU NEED Background fabric (plain) Wadding or another fabric layer Backing Sewing machine and thread Pens Stamps and ink pad Embellishments Wool scrap HOW TO MAKE THIS Take … Continue reading BBC Get Creative DAY 7: Graffiti Doodles
Are you one of those people who can't draw to save their lives? Me too! But then I had a go and it turns out, it's not actually all that hard. Apparently the skill of sketching is not part of art degrees anymore, which seems a shame as it is so useful. It can be … Continue reading BBC Get Creative Day 4: Make a sketch!