Karen Foster learned how to sew in 4-H as a child. In the late 90’s she made quilts occasionally, taking classes and teaching herself new techniques, until 2009 when she discovered Flickr and the online quilting community. Karen quickly became an active participant in swaps, bees and blog-hops. In 2011, she became a founding member of The Modern Quilt Guild’s Santa Cruz chapter and joined the Pajaro Valley Quilt Association.
Collaborative projects and social sewing are among her favorite things to do. She loves to incorporate scrappy techniques into her quilts, enjoys melding traditional and modern design elements and embraces the evolution of her quilting journey.
Was going thru old, really old magazines the other day and found some tips that are still useful today. These are from old McCall's printed in the 1970's.
To make sure you have enough yar to finish a pair of socks, weigh the completed sock, then the remaining yarn. If you have more yarn by weight, you are good to go.
To remove kinks from frogged yarn (rip it, rip it, rip it) wind loosely around your ironing board. Hold the steam iron just above the yarn for a few seconds. Leave it for a minute or two to allow it to cool, then rotate yarn to next section and repeat until all the kinks are out. Wind back into a ball and it is ready to use.
Remember "magic slate", a piece of plastic over a special grey surface that darkened under pressure? You could use it to keep track of rows and progress in the pattern if you could pry it out of your child's hands.
If you work both sides of the front of a sweater at the same time when you make the buttonhole you... Continued...
Got our first 104 inch wide backing fabric in a pretty black print and only $15.99 per yard. Works for any size up to a small king. If you were to use 45" wide fabric you need 9 yards for the back of a comforter sized king with a 12" drop on sides and bottom which would cost $108. Plus you would have to sew seams. This fabric is the back, no sewing, and you only need 2 1/2 yards at a cost of $40! HUGE SAVINGS!
The first I heard of quilts was in the 1970's at the time of the bicentenial when the Smithsonian had a retrospective quilt show. Suddenly quilts were big news. At that time, most everyone put muslin on the back. After all it was against the bed. Since it was rarely seen you could scrimp, put a very inexpensive fabric on the back and save your coins for the good stuff you wanted to put on the "right" side of the quilt. Very often, it matched the muslin in the background on the front.... Continue Reading