• Articles,  Quilting,  Reviews

    What Tools Do You Need to Start Quilting?

    Quilting is one of my all time favourite crafty activities.  I’m always trying to get my friends started on quilting (with a few successful recruits, hooray!). What do you need to get started quilting? You don’t really need much to get started. People have been quilting long before fancy sewing machines have existed.  You can cut patches out of fabric with a standard pair of scissors, and sew together by hand with a needle and thread.  So the bare-bones list would be: fabric, scissors, needle, thread, and batting. But I’ll be honest: I hate hand sewing, and cutting out fabric patches with scissors would drive me crazy because it is…

  • Reviews,  Sewing

    My (Growing) Sewing Machine Collection

    I might have a problem.  Every time I go to a thrift shop, I scour the aisles for vintage sewing machines and accessories.  I’ve definitely got the bug.  I justify it because I use each machine for different purposes.  My husband seems to support my nonsense luckily, and even helps me fix and maintain them.  It’s really fun to play around with vintage sewing machines and I appreciate their vintage style. My foray into vintage machines started when my modern machine started giving me a bit of trouble.  I decided to start hunting for a machine that had a larger throat area for quilting purposes. So far my collection contains five…