Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thursday Tips and Tricks

Today I decided to give out two tips.  The first one is actually a finish used on clothing but I thought it would also make a great border embellishment on a quilt.

The "shark teeth finish" is typically a clothing design but can you just imagine this look all around a quilt border?  I think this would look beautiful on an heirloom quilt in a shabby chic design.  I hope you give this technique a try, I think I certainly will use it sometime soon.

The second tip is how to create a variety of looks using a simple striped fabric block.  It's all in how you cut it out and reposition it.

Using striped fabric you can create some beautiful block designs with a lot less sewing.

Create this beautiful Seminole Patchwork design by simply offsetting the stripes.  You will find a variety of design combinations to use in this tutorial. 

Let your imagination run wild and see if you can incorporate the "sharks teeth" into your sewing or quilting or create a beautiful quilt with striped fabrics.  I hope that somewhere along your travels down " life in the craft lane" you are able to use these ideas.  Drop in and share your thoughts or if you have been looking for a tutorial on a particular technique just let me know and I will help you search the internet.  It could be something others have been looking for also.


thebutterflyquilter said...

Love the vintage thread tutorial! I bet it would look great on a shabby quilt!
Thanks for the tips!

Jan Baker said...

I just couldn't do it. It seems like cheating. Silly I know.

DownHome Designs said...

Ann, I really love the easy piecing method with the stripe fabric. Great idea. Thanks for sharing!