Napkins to Wipe Your Mouth With

We like to use mostly cloth napkins around our house. Not because we’re posh (Duchess Meghan hasn’t returned my call), but because we like the reduce and reuse economical and ecological factors.

You could probably have a set of these ready for your dinner party tonight.

Here’s how…

  1. Cut some fabric into squares. I used my 12-1/2″ square ruler. Go bigger if you want! 15-20″ square would be nice, too!
  2. For pressing your seam allowances, mark a 3/8″ line on one side and a 1/2″ line on the other side of a piece of cardstock (or a file folder–just something thin, non-flammable, and non-melty). If you don’t need this to fold and press your seams, by all means skip it. I won’t tell.
  3. Now, on two opposing sides of each napkin, press once up to the 3/8″ mark, then fold over and press up to the 1/2″ mark. The raw edge should be inside the fold. Don’t do all four sides yet. Only do these two opposing sides.
  4. Topstitch these two sides of each napkin. Get close to the lip of the fold with your stitches (you don’t want a sloppy, flappy flange sort of thing happening). Don’t worry about backstitching at the end or beginning.
  5. Once those two sides are sewn down, repeat the folding and pressing (3/8″ then 1/2″) on the other two sides of each napkin. DO backstitch at the beginning and end of these.

If you pre-washed your fabric, you can use these straight away! If you didn’t, be sure to wash them before you use them to get the chemicals out.

I guess I need to get on and make the ones for my Mom that I promised her about two years ago….

And, yes, I know I ended that title with a preposition. Sometimes rules need to be broken. ūüėČ

xoxo
~Tara

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Confessions of a Quilter – #1

Confession Number One

The quilt on our bed came from Overstock(dot)com. Why? Because (a) I bought it before I became a quilter, (b) I haven’t had the time/energy/compulsion to make a king-sized quilt for our bed yet, and (c) What? I’m supposed to sleep under just a sheet?

I will someday make a king-sized quilt for our bed, but that day is not today. It isn’t tomorrow, either. I’m busy with other projects. This isn’t super high on my priority list.

Plus, this one is pretty cozy, if a little bland to look at.

Bed Quilt Confession
Let’s keep this between us, ok?

Now, I’m off to work on a quilt.

In Other News

  • I’m joining in the Border Quilt Quilt Along hosted by Jen Shaffer of Patterns by Jen. You can get your copy of her Border Quilt pattern and join in!
  • The Liberty Quilt is nearly finished. It’s been a massive labor of love, lessons, and finding freedom. I look forward to sharing more about it with you.

Upcoming Events

  • I’m speaking at the 7:00 pm Cherokee Rose Quilters Guild meeting at Sutton Hall in Douglasville, Georgia on Thursday, November 15th. I’d love to see you there! The theme of my trunk show and talk is Quilting with the Fire of My Foremothers. Doors open at 6:30.
  • Catch me hanging out in the Just Wanna Quilt booth at Quilt Festival Houston in November! If you’re attending Festival, tap me on the shoulder and say hello!

xoxo,
~ Tara

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I Just Wanna Quilt

I’ve been interviewed! What? That’s crazy talk.

I had such a great time chatting with Elizabeth Townsend Gard of Just Wanna Quilt recently, and the podcast episode is live today! You can listen directly at justwannaquilt.com, or head over to your favorite podcast platform (iTunes, Stitcher, Spreaker). You’ll want to make this channel one of your favorites… she interviews some big names and interesting quilty people.

I’ll be chatting with her again in another week or so, because we ran out of time and had loads to talk about!

Come join the Just Wanna Quilt Quilting Army on Facebook!

Are you headed to QuiltCon in Nashville next February? Catch one of Elizabeth’s lectures and check out her workshop!

Friday, Feb 22 @ 10:15 am ‚Äď All About Trademarks (LEC09)

Friday, Feb 22 @ 2:30 pm ‚Äď Quilting & IP: It‚Äôs Not What You Think (LEC12)

Saturday, Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm ‚Äď 9:00 pm ‚Äď Making a Copyright Quilt (MSC012)

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I’ve been visiting a few quilty things across the pond in England while visiting friends the last couple of weeks, and can’t wait to tell you all about it and show you some photos! Stay tuned for some blog posts on that soon.

To catch me on the go, follow me over on Instagram or Quilt District on the book face. Most of my goings on are there.

xoxo,
~ Tara

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2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop

If you already follow me here on the blog, you’re probably thinking I fell asleep while binding and was smothered by a quilt. I mean, it has been over a month since I’ve posted. And we know how dangerous quilting can be. Gangsta dangerous.

Most of what I post is still over on Instagram, but here I am this week with a virtual army of quilt bloggers for the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop hosted by Jen @¬†Dizzy Quilter,¬†Beth @¬†Cooking Up Quilts, Sandra @¬†mmm!quilts,¬†and Tish @¬†Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland.

These organized blog wonder women sorted¬†us blog newbies into hives, and (don’t be jealous, y’all) the one I’m in (led by¬†Jen) has the coolest name: Quilt, Blog, Repeat. Nailed it. Our own lovely Becca @ Pretty Piney¬†made our killer graphic.

The Quilt, Blog, Repeat Weeks 1 and 2 were a big hit with Jan @ Cocoa Quilts, Michelle @ Creative Blonde, Nicole @ Handwrought Quilts, and Becca @ Pretty Piney

Roseanne @¬†Home Sewn by Us¬†and I are heading up Week 3 for this hive, but you’ll also want to check out the other hives in the lineup (and next week, be sure to visit Karen @¬†The Quilt Rambler and¬†Sarah @¬†9658 Textiles).¬†There is a TON of quiltiness happenin’ on this hop! Don’t forget to enter the star-studded giveaway on the hosts’ blogs!! Woot! Free swag!

A bit about Tara at The Quilt District…

I learned how to quilt in early 2014 on YouTube. My husband and I began to call it my Quilt Porn. I watched everything I could get my hands on. I’d watch even the clips or full shows that I thought, on first glance, I might not like or need‚ÄĒmaybe I’d already seen a pineapple block made or this clip was from the 80s and it might be tired. I still watched. Thank God I did! I learned something each time that made me a better quilter.¬†Every. Single. Time.

You can see a few examples of my work here on my Gallery page.

Fast forward 4 years and I’m designing quilt patterns and diving deep into the history of quilts. I still have my day job, but someday… someday I’ll be full time at this quilty thing. I promise. Until that day, I’ll just be hella tired.

You can find the link to my first pattern, Churned Up, over on my Patterns tab. My next pattern, Prescott Road, is in the works with a release targeted for this summer. Snippets of Prescott Road¬†are on my Instagram feed. Two other patterns are brewing for release soon after that. If you’d like to stay plugged into what’s happening at The Quilt District, pop to the right-side of this page and enter your email address. I’ll never spam you; you’ll just get notified when I post.

I hope I’ll see you around here (or on Instagram) sometimes. In the meantime… I have a question for you. Would you answer it in the comments below before popping out to visit the other bloggers and enter the giveaway?

How did YOU start on your quilting journey?

All My Quilty Love,
~ Tara

 

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