Everyday Household Items For Quilting

50 Everyday Household Items for Quilting

There are plenty of reasons people want to use everyday household items for quilting.

Let’s be honest, quilting can be pricey. When you are first starting out you may not want to buy all of those fancy notions until you are convinced that quilting is the hobby for you. Even if you are not a beginner, you might be looking for budget-friendly alternatives for some supplies.

Not only that, but quilters sometimes need something quickly, and just don’t feel like running out to the store.

Whichever category you fall in, here are 50 everyday household items for quilting.

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Unboxing Charm Squares

Unboxing Charm Squares - Create with Claudia

Can you guess what I got in the mail a couple of months ago? Well, if you check out this video of me unboxing charm squares you will see.

The Backstory

A couple of months ago I subscribed to a quilt magazine. Along with the fact that the magazine looked gorgeous, the allure was that a special offer of fabric was included. That clinched it and I subscribed. After a brief wait, I got a package containing all of the goodies. How exciting!

The Fabrics

Charm squares unboxed

The charm pack I got was from Hoffman fabrics, and wow, are they awesome. I just need to figure what I want to do with them.

The pack was made up of fabrics from three different collections, Paint Impressions, Dragonfly Dream, and LUXE.

As you can see in the video, while I can’t pick a favorite, some of the charms that really popped for me were the Pink Silver and Magenta Gold from the LUXE collection. In addition to those two, the Crocus, Caterpillar, Cobalt and Zinnia from the Paint Impressions collection were other standouts.

One of the things I really liked about the LUXE charms was that there were so many color options, and all of them had little touches of bling in silver or gold. I can see them being wonderful companion fabrics to all sorts of projects.

The Unboxing Charm Squares Video

This was my first unboxing video, so I’ll admit I was a bit nervous to do it. I’ve seen a number of them on YouTube and they looked like fun to make, so I thought this would be the ideal one to start with.

I felt like a kid in a candy store when I opened up the package. Not only was the magazine lovely, the fabric was a hit.

I’m glad I made the video of unboxing Hoffman charm squares, even though there are some glitches in it and I had to do a fair amount of editing. As a result, I’ve been inspired to do some more like it, so stay tuned!

Create with Claudia Mystery Quilt Along 2020

Create with Claudia Mystery Quilt Along 2020

It’s hard for me to believe that January 2020 will mark the one year anniversary of the Create with Claudia website. To celebrate, I am excited to announce that I will be hosting my first ever mystery quilt along. The plan is that it will be a monthly event that should start at the beginning of the year.

Since it’s my first time doing something like this, I will be keeping it simple and on the traditional side. The blocks will be suitable for beginners, but also fun for people with any skill level. It will also be a scrap-friendly pattern, which is my favorite kind of look.

Written and video instructions will be provided. For many of the months you will need to sew multiples of the block. But don’t worry, the block for those months will be easy, and should come together quickly.

In the next few months I will be rolling out the details, along with a few clues to help you out. After that, we should be ready to get started.

This mystery quilt along is purely for fun and entertainment purposes. There will not be any prizes or giveaways.

I can’t wait to see what people come up with!

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I hope you’ll join me for this fun event. I’m excited to get started!

Scrap Busting Quilt Block Tutorial

The Ultimate Scrap Busting Quilt Block #quiltblock #quilting

If you are a quilter, and you have lots of scraps, then you ought to give this ultimate scrap busting quilt block a try. It’s easy, fast to sew together, and a gorgeous way to make your fabric bin a little bit lighter.

If you follow my blog, you know that I’ve never met a scrap I didn’t like, and after 30 plus years of quilting, I have collected a bunch of them. This block was a great way to show them off, and they made a nice looking quilt.

About 12 years ago I made a king size quilt using it, and it is almost always on display in our guest bedroom. When I made it, I gave myself the following challenges.

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Tips For Quilting With Batik Fabric

10 Tips for Quilting with Batik Fabric

Visit any quilt or fabric shop and you are bound to come across the batik section. For people who don’t know, batik is a process of dyeing fabric using a wax resist method. Batiks have been around for a long time. While there is evidence that batiks date back to Egyptian times, the island of Java in Indonesia is best known for it. Today, batiks are made by many fabric manufacturers and are popular in the quilting world. If you plan on using them, here are 10 tips for quilting with batik fabric.

Note that these are general tips that I have come up with after quilting for about 30 years. Every batik, and every user, is different.

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