20+ Unique Household Items To Use For Appliqué Templates

20+ Unique Household Items To Use To Make Quilt Appliqué Templates - createwithclaudia - #quilting

I am the first to admit that I don’t use a lot of appliqué in my quilting. However, every once in a while, I will design a piece that includes some in it. The problem I have with this is that I am kind of frugal, and I don’t like to spend money on appliqué templates that I will only use one time. Additionally, the ones available for sale are not always what I am looking for. So I improvise, and in doing so, I’ve come up with 20+ unique household items to use for appliqué templates.

I’m always surprised at the things I can find. From cleanser containers to magnets, I’ve never had a problem finding the perfect shape. Of course, if you are following a particular pattern, then you are going to want to use the templates that are provided with the pattern. However, if you are coming up with your own appliqué design, your first stop ought to be in your house.

Like store bought templates, these items are suitable for any type of appliqué you will be doing.

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Create Fabric Yardage Out Of Scraps

DIY tutorial on how to create fabric yardage out of scrap fabric pieces.  createwithclaudia.com

I’ve almost never met a fabric scrap I didn’t like, which means I rarely throw them out. You can imagine how many of them I have amassed after 30 years of quilting. I have this terrific system for organizing my scraps, but to be honest, I don’t always have the time for that. So a few years ago I decided to put some of them to good use, and make large pieces of fabric. That’s how I came up with this tutorial on how to create fabric yardage out of scraps.

Once you try this, I think you are going to be hooked. Essentially you are designing and making your own fabric. I like to make my pieces in one color, but you can make them any way you want to. All you need are your scraps and your imagination. Whenever I do this, I feel like I’m a kid with a box of crayons.

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Worthy Places to Donate Quilts Locally

11 Worthy Places to Donate Quilts Locally - createwithclaudia - #quilting

One thing I have found over the years is that quilters are incredibly generous people. If you think about it, we don’t just donate a quilt, we donate the time, the money, and the love that went into making it. We give our creations to charities and they generate warmth, literally and figuratively, around the world. There are many deserving groups around the world that accept quilt donations. However, you may prefer to keep your gifts closer to home. Here are 11 worthy places to donate quilts locally.

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Creative Prompts for Quilt Inspiration

120 + Creative Prompts for Quilt Inspiration - createwithclaudia.com - #quilting

As quilters, we all get to a point where we just cannot seem to come up with any new ideas. It has happened to me many times, and it is extremely frustrating. Now that I write about quilting and crafts online full-time, it is important that I always have fresh ideas. If I don’t have something in the pipeline, I don’t have anything to write about. Because of this, I have come up with more than one hundred and twenty creative prompts for quilt inspiration that can help you get rid of your creator’s block.

Before I get to the list, here are some ways to remember your awesome ideas. I can’t count how many times I have come up with an idea, and then gotten home, only to realize that I completely forgot it.

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Half Square Triangle Tutorial

16 Half Square Triangle Quilt Patterns and a Half Square Triangle Tutorial - createwithclaudia - #quilting #quiltblock

Some quilters may not consider a half square triangle an actual quilt block. After all, it plays a major part in many block patterns. However, I definitely consider it one, and I think it is one that stands quite well on its’ own. That’s why I came up with this half square triangle tutorial.

When laid out in an effective way, this simple two-color creation can produce stunning quilts. Just take a look at these nine of the sixteen half square triangle block layouts highlighted in this article.

16 Half Square Triangle Quilt Patterns and a Half Square Triangle Tutorial - createwithclaudia - #quilting #quiltblock
9 of the 16 layouts in this article. Half square triangle blocks are so versatile.
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