Friday, March 27, 2009

National Quilt Day

Every year in March the world celebrates the joy of quilting. In honor of National Quilt Day we wanted to share some fun crafts inspired by quilting.

Today we painted Majolica sushi plates with fun quilt patterns.

Majolica is a style of glazing where the colors are painted on top of a white base and no clear glaze is added over the top. After the colors were dry the "stitching" was added by scratching through the colors down to the white base. This technique is called scraffito.

Scrapbookers have also gotten in on the quilting fun, most notably Basic Grey who came out with a beautiful line of fabrics, the complete line for sale in the store.

Fabric designers have made the leap over to scrapbooking too. Michael Miller, Amy Butler and Heather Bailey have all debued their fabulous fabric designs as scrapbooking paper.

And if you really want to give your scrapbook pages the quilted feel, try adding some stitching to your pages. Machine quilting offers lots of different stitches, depending on your sewing machine. If you don't want to break out the sewing machine just do a little hand sewing. Click here for a simple tutorial on using embroidery floss to sew on your pages.

Don't forget today is the last day of our Quilting Sale. All fabric, books, notions and patterns are 20% off. And clearance fabric is 50% off. Happy crafting!

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