12 Days of Christmas Sale


It's our big 12 days of Christmas Sale. To celebrate my favorite holiday we are going to have 12 days of savings. Check back with us each day to see what Spectacular deal we have going for the next 12 days.

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Today's spectacular Deal - 25% off all full priced Charm Packs and 5" Squares. Time to stock up on what ever you have been eying. No coupon needed, discount given at check out. Good until midnight e.s.t.


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How to Create the Perfect Binding


What You'll Need:

-Half yard of fabric- We did a lap size quilt
-Ruler with 45 degree lines
-Rotary cutter
  1. Cut your half yard piece of fabric in half and stack the fabric back on top of each other 
  2. Get a ruler with 45 degree lines on it



3.  Cut at a 45 degree angle using a rotary cutter

4.  Cut the entire half yard piece of fabric in 2.5 inch strips on the 45 degree line

5. There will be a total of 16 strips

6.  Make sure all the strips have ends with a 45 degree angle
7. Cut the selvage edges off the ends
8. Connect all the strips and sew them together using a 1/4" seam allowance

9.  Iron the seams down flat.
 10.  Fold the strips in half horizontally and iron down.


11.  On the backside of your quilt, begin clipping down the binding with the open end of the fold on top and leaving a tail of 8 inches.  (Side note: These clips are amazing and so easy to use.  You can buy them on our website at: http://www.southernfabric.com/Wonder-Clips--Clover--10-CT_p_3853.html)

12.  Sew all the way down until you are a 1/2 inch from the corner and stop sewing.  Take the quilt off the machine.

13. Fold the binding strip straight up like this:

14. And fold the binding back down:


15.  Now you're ready to sew the binding on the next side of the quilt by starting at the top and sewing all the way down.  Continue sewing all sides of the quilt and sewing each corner the same as above until you get back to the side that you started on.

16. When you get back to the side that you started on, don't sew the two tail ends together.  Leave about a 6 inch gap between the ends.

17.  Unfold one of the strips and place the other strip inside that fold.

18.  Make a small mark with a pen 1/4" in on the bottom strip and cut on that mark at a 45 degree angle. 

19.  Sew the strips together like you did in step 8.
20. Iron the seam down. 

21.  Clip the binding to the quilt and continue sewing

22.  Fold the binding over the quilt top and clip it down.  Start sewing.

23.  When you get to the corner, it will begin to fold on its own.  
24.  Fold the side of the quilt that you aren't sewing over and pin the corner to form a mitered corner.

25.  Sew to the corner and then continue sewing on the other side of your quilt.  Sew all sides of your quilt repeating steps 23 and 24 when you get to the corners.  Here's what the sewed corner should look like:


26.  You're done sewing the quilt! You did it!!  Here's what the finished product should look like:  









Interviews with Designers Featuring: Boat House by Sweetwater!


The Boat House recently arrived and I haven't been this excited for a new collection in a long time.  The Boat House is a combination of all of my favorite colors and the ever so popular nautical themed designs.  I'm obsessed, to say the least.  With that being said, I'm sure you could imagine my excitement when I had the opportunity to interview the amazing designer behind this gorgeous collection.  Sweetwater is a family run design company and they combine there creative minds to make beautiful collections.  Take a look at our interview to find out their background story and their inspiration behind their creations.  


Q:  What got you interested in becoming a designer?

A:  It seems like we have always been designing.  My mom started a business called Farmyard Creations back in the 80’s.   Through Farmyard Creations, she designed many sewing patterns both quilts and soft sculpture items.  She began designing fabric for Cloth works a short time later.  It is then that my sister and I got the idea to take her fabric designs and turn them into scrapbook paper.  We changed the name of our company to Sweetwater and we focused primarily on scrapbook products. After a few years, my mom missed being in the quilting industry and decided to attend a Quilt Festival in Houston.  That is where we met Moda and began designing fabric for them and designing quilt patterns of our own once again.





Q: How many collections have you designed?

A: We started designing fabric for Moda in 2008 and Boat House is our 14th line.  We have 3 more new lines after Boat House that will be coming out in 2015.





Q:  What would you consider your style to be with the fabrics you have created?  

A:  We always try to have a clean and simple feel when designing fabric.  We tend to stay away from busy prints and focus on keeping it fresh.



Q:  Is there an overarching theme with your different collections?  

A:  I would say text prints.  We love text and always try to incorporate text into our lines of fabric.   Each line of fabric has a text print that seems to be the focus print of the line. 



Q: How do you find inspiration for your next collection?

A: We always come up with a theme for our next fabric line.  Sometimes the theme comes easy, sometimes it is challenging.  The theme can come to us while shopping, looking online, or even oddly enough taking a shower in the evening.


Q:  What was your inspiration for Boat House? 

A:  Sweetwater loves red, white, and blue and one of my favorite holidays happens to be the 4th of July.  We wanted to have a fabric collection that exemplified our love of those colors and our great nation but could also be used by our foreign customers.  We think Boat House satisfied those needs and happens to be one of our most favorite collections.


Q:   What is the most rewarding part of being a designer? 

A:  Actually seeing something that you designed on a store shelf.  It is also fun and rewarding to see projects that our customers have made using our designs.

Want to know more about Sweetwater?  Go HERE to learn more about them.

Let's keep the Sales Coming!


Did we all survive Black Friday and Cyber Monday {week} madness?  Still looking for some more great deals? Well look no further, we have some new markdowns you won't wanna miss.

Now you can enjoy the ever so lovely Autumn Woods by Kate and Birdie for Moda for 30% off.


Double the fun at 20 % off with Avant Garden by Momo for Moda


and

Indigo for Moda


And no, you aren't seeing things, we have triple the fun at 10 % off

Girl Crazy by Designs by Dani for Riley Blake



Best. Day. Ever! by April Rosenthal for Moda


and last, but not least, the beautiful

Flirt by Dear Stella


Want to see more of our fabulous sales?  Head on over to southernfabric.com today and check out hundreds of items we have marked down daily!


How to EASILY Quilt a Quilt




We are excited to share with you the quick and easy way to quilt a quilt at your home. You can finally make that baby quilt you have always wanted to make becuase now you get to learn that part of the quilt that is always to intimidating.  No more.  Today we are going to show you how to add the batting to your quilt and how to quilt the three layers together.  Once again, this is a perfect quilt for beginners because it's so simple yet so cute!  Let's begin.


1)  Cut your backing so that it is 3" bigger than your quilt.  Our quilt that we made was 39" by 39" so our backing that we cut was 42" x 42".



2) Iron the backing

3) Find an open space on the floor or a big table and lay your backing out completely flat right side down (patterns facing down).

4) Cut the batting the same size as the backing (42" x 42")


5) Carefully lay the batting on top of the backing and make sure all the creases are out.


6) Lay the quilt top right side up on top of the batting and make sure it's completely flat with no wrinkles or creases.


7) Start pinning!  Pin every other square, skip a row and pin every other square in the next row.



Tip: Make sure you get all 3 layers (backing, batting, quilt top) in your pinning.

8) Quilt all three layers together by sewing straight lines along the diagonal seams.  This technique is called "stitch in the ditch" because you are sewing right in the crease.  Start by sewing as close to the middle of the quilt as you can to avoid bunching.


Tip:  When you are quilting, always work from the middle out.

9)  When you have finished sewing the rows for the first half of the quilt, begin sewing the other half of the quilt by starting from the middle and sewing outward in the opposite direction.

10) You're finished! Now give yourself a little pat on the back and stare at your beautiful quilt.  It was really that simple.  You can finally conquer that step everyone seems to be missing.  I know it is fun making the quilt top but it is always even more fun to actually complete the project and have a finished quilt rather than a finished top!