Monday, January 30, 2012

Fabric Fundamentals - Episode 2 - Selvedge, or is that Selvage?

Hi everyone:

Wow, Monday is here again already and you know what that means? Time to release another video in the Fabric Fundamentals series. 

This week I'll be addressing that tricky Jekyll and Hyde of fabric, Mr. Selvedge - or is that Selvage?  

Grab your popcorn or favourite sweet treat, pull up a chair and let's learn all about him, er, it.

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions for future video episodes. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Fabric Fundamentals - Episode 1

Hi everyone:

I'm thrilled to introduce a new feature for Chatterbox Quilts - videos! Each week, I will be exploring a specific aspect of quilting and will be posting a video about that feature every Monday. I'll be starting with the basics and then moving on to other points. 

While I have many ideas, I'm always eager to hear what you'd like to see, so if there is something that you've always be wondering about and would like to see a video on that subject, please leave a comment below.

So, without further ado, let me present my first video in my Fabric Fundamentals series - fabric grain. In this video I will be looking at fabric grain and how it affects our quilting. I learned some things about fabric grain that I wasn't aware of before I did this video and hope that you will pick up some information as well. 

Please subscribe to my Youtube channel so you won't miss out on any future episodes.

Happy viewing!

Fabric Fundamentals - Episode 1 - Fabric Grain by Chatterbox Quilts

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Chatterbox Quilts' New Project

Hi everyone:

I am so excited to tell you about a new project that I've been working on - videos! My husband has been working very hard at helping me with some quilt videos and you'll soon be seeing these on my Youtube channel. Did you know that I had a Youtube channel? Well, I do and you'll be able to see all of my videos there. 

While we don't have a video studio, Gary's been able to transform our basement into one with the help of a few panels, props and the right lighting. It's surprising how much more there is than just make up and dialogue to produce a video! To start, you have to have a photogenic and talented host, but since we couldn't afford one, I'm it:) Then, once the filming is finished, there is the editing and post-production work, which is Gary's job. My work, being the talent, is done while his is just starting and this can take much longer than the actual filming. 

Here's a sneak peek at what we've been doing. While these aren't quite ready for primetime yet, I hope to be releasing these on a weekly basis soon. Subscribe to my Youtube channel to be notified when these are released. 

 I'm always looking for new video ideas, so I hope you'll leave a comment below with your suggestions.

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Year, New Projects

Hi everyone:

Happy New Year! 

Yes, I know that January 1 was a few weeks ago, but, as is often the case, I'm a bit behind. I've found myself under-motivated and distracted lately due to some family issues. Everything is great now, but I'm finding it hard to "get back on the horse", so to speak (actually, getting back on the horse would be easy as I love horseback riding). It's much easier to work on patterns and do blog posts when you do it consistently. If you're away from it for awhile, I find that it takes a bit to get back to work, but, as Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "He has half the deed done who has made a beginning", and I'm determined to make a beginning! 

I'm determined to take all of the pattern ideas that I have been working on and finish and publish them. I have several embroidery patterns, some stuffed toys and many quilt patterns, just dying to make their appearance. I also have book reviews that you'll be seeing on my blog soon as well as some giveaways. 

Poinsettia Pinwheels


Stick friends embroidery

Posh Pets

Blossoming (detail)

Tweet-heart table runner

Hoot embroidered stuffy

Screech and Whoobie embroidered stuffies 

I didn't make any New Year's resolutions for 2012, however I've resolved to do better this year. Whether it's exercising, creating patterns or finishing UFO's, I'm going to try to do better this year and accomplish more. 

I hope you're working on your 2012 resolutions and would love to hear what you hope to accomplish this year.