Art and Crafts

The Quilt

     The summer I turned 14, I spent a week or so with my Grandma and Grandpa at their house in Decatur, Illinois. This was a tradition of sorts after my family moved to Indianapolis — a week with Grandma and Grandpa every summer. Looking back now, I’m not sure if the week was designed to give my mother a break (after all, we each took a week at Grandma’s) or to strengthen our relationship with our grandparents. Either way, at 14, I knew that a week at Grandma’s was a week without my three younger brothers. It meant a week where I could watch whatever I wanted on television. I would read, we would go places, I would probably see my cousins.

That summer, however, I brought a project along with me — a quilt that I had started. I learned the basics of quilting from my other Grandma, my father’s mother. Grandma C taught me to sew two blocks of fabric together when I was 6, and had me making doll-size patchwork quilts while she worked on a bed-size version. Grandma C died of breast cancer when I was 9. I kept sewing though, and by 14, I was ready to tackle a bedsize quilt. We didn’t sew the whole time, but when I look back at my memories of that week, I remember my Grandma patiently working with me to make sure my blocks were square.

My Grandpa got in to the project as well, sitting at the dining room table and carefully cutting out blocks of fabric in even, straight four inch squares. My Grandma worked with me on using the sewing machine to quilt — my other Grandma always quilted by hand, and so using the machine was a new idea for me. Neither my Grandma or my Grandpa were often vocal about their feelings with me. I knew they loved me, but they didn’t often say it.

Looking back though, that week — the patience, the time, said more than words could ever say about the fact that I, one of their 8 grandchildren, was special to them. When you live your life as one of four children, you don’t often feel singled out for attention the way I was that week. The finished product went with me to my college dormitory, and my student apartments, to my law school townhouse and my homes since then. When I divorced my first husband and moved home to Indianapolis, the quilt and one other blanket were all I had on my bed air mattress for months, until I selected new bedding.

That quilt has been with me through thick and thin, warm nights and cold days. The quilt is now as much a part of my life as my appendages.

Last night, Little J spent the night with Grandma J. Big J headed off to the office before the crack of dawn. So it was only the babyand I this morning. K Man sucking down his bottle, me slurping my coffee.

K Man drifted off to sleep after his morning bottle and I settled him on the floor. In the quilt. And it occurred to me that when we put the quilt together, more than twenty years ago, I did so with no thought that one day, many years in the future, the quilt would shelter my tiny baby. I was just making a quilt, with my Grandma and Grandpa.

I think that’s the beauty of quilts though. You have the memory of making them. And then you also have all the memories of the life you lived while snuggling under the quilt. A quilt isn’t just a blanket, it’s little bit of personal history, made with love. Someday I will tell my boys about making this quilt, with my grandparents that passed away many moons before my boys were even a twinkle in my eye. I hope in that story, some small part of my grandparents lives on.

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How To Create Your Own Custom Clothing

     Whether you are thinking of launching your own clothing line or if you simply want to make your own shirt, sweatshirt or another fashion accessory, making your own custom clothing is an option that is available regardless of your budget and the purpose you have in mind. Clothing that is customized can be created for individuals or in bulk if you intend to sell your gear to a specific group of people or an intended audience. When you want to make your own clothing, knowing the steps to do so and the benefits of creating your own style will help you to move forward with the production process.

Who Can Customize Clothing?

Whether you just want to order one customized clothing item or if you are seeking an outlet to order 500 shirts with a logo you have in mind, custom clothing is an option for just about anyone as long as you have the budget to cover the production and shipping costs.

Types of Clothing You Can Customize

There are many types of items including pieces of clothing that can be customized with a logo, images or specific text. Customizing clothing can include traditional t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, jackets, tank tops and even bandanas, wristbands and other fashion accessories. You can print on many types of shirts, shorts and even sweatpants depending on the look you are going for and the type of clothing you have in mind.

Methods of Getting Clothing Customized

Having clothing customized can be done by visiting a local print shop that specializes in printing on clothing and other fabric material. However, for even more options, looking into custom clothes can also be done from home, online. Searching online for customization options when it comes to clothing is a way to compare all of the products that are available to customize while also viewing all of the merchandise options you have to choose from before you place your order. Ordering customized clothing online allows you to avoid the process of purchasing the materials yourself and you can often use a virtual live preview to see what your clothing will look like once it is printed and shipped to your home.

In addition to getting a live preview when you choose to order clothing that is customized online, you can also select from various print options and read real reviews from clients who have used the services in the past. Reading reviews of online printing companies prior to placing your order will ensure you are getting the highest of quality printing wherever you choose to invest your money.

The Benefits of Ordering Customized Clothing

Many times, ordering customized clothing is a way to save money on the costs you invest in your fashion and appearance as opposed to shopping at the local mall or various boutiques. Another advantage of ordering clothing that is customized is that you can create original and unique styles that are not available in stores. When you choose to make your own clothing, you can share messages, logos and graphics with anyone you want without having to search for the items yourself in the traditional marketplace. You can also choose the colors of the graphics and images you want to use with any item of clothing you order. It is also possible to choose a base color of the clothing you want whether you prefer a chic black or a bright blue.

Adding Fringe And Tassels Dresses Up Your Banners For Church

     You are basically done with your artistic statement with regard to your church sanctuary, however you may possibly desire just a bit of “extra” to embellish the banner and give the last, completing touch. Adding tassels and fringe is a great option for adding a nice, beautiful appearance to your church banner. Experience has taught me that it’s wise to add tassels and fringe– not only one or the other.

To figure out the length of your cord and tassels, hang the banner on the rod on a wall. Put a tape measure above the end of your rod and permit it to drop down to find out exactly how long one will like the tassels and cord to finish your banner. You will want to establish the cord measurement as well as your tassel length. The size (diameter) of your cord will be established by the measurements of the banner. If the banner patterns are bigger, one needs to use a bigger cord; if it is smaller sized, select a lighter weight cord and smaller in size tassel. It’s also wise if you purchase your items for making the fringe, cord, and tassels all simultaneously since there are numerous tones of gold and it is most desirable that they all match very nicely.

Now you should elect how to make tassels and cord that match your banner. When ever you make tassels, there are essentially three possibilities.

One can buy tassels. It is relatively complicated to affix these in a proficient way considering that it is tricky to finish the end of your cord. Already made tassels typically have strings to hang them by and are made for placing in a seam. There simply is no good process for connecting them to the top and bottom ends of the cord.

The next option is to make tassels that are knotted. To begin with, you make a knot, 4-8″ from the end of your cord depending upon the chosen finished length of your tassel, and unwind all the threads on the end of the cord. That works with several cords, but not all. You simply have to stop and think about just how the cord is put together, which generally depends on the overall dimension of the cord. Some cords are put together with fillers inside the glitzy outer layer. When you unwind them, the inner cord is a different feel and color from the outside one. Therefore, pick your cords with care so that when you knot and untwine the end cord you find the total tassel color and appearance that you are looking for, making it really worth the effort to create your own tassels. Because it has been wound into cord, it will come out puffy and curly.

A third choice on how to make tassels that has great results is to make tassels using fringe. One can purchase fringe with a top edge binding it and holding it together. To make tassels is relatively not difficult, but you need to design them carefully so that they hold up well. Use fray check on the outer edge of the cord, winding this top fringe binding around your cord. Then use a needle and thread, entering through the fringe upper side and cord to fasten it firmly. The next step is to wind a number of extra times around till you get the depth that you want, utilizing the thread and needle each time to secure it.

Use the fray check once more on the final round, hindering end pieces of fringe from coming apart from the binding. Permit this to sit, in order for the fray check to dry. Next, utilizing a fringe strand, wind it tightly around the outer fringe part, normally about 1/2″ down from the upper edge, making it appear like a tassel. Knot the end and let it dangle down with the rest of the tassel. That is the method I used to create the tassels for my communion banners.

One more very good technique is to make use of a transparent, shiny, sheer material. Prepare a long rectangular shape which will wrap around the top side of the banner, hanging down. And finally, one should stitch fringe onto the end and wrap the top edges together with gold cording right below the rod. A great sample of this is the “America” banner pattern in which the technique is used.

The last possibility is to make use of curtain tie backs on smaller sized banners. These aren’t very long; yet they are a wonderfully effortless option that does not require you to make tassels for your smaller sized banner patterns.

Affixing Fringe:

After you’ve selected cords and tassels, one should add fringe. Stitching fringe is saved till the end so that it doesn’t get caught or stitched into the wrong seam. Once you have finished quilting and have left a 1″ un-quilted border along the bottom edge, one can put on binding to the other 3 edges. Lastly, sew the fringe into place, through the bottom edge of the material and the batting. Cut batting very near to your seam, turning the seam upward, in order that it dangles straight down. Then fold under the backing material edge, concealing the seam, and stitch it into position by hand. Now that you have learned the best way to stitch fringe on the base of your banner, you will have a superb bottom edge!

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