I've signed up with companies online to get pictures, directions, and inspiration for new crafts ~ specifically quilts (to do in all my spare time!) Here are some of the sites I get inspiration from....
Sewing It Up from AllFreeSewing
Hooked on Crochet
Clotilde - Love to Quilt
With most of these, you can sign up to get a weekly email ~ each email could contain a multitude of crafts, ideas, tips & tricks, and even recipes & cleaning tips.
Several months ago, I saw a beautiful pinwheel quilt and wanted to make one. I've collected contrasting fabrics, gone through my scrap bins, washed, dried, ironed, and cut my squares out. I sewed the first 2 blocks yesterday in my new sewing room (Katie's former bedroom).
Here is the site I got the directions from........
You'll have to copy and paste that onto your browser. There are 3 different parts to the directions. The first talks about the fabric, the second the cutting and constructing the square and the third is quilt construction.
I discovered a few things when I did the first block. You are supposed to lay the 2 contrasting fabrics face to face, draw a line from one corner to the other with a pencil or pen (half an X), pin fabric together and stitch 1/4" down both sides of the line on that block ~ then cut down the line and you have the top half of the block. (There are pictures on the link above that make more sense!) There has got to be a trick to sewing 1/4" on either side of the line that I don't know because that was not easy. My points on that block don't totally line up the way the picture showed they should.
On the second block, I put the contrasting fabrics face to face, and instead of drawing the line cut it into triangles with my rotary cutter ~then sewed. MUCH easier and the points lined up. So I think we are going with triangles from now on.
I've got of different fabrics and had fun collecting them. Our Walmart started their fabric section again so I got some from there. Hobby Lobby and JoAnn's have filled in the rest of the selections. 1/4 yard of fabric will give you 4 - 8" blocks. Make sure your fabric is one hundred percent cotton so the pieces retain their shape when cut, sewed, and ironed.