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July 20, 2014
Sewvivor – Ants to Sugar from Ants to Sugar

I’m auditioning for a spot in Sewvivor.

If selected, I won’t have to leave my home or my sewing machine. I won’t have to eat weird things or deal with tropical bugs.  I won’t have to live on a deserted island for weeks with strangers.

Then again, some days, life gets so crazy that a deserted island sounds delightful.

Anyway, you can read all about the details over at Family Ever After. The basics very much resemble the television show: you sew some projects, people vote on who gets to keep playing, and winners get prizes ...

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Sunday Download from The Intrepid Thread

Oh my goodness.... we have gotten a TON of fabric lately.... then I was buried under Cotton & Steel and couldn't share anything with you. So be prepared for tons of pictures :) Also I actually sewed for an hour last Sunday so I can show you my Reversible Box Tote.


This is a free pattern at Very Shannon if you haven't seen it yet. Super easy to make and comes out adorable. I love the reverse side just as much.

We have Arcadia by Sarah Watson it is organic from Cloud9.... isn't it pretty!


We have received Rayon ...

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July 18, 2014
AMH Patchwork from Ants to Sugar

When I think about this quilt, I refer to it – in my head – as the AMH Patchwork.

I’m not a nautical gal, but I can’t help but hear a ship’s name when I say, “AMH Patchwork.”

I’d love to draw some parallel to breaking, or just drinking, a bottle of champagne to celebrate finishing this quilt, but with my growing baby belly, that’d probably be in poor form.  It’s exciting for me though.  It’s my first, “just-for-me” quilt. I fell quite hard for Anna Maria Horner’s (AMH) Loulouthi line, and I wanted ...

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July 11, 2014
Anna Maria Knits by Anna Maria Horner now in stock from The Village Haberdashery

Anna Maria Knits are here! Way ahead of when I expected them. This is Anna Maria Horner‘s first range of knit fabrics. It’s derived from several of her recent collections, including Pretty Potent, Dowry and True Colors, and re-imagined as a diverse new group that ranges from sweet to sophisticated. They are 60″ wide and printed on a 100% cotton jersey that drapes beautifully. You can find them in the shop here!

Anna Maria Horner knits

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July 8, 2014
AMH Patchwork and My New Love for Long-arms from Ants to Sugar

I don’t have a long-arm quilting machine.

Yet.

I want one. Very. Very. Much.

I have a whole post planned about my long-arm experiences lately, but this post is mostly about my work-in-progress this week. I’ll save my long-arm pining for another day, but I will mention that I don’t think this is going to be a short-lived obsession.

I took this quilt top to Sew Crafty up in Durham for my first attempt at long arm quilting something besides a sample square. Toni, the owner, is a delight to rent long arm time from, and I ...

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July 6, 2014
Sari Feathers... from Simple Sewendipity

It's been quite a few posts coming, but my queen-sized feather quilt is finally finished!  All those deep purples, pinks and oranges were such rich colors that the finished feathers reminded me of an Indian sari.


I love how you can see the backing print as the sun is streaming through the quilt here!  I've written quite a bit about the quilt top itself, but there is a whole new layer of amazing-ness on this quilt.  Peer a little bit closer with me...


This was my first time sending a quilt out to a long-armer and I was ...

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July 5, 2014
Paper Pieced Butterfly from Ants to Sugar

I’ve got a butterfly quilt in the works.

I thought I’d need to make a few more blocks, but my bee mates have been so generous that I may not add much to what they’ve already sent.

These butterflies from Tartankiwi’s Craftsy Shop kept coming to mind whenever I thought of how to arrange the various blocks for this quilt. None of my bee mates (quite understandably) chose to make one, so yesterday, I decided to give the pattern a try.

Butterfly MPP

I used solids for the blues except in the body of the butterfly which came ...

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July 1, 2014
My Craft South Weekend from Melanie Ham Designs

Hey Everyone!  You might notice my blog looks a little bit different up there in the header ;).  As much as I love Benefit and Bless, I’ve decided to rename this blog I Heart Stitching to create a little more cohesion with my YouTube Channel.  My etsy shop will remain Benefit and Bless and I will put items in there as much as possible, but YouTube is really what has been successful for me so I am moving in that direction if that makes sense.  Nothing will change around here though!  Last weekend I was able to attend Craft South ...

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June 27, 2014
teacher gifts from ocd: obsessive craft disorder

It's the last day of school today, so along with the sheep happens bag and yarn I gifted to one of my kids' teachers, I made a couple summer totes with some Anna Maria Horner "stacked" fabric in home dec weight.  This book-inspired fabric is the perfect choice for a teacher, wouldn't you say?




I accented the handles and lined them with a couple other of her coordinating prints.  Then filled them with summer goodies- a water infuser, some chips and Smarties (for helping make my kids so smart!) and a gift card for them to choose some ...

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Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner now in stock from The Village Haberdashery

If you follow us on instagram you’ve seen Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner trickle in, a few bolts at a time. Now that we have nearly all of our order in, I thought it was time to properly announce it!

As always, these fabrics are a) way more stunning in real life b) packed with totally amazing and surprising colour combinations c) equally gorgeous for dressmaking and quiltmaking and d) absolutely mad as a collection, like nothing seems to go together apart from the underlying theme (plants that are pretty and also have healing properties), but that’s ...

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June 25, 2014
Swap Til You Drop... from Simple Sewendipity

Within a week of joining Instagram, I saw a bunch of blogger friends hopping onto Round 2 of the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap.  Never one to skip a party, I joined in with over 600 swappers from around the world - how cool is that?


Using my partner's favorite colors, this is the palette I chose to work from (just imagine a creamy orange inserted in there).


I had to insert some Anna Maria Horner fabrics in there - a designer that is completely absent from my considerable stash!  With my new purchases plus some charms from a friend ...

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June 20, 2014
Patchwork Dining Room Chairs from Selvage Blog


Anna Maria Horner covered these dining room chairs with some extra quilt blocks that she bought a while back. See her blog for more.

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June 14, 2014
Being Queen from Ants to Sugar

This post is a little bit of a departure from my usual, quick posts, but feel free to skip ahead and just look at the pictures!

I’m participating in two quilting bees this year. I signed up for the Stash Bee and got my Hive 3 assignment at the start. Danny, the organizer, was in need of alternates, and I quickly got another assignment for Hive 8.

Each month, the assigned “queen” requests a certain style of blocks, sometimes with a specific color theme. I happened to be assigned to be queen for June in both of my bees ...

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June 7, 2014
Fun (and a Bit Scary) Announcement! from Tea Rose Home

A couple weeks ago, I picked up these cuties at one of my favorite shops in Provo. Harmony carries yarn, fabrics (their selection is not very big, but I love almost all of them!), children's items and pretty gift items. I love going there and always find some fun stuff to go home with.

I fell in love with the earrings with the "S"s. I usually don't wear black and gold, but because of these earrings I am going to! The green vintage buttons are for my jewelry making, I am going to turn them into a ...

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May 31, 2014
Economy Block Paper Piecing Tutorial from Ants to Sugar

I recently updated my About page and mentioned that there won’t be tutorials on this blog. I don’t plan to make tutorials a regular thing, but since I’m Queen Bee during June in the Stash Bee, I was required to at least photograph my sewing steps for the block I selected. I spent enough time on it over on the Stash Bee blog that I thought I’d go ahead and include it here.

This isn’t a complete tutorial. I tried out templates from two other sites, and you’ll need to click through to either ...

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May 28, 2014
productive yet unproductive from Charm About You


I've made progress on the ottoman. I've managed to do my first lapped zip (that's what it's called on the pattern but it sounds wrong to me - what do we call that in the UK?), I felt very proud.


I kept looking at the centre of the hexagon quilting I did on the top and feeling that it needed something adding to it. I thought about appliqué but wasn't sure what would work, I thought about embroidery but couldn't find a pattern I liked that would fit (or be bothered drawing one!). Then I ...

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productive yet unproductive from Charm About You


I've made progress on the ottoman. I've managed to do my first lapped zip (that's what it's called on the pattern but it sounds wrong to me - what do we call that in the UK?), I felt very proud.


I kept looking at the centre of the hexagon quilting I did on the top and feeling that it needed something adding to it. I thought about appliqué but wasn't sure what would work, I thought about embroidery but couldn't find a pattern I liked that would fit (or be bothered drawing one!). Then I ...

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May 27, 2014
4×4′s from Ants to Sugar

Tami over at Sea Me Sparkle calls these 16 Patches, and I’m pretty sure her name is the right name. But, my husband is a big handyman, and over the weekend I’ve gotten a chuckle out of saying 4×4′s in my head – and thinking of him saying, “I need to head to Lowe’s for some 4×4′s.”  Or 2×4′s. Or 2×10′s. These are my 4×4′s.

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I’m a pregnant woman chasing a toddler, so I chuckle when I can.

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I want to say that you should be intentional ...

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May 21, 2014
Butterflies and Bear Paws: Another New Project for Rebecca! from Cheeky Cognoscenti

New Project!  Butterflies and Bear Paws
Greetings, Neglected Blog Readers!  Never mind that I have not yet finished the Jingle BOM project I started over a year ago, nor have I finished even the first block of the new hand applique project that I started a couple of months ago (and don't even ask me about that paper pieced Advent table runner project).  I recklessly launched myself into yet another new quilting project this week.  Now that I have multiple UFOs (Unfinished Objects) and WIPs (Works In Progress), I feel more like a REAL quilter!

Bear Paw Inspirations: Quilts ...

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May 19, 2014
Bloggers Quilt Festival - AMH All Day Mini from On the Windy Side

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This mini quilt is my favourite thing I made for a swap I did last year with Kelsey from Everyday Fray, and definitely one of my favourite makes of 2013.

AMH All Day Mini Quilt - in progress

I took a photo of the back of the mini quilt once all the petals were stitched down and the piecing was done, because I thought it might be interesting to see what it looks like.

AMH All Day mini quilt 

From the front, you can see that all the coloured petals are made from Anna Maria Horner fabrics.  100 different Anna Maria Horner fabrics to be exact.  These were all from my stash.  I ...

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