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August 13, 2017
Asian-Inspired Log Cabin Zipper Bag from Pink Doxies



JoAnn's New Quilt Fabric Department!

If you haven't dropped into your local JoAnn store in the past few weeks, expect a most pleasant surprise. They are moving in quilting fabric by the truck load! The stores will be carrying 1091 quilt fabrics when the shelves are finally full, but the first wave of these gorgeous new fabrics already whet this quilter's appetite. I was looking for some special fabric for a gift project, and knew it when I saw it.




Log Cabin Restructured

This book was an inspiration as I read through it for months, but I ...

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August 4, 2017
Carry Case Tutorial for a Featherweight from Patchwork Posse

Long story short– I am a big yard sale shopper….however lately I haven’t been going….sad, I know.

Many, many years ago I picked up a Featherweight.  It got a little love at the first, but then I kind of just set it aside until I was reminded that I have one and need to use it at sewing retreats or days with friends.

I got it out, tinkered for a bit and it’s running very nicely now.  However– My carry box for my featherweight is a little worn. In fact.

The handle is a little on ...

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August 3, 2017
Potluck Project Bag from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Quilted Project Bag - Moda Potluck

I struggled with the placement of these fabrics. Some I adore and others are just fillers. It wouldn't be the best use of my precuts to only pull out the ones I love, not when I'm just working with 2 1/2" squares to begin with. So I fussed and fussed some more and got them all pieced into two panels.

That was the hard part. Sewing a zippered project bag is easy, even if I succumb the influence of Lier over at Ikat Bag and line it properly. And quilt the outside because if I'm playing ...

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July 30, 2017
Laundry bag from Granny Maud's Girl

Now that I am a working girl* again, I have to wear heels and smart clothes and makeup. I even have to brush my hair! My self-employed freelancing days of wearing jeans, T-shirts, cardigans and slippers about the house are behind me. This means that I have delicate silk blouses and – novelty of novelty – pantyhose that need laundering.

Hubby is still working from home and sometimes helpfully offers to do the laundry, and this means that anything delicate has to be stored separately from the usual laundry basket in a boy-proof container, which he knows is out of bounds. I ...

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July 26, 2017
AHIQ Linkup Plus More! from Indigo Threads

Last year about this time, Debbie of A Quilter's Table blog hosted a quilt-along, mostly on Instagram, doing the Crosscut Quilt.  I had just gotten the prompt for my local guild's yearly challenge, which was "Get Creative With Black".  There were no rules for this challenge other than a minimum size of 24" x 24".  So, I decided that it would be fun to play along, using black fabrics for the background.  Maybe not the most creative way to use black, but I thought the quilt looked like it would fit the criteria.

I promptly ordered a good ...

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July 24, 2017
Books on Monday – Big City Bags from 120 Blocks

Welcome back to Books on Monday. This week we are looking at a book that has been around for a while – Big-City Bags: Sew Handbags with Style, Sass, and Sophistication by Sara Lawson. This book has been around for awhile and I reviewed her later book Windy City Bags but my sister gave me …

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July 15, 2017
little rosary finishes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

As many of you already know, Richard and I are traveling through Nebraska and the Dakotas. Today was a rest day. We can handle three to four days of the road. Then someone gets cranky. Cranky leads to words. Words lead to...



Well, let's just say we've been married long enough to know our limits and respect them.


 I haven't had much time for sewing except the bit of handwork I can do on smooth roads. Want to know how deplorable the infrastructure is? Pick up a needle at 60+ mph. Ouch!


 Today we slept late, had ...

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July 2, 2017
Serendipitous Pouch For Olfa Cutter! from Quilts + Color

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When I posted this and asked why it had such an unusual shape this was NOT the answer as I was creating it.
I had created a bargello rectangle and from it I cut the back of a vest. This was the small amount of patchwork that was left at the top. It had this unusual shape created by the cutting line for the shoulders and neckline.
I decided to just use as much of the leftover scrap as I could to make an irregular pouch.
When I shared it and asked if anyone knew why I made this unusual ...

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July 1, 2017
Summer Backpack, Summer Bag from A Beautiful Day - O Zi Frumoasa

In this part of the world, we have a hot Summer.

I managed to reorganize my summer clothes and shoes, but I realized once again that I don't have a summer backpack assorted with such a lightweight outfit yet. 
From some time, my spine likes backpacks more than bags.
As I had in my stash a few yards of fabric I bought a long time ago having in mind backpacks, bags and pouches, three days ago I started to make it.
I didn't have a pattern, I just knew how I want it to look.

It took me ...

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June 29, 2017
It's National Sunglasses Day - Make a Snappy Bag for your Sunglasses from Creatin' in the Sticks

Happy National Sunglasses Day.

June 27, 2017
Be super cool and wear those shades to protect your eyes from UV rays.

Why not celebrate by stitching up an adorable super soft snap bag to keep those sunglasses scratch free?


Today the full tutorial for this Boston Terrier sunglass case
is over on the 

I designed this for a very special friend who loves Boston Terriers, but this case would be great for anyone.  What's more cool that a dog with sunglasses?  
You with sunglasses!

Need more ways to celebrate?


Head over to the Thermoweb Instagram page.  
They ...

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When nothing works... from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

push through and find a way. I'm not sure how good that advice is, but it's what I've been trying to do all week. 



I can't seem to get on track and work on a project. I've been doing stuff: cleaning; making kits for our trip; sewing scraps into slabs; cutting fabric. You know, sort of "two steps forward, one step back." Or is that "one step forward, two steps back"? Either way, I'm doing a lot of dancing in circles. 


And feel that I'm getting no where in particular. 



 I had to ...

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June 25, 2017
Fired up! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


We had our monthly class at The Hobby Horse yesterday and we all received our homework for the summer.  Yes - even me who is supposed to be ahead of the class.  I'm fired up to get some projects done - it was a very inspirational class even for me!

I love the show n tell from these classes and I've been very bad in NOT showing any of it to you.  I'm going to try and get that started soon.

But I do have a couple of pictures to show you!  So Ronda had asked me a week ...

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June 2, 2017
What do you do with a beloved worn out pouch? from Mama Love Quilts

Many moons ago, a pink pouch came into my life. It was magenta and black and I loved it. It was perfect for carrying around my makeup, although a bit too short to fit my powder brush. Nevertheless, I used it until one day I looked at it, saw that it was stained and torn and decided it was time to say goodbye. But I loved the design so much that I wanted to have a new one.

The design was rectangular and boxy, unlike any pouch I had made before. I didn’t have a pattern to make a ...

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June 1, 2017
UPCOMING CLASSES YOU WILL WANT TO TAKE from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

Check out this classy new bag at the Attic Window Quilt Shop.  Marilyn made it and you can make one with her when she holds her upcoming class.  Watch for the new class schedule.
Here, you can see the inside of the purse.  No one will ever guess you made it because it is so professional looking.  You can tell them it is a (your name) original!
Marilyn will also be holding a class on making this professional notebook cover.  Everything comes in a kit.
This is what the inside looks like.
Note arrow pointing to the metal corner pieces ...

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May 30, 2017
A LITTLE OF THIS AND THAT from ATTIC WINDOW QUILT SHOP

While at the Attic Window Quilt Shop last week I got to see Lee Anne's new bag.  It is big and roomy and I can't wait for Lee Anne to have a class on making this.  It is the Mega Bow Tucks bag.  If you can't wait for the class, you can get the pattern at the shop.
Lee Anne also made this adorable pillow.  I don't know but I bet it is a Kimberbell pattern. Call the shop if interested.

I forgot to ask because I was so busy looking at Lee Anne's pictures ...

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May 12, 2017
For the Washi Tape and Post It Notes from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

I wanted a little bag that would keep my sticky notes and a couple of rolls of washi tape contained. This should do the trick --


My finishing skills are getting better with each bag. There's usually something I tell myself I'll do better on the next one. This time it's the black zipper stop. That should have probably been white. And I should have left the zipper a half an inch longer.


An invisible zipper probably isn't the traditional choice, but I had a white one in my stash and figured it'd be better to ...

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April 16, 2017
Lola from Granny Maud's Girl

It was a friend’s birthday this week, and it sneaked up on me. In a mad rush, I made a large Lola pouch with Cotton + Steel cat fabric and Robert Kaufman Shetland flannel in ocean. She loves cats and greeny-teal colours.

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I found the flannel locally at a bargain price. With hindsight, I wish I had bought more than 1 metre. How had I not heard of this snuggly fabric before?

I was sewing the binding down by hand just 5 minutes before we left the house. Talk about last-minute sewing!

And why make just one when you can ...

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April 15, 2017
Chernobyl Children's Quilt Bee from Creatin' in the Sticks

My friend, Jennifer over at Glinda Quilt's, asked for help with some quilty gifts
for a charity she is involved with.  You see, she has the biggest heart.

is a charity that helps children living in Belarus and Northern Ukraine who still suffer the effects of low level radiation even 30 years after the nuclear accident in Chernobyl.


Chernobyl Children's Life Line (CCLL) will take children to North Wales this summer. 
 While there, the children will enjoy a combination of uncontaminated food, fresh air and sunshine, exciting trips, and lots of exercise ...

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April 13, 2017
Beginners Luck finish and something new.... from Julia's Place

 
I haven't really done much since my last post....but happy to post that Beginners Luck is quilted, done and dusted...

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April 10, 2017
Bring the Outdoors in with a Fabric Easter Basket Wall Planter - It Holds it's Shape with HeatNBond Craft Interfacing from Creatin' in the Sticks

I am so tired of cold weather and can't wait to get outside and plant flowers.  Here is an easy way to bring the garden inside and it's a great way to decorate for Easter too.  In fact, one of these little wall planters would make the perfect Easter gift or even for May Day baskets.  Making these in seasonal colors like the ones found in Camelot Fabric's Kaleidoscope collection brings spring indoors.



The full tutorial for these planter baskets is on the ThermOWeb blog today.


Fabric Basket Wall Planter

Size is for a standard 4" pot ...

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