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April 8, 2020
Crochet Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

I shared this project in March. I finished it in April. After I ripped out every bit of the work you see above. The switch from regular to working the front post single crochet was entirely too obvious and I just had to start over. It was the right thing to do. 
Here is a close up of those stitches. The design is a super simple two-row repeat. 
I used two cakes of Mandala.
This colorway is called Phoenix. I don't know if it is very fitting for this colorway, but there you have it. 
Since the two cakes ...

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April 3, 2020
Farm Girl Vintage 2 Quilt Along Part 6 from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

What a ride! We’ve been sewin’ up a storm each week for the Farm Girl Vintage 2 Quilt Along and we’re in the home stretch now. We’re sew excited to see your progress. If you’ve been following along you know that there are 45 blocks of the Farm Girl Vintage 2 Sampler Quilt inspired by Lori Holt’s rural roots. The namesake book, Farm Girl Vintage 2, also contains 13 new projects, including quilts, pillows and a pincushion that use these cute-as-can-bee blocks!

We covered blocks 29-38 last month, and now we’re catching up ...

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March 26, 2020
Two, Four, Six Eight: Fat Quarter Quilts You’ll Appreciate from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Are you a Fat Quarter collector? Do you pick up a few here, a few there, or a whole bundle… “just in case”?  We can relate. After all, we are the Fat Quarter Shop! And today we’re pleased to present to you, one of the latest books from Martingale that is all about sewing with fat quarters.

Two, Four, Six, Eight: Fat Quarter Quilts You’ll Appreciate is a Moda All-Star book compiled by Lissa Alexander for Martingale. The book honors traditional and modern quilts alike proving that you can sew up just about anything your heart desires with ...

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stitching and wrapping a notebook [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

stitching and wrapping a notebook

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March 23, 2020
Crochet Crazy from Becca's Crazy Projects

Aunt Betty dropped off a bunch of Mandala yarn a few weeks back and I've been trying to use it up. I almost always have at least one crochet project going at a time. I wanted to use this easy 2-row repeat design called "domes" to make another triangle shawl. This stitch is from Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary: 125 Essential Stitches to Crochet in Three Ways. A great stitch dictionary if you are into crochet stitch dictionaries and designing your own crochet projects.  
I wasn't getting the texture I wanted by doing one row in the the ...

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March 16, 2020
A Word of Encouragement from Terificreations's Weblog

Over the last several days email after email, and social media announcement after social media announcement buzzed across my desk. Quilt related business after quilt related business making serious changes in an effort to keep their customers, and themselves well with this virulent virus going around. It is rough all the way around. Let’s Support… Continue reading A Word of Encouragement

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Crochet Madness from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've been working up some swatches using my copy of Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary: 125 Essential Stitches to Crochet in Three Ways to make things. This was my swatch for a cowl. 
A friend gave me this cake of Caron Chunky and it seemed perfect for a chunky cowl. Aft I swatched, I cast on the right number of stitches and got hooking! This project took only a couple days to work up. Super quick with bulky yarn.
On Sunday morning I was almost done. 
It's kind of lumpy, but I like it anyway. Now I just ...

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March 9, 2020
Crochet Every Way from Becca's Crazy Projects

I wanted to make another shawl using a new design and some Caron Cakes yarn.
I grabbed my copy of Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary: 125 Essential Stitches to Crochet in Three Ways, some yarn, and got swatching. I have way more stitch dictionaries than I probably need but I had to add this one to my collection. It does something most stitch dictionaries don't do: it tells you how to shape the stitches it tries to teach you. I really like this book because it does exactly that. It teaches you how to work the stitch designs flat ...

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March 6, 2020
Farm Girl Vintage 2 Quilt Along Part 5 from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Well hey there, partner! We’re sewin’ up a storm through another month of the Farm Girl Vintage 2 Quilt Along! It’s been quite a ride and there is still a way to go! We’re sew excited to see your progress. There are 45 blocks of the Farm Girl Vintage 2 Sampler Quilt and we are 38 in! This much-anticipated sequel to Farm Girl Vintage features 6″ and 12″ quilt blocks, inspired by Lori Holt’s rural roots. She has also designed 13 new projects, including quilts, pillows and a pincushion that use these cute-as-can-bee blocks!

We ...

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March 5, 2020
Join this Sisterhood of Scraps from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

The art of quilting can be done independently, but over time we quilters have come together as a family in quilting bees, groups, and retreats to share quilting and fabrics with each other! The sisterhood of quilting reaches far and wide, exchanging scraps, techniques and charity quilts!

The Sisterhood of Scraps: 12 Brilliant Quilts by 7 Fantastic Designers Quilt Book, by Lissa Alexander for Martingale, celebrates scrappy quilts from her and all of her quilty friends! Come on and join this scrappy sisterhood!

Sisterhood of Scraps: 12 Brilliant Quilts from 7 Fantastic Designers

In Sisterhood of Scraps, Quilt Designer Lissa ...

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March 3, 2020
Sew sweet sewing projects with Minki Kim from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Fabric and quilt designer Minki Kim came by the Fat Quarter Shop studio to whip up some sweet sewing projects for us. What a treat! Her projects are all from her new book, Zakka from the Heart: Sew 16 Charming Projects to Warm Any Home. She created 16 patterns to go in the book, all inspired by sweet treats and the art of sewing.

With the help of Minki’s video tutorials, you’ll learn to sew several delectable projects including her embroidered Snack Mat and Macaron Pincushions! Her Snack Mat is a totally FREE pattern you’ll be able ...

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February 28, 2020
Farm Girl Chicken Quilt from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Someone’s been sitting on a fun surprise for Farm Girl Vintage lovers, and we’re hatching it today!

Roosters and mama hens and little chicks, oh my! It’s the Farm Girl Chicken Quilt by Lori Holt!

Thanks to a free, Farm Fresh Eggs Block pattern, you can make this quilt come to life. It uses four blocks – Farm Fresh Eggs, Rise and Shine Rooster, Baby Chick, and Mama Hen.

Like October Skies and Beekeeper’s Garden, this quilt uses the same setting as the Farm Girl Vintage 2 Sampler Quilt (found on pages 138-43 of Lori Holt’s ...

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stitching a notebook from Karen Ann Ruane

stitching notebook pages

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February 18, 2020
my little book of sewing [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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my little book of sewing

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February 7, 2020
Farm Girl Vintage 2 Quilt Along Part 4 from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Howdy and welcome back! We’re sewin’ up a storm through another month of the Farm Girl Vintage 2 Quilt Along! It’s been quite a ride and there is still a way to go! We’re sew excited to see your progress. There are 45 blocks of the Farm Girl Vintage 2 Sampler Quilt and we are 28 in! This much-anticipated sequel to Farm Girl Vintage features 6″ and 12″ quilt blocks, inspired by Lori Holt’s rural roots. She has also designed 13 new projects, including quilts, pillows and a pincushion that use these cute-as-can-bee blocks!

We ...

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January 6, 2020
notebook pages from Karen Ann Ruane

an embroidered notebook

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January 2, 2020
Farm Girl Vintage 2 Sew Along Part 3 from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We’ve sewn right through another month of the Farm Girl Vintage 2 Quilt Along! It’s been quite a ride and there is still a way to go! We’re sew excited to see your progress. There are 45 blocks of the Farm Girl Vintage 2 Sampler Quilt and we are 18 in! This much-anticipated sequel to Farm Girl Vintage features 6″ and 12″ quilt blocks, inspired by Lori Holt’s rural roots. She has also designed 13 new projects, including quilts, pillows and a pincushion that use these cute-as-can-bee blocks!

We covered Weeks 2 though 6 last ...

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December 11, 2019
Blue and White Quilts Inspired by Vintage and Classic Patchwork from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

In the world of quilts, there are certain color combinations that have irrefutable charm, always look fresh and weather the test of time. Blue and white is like that. It’s the color of sand and sea, white clouds on a blue sky, navy pinstripes on a white background. Fads may come and go, but this color combo is tried and true.

 

Blue and White Quilts: 13 Remarkable Quilts with Timeless Appeal

In Blue and White Quilts, the editors of Martingale have collected a mix of exciting new designs and sentimental old favorites using today’s fabrics and techniques. The ...

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December 6, 2019
Farm Girl Vintage 2 Sew Along Part 2 from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We’ve sewn right through our first month of the Farm Girl Vintage 2 Quilt Along! It’s been quite a ride and there is still a way to go! We’re sew excited to see your progress. There are 45 blocks of the Farm Girl Vintage 2 Sampler Quilt and we are 12 in! This much-anticipated sequel to Farm Girl Vintage features 6″ and 12″ quilt blocks, inspired by Lori Holt’s rural roots. She has also designed 13 new projects, including quilts, pillows and a pincushion that use these cute-as-can-bee blocks!

We covered Week 1 last month ...

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November 30, 2019
embroidering a book [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

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embroidering a book

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