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April 15, 2019
Ogling Toy Sewing Machines and Other Sewing Stuff at the Paris St. Ouen Flea Market from Gefilte Quilt

I am the world's luckiest person, and one reason is that my husband is a scientist, a profession that tends to hold meetings in big universities - which are usually located in big cities, with fabric stores and flea markets.

While he's in meetings, I can go places that wouldn't interest him. Last week, he had a meeting in Paris; I tagged along, and had most of a Monday to myself to enjoy the famed but confusing flea markets ("les puces") of St. Ouen.

St. Ouen is 15 different markets, each with its own personality. The markets teem ...

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April 9, 2019
Moose Cubicle Mini Quilt from Quilting & Learning

It's a cubicle mini - a little late because I didn't finish on time for the March One Monthly Goal (OMG) but not too late since my son is still working in his cubicle

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March 19, 2019
Buttons in Boxes and Baskets from Ann Quilts

 

 

Well, let's just say that when a button collection gets so big that buying two new storage boxes isn't enough, well then, that is a big button collection.  Guess how I know.

A couple of weeks ago, while thrifting in the Sheboygan, WI, area, I picked up two new tins for my overflowing collection.

Here's the state of things before reorganizing - tins and baskets too full to close the lids, a wooden tray too full to hold all the buttons it has been charged with.  My two new tins are on the right, as is a baggie ...

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March 11, 2019
Recent Vintage Clothing Adventures from Ann Quilts

There's always something new and interesting when repairing vintage clothes for Rare Jule Vintage! I'm sharing some highlights of the last few months of creative repairing.  From buttons (of course there will be buttons!) to darning to alteration to a fun accessory. 

   

1.  Buttons.  These self-covered buttons have a neat twist.  See that little white dot in the center?  That is actually the thread that stitches the buttons to the garment!  There aren't any shanks, just thread.  I've never seen this button design before.  I think that little white blip adds a bunch to the fun ...

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March 10, 2019
Buttonmania Strikes Again! from From My Carolina Home

Buttons can be such fun to play with.  I have several tins full, some have been sorted into little bags to keep sets together, and lots are just loose.  Whatever project I have in mind, it seems that there are plenty of buttons to use.  I still have this Button Basket sitting in my sewing room.  It was made with a wicker basket, with rows of pastel color buttons hot glued to the sides.  I filled it with silk flowers, and it still makes me smile.

Buttonmania at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

In 2016, I spent weeks working on and posting about this Quilted Art Project ...

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February 24, 2019
Green Garden Gate mini art quilt from Quilting & Learning

My final mini art quilt is finished! The first three were enjoyable to make, and not too difficult, but this one was tough. I had decided to try one last time before giving up - and then I made it.

Green Garden Gate

I had the perfect background, which was probably part of my problem, but didn't know what to do with it. I started by embroidering some of the designs. Chain stitches for the swirls and French knots over them.

Now what? When in doubt, add a twig or two!

After running some errands, I cut a couple of ...

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January 17, 2019
Switch & Stitch Improvisational Stuffed Fish from Gefilte Quilt

Stuffed fish, high in fiber, yum! Here are a couple of whoppers (11" x 5"), made from blue jeans, though you can use any fabric. They serve as pillows and/or toys. This fun and forgiving method makes two at the same time, stacking and switching pieces. It can also be used to create four applique fish, if you're making an underwater quilt! My pair: Fish 1, 
And Fish 2,

With minimal embellishment, they exude serenity. One has a coconut shell button eye. 
Its partner started out with two vintage mother-of-pearl button eyes, and decorative stitching on the seams ...

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January 7, 2019
Stuffed, Embellished Creatures from Denim Jeans for Sensory Stimulation! from Gefilte Quilt

My beautiful, artistic, Aunt Ruthie is 94, and although her mind is  sharp, she's both visually and hearing-impaired, and has severe arthritis in her hands. Last month, we flew to Arizona to visit her and her daughter, my cousin Nina. By accident, I brought her the perfect gift, which she's holding here: 
What the heck is that? Why, it's a hairy, sensory stimulation, two-humped camel, of course! 
The "hair" is 6-strand embroidery floss. Thread it through a large-eyed needle, tie a knot about two inches from the end, bury the needle, bring it out 1/2" away ...

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December 30, 2018
Zip Up the Pyramids! Combine Triangles to Make a Purse from Gefilte Quilt

Last week, I showed off a triangular bipyramid ornament, made from a wildly freemotion-quilted, felt-backed scrap. Here's another triangular bipyramid - but it's more of a wristlet/purse than an ornament. The 6 triangles were joined into 3 diamonds; there's a zipper on top; a bangle bracelet; and it was constructed using the stiff interfacing and English Paper Piecing techniques described in too-loving detail in my new polyhedron book

This specific project is not in the book, so below, I'll show how I made it. First, I cut the skirt off this vintage baby (or doll?) dress ...

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December 26, 2018
Winter Visit to Sugar Hill, NH from Ann Quilts

In addition to all the goings on in Massachusetts that I described in the previous post, I spent several days up in Sugar Hill, NH, visiting our cousins.  We traveled north on a dark grey and rainy day.  It wasn't much for taking glorious photos from the bus, but I like the moodiness of these.

 

 

One day was devoted to quilty events.  My cousin is not a quilter, but she loves old things and pretty things.  They live in a house built in the 1820s that is chock full of pretty things collected as they traveled and lived around ...

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December 25, 2018
Still Time to Make a Scrappy Ornament!? from Gefilte Quilt

I realize it's Christmas Eve, but if all your other preparations are done, there's still time to make this scrappy triangular bipyramid scrap ornament! It's a very relaxing and therapeutic project (except the deadline!)
It started with a thick piece of scrap fabric strips - jewel tone batiks - stitched to black felt. If you have extra time, go wild with the freemotion quilting, decorative stitches, and couched yarns. Front:

The messy back - don't worry about it:
Detailed directions for getting this far are in this blog post from 2013. Cut that base into 6 equilateral triangle. Satin ...

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December 14, 2018
Button Club - Shine + a Free Pattern AND Giveaway! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Article continues below these Amazon Goodies

Pat Sloan Shine Button club project 1

This month the button ladies collection is called 'Shine' with a darling bee, flowers and yummy yellow and lavender buttons!  Just Another Button company has ideas for using the buttons on 6" Finished block size projects.. and ONE is FREE ... 

And keep reading... I have a giveaway, just for fun, at the end! 

Pat Sloan Shine Button club project 2
I turned their FREE Sunshine pattern into a mug rug. I think it might be a gift for someone special.

What I used:

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Mini quilt with buttons becomes very adorable from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use buttons from the bottle o’ buttons purple collection to make a small button wall quilt. Today we’ll be using buttons from the blue collection for another quick and easy button quilt. This quilt is 14″ square.

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December 13, 2018
Using buttons instead of applique for a small quilt! from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use some blue buttons from a bottle o’ buttons to mount a small modern quilt on artist’s canvas.

Today I’ll show you how to make this little quilt using some purple buttons for flowers. In this case, the buttons take the place of applique.

 

Use buttons to create flower designs.
Use buttons to create flower designs.

 

 

Purple buttons - one of the many "Bottle o' Buttons" collections
Purple buttons – one of the many “Bottle o’ Buttons” collections

 

materials for a small quilt measuring 12″ x 16″

fabric

  • 9″ x 16″ piece of purple fabric for top of quilt
  • 4″ x 16″ piece of gray fabric for bottom of quilt ...

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December 12, 2018
How to mount a quilted piece on an artist canvas from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to make the blocks for your modern button quilt. Now, let’s put everything together to create this little quilt.

  • Sew the blocks together, alternating block 1 and block 2.
  • Sew a 6½” x 12½” black border strip to each side.
  • Sew a 6½” x 20½” black border strip to the top and bottom.

 

Sew on the black borders
Sew on the black borders

 

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December 11, 2018
For the love of buttons – making a modern button quilt from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I gave you the cutting instructions for the little button quilt. We’ll be using buttons from the bottle o’ buttons blue collection. Now, let’s start sewing!

 

Button quilt mounted on a 12" x 16" Artist's Canvas
Button quilt mounted on a 12″ x 16″ Artist’s Canvas

 

For each block 1 you’ll need

  • 1 – 1½” square from fabric 1
  • 2 – 1″ x 1½” and 2 – 1″ x 2½” black strips
  • 2 – 1½” x 4½” and 2 – 1½” x 2½” strips from fabric 2

For each block 2 you’ll need

  • 1 – 1½” square from fabric 2
  • 2 – 1¼” x 1½” and 2 – 1¼” x 3″ black ...

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December 10, 2018
Button, button…bottle o’ buttons from Quilt Social

 

I recently received these ‘Bottle o’ Buttons’ jars. What fun! Little jars of color-coordinated buttons just waiting to be used for some quick and easy projects.

 

bottle o' buttons - just 4 of the many colors available
bottle o’ buttons – just 4 of the many colors available

 

Button blankets have been around for hundreds of years. A button blanket is a wool blanket embellished with mother-of-pearl buttons, created by Northwest Coastal tribes in North America, that is worn for ceremonial purposes.

Ceremonial robes and their associated regalia have been among the most spectacular creations of the Indian people of the Northwest Coast of North America. For generations, these robes have served ...

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October 25, 2018
Christmas version of Fat Quarter Flourish (plus kits!) from Carried Away Quilting


Earlier this year I introduced you to a new pattern called Fat Quarter Flourish, a pretty 20 1/2" square table topper or wall hanging made from just five fat quarters! I’ve been waiting for the chance to sew this pattern in a holiday collection, so here goes . . . Fat Quarter Flourish featuring Christmas Figs by Fig Tree & Company for Moda.


There are so many lovely prints in the Christmas Figs collection that it was difficult to choose which five to feature. But that's what makes this pattern so fun. I don’t think you can go wrong, no ...

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October 14, 2018
From Tree to Shining Tree (With 3 Tips) from Gefilte Quilt

In our last installment, I showed off a commissioned tree-themed quilt. Sending it to its new owner broke my heart! It also lacked buttons. So I rapidly made the following three quilts, each about 15" square. A winter tree:

An autumnal tree (or maybe a summer citrus?)
Can you find the bra clip?
 Next: Winter again? The trunk is white.
But the leaves are green, so let's call it early spring!
The trunk is Jane Austen text so I added a metal heart charm (the text below it says "heart is really attached")...
...and a squirrel from the cake-decorating ...

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October 6, 2018
saturday morning [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

saturday morning

karenannruane.typepad.com/karen_ruane/

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