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December 6, 2021
Sew Thankful Sunday, December 2021 from The Crafty Quilter

{I love the idea of “paying it forward”. I think the world would be a better place if we could spread some joy and acknowledgement of good deeds done by others. I try to do that once a month for my Sew Thankful Sunday posts. I highlight some great content that I’ve found on other people’s blogs that I hope will inspire you and reward the originator by bringing traffic to their site. If your blog has been mentioned without your consent, please let me know and I will take you off the current list of featured bloggers ...

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October 28, 2021
Christmas sewing & Nordic Star correction from The Crafty Quilter

Does is feel like time is flying and Christmas is right around the corner? It is for me! I have been doing a little Christmas sewing in between other, larger, commitments. I’ll show you my latest Christmas finish and then keep reading for information on a pattern correction for the Nordic Star Table Runner.

Christmas Sewing

I finished the All The Trimmings Mystery quilt top from Fat Quarter Shop. This was a free sew along with downloadable patterns that you can find here. I love love love how it turned out! I used fabric from the Christmas Morning collection ...

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October 15, 2021
16 Christmas gifts to sew from The Crafty Quilter

Today I have ideas for 16 Christmas gifts to sew that are quick and easy! This year is whizzing by and the countdown to the holidays is right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to make a list of Christmas gifts to sew that are fast and easy.

First on my list to make is an easy flannel scarf using Mammoth Flannel by Robert Kaufman Fabrics. They have a free blanket scarf pattern that looks unbelievably easy. Last year I bought six different colors of that flannel and never got around to making the scarves. I’m hoping ...

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September 5, 2021
A Rustic Christmas Quilt / "I Spy Quilt" from Angel Scraps Quilting

This post is linked to the following linky parties:  From Bolt to Beauty, Alycia Quilts, and Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.

This is my second Christmas quilt finish of the year!  I have been able to continue making quilts using this same pattern, using only what I have on hand.  I have only purchased quilt battings in the year 2021.  This means that I have purchased no new fabric to supplement what I have on hand, nor any backing fabrics. 

This quilt is being made for a family whose home has a cabin feel and I was thinking these ...

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July 22, 2021
BAKING BOAS from Kwilty Pleasures


Have you seen the trendy BAKING BOAS?
I received this one for Christmas last year
from my partner in crimes of fabric, yarn, travel and wine. 
Kathy Guenther! 
She also knows I am a Christmas Baking fool.

I just love it!  
She found this one at Lehman’s in Oho Amish Country.


Many specialty / botique type stores carry these in many themes. 
Calahans in Calabash, NC had these Nautical BOAs
The store BOAs are made of the thinner, flatter cotton towels and 
it looks like they have 2 towels per BOA.
Retail costs between $20-$25 


I knew I could ...

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January 2, 2021
A Small 2021 Finish and 2021 Quilty Plans from Angel Scraps Quilting

Good morning and happy 2nd day of January, 2021!

Being home all day on a rainy first day of January, 2021, I was able to complete a small project from start to finish!  I am calling it a Christmas Tree Rug.  The place we normally place our tree is a small corner right by a doorway that we pass through constantly that leads to and from the kitchen and living room.  Our artificial tree is not a very big tree and fits that spot perfectly.

However, a traditional "tree skirt" is too big for the space and I feel like ...

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December 25, 2020
SANTA NEVER LOOKED SEW GOOD from Kwilty Pleasures

I really love this vintage Santa...its SWELL.
2020 didn't give me much to be happy about...
Sew I have collected the fabrics and the very large applique
and this will be on my radar for 2021.

Many of my quilty friends gave me fabrics and
I ordered some.


I am leaning toward this quilt.
I have the pattern.


But isn't this log cabin amazing?


I like the Scrappy Trip Around the World
but that's a LOT of seams!


But if you know me, you KNOW I love a Churn Dash.


I have some time to consider ...

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December 21, 2020
One last braid table runner from Samelia's Mum

This afternoon, while watching a Christmas film on Netflix with my girl, I finished stitching down the binding on one last Christmas braid table runner. 

I have really enjoyed making these runners these past few weeks. I haven't done much sewing lately, other than these and they've honestly been the perfect activity.

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December 20, 2020
Christmas Mini Quilts from Samelia's Mum

This year, our Christmas decorating is quite minimal which means there is a lot that I hadn't re-discovered. 


I had a morning at home this week and thought I'd have a little dig through one of my crates of Christmas decor. I like to pack up Christmas on Boxing Day (26th December) so it's always interesting to see what was hastily packed away (and where) from the previous year/s.

The crate I opened up contained a bunch of table runners, my big "A Wish Quilt" by Bronwyn Hayes (which I didn't get around to hanging ...

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December 19, 2020
Batting Average? from From the Strawberry Patch...

I usually order my batting on thirty yard rolls and receive it, on average, within a week. That all came to a screeching halt a while back. The batting orders are running way (w-a-a-a-y) behind. I contacted the supplier that I use  as I was getting down to the last few yards and learned that there was at least a six week backlog~ yikes! I hadn't planned on that. A quick perusal around other sites

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Batting Average? from From the Strawberry Patch...

I usually order my batting on thirty yard rolls and receive it, on average, within a week. That all came to a screeching halt a while back. The batting orders are running way (w-a-a-a-y) behind. I contacted the supplier that I use  as I was getting down to the last few yards and learned that there was at least a six week backlog~ yikes! I hadn't planned on that. A quick perusal around other sites

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October 24, 2020
North Star Christmas Cushion from Samelia's Mum

 Is it ever too early to start sewing for Christmas? 

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December 24, 2019
Finishing up Christmas from Stitchin at Home

I had a couple things to finish up for Christmas.


Shortbread cookies done! Some have coloured sugar and others have sprinkles
I haven't found a cookie press I like yet, tried one took it back. The next best thing is to roll them out and use a cookie cutter. The recipe is the one in my Virtual Cookie Exchange, you can find it here.

14 straw sleeves. The labels have their names and what they are as there will be someone who has no idea what they are
This one started out simple enough, my oldest grandson wanted a ...

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December 19, 2019
~ Three Free Small Christmas Sewing Projects ~ from Podunk Pretties

Hey happy quilters!  It's sewing crunch time for many of us.  We're burning the midnight oil trying to put the finishing touches on the perfect handmade gifts.  Well I've found three little projects that are so darn cute you might need to add them to your "Must Make for 2019" list.

The first little cutie is the Snow Happy Ornaments by Bunny Hill Designs.  These are absolutely adorable and great way to use up some of your small fabric scraps.  There are 12 total, each with a printable PDF.  Click here to ogle all 12 snowmen ornaments ...

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December 15, 2019
A Little Christmas Gift Sewing from Stitchin at Home

First up some Barbie doll clothes. One of my granddaughters is not too happy with her dad. She cleaned up her bedroom and put her doll clothes collection in a bag unbeknownst to her dad, who you may have already guessed what happened next. He put the bag in the trash. They were some big tears and angry words. So what's a grandma to do but help replace some of her collection and she could use everything including footwear.

Now let me tell you sewing Barbie clothes is not my idea of fun. They are so small turning those ...

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December 1, 2019
Sunday This'n'That from Stitchin at Home

The first item up is a little Christmas sewing. The president of the quilt guild I belong too posted a photo of a Poinsettia Table Runner. I watched the you tube video and was off and running. I liked it and wanted to make one,  Sandra of mmm!quilts would call this a Dreami!

Poinsettia table topper


I decided what size I wanted, cut four of the main fabric, accent or backing and batting. There is a pattern I believe I didn't use it though. Stitched them together, turned, pressed and top stitched. Stitched down the four extra petals ...

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November 17, 2019
Stitch and Gift Idea of the Day ~ Folded Fabric Ornaments from Life in the Scrapatch




Folded Fabric Ornaments

Another easy seasonal gift idea! 





These are really easy to do ...


and look very pretty on the tree. 

Happy Sewing! 

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November 12, 2019
Holly Berry Quilted Potholder from Samelia's Mum


Well you get a Holly Berry Potholder, perfect for all manner of holiday baking.

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November 7, 2019
Holly Berry Block from Samelia's Mum

"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..."



My local shopping centre already has Christmas decorations up and I saw an ad on the telly that the shopping centre Santa would be arriving next weekend. 
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October 18, 2019
Hello, Pouch! from From the Strawberry Patch...

I bought the pattern for the "Hello Pouches" (knot and thread design) and was eager to make some up, I thought that they were cute, functional and a nice alternative to the paper gift bag for small Christmas gifts. I made one up yesterday as a trial. I'm happy to report that it's a well-written pattern with easy to follow instructions and access to online video tutorials. I made the "large"

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