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April 21, 2017
More Half Pickled Ladies from Quilt Obsession

The final eight half clamshell pickles are done – so now it’s time to start sewing them on to the top. But first, here are the final eight.

I was happy to find so many of my floral fabrics had flowers small enough for all the clamshell pickles, including all the partial ones. Some very small.

Some quite a bit larger.

Some light.

Some darker.

Lots of roses, large …

… and small.

Another light one.

And one of my favourites.

Now that all the half Pickled Ladies are done, it’s time for lots of curved piecing and continuous stitching as ...

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April 19, 2017
Half Pickled Ladies on the Side from Quilt Obsession

I had made the little strips of triangles for the side halves of the Clamshell Pickles a long time ago and they’ve been sitting waiting, all this time, for me to finally get the fabrics chosen and half Pickled Ladies printed for each one.

All that was left was some nice curved piecing to add the little strips of the triangles to the half clamshell pickles, which went very quickly, and all the ones needed for one side are now done.

Using the window template made it very quick to find fabrics that worked for the side halves. The ...

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April 17, 2017
Half Pickled Ladies from Quilt Obsession

Yes, I know it has been a long time since I blogged, but I have been busy sewing all this time. This post will be a bit short on words, but there are lots of pictures.

Part of the piecing has involved finally getting the Pickled Ladies top to the point I needed to choose fabrics for the edges so that I’d have a straight edge before I start attaching the borders.

So I began with window templates for the top and bottom pieces.

And window templates for the two sides.

Six and a half hours later, after auditioning ...

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April 12, 2017
Daytrippin' from From the Strawberry Patch...

Quiltdivajulie and me It took some doing; but, at long last, I can now say (with photo proof) that Quiltdivajulie and I are in-person friends! We've shared a LOT over the past ten years or so, all online, as blogging buddies. Over the years we discovered many similarities that we have in common: our birthdays are within days of each other (day and year!), our wedding anniversaries are too. We

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Daytrippin' from From the Strawberry Patch...

Quiltdivajulie and me It took some doing; but, at long last, I can now say (with photo proof) that Quiltdivajulie and I are in-person friends! We've shared a LOT over the past ten years or so, all online, as blogging buddies. Over the years we discovered many similarities that we have in common: our birthdays are within days of each other (day and year!), our wedding anniversaries are too. We

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April 9, 2017
Horsey from April Sewing Journal

New block:

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April 5, 2017
Sewing Inspiration for Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel from The Village Haberdashery

Hi all – Kym here! We have all been super excited about the arrival of Wonderland, the latest collection by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel. We are busy stitching up our display pieces that are coming soon to our West Hampstead Shop!

Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton and Steel

I have loved checking out what you have all made already with this stunning Alice in Wonderland themed collection and wanted to share some of my favourites. Plus check out the tags #wonderlandfabric #riflepapercofabric and #riflepapercowonderland on Instagram for lots more amazing project ideas!

I am totally in love with this darling purse by @finchknittingsewingstudio.

Wonderland Purse

…and her ...

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April 4, 2017
All about Canvas fabric Recap! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey makers!

If you have been following along the canvas posts series you pretty much know the most important things you need to know about AGF Canvas fabric! Today, I will basically summarize all the juicy information we talked about in our last posts. 

About two weeks ago, Mister Domestic hosted one episode of "Let's talk fabric" in which he talked about Canvas fabric and some things you need to know about it. So if you are curious on knowing what he said, I invite you to check out the video! Also, I shared two graphics where you will ...

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March 23, 2017
Pin It Weekly #197 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

What are we pinning?  Well, MLaFoe is pinning to her board, "The Hebrides Vikings Celtics Scotland & Britain." 

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland. This was one of our favorite stops in our trip to Scotland this year. #castles:

Abandoned Boats. Salen. Isle of Mull. Inner Hebrides. Scotland.: Holyrood Abbey, Scotland:

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland:

Stonehenge, England, United Kingdom, great capture. An absolute wonder.: Loch Etive, Glencoe, Highland, Scotland:

Karen Cassidy is a new pinner who has two boards, but check out her "Projects" board. She has some cute ideas pinned.

"Tonight the music will play" By Ditte Sørensen, Denmark. Free motion embroidery on textile, photo transfer, and quilted. Size 30x40:

Foto: Take a photo and bring it into Photoshop Elements 3 and remove the background and add a drop shadow. Ta Da!:

TJ James has a board idea titled "beach quilts." There we are...a new reason to create quilts! (Because, you know, we all need that!)

Straight line sewing in two directions - I love this pattern.: Make this quick and easy quilt using just 24 precut 2 1/2" strips. You can also…:

This, that and everything inbetween:

Beach hut framed textile art. Would like to try doing this!:

Making Waves quilt pattern by Laura Nownes: And I? I've been pinning a few beachy ideas that I love for outdoor furniture, maybe ...

Three Beach Huts Cushion - Coastal Living:

and these cloche hats, which have eluded me for over a week! But I'm getting closer. (More on ...

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March 17, 2017
Be part of our upcoming Wonderland display! from The Village Haberdashery

Calling all Knitters and Crocheters!

To celebrate the arrival of the much anticipated Wonderland collection by Rifle Paper Company for Cotton and Steel (coming so soon!) we are planning a big Alice in Wonderland themed display for our West Hampstead shop and we need your help!
Wonderland by Rifle Paper Co.

We would love you to get your knitting needles and crochet hooks out and stitch us some tea party treats! We are looking for miniature cakes, biscuits, cookies, and tea cups, juice bottles…. you get the idea!

Crochet Cake Sachets Inseparable Cake

The only criteria is that they should be no bigger than 4 inches by 4 inches. Pick ...

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March 16, 2017
Obsessive About Dyeing from Where Art & Life Meet

Dyeing fabrics is an obsession.  I began with cottons as directed in the Elizabeth Barton class, Dyeing to Design, that I took over at Academy of Quilting.  I had little interest in dyeing or so I thought, and only took the class because Elizabeth was teaching it and I wanted to take a class with… Continue reading Obsessive About Dyeing

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Pin It Weekly #196 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Welcome to Pin It Weekly! Here's what some followers are pinning.

Lydia Villemarette on weddings:
Burlap Wedding Cake Reception:

50 new must-have photos with the groom: Puppy + Bride shot.:

Pre-punched paper at Michael's - wrap it around a glass cylinder:

pinky promise:

Carole Sklenar on things for the home:
Wall Decal Quote  Horse decal with Quote  by TenaciousQuotations, $24.95 Horses lend us the wings we lack.:

Pallet - just stain and take out some slats: Life is better on the Farm vintage sign farmgirl fancies:

Family Room Design Ideas, Pictures, Remodel and Decor:


Maria valeria e Francesco Salvatore:

copyright V&A:

Ella: Duchess Sophie Elisabeth, wearing the diamond daisy tiara when she wed Alois, Hereditary Prince of Liechtenstein, on 3 July 1993.:

Penny Thompson on crafts and DIY projects
 : The+most+memorable+days+usually+end+-+Big+DIY+Ideas More:

Driven by Decor - Hack an Office Organizer to Create a Super Convenient Family Charging Station:

8 Nautical Map Decor Ideas by Anna Örnberg. Cover boxes..., lampshades, books, trays, building blocks and more:

Vintage Wood Calendar Chalkboard Easy DIY Idea for a farmhouse kitchen:

And should you be wondering what I'm pinning...why, the things from these ladies. In fact, I'm getting finger cramps. There are too many things that I love!

What about you? What are you going to pin in the next few days?
If you'd like to be featured on Pin It Weekly, leave a comment or shoot me a note at ...

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March 7, 2017
Seam Finishes from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi makers!

As I promised, here is the third graphic about the sewing stitches. If you have been following along my posts you probably already have the sewing machine stitches and hand stitches graphics with you! I encourage you to save these graphics for easy access. You can either download the image or pin it to your sewing board! This way you will be able to remember those little things you sometimes forget! 

So what exactly is a seam? It's a method of joining two pieces of fabric by a row of stitching. Remember, that seams should be as ...

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March 6, 2017
Slow Sunday Stitching (Vogue 9057 and small handwork) from Nita Dances

Dear Vi,

Today it’s snowing again, one of those dreary low-light days where you just want to hibernate and read a good book. You know the kind.

I don’t have anything new or earth-shattering to share, so I’ll just catch you up on what’s going on in the sewing room, okay?

I’ve been feeling the urge to sew a piece of clothing. This piece of clothing in particular:I just can’t decide if I want the two sleeves to match or if I want one sleeve to be different, like in the picture (view ...

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March 4, 2017
Philippians 2:15. Covered In Love from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 2:15
Doing everything without grumbling or arguing can be difficult.  But, look at the reason why God asks us to do this!  

So that we may become 

1) blameless
2) pure
3) children of God
4) without fault in a warped and crooked generation
5) to shine among them like stars in the sky.

We become.
This is a process.
As we learn to do EVERYTHING without 
grumbling or arguing,
we become all these things.

It takes time.
And it's worth it.

These last few days, I've kept this Scripture in the ...

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February 23, 2017
AGF stitched Featuring Wonderful Things Fabrics by Bonnie Christine from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Hello, hello!

This week we’re excited to share with you the latest episode of AGF stitched with Kimberly! In Kimberly’s tutorial, you will learn how to make a beautiful Filigree quilt featuring Bonnie Christine's newest collection, Wonderful Things Fabrics Filigree-1

Download the free pattern of this quilt and watch Kimberly show you how to make each block! If you would like to recreate the same quilt with Wonderful Things fabrics,  you can purchase the quilt kit at Fat Quarter Shop.

If you would like to see the same quilt design made by other makers, these are the makers ...

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February 14, 2017
A Year of Wreaths: February Valentine’s Heart Wreath by Laura Howard from The Village Haberdashery

It’s time for the February wreath in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her Valentine’s Heart Wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here. Take it away, Laura!

Valentine's Heart Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

My monthly wreath project continues with a heart-themed wreath to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and to spread a little love and happiness!

This month’s wreath features embroidered felt hearts, pretty ricrac and some gorgeous purple yarn. All the supplies you’ll need are available from the Village Haberdashery shop – follow the links below for individual items or click here for the February wreath kit ...

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February 13, 2017
When Good Crafts Go Bad Episode #61 from Hobbies Up To Here

Sometimes crafts go well. And sometimes…sometimes…the crafts go bad! We both had some pretty frustrating moments with some of our hobbies and crafts this week. Between my mom’s fabric just not piecing together properly and my cake falling apart before I could decorate it, we seemed to have the universe against us! But we’ve learned … Continue reading When Good Crafts Go Bad Episode #61

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February 9, 2017
Philippians 2:12b Part 2 of Quilt Block Book from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 2:12b Part 2
We must work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, but not be fearful.
No one can do the hard work of deepening 

our faith, 
our relationship with Christ
our maturity -
both emotional and spiritual.

Tonight I'm going to share how I used to see the verse.  In the next post, I'm going to share what I've learned via study of this verse - it's amazing what God is showing me. Amazing.
I wrote here and here that I am working on boundaries right now.  Naturally, this is ...

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February 5, 2017
Creating While Life Happens from Where Art & Life Meet

I’ve been alive for over half a century and  have witnessed a great deal of beauty as well as tragedy, both personally and in the world.  However the current political climate is unlike anything I have ever experienced.  The take away from the past three months is that we Americans are as divided, if not… Continue reading Creating While Life Happens

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