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January 20, 2018
revisit an old friend from April Sewing Journal

I have been slowly plugging away at this quilt:

Realized today I still have a long way to go! Probably only half way there.

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January 17, 2018
Speedy Silent Garden Blocks from Quilt Obsession

Lots has been going on – including a computer that decided it wasn’t sure how well it wanted to work for a few days. Lots of nail-biting going on over that, I can tell you, as I couldn’t begin to think about dealing with all that might have meant. Although I do think it’s a wake-up call and I need to start thinking about a new one in the next six months to a year.

Then I got completely engrossed watching this video. But not because of what she was piecing. Oh, no.

It’s watching how quickly ...

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January 15, 2018
Tutorial! Vegan leather necklace from The Village Haberdashery

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the final of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find all of the tutorials in the series here.

Take it away Laura…

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Necklace Tutorial by Laura Howard

Use a chain from an old necklace, or a length of ribbon, to make a bold geometric necklace. Use the templates provided or get creative and draw your own design!

To make this necklace you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A sewing needle
* Sewing scissors ...

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January 8, 2018
Brown & Blue Silent Garden from Quilt Obsession

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I love the look of this blue and brown Silent Garden block! I was amazed at just how much I liked it when I finished it.

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The back, after pressing.

I let it sit for a couple of days and just kept looking at it and realized that yes, I really did like it and wanted to continue and make the quilt top using those blue & brown stars. So I started on a second Silent Garden block.

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And in short order I had this, the second blue & brown Silent Garden block ...

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January 5, 2018
A Year of Wreaths: December Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath by Laura Howard from The Village Haberdashery

It’s time for the December wreath (so sorry this one is a little late) in our Year of Wreaths series with Laura Howard! Read on for her embroidered snowflakes wreath tutorial and pick up a kit here! Take it away, Laura!

Embroidered Snowflakes Wreath Tutorial by Laura Howard

The final wreath in this seasonal series is a little bit late (sorry!) but hopefully worth the wait. You could make it as a winter wreath to add a bit of sparkle to these dark and gloomy days, or stitch it ready for next Christmas!

This month’s wreath features embroidered snowflakes, silver sequins and seed beads, and ...

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January 2, 2018
Tutorial! Vegan leather lightning bolt brooch from The Village Haberdashery

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the third of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find all of the tutorials in the series here.

Take it away Laura…

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

DIY Vegan Leather Lightning Bolt Brooch Tutorial by Laura Howard

This bold lightning bolt brooch would look great pinned to a black coat or sweater! You can also follow these steps to make brooches using the star templates, or any other shape you fancy.

To make this brooch you will need:

* A synthetic leather kit
* A ...

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January 1, 2018
kitty cat and exchange quilt finish from April Sewing Journal

Finished the kitty cat quilt for my niece and brought it up for our family Christmas last weekend.  I laughed because the day before my sister had said “no more cats” at her house. The quilt has so many cats. Here is the back:

Every year our family does a home made gift exchange for the adults. It has become quite a competition. I made a quilt this year (again).  Next year I will be more creative. This quilt was made from extra blocks from other quilts that didn’t make the cut for various reasons.

 

Anyway, the sad thing ...

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December 29, 2017
Silent Garden from Quilt Obsession

There seems to be a garden theme to my quilts lately. But Silent Garden isn’t a reference to the Garden Gone Wild blocks having gone silent with no work being done even though that seems like it’s the case as I’m still dithering about how to set them and with what.

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No, Silent Garden is a design in Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori Quilts 3 book and that is the perfect setting for 6-point kaleidoscope stars. And you know I’ve sewn countless kaleidoscope stars as I just cannot seem to get enough of them!

Lilac and Pink starswtmk

I knew there ...

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December 23, 2017
Last Minute Details from Bayou Quilts


A cat pillow to accompany Cat.
Coffee dyed and grunged the fabric with cinnamon and vanilla,
pieced the strips, added batting, and some straight line quilting,
then made the awkward cat and appliqued him to the block.
On the back, a little quote I saw on a tee shirt.
Cat and pillow
were stuffed into 
a bag for a late birthday present.

I found the cat fabric in my stash.
Not sure why I bought it in the first place,
but several years later,
it made the perfect bag for Cat stuff.

And finally,
the third snowman.

Yesterday, I whipped ...

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December 21, 2017
Join us This Saturday 3-6pm for Birthday Treats ; ) from Cultured Expressions

I hope this post finds everyone safe and ready to enjoy the holiday season, to whatever degree you prefer.  As usual, I’ll be taking the laid-back approach, doing as little as I can get away with, but with all of the fun – and work – of the studio launch, there isn’t much leisure time at all for me this December! #nocomplaints  ; )

We’re at 1417 Main Street, Rahway, NJ, in the Arts District.  If you’re in the area, come out to the studio this Saturday, Dec 23.  We’ll be open our usual Saturday hours form 10am – 6pm ...

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A Garden and Stars from Quilt Obsession

What have I been doing? Amongst other things, I’ve been trying out various fabrics for sashing/alternate blocks with the Garden Gone Wild blocks but have yet to find the solution.

These are the 22 flowers in the garden. One of them will be used as a label for the quilt and the other will be the cover of a stitching book, I think, so the top will be made of 20 of these Ribbon Flower blocks.

I used so many different background fabrics for the ribbon flowers that I think I may be limited to something like a ...

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December 13, 2017
Christmas Gift Guide: 10 stocking filler ideas! from The Village Haberdashery

Welcome to the third and final post in our series of Christmas Gift Guides! Today we are sharing some some ideas for those last minute stocking fillers!

Christmas Gift Guide at The Village Haberdashery

These little keychain paper punches are super fun and perfect for crafters of all ages! We have some really sweet designs and they are the perfect stocking size!

Paper punches

Merchant and Mills have a fantastic range of sewing knick-knacks that would put a smile on a sewists face on Christmas Morning. How about a beautifully crafted Bamboo point turner, a sweet box of pins, luxury needles, or a handy sewing gauge and tailor’s ...

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December 8, 2017
9 DIY ideas for decorating your Christmas Tree in handmade style! from The Village Haberdashery

We have so many super fun kits and crafty bits and bobs that would be ideal to help you create that perfect handmade Christmas. Here is a quick round up of some Christmas Tree decoration ideas!

These Tapestry Kits by Stitch Me contain everything you need to make some amazing tree decorations. With lots of designs to choose from they are bound to put a smile on your face.

Tapestry kits christmas decorations

Simply tie some embroidery thread to the top of these cute felt motifs to create instant decorations! Or why not grab some wool felt and cut out your own shapes.

Felt motifs christmas

Buttonbag ...

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December 7, 2017
DIY Christmas cards with Laura Howard, part two from The Village Haberdashery

The super talented Laura Howard has been busy crafting up some really cute Christmas card designs for you all to get creating. We love how many possibilities there are with card, washi tape and stamps! 

This is part two of her inspirational tutorials. You can find part one here. Take it away Laura!

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
Today I’m sharing more ideas for making Christmas cards using this gorgeous festive paper pad. The coordinating sheets of paper and card work so well together, and the gold foil details are just fabulous!

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
I also used some lovely rubber stamps, washi tape from the same ...

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December 6, 2017
The ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for makers! 10 ideas to inspire creativity from The Village Haberdashery

Welcome to the second post in our series of Christmas Gift Guides! Today we are sharing some ideas for gifts for all the knitters, sewists, felters, weavers and makers out there! Use it as a guide for giving to the makers in your life…or just go ahead and send a link to this post to your friends and family to make sure you get something you’ll love!

The Village Haberdashery Christmas Gift Guide

Anyone who works with yarn or fabrics will love to receive some Soak modern laundry care products this Christmas! Soak Flatter is a starch-free smoothing spray that relaxes wrinkles and freshens ...

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November 30, 2017
DIY Christmas cards with Laura Howard, part one from The Village Haberdashery

The super talented Laura Howard has been busy crafting up some really cute Christmas Card designs for you all to get creating. We love how many possibilities there are with card, washi tape and stamps! Here is part one of her inspirational tutorials. Take it away Laura…

Can I tell you a secret? Christmas crafting is my absolute favourite kind of crafting!

DIY Christmas Card Ideas with Laura Howard!
Today I’m sharing some ideas for making Christmas cards using this gorgeous festive paper pad. The coordinating sheets of paper and card work so well together, and the gold foil details are just fabulous!

DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
DIY Christmas Card Ideas Tape by Laura Howard!
I also used ...

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November 29, 2017
A Thanksgiving Craft Project ~ Fun & Easy . from Oodles Sewing Blog

Thanksgiving Craft Project

Sometimes it can be fun to work outside your usual crafting arena. It’s always good to include kids to expand their little minds (while taxing or losing yours). So I thought I’d do a Thanksgiving Craft Project with our 4 year old grandson.. Something we’d never done before.

The post A Thanksgiving Craft Project ~ Fun & Easy . appeared first on ~Oodles.

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November 27, 2017
Spelling It Out! from From the Strawberry Patch...

There were some questions after yesterday's blog post about the name ornaments that the grandchildren made while they were visiting over Thanksgiving; I decided to show you through a series of photos here today how they were constructed, there were a few errors made along the way (mine) as I developed a prototype for this fun Christmas craft. First, you will need to gather the following

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Spelling It Out! from From the Strawberry Patch...

There were some questions after yesterday's blog post about the name ornaments that the grandchildren made while they were visiting over Thanksgiving; I decided to show you through a series of photos here today how they were constructed, there were a few errors made along the way (mine) as I developed a prototype for this fun Christmas craft. First, you will need to gather the following

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November 24, 2017
The Big Christmas Jumper Sewalong 2017! from The Village Haberdashery

We are super happy to be one of the sponsors for The Big Christmas Jumper Instagram Sewalong, organised by What Corrine Did Next.

The big christmas jumper sewalong

The rules are so simple – make a jumper from your favourite pattern, and embellish or decorate it to make your perfect Christmas jumper. Then simply post it on Instagram by 20 December using the hashtag #myxmasjumper and be in with a chance of winning an awesome prize!

To get you all started use discount code JUMPER10 for 10% off all of our Christmas fabrics!

Michael Miller Nutcracker Act 1 Christmas fabric collection

This is such a great opportunity to add to your me made wardrobe ...

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