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August 30, 2019
Lamps, Before and After from Art and Quilting in Camden

From old to fabulous! Look what a little spray paint, thermofax screens and textile paint, linen and ingenuity can do! Yes, those are the SAME fixtures!

The sconces in our house have made me crazy for years. The shades were made to fit on the old rounded incandescent bulbs…the ones you can’t find any more. The wires didn’t fit well on any of the smaller bulbs that suited the size of the shades and the fixtures–they were always tilting and crooked. And the “old West” look was SO not me! It was Candy Glendenning of Candied ...

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July 22, 2019
Easy-Peasy Inside-Out Bag class at Quilt Festival Houston 2019 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Like potato chips, you can’t stop at just one! Learn to make these FAST, easy and FUN bags on Thursday afternoon at International Quilt Festival! I’ll show you how to adapt the concept into card cases (fast gifts!), tablet cases, sketchbook covers, you name it!

Come play with me on Thursday at International Quilt Festival…Easy Peasy Inside Out Bags, class 491, is in the afternoon, total play, and you’ll become addicted to making them. So far I’ve had every. single. student. nearly finish or finish a bag in the three hours including the quilting and ...

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February 7, 2019
quilted pillowslips for valentines day from block-a-day

Julian and I were chatting over coffee on Monday morning.  He had his calendar open, planning the days he will work in Melbourne over the next couple of weeks.

Him:  Any preferences?

Me: Definitely not next Monday, I’m working an evening and I need you here to put away the poultry 

I’m very mundane with my preferences.

Him:  Hmmmm … I need to be away for three days, so if I don’t go Monday that means I will be away Valentine’s Day.

Me: Huh!  I didn’t even know you knew when Valentine’s was!

Then wishing ...

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December 1, 2018
Free and quick Shannon Cuddle Fleece Hat pattern! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Hi everyone…is anyone else madly trying to figure out what to do for Christmas gifts?  Here’s a FREE pattern by me, with major thanks to Shannon Fabrics for the Cuddle fleece.  Literally you can make a couple of these in an hour or so–give yourself three hours and a yard and you can make half a dozen in production-line mode!

How many selfies do you need to take to eliminate many chins or no chin? LOL! I love my soft hat!

And here is what the hat looks like, flat:

Two hats…I mean I used up ...

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November 24, 2018
A little snowman fun amidst minor panic from Art and Quilting in Camden

Ashley’s snowman, sewn on my trusty Janome 9400, using the buttonhole stitch and free motion stitching. 

Do ya ever have those moments when you walk into your studio / crafting space / hides hole and have a near panic attack because there are so many mid-stream projects that serious ADHD kicks in and you can’t do anything because you keep getting distracted by yet another something?  Yeah.   It was one of those days.

I’ve  added enough books and class materials (classes I’ve taken) that my shelves are too full.   So I had to find a box and remove ...

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October 14, 2018
Call me a Shannon Cuddle fan! from Art and Quilting in Camden

A heavenly combination: my studio, my Janome 9400 and Shannon Fabrics cuddle fabric–I’m ready for winter!  This fabric is so soft you just want to pet it, snuggle under it, and not give it away as a gift!

Last May, Janome America had its first ever Janome Education Summit, and one of the presenters was Shannon Fabrics.  From the kit they provided, I made the lovely summery top in this blogpost.  But they also shared samples of their fabrics, including these two.  True confession:  I have this Elmer Fudd-esque love affair with red and black buffalo check.  When ...

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September 27, 2018
Looks what came in the mail from Shannon Fabrics! Soft and pettable! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Luxe print cuddle and velvet cuddle (the solid red) from ShannonFabrics.com

Oh I can’t WAIT to start sewing this.  At the Janome Education Summit in May we had a program from Shannon Fabrics using their double gauze and Cuddle (minkee).   I saw these three fabrics in swatches and NOW I have some!  They are part of the Fall line, and I can’t wait!  SQUEE…just checked and these are now available at Fabric.com–go here.

The white with buffalo-plaid moose will be backed/edged with the big buffalo-check (each square is about 2 inches) for a ...

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August 30, 2018
An Apple for your favorite teacher from Art and Quilting in Camden

Recently made up a VERY quick and easy project for Janome America which is free for you to use… a felt apple pin for your favorite teacher.   Of course you could also make it in woven cloth, a lovely wool, anything you like, but a wool felt is fast, Fast, FAST…and fun!

 

A quick and easy project by Sarah Ann Smith for Janome America ©2018

I used leftover bits of felt–you could use black for the backing instead of the oatmeal felt I had, anything you want!  Including drafting the apple and sewing on the pin backing I ...

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August 9, 2018
Fussy Cutting Projects- Find the Perfect Prints! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

 Hello Makers, 

What is your go to quilting technique? EPP, scrappy quilts, foundation paper piecing, quilt-as-you- go?  There are so many ways to create a single quilt and whatever way you choose why not incorporate a bit of fussy cutting to add a dose of extra cuteness to your handmade creations. When I first started working at Art Gallery Fabrics about  4  and a half years ago, I was introduced to all things quilty! One of the first quilting terms I learned was the word "Fussy Cutting", which I thought at the time was a pretty silly name. When you ...

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January 19, 2018
Boxy Pouch Tutorial from I'm Studio Lou

I love making quick and cute pouches. They are useful and make great gifts, especially if filled with little bath/chocolate gifts! So today I’m going to talk you through how to make this quick boxy version! Materials needed: 1 Fat Quarter of main print 1 Fat Quarter lining print 1 Fat Quarter of medium iron […]

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December 7, 2017
DIY Quilty Holiday Ornaments from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Happy Holidays Everyone, 

 In need of some new ornaments for your tree this year? Instead of heading to the store this holiday season DIY some Quilty Holiday Ornaments by following along with our new tutorial up on the weallsew blog. We made our ornaments with AGF's first holiday fabric collection, Little Town fabrics! Which ornament is your favorite? It's hard to choose but I am really loving the tree with decorative stitches! 


Quilty-Ornaments---Graphic

Want to get your hands on some winter fabric? We put together a fantastic bundle of fabrics to get you in the holiday spirit! Head over ...

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November 22, 2017
Fussy Cut, Appliqué, Repeat- Indie Style Sewing Patterns from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

Have you seen the Indie Folk fabrics lookbook yet?  Words can't explain how amazing the appliqué projects are! So I knew I had to create a blog post all about different ways you can incorporate the art of appliqué into your sewing and diy projects. I am totally  in love with the bold, rich colors in Pat Bravo's new collection Indie Folk fabrics, which I think will go perfect paired with any sewing project this time of year! Take a look below at some of the great ways to add applique to garments and home decor ...

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September 13, 2017
Back to School Sewing- Open Wide Pencil Bag Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Everyone, 

School is back in full swing and I hope you are all ready for a great new school year. To help with the transition from summer to class room fun we created a fun back to school tutorial. The Open Wide Pencil Bag  makes a perfect gift for anybody going back to school or who has a lot of crafty supplies to store and tote around with them. We made our pencil bag with Joyful Fusions fabric by AGF and added fun applique elements and decorative stitches. This fun fabric mixed with Bernina's fun stitches is a ...

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November 6, 2015
Gift Ideas for Quilters from Simply Fresh Vintage

Gift Guide for Quilters | SimplyFreshVintage.com

As an avid quilter for over 30 years, I have come to learn that when it comes to quilting tools and supplies, always get the best!

I’ve also learned that some tools make life much easier, like having a wrist pin cushion. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stepped on a pin because it fell off my cutting table or I laid it beside the machine and it ended up on the floor. Ouch! … and some notions are just plain fun to use, like the cute and colorful Wonder Clips, perfect for binding your quilts ...

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