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November 16, 2018
Making a stand mixer cover for the baker on your holiday list xo from Quilt Social

 

This week I shared with you several gift ideas that are sew easy to make, there’s still enough time to make the Simple Essentials Traveler’s Tote for the person on your list who travels often.

During the holiday season, baking is on almost every family’s to-do list. The very popular stand style mixers get a workout. At other times of the year they also sit idle.

A stand mixer cover is a great gift for bakers (and cooks) and those that love their kitchen gadgets. Check out my KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus below, I love it almost ...

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November 15, 2018
Simple Essentials Travel Tote is sew easy to make for gifting from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I shared the mini stockings for the holiday countdown, but there are other items that can be made ahead of time for at least a couple of people on your list.

Everyone needs a travel tote! This tote is not only easy to make, it can be personalized with a monogram and can tote any range of items from arts and craft/sewing supplies to make up brushes, small toys and toiletries. It’s very versatile for all ages. It has 4 simply constructed pockets and for this reason, it’s called the Simple Essentials Travel Tote. Featured in ...

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November 14, 2018
Special Sunday and Stitching Dreams from Canadian Needle Nana

I get goosebumps just thinking about war and especially reading all the stories that keep emerging about those times.
Soldiers Embroider for Therapy   This is an interesting story sent to me by a friend through Facebook (thank you Lillian!).  I've read about soldiers knitting as therapy but had not heard of embroidering before.  It looks to me like counted cross stitch. I can only hope that working like this with needle and thread soothed them somewhat after the horrors they endured during trench warfare in World War I.

To commemmorate the 100th anniversary of that war's ending,  the ...

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Mini Holiday Countdown Stockings are sew easy to make from Quilt Social

 

Take time over the holidays to savor all of the special moments with family and celebrate each day leading up to Christmas with a fun holiday countdown decor project. With this project, you can use and admire some beautiful Northcott Holiday Collections and Shimmering Dekor Metallic, SULKY and Gütermann threads.

Mini Holiday Countdown Stockings

Get into the festive spirit with this project. Fill these mini stockings with goodies each day to decorate and celebrate the holidays with all of your family members for years to come.

 

Holiday Mini Countdown Stockings using Northcott Holiday Fabrics, Sugar and Spice and Swedish Christmas, Gütermann Metallic and Dekor Threads, Sulky Holoshimmer, Northcott ColorWorks, Fabric Fun Markers, UNIQUE Rick Rack and Fairfield Quilter's 80/20 Batting
Holiday Mini Countdown Stockings using Northcott Holiday Fabrics, Sugar and Spice and Swedish Christmas ...

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November 13, 2018
2 fabulous felt projects to make your holidays sew much easier from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday we talked about the use of fabric, decorative machine embroidery thread and a little time spent quilting to make gifts for the chefs in your life.

Today’s projects for How to make the Holidays “sew” easy involve the use of craft felt, specifically Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt, Kunin PrestoFelt. We’ll also use some hand embroidery and machine stitching to make this felt look so festive without hours of effort.

Kunin felt is made of polyester, acrylic. Did you know that this product is also Eco Friendly and partially made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles?

Felt is also very ...

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November 12, 2018
How to make your holidays sew much easier from Quilt Social

 

Are you thinking about your holiday preparations yet and … what can I sew or quilt to make my holidays easier and fun? This week I’ll be showing you How to Make Your Holidays “Sew” Much Easier. The content will include creative gift ideas for all ages and festive decor using Gütermann Dekor Rayon and Dekor Metallic threads, Therm Fleece,HeatnBond Light Weight Fusible Interfacing, UNIQUE Wash-out Marker and UNIQUE Rick Rack. 

Be sure to check QUILTsocial daily all this week to see what exciting new ideas we have just for you to make your holidays “sew” easy.

Holiday Ornament Hot Pad and Microwave Mitts
Holiday Ornament ...

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November 9, 2018
African Violets table runner is a quick finish with pieced backing from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to use 6 fat quarters from Banyan Batiks African Violets collection in the Cornflower and Delphinium colorways along with some red Shadows fabric to create some modern Rail Fence blocks.

Now you’re ready to sew the blocks together to create your own modern table runner. Let’s get started!

  • Sew the blocks together, alternating blocks 1 and 2, to make 5 rows with 3 blocks in each row. Each row should measure 9½” x 18½”.

 

 6½" x 9½" blocks ready to be sewn together
6½” x 9½” blocks ready to be sewn together

 

 

5 rows of blocks ready to be sewn together. Remember to alternate Block 1 and Block 2.
5 rows of blocks ready to be sewn together. Remember ...

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November 8, 2018
Mother Trees, Free Patterns, Stitching from Canadian Needle Nana

This is one of the Mother trees on this property.  Surviving for over a hundred years and still sending out leaves that turn this unique yellowish colour.  This is a side of the house where the basement exit is that I've never shown you either...there is my outside compost bin on the lower left.  This tree is visible from our bedroom window and produces quite a show all year round.  The woodpeckers love it and all the blackened limbs when snow laden are beautiful too.

After a short rainfall,the light was strange, illuminating, yet through the trees ...

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6 Banyan Batiks fat quarters for a modern table runner from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to finish up your Roll & Go sewing organizer made from Banyan Batik African Violets fabric.

Today, I’ll use 6 fat quarters from Banyan Batiks African Violets collection in the Hibiscus and Delphinium colorways to create a modern “Rail Fence” table runner. I also used ½ yd of red Shadows #81300-24 for accents and binding.

Both of these new collections are available in your favorite quilt shops now!

 

Table runner with Banyan Batiks African Violets and Shadows fabric
Table runner with Banyan Batiks African Violets and Shadows fabric

 

 

These are the Banyan Batiks fat quarters used for my version of the table runner.
These are the Banyan Batiks fat quarters used for my version of the table runner.

 

Let’s ...

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November 7, 2018
Finishing the Roll and Go sewing organizer from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday we got all the bits and pieces of the Banyan Batiks African Violets put together. Now it’s time to assemble everything to finish the sewing organizer.

  • Sew pocket 1 to the inside panel, 9½” down from the top.

 

Placement lines on the inside panel
Placement lines on the inside panel

 

  • Sew pocket 2 to the quilted 9½” x 19½” rectangle, 3″ up from the bottom. Have the open edge ¼” below the 3″ line.

 

Sew pocket #2 on the outside, quilted rectangle.
Sew pocket #2 on the outside, quilted rectangle.

 

  • Fold pocket 2 down and hand-stitch in place.

 

Fold pocket down and hand-stitch in place.
Fold pocket down and hand-stitch in place.

 

Putting it all together

  • Layer the quilted ...

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November 6, 2018
Sewing and quilting the Roll and Go sewing organizer! from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I showed you how to cut the pieces for your Roll & Go sewing organizer using fat quarters from Banyan Batiks African Violets collection. Now you’re ready to start sewing!

Outside Panel

  • Sew the 20″ outside panel pieces together. Press seams open.

 

Sew the 3 outside panel pieces together.
Sew the 3 outside panel pieces together.

 

  • Layer muslin, batting and outside fabric (right side up). Pin or baste together.
  • Quilt through all layers as desired.

 

Quilt the outside panel as desired.
Quilt the outside panel as desired.

 

  • Center ribbon trim along the seam lines. Sew in place.

 

Sew the ribbon trim in place over the seam lines.
Sew the ribbon trim in place over the seam lines.

 

  • Trim the quilted panel to ...

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November 5, 2018
Making a Roll & Go with Banyan Batiks African Violets collection! from Quilt Social

 

In my QUILTsocial posts Making a modern quilt design using traditional quilt blocks in September 2018, I showed you how to use 8 fat quarters from Banyan Batiks Tie One On collection along with some coordinating fabrics from the Ketan collection, to make a table runner and placemats.

This week I’m sharing some projects using fat quarters from the Banyan Batiks African Violets collection in the Cornflower and Delphinium colorways.

 

Banyan Batiks African Violets in the Cornflower colorway
Banyan Batiks African Violets in the Cornflower colorway

 

All fat quarters are not created equal! Most fat quarters are 18″ long, but if you’re buying fabric in metric ...

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November 4, 2018
Pick A Pumpkin Blog Hop Day One from Made By Marney

Thanks for joining me today for the first day of the PICK A PUMPKIN BLOG HOP, sponsored by Carla Henton from Creatin in the Sticks. I have been working on one of my favorite subjects, paper pieced black cats and pumpkins. Don’t miss my GIVE-AWAY…you’ll find it at the end of this post.

CAT ON A PUMPKIN is an easy block with nice large pieces. Find a lovely orange fabric with some interesting texture for that luscious, fat pumpkin.

CURIOUS CAT has a quizzical expression.

CAT WITH A HAT is wearing a wonky witch hat.

MOONLIGHT CAT ...

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November 3, 2018
Band Together Tote gets everyone smiling from Quilt Social

 

Just like the Denim Bracelets Trio yesterday, here’s another recycling denim project that stretches the imagination. The Band Together Tote however, did bring a smile to my face for its ingenuity.

While the Shirr Thing Bag from Thursday’s post this week required a softer, lighter weight denim fabric, the Band Together Tote is made of ‘fabric’ that is inherently sturdy to begin with. Using the jeans waist bands makes the fabric very solid, as if ‘stabilized’. This is a sturdy tote!

 

The jean waistband makes for a solid foundation for this Band Together Tote. Coats Denim, Jean Topstitching and All Purpose threads used to recycle denim.
The jean waistband makes for a solid foundation for this Band Together Tote. Coats Denim, Jean Topstitching ...

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November 2, 2018
Denim Bracelet Trio, no one will ever guess! from Quilt Social

 

All week I’ve shared some cool denim recycling ideas created by Linda Griepentrog, did you try the Shirr Thing Bag from yesterday’s post? It’s worth a try!

Denim accessories couldn’t be hotter, whether you choose a bleached option, indigo print or solid navy these denim bracelets rock. Topstitched with Coats Jeans thread, they are simple to make, so make one or two or three!

 

Denim Bracelet Trio can be made simply as shown, or perhaps try adding your own embroidery or decorative stitches before assembly.
Denim Bracelet Trio can be made simply as shown, or perhaps try adding your own embroidery or decorative stitches before assembly.

 

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November 1, 2018
Making the Shirr Thing Bag from Quilt Social

 

Welcome to the third day of recycling jeans into cool sewing projects! Yesterday, I posted about making a Denim Notebook Cover which showcased the beauty and strength of denim and DENIM threads by Coats.

In this post I’m highlighting an everyday denim bag with fun shirring on the front. The secret? Using heavyweight Jeans thread to make the shirring!

All week we’re working with three threads that make these cool recycling projects fabulous. Coats Dual Duty Plus and Dual Duty XP collections with an emphasis on Denim, Jeans Topstitching, and All Purpose threads.

The Shirr Think Bag was ...

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October 31, 2018
The beauty and strength of a denim notebook cover from Quilt Social

 

Did you manage to finish up the Denim Organizer from yesterday? It’s a great accessory for a  quilting studio. You can however fit anything you want in those deep pockets.

Today’s denim idea is quite unique. We’re using denim fabric to cover a notebook, but see how elegant this is? The pocket is so handy for placing writing tools, business cards, or cell phone?

 

Denim Book Cover: strength meets elegance; free pattern using Coats Denim and Jean threads
Denim Book Cover: strength meets elegance; free pattern using Coats Denim and Jean threads

 

Designed by Linda Turner Griepentrog, the Denim Book Cover is further enhanced by the stitching and thread used. It ...

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October 30, 2018
Recycling denims using Coats Dual Duty XP and Plus threads from Quilt Social

 

What can you do with denim pants you no longer want to wear, other than getting rid of them? We have plenty of creative and practical ideas this week! Most start with a denim garment as the base and then are embellished or restyled. So hit the thrift store or your closet and get started.

Let’s start with the Denim Organizer using these threads:

Coats Dual Duty thread for Jeans, excellent abrasion resistance for jean repair and embellishment

OR

Coats Dual Duty Plus DENIM thread to match denim,

  • All-purpose weight cotton-covered polyester and the color blends when sewing or ...

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October 26, 2018
Shopping Loot, Stitching, Coffee- The Usual from Canadian Needle Nana

I'd just read an article about why our ears and nose look bigger the older we get.  So it's not my imagination or some form of dysmorphia I'm experiencing! My nose really is bigger and this realization provided one of those moments where I thought oh fudge! because really who of us have ever thought, can't wait till I'm older and this too small nose of mine will grow bigger. According to this article,  Our Nose and Ears Continue to Grow as long as we live. Sadly, it's true but back to the gratefulness ...

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How the creative icon does half the work for you when adding a zipper from Quilt Social

 

I’m back for the last post of the week, have you tried the mitered corner technique I showed you yesterday? Easy, right?

One of the last things to do when making cushions is attaching the zipper, here are two simple ways to add zippers to your cushions. All week long, I shared tutorials to make attractive cushions to gift for the Holidays.

These tips make the cushions look professionally made but really, they were effortlessly handmade. And adding zippers is no exception with the PFAFF creative icon. Thanks to its big screen and tutorial section!

 

Adding zippers is easy with the PFAFF creative icon
Adding zippers is easy ...

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