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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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April 12, 2019
The Quilt Show–Sarah’s Episode! from Art and Quilting in Camden

What a delight it was to be invited to tape a show for the Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson online “tv” show, The Quilt Show (TQS)! In the past I have taped for two seasons of Quilting Arts TV (on PBS) and did a video workshop for Interweave (Art Quilt Design from Photo to Threadwork, available as a download), but TQS is on a whole other level of professionalism. It was filmed in the Comcast center near Denver…as you walked by the main office there was an entire cabinet of awards including a few Golden Globes! And to get ...

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January 11, 2019
Easy Quarter Square Triangles from A Few Loose Threads

Easy Quarter Square Triangles

What is a Quarter Square Triangle or QST, for short? It’s made of 4, Quarter Squares! 

Another name for this unit is the Hour Glass block.

There is a simple formula used to make them – Finished Size + 1 1/4″.

Finished size = 3″ x 3″. 

3″ + 1 1/4″  =  4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″

Method 1:  Sew First

Step One

  1. Cut 2 squares from contrasting fabric using the formula above.
  2. Draw a line diagonally from corner to corner on the back of the lighter fabric.
  3. Pair squares Right Sides Together (RST). Pin.
  4. Stitch a scant ¼” from ...

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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
International Quilt Festival #4: Fine Finishes (to be retitled to Bindings and Piping and Facings, Oh My!) from Art and Quilting in Camden

Bindings and Pipings and Facings, Oh My! class in Houston 2018:  Truth in teaching: this is usually what my teacher’s table looks like: a hot mess!

I LOVE teaching this class!  I LOVE that EVERYONE gets how to achieve a perfect mitered corner no matter what width your binding!  I LOVE showing students how to use Susan K. Cleveland’s Piping Hot Binding tool–students come into class thinking “I’ll try it but don’t think I’ll ever use it” and leave with the tool in hand planning how they CAN use it because it rocks!   Then ...

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November 7, 2018
This is so true! from Abbi Mays


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November 1, 2018
The last bits of fleece make an easy peasy hat! from Art and Quilting in Camden

So I decided to use up the very last bits of my buffalo check fleece.  I began with 4 3/4 yards of the 58-60″ wide cloth.  The second photo shows the last bits!   These hats are SO FAST to make…including figuring out the best sewing sequence it took less than an hour for the first one.  If you wanted to make a half dozen, you could do that in an afternoon–quick and easy winter gifts!

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

This ...

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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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July 22, 2018
An app to practice color with your camera (on your phone!) from Art and Quilting in Camden

My Quilting Arts Article, August-September 2018, on using your camera–in the case of this article, the one on my PHONE…nothing fancy!

Hi everyone!   The answer is yes, people ARE reading my article in Quilting Arts.  The even better news is that a few have contacted me because they had trouble finding the Pantone app (both Apple and Android).  Luckily I have been able to help; UPDATE:  I added some “how to” at the end of this post with step by step instructions on saving/exporting the palette. I use the PANTONE Studio app, which looks like this (purple ...

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July 10, 2018
Me on video with Terry Mingee–Janome Education Summit 2018 Post #6 from Art and Quilting in Camden

Hold on to your seats…it’s me on video! At the Education Summit in late May, the Janome Marketing department paired up the participants, then had us ask each other some questions.   They’ve just today posted those videos.  Apart from the fact that it was late in the day so Terry Mingee, whom I have met a few times before at International Quilt Festival in Houston, and I were fairy tired and relaxed and therefore didn’t sit up straight…the videos are a total hoot.  Here’s mine with Terry…I am now Sarah the Time-Turner (after ...

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July 2, 2018
Clamshells ~ Splendid Sampler II ~ Block #3 from A Few Loose Threads

Clamshells - Splendid Sampler Block #3

Appliqué and Embroidery all in one super cute block!

It is true that I fumble with both applique and embroidery – fumbly fingers, bifocals, fear of making a mistake….you name it! But I was determined to make this block by hand. And I did (with a few re-do’s). It didn’t take long – it was finished in an afternoon! I’m looking forward to more skill building in this area. How about You?

I saw an opportunity to organize my supplies and found this cute little divided dish at TARGET for $0.59!

Tool Dish

For more information about how to ...

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May 21, 2018
Friendship Quilt Along from A Few Loose Threads

My quilting friend, Amanda Herring is behind all of the fun!

Here’s the fabric collection I’ve decided to work with. I collected most of it on a recent trip Charlottesville. And of course, added to it from my stash. I can’t wait to share my progress with you!

Friendship is one of life’s most vibrant quilts. It warms us, gives us a comfortable place to land, and brings color and pattern to our lives.

Hosted by Amanda Herring and many of her design friends, the Friendship quilt along will be a great way to learn new ...

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February 18, 2015
Segue to Hiatus from 365 days of wonderful

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So this is my segue to let you know I will be on hiatus until the first week of March. Dear Hubby and I are away for three weeks, heading out to Florida.
I had to make myself a couple of sunglass cases as I couldn’t find a large enough case to fit my glasses.  I had a little piece of sunglass fabric which was perfect for the project. I used Bosal’s Soft and Stable as batting to make the cases extra sturdy.
They turned out just perfect. Now I’m ready to fly!
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See you in a ...

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