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November 30, 2020
Kicking off the holiday season. from QUilting By-You

It feels a little anti-climactic. I’m sure you are missing your usual family traditions this year as well. Although In recent years I have been spending more time online shopping rather than standing in Black Friday lines.

How are you supplementing your family traditions this year? We are encouraging the kids to be more involved in the planning part. They are working up plans for the outside Christmas lights this year so that should be interesting.

I think what I will miss most this year is Homemade Christmas. It’s not an every year thing but it happens regularly ...

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November 13, 2020
Best Gifts for Quilters from Expect Moore

If you’ve got a quilter in your life, and you’re looking for a gift to give them for a holiday, birthday, or just because … I’ve got you covered! I’ve sorted these gifts into different categories to help you out, and if I’ve been able to find the gift in multiple places, I’m giving you […]

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November 5, 2020
Pocket Advent Calendars from Expect Moore

I’m so excited to share with you my new Pocket Advent Calendar Pattern! There are so many things I love about Christmas, and Advent Calendars are absolutely one of them! A little gift every day as we lead up to the big day? Count me in!! I’ve designed two different versions of this Pocket Advent, […]

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November 3, 2020
Christmas Gift Block from Expect Moore

This Christmas (or holiday) gift block is perfect for any gift-giving occasion. You can change up the colors to make a fun birthday gift pattern or other fun seasonal gift! Make one block for a mini quilt, or several to make a full quilt! This quilt block is part of Quilt Block Mania – a […]

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August 7, 2020
Tunic Dress for My Mom from Tea Rose Home



I sewed this tunic dress for my mom in Japan. I was supposed to go visit my family in Japan in April, but COVID happened... My trip had to be canceled and who knows when the next time will be when I get to go visit her. In the last so many months, something terrible and devastating happened to my family and I know it will take a long time to resolve the issues. There isn't much I can do right now to help the situation, but I am thinking about them often; especially my mother.

I remembered that ...

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February 16, 2020
Pattern Hack from Daisychain Quilter

I really enjoy making a flat zipper case.  I have made a lot over the year to sell at craft fairs.
So it was one of the first patterns written for Bon Couture Designs.  At Bon Couture Designs, we have decided that we need to make some new samples for our social media platforms.
I made this smaller zipper case to keep all my drawing pens safe when I am out and about and to take away to France in the summer.  I love to do quick sketches of places, floral and beach inspirational things when I am on holiday ...

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February 13, 2020
OPAM February from Daisychain Quilter

I am on a roll with the 'end of season' or gift box thingy.  See my last OPAM post. This purse key fob is ideal if only want to carry a key and a few coins on a trip to the shops, on the school run or dog walking.   
There are few pattern tutorial for these project on the internet. Another great sash busting projects.

I have started another sewing project that I have again seen on Instagram.  I am still tweaking with the measurements.  When I have finished I will post about it...

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OPAM January 2020 from Daisychain Quilter

I really enjoyed getting started on this year seasonal gift projects.  I am planning to make at least one item for the 'end of year season'.  For some crafters it is tooooooo early to mention the word Christmas.
Not me, I am getting an early start with this Santa Wine Bottle Topper.  These are very popular on Instagram.
Everyone needs a key fob.  It is a great way to using up all my scraps. I will probably make a whole bunch off these key fobs for my Etsy shop and well as for my gift box.  It is always handy ...

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February 1, 2020
Simone's Baby Quilt from Quilting Stories

Baby girl quilt

Baby girl quilt

Baby girl quilt

Baby girl quilt

Baby girl quilt

Baby girl quilt

After a very long absence from my blog, I am back with the last quilt I achieved.
It was a very easy and quick baby quilt to complete, though hand quilted. 
I started end of September and finished beginning of November, just in time before flying to Paris : 
last stitches the night before!

This quilt is a gift for my niece who decorated the bedroom of her future daughter using very soft colors. I first intended to sew a quilt using my beloved Liberty fabrics but, after I received the pictures of the wallpapers, I put them away and decided ...

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December 31, 2019
Christmas Gift from Daisychain Quilter

I designed this Christmas gift for a auntie.  I try every year to make this relative a gift as I know she likes the personal touch.
I have an ever increasing fabric stash.  My favourite fabrics, which happens to be most of my stash, is so precious I plan only to use them for special projects.
This is the silly reason my fabric stash is increasing in size!
I also took the opportunity to write up instructions for this design as a pdf pattern as well as using for teaching workshops
I am delighted to say this gift has been ...

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December 28, 2019
Another homemade Christmas from Quilt in Progress

I asked the mothers of my 7 grandchildren about Christmas, and got requests for doll clothes, pajama pants, and nightgowns. Of course!

First request was from the oldest granddaughter. She wanted Christmas pjs and a volleyball uniform for her 18″ doll. In searching online for what the uniform would look like, I noticed long sleeves and a tighter fit all around. Her school’s colors are red and black but I could not find a photo of the girls’ volleyball team online. I made the uniform out of 2 new-looking sports shirts I found at thrift stores.

I used my ...

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December 21, 2019
Another Christmas Gift from Daisychain Quilter

I am busying trying to get everything stitched and posted ready for Santa to deliver on the big day.

This is a pattern that you can cut and sew within a hour.
This is a single bottle bag. This is a pattern I designed for our Bon Couture Design Etsy shop. The pattern is for a double bottle bag. I have altered the size. 
I love making gifts for family and friends. I spend a lot of time choosing patterns and fabrics especially for each person.  I often start planning in the spring but usually never start stitching until a ...

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December 15, 2019
Lavender Llama, hot/cold plush tutorial from The Crafty Quilter

I fell in love when I saw a Lavender Llama at my son’s apartment (it belongs to his girlfriend). I knew I had to make one myself. And I did! I’m happy to share my Lavender Llama (hot/cold plush) tutorial with you all! This could make a great, last-minute gift for someone young or old.

Lavender Llama tutorial from The Crafty Quilter.  This llama is filled with rice and dried lavender that you can microwave for warm comfort or freeze for cool relaxation.

These soft, plush animals are filled with rice and dried lavender that you can microwave for warm comfort in the winter or freeze for instant relaxation in the summer. And they smell so good! They are the perfect size to fit on ...

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November 4, 2018
Extra hour from Quilt in Progress

I used my extra hour today to get in a little sewing. I am done with the first round of treatments for the cancer, so no more steroid, and no more insomnia sewing. I have to be intentional about it now.

I decided to purchase the ribbon for the zebra stripe, and applique it to the fabric. It is not double-sided, so I had to get creative to make it look so. The zebra is part of a baby animal safari print I had bought at Jo Ann Fabrics several years ago, to decorate my classroom according to the Safari ...

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May 21, 2018
Look How They Shine For You from Girl x Fabric

Previously I talked about starting my Jaybird journey with Gazebo.  With that done, I’m on to Night Sky. Like Gazebo, this is much simpler than it looks.  Night Sky uses the Sidekick ruler, which has a bunch of lines all over it as well. But once you understand how it works and use it, it’s... Continue Reading →

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June 29, 2017
Mickey Mouse Quilt - still a WIP from living, quilting and stuff

Mickey Mouse is back in the box, for a few weeks anyway. I have the top completed except for the borders. I will add a 4" black border with a narrow red flange. Some Mickey panels and leftover Mickey prints should fill the back. 


This will be a gift for a friend who has been asking for it for 10 years... "Mickey, but not that slut Minnie"

The delay is only because other commitments are taking me away from my sewing studio for a month. (panic!!)




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