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January 21, 2019
Basket Project – 2018-19 from Lotus Cove Quilting

It started with a gift exchange at Rochester Modern Quilt Guild. We were to make a small container or basket to exchange with other members at our January meeting. Here’s the one I made for the exchange:











The interior fabric is from Mali, and the handles are riveted-on leather tabs. The pattern I found was so great, I also used it to make some Christmas gifts.


These went to my sister-in-law and husband, to coordinate with her MacKenzie-Childs collection. Handles were made from the same fabric as the binding, with wire inserts.


These cat-themed baskets were gifts for my ...

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January 14, 2019
A Basket of Comfort for the Recovering Heart from From My Carolina Home

The day after Christmas, a dear friend had a heart attack, and then bypass surgery two days later.  We went to help bring him home on New Year’s Day, taking a gift basket for the recovering patient.  I know from my experience with upper spine surgery just over 5 years ago, that after a week or so, boredom becomes a huge problem.  With weeks of recuperation in the future, several things would come in handy.  I began with a plastic basket that he can keep on the sofa next to him to corral the remotes for the TV and ...

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December 14, 2018
White Elephant Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

At my workplace, we do a white elephant gift exchange every year during the December holiday party. We do a big potluck, eat lots of shared food, exchange gifts, and have a great time outside work. I really enjoy the white elephant gift exchange. It's competitive good fun. We set the limit at $20 but you can really stretch that if you are crafty and use fabric you got for free (see this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty to learn how that happens).

Making things often goes quickly if you're making more than one of ...

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November 25, 2018
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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November 22, 2018
DIY Handmade Holiday Gifts Tutorial from Stitching Through Life Blog

DIY Handmade Holiday Gifts Tutorial

Making Handmade Holiday Gifts makes me excited for Holidays!  Creating Holiday gifts with the Cricut Maker just gives a professional look and cut!  

Soup Bowl Cozy – fabric sewing

Cricut Maker Buffalo Plaid Rounded Soup Cozies (2)

Curved edges on the quilted cozy soup bowls softens their look.   They are so handy to make a set and stack on top of each other.  

Cricut Maker Buffalo Plaid Rounded Soup Cozies
For the free Curved Soup Bowl Cozies subscribe below!  Nest together and stitch on the blue line!  


Download Your Curved Soup Bowl Hotpad Cozy Pattern PDF

Enjoy a 9 page pdf pattern download with step by step instructions for the Curved ...

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November 16, 2018
TGIFF: Another Minky Baby Quilt Done! from Hobbies Up To Here

What a joy it is to give the gift of a quilt! Even if it is 6 months late and to a little one who doesn’t quite understand that he’s getting a gift made with love and sweat and tears. Even with all of that, it’s still a wonderful moment to gift to someone a … Continue reading TGIFF: Another Minky Baby Quilt Done!

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November 14, 2018
Blanket Gift Tag Printable – 8 templates! from Patchwork Posse

The holidays are coming and I’m thinking that there may be more than a few of you who are giving away quilts or blankets as part of your gift.

Last year I gave each of my kids a sluggly flannel quilt that I had made.  I love giving these kind of gifts.  It allows me to sew and to give (and don’t forget about buying fabric!)

Today I’m sharing some fun quilt blanket gift tag printables that you can use for any of your gifts.

fun holiday printable gift tags for blankets- super cute and free to use! 8 templates #printable #freepattern #holidaygift


paper (cardstock works great)


pdf file – quilt gift tag or ...

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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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October 31, 2018
Mug Rugs from Quilt in Progress

This is a good attempt at mug rugs. Again, a sleepless night last night gained me a couple of sewing hours. I used the paper-pieced awareness ribbon and small quilt block patterns to make these.

First is the burgundy ribbon for Multiple Myeloma, my cancer. I used the corners I snipped off the wall quilt I made late in the spring for a customer on Etsy to make the pinwheel block. The second is a pink ribbon (no explanation needed, and I’ll give it to my Mom who is a survivor) and did a simple string quilt block with ...

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October 23, 2018
Color Master of The Month: Vibrant Violet from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Vibrant Violet color mood board

Welcome back, Color Master fans! Did you know that the color “violet” represents the future, enhances our imagination and dreams, while keeping us grounded? It got me thinking about how fast the year is going by and that 2019 is right around the corner! Here in Florida, it will start getting cooler with the cold fronts..well “cooler” for us meaning 70 degrees..and we can really appreciate being outdoors. Now, just thinking about it, has me really excited for upcoming holidays, and the color “violet” brings me right to New Years Eve where everyone gathers under the stars to ...

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October 17, 2018
5 Ways to make Gift Tracking & Planning actually Succeed! from Patchwork Posse

You’ll find the Gift Tracking Binder with over 45 pages, just the thing to get you started and keep you organized during any gift giving season.  Ready to get those gifts under control?! If you are finding yourself with notes everywhere, lists on random pieces of papers and in the end you’re not sure what present goes to what person- this is for you!

There are seriously times when I have scattered around in the house or garage  – secret boxes-

They hold the secret presents and gifts for others. They have sometimes random things in them and sometimes ...

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August 13, 2018
Pineapple Pillow :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I got it finished and in the mail.

I had a cute green and white chevron fabric in my stash that I used for the back of the pillow. The binding is one of the greens from the pineapple tops - the only one I had enough of to use for binding. I put a piece of the chevron fabric on the back of the pieced top and quilted it from the back so I could use the printed chevrons as my quilting lines.

Happy Birthday Faith!

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August 6, 2018
Pineapple Pillow Cover from Alamosa Quilter

I have a niece with a birthday coming up who loves pineapples. Over the weekend I pieced her a pillow cover.

Now to get it quilted up, finished and in the mail this week.

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June 8, 2018
⚞ DIY boho fabric hoop ⚟ from Charm About You

Whimsical, calming and a cinch to create! I'm going to show you how to make a fun 'no sew' fabric wall hanging, using only an embroidery hoop and strips of fabric. 

You will need:

An embroidery hoop 
Strips of fabric in various lengths
Optional: nail polish / paint 

For this project I used a 10cm" hoop, which makes for a cute mini decoration but you could use any size - the bigger the hoop, the more scraps you can bust! I recommend using narrow strips but if you were making a mahoosive one you might want to use wider strips to ...

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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 […]

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April 6, 2018
A Housewarming Gift from From My Carolina Home

Some really good friends recently moved to Florida, and we were planning to drive down for a visit.  We used to see them a couple of times a month between club meetings and events, and occasional dinner parties.  I miss his infectious laughter and astute observations of the world, and her interesting conversation and gentle nature.  They have spent many a New Year’s Eve with us, and often have dined with us on our verandah in the summer.  I wanted to do something special for a housewarming gift, to celebrate their new life at the beach.  I have for ...

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April 2, 2018
TGIFF: Noodle’s Baby Quilt! from Hobbies Up To Here

Not too long ago I finished a small baby quilt for my nephew, Noodle. No, he’s not actually named Noodle but that’s pretty much what I call him 100% of the time! It was a cute little nickname that stuck and now he is forever my Noodle! He turned 1 in February and I had … Continue reading TGIFF: Noodle’s Baby Quilt!

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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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January 16, 2018
Don’t Get It Twisted from Girl x Fabric

Protip: When it says read the full pattern before starting, read the full pattern before starting.

Twisted Ribbon
Twisted Ribbon pattern by Katie Rock.

Twisted Ribbons is a pattern by Katie Rock that was in an issue of Quilty.  It’s just flying geese, half square triangles (yay), and rectangle blocks.  I was going to make it scrappy…well, scrappy to the best of my ability.  It’s a fairly simple pattern so I figured I could make it without consulting my wise Momma Bear.   Well.  That was a mistake.

I’d never done flying geese.  I knew how to make them ...

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January 5, 2018
Christmas Gifts from Daisychain Quilter

 I made two table runners for Christmas gifts.

The first table runner was made with Moda fabrics, machine pieced and quilted with metallic thread.  This is the third time I have used this easy design.  It one of those designs that I use as my 'go to' patterns when I need a quick present.
The second table runner was made using the 'quilt as you go' method.  The fabrics are modern Christmas fabrics.  This runner is another very quick and easy pattern.  
This runner could be made wider by adding borders.  This could be used as a bed runner as ...

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