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May 12, 2018
Low-Tech Wearable (Quilt) Fitness Tracker/Wrist Entertainment System from Gefilte Quilt

Are you frequently stuck about what color to use next? Or do you have trouble remembering what color you used last? Then you may need to make this low-cost, low-tech, quilter's wrist color fitness tracker which, although nearly useless, will at least entertain you and people around you. 
I know it's entertaining because I wore mine to a quilt show (specifically, QuiltCon 2018), and people laughed at me. (OK, 3 people in a coffee line with me laughed. I don't actually know if they were laughing at me or with me). It's stitched to a stretch ...

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April 28, 2018
Surprises & A Great Retreat! from Heart Desire Creations

Last week was the Spring Quilt & Sew-In Retreat and it was a blast! There was so much sewing going on, but that is truly the least of it. The sharing, assistance, laughing and teaching moments were all such treasures. The generous spirit of all who attended was just amazingly wonderful. How lucky am I to bring these quilters back together each year!

And there were surprises! Beverly made these darling heart appliqued bags for everyone and a few extras for the wonderful employees of the inn where we stay. She also made  cute little butterflies (mine, unfortunately, is camera shy ...

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April 10, 2018
Travel Shoe Bag Tutorial from Creatin' in the Sticks

Need a gift for a girl friend?

There are 2 things a girl can never have enough of, friends and shoes.

Why not be a great friend and make those girls a travel bag to tuck those shoes into.  

Today I am over at Thermoweb with the full pattern and tutorial
to make a
 Drawstring Travel Shoe Bag
complete with an appliqued high heel shoe with HeatNBond Lite.

Make the bag with 2 fat quarters  (I used Windham fabric’s Meriwether )
a little black and white fabric.

I made another one that you won't see on Thermoweb, but ...

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March 25, 2018
In the Hoop Bunny Bookmark Machine Embroidery Tutorial & FREE design from Crafty Gemini

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It’s been a while since I did a machine embroidery video tutorial. So, here is a quick and easy in-the-hoop bunny bookmark for those of you that have an embroidery machine! In the video tutorial I use my Brother PE770 embroidery machine. This is the machine I recommend for embroidery beginners. But any embroidery machine with at least a 4×4 hoop will work for this project.

My bunny bookmark is a fun and easy beginner friendly ITH (in the hoop) embroidery project. If you have an embroidery machine but have yet to try an in the hoop project ...

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March 18, 2018
Teeny Quilts: Ancient Aliens Ate My Necktie Scraps from Gefilte Quilt

Everybody needs one! It's a 3" collage, mounted on wood, ready to hang. Each tells a different story. This first one is titled "Alien Reveals Key to Universe: Earth Mushroom!"  
It's an ideal gift for people who watch too much "Ancient Aliens" on the confusingly-named History Channel. The piece is mounted with double-sided carpet tape (but consider something stronger*) on a craft store wooden square that I'd painted black. On the reverse side, there's a wire loop for hanging, bent forward, and held on with plenty of glue and black felt. 
(Here's how the wire ...

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March 8, 2018
MidAtlantic Memories from From the Strawberry Patch...

MAQF  Williamsburg, VA  2000 I've been going up to MidAtlantic Quilt Festival for a long time, somewhere in the vicinity of twenty years; always with friends and always making memories. Back when I started going up it was held in Williamsburg, VA; it moved to Hampton in 2005. Back in those earlier days I traveled with these two: Quiltkeemosabe in the center and Maredda, on the right. We met in

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MidAtlantic Memories from From the Strawberry Patch...

MAQF  Williamsburg, VA  2000 I've been going up to MidAtlantic Quilt Festival for a long time, somewhere in the vicinity of twenty years; always with friends and always making memories. Back when I started going up it was held in Williamsburg, VA; it moved to Hampton in 2005. Back in those earlier days I traveled with these two: Quiltkeemosabe in the center and Maredda, on the right. We met in

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February 19, 2018
Omiyage from From My Carolina Home

Gift giving is something I really enjoy.  Seeing someone’s face as they receive a little remembrance as a surprise is fun.  In the Japanese tradition of Omiyage, in past times, gifts were given to the lords of the lands for protection with many rules on the gift itself down to how it was wrapped and even the manner presented.  The gift needed to be presented with both hands, with an apology for the trivial nature of the gift no matter how expensive or extravagant.  Recipients were to demur and be persuaded to accept it.  In modern times, gifts are ...

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February 14, 2018
Fast and Artsy Scrap Valentine Gifts from Gefilte Quilt

Here are some silk scrap Valentine brooches, though they can also double as magnets, or notecard decorations. They're very easy, you don't have to use silk, and, let's see, today's Feb. 3 - you have plenty of time to make them before the 14th. 

When I got tired of hearts, I made these: 

They look good without much embellishment: 

And even better with much embellishment. 

Below there's a polymer clay hand.
The dangle (above) is a a combination of glass, wood and plastic beads. Below, there's a dangling pink crystal from a vintage necklace and ...

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February 11, 2018
A Birthday Quilt for Susan from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

If you have followed my blog for a while you know that if someone I love has a special event in their life I usually make them a quilt to commemorate that event. My friend Susan's 70th birthday was such an event. If your birthday is December 19 it somehow gets pushed to the back burner for a while and so Susan and I did not get together until January. We enjoyed a lovely lunch and catching up on family and solving the problems of the world. We have known each other for nearly 40 years and have celebrated ...

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February 9, 2018
a very purple quilt-completed from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday! I'm thrilled that the very purple quilt is complete!

As you may have read, I started this quilt on Monday. I put the last stitches in the binding, added a hand-written label and washed & dried it on Thursday afternoon. I plan to pop in into the mail later today! Time was of the essence, as this is a comfort quilt for a friend's sister, who is currently undergoing cancer treatments. A lot of stitches and prayers went into this quilt.

Once again, I'm amazed at what a little (or a lot ...

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January 20, 2018
Gift for Baby from Heart Desire Creations

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I love making quilts, but sometimes it’s just so fun to make smaller projects. A neighbor friend of mine is expecting a child next month. She is also a very talented quilter and made her soon to be little one an awesome quilt. I knew I wanted to make her something other than a quilt and chose towel bibs.

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I love these! They are so practical. You just slip them over the little one’s head – no tying involved. The best part is that they cover the whole front of the little one.

I started with two store bought ...

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January 17, 2018
FINISHED PROJECTS OF 2017 from A Quilter and The Chief

Some of My Quilty Finishes for 2017

I finished a total of 47 Projects in 2017

The many parts that make up the Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville's, Mystery Quilt for 2016: 
"En Provence," ready to sew together!

Sewing the many parts together, before sewing them into blocks.

 Once the blocks were completed I decided not to make one large quilt. 
Instead, I made one large "En Provence" Table Topper 
and two small "En Provence" Table Toppers, one for my BFF Quilting buddy, Lynn!

My own designs for a couple of baby quilts, made with love for special friends' grandchildren!

And ...

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January 12, 2018
scrap and stash projects from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I've been working on this boxy pouch off and on over the past week or more. I broke up the steps (patchwork, quilting, assembly) over several days, which seemed to work out well. It was time consuming, but I love how it turned out!
I used this tutorial by Pink Stitches and I made the larger size. I was happy to use that pink strap for the handle, which was previously made for a purse, but then I decided not to use it after all. I hung on to it for several years ...

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January 9, 2018

Before I leave the year behind, I want to show you this quilt that I made for my grand daughter for Christmas. Not the sort of thing I'm used to doing, but it did have some applique so that made it more enjoyable.  Besides, when a loved one asks me to make her a quilt, it thrills me.  Problem solved I know just what to do for Christmas.  I couldn't find a pattern that didn't have lots of itty bitty pieces involved, so the design is mine, wasn't difficult, but I copied the Spartan Head from ...

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January 8, 2018
Handmade Quilted Gifts from Butterfly Threads

This past holiday was filled with lots of handmade quilted gifts! I had a wonderful time making as well as receiving them. These bowl cozies were given to all of my friends in my bee group. I used a pattern similar to this one and this one.

I used this infinity scarf pattern to make scarves for my mom and all the college age girls in my family. It was fun pairing the flannels and trims and colors to suit each one. My mom loves blue and white so that was an easy choice, and Danny's girlfriend got VT ...

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January 7, 2018
Yarn Necklaces, Part 2: Help! I Can't Stop Making Them! from Gefilte Quilt

Last week, I showed a whole bunch of wrapped yarn necklaces made just in time for the holidays. Chanukah and Christmas are now over, but I'm still making them! My friends like the necklaces made with variegated, gradation-dyed, and ladder yarns best. Here are two of my newest:
They're now embellishing Petra and Jen! 
The purple one below is a sort of lariat

It contains the following delicate metallic variegated yarn that is way too thin to do much with it by itself...

...a very cool zigzaggy lavender yarn; and a fluffy wool, all crocheted together into one ...

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My Creative Daughters from Creating Chaos

I love to receive hand made gifts so was delighted this Christmas that both my daughters made me gifts.

Clare's creativity is mainly based around fabric.  She makes quilts and other patchwork items as well as clothes for her children.   Being a full time worker as well as a parent her spare time is limited and therefore precious.   She's recently finished  a diploma course for work which has taken most of her spare time for some time so is looking forward to having the time now to create.

She found the time to make me a bouquet of ...

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December 31, 2017
Make Festive Yarn Necklaces by Tomorrow Morning?! from Gefilte Quilt

Still need holiday gifts? I realize it's Christmas Eve, but you could literally make a half-dozen of these necklaces by tomorrow morning.

This plan will only work if you happen to have some beautiful yarn and maybe a bit of fancy ribbon lying around the house. Plus glue. And an empty cardboard box.

Thanks to the ever-creative, kind, and generous Jo Ann Leeds, who heads the San Fernando Valley evening chapter of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework, I am now addicted to making yarn necklaces like the one above. Jo Ann led our chapter in a necklace-making session ...

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December 29, 2017
Oh! I forgot. from Mimi's Passions

I forgot to share with you the Christmas sewing that was being kept secret until after everyone opened their presents.

I made 14 of the soup bowl cozies.

Peaches,  the cockatiel (who's almost 22 years old),  helped pick out the fabrics.

But then he started to fool around, so I had to put him away. 

I thought I would really be smart and chain piece these things together, but if you aren't paying attention, you can sew the wrong angle and then things won't fit right. (notice the right dart on this one...way too steep).

Since ...

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