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September 12, 2019
Waxing Fabric ~ from Marty's Fiber Musings


Oh! What Fun!  You've heard of waxing...no doubt, to remove unwanted hair!  But waxed fabric?  As much fun as the waxing is the making something out of that waxed fabric....that's where my fun week began and one thing led to another until  ~

Marty Mason waxing fabric demo





Marty Mason waxing fabric demo
demonstrating a waxed food wrap 



Marty Mason waxing fabric demo
Wool and Canvas waxed tote ~ An Anna Graham design 



Marty Mason waxing fabric demo
Poolside Tote - an Anna Graham design 



raffia place mat waxed then made into a duffle bag.



Open Wide Zippered Pouch ~ an Anna Graham design



Waxed canvas tote measures 16" x 16"....great carrier for all my stuff



Open wide zippered ...

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September 9, 2019
Left-Handed in a Right-Handed World from Where Art & Life Meet

I am left-handed. While only about 10% of the population is left-handed, there are a great many who work in the arts. I don’t know that a greater percentage of artists are left handed than in the regular population, but I do know that we lefties have had to come up with a great many… Continue reading Left-Handed in a Right-Handed World

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September 8, 2019
But is it Art? from Where Art & Life Meet

This is one of those questions that guarantees the page will remain blank, the canvas untouched, the design wall bare. This is a question best left unasked. It’s like asking, “Do I look fat?” Whatever the answer, it will do nothing to placate the nagging doubt. Ask 100 people how they define “art” and you… Continue reading But is it Art?

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August 30, 2019
Not just another bag ~ lady from Marty's Fiber Musings


Yes, as I face up to myself....I'm a bag lady and am really, really liking this bag - Anna Graham's  'Gatherer' crossover-the-body bag.  And, yes, there is a free pattern to download.  What's not to love about Anna Graham and Robert Kaufman fabrics!   



Anna Graham  - Noodlehead - Gatherer



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August 20, 2019
It's a Cargo Duffle Bag from Marty's Fiber Musings


What can I say....except to say that it's just one more cargo duffle bag....an Anna Graham (Noodlehead) design.  Need I say that she's my favorite bag lady!   This is  my fifth but not destined to be the last.  Such a fun bag to make -  not too complicated and not too bulky to stitch through the layers on my Juki.  It's one of those make-in-a-day bags, assuming you have the day set aside. 



Cargo Duffle Bag a noodlehead design made by marty mason



Here's cargo duffle # 3

Cargo Duffle Bag a noodlehead design made by marty mason


and cargo duffle #2....the one I use most of the time.  


Cargo Duffle Bag a noodlehead design made by marty mason
pssssssssst.....I still wear those yoga ...

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August 15, 2019
A Really Old Quilt from Jan's Quilts


This quilt was made by my Grandmothers' Great Grandmother.  It just came into my possession via a cousin who is downsizing.  She'd listed it on Craig's List and her sister sprang into action and said she should consider giving it to me because I'm a quilter.  A few text messages and emails resulted in the quilt arriving at my house.  I assured both cousins that it would stay in the family.  It needs some TLC but it's really in good shape.


My grandmother was born in 1891.  We don't know which of her great grandmother ...

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August 1, 2019
needlecase [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

needlecase

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July 30, 2019
circle play [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

circle play

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June 27, 2019
Loopy Stitchy Pie needle case from Charm About You




My sewing is often influenced by my mood - for this project I was feeling happy, a sense of modern whimsy and wanting to reach for something NEW took over. As the pattern is my own and I have made a few versions now, that bit is familiar but you can still experiment with something you've made before. The needle case can be a quick make or a nice way to incorporate a bit of patchwork or embroidery.

This is why I decided to make another and test out some 'new to me' embroidery stitches. As it's only a ...

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May 17, 2019
needlecase from Karen Ann Ruane

pretty embroidered needlecase

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April 29, 2019
Hidden Treasures from From the Strawberry Patch...

I love aprons; I wear them all the time. Normally I wear a bib-style style apron that loops behind my neck and ties behind my waist. I have made many of these over the years and have tried out different patterns for similar bib-style aprons. I found this apron, pictured, in a box of my Mom's fabric this week, she brought it to me after she had cleaned out her sewing space last fall and I

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Hidden Treasures from From the Strawberry Patch...

I love aprons; I wear them all the time. Normally I wear a bib-style style apron that loops behind my neck and ties behind my waist. I have made many of these over the years and have tried out different patterns for similar bib-style aprons. I found this apron, pictured, in a box of my Mom's fabric this week, she brought it to me after she had cleaned out her sewing space last fall and I

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April 20, 2019
little sketchbook with embroidered cover [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

little sketchbook with embroidered cover

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April 17, 2019
hand made sketchbook with embroidered cover....not finished yet [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

hand made sketchbook with embroidered cover....not finished yet

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February 17, 2019
My Meadow Quilt by Michelle McKillop from A Ditchin' Time Quilts


This square is my favorite! 





Pictures of my quilt in progress.  The pattern is the Meadow Quilt  by Michelle McKillop for the Jen Kingwell Designs Collective.  I bought the pattern and I am making it myself.  Here is the pattern, you can buy it here! 

This is their quilt photo

Listed below are photos of my finished flower squares:






I can't wait to put all the squares together!  I will keep you posted.  




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January 21, 2019
Giving Handmade from Sew Some Sunshine

Giving handmade gifts can by tricky.  If you are a maker you know what I mean.  You work hard on something and you're never really sure the receiver will actually like it.  You've picked out the fabric and pattern and decided what to make.  You put yourself out there and give a gift you love.  I guess this is true of all gifts, but the material and time it takes to make something raises the stakes.  For the most part I've got a decent radar for who will appreciate a handmade gift, so I try not to ...

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December 31, 2018
Socks for Addie from Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara

Since Addie needs socks, I brought several skeins to make socks for her. I showed her three skeins of yarn, one had a lot of pink, one had pink, yellow and green, and one was mostly green. She chose the green. It’s Spun Right Round Sport Sock and the color is Lucky Charm. This is...

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December 7, 2018
Little Quilt needle case tutorial from Charm About You

Little Quilt needle case, needle book by Charm About You

For those times when you want a quick little make, a handmade gift, or need a needle case! Here's my tutorial for the Little Quilt needle case, so named because that's what it is like (with a bit of felt!). The finished needle case measures 3" x 4". If you need to store more needles and have a handy way of organising them, may I suggest the Stitchy Pie needle case pattern available in my shop.

You can go to town or keep it really simple and you can whip these up so quickly, you will want to ...

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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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October 19, 2018
Trick or Treat Tote Bag Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

Trick or Treat?! Well if you said treat I have a special treat for you today! Since Halloween is around the corner I decided to whip up a fun Trick or Treat Tote for you to make for your littles to tote all their yummy treats they receive this Oct 31st! Since I am not a fan of anything too spooky and I am a big cat lover,  I decided to go for the classic and cute approach to Halloween by creating a Black Cat Tote bag! You can find the full tutorial by heading to the weallsew ...

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