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December 7, 2018
Quilting a holiday stocking using Rock City batik border print from Quilt Social

 

The gift making season is upon us! It seems to come along quicker every year.

This week I created two items that can be made in time for the gift giving season, including a large checkerboard star quilted cushion cover. In yesterday post I added wide strips of Rock City batiks to the back of a quilted table runner.

A quick gift to make usually involves less piecing than the star blocks so I saved this item until last – a quilted stocking!

 

Rock City batik border print quilted stocking.
Rock City batik border print quilted stocking.

 

There is a beautiful border print in the Rock City line ...

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November 23, 2018
How to finish your stitchery in an embroidery hoop or on paper from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Dreamweaver XE to make some of our stitchery into Christmas tags. Today I’m experimenting with two more finishing techniques.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Pick one of your embroideries and select a wooden embroidery hoop that is the correct size to frame it. Just lay the hoop on top of the embroidery to make sure that all of the embroidery can be seen and that there’s enough fabric around that can be wrapped around the inner hoop.

 

Selecting hoop size
Selecting hoop size

 

Trim away excess background fabric at least ½” away from the inner ring of ...

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November 15, 2018
Simple Essentials Travel Tote is sew easy to make for gifting from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I shared the mini stockings for the holiday countdown, but there are other items that can be made ahead of time for at least a couple of people on your list.

Everyone needs a travel tote! This tote is not only easy to make, it can be personalized with a monogram and can tote any range of items from arts and craft/sewing supplies to make up brushes, small toys and toiletries. It’s very versatile for all ages. It has 4 simply constructed pockets and for this reason, it’s called the Simple Essentials Travel Tote. Featured in ...

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November 14, 2018
Mini Holiday Countdown Stockings are sew easy to make from Quilt Social

 

Take time over the holidays to savor all of the special moments with family and celebrate each day leading up to Christmas with a fun holiday countdown decor project. With this project, you can use and admire some beautiful Northcott Holiday Collections and Shimmering Dekor Metallic, SULKY and Gütermann threads.

Mini Holiday Countdown Stockings

Get into the festive spirit with this project. Fill these mini stockings with goodies each day to decorate and celebrate the holidays with all of your family members for years to come.

 

Holiday Mini Countdown Stockings using Northcott Holiday Fabrics, Sugar and Spice and Swedish Christmas, Gütermann Metallic and Dekor Threads, Sulky Holoshimmer, Northcott ColorWorks, Fabric Fun Markers, UNIQUE Rick Rack and Fairfield Quilter's 80/20 Batting
Holiday Mini Countdown Stockings using Northcott Holiday Fabrics, Sugar and Spice and Swedish Christmas ...

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November 13, 2018
2 fabulous felt projects to make your holidays sew much easier from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday we talked about the use of fabric, decorative machine embroidery thread and a little time spent quilting to make gifts for the chefs in your life.

Today’s projects for How to make the Holidays “sew” easy involve the use of craft felt, specifically Kunin Rainbow ClassicFelt, Kunin PrestoFelt. We’ll also use some hand embroidery and machine stitching to make this felt look so festive without hours of effort.

Kunin felt is made of polyester, acrylic. Did you know that this product is also Eco Friendly and partially made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles?

Felt is also very ...

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November 12, 2018
How to make your holidays sew much easier from Quilt Social

 

Are you thinking about your holiday preparations yet and … what can I sew or quilt to make my holidays easier and fun? This week I’ll be showing you How to Make Your Holidays “Sew” Much Easier. The content will include creative gift ideas for all ages and festive decor using Gütermann Dekor Rayon and Dekor Metallic threads, Therm Fleece,HeatnBond Light Weight Fusible Interfacing, UNIQUE Wash-out Marker and UNIQUE Rick Rack. 

Be sure to check QUILTsocial daily all this week to see what exciting new ideas we have just for you to make your holidays “sew” easy.

Holiday Ornament Hot Pad and Microwave Mitts
Holiday Ornament ...

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October 19, 2018
8 simple steps to make a microwavable rice pack from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday I used the Brother Dreamweaver XE to sew HST units into pinwheel blocks. Here are 8 simple steps to finish the microwavable rice pack.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Step 1 – make top and back

Make the top of your rice pack and cut your backing fabric the exact same size. Here’s the top that we made yesterday with our HST units.

 

The top and backing
The top and backing

 

Step 2 – pin

Pin the top and backing together. I’ve used clips to clip the top and back together and to mark the center of each pinwheel block along the top of the ...

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October 18, 2018
Making a hot pack out of pinwheel blocks from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Dreamweaver XE and some leftover half-square triangle units (HSTs) to make a matching potholder for our tea towel. Now I’ll use the HSTs leftover from our baby quilt to make some cute pinwheel blocks for a microwaveable hot pack.

 

The Dreamweaver XE
The Dreamweaver XE

 

Here are all the HST units made from the leftovers of the snowball blocks in the baby quilt that we made in my post, How to make a snowball block from a 5″ charm square . As you can see, I’ve trimmed away all of those “dog ears” to make it ...

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October 17, 2018
The Dreamweaver XE + HSTs = a fun and functional gift from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I used the Dreamweaver XE from Brother to embellish a store bought tea towel with some beautiful jewel-toned half square triangle units (HSTs).

Today the fun continues as I use a few more of these HSTs to make a fast and easy matching potholder.

 

The Dream Weaver XE
The Dream Weaver XE

 

The first thing to do is to figure out how many HSTs we need to make the potholder the correct size – somewhere between 8″ and 9″ square. Since my HSTs are about 3″ square, I’ve decided to use 9 to get the right size. If your HSTs are ...

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October 16, 2018
3 simple steps to embellish a tea towel with HSTs from Quilt Social

 

Yesterday on QUILTsocial I showed you 4 different blocks that could be made using HST units. Today I’m using the Dreamweaver XE to embellish a tea towel with HSTs! Here goes!

 

The Dream Weaver XE
The Dream Weaver XE

 

Since I never like to throw anything away, I seem to always have an assortment of different HST units on hand that have been made from the leftovers of either flying geese blocks or snowball blocks.

 

HST units
HST units

 

I’m happy to share how I’ll use the half-square triangle units (HSTs) that were made when I sewed the flying geese units for The ...

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December 8, 2017
Happiest of Holidays! from With Heart and Hands.....



Listening to Christmas music and sitting by the light of our Christmas tree makes me so happy and fills me with such a deep sense of gratitude and  peace.



I remembered the beautiful Christmas poem first read by Dr. Maya Angelou at the lighting of the National Christmas Tree in Washington D.C. in 2005. That year was one of the most significant in my life as Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast it also struck so many other places in my heart and in my life.


For in the hurricanes path was my French grandmother's tiny little house ...

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