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May 23, 2020
Nordic Frost Quilt Pattern from The Cloth Parcel

Our latest quilt pattern is here! We just love release days, when we get to share what we have been working on so hard for the past months. Nordic Frost is a cozy quilt celebrating winter. Inspired by knitted sweaters and snowflakes, Nordic Frost is perfect for reading by the fire or bundling up to […]

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May 13, 2020
Tricks And Tips For Editing Fonts In Your Silhouette Software from Nikki, In Stitches

It has been FOREVER since I’ve posted a Silhouette Software tutorial which seems so crazy to me because I literally feel like I’m in there every day working on sign layouts and mockups for clients.

I thought I’d share today some of my go-to tricks and tips for editing fonts.

This is honestly the easiest way to take your designs to the next level. Without paying for expensive fonts or additional editing software, just a few adjustments can give your layouts more visual interest, making them that much more dynamic!

In the video below, I walk you ...

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April 15, 2020
Color Matching Success With Sherwin-Williams from Nikki, In Stitches

You guys! They did it!

Nope, this is not a post about yet another picture wall in my house (although I will be providing yet another tip I have for creating one! They are absolutely the easiest way to fill a large space that you are struggling with.)

This is a post about color matching and how Sherwin-Williams (I am not an affiliate, just forever grateful) literally saved my sanity.

If you follow me on Instagram you saw this pic a few weeks ago…

#RealLife This is what stress looks like for me. Today I will take all the pictures ...

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April 11, 2020
Video: 5 Ways to Remove Leftover Wax from Candle Jars from Craftcore

This video is part 2 in my series on reusing candle wax. Previously I made a video on how to reuse candle wax by melting the wax in jars on the stove, then transferring all the hot wax to a new jar with a fresh wick.

I got a lot of great feedback via comments on my YouTube channel from viewers on more ways to remove wax from jars. I’m currently stuck in the house due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so it’s the perfect time to try out your suggestions! If you have a tried and true method ...

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March 21, 2020
Bedroom Renovation – Anthropologie style from Nikki, In Stitches

My bedroom renovation has taken much longer than expected, but to be honest it doesn’t bother me. (Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for my husband.)

Some people can style a room in just a few days, start to finish, but it’s not that easy for me.

I like to live in the space and slowly hunt down exactly what I’m looking for, or find a way to make it myself.

And this is the truth…it’s not just an excuse for why I still don’t have anything on the walls.

I did the ...

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January 22, 2020
Brighten your Home – Easy Quilting Decor Projects from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Admit it, there comes a time in every quilter’s journey where they have to step back and realize they have too many quilts. Fortunately for the quilting community as a whole, quilters are incredibly generous people who give with love and share their talents with friends and family, wrapping them in the warmth of their craft. Sometimes though it’s nice to make something for yourself, stitch in a little of your own creativity and create something that is positively and uniquely you.

Quilting doesn’t have to be limited to just quilts. There is a world of options ...

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December 27, 2019
Celebrating the New Year in style with a bow tie table runner from Quilt Social

Time to celebrate! Well, almost. In yesterday’s post, I pieced the bow tie blocks and put together the table runner. The PFAFF quilt expression 720 will be doing all the work again today! Today I’ll quilt and bind the table runner.


Quilted bow tie block table runner



PFAFF quilt expression 720


To prepare the table runner for quilting, layer the top with batting. For the runner I fused batting to the top and then layered them on top of the backing, right side down. This let me avoid having pins to move as I quilted.

The first thing ...

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December 26, 2019
Decorative stitches sparkle on black bow tie quilt blocks from Quilt Social

Are you ready to piece? This week is all about preparing for a party by making quilted table decor. In yesterday’s post I used decorative stitches to create stitched fabric. The stitched fabric will be used with a neutral fabric to create a quilted table runner. The PFAFF quilt expression 720 will help me sew the blocks together with precision.


Bow tie block made with stitched fabric



PFAFF quilt expression 720


Let’s get started!

For the table runner, approximately 1 yard of neutral fabric is needed. I used the same fabric for the pieced blocks, the plain blocks ...

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December 25, 2019
Decorative stitches create a New Year’s party bow tie table runner from Quilt Social

A quilter can never have enough quilted table decor, right? With the holidays in full swing making something small is a quick finish. In yesterday’s post, I made buttonholes for the first time to complete the quilted napkin rings. Today’s post starts creating the stitched fabric to use for a quilted bow tie table runner.


Quilted black bow tie runner


The table runner lets me explore the built-in stitches on the PFAFF quilt expression 720. There are over 400 stitches built-in, with the option to use them in free motion mode, as well as to modify them with ...

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December 24, 2019
Quilters can make buttonholes too with the PFAFF quilt expression 720 from Quilt Social

Time to try something new! In yesterday’s post, I started making quilted napkin rings using the Sequence program on the PFAFF quilt expression 720.

Now comes the fun part of turning the flat quilted fabric into a napkin ring by making a buttonhole.


PFAFF quilt expression 720


You can sew buttonholes manually with the PFAFF quilt expression 720, but it also comes with the Sensormatic buttonhole foot which is what I tried out. This was the first time I made buttonholes – what a great way to learn a new sewing technique before the end of the year!

The PFAFF ...

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December 23, 2019
◌ Washi Double Dresden Wreath ◌ from Charm About You

green and white dresden plate christmas fabric wreath by Charm About You

It feels wonderful to have a new version of the Double Dresden Wreath, made using the free tutorial I created a couple of years ago. The original was demonstrated on Sewing Quarter, the samples that hung in the studio stayed there, and I am so happy to now have one for our house. I made this wreath for my December project as an Aurifil Artisan, our challenge was to create a holiday themed project. Perfect for brightening any door or bare looking wall space, the wreath pattern is a merry make! 

My original plan was slightly different but this was ...

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Ring in the New Year with quilted napkin rings from Quilt Social

Even as we deck the halls for the holidays, the new year is fast approaching. Maybe a small gathering of friends or family will mark the beginning of 2020 at your place. I’m making a couple of fun table decor projects this week to add to a New Year’s Eve party. I relied heavily on the features and stitches of the PFAFF quilt expression 720 to help me create and wasn’t disappointed!


PFAFF quilt expression 720


First up, napkin rings!

Celebration dinners have a bit of formality to them so I thought quilted napkin rings to use ...

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December 5, 2019
International Association of Quilters Guest Designers from The Cloth Parcel

We have some fun news to share today! For the month of December, we are the featured guest designers over at the International Association of Quilters! You can read a little bit about us in our designer interview: The Cloth Parcel Designer Interview. As part of our featured month, we have designed the Radiant Table […]

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October 31, 2019
The Denim Studio: Back in Stock! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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This week at AGF, a lot of exciting things have been happening, with the latest releases of our Lookbook, to quilt market, and now I’m here with more news! Last week we received a large shipment restocking all of our denim!!

I am overjoyed this is back because not only is it more fabric to play with, but more options for my upcoming projects! When people hear denim, some automatically think jeans, but it’s way more than that. Imagine all the modern quilts you can make, the fun apparel you can sew with all the printed denim, and ...

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October 22, 2019
asianartandquilts from Asianartandquilt's Blog

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April 10, 2015
Love - An Experiment in Embroidery from ***Skook's Playground***

I love to make things.  Conceiving of an idea, picking out patterns and fabrics, and putting it all together brings me all kinds of gladness in my heart.  In general when I start a project, I have someone in mind.  That person drives every single choice I make even if the overall vibe is something that pleases me.  There's a delicate balance between making something that will please someone else and making something that will please me.

This is why, for me, gifts are more enjoyable to make than commissions.  Don't get me wrong, the experiences I've ...

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October 30, 2014
FALL ORNAMENTS from Sewing Lab

Oh man! It's already quite cold outside and around 4 pm totally dark, but what can I say...I love fall here! I really love seeing all the wooden houses with the lights on and with lots of lighted candles placed on every window, it's so cozy!

We are spending a lot of time indoors these days, our afternoons are basically coffee, music, candles and blankets. Yesterday I spent some time hand sewing some cute fall ornaments to hang around the house! The two leaves are made from an Ikea fabric I bought some time ago (which I ...

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