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March 19, 2019
Quilting Knits from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, my creative friends!

Don’t you love to wear soft and comfortable knits? Well, how about quilting with them? I know it sounds challenging, but this is why I asked Lena, our beautiful teacher, to show us the basic steps of quilting knits.

Here are the fabric prints featured: Furries Cool, Etchings Nectar, and Line Markings from the magical Pine Lullaby collection.




Lena started by choosing her two favorite prints from the collection, and since the fabric is 58” to 60” wide, she just cut 52” in length from each one to make a 58” x 50” quilt ...

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February 20, 2019
Making Quilts with Kids! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, my creative friends!

Have you noticed that the best memories are those you share with your loved ones? Well, today we will be learning some tips on how to include your little one into our world of quilting. I will be sharing with you how Nico (my 10 year old son) and I were inspired by all the vibrant and fun colors of the Matchmade collection, and teamed up to make an astronomical quilt for him.





Start by getting your work space clean and ready, and gathering the tools that you will need for the project. Take this ...

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August 5, 2018
Simple Knit Dress from Thrift Store Fabric from Tea Rose Home

What would you make if you come across a 20" x 2 1/2 yard of fabric at a thrift store for $3? I assume it was originally 50" or 60" wide fabric, but someone used a long strip and gave away the rest. I thought this would make a perfect summer lounging dress for my preteen: which is very hard to find a good size in a cute style. It took me only a couple hours and viola! The dress is done.

I added a sleeve on the back waist to put the ribbon through. This way the ribbon ...

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

crafty gemini bunny bookmark ith embroidery design

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 16, 2018
Playtime! from Bear Patch Quilting

 Are you in a playful mood?  
Do you have need of a cute kids' quilt?

Charming little kid-friendly motifs are scattered across the yardage.  Who wouldn't love a frog, 
or a herd of frogs, leaping around?!
The colors are good strong shades, and the artwork was inspired by the drawings of Heather's own kindergartner daughter.  
So this is "kid approved"!

This is the Rainbow quilt, a free download on Windham's website.

Here's something else the kids love--a drawstring backpack ...

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February 19, 2018
Bug City - Kansas Dugout Quilt from Red Pepper Quilts

Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt - colorful kids quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Bug City Kansas Dugout Quilt

As promised in my Sunday Stash blog post from earlier this this year featuring the Bug City fabric collection, today I am pleased to show you what I did with the FQ bundle that Jodie sent me. Jodie Carleton (from Vintage RicRac) commissioned me to make a quilt with her brand new fabric line ~ Bug City for Ella Blue Fabrics ~ for her booth at the Melbourne Quilt Market in late November last year.

Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018
Bug City Kanas Dugout Quilt | Templates and Tutorial available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2018

The Bug City fabric collection features five unique designs each in up to five different color ways. The colors are pastel soft ...

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December 27, 2017
Bacon boxers from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

Did you ever see Jim Gaffigan’s 2009 comedy performance King Baby? We watched it with the boys and enjoyed it immensely, especially when he got going on the subject of bacon. Since then, when we see or smell bacon, we think of Gaffigan running on about bacon and smile. So it seemed like a fun thing to do to make boxer shorts for the boys with bacon fabric.

The pattern featured a mock fly and only had two pieces: a front/back and a waistband. Still, construction was a challenge and when the instructions called for sewing through the ...

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November 30, 2017
In-house tech support from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

I have nothing quilty or crafty to show this month. Since I went back to work in May, that part of my life has really fallen by the wayside. I wish there was room for more work/life balance, but startup companies like ours don’t allow for it. It’s okay for now, and my income is helping to pay for college. Plus, I like what I do and I enjoy my co-workers so I can’t complain too much.

We enjoyed having the boys home for Thanksgiving. They flew in Monday evening and left Saturday afternoon. It was ...

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November 2, 2017
Tutorial! Vegan leather star headband from The Village Haberdashery

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the first of four tutorials she’s written for us! Take it away Laura…

Vegan Leather Star Headband Tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

Vegan leather star headband tutorial

I’m so excited to share some ideas for using these awesome packs of synthetic leather. I love this stuff (especially the super-cool metallics – they’re so shiny!), it looks great and it’s really easy to cut and sew. There are loads of things you could use this fun faux leather for. Hair clips ...

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October 11, 2017
Amelia’s Charming Quilt from The Cloth Parcel

Quilting with kids is both rewarding and a practice in patience.  Amelia, one of Audrey’s daughters, is a lover of sewing and quilting.  You might remember her from the Doll Backpack project we shared a while ago.  Her most recent project is a quilt! All of the fabrics and layout were decided upon by Amelia.  […]

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June 1, 2017
New Studio Space for Quilting from DreamWeaver's Quilts Quilt Epiphany Blog

This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support! Remember this room? This is the lovely room over the garage in our house. It’s about 13′ x 33′, with a walk-in closet as well as a bathroom not included in those measurements. My oldest daughter has lived up there (in the largest space in the […]

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December 17, 2016
Cars and Trucks, Oh My...a Quilt for Kids from The Joy of Sewing...and Quilting, Too!

At long last, a new quilt design to share. I've been working on this fun wall hanghing for babies and kids since July of this year, but it was sidelined as the seasons changed and I took on new editing work in addition to my part-time office job at a pre-school. I had such fun designing this new quilt for kids, featuring vehicles that kids love. Wouldn't it be the perfect wall hanging for a child's room? Toddlers will love this bright and colorful quilted wall hanging...and it's a great teaching tool for words and ...

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April 6, 2016
Best Sewing Machine for Kids & 5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Sew from Ryan Walsh Quilts

You love sewing – it’s a passion and hobby for you. Eventually, your kids will get curious and interested in your fun pastime, and may even ask if they can sew along with you. Teaching sewing to children – no matter their age – can be a challenge, but the right machine can make the process so much easier. Kid-friendly machines are better suited for little hands, and their simple design makes it easy to master basic sewing techniques.

We’re going to be sharing our picks for the best sewing machine for kids, but first, let’s talk about the most ...

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December 22, 2015
Easy Doll Rag Quilt & Pillow Tutorial from My Fabric Obsession

I’m happy to participate in the Riley Blake Stitch 'n Kitchen Holiday Blog Tour! During the month of December, several bloggers are sharing fun holiday projects, some gift ideas, and favorite recipes. The tutorial I'm sharing is a great gift idea!

Project Details:

This super cute and cozy doll rag quilt is the perfect gift for little girls. It works especially well with 18-inch dolls. Add in the coordinating raggy pillow, and you have an adorable set!

Finished Size - Quilt: 19” x 19”, Pillow: 7.5" x 4.5"

Here is the "Recipe" for this quilt and ...

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October 29, 2015
Sewing With My Children from Blue Moon Fabric Arts

My children are getting to an age where they are very interested in sewing and now have the ability to complete some easy projects on their own. I’ve been reading and asking my friends how I should start with my kids and what resources there are available for young children.

My oldest daughter, Cassie, is 8 and my youngest, Kim, is 6. I’ve been doing some crafts with Cassie for a few years now, but think she is ready to start using my sewing machine. I’ve held off on it so far because I’ve been nervous ...

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