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December 15, 2017
Top 6 Party Dresses: Sew your own Holiday Party Dress from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Everyone, 

Let's just face it, our lives are busy and the last thing we want to spend money and time on is shopping especially in the crazy holiday rush!  Which is why I decided to put together some great party dress patterns that are somewhat simple to make and will have you looking cute and confident for all your holiday events. 




 What I love most about these patterns is they have simple silhouettes and are easy to wear. Most importantly I love that all these dresses can be worn more then once, unlike a lot of holiday dresses ...

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Paper patterns & Quilt Market recap from Flying Parrot Quilts

I wanted to share a little about my new paper patterns and my Quilt Market adventure! Thanks to the Craftsy Quilt Designer Fellowship, I was able to have a booth at Quilt Market, the industry trade show, to launch a new line of paper patterns.

Flying Parrot Quilts patterns

I currently have 11 paper patterns out, all of which you can pick up here in my new online shop (you can, of course, also choose the PDF patterns instead!). I hope you will ask your local quilt shops to carry them, too.

As for the Quilt Market booth, Craftsy did a lovely article which ...

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Custom King Oh My Darling Quilt | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party + TGIFF! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!  Today you'll also find Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday here!

My Finish is a custom king size Oh My Darling in oranges and blues!  The fabric pull was based on Sweet Marion with the aquas and pinks excluded and other fabrics added.

Oh My Darling is an original design of mine and is available for purchase in my pattern shop.  

This quilt is truly double sided quilt with the beautiful quilting design able to shine through so well on the snow white backing ...

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December 13, 2017
Wednesday Wait Loss 45 from The Inquiring Quilter

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss!

This week I've been traveling back and forth, bringing my daughter home from college for a weekend at my cousin's cabin, taking her back for finals, and bringing her home again for Christmas break. I can say without hesitation that I'm tired of riding in the car!

But I can't get enough of the snow and wintery weather. It puts me in that Christmas mood!

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With all the travel and working at the store, I didn't get a lot of sewing done, but I did applique a cat ...

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December 12, 2017
2 More fusions to love: City Loft and Floralia Fusion from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there, makers!

The hectic holiday season is in full swing but we just had to take a break from all the gift making to show you the new additions to our Fusions bite-sized collections. Quilters, sewists, and all around crafty friends, we’re happy to show you Floralia and City Loft Fusions! Like all the other Fusions, both of these collections contain 10 prints from many of our designers that have been recolored to be part of conceptual themes.

Best of all, both of these collections have two prints in knits and one in rayon! So, let’s see ...

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December 10, 2017
Christmas Star – pattern for embroidery from France Nadeau

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This is Christmas Star for embroidery—based on my Christmas Star, mug rug and coaster. Three superposed ten-point stars, colored with embroidery thread. Regular thread or shinny metallic thread.

Christmas Star - pattern for embroidery -

Two stitches were used for the star itself: the satin stitch and the stem stitch. The ornament was embellished with the chain stitch. A tutorial for the three stitches can be found on my web site.

The embroidery measures 10.5 cm x 10.5 cm / 4 1/8” x 4 1/8”. The pattern is available in my Craftsy Pattern Store (US$1.00; CA$1.29 these days).

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December 8, 2017
Falling Stars in Boundless Blenders | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Finish is a twin size Falling Stars!

The pictures don't really capture the glow that the quilt has.  The Boundless Blenders just sparkle!

This fabric has been cut and awaiting sewing for over a year!

Quilt Stats:

Pattern:  Falling Stars, a pattern of mine.
Size:  70" x 90"
Fabric:  Boundless Blenders
Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 cotton/poly
Quilting:  Celtic Sea on Gratitude in gray thread
Backing:  Extra wide gray.

Here is Falling Stars in other colorways.

Last week's feature!

Many of ...

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Welcome to Day 7 of our "12 Days of Christmas" Online Event from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

Welcome to Day 7 of our "!2 Days of Christmas"!  I hope you have been having fun collecting your puzzle pieces and checking out the Holiday creativeness on the website!!!  I am excited to bring you more Holiday Cheer!  So let's get started!!!

Today is another great day over on our website! Day 7 brings 4 various fat quarters, Santa Baby Penny Mat Kit, 2 pattern bundle specials and some more AMAZING fabric bundles!  We really out did ourselves on all these gorgeous bundles!!!!  WHOO WHOO!!!!

I am also introducing you to another shop gal!  You ...

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December 7, 2017
Fat Quarter Quilts Magazine Give Away!! from Butterfly Threads

Give Away CLOSED!!!Thanks for playing along!

The folks at Fat Quarter Quilts sent me a couple of copies of the latest edition. I wonder who that is on page 68? Oh my goodness, that would be me.

My quilt October Sky was featured in Easy Quilts a couple of years ago and now they are sharing it again.

So if you are interested in winning a copy, please leave a comment. Just let me know what your favorite magazine is. I will choose a winner Dec. 7.

Thanks and good luck!

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December 6, 2017
Wednesday Wait Loss 44: Giveaway Winner Announced! from The Inquiring Quilter

Hi and welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss!

This week I've been busy working on the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along. If you haven't heard about it, you can click here to learn more.

We've just released the last block in the quilt along, but if you're motivated it's not too late to enter our grand prize giveaway, which is super awesome! I mean like Santa filled his sleigh with quilting treasures and left them all at your house awesome! All you need to do to enter the final giveaway is make one of ...

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December 3, 2017
Christmas Star – pattern for mug rug and coaster from France Nadeau

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This is my newest pattern—Christmas Star. Three superposed ten-point stars. I have used wool for the stars and the binding, which gives a warm and cosy feeling to these mug rugs and coasters. As the stars have that many points, I suggest the use of a non-fraying fabric. Wool, fleecy, knit, flannel…

Christmas Star - pattern for mug rug and coaster -

Christmas Star can be stitched either by hand or with a sewing machine. Patterns in real size are included, as well as schemas with measurements in real size and many pictures. The difficulty level is “advanced” because there are no step-by-step instructions for sewing the appliques, quilting ...

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December 1, 2017
Primarily Geese pattern from Flying Parrot Quilts

I’m still swamped with deadlines, but I’m surfacing to let you know about my new pattern out in the January/February 2018 issue of McCall’s Quilting!

They’ve called it Primarily Geese, since it’s made with flying geese blocks—but when you put them together it makes these fun arrows!

Primarily Geese/Mod Arrows quilt detail by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

I used fabrics from Quilting Treasures, but you only need about a fat eighth of each fabric so this would be an awesome scrap-buster, too.

Primarily Geese/Mod Arrows quilt detail by Sylvia Schaefer/Flying Parrot Quilts |

It’s quilted with just straight lines, though if I’d had more time I might have done some ruler work ...

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November 30, 2017
The Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt and Quilt Pattern from Red Pepper Quilts

Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt - Pattern available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt 
The finished quilt measures 56 inches x 56 inches.
1369 patchwork squares.
37 rows each of 37 squares.
Each finished square measures 1.5" x 1.5"
Fabric Used:
200+ different small scale prints including
many stash basics - dots, stripes, checks, gingham -
and small scale prints.
Solid Fabric: Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Wasabi.
 Stitching along both sides of all vertical and horizontal seam lines.
Low loft cotton batting - bleached white.

Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt - Pattern available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt - Pattern available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017
Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt - Pattern available | © Red Pepper Quilts 2017

I have lots of photos to share with you today! My Scrappy Irish Chain Quilt is finished and having received several ...

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November 28, 2017
My New Patterns for Timeless Treasures! from The Inquiring Quilter

I'm so excited to announce two new quilt patterns! As you know, I work closely with several fabric companies, designing patterns to feature their newest fabric collections. Here is Summer Social, a quilt designed for the Mint Julep fabric collection by Dear Stella.

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Summer Social finishes at 56" x 64" so it makes a comfy lap quilt. You can purchase Summer Social in my store. Take advantage of my extended Black Friday sale to purchase Summer Social or any of the other patterns in my store--use the code BLACKFRIDAY2017 to receive 20% off all patterns, printed or PDF. Act ...

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November 27, 2017
25% off all digital patterns, Cyber Monday only! from Freshly Pieced

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I hope all of you in the U.S. had a wonderful holiday weekend filled with food and fun! Now it’s time to shop. : )

I’m offering 25% off on all digital patterns, TODAY ONLY—including all three Summer Sampler patterns—with promo code CYBER25! This is the best deal we’ve ever offered on the Summer Samplers! So head over to my shop to get yourself some deals: If you’ve been eyeing my Instagram-based Mega Quilt-Along (one Summer Sampler block per week now through next October), this is a great way ...

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November 26, 2017
Christmas Anticipation: paper piecing from Wisonsin Quilting


Paper piecing Christmas project

Are you anticipating Christmas now with the Thanksgiving leftovers under control?  Do you already have your stockings hung?  Are you peeking up the chimney, maybe not literally, but doesn’t everyone love the Christmas season?!

Have fun with this 28″ x 28″ piecing project and celebrate the coming of Christmas.

Purchase this Two Stocking pattern for 28″ x 28″ paper piecing project for $8.

The pattern has 12 pages that make up the full sized pattern (without seam allowances), plus a color chart, and a visual guide for piecing, and a single coloring page for you to work out your ...

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November 25, 2017
Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Road Rally Blog Tour Winner! from Curlicue Creations

Congratulations go out to Maryellen in Franklin Square, New York!  She is the winner from my segment of the Road Rally blog tour.  She commented "Sweet block.  I do love roses."  We love roses too, Maryellen.  She will be receiving her very own copy of the new issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. Hooray, Maryellen!  Enjoy your new block patterns!

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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November 24, 2017
Tilda Starburst and buttons from Charm About You

I really enjoyed creating this quilt! I used a pretty bundle of the Tilda Harvest collection and the very clever Creative Grids Starburst ruler, designed by It's Sew Emma, to create this starry design for Sewing Quarter.

The blocks were simple to make and depending on how you cut the pieces there are lots of different angles and star variations to make. It's easy working from a collection of prints because they all go together so well and the Tilda colours really are beautiful! I wanted to showcase the prints and as I was laying out my design ...

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Outlook Pattern Release | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party | TGIFF! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Finish is a new pattern, Outlook, written in 6 sizes including Baby, Small Lap, Large Lap, Twin, Queen, and King!  Directions include layer cake squares or yardage, and the pattern is Accuquilt friendly {but not required}!

Outlook is named after the small town my grandparents lived in when I was a child, which was about 15 miles from our home.  I have many fond memories of time spent at their house, mostly in the kitchen and around the table and in their huge yard ...

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Diary of a Young Swirl – Digital Edition + Pattern Sale from Kathleen Quilts

A couple Black Friday specials for you! All specials run Friday – Monday.

All of my Craftsy patterns are half price –

You can buy a DIGITAL copy of my book “Diary of a Young Swirl” –  This will be your ONLY chance to buy the book as a digital edition in the next year, so be sure to take advantage of this opportunity!

Almost all products online from Quilting From The Heart are 25% off. Use the code “Blackfriday” at checkout.

Happy Shopping!!

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