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January 30, 2015
Road Trip Quilt Pattern is FINALLY Here from Kathleen Quilts

Road Trip Quilt Cover

You might remember this quilt from my previous post here. I was waiting to take a better picture of the quilt for the cover, but six months after finishing the quilt I was no closer to actually taking said picture… so maybe I’ll get a better picture for the print version. But the downloadable version is now available here! It is definitely the best written pattern I’ve done so far! Hope you like it!

Later days,

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Let’s Do the Traditional Twist! from Inside Quilters Newsletter

Welcome to the last stop of Quilters Newsletter Presents Best Tradition with a Twist 2015 blog tour! It’s been really fun to see all the different quilts and hear from the designers who made them, but there are even more wonderful patterns in the issue, plus a lovely article from Victoria Findlay Wolfe about her work. If you don’t believe me, get the issue at the Quilt & Sew Shop and see for yourself.

TwT Cover 500 Lets Do the Traditional Twist!

Available in digital or print editions.

My contribution to the issue is a pattern called Snail Spiral. It’s a variation on the traditional snail ...

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January 27, 2015
Lola Pouch from Ellyn's Place

Recently I had the opportunity to test a new pattern for Svetlana over at S.O.T.A.K. handmade.  The pattern is called the Lola Pouch and it's an awesome zipper pouch in two sizes. You'll want to check this pattern out (released today!) as the technique for installing the zipper is different and easy... and the finished pouch is adorable! Here are the pouches I made for her.

First, the large pouch which would be an awesome project bag!

 The bag has boxed corners to give it great shape and binding around the top to finish ...

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January 26, 2015
Let’s Color! from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center

As a child, almost nothing made me happier than a new box of crayons and a coloring book or blank paper. The ladies at Crabapple Hill Designs must have felt the same way because many of their recent patterns include coloring. And yes, they use crayons!  I also enjoy handwork, so these patterns are a “win-win” project for me. Never mind how charming Crabapple Hill patterns are in general. Here are some tips for enjoying coloring once again, while creating and embroidered project.

Use Crayola Crayons. They may cost a bit more, but they’re worth it because they have ...

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January 24, 2015
stars in a time warp from Heirloom Quilting Co.

Stars in a time warp is a great sew along , here are my first two stars, Turkey red and prussian blue !  Get the details by clicking on the stars in a time warp button on the right side menu bar, Learn about the history of fabrics like turkey red and prussian blue, etc.  Even if you prefer not to sew along it's interesting to add to your library !

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January 21, 2015
New Inchie Quilt! Where the Inchies Are Remake from DreamWeaver's Quilts Quilt Epiphany Blog

Where the Inchies Are Variation, detail by Nadine Ruggles

I’m totally excited about my latest finish! It’s a fun little quilt that I made for Valentine’s Day, and also just because! Just because I had some red and pink scraps laying around, and just because I wanted a quick-to-make … Continue reading

The post New Inchie Quilt! Where the Inchies Are Remake appeared first on DreamWeaver's Quilts.

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January 20, 2015
Love this summery vibe!!!! from Sisboom

Check out this amazing photo from a wedding that Miss Katt’s Kustom House designed.  I love a visionary!! Miss Katt’s Kustom House is brought to us via Australia and as we know that group never disappointing!! I tell you I love waking up to your photos and sweet comments!  We are blessed to be in an amazing industry with amazing talent!  Sis Boom is bustling with exciting news and exciting projects so stay tuned. In the meantime reach out to Miss Katt’s Kustom House and have something pretty made just for you!!!

keep sharing your love for ...

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January 18, 2015
Call For Pattern Testers! from The Littlest Thistle

One of the things that I managed to recover during my time off work was the time to write up some patterns, which I did during the first week in January to try and fool myself into thinking I was back in office hours (I slept in every day, but to be fair I had a horrible cold/chest infection)  The first one I got written up was the Traveller Bag which I made mum for Christmas:

Would any of you be interested in pattern testing it?  The deadline would be 15th February, please leave a comment below to state ...

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January 16, 2015
Six of One from Inside Quilters Newsletter

As part of my mission to finish up projects in progress, I had to deal with the little pile of black-and-white fabrics that I painted a while back. I didn’t have a plan for them when I tried the painting, I just wanted to test it out and see how it would look. It was pretty fun to add a bit of color to the black-and-white prints, but I don’t have time to paint a whole bunch of it for a big project so I sat down to think of something to do with the pieces that I ...

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January 14, 2015
The Pyjama Game from madebychrissied

I'm looking to teach a pyjama pant class this year so I wanted to find a good, reasonably priced pattern that I could use with students.  
My friend, Amy, who orders all the books, notions and other goodies for us at The City Quilter suggested this book, Sew Easy Pajama Pants by Cindy Taylor Oates which comes in around the $15 price mark.

I tested the pattern by making these two pairs of pyjama pants, one for my daughter, Flicky and one for my dil, Katie.

Eucalyptus in Jade from the Pretty Potent collection by Anna Maria Horner ...

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January 13, 2015
Gossamer by Sharon Holland + GIVEAWAY from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


A fresh, vintage breeze breathes life into Gossamer by Sharon Holland. Combining frosted florals with charming gridwork, these prints highlight a quaint approach to color that includes dreamy blush, sheer blues and honeyed bronze.

Win a fat quarter bundle from this collection.( details below) IMG_9298


Feed your inspiration buds with this lookbook we have put together for you.


Share this Quilt pattern "Fractured" with all your friends.



Win a fat quarter bundle from the Gossamer Collection, contest rules below!



Here is how to enter the giveaway: browse through the Gossamer lookbook then comment with the project you'd most like to ...

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» Todera

Welp, the holidays are over and the rhythms of real life are taking over again...  I'm grateful for the return to routine, actually.  Maybe it's age, maybe it's life changes.  But I'm ready for routine!!

The holidays begat some personal projects.  Personal projects for me usually mean quilts and working from my personal stash of recycled cotton shirts.  Here is the fruit of my labors:

Mapping out a schedule for regular pattern releases for the coming year.  Any requests?  More fabric flowers?  More quilted handbags?  More home decor accessories?  Whadday'all feel like sewing?

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January 9, 2015
Thread of Ideas from Inside Quilters Newsletter

I’m continuing in my resolution to be more productive about finishing projects in progress. Since I’d recently finished a quilt top, using a lovely pattern by Marcia Harmening from Quilters Newsletter’s Best Fat Quarter Quilts 2014 special issue (available at the Quilt & Sew Shop), I needed to keep the momentum going so I pieced a back for it and got it basted right after the top was done. I know if I’d folded it up and stuck it on a shelf, I’d be less motivated to pick it back up after a while. Here’s ...

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New Patterns Available from A Quilting Jewel

Happy New Year to everyone!!! For those interested, I've made two patterns available in my Craftsy shop.

The first is my Dream Diamond quilt that first appeared in American Quilter earlier last year. You can find the pattern for this quilt here.

The second is a free pattern for the quilt block I used to make this baby quilt. Yup, this one is free! The pattern for this one can be found here.

Both of them are paper pieced patterns. If you're new to paper piecing and want a free tutorial, check out the pattern and tutorial section ...

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Cecelia bag from Ellyn's Place

Last week I had fun pattern testing  Clover and Violet's new Cecelia bag (available today!)
 This bag has all the bells & whistles you can imagine! lots of pockets (elastic pockets, pockets with sew in magnetic snaps, zipper pockets, you name it!) and cute little ties on the sides....
 short handles....
 and an adjustable, removable shoulder strap....
I used all fabrics from my stash for my polka dot version. This would make a great project bag, diaper bag for young moms, book bag..... mine has been commandeered by miss Ally! 

More pattern testing going on here this week, will share ...

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Sew Together Bag from Pearl the Squirrel

Sometime this fall, I managed to make a Sew Together bag. The design is so clever and I've seen lots of them on Instagram, so when I stumbled upon the SewDemented booth at Quilt Market, I bought a pattern. I thought it might be a good class project, but truth be told, it's pretty darned labor-intensive.
I used fabrics I'd had in my stash for a long while—Echino prints and Cloud 9 Geocentric canvas—all on heavier substrates, which I thought would make for a nice, sturdy bag. And indeed it did, although I think it ...

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January 8, 2015
NEW PATTERN: Winter Wheat Hat from in the fold

Click on over to Ravelry or Etsy to pick up my latest pattern, the Winter Wheat Hat. 

Featuring a stylized wheat pattern, the design was inspired by the planting of fields that occurs in the late fall in colder climates. Winter wheat was introduced to the US in the late 1800s by the Germans from Russia, and is planted throughout northern Great Plains in the late fall. The seeds sprout before the ground freezes and then becomes dormant until early spring when the sun warms the soil and spring rains bring forth the fields of golden grain.

The Winter Wheat ...

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Scrap Quilts, Spring Issue 2015 from Butterfly Threads

This issue of Scrap Quilts magazine will be hitting newstands soon. I just got my advance copy in the mail a few days ago. So you can probably imagine the grin on my face when I saw TWO of my quilts in it! Obviously, I knew that I had sent them two quilts, but I wasn't sure which editions they would appear in.

The first quilt is one that I made while watching the winter olympics. I can't help but cheering for Team USA so I pulled out all of my red, white and blue scraps and started ...

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January 3, 2015
2015 from Ruth Powers Blog

My first post for 2015!

I started the year with my books all caught up; that’s a first, I think. One of the fun things about that is my yearly inventory which shows that “Third Weekend In October” has netted (after production expenses) a total of over 81 thousand (!) dollars over the years, thanks to all my customers who have purchased it!! If you are not one of those, there are still a few left; I don’t plan to reprint it..


There has been a small run on “Little Old One Room Schoolhouse” in the week after Christmas ...

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January 2015 Short List from Quilt Paint Create

A new year, a new approach.
After tossing around ideas, I decided on specific content for the monthly Short List. Each  list will contain four items:
1.  Something old – UFO
2.  Something new – Might be a pattern or one of my own ideas.
3.  Something painted, as I play with ideas from the watercolor book.
4.  And something playful, as I work through Quilter’s Playtime.
I don’t expect to finish four projects a month. As if. I expect to work on two or three of them.
I finished very few UFOs the past couple years. I added more ...

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