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May 22, 2015
A New Sewing Tote from Mama Love Quilts

For the longest time, I've been carrying my sewing gear in whatever was on hand - a old black duffle bag, old totes - none of them pretty.

When Sew South came along, I decided it was time to have a nice tote to lug my stuff to the retreat.

I decided to make the Elizabeth Hartman Sewing Circle Tote. I started it four days before the retreat. I cut and sewed like a woman on a mission, but alas dear reader, I did not get it done. There were too many steps (88 in all!) and not enough time.

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May 5, 2015
qayg pouches {a tutorial} from Sotak Handmade

As promised, I'm back with a tutorial on how to turn a qayg slab of patchwork (click here for a how to) into a pouch.

I like to use metal zippers for his kind of pouches as I think their chunkier look fits this style of patchwork well. I buy my zippers in many colors and sizes on Etsy from Zipit but there are others who sell great zippers as well.

This is a sort of "generic" tutorial which can be adjusted depending on what size and shape of pouch you like, what zipper you have on hand, how ...

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May 4, 2015
quilt as you go {a quick how to} from Sotak Handmade

Hello, happy Monday!

Today I'd like to talk a little about quilt as you go (qayg) technique. Have you tried it before? I've done a few projects in the past (one quilt and one bag, I think) but for some reason I didn't really love the process.

And then one day last week, completely out of the blue, I made this qayg slab of patchwork which I turned it into a thread catcher (pattern by super talented Amanda Jean). Actually I'm using it to hold my Wonder Clips, not stray threads but you get the idea ...

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May 1, 2015
Quilt as You Go Patterns – Table Runners from Patchwork Posse

quilt as you go table runners

If you are ready to try a new technique– the quilt as you go technique, a quick small project like a table runner is a great project to start with.  You can sew just enough to understand the process, but it’s not a huge project to overwhelm you either. Sometimes this technique gets stuck with […]

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April 29, 2015
Twisted Ribbon Table Runner from Patchwork Posse

Table runners are perfect for giving your room a new look without spending a whole lot of money and time on it.  They are kind of like pillows.  They can add pops of color and design to the room pretty quick. For this table runner, I thought I’d take try at making a braided design. […]

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April 15, 2015
So Many Books Giveaway Part 8! from Inside Quilters Newsletter


My cat likes to sleep in my sewing and quilting stash. She’ll turn 8 years-old this year, but she’s small — only 6.5 pounds — so she fits in even smaller spaces than most adult cats. If I can’t find her in the more obvious spots in the house like on her cat tower which faces the front window or in the spot on my bed where she likes to curl up during the daytime, the next best place to ...

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March 18, 2015
Sew as you go Easter Pillow // A Tutorial from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends, I have a fun tutorial for you today that was first featured on the Therm O Web…

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March 16, 2015
Starting Things into strings.... from Blended Fabric Quilts | Good Earth Quilting | Organic Quilting Cotton

After the memorial quilt on Sunday, I took a look outside and it was pelting rain, so inside sewing was the course of events for me. I have started a string quilt. Yes, its not too complicated, which is what my brain is saying it needs!

I pressed some of the chunks before cutting them into strips and I began. But I just had to share one more random shot of blooming flowers!!

And cute driftwood bird houses, how cute is that.

When I make a string quilt, I usually do the QAYG method to cover off the FAST way ...

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March 12, 2015
Amazingly Large Commission Quilt from Arts 'n Quilts

Today I am discussing a wonderful commission I recently received thanks to connections in Chile - a large, purple, King size bed quilt commission!

The exciting part about this venture is that I feel a bit like a cultural ambassador since quilting is not something that has existed in Chile in any form, as a national craft, or even really as an imported concept, as far as I could ever tell when I lived there. Chileans have adopted almost all of the commodities, fetishes, holidays, opinions, advances, and pathologies of the hegemonic neighbor of the north, but quilting has not as ...

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March 8, 2015
QAYG Selvage Block from Happy Turtle

I made a selvage block a little while ago. You can see it here: Some Selvage Fun
I wanted to make some more. I guess this is also called a String Block?
Anyway - here's how I made these.

My finished blocks measure 10" X 8". You can make them any size you want. I used the left over batting I had from after I had trimmed a quilt. Just remember to keep your blocks the same size when you trim them.

You will need to use your walking foot for this.
When I cut my selvages off my fabric ...

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QAYG Selvage Block from Happy Turtle

I made a selvage block a little while ago. You can see it here: Some Selvage Fun
I wanted to make some more. I guess this is also called a String Block?
Anyway - here's how I made these.

My finished blocks measure 10" X 8". You can make them any size you want. I used the left over batting I had from after I had trimmed a quilt. Just remember to keep your blocks the same size when you trim them.

You will need to use your walking foot for this.
When I cut my selvages off my fabric ...

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February 11, 2015
A quilting we will go! from Celtic Thistle Stitches

Yay! I have finally got to the stage of quilting my Quilt Group Sampler quilt. I am only about 3 months behind everyone else, but we will gloss over that for now :)

We are using Quilt As You Go for this quilt, which is also the technique used in my first ever quilt class several years ago. If I tell you that I have 24 blocks backed, basted and nearly all quilted sitting in my cupboard from that class you will understand why I am rather hesitant about this whole process. Part of the reason that those blocks have gathered ...

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January 27, 2015
Lil Miss Penny Patch is Finished from Childlike Fascination

Remember that time I joined a quilt along in 2013 with the intention of finishing the quilt before that Christmas? Well a year and month later I can finally say: She done!

I gotta say Lil Miss Penny (as I call her) is an absolute disaster. I know I’m my own toughest critic but between sloppy 1/4″ seams, not squaring up blocks and an ill attempt at a new quilt as you go technique (there’s some kinks to work out there) it’s literally full of mistakes! You know what all those mistakes add up to though ...

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January 21, 2015
STILL FLIRTY AT 30?! from That's Sew Kerry

Happy Birthday Chantal

Christmas Eve marks the day that this wonderful human was born, and I'm thankful everyday that she was!! And this year (last year) she turned 30 and therefore by default is entitled to a rather special present in my opinion! It's been months in the making.....mostly down to laziness, sadness and sickness but I got there in the end a multitude of bright shiny stars, for my bright shiny star. When making a girly present to go into a home she shares with a boy, does one need to take this manliness into account ...

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January 20, 2015
Branching Out With Butterflies. from quiltaholic

I have repurposed one of my quilt kits to give it a new focus.

I have taken my mixture of butterflies and fossil ferns and transformed it from this single bed quilt.

Butterfly quilts

To these combinations of cot quilt and baby bag.



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The fabrics are still amongst the prettiest I have seen in the years I have been quilting and this way there is no need to lose out just because you don’t need a single bed quilt. There seems to be a steadily growing if  imported trend for baby showers. What better than a set for travelling. You won ...

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January 14, 2015
Quilt as You Go Scrappy Log Cabin blocks - Building Blocks Tuesday from Closet Quilter

Pink QAYG Improv Scrappy Log Cabin

When I am procrastinating properly, I tend to pick up projects that are easy and fun, yet still have some merit.  This week, I found myself making these Quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) Scrappy Log Cabin blocks.  They served several purposes: they helped me use up some of my scraps, they let me participate in the Scrappy Log Cabin QAL on Instagram, and eventually, they will be made into scrap baskets to hold even more scraps.  I wish I could take credit for the idea for the last one, but it is out of the book Sunday Morning Quilts by Cheryl Arkison and ...

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January 7, 2015
Another Owlie Aussie Hero Quilt from Bee She Bags

I remember years ago telling people I wouldn't EVER make a quilt, and yet here I am showing off another quilt I've far, all my quilts have been for Aussie Hero Quilts, but I hope to change that soon, and will have some up for sale!

Here's the latest quilt I've made for an Aussie Hero who is currently deployed overseas....I know this person wouldn't have a clue who I am, let alone be one of my blog readers, so feel safe in sharing pics of it with you.  Like me, this ...

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January 4, 2015
A YEAR IN REVIEW from That's Sew Kerry

Happy New Year!!

I can't believe it's a new year already, this year (last year) has just flown by and what a year it has been!! Some incredible highs and some hit the ground rock bottom we go!

In February my bestest got married and oh my what a magical day it was, now I know you will be thinking that I'm biased so obviously I'm going to say that, but it truly truly was!!! Everything was just perfect, the setting, her dress, the flowers, the band it was like being apart of an ...

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October 30, 2014

Christmas Bee Round Up

WIP Wednesday was super productive not only did I manage to complete two Bee blocks, but I also got some work done on a secret project for a special little monkey! Smug smile and own back pats coming up!!

First up is the completed Triple Star block that I made for Gemma, she had very specific color choices and color placements as these blocks are intended for a particular place in her house. Although some of the pieces are really small the block itself comes together really nicely and the finished product looks really good.

Next ...

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April 9, 2013
Quilt As You Go Weekender from Little Blue Cottage


A few months ago, a new spin on the Weekender Bag pattern by Amy Butler was started by Elizabeth from Oh Fransson.  This pattern has been sitting in my “To-Do” list of projects for at least a year, but somehow working up the nerve to do it hadn’t come yet.  I couldn’t choose a fabric that would be worthy of such a sewing milestone.  Should it be home dec?  A heavy Japanese canvas or linen/cotton?  I just let it go to the “undecided” part of my sewing brain and waited for inspiration to strike.  The quilt as ...

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