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October 3, 2014
for the love of kawaii and using small scraps from Charm About You

I've been doing so much hand quilting recently that I definitely needed a little escape and I've spent some time at my machine whizzing up some quick makes. I'd come across this pattern 'Double Zippers Pouch' and thought I would give it a go. I needed a little bag and a larger one so I changed the dimensions from those given in the tutorial. I got it a little off with the first small bag and the lining is actually too big really but since it's stuffed inside and no one can see I didn't ...

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August 6, 2014
Joanne's Selvedge Tote from Sew Karen-ly Created...

More sew & tell, this one from Joanne Colleaux from Armstrong B.C.  Joanne is an award winning quilter who seems to share my love of blue- green fabrics.  Joanne writes, " One of my quilting friends made the tote in the spring, and seeing how great it looked was the motivation to get this onto the to-do list. It was a fun project for me... I’ve never paid a great deal of attention to what was on a selvage other than the dots, but if asked, I would have answered that the letters were all black and in the same ...

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July 4, 2014
putting my feet up from Charm About You

It's finished, I love it and I'm going to enjoy hand sewing and quilting even more with my feet up on my new footstool. It was made using a brilliant pattern called Remixed Ottoman by Penny Jameson. I just had to make this after seeing the beautiful one Adrianne made when she took a class at Stitch Playroom in Christchurch, New Zealand. She very kindly put me in touch with them (thanks again Adrianne!) and I ordered the pattern. If you want a copy of the pattern the Stitch Playroom website has a contact us page where you ...

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April 23, 2014
A Selvedge Share from Sew Karen-ly Created...

One of the fun parts about quilting is showing off the finished product afterwards.  I happened to be in Mrs Pugsley's Emporium one day when Patricia Carson brought in her version of my Selvedge Tote.  Even though there are a lot of these around each has its own unique appeal and made personal with the quilter's saved fabric edges from past projects.  Patricia gave her tote a couple of extra touches;  see that orange strip on the left?
It's a piece of Mrs. Pugsley's personalized ribbon.  Clever!
Thank you Patricia for sharing your creative talents.  If ...

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January 29, 2014
How To Create Selvedge Fabric - A Fast & Easy Tute from madebychrissied

This week I've made a lap top case using selvedges and I thought I'd share with you how I create selvedge fabric.

When I buy a piece of fabric I remove the selvedges along both edges by folding the fabric in the correct direction to cut them off as full length strips.  I cut the selvedges at 7/8" but it's up to you how wide you cut them you may want to cut them wider and see more of the original fabric design.  I line the selvedge edge up with a 1" line on the cutting ...

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January 26, 2014
Tute: Make fabric from leftover selvages from Craft Gossip

Selvedge fabric

Got leftover selvages? If you quilt or sew with 100% cotton fabrics it will not take you long to have a whole pile of ‘em. I often incorporate mine into my quilt blocks or borders, but made by ChrissieD turns hers into fabric. Brilliant! She takes you step-by-step how to do it. Get the tutorial.

Image credit: made by ChrissieD

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January 15, 2014
So You Wanna Make A Quilt… Part 2 – Fabric from The Sassy Quilter


Part 2- Fabric


So what do you need to know about fabric as a beginner??? Who, What When, Where, How?
Let’s start with a How! How do you understand what these people are talking about?…….Terminology: In quilting there are A LOT of wierd words like fat quarter(not body part), WOF(barking dog?-no), and UFO(no aliens required)!  I have made a Sassy Dictionary for beginners HERE. Check it out to get familiar with the terminology used.


 What is fabric?

Basically fibers woven together to form a cloth. Fibers run up and down and side to side ...

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January 13, 2014
Using Up All The Bits from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Lynn shared some pictures of a class she taught on my Selvedge Tote pattern at the Covered Bridge Quiltery in Moncton, New Brunswick.
Lynn writes: Yesterday the "Sew and Sews" sewed up a storm at Martha's. It was fun. Some of the members brought in their completed selvage bags from last month. There are still several to come in...Note the embellishment on Donna Thurber's project. 
Love those yo-yo's, Donna!  Thank you Lynn, for sharing these pictures.
You can purchase the pattern for this tote on the checkout of my website; it includes directions for a matching ...

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July 8, 2013
Toting in Style from Sew Karen-ly Created...

The Selvedge Tote has been one of my most popular patterns;  folks are seen sporting these at lots of the big quilt shows.  It's a fun design as no two ever quite look the same.  Diana Ruby from Reno has made several and is currently working on another. She sent along a picture of her last one and writes, "The photo doesn't do the colors justice.  The handles were a bright vivid purple...turned out super cute!"  

It *is* super cute! The bright colours chosen for the trim really set off those selvedges nicely.  I have another ...

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January 29, 2013
{Tutorial} Selvedge Spider Web block (for QCA bee #2) from The Peony Teacup

The inspiration for this block came from Tallgrass Prairie Studio, but having just made a selvedge string block for Alex in the QCA bee #4 group, I really liked the way Pleasant Home constructed their block using single sided interfacing. So here's my take on a selvedge spider web block:

You will need:
13" square of single sided fusible interfacing
A fat quarter or approx 20cm x WOF "Light Grey" Prima Homespun (from Spotlight)
Assorted selvedges

Step 1:
Cut the 13" square of interfacing in half diagonally to create two HSTs. Fold each triangle in half and finger press ...

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September 5, 2012
Scrappy Little Journal from Under The Evening Star

Scrappy Journal

I've had this little moleskin journal floating around for while and I've been thinking about adding some strips of washi tape to add a little color. I rounded up my washi tape and then I thought of all the pretty fabric scraps that I have and started wishing I could find a quick easy way to use them instead. Hmmm? How to turn fabric into washi tape? I thought I'd seen someone online use double stick tape but of course it wasn't in my drawer. (Someone in my house loves to tape her art work up ...

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