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October 18, 2017
Aurifil Block Challenge, Block 10 by Helen Stubbings - Enter your block! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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This month you will have fun exploring English Paper piecing and embroidery techniques with my wonderful Friend Helen Stubbings. Our Aurifiil Designer challenge theme this year is the rainbow of colors found in the color wheel. Each designer is assigned a color going around the wheel and October is Green/Yellow.

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I'm so excited about Helen's gorgeous block!

 DOWNLOAD the pattern at the end of the interview and come right back!.

Read on to enter your block for a chance to win! >>> 

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Pat sloan aurifil blocks 1 to 9

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October 17, 2017
Christmas Caroling Season Approaching: Should I Make a New Costume, Yea or Nay? from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning and happy holidays, everyone!  I know it's only October 17th and y'all are probably festooning your front steps with pumpkins and "harvest decor" if you're thinking about holidays at all, but my professional caroling group just had our kickoff rehearsal/party last weekend so I'm already thinking ahead to Christmas.  Behold, me in the Giant Green Dress That Does Not Fit In My Car:

Final Christmas Caroling Job Last Year, Holiday Party at a Private Residence

That photo is from my last caroling job of last year's holiday season, a party at a ...

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Bee Happy Block Party - Quick Kitchen Projects from quiltscapes

Welcome to my stop at the "Bee Happy" Block Party!

Corresponding with Lori Holt's "Bee Happy" Sew Along, The folks at Riley Blake Designs have invited a few designers to feature small projects made with an individual block or two from Lori's adorable quilt.

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Roundabout Tote Pattern and Giveaway from Lily Patch Quilts

Happy Tuesday! It sure is a happy Tuesday around here. I am literally doing the happy dance. I had this tote pattern on the back burner for a very long time, longer than I want to admit. I had some changes that I've been wanting to make and working on all of the diagrams on my own was very time consuming, but I am SEW happy it's finally complete. 

Introducing the new and improved Roundabout Tote! This tote packs a punch. The Roundabout Tote is quick to put together. The step-by-step diagrams walk you through the whole sewing ...

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This is no way to start the day from caledonia quilter

Even a non-quilter should be able to figure out that something is not quite right here.

No. I don't have any more fabric with me.
No. There is no quilt shop within 80 kilometers of here.
Solution. Colourful language, then Baileys in my coffee.

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Laid to Rest and Rust...Ready to Restore and Repurpose from CollectInTexas Gal

I bought a new Singer today...well, new to me, and the thing is she was secondary to what I was looking for.  She came with the cabinet.  Bless her heart she has been rode hard and put down.  Put down in the sling bottom cabinet where she has collected dust and laid to rest and rust with the promise of electrocution should anyone dare shove her plug into a socket.
I'd say her wiring, foot pedal, plug and light are original as are all her least the ones that are still there.  Bless her heart...again ...

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QUILTING: Bittersweet Symphony Quilt {another progress post} from Samelia's Mum

Why yes, this is another progress post about my Bittersweet Symphony Quilt. Good things take time, right? Looking back through my blog, I realised that this quilt has been well over a year in the making. Honestly, I'm normally a sew, sew, sew until it's finished kind of person - rather than a long term 'work in progress' person.

You can see previous Bittersweet Symphony Quilt posts HERE and HERE and HERE

Well can you guess what happened the other day?!?! I FINALLY finished the hand quilting. Oh my goodness, what a relief! Those little crosses in the border ...

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October 16, 2017
How we are inspired, machine tips and more all on Chat with Pat + my Weekly Deal! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Marcia Harmening, Paige Alexander, Lindsay Conner, & Debbie Jeske Chat with Pat!

WEEKLY DEAL at the end!

SHOW #355 Talk Show with Pat Sloan

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 355 Marcia Harmening

Marcia Harmening is the designer of Happy Stash Quilting, what a great name! She is an author, teacher and contributor to American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. You’ll recognize her quilts from the magazine pages, including the cover ...

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Retreat! from caledonia quilter

Sleep.  Sweet, deep sleep.   In spite of two glasses of wine and a two-pak of Dark Chocolate Reeces Pieces.
Yesterday I started at 5 am, so I could pick up Deb at 7 am, so we could be in Elmira by 9 am, so we could enjoy a trunk show/demo by Kelly Cline before we headed up to Tobermory.

Kelly was fabulous, she works with heirloom linens and creates beautiful works of art, drawing on her art degree and interior design background.  Excellent day!
Following that was a very tedious drive which seemed to take forever, up to Tobermory ...

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Autumn Jubilee Tablet Cover Sew Along from From My Carolina Home

Our sew along continues today with constructing the blocks and the outer shell for the tablet cover.  Now that you have the HSTs done, lay out the blocks.  Begin with one of the colors as primary, then the other color as primary for the second block.  This is one of the patterns on the Moda Cake Mix papers set #3.  So, lay out your HSTs in this configuration.

Sew Along Tablet Cover at From My Carolina Home

Sew in rows, then press seams in opposite directions on the rows to nest the seams. For example, do rows one and three to the left, and rows two and four to ...

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Embroidery and New Sewing Project from Lily Patch Quilts

Happy Monday! I have been working on some minor revisions to one of the patterns I did a few years ago. I pulled it and had been meaning to get it done but time passes so quickly and other projects got in the way. Over the past few weeks in between class assignments I managed to get the pattern done.

I pulled these fat quarters to use for the pattern. I love the blue and yellow combo. I think it will turn out be a very pretty finish.  On another note, I have a proud mom moment to share with ...

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October 15, 2017
2017 Finish-A-Long ~ Meet the Global Host Team ~ Felicity from Charm About You


I'm Felicity

and this is my family - Husband of 17 years K and our nearly-10-year-old daughter G:

being silly, something we do very well

I am lucky enough to live in Naramata, British Columbia. It's a village of fewer than 2,000 people nestled on the Naramata Bench in one of Canada's fruit- and wine-producing regions, the Okanagan Valley.

As you can see, we're on the side of a lake, and it's a big tourist destination because our summer weather is hot and dry.

We moved to Naramata from Vancouver just over a year ...

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October 13, 2017
Tutorial! Cross-body bag with adjustable strap by Kym from The Village Haberdashery

We shared the details of our ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ Vignette with you all the other week and promised the tutorial to make your own cross-body bag so here we go…!

Cross body bag tutorial

Cross Body Bag Tutorial

Cross Body Bag Tutorial

What you will need:

*50cm of medium-heavy weight woven fabric for the outside of the bag (I used Essex Yarn Dyed MetallicSand)
*50cm of fabric for the lining (I used Kona Cotton SolidsEggshell)
*Medium weight fusible interfacing
*Paper to make your pattern
*This downloadable pattern guide sheet
*Magnetic snap fastener
*Strap slider
*2 x D-rings
*2m webbing
*Matching thread
*General sewing supplies

Cross-body bag tutorial by Kym

PLEASE NOTE: Seam allowances are ...

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October 12, 2017
An endless love for flowers: Wild Bloom by Bari J. from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, beautiful sewists!

Raise your hand if you love flowers as much as you love sewing! I know I sure do! Ever since I was a kid, I have fond memories of gardening with my mom (who also loves flowers), visiting botanical gardens, and when I learned how to draw it was the first thing I was inspired by. It’s no surprise that flowers make the world more beautiful! Especially when you incorporate them in fabrics, quilts, and sewing projects.


I know that during the fall it’s not conventional to use many flowers; but I encourage you to ...

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What is selvage and Projects you can make with it from Patchwork Posse

This month in the IAQ quilt group we are having a little swap. And of course, since I am the one hosting I get to have a head start and work on something totally fun using the selvage from my own stash. (can’t wait for the swap and new ones arrive as well!)

what is fabric selvage? let's figure this out!
What is the selvage definition?

A selvage is the side of fabric where the finished edge stops the edges from fraying.  The warp threads run parallel down the length of the fabric and the selvage is created when the weft threads are folded back on themselves ...

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October 11, 2017
Fussy Cutters Club Release from In the Boondocks

I am really excited for fellow blogger Angie Wilson, Fussy Cutters Club Officially Released - GnomeAngel on her new book!

Fussy Cutters Club: A Boot Camp for Mastering Fabric Play * 14 Projects by Angie Wilson published by C & T Publishing and is available for sale on the website!

C & T Publishing provided a copy for me to review! I haven't finished reading it yet but I love it so far and am going to do a few projects, when I write the review! I will say "WOW" for now!

But I wanted to share the release, let everyone know about blog hop, and that Angie is having a giveaway for a copy on her blog right Now (until Oct 14th)! This link will take you to the release page and the GIVEAWAY! Fussy Cutters Club Officially Released - GnomeAngel


Fussy Cutters Club Blog Hop

The following bloggers are sharing their experience with ...

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October 10, 2017
Tablerunner Bliss Quilt Along Week 6 from In the Boondocks


Welcome to "In The Boon Docks", I am Lisa (Elizabeth)! I am excited that today is my day in the Tablerunner Bliss Quilt Along: Week 6 - The Jolly Jabber Quilting Blog! Sherri Falls new book is really fantastic Tablerunner Bliss Book Sherri Falls of This & That Pattern Company #ISE-918 | Fat Quarter Shop. I love to give table runners as gifts at Christmas because everyone has a table! You can make them for any holiday or just everyday, just by the fabric you choose.

The table runner I made is "Jubilee" on page 46!

I went for a patriotic theme!



Fabrics: Background: Grunge Basics Royal Yardage SKU# 30150-300, Jubilee Blocks: Hey Dot White Sprinkles Yardage SKU# 1608-11 , Liberty Gatherings Red on Tallow Arrows Yardage SKU# 1208-21 , Liberty Gatherings Tallow Circle Yardage SKU# 1206-21 , Grunge Basics Rocacco Yardage SKU# 30150-332 ...

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Adorable Paper Pieced Christmas Animals from Made By Marney

Cute as can be and just in time for Christmas, this table runner sports “3 Dogs and 1 Sassy Cat“. Animal lovers will enjoy this sweet holiday project. It’s easy to make, and the borders resemble a “scallop”,  but is pieced. So easy!

Stocking Hat Dog

Candy Cane Dog

Turtleneck Dog (hint* If you are new to paper piecing, start with this dog)

And the Sassy Cat!

Here’s a close-up of the scalloped border.

I love this border so much, I am using it in my next table runner design…tune in next time </p>
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what could be more fun than digging into your fabrics? Making something with them! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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My friend Kerry & Sue were the masterminds behind the ugly sweater sew along last year, and this year they has a new one!

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This year they has loads of inspiration for these fun Christmas mugs. What I decided to do was dig DEEP into my box of Christmas Fabric. I knew this Michael Miller Holiday Hostess fabric was printed years ago, and I have a coveted FQ of it!  (I used the bottom right one in Sue's pattern HERE)

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So i felt this was a worthy project to cut out a Holiday Hostess to ...

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New Fabric in the Curlicue Creations Shop ~ Week of October 10, 2017 from Curlicue Creations

A beautiful cut of fabric, Black and White Plaid Woven Fabric. 60" wide. 

The design on this fabric features a large scale black and white plaid. Perfect for your next sewing project. This fabric can be used to sew one of a kind clothing. So unique - be creative!

A beautiful cut of wool/polyester blend fabric, Rust Boucle Wool Blend Fabric. Wool/polyester blend, 60" wide. Machine Wash Warm, Delicate Cycle, Tumble Dry Low, Use Cool Iron

The design on this fabric features a thick, textured boucle. Perfect for ...

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