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September 22, 2014
here is something I saved for you. from April Sewing Journal

So, the day passed quickly without me doing much crafting. P and I went to the fabric store. We went to the Richfield Penn Celebration, spending way too much time in the sun. But how many of these beautiful autumn days will we have in Minnesota?

In any case, for sewing, slow sewing construction is slow. Luckily, I saved a project I completed almost a month ago for a day like today, when I didn’t get much done in the week and don’t have much to say.


These are the fingerless gloves I told you about a couple ...

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September 21, 2014
Piece by Piece A 24” x 24” mini star quilt for my... from Living Water Quilter

Piece by Piece

A 24” x 24” mini star quilt for my Instagram partner is pieced!

Now, I will look at it for a week or more and look for inspiration for the quilting design.

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9-Patch Quilt, Stash Report, Zucchini Report from caledonia quilter

9-Patch - a beautiful, classic quilt pattern.

It was quilted with a classic pattern too - Orange Peel design.  Also called Pumpkin Seed design.  There is stitch-in-the-ditch along both sides of the skinny border, keeping that nice and crisp.  Then a pretty border pattern.  I made no attempt to line up the circles with the 9-patches - there is not enough vodka in the world to calm that kind of crazy.
Mmm, nice back!
This past week I had TWO outings.  Whew - the social life is picking up.  On one adventure I hit the new Village Square Quilt Shop in Burlington, which is ...

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Tutorial : Simple Tote from fabric selvedges (selvage edges) from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap



Today I would love to share you a tutorial on how to make a simple tote. A tote with an exterior made of selvedges. Throwing out bits of fabrics has always been hard for me. Even the littlest or the tiniest let alone the selvedges, long strips of fun text with a bit of the fabric itself. Some have really cute colour codes which make it even harder to throw out. So I decided to keep them, hoping some day I will get to use them in a string quilt like this,this or this.

bundle of selvedge

But in the meantime ...

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September 20, 2014
More City Sampler Blocks and Retreat from Bear Patch Quilting

59, 60, 61, 62
A bit of a gap here with the block pictures, I'm really just giving you time to work on your own collection!  

This weekend is our fall retreat at Bridge Creek Cottage, and yesterday a great group of gals descended upon the sewing room.  Now it is overflowing with good vibes, the hum of machines, creativity and threads all over everything!  

Debbie and I came a day in advance to get everything just right for the quilters.  One of the things on our to-do list was recovering the ironing boards.  The sewing room is equipped ...

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retreating from Frayed Edge

I have become a temporary citizen of Wisconsin!  I have spent the better part of the last 10 days across the border in Augusta, WI, and have 3 more days to go.
Staying at this retreat center makes me feel kind of spoiled, it is such a nice pleasant place and surroundings, and someone else does the cleaning!  

A week ago I was here with a group of quilters, organized by the Ham Lake Piecemakers, but attended by an assortment of quilters who enjoyed the time together.
Here are pictures of some of the beautiful things that were created:

Judy ...

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Pat Sloan: Featured Friend Ann Weber from Pat Sloan's Blog

I am SO happy to have my dear friend Ann Weber featured today! Ann and I have known each other since she took my workshop, sliced her finger and we enjoyed getting to know each other in the emergency room.. yes.. we are blood sisters!  Ann is an incredible designer, I adore all her projects, her sense of color and her outlook on life. Ann is has a beautiful spirit and I'm so thrilled to call her a good friend all these year. Now she designs with her Sister Joanne Rowicki as the Gingham Girls and you see their ...

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September 19, 2014
Scrap Fabric Wreath from Quilty Therapy

fabric scrap wreathAs I have been cutting and organizing my scraps there were chunks I didn’t want to just throw away.  Some pieces, that were around an inch wide or less, I held onto because I liked the fabric.  The more I cut I realized I was running out of room.  I had to let go.

fabric scrap wreath (4)

I can LET GO!

Maybe I didn’t need to completely let go.  P and I hit up Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago and I found this wire wreath.  Best deal, I should have bought 12.  I refrained since I’m trying to ...

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Bloom Zipper Pouch from Lily Patch Quilts

This was my WIP. I had the fabrics all cut up and just plowed through to finish my project. I'm trying to use up scraps but it just seems like it keeps multiplying. I could keep making these Bloom zipper pouches with my scraps. They are so quick to whip up. 

 This fabric was leftover pieces from a project I did for the Moda Bake Shop. I also had some chevron scraps so I used those for the top and bottom of the pouch.

 I added an extra flower instead of the one called for in the pattern. It ...

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Seamingly Accurate Review from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Big huge thank you to Create Kids Couture for the product review!

Seamingly Accurate | ReannaLily Designs | Seam Guide


I’m glad you are loving the Seamingly Accurate Seam Guide.

Want to get your own?

Grab it in the ReannaLily Designs shop.

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Modern Feathers from Becca's Crazy Projects

It has been ages since I pieced some feathers for this collaborative quilt for the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild.

Last Sunday at the guild meeting, I took possession of the quilt top and binding.  When I got it home I layered it all together and looked at it.  And looked at it.  Then, I just got quilting.  This thing wasn't going to quilt itself. 
There are so many different ways this could have been quilted.  So many ways any quilt can be quilted.  I decided to do simple filler that wasn't too dense for the background and let ...

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Pat Sloan: My Featured Friend Christa Watson from Pat Sloan's Blog

I have asked a group of my very talented friends to share with me their 'current' favorite quilt in my 'Featured Friend' series of articles!  Today Christa Watson shares her favorite.. and a new generation that is learning to quilt!

Listen to my chat with Christa on 6/23/14 CLICK HERE


Hi Pat! Here's a picture of my favorite quilt, Charming Chevrons (with me and my daughter at a local show - she's now learning to quilt!)

Charming Chevrons is my favorite because it was my first modern quilt! It was originally made as a free quilt along ...

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Tool review, a finish & my brother from Scraps of Life

I have not been compensated to talk about this tool but I bought it awhile ago and it is an awesome addition to my Quilting. It is Awesome for trimming & squaring up blocks.

Its a Fiskars rotating cutting mat

Simply place your block on the mat & square up 2 sides, then rotate the mat and square up the other 2 sides. So slick and no need to lift up your block to rotate, instead rotate the mat!

And I finished the binding on a quilt for my Grandaughter

 Love the Cuddle backing and the texture when quilted

And now my ...

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September 18, 2014
Cloth Paper Scissors from Sisboom

Thank you to every one at Cloth Paper Scissors who made our dream come true ! We made it into the Studio magazine.    Jeanine Stein the editor is so lovely!!

7 pages was just so generous and we are extremely grateful!!!  If you aren’t familiar with the publication you will absolutely love to see other artists and their studios!!!  Such amazing talent out there! Purchase your copy here!!

Thank you to my beautiful daughter Katie for some amazing photography!!!


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Burlap Chevron Clutch and other things from Once Sewn

Burlap Chevron Clutch

I am totally in love with this burlap and chevron clutch that I made recently. It is so small and cute, just the right amount of detail for my taste. I also made another handbag, this time with a nautical print. It's all in the details my friend.

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Episode 88 Quilting for a Living with Cristy Fincher from Within A Quarter Inch

I am so pleased to present another great episode in the Quilting for a Living Series! Cristy Fincher is the owner of Purple Daisies and the daughter of quilt legend Sharon Schamber. Cristy has 'never known not sewing' and has amazing tips and techniques that she generously shared with us -  oiling thread?! We talked candidly about the amount of work that goes into Quilting for a Living and how it becomes a juggling act even on the best days. Sharon creates and Cristy teaches amazing techniques that have revolutionized the way quilters quilt. From Piecelique to Paperless Paper Piecing, and ...

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Ribbon Dog Leash Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

Taking my dog for a walk is one of my favorite things to do.  They love the outdoors and exploring everywhere.  A leash is a must have for any pet owner– and even pets need a little bit of something extra special sometimes.

dog leash tutorial with ribbon | patchworkposse | easy sewing projects and free quilt patterns

Sew up a leash using your scrap ribbon and fabric for a customized leash for your favorite pet.

Sew a leash using scrap ribbon and fabric | dog leash tutorial #pets

Ribbon Leash Tutorial

Materials Needed:

ribbon scraps 1/4″ wide X any length

fabric- 28  3″ X 6″

swivel clip

dog leash tutorial with ribbon | patchworkposse | easy sewing projects and free quilt patternsDog Leash Tutorial:

Sew your fabric pieces end to end so you have one long piece

1)  Fold in ...

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Pat Sloan: My Featured Victoria Findlay Wolfe from Pat Sloan's Blog

I have asked a group of my very talented friends to share with me their 'current' favorite quilt in my 'Featured Friend' series of articles!  I am hearing stories that give me goosebumps, make me smile and make me want to quilt! Today my very amazing friend and super talented artist, Victoria Findlay Wolfe shares her current favorite quilt.  

Listen to my chats with Victoria on 5/19/14, 11/12/12 and 4/9/12! CLICK HERE


Asking me which quilt is my favorite is like asking me what flavor of ice cream do I like...  Really? Do I ...

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Lela Tunic from Lily Patch Quilts

On a recent trip we picked up this Lela tunic and blouse pattern from Green Bee Patterns plus Tim Holtz fabrics to make it. I love how Tim Holtz designs his fabrics and crafting products, it's kind of a grungy vintage type of style. This pattern took me a few days to decide to go for it and start making a muslin sample. After I did that, it was time to start cutting into the real thing.

I also pulled out my trusty old serger, cleaned her up and got her ready to get the raw edges finished. Nothing ...

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September 17, 2014
September is National Sewing Month! Celebrate By Starting a New Sewing Project! from FabTalk

A proclamation in 1982 from President Ronald Reagan declared September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”
Since then, National Sewing Month has become a great time to indulge your passion for sewing and a great opportunity to introduce yourself to the craft if you’ve never tried it before.

September is National Sewing Month!

September is National Sewing Month!

A great place to start is by visiting your local independent quilt and fabric shop. Each shop across this great nation is fun and unique with individual flair. And shopowners are happy to help make your ...

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