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September 30, 2016
Ted & Casey – the Backstory from Patchwork Posse

Today’s stories are from Ted & Casey- (both are members of the quilt group)

Ted’s Backstory-

I started sewing around the age of 11 or 12, in Junior High School. All students were required to participate in Wood and Metal Shop and Home Economics. I loved all 3 art forms, but sewing was the least expensive to continue to follow.

I’ve sewn off and on ever since. I join the US Navy at the ripe old age of 17, and my sewing took on a new dimension…I became a surgical technologist, and learned to suture.

I returned ...

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September 29, 2016
Grumpy Cat…on Broadway TOMORROW! from Marcus Fabrics

Crain’s New York reports that the internet sensation herself will be worked into the end of tomorrow’s performance of “Cats” on Broadway. tomorrow evening (Friday, September 30)!  We wonder if the online feline demanded that her dressing room to be decked out in her new cotton prints and flannels


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Now I am 5 ~ Aurifil thread box Giveaway! from Charm About You

Last month my blog turned five! I can't believe how quickly that time has gone but I also feel like I have come such a long way. I genuinely love being part of this community, I have learnt so much, made true friends and feel lucky to have found my tribe. Sewing can be an isolating pastime and connecting through my blog / social media has really given me so much inspiration, encouragement and support.

As a thank you to all my lovely followers, I have a big box of delicious thread from Aurifil to giveaway!

The box contains 12 ...

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Applique on Knit from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Everyone!

Did you happen to see the cool LAG-OM appliqued t-shirt in our Lagom look-book?  For those curious about how we made the shirt I thought I would share the step-by-step process on how we did our applique.  The process is the same whether adding letters to a minimalist t-shirt or adding dinosaurs to a baby onesie (guess which one I’ll be making ;). 

Title pic


Prepare your Pattern:

Paper Pattern

  • Draw or print out your applique pattern. If you’re using multiple fabrics then each one will need its own pattern piece.  Where they overlap you’ll want to include a little ...

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A limited time exclusive deal for my readers.. and a free pattern to try! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat sloan exclusive deal

I feel learning is so important that I asked for a special deal for you! These 3 classes are all 50% off until Friday evening just for us!  


Woven quilt

I spotted this gorgeous quilt kit with ombre or variegated fabrics.. not sure which describes it better.. what do you think? 

Either way it's an awesome kit for a great price.. and it makes a wonderful 'guy quilt' .. I find it hard to make a quilt without flowers fabrics or girly prints.. this is one I love! 


Christmas kit

I personally love EVERYTHING ...

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September 28, 2016
the perfect retreat from Charm About You

Despite my serious concentrating face I can assure you that my time at Patchwork in the Peaks 10 was full of laughter, creativity and great company! 

Elita of Busy Needle Quilting hosts incredible Alpine quilt retreats in Morzine, France. Surrounded by the most beautiful scenery at the fabulous Chalet Les 4 Vents excellently run by The Mountain Lodge Company, it was so relaxing and yet totally invigorating at the same time. The four day retreats take place semi-annually and I attended 22-25 September 2016.

You never know what to expect when you haven't been somewhere before and I was ...

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One Hour Top from In the Boondocks

This morning I woke up and decided I would make myself a new knit top! Sewing with knits is not my regular thing to do, so I went to Sew a One Hour Top by Fancy Tiger - Creativebug what a treat! The pattern is included and the video tutorial is excellent! The ladies know how to sew anything I think. If you have a serger (I don't know how to use mine) or a sewing machine the class shows you both ways!


You do need stretch or ball point needles to sew knits. I was advised to use polyester ...

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Hometown Charm is a WRAP + i spotted some great deals.. from Pat Sloan's Blog

Puzzle kit

This kit above is so adorable, On Sale right now and only a few left!

There is a pattern for this really great design! Then you can use your own fabric! Printed or Download Ver

Here are all the other sale items, I spotted a LOT of good stuff there! 

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Pat sloan hometown charm batik

Thank you sewing along with me on my Hometown Charm, you did a FANTASTIC job every!!! 

Now it's time to share a final photo.. your top, all the blocks done so far.

Pat sloan hometown charm prize

Share by Oct 7 at 6pm EST and I'll pick a random ...

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FREE_Mystery Block 10 & Layout from Pat Sloan's Blog

Online Quilting Class

It's time to finish our Secret Garden!

2016 10 Oct Pat Sloan Secret Garden Mystery


Our Block 10 is Goschenhoppen with the colonial Gardens in Pennsylvania!

We traveled to gardens around the world, and I returned back to a colonial garden, which is one of my early 'loves'.


DOWNLOAD the PATTERN at FreeQuiltPatterns.INFO And watch my video where I show you the trick to making the bonus block look SO different!

Now read on ....



You read a bit about my love of gardens over at the download page.. Let me explain what a Beeskep is.

From Dave's Garden Website

'Bee skeps were/are made of ...

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Messenger Bags Made with Old Jeans from France Nadeau

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To make these Messenger Bags, I used a tutorial provided by sew4home. The tutorial is called Slim Mustang Messenger Bag with Tuck Locks. I have omitted the tuck locks. I cut into three old jean pants to be able to use their thick fabrics: pale beige (almost white, perfect with a pale outfit), dark beige (almost brown, perfect for fall) and black (absolutely essential all year round). The inside is made from old cotton pants.

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September 27, 2016
Our 50 States from Bear Patch Quilting

In the Beginning Fabrics has produced a new line of fabric that fits into the "collectors" category.  I personally collect a few fabric categories:  typography (words and numbers), solids, Kokka, certain designers, etc.  I am going out on a limb and guessing you do some collecting, too!  It all becomes part of the gallery that is my retirement plan!  The fabric I am talking about today is Deco States.  It includes the state flower of each of our 50 states.  They are designed in an art deco style, and the flower graphics are tiled in rows across the fabric.

We ...

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Heartland Blog Tour Re-Cap from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey fabulous sewists!

I hope you are having an amazing week so far! As you probably know, Sewing Month (September) is reaching an end but that doesn’t mean inspiration will end. Over the past weeks we’ve brought you the release of Lagom by AGF Studio, our AGF Sewcialite hosted the Milla Bag Sew Along and the Tumbling Blocks Weave Along, and Karly from Paisley Roots organized a lovely blog tour with Pat Bravo’s upcoming collection Heartland. As you can see, it’s been a busy month!

AGF Heartland 12w

Today, I’m excited to show you all the wonderful projects ...

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growing things from Frayed Edge

 I think I owe you a little more about that new grandson that I mentioned!  It's so exciting, and so hard to keep it to myself until I had the go-ahead to disclose!  So, the Burke family of 4 will become a party of 5 next year!

March, to be exact, since that's when the other 2 boys have birthdays!  I guess the birthday decorations can go up for the whole month now!  We all found out it was a boy when they were visiting here in late August, and neither Ian nor Jack had been let in ...

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September 26, 2016
Listen, Learn, Sew with Pat and her guests, + a free pattern! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Free patterns!.. My guests today are Kelli Fannin, John Kubiniec, and Alison Glass! 

SHOW #316 with Pat Sloan

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 
American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 316 Kelli Fannin

I loved Kelli Fannin’s work the first time I saw it and that thought got locked in when I found out her website is called ‘Seriously It looks like it Needs stitches’.. super fun name, super fun projects and ...

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Scrappy Pouches - The Splendid Sampler from Prairie Sewn Studios

Written by Linda Chaney, mother

I'm always looking for smaller zippered bags to store my take-along projects and was excited when a bonus project appeared for making zippered pouches on The Splendid Sampler.

Zippered Pouch

As usual, I couldn't just follow the pattern. Instead I used clear vinyl for the backing so that I could easily see what was in the pouch. I also found I could use regular zippers to give the same finished edge.

Zippered Bee Pouch

In honor of my daughter, who loves hexies, I decided to make a couple of hexagon shaped pouches. The same basic technique was used ...

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My September Sew Sampler .. full of yummy things.. from Pat Sloan's Blog


Each month a present in a gorgeous reusable box arrives, it's Sew Sampler day at Studio Sloan!

Pat Sloan Sept Sew Samplerl Box

And it's an aqua day, my favorite color!! I can not tell you how fun this is, and this month a whole booklet of coupons.. so worth it! They also send you a note saying the box has shipped so you can get all goosebumpy before it arrives.

Pat Sloan sampler sept jelly roll

This jelly roll is pretty darn sweet, Aqua, Red, Pink

Yes Please!!! 

See that patchwork fabric... 

9 sampler fabric

Here is what the patchwork fabric looks like, so adorable!!

I am going to sew this one ...

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Inspiration Comes in Many Shapes from Quilty Therapy

Have you seen the new Michael Miller Luxe fabrics?  I had not really looked until someone from my guild reminded me I had signed up for the Michael Miller Quiltcon Challenge.  I’m loving the color combination of gray, aqua, navy, and coral.  This has been on my color inspiration board for a while.


The first design concept that came to mind was remaking my State Fair Challenge quilt from 2013. The colors would provide a nice contrast, allowing the coral and aqua to be a focal point. After designing it out with Porter’s crayons, it didn’t feel ...

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More Recycling and Repurposing from From My Carolina Home

So, last weekend we made beds and mats for the humane society, and today will be more using up some other things you may have around the house to make more.  DH bought a new pillow for himself, and wanted to throw the old one away.  Of course, I couldn’t let him do that.  The fiberfill in his old pillow was perfectly fine for a dog bed, just pull away any fiberfill that looks dirty or stained after washing.  I pulled away just a bit of the top layer on the surface of the pillow stuffing, the edges and ...

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September 25, 2016
another cat block from April Sewing Journal


This is the third cat block. I took the pattern from pinterest:  These kinds of blocks are somewhat tedious to put together, but they are so impactful when they are done, that I periodically get sucked into one. I think this one took me about three weeks of fairly feckless sewing.


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Decorating for Autumn from From My Carolina Home

The weather should be cooling off a bit this coming week, at least that is the hope. It sure was still too warm last week when I met a friend for coffee. She reads my blog and said it was time to show some fall decorations. Of course, she is right (yes, you, CW!!). I did get a few out last week, and started the process with a Pumpkin Tablescape, but I realize I haven’t shown anything else. There is a method in my madness for that, as some things I am saving for the special event next month ...

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