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September 22, 2018
Under the Needle - September from Lovin' Life At The End Of The Dirt Road

September has been a slow month in my sewing room. I haven't made much progress on much of anything. I did finish my big stitch table runner. Well, I finished the stitching on it and I am currently hand stitching the binding down as time allows  I quilted several sets of yet more pot holders:  And I pulled out this fabric: to make an apron Back in the day, when the kids were

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Sewing for my son, remembering my grandpa from Carried Away Quilting

My weekend goal is to cut into this richly colored, outdoor-inspired collection of fat quarters. I’m making a quilt for our son Luke, who graduates from college this December. Luke is a smart, outgoing, adventurous young man. He continually amazes me by his can-do attitude, his perseverance against obstacles, and his enthusiasm for life. While he may be ready to take his next step in the world, I remember every step he’s taken along the way. My heart is full thinking about him and the road ahead.

I collected most these fat quarters at two area quilt shops ...

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September 20, 2018
workshop totes from Crazy Mom Quilts

My friend Jeni hosted a workshop sew along a few weeks ago and I waited until the very last day (in my usual fashion!) to join in. The workshop tote pattern (available here) is straightforward and fun to sew, with a few different options. You can use one fabric, as I did here. You can also use patchwork squares or half-square triangles. (Directions are included in the pattern for all three.) I LOVED making this tote. I gave it to my sister for her birthday a few weeks ago. She plans to use it for her trips to the library ...

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September 19, 2018
Not all Sewing is Glamorous from Becca's Crazy Projects

I know many a maker that will deny they mend or hem pants. I won't say that. What I will say is that I only mend for two people. The two people who live in my house. If you don't live here, don't even ask.

I'm sharing this project more to give you a quick review of the Juki TL-2010Q which I used for this project. Anyone that has tried to hem jeans on a cheap, plastic, domestic machine can tell you it is no simple task.

I only needed to shorten my jeans by about ...

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September 18, 2018
#AGFMakerMonday - Our First Feature! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers, 

HAPPY MONDAY! I'm sure we all can use some "Monday Motivation" today! Here at AGF, we started a new way to feature  our inspiring makers' work that allows them to also win our fabrics, but THE BEST PART is that we all get to know a little more about you! We encouraged makers to post their sewing projects using our fabrics via their social media using the hashtag #AGFMakerMonday, so we could see how talented you are and the amazing work you all do! Once we decide on the winner for the month, the maker receives a ...

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Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Ten from Quilt in Piece

Fall Into A Quilt Along Block Ten Today brings a fantastic pattern for block 10 in the Fall Into A QAL. Wow, I was tickled pink, when I saw today’s block! Today’s block is the Pickles in jars and is designed by Sandra Healy of Sandra Healy Designs. I loved picking colors from my stash for this block. Here they are. Full instructions is in the pattern that you will download. You can download the pattern here. I have not appliqued the carrots and pears yet, as that will be done, when I ...

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Opposing Ply Yarn and Bags from Thread Head

A couple of weeks ago I dyed some fibre to spin for socks.

This is my favourite 80/20 Merino/Nylon sock blend. I decided to spin opposing ply yarn for the first time, since it is supposed to make hard wearing socks.
Normally singles (the individual ply) are all spun with the twist in one direction and then plied in the opposite direction. With opposing ply yarn one of the singles is spun in the same direction as the final plying direction. This tightens up that one single during plying (more twist creates a tougher yarn). I spun a ...

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September 17, 2018
Chatting machine quilting, road trips, serendipitous moments and organizing charities quilting on my Podcast from Pat Sloan's Blog

Guests Jude Spero, Amy Johnson, Amber Johnson, and Berene Campbell join Pat for a chat!

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 392 -- My WEEKLY FIND is at the end!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 392 Jude Spero

I spotted Jude Spero’s beautiful project using my fabric on the front of the Table Runner Round up book, I had to see her other work. Jude is the designer at Little Louise Designs.

BUY the ...

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September 16, 2018
Daisy needle case from Granny Maud's Girl

I do not have a lot of free time, but I managed to squeeze in making this needle case.

Suzuko Koseki daisy needle case made by Granny Maud's Girl

I quilted it simply in the ditch with 12 wt Aurifil thread.

As always, one of the most difficult things was deciding which fabrics to use, and that involved pulling everything out of the cupboards, looking it over, choosing a few, putting some back, changing my mind and repeating the process a few times. I got there in the end. If it is that difficult for small projects like this, imagine the time involved in choosing fabrics for large projects!

The ...

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Great Fall Class Line Up from Bear Patch Quilting

Bear Patch is such a classy place!  That doesn't have anything to do with society, but it means we love to present classes for our customers.  It's such a great way for like-minded people to sit down and hopefully learn a thing or 2!  We have always tried for a variety of projects:  big, small, handwork, machine techniques, beginner, advanced, morning, afternoon, night and weekends, too!  We try to keep our classes small and friendly for everyone.  Even though our days are numbered, we can't resist the chance to offer a few more learning opportunities.  And sometimes ...

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September 15, 2018
FREE Aurifil Designer Block Challenge, 2018 Block 9 from Pat Sloan's Blog


I am SO excited about the September Aurifil designer interview with the very talented Sharon Holland! Learn more about how this project runs at our intro of the 2018 team

 DOWNLOAD the pattern at the end of the interview and come right back as I have Tips!.

Big Apple

This years theme is blocks inspired by places. 

Sharon knew here inspiration city immediately and I couldn't wait to see what she created, the Big Apple it is! This is her block, she took it with her on a trip to NYC and you'll see some of the photos at the ...

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September 14, 2018
Block #2 Christmas Fig Sew Along from Pat Sloan's Blog

FIRST.. Did you read my interview yesterday with my friend Joanna and enter her giveaway??


Now onto Block #2!

Pat Sloan Christmas Fig block 2 pic 2

We are sewing from Joanna's Christmas Fig book.  Red & Green like the book,  then I selected Something Blue Fabric from my friend Edyta to do a second quilt.

How This Works:

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Inspired by Rococo Art: Decadence Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Makers! 

Besides being all about fabric, are you also an "art lover?!" I'm definitely one! From an early age, my parents introduced me to many art museums near and far around the world where I had the incredible opportunity to see so many types of art. It was during this time I was introduced to the "Rococo Period." This art movement consisted of highly ornate and a extravagant style of architecture, art and music that flourished in Europe in the 18th century. I fell in-love with all of it! 


As I grew older and went to art school ...

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Clearing my Head from Terificreations's Weblog

My sewing room hasn’t been functioning well for a little while. A non-functioning sewing room isn’t a good place for any quilter. We want so much to be in a space that simply doesn’t work. While on a vid call a few weeks ago I showed part of it, stuff I’d been working on and… Continue reading Clearing my Head

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happy mail kawaii case from Charm About You

Autumn is here, the kids are back at school and I have time to make a little something just for me! I saw the Happy Mail Kawaii Pencil Case designed by Mollie Johanson and immediately wanted to make one. This sweet case is simple to sew and easy to personalise. I'm actually going to use mine as a catch all in my handbag, for my glasses when I occasionally don't need them (the hard case I made houses my sunglasses) and any extra bits that I don't want floating around the bottom of my bag! 

Choosing fabric ...

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September 13, 2018
A Christmas Fig Sew Along Giveaway! from Pat Sloan's Blog

All sew alongs are more fun when a little giveaway is involved!

Pat sloan christmas fig giveaway

My lovely friend Joanna, who wrote the Christmas Fig book, is giving away a bundle of her fabric and set of patterns, so exciting!

Joanna and I have been friends a LONG time, I was a fan girl before I even meet her. She has been on my podcast many times (listen to the last one HERE).   And I have been known to hoard Joanna's gorgeous Figtree fabric 

Favorite quilt

I asked Joanna 3 questions... you are in for some fun!
You and I have a deep love for ...

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retreat gifts, part 1 from Crazy Mom Quilts

Every year at my Gruber's retreat we exchange "happies". This year I made 11 (!!!) zipper pouches to share with my friends. (Included in that total: I made one to keep, plus another one for my friend/neighbor, AND I made one that was an inch too short, due to a cutting error. Hahaha! Although it wasn't funny at the time....)
I also spray painted the handles of these bow scissors, which I purchased at Harbor Freight. (I included a pair in each zip pouch.) I can't take credit for the cute scissor idea...I saw it on ...

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September 11, 2018
When September arrives ALL the fun starts, CLICK to get in on some of it! from Pat Sloan's Blog

September always starts a lot of amazing projects. This week I have something to share every day, so be sure you check back and have signed up for my article notices! CLICK HERE if you have not signed up yet 


The 2019 Charity sewalong is SO DARLING!

Called " Threadology " you know it's designed for quilters BY Quilters, right? Keep reading!


The Threadology Quilt Along will be from February 2019 to June 2019, with fabric requirements available in January 14, 2019 benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Fat Quarter shop and Moda Fabrics generously work together for these Charity sewalongs and ...

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September 10, 2018
Wool, teaching others, and lots of creativity chatter today on my Podcast! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Guests Tammy Tutterow, Amanda Niederhauser, and Russell Conte join Pat for a chat!

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 391 -- My WEEKLY FIND is at the end!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 391 Tammy Tutterow

If you have been following my Button club projects, you see in year 3 that Tammy Tutterow’s delightful alphabet pattern is one of the features! Tammy is a fantastic designer who focuses on small applique projects she calls ...

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Cotton and Steel floral canvas wallet, edeenut shop feature from edeenut

This pretty blue floral fabric is one of my favorite for a wallet. The blue cotton print paired with a chocolate brown waxed canvas makes this a functional and stylish clutch. Topped off with a white metal zipper and suede brand label, you're winning with a modern looking bag.

Our Suppliers hand wax the canvas with natural beeswax and sun bake it to allow the wax to absorb into the fabric. Waxing fabric creates a naturally rugged, water resistant and sturdy fabric that ages with a look similar to leather.
Care of waxed canvas:
-Clean was with a damp ...

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