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December 20, 2014
Making a Mexican blouse – Join me at Craft's Inaugural Summer Workshop Series from Stitch and Yarn

A couple of months ago I put in an expression of interest to tutor with Craft Victoria for their summer series of workshops. I thought it might be a bit of a long shot, but you have to put yourself out there sometimes don't you?

First I found out I'd been shortlisted, then I attended an interview, had a few more phone calls with questions, and then, before I knew it, the event was launched (on Thursday), and there was my face on the Craft website as one of nine tutors taking part – what a thrill!

So now ...

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December 16, 2014
Pat Sloan: Day 8 of 12 Days of Giveaways! from Pat Sloan's Blog

 And we are on Day 8 of my 12 Days of Giveaways!!  The last giveaway will be right before Christmas.. and I may have a lucky #13 on New Years Eve.. so stay tuned!

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For my podcast I am lucky to work with a lot of different book publishers. The Fat Quarter shop has published several books and today they are Sponsoring this giveaway of Lori Holt books!

The top booklet is about Granny Squares. I am a self taught crocheter and the Granny Square is what got me started!

The bottom book is Lori's quilt along. Let's ...

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finally some sewing (etc.) to share from Frayed Edge

I haven't put up much here lately about the creative side of my life, so here goes:

A young friend of mine, Molly, gave birth to her first little baby about a week ago (or so).  I had some fun making her pretty little crib sheets for the nursery and some pennants for her name (Ada) to decorate the wall.  When I first heard that her choice of colors for the nursery was gray and green and purple, I wasn't sure how that was going to work out.  I found out that the walls were painted a fairly ...

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Giant Curves: New Quilt Pattern from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Curve Quilt Pattern | ReannaLily Designs


I’m working on a new quilt for myself.  It is going to be pretty great.  Each block is 18″.  I mean, that is huge!!

I did the regular ole drafting with paper and rulers and curved edges and seam allowances and everything.  No computer on this one.  The templates are on freezer paper.

Curve Quilt Pattern | ReannaLily Designs

My plan is to make the whole queen size quilt with fabrics from my scrap bin.  I have to scrap bins: one with weird little pieces and another one with weird pieces that are big enough to fold.  These cut arches come from the “big enough ...

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Projects to Go Gifting Giveaway from Pacific Fabrics

Projects to Go Gifting Giveaway

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December 15, 2014
making things cozy from Crazy Mom Quilts

Last week I made a sweater pillow out of my husband's old sweater. This time around I recycled one of my own, because it only seemed fair. (Ha!) I still love the stripes and the colors of the sweater, but it had seen better days. I wore it a lot!
Turning your sweater into a pillow cover is easy! I was going to do a full-blown tutorial, but I had horrible lighting for photographs (oh, how I miss the sun!) and really, it isn't that complicated. So, I'll just run through the steps quickly, because I need ...

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Handy-Dandy | Useful Sewing Tools for Beginnners from The Shabby

Are you just starting out with sewing as a craft or do you know someone who is a beginner? Here is a short list of some staples that will help anybody on their way from novice to expert! All of these tools can be found at Shabby Fabrics!

 Scissors- Snip in Style- Clear | Shabby Fabrics
Snip in Style with these adorable glitzy scissors! These stainless steal scissors feature clear gems and are ideal for snipping threads. They make perfect stocking stuffers and would look cute in your sewing room! Blade is approximately 4" long. 

 Olfa 45mm Rotary Cutter-Original | Shabby Fabrics
With the most ...

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Graduation day! from Ellyn's Place

My handsome son graduates from The Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University today! Seems like yesterday he headed off to Phoenix for college and here we are. So proud of him! He was on the deans list every semester and has really worked hard.

I made him this quilt to celebrate graduation and Christmas. You might remember me working on the curved piecing here....
 Diann's awesome quilting really make it special....
 Quilt pattern: Metro Hoops
Fabric: Moda Figures jelly roll

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B is for Blocks from Swink Girl Quilts

NOTE: This post is from October, 2014 -- it somehow never actually got published; I must have been waiting for something, but I'm not sure what! Sorry for the delay!

Hello, lovlies! Here's a quick post of what I've been working on lately! The weather is starting to cool off here in WNY, so it's back to the sewing machine! September was the last month of the SMQ3 bee. While I really enjoyed participating in that bee, it's nice to have one less monthly sewing commitment. Also, I don't think I've mentioned it yet ...

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December 14, 2014
MIA exhibition: Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945 from April Sewing Journal

So I am working on Christmas crafting without much progress. Instead I went on a little Italian vacation at the Minneapolis Art Institute. They are a having an exhibit of Italian fashions from the 1940s to the present.  It was amazing to see that level of craftsmanship and inventiveness.  My only regret is that we couldn’t see more of the construction.  They only showed the interior of one garment. Even so, the preciseness and quality was wonderful to look at.  It is still going on until January 4th.

Filed under: life and family, sewing, style

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Dress Kitchen Towel from What the Bobbin?



Don’t you find spur of the moment sewing so much more satisfying? I certainly do. I see something cute and I want to make one for myself. I love it even more when it doesn’t call for too many more items to buy haha! I only had to buy some fresh new kitchen towels for this project. I could have used old ones, but they were only $4 a Target.



This is a great project for scraps! And adding trims is SO much fun.



Isn’t it cute? I used this tutorial. I added snaps instead of ties ...

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Christmas The Sally Dress from What the Bobbin?



Yes, this is my third The Sally Dress. No, I’m not sorry. I love this pattern and it goes together super fast!


My girl always love them too!


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Pat Sloan: Day 7 of the 12 Days of Giveaways from Pat Sloan's Blog

And we are on Day 7 of my 12 Days of Giveaways!! I put out a call to the universe, to the gods of missing items, to the merry little elves.. to help me find at least ONE of my Christmas tree skirts!  I've designed several for magazines over the years but couldn't find them. 

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AND my plea was heard!!!  A year ago I must have found one and put it IN the ornament box.. I was SO HAPPY!

An added treat this year is that my mom sent me a box of ornaments from when when i ...

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December 13, 2014
You are My Cup of Tea Apron Tutorial at UCreate from Tea Rose Home

I am sharing this "You are My Cup of Tea apron" tutorial over at Ucreate. It is a challenge to find a pretty, unique, and functional gift for under $5, but I thought this apron could be just that. I used a kitchen towel I found at Target when it was on sale for around $3. If you are a sewer, I assume you already have some fabric scraps, heat & bond and some trims & pom-poms laying around... that is pretty much all you need to make this apron. Head over to see complete tutorial at Ucreate today!

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Pat Sloan: Show me YOUR quilt! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I am not one to sew complicated things late at night. .... after about 10pm it better be pretty darn easy because I don't want to make a design decision or do anything with great accuracy.  Thus was born the following project. 

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My series called 'Scrap Happy Quilts' is ongoing (prior free patterns HERE).  

Earlier this year I went on 'THAT QUEST' to cut up my scraps.. i don't keep a lot of scraps so it was fairly quick going until I came to the messy fabric that needed ironing. let's just say those are still waiting.

I ...

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How to Shorten a Metal Zipper from Sew French

I found myself with a couple of spare minutes and am playing around with some of these Moda fabrics I have heard so many others blog about. Mochi Dot and Cotton and Steel are both a 70/30 cotton and linen blend. They are still fluid, like you think of linen, but in a firmer way. It is heavier that quilting cotton but not as heavy as a canvas. Somewhere in the middle, just a really nice-bodied fabric. Perfect for almost anything I can dream up. I am so happy to have a local fabric store that stocks all these ...

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December 12, 2014
Merry Christmas from my Studio! from Quilting on the Edge

Image 'Twas the day before Christmas, and the studio was quiet. The scissors were waiting, but no artist came by it! Fabric stacks were restless from lack of attention, and bobbins were silently increasing their tension. The iron would hiss if it was only plugged in, the sewing machine impatient to go for a spin. The threads were lined up without exception, a project was waiting to be sewn to perfection. But noises were heard and the fabric could tell, other things were going on and there was that good smell! Pots and pans banging, and new voices were talking. Laughter ...

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December 11, 2014
Christmas Swap Sew-Together Bag from What the Bobbin?


It’s so difficult to make fabric choices for anonymous gifts, am I right? I figured Lizzy House, and Heather Ross,  are universally loved. I am still totally crushing on this fabric pull. Hedgies, snails, and butterflies, Oh my! ( I ended up adding in some HR frogs)



For this year’s white elephant gift exchange at the AMQG holiday party was “handmade sewing accessories”. I figured a sew-togther bag was also a safe bet. I just hoped that everyone else didn’t make one too! This is my fourth sewtogether bag!? Check out them out here 1st, 2nd, 3rd,




I ...

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Pat Sloan: Day 5 of the 12 Days of Giveaways from Pat Sloan's Blog

Day 5 of my 12 days of Giveaways is ALL about my very favorite scissors.

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I have been on a quest the last few years to find light weight, smooth cutting, high quality, and very reasonably priced scissors. I have found my match made in Heaven with the Havel Company!!  

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If you have been in my workshops the last year or so, I've been passing and this pair of scissors and have converted almost everyone that has tried them. They are that awesome and amazing .... and... mmm.. is there another 'A+' word I can use? 

Well you just NEED ...

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Pat Sloan: Class Review AND Day 6 Giveaway from Pat Sloan's Blog

Day 6 of my 12 days of giveaways and a Craftsy class is my prize!  Today I have a review and giveaway of a class by my friend and awesome freemotion quilt expert Leah Day.  ALWAYS the #1 thing is that you want to do better,  is quilt your own quilt! Leah had joined me on my radio show each month in 2013, and we learned a lot. Her classes are awesome

Let's get to it! 

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If you have ever seen Leah teach freemotion quilting, then you know she has a passion for sharing. Sharing that YOU CAN quilt ...

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