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December 12, 2018
WordlessWed...Sweet Sewing Memorablia from CollectInTexas Gal

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December 11, 2018
A Little Fire from Thread Head

Today my son and I sewed a microwave baked potato bag-

It looked lovely for a few minutes, until we used it -

Online instructions said that it would take about 7-10 minutes to bake a potato, and to stop the microwave every two minutes and turn it (which we did). The fire started just after 4 minutes (and the potato was fully cooked). When we took it out of the microwave it was really smoking and just looked a bit brown on the outside.
I used the proper cotton batting (Pellon wrap-and-zap) for this project, cotton fabric and cotton thread ...

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December 10, 2018
Moda Bakeshop, Quilting travel, And more fun topics all today with Pat! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Guests Heather Long, Sujata Shah, Kim Schaefer, and Becky Goldsmith join Pat for a chat!

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 403 -- My WEEKLY DEAL the end, it's a great one!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 403 Heather Long

Heather Long is a Moda bake shop contributor and wonderful designer at Coffee and Quilts. I knew I’d love her when I saw her website name! Heather designs doable projects that are fun ...

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catch up and from Charm About You


to save you some time, scroll down to the bottom if you're only interested in the giveaway

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A Creative Homage: Art District Fusion from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Have you ever spent a day exploring an artsy neighborhood?! You’d probably start your day, grabbing a cup of coffee at a cute cafe, wander in and out of art galleries, browse small shops that are filled with unique, artisanal crafts, and of course, spend some time photographing all the amazing murals you’d unexpectedly find in alleyways. In Florida, if you're looking to see some street art or explore some unique shops, galleries, plant stores and delicious cafes, our biggest art district here is "Wynwood" which is a fun place to head to! If you were here ...

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Baby Quilt Tutorial - "Coco" the Squirrel from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers,

It's the most wonderful time of the year as the song suggests and for me this is a very true statement. Any excuse to get together with family and friends I am definitely a super fan of! Also any extra reason to sew up something new I am all for it! Which is why I especially love sewing for the holidays to decorate my home and to create awesome homemade makes for the special people in my life.

Meet “Coco” the Squirrel below. This gift giving, Santa hat wearing critter would look cute tucked inside baby’s ...

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Catch Up with In The Boon Docks from In the Boondocks

My Sew Together Bag more about it this bag here

Extra long Strap

Quilt for a Foster Child one of a local family! Blocks from a free Craftsy class years ago, I learned a lot.  You see my first hexagons I ever made. Beautiful baby will always have a quilt.

Woppet Buckets - I love this pattern and just keep making more! Clever Woppet on Instagram - Anna Cunningham 

These first (2) I made for out bathroom to hold our toiletries!

This one was for the #woppetbucketswap

Swapped this one for Luke Hayes’ birthday!  I got some great ornaments in return!

The ...

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December 9, 2018
Snowmen from France Nadeau

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Thank you for visiting!The Three Christmas Trees - available in my Crafsty Pattern Store - francenadeau.comTutorial for Christmas - pdf at francenadeau.comChristmas Star - pattern in Craftsy pattern store -

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Block #8 Christmas Figs from Pat Sloan's Blog

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I’m constantly inspired by how a squares, rectangles and HSTs can turn into about 5 million different blocks. Today, the pinwheel swirl takes us for a spin.

Pat Sloan Christmas Fig block 8 group

As always the Red & Green is just like the quilt in the book. I am doing the tips with Something Blue Fabric  as I make a 2nd quilt

How This Works:

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Wedding dress finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

My niece has a wedding coming up in a couple of weeks. Just before Christmas. So wedding  bells and Christmas bells will all be ringing. 

Anyway she contacted me with an alteration request. At the time the dress was too long, but in the weeks since she's lost weight, so the dress was also a little big. Just big enough to need a few tucks.

She drove the normally five hours in a torrential rain for this. The dress is well made with underpinnings and boning, and interfacing, and lots of other stuff all built in. However, the ...

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Textured Zipper Pouch Video Tutorial from Crafty Gemini

Day 2 of my 12 Days of Last Minute DIY Gifts is here!! Learn how to make a zipper pouch with a fun crinkled texture!

Play around with your sewing machine’s decorative stitches and thread color for a unique look! I use a product called Stitch & Steam to create the textured panels and I love it so much we have it in our online shop! You can grab an 18″ x 62″ pack right here. 

Enjoy the FREE step by step video tutorial!


The post Textured Zipper Pouch Video Tutorial appeared first on Crafty Gemini.

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December 8, 2018
How does that cool die cut machine really work? from Pat Sloan's Blog

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I recently hinted that I found a wonderful new tool when I was at the trade show in Houston, it's arrived!

My friend Katy Jones wrote me before I went to the show. She works with Crafter's Companion company and asked me if I'd like to take a look at the die cut machine they make. If Katy asks me, I'm going to take a look! I've known Katy for a long time, she has been on  my podcast, and she is a super talented quilt maker and friend. 

The Crafter's Companion company is ...

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December 7, 2018
Fun Facts from Bear Patch Quilting

One more milestone was recently accomplished in the closing of Bear Patch -- we had our final employee Christmas party!  I know, it's bittersweet, but I think it was possibly the most fun party we have had!  It was a potluck at the store after business hours.  Normally, we go out to eat, but since we had just had a fabulous dinner at our retirement party for Debbie and Laurel, we opted to just stay at the store and share our own specialities.  Wow!  Good food, too much to even fit on our cutting table buffet line!  Desserts had to ...

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Minikins: Desktop Cubes from Liz Makes Crafts

Several months ago I was in Walmart with my husband and sister-in-law and I saw a little black / gold fat quarter bundle that I was immediately attracted to. But then the snob inside me came out and said, "Walmart fabric? Really?" But they were so pretty and shiny ... and pretty cheap, that I couldn't pass them up.

When I was auditioning fabrics for making a trio of nesting Desktop Cubes from Sew Sweetness's Minikins collection, these immediately started screaming, "Use me! Use me!"

I made 3 of the cubes, one in each size, because I figured making 3 ...

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Little Quilt needle case tutorial from Charm About You

Little Quilt needle case, needle book by Charm About You

For those times when you want a quick little make, a handmade gift, or need a needle case! Here's my tutorial for the Little Quilt needle case, so named because that's what it is like (with a bit of felt!). The finished needle case measures 3" x 4". If you need to store more needles and have a handy way of organising them, may I suggest the Stitchy Pie needle case pattern available in my shop.

You can go to town or keep it really simple and you can whip these up so quickly, you will want to ...

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December 6, 2018
Vlog Update: Sewing with Kids, Knitting, Swatch Club and Fabric Haul from Crafty Gemini

It’s Dec. 6, 2018 and I’m back with another Vlog Update video for you! I’m also getting ready to start my 12 Days of Last Minute DIY Gifts tutorial series again that will kick off tonight.

In this vlog update video I talk about the weekly sewing sessions we’ve been having with my kids and their homeschooled friends (their garments are amazing!), my beginner knitting progress, I unbox a Swatch Club Box from Mood Fabrics and I share with you a little shopping haul of the fabrics I’ve been working with lately.

Links to items ...

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Fa-La-La A giveway of the BEST kind! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat sloan splendid sampler for madge

Welcome Splendid Sampler Quilters!

My block today is to honor my amazing mother-in-law Madge.

I hit the jackpot on getting the best MIL there is! 

Madge and I share a love of quilting and gardening. Our two favorite things to talk about. She is also an amazing seamstress. Making most of her clothing since she was a teenager. Quite posh, I love that photo of her showing off a new outfit!

I actually learned to quilt before Madge did. When she started to take classes her beginner sampler had a 'Honey bee' block, and I really wished mine had one ...

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December 5, 2018
Holiday Buddies Paper Pieced Pattern from Made By Marney

Here’s a fun Christmas project to try. I call this table topper “Holiday Buddies“. I like this octagonal shape on my table.

This table topper is cute from every direction.

Santa starts the collection of 4 paper pieced blocks. I use a bit of blush on his nose to make him jolly.

Mrs. Claus also has a bit of blush on her cheeks. I use a stippling paint brush and some pink craft paint.

Rudolph has a bright pom pom nose.

The Caroler is one of my favorite new holiday designs. Using a striped fabric always works well for ...

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December 4, 2018
Today is a wide range of quilters working in a Modern style on Chat with Pat! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Guests Emily Thompson, Michael Caputo, Linda Hungerford, and Heather Black join Pat for a chat!

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 402 -- My WEEKLY DEAL the end, it's a great one!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

Remember to ENTER my 400th show giveaway

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 402 Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson of Life Sew Savory write about sewing, crafts, recipes, and more! I love her tutorials and she hosts a facebook live sewing show each week ...

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Working with Wool from Thread Head

I have a few wooly finishes this week!

The first one is a tunic I sewed using the fabric I wove last month (it takes me a while to get the courage to cut up hand woven fabric after all the time spent washing and combing raw fleece, spinning and dyeing yarn and then weaving - there is no going back!).

I am so pleased with how it turned out. It is warm and comfortable. It is my third hand woven  garment that I have sewn, but the first one that started as a raw fleece.

The pattern is from a ...

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