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August 30, 2015
Why quality matters? from 13 Woodhouse Road

"Why don't you use cheaper material to make my quilt?"

I get asked a lot of variations of this question when I take custom orders and my customers hear the price I am quoting.

I have already done a post about pricing, if you haven't read it, I urge you to go back to it and read.

When I started quilting, I knew nothing about sewing machines, thread or fabrics!!! It took me a long time and a lot of hard work to figure out what works best for me. One by one, today I will explain why ...

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A new adventure... from Americana Queen Quilts

A new JOB!
Tomorrow I will head out for training for a new job!
The past month has been crazy with many interviews and quite a few job offers.
I made a decision two weeks ago and this past week it all came together and
I can now reveal the NEW JOB!

Store Manager, Joann Fabric and Crafts, Holbrook, NY

Training will take me out of town for 2 weeks and then more local for 2 additional weeks.
Personally, I cannot wait to actually get to the store and dig in!

Being a creative person (very crafty ...

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August 29, 2015
blue quilt update from April Sewing Journal

It has definitely been a long and stressful summer, much good, some bad. I forgot what it was like to be 16 years old and 21 years old, but this summer I re-experienced it. The road to adulthood is sometimes a bumpy ride. In any case, two weeks ago we cleaned out my sewing room to make room for my son. He has set up the space nicely. I have a large pile of materials in the basement to sort through yet. If I can manage to store it all, I will. However, I am getting rid of some things ...

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A Tale of Two Dresses, Part II from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

This is a tale of two dresses. The first one, pictured on the left, can be read about in this blog post.  Today I will tell you about making the linen version.

bettine dress

I have had this Anna Maria Horner linen for a few years and have been looking for the right dress to make with it. After my success making the Bettine dress, I immediately decided to make another with the linen.
I cut it out as I did the first dress, except this time I cut the skirt 4" longer. Everything was going great until I was nearly finished ...

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August 28, 2015
Woohoo all done piecing my QoV! from Tink Squared

Woohoo all done piecing my QoV!

My back hasn’t recovered yet, so that variegated thread just might get here before I’m ready to tackle the QoV loaded on the longarm!

So I sat and sewed all day.  And I finished piecing my quilt of valor!

I left a little extra around the edges to trim off after I quilt it.  I’m so pleased with the way it turned out!  I will bind it in red.

I’ve modified my quilting plan for it slightly.

I still haven’t decided what to do with the double row of sashing… I’m hoping to get ...

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Shop My Fabric Stash! from Hobbies Up To Here

The holidays are around the corner and I’m gearing up with some holiday projects in mind. But instead of buying something new, I went through what I already own to see what I could put together!

Found some cute stuff in that box and now I’m excited to get started on something fresh like a table runner or some placemats!

Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for updates on our newest adventures!

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Top 10 Sewing Supplies You Can’t Live Without! from Patchwork Posse

my favorite sewing supplies- there are 10

I am not one to have a lot of fancy things in my sewing cottage. I might be intrigued with a new gadget, but really- I try to keep it simple. Unless I seriously need it more than once, I don’t buy the newest ruler out there or the best scissors, or other notions that […]

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Fun with magnets from Granny Maud's Girl

I have been playing with magnets, self-cover button kits and cute fussy cuts to make needle minders. They take no time to make. The most time-consuming step has been hunting for good magnets.


This is the perfect opportunity to fussy cut cute prints.

I seemed to be spending all my time on the hunt for just the right magnets, but after weeks of sticking my nose in craft stores, hardware stores and children’s art supply stores without much luck, I finally hit gold: magnets that actually stick. I found two Arbee brand magnets in a craft store (not photographed ...

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August 27, 2015
Pat Sloan: Follow along to North Carolina! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I'm off to North Carolina to teach for Jennifer Roycroft at We're Sew Creative!  If you are reading this as an email notice, click the banner and come over to my site.. 

Pat sloan were so creative shop 4

I hope I'm going to see you! But if you can't be there, I'll be sharing photos from my presentation and my classes right here! So come back often through the weekend. 

Check back OFTEN and Refresh to see the newest photos!  If you are reading this in your email notice, click the banner and come to the page! 

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Pat Sloan: Moda Inspiration what colors would you do? from Pat Sloan's Blog

Sitting at my computer I look out over the top to see out my sliding door to my deck... and I see over to the side my project rack.  This is my view every day while I write.  Sometimes I need a little inspiration break. I need to look at something beside letter or words... and today as I was looking over there I started to think about a box on that shelf. 

pat sloan modern building blocks box2

The one that says Moda Modern Building Blocks.  You know I've talked about this when i got the kit and you know that I want to ...

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Pedal to the Medal Machine Embroidery and Quilting from CollectInTexas Gal

I do so love and appreciate hand quilting and hand embroidery, and I have done quite a lot of both in the years of being a needle and thread enthusiast.

However, I have an affliction I call FastFinishItist that often results in hand done not getting done...sometimes for years!

Lucky for me I have sewing machines that accommodate my pedal to the metal need for speed.  Especially now, when I am dashing through my 'Stashes' getting ready for September First Saturday Booth.

  I am enjoying making 'Small Quilts'.  For one thing, they are the perfect medication for FastFinishItist even ...

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A Little Farm Girl Vintage Sewing On This Farm Girl's Birthday from Thistle and Thicket Studio

How do I spend my birthday when the hubby is on the tractor? Doing some happy sewing, of course! I've been busy working on block designs for the 2015 FabriQuilt New Block blog hop next week, so I decided to take a break today and get caught up on my Farm Girl Vintage blocks. It is just 'sew' fun making these blocks!

First up is the Pinwheels block. A traditional block, but oh so cute!

Piecing perfection, don't ya think? I've shared this before, but here is how I get perfectly pieced points:
  1. Press seams open.
  2. Place ...

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Digging into the STASH from Quilty Therapy

If you could see my to do list you would wonder why I’m starting something random.  It felt good to just sew and create with the Cloudy Skies & Rainbows quilt.  Many bloggers have been talking about simple things to just get that creative spark going, even better using the good stuff.  See a list of them below this post.

Precuts are my thing, but you already knew that.  At a sale a couple of years ago I picked up a small bundle of Luxe in Bloom by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Photos via Art Gallery Fabrics
Photos via Art Gallery Fabrics

I wasn’t sure ...

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Focus CJ… focus! from Tink Squared

Focus CJ… focus!

Today I planned to work on my QoV blocks… truly I did.  But I walked into the garage and saw that finished quilt, begging to be trimmed.  I was only tasked with quilting it.  But I trimmed it anyway.

And then, there was all that glorious backing fabric left, which begged to be made into binding.

So I made it into binding.  And then of course, I couldn’t help myself.  I had to sew it on.

It really is a beautiful quilt.  And it lays flat… and the stripes are pretty straight!  Not perfect, trying to keep them and ...

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Pat Sloan: My Quilt in the magazine, plus my fabric in more magazines! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I have a quilt in Love of Quilting, plus I wanted to show you ALL the fabulous quilts that have been in magazines recently using my fabric lines! I have the BEST friends EVER... 

Going home by pat sloan for fons and porter

I designed this quilt for the Sept/October 2015 Love of Quilting!  It's a quilt you can make over and over again. From this wall hanging size to a bed size. PLUS what a great house warming gift or a quilt for newly weds.

All these quilts us my fabric 'The Sweet Life' .. list of stores that had it online here

In magazine by sarah maxwell

By Sara Maxwell found ...

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Dottie Angel Frock from Ellyn's Place

Always one to jump on a good bandwagon, when I saw a copy of the Dottie Angel Frock pattern (Simplicity 1080) just laying around at our local Walmart I decided to give it a go. 
I had been eyeing up all of the cute frocks on Instagram (they look especially adorable on petite little frames, skinny girls looking like they are heading out to tend the chickens & collect the eggs. For the record, I have neither a skinny frame nor a flock of chickens, but I digress.)

I have a couple yards of Liberty floral I've been hoarding that ...

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Quilter: M.I.A from 3and3quarters


Yes, I’m still alive! Still sewing. Still quilting. Still dreaming!

The past two weeks have been quite crazily busy for me, hence the sad neglect towards my blog. But all is back on track again and it’s time to give you an update on some of the things I’ve been doing/making/planning etc.


First off, an update from my YouTube channel!

Oh, the Glory of the Ohio Star Block!

For ages I’ve been so intimated to make this block because of the quarter-square-triangles or ‘hourglass’ units along the sides. But once I did some ...

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August 26, 2015
A Tale of Two Dresses from Random Thoughts... do or "di"

This is a tale of two dresses. Most people might not know that I started making my clothes in the fifth grade. I made all my clothes all the way through high school and continued to sew after high school and even after I got married. I even made my husband a double knit suit! That tells you how old I am.
For the last 25 years or so I have not enjoyed making clothes, except Halloween costumes or a baby christening gown or two. Sewing quilts and bag making have taken over.
Recently, with all the beautiful garments I ...

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Cloudy Skies and Rainbows from Quilty Therapy

simple charm quilt

Thank you for your thoughts and support last week with my simple charm quilt.  The finished quilt went into the mail and en route to it’s new home on Monday.  I hope it provides a hug and comfort.

simple charm quilt

On Sunday I took the quilt to the Indy Modern Quilt Guild meeting.  I was sitting next to a new member, I’m terrible at names, she gave me a quick history on mourning quilts.  Mourning quilts were made for the family that lost someone and usually in black and white.   To balance out the colors on the front of this ...

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August 25, 2015
Quilting in My Dreams from Hobbies Up To Here

I have very vibrant dreams. Sometimes my dreams are so intense I wake up from my husband gently shaking me because I’m moaning and crying in my sleep. Well, those ones aren’t really dreams as much as they are nightmares, but you get the picture.

I’ve never struggled with remembering my dreams because they stick with me no matter how I sleep. Rarely does a night go by without some odd images floating through my brain while I’m passed out all cozy in my bed.

Recently, I woke up from a dream that really stuck with ...

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