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November 25, 2015
Black Friday? How about Blue Wednesday? from The Ardent Thread

Blue because I like blue, and blue is like indigo, which I love even more. I’m rambling.


Speaking of rambling… here is the house. So many of you have asked me how the paint job turned out and I had been meaning to post a photo, and now I have. Everything turned out great! The house is green, the garden is green, and I am happy.

We’ve finished off our shows for the year and I’ve been unpacking our booth inventory to blend it with our Etsy inventory, which means a generous helping of items previously “sold ...

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Indigo from I'm Studio Lou

How gorgeous are these lovely Handcrafted Indigo prints by Alison Glass?!?    I love playing with them, so far, this is what I’ve got:    A 6″ square block   And a geese border   All foundation paper pieced and a total of 10″ square, destined to become a quilted cushion. One more border? 2… More Indigo

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How to Sew a Lined Coin Purse from Craftcore

A few weeks ago, I purchased a metal purse clasp on a whim.  I had never made a coin purse in this style before (I’m more of a zipper pouch gal), but I figured why not dive in and see how it would go.  The construction is similar to making a lined zipper pouch with the added benefit of no zipper to install (yay!), but the added headache of handsewing the finicky frame (boo!).

Let’s dive right in!

How to Sew a Coin Purse - Lined construction with a Snap Clasp Frame. Step by step tutorial! | Craftcore

Supplies You’ll Need

  • lining fabric
  • exterior fabric
  • batting, fleece, interfacing, or some other fabric to add shape to your ...

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Halloween Sewing from Lily Patch Quilts

It seems like every year my girls choose a character that is hard to find a costume for or not available at all like this year. They were not able to shop for the materials with me until the week of the Halloween party. Here's the aftermath of 2 days worth of sewing and 2 1/2 hours of sleep total.

This costume is Sara from the short series called Over the Garden Wall. Cartoon Network only aired it one time. My girls loved watching the show. They're waiting for it to go on dvd. I used a ...

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November 24, 2015
Oh Helloween! from Quiltocalypse

Another XXXmas gift I made is this lap quilt for a dear friend whose favorite band is the German power metal pioneers, Helloween.

Again, I used a fabric band flag as the center panel. I had to scour the internet pretty hard to find this one; it's not only vintage, it's also bigger than the standard band flag size so it made a decent sized quilt :)
The technique was identical to the one I used to make the Moonsorrow quilt, as seen in this previous post. Just find a similar themed fabric for the backing, throw on coordinating ...

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Epic Chair Do-over from Quiltocalypse

Time to catch up on some old posts!
I'm still rockin' the sewing machine; just been keeping a low profile :)

First up, check out this chair makeover I did. A sad old office chair X some amazing Alexander Henry Japanese tattoo fabric = an easy and impressive project!
I (mostly) followed this tutorial; results may vary depending on the individual chair shape.
Best part, you can be less than perfect on the seat bottom, since no one will see it :)

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November 23, 2015
Listen-Learn-Sew with Pat! die cuts, planners, fabric and Jane Austin! from Pat Sloan's Blog


*** Links to Tutorials from my guests Cherry Guidry,  Stephanie Palmer,  and Amanda Herring

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 285 Cherry Guidry

Walking into Cherry Guidry's booth is like walking into wonderland! I adore her fabirc, her applique and what she does when the two come together. One of the cool things Cherry uses in her work is a Silhouette Cameo die cut machine. I asked her to share how to use this for her quilt making and to give us some tips for beginners!  

BUY her BOOK ...

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Embroidery Video Tutorials from Once Sewn

Running Stitch
This is the time of year when handmade items are very popular. There are so many patterns for small sewn items available, how do you choose! On top of that, sometimes I just don't know how to do some of the stitching that makes the finished gift look so fantastic. So in the spirit of giving, I am sharing some free video tutorials on embroidery hand stitching.

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50 Hours In, and Here's What I've Got to Show For Myself from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Bodice Nearly Finished and a Hat Plan
As you can see, I managed to get the bodice nearly finished yesterday with collar facing and sleeves attached, and the lower edge of the bodice finished with bias tape turned to the inside and stitched down by hand.  There is a lot of "by hand" in this project, as I'm discovering...  In case you're just now tuning in, I'm making a Christmas caroling dress using Simplicity 1818 and I need to wear it on December 3rd.
Double Fold Bias Tape Pinned to Bodice Front, Ready for Machine Stitching

Sewing ...

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Vintage Noel Table Topper/Mini Quilt from Jacquelynne Steves

Vintage Noel Mini Quilt- Jacquelynne Steves 3

Vintage Noel Mini Quilt- Jacquelynne Steves 3

Hello, Everyone! Today I am thrilled to share my Vintage Noel Table Topper/Mini Quilt project with you which is being featured over at the Sew Mama Sew website!! This is quite a thrill- Sew Mama Sew is the place to go for sewing tutorials!

B- Jacquelynne Steves Vintage Noel Topper


Recently, I joined the Thermoweb design team and I’ve had the opportunity to play with some products which are brand new to me- I think my absolute favorite is the Decofoil!! It comes in tons of colors- and I just heard that they are adding even more colors for next year… I can’t ...

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and the Winners Are…All of Us ; ) from Cultured Expressions

LisaBatiksThank you to all who took a moment to respond to the Cultured Expressions survey, and the Winners are…all of us!!  I’m already putting some things into action based on your input, and I appreciate you all, as always  ; )  Medaase paa.  And now, Congratulations to the three lucky recipients of $20 gift certificates:

  • Marcia Mitchell of Glen Allen, VA
  • Kitty Dade of Columbia, SC
  • Karen Terry of Auburn Hills, MI

Whether your name is listed above or not, you’ll want to know that we’re planning a special One-Day Online Sale on Saturday, December 5, especially for ...

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Pat Sloan: Round up and winner annoucement! from Pat Sloan's Blog

A round up AND I ran the random number generator to pick a winner... read on for a free pattern and i spotted something you were hunting for!

Pat sloan vacation time giveaway post pic

The Winner of my Finish your Vacation Time Quilt Top challenge is..... 

Arlene froelich

Arlene Froelich!!! 

thank you everyone for entering!

See all the entries and amazing colorations HERE

And get the 2016 Mystery Supply List!

Be In-the-Know


I think this FREE pattern is so clever! And you ...

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November 22, 2015
Burn baby burn! from Tink Squared

Burn baby burn!

I have been a bit anti-social lately!  The weather for the most part, has been really nice here, and I’ve been catching up on some much needed yard work.

I mowed the grass one final time for the year, weeded the ten raised beds I’d decided to abandon in the heat of the summer which ended up taking me the better part of a week… AND… at long last, I finished tearing down the last of the old privacy fence that was around our backyard.

I’ve been working on it for the last three years, mostly in ...

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Slow Sunday Stitching #8 from From My Carolina Home

Wow, have we really been going at this for two months? I wish I could say that I finished these ornaments up this week, as that was the goal.  Alas, a busy life this week didn’t leave a lot of stitching time.  I did get one more almost finished, the tape measure. I haven’t gone back to accent the measure marks yet.

Slow Stitching Sunday #8 - 1

I did get a lot done on the pins and button hooks.

Slow Stitching Sunday #8 - 2

The buttons didn’t get a lot of attention this week, maybe next week.

Slow Stitching Sunday #8 - 3

Are you Slow Stitching?

Linking up again with Slow Sunday ...

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November 21, 2015
Pat Sloan: It's time.. my Free 2016 Mystery Supply List is ready! from Pat Sloan's Blog

And... it's here!! yeah!! My 2016 Mystery Supply list is ready to download 

Pat sloan supply list

I have a video, two versions I'm sewing, and a little about our theme, My Secret Garden... ALL at our amazing sponsor for my Mystery ...!


Download At

The Patterns come out once a month and will start Jan 2. 

They are ALWAYS at page


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Places to find the ...

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itsy,bitsy,teeny & tiny from Threads On My Socks

I'm working on a new project tonight and snipping teeny,tiny flowers from scraps of fabric, to make teeny, weeny stamps. My itsy, bitsy letters need them you see, so that I can send letters off to those I love.

This is such a sweet mug rug pattern from The Patchsmith.  It's called Christmas Delivery and you can find it, in her Craftsy Store. There are two versions to make and I chose the one above for my first. The second has a post box and I'll be cutting that out next.

I haven't even gotten ...

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November 20, 2015
Pat Sloan: Book Launch Giveaway.. it's a good one! from Pat Sloan's Blog

There is nothing, and I mean nothing, better than seeing the final product of months of work. In this case, it's my newest book with my amazing publisher, Martingale! 

pat sloan triangle book release

My 32nd book is all about my favorite quilt shape of ALL time, the triangle! Inside I not only share with you my VERY first quilt, but also give you 13 EASY techniques for all the different triangle shapes!

I am going to teach you so much, plus there is a handy reference page so you can go there quickly. My Teaching series is designed to be used again and ...

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catch-all fabric baskets from Crazy Mom Quilts

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

Well, it feels like winter here, so it was time to crack out the butterfly fabric! :) I actually used fabric from my stash this week--a noteworthy event to be sure. Ha!

Last summer my friend Michelle gave me a little fabric basket/tray as a gift, and I have found it so useful for corralling fabric scraps on my sewing table while I work. I have a lot of scraps, (ahem!) so I thought I would sew up a few more baskets. These were a fun, quick project to make that could be used ...

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Quilt As You Go Hot Pad Pattern – raw edge technique! from Patchwork Posse

quilt as you go hot pad tutorial

Quilt as you go is such a quick and awesome way to whip up a project!  This quilt as you go hot pad pattern is the easiest thing to make.  Not a fan of the corner finger pockets? Leave them out.  You can quickly sew these up in around 30 minutes.  Seriously. I kind of […]

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HST Sampler Quilt | Block #9: Wind Blown Square from 3and3quarters


Hello & Good Afternoon!

Whew! Summer sure has landed in Sydney today! My suburb reached over 41+ degrees in the shade today, accompanied by an uncomfortably warm wind blowing through the house! The remedy for such hot and steamy weather: a cooling afternoon swim in the pool! Ahh, it was bliss!

But now that the day is cooling down, it’s time to get back to work and get the last block in our Quilt-Along uploaded and ready for you to make! The 9th and final block that we’ll be piecing together is the ...

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