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February 14, 2016
Valentine’s Day Tech Bites from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

zombie themed technology accessories


Meadows full of tiny flowers, where the walking dead roam freely is the back drop for this “Zombie Love” fabric line by Emily Taylor (for Riley Blake). I am not sure if everyone will agree with me, but I totally see this as a Valentine’s Day fabric. Why you might ask? Well, for starters, it has one fabric with skeleton hands that form heart shapes (Lovely if I may add and quite romantic). There’s a tombstone engraved with “Love Never Dies” and the most obvious reason of all; the “HE” Zombie offering his beating heart to a “SHE ...

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Pat Sloan: Splendid Sampler Block 1 - It's mine! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Are you ready this The Splendid Sampler™ journey of a  100 blocks designed by Jane, myself and 82 of our friends.. we are!! I am kicking off the entire event with my Valentines day block 'Hearts Aflutter' 

Yesterday I had quite a bit of nervous energy to burn so I did a little welcome video.. it's quick.. hope you enjoy it!!!

Pat Sloan Block 1 The Splendid Sampler pic 1

Am i crazy to make 100 heart blocks? .... really I don't think so .. these are pretty fun, easy and addictive... see if you can stop at JUST ONE today.. no?.. see.. i told you so! It was ...

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round ~ le challenge ~ hot water bottle cover from Charm About You

The theme for le challenge this month was round, I thought about making something round but I couldn't think of anything I really fancied making! What I did need was a new hot water bottle cover. After seeing Mary's versions I used Adrianne's tutorial to whip one up.

I needed to make it fit the theme - usually I use the theme as a starting point but sometimes you have to just figure out how to make it work! So I raided my scraps and picked out everything that had a dot or circle, because obviously they are ...

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February 13, 2016
Pat Sloan: Zippy Giveaway.. Splendid fabric anyone? from Pat Sloan's Blog

My friend Jane Davidson and I are on the short run to the first block, mine!, of The Splendid Sampler™ project being shared with everyone!! Tick Tock!   And to get ready.. I have a giveway .. because that's the way I roll...

pat sloan splendid sampler giveaway

I can't wait to see your blocks as we start this project. There is a lot of fun new techniques to learn, and first might be working with small shapes and small blocks. During the last 8 months that we have been preparing for this launch, I have learned a lot myself!  

One is GREAT tools are ...

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I'm a good starter! from Frayed Edge

My biggest downfall with my sewing and quilting and crafting is that I'm always very good at starting things, but not so good at finishing!  
I've been trying to stick with this project so it doesn't linger unfinished forever and ever.  I started it last summer, following Sue Daley's sew-along and this is as far as I've gone.  Her finished piece is much larger, lots more ambitious than I'm feeling, so I might just end mine without all of the graduated rows surrounding the center star.  This is all handwork, and not quick to ...

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Fleece Slice of Cake Pincushion from Craftcore

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series 30 Crafty Projects to Complete Before I’m 30.

I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so this pincushion project is a great way to bring some sweetness to my craft room without the empty calories. I made this little slice of cake pincushion out of some leftover bits of fleece and trim I had on hand.  A little pink strawberry tops it off!

Fleece Cake Pincushion by Craftcore

To make the pieces, I started by cutting out the rounded wedge shape for the top of the cake.  I hand sewed a little lace ...

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February 12, 2016
What's Pearl the Squirrel About, Anyway? from Pearl the Squirrel

That's a question I ask myself frequently.

It started out as a way to document my life, both crafty and personal. It morphed into talking about my writing, mostly of the crafty nature. Then it turned into a way to do a little book publicity, too. The blog's readership has never been large, and at the end of a day of writing for publication I often decide I'd rather sew or knit than write some more. Hence, Pearl the Squirrel is neglected.

So, I'm going to try again. I'll include links to my writing, photos ...

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This week from Scraps of Life

So far this week I have finished some client quilts and started a secret project

I have row 1 finished in the Bloom Sew Along 
 This is a baby quilt finish for Bev
 Quilted design is called Barnyard Animals
 And this is a secret project I have on the go
Fun stuff!

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Vintage Sewing Goody Grab Bag from Curlicue Creations

 I recently picked up a grab bag of vintage sewing goodies.  Included in this find is:

An old Singer Oil can - no oil. 

This small glass dish.  I was told it's a button dish. I've never seen one before.  I'm using it to hold my lint brush, screwdriver, and other tools I use while I'm machine quilting. 

 Five old bobbins.  Look at the rainbow of thread that's been wound on two of the clear bobbins.  What happened to that red thread?  Melted?  It looks rough!

 Old Singer bag with several packages of needles, some open ...

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Project Bags from Thread Head

I finished a few things this week, a couple of them are project bags for my knitting.

The first one is a bag using an old tutorial I posted almost 6 years ago (I am so glad that I blog, it was handy to have the pattern). The pattern is Little Drawstring Bag Tutorial. I made a larger version -

The original bag is in the above photo.

I used much larger rectangles of fabric (the lining one is pieced because I didn't have enough of the darker pink for the whole thing - the pieces are 11"x25" for the ...

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How To Make A Quilted Casserole Carrier from The Quilting Room with Mel

Have you seen all the casserole carriers out there?  I had been looking at the various carriers but none of them really fit what I wanted.  I don't see any reason to make something that's not exactly what I want or what I will use.  When I take a casserole to a potluck I want people to take a second look at what I'm carrying.  What else I love about this quilted casserole carrier is that it gives me a practical quilting test piece.  Everyone tells you to practice your quilting but no one ever says what ...

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February 11, 2016
Diagonal Slice Diamond Block Baby Quilt in Grey and Mint from Craftcore

Last year, I traveled to the fashion district in downtown Toronto with my mom to check out the various fabric shops.  We didn’t go with a specific project in mind, instead, just enjoying the experience of touching all the different fabrics.  I picked up two quilting cottons on my trip that I fell in love with, knowing I would come up with an idea for them later.

the finished baby blanket, quilted

I discovered two other fabrics in my stash that coordinated well, two prints that I had ordered from Connecting Threads a few years back.  I wanted to make a quilt that had ...

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Little House on the Prairie from Andover Fabrics from Bear Patch Quilting

We have a great new trunk show on display, featuring the beautiful line of fabrics portraying the Little House on the Prairie.  We have these quilts on loan for only 2 weeks, so I sure do hope you are able to come in and see them for yourselves.  They come from various designers around the country, and I have tried to include the name of the pattern and designer in the picture.

We have a nice cabinet holding bolts, jelly rolls, charm squares and fat quarters.  We will continue to carry the fabrics as long as they are available.  I ...

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DIY Valentine’s Day Treat Bags from Jacquelynne Steves



I think I’ve mentioned a few times that I love Valentine’s Day, not because I expect my husband to buy me roses which-have-been-marked-up-to-a-ridiculous-price-every-February-just-because-they-can-get-away-with-it, or because I enjoy dining at overbooked restaurants on the 14th. No, I just like the decorations! Red and pink are my favorite colors! For this project, I pulled a few red and pink fabrics from the scrap basket, and gathered up some buttons and trims from my sewing room.

If you want to make several of these for a group (like your child’s class, or for the members of your sewing group), I ...

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Sew Easy Templates make perfect circles and hexies from Quilt Social


When you find a vinyl mesh pouch that's too big, trim it to fit your needs.
When you find a vinyl mesh pouch that’s too big, trim it to fit your needs.


The outside of our pret-a-porter portfolio is looking gorgeous! Let’s get the inside scoop and use Sew Easy Templates to make perfect circles and hexies for sewing case.

I found a zippered pouch made from vinyl mesh at my local dollar store. The vinyl is tough and perfect to keep my stitching bits safe and secure. The pouch wasn’t the right size, so I cut it up to suit my needs. The pouch is 10″ wide. The top portion is 2 ...

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February 10, 2016
Pat Sloan: Why we might not be motivated to sew from Pat Sloan's Blog

I was thinking about this the other day, why we might not be motivated to sew. What causes that for us?

Pat Sloan Searching 2

I just spent 20 minutes today looking for something.. The bonus is that I now know what's in all my bins.... all.. of them.

Sadly, i didn't find what i was looking for which was frustrating.  So.....

Then I spent other 20 minutes and I found it! Geezzzzz that took while!  That search was a definite de-motivator. Had I need/wanted to sew on that project, I lost my interest by the time I found it. 

pat sloan work table

This ...

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Quilting is more than sewing... from Sew Fun to Quilt

Feb 10, 2016

Quilting is more than sewing because we are not only stitching pieces of fabric, but we stitch parts of our lives, the memories, together for years to come.

I had made a quilt for my sister's family to celebrate their two adorable cats that were not pets, but family members, years ago. I was able to enter the quilt and win in addition to entering it into the Blogger's Quilt Festival May 2010 .

See I am a cat person that chose a life of travel and didn't have one myself. So I had a ...

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We're Doing It Again! from Thistle and Thicket Studio

2016 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop at Thistle Thicket Studio.
Yes! Fabri-Quilt is sponsoring another New Block Blog Hop on March 28, 29 & 30th! And I'm designing another block for this event!

Actually, I have already designed my block and this weekend I'll be making a test block and starting to write my tutorial for my day - March 30 - on the blog hop.

This blog hop will feature Fabri-Quilt's new line of solid fabrics called Painter's Palette. Our blog hosts curated this collection of fabrics from the line for the Ocean Sunrise Palette that we will be using to make our blocks....
2016 Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop Palette at Thistle Thicket Studio.

I'm really excited ...

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Pictures of Quilts – hints, tips and where I take mine from Patchwork Posse

Having a spot to take pictures of quilts is great….. somewhere you can rely on getting a good shot.  Whether you use it for your quilt journal or scrapbook or whatever, finding a spot that works and is easy to use and get to is a must. In the past I had the sewing cottage […]

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February 9, 2016
UFO Central from Monkey's on the Porch

That is exactly how I’m feeling – that I am UFO central.  This past week I spent a bit of time working in my sewing room.  Mainly because I want to find space for a designated cutting table.  I’m coming to terms that I may not be able to make my dream table work, but that is okay.  I’ve got another option.  It’s a kitchen cart that we no longer need in the kitchen.  It has 2 drawers with would be great for cutting utensils and two shelves underneath that I can use for storage of something ...

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