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December 8, 2016
Tutorial! Felt Christmas Baubles by Laura Howard from The Village Haberdashery

We’re thrilled that Laura Howard is back with a tutorial for her lovely vintage-style felt Christmas baubles! Read on for the tutorial and if you’d like to take one of Laura’s classes you can find them here.

Vintage-style felt Christmas Baubles tutorial by Laura Howard

Sew a set of felt ornaments for your Christmas tree or to give as gifts this season! These decorations were inspired by pretty vintage glass baubles and are so much fun to sew.

Make them in classic red and greens, retro pink, turquoise and lilac, or any colour combo that takes your fancy. Mix and match the colours across the ...

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December 7, 2016
Tutorial on how to create a smaller version of a Pattern using just part of it. from Pat Sloan's Blog

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I have created a lot of designs the last 20 years, and I was thinking the other day that projects look so interesting when you change up the fabrics used. I came across this one.. let me tell you about it. 

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This is Gran's Gingerbread. The rolling pin belong to my Granny, although she didn't do much baking!  The green bowl is for one she had filled with goodies for us each time we visited.

I filled it with gingerbread men, because at Christmas Time Granny figured MORE was better... I may take after her that way as ...

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What 50 blocks look like and the story... from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat Sloan Block 85 Splendid Sampler collage

When we started the  The Splendid Sampler™ project and invited all the guest designers to create a block for it, we only asked them to think about something sewing related. And as you've seen, that has taken on so many interesting meanings from designer to designer.

Latifah Saafir's block is called 'Flow' and when she sent me the sketch I knew immediately what it was.

It's a stylized logo for a Cessna Airplane.  

Her story about acheiving the act of flying solo very fast, at a very young age, is inspiring. And she talks about how that ...

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Giveaway Day! from From My Carolina Home

Merry Christmas!  I decided to participate with Giveaway Day on Sew Mama Sew this year, and have a fun prize for you to win just for visiting and commenting, and a link for more giveaways today.  Last summer, I did an event on my blog called Christmas In July where I made a tutorial for a sewing kit or jewelry case for giving as a gift. It was just one of several tutorials during that event.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

It closes with drawstrings and there is no hand sewing!  If you would like to make one for a gift or for yourself, the ...

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Headband Beginnings from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

A student in one of my classes wore a cute little headband on Monday. That got me thinking--I could make a few headbands for the girls for Christmas. 
No sooner than I had the idea, Jenny told me that they would like initial tee shirts like I made last year. So now I have to decide which one I'll make. I don't think that I have enough time to make them each two items...there are too many girls!

 In the meantime, I took a few minutes to make one for myself using some of fleece scraps. Just ...

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retreat recap from Frayed Edge

I have prepared a slideshow of the fun things that have been going on during my 5 day retreat at Stitch Supply Company in Altoona, WI.  The shop has a very nice retreat facility that is for rent for groups or individuals on some weekends.

This weekend happened to be one of the "per person" retreats, so Leisl and I decided to sign up and see what a new retreat place would be like.  It's always good to try something new now and then!  There were 11 of us, max capacity is 16, so we weren't crowded.  Meals ...

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December 6, 2016
How Fierce is Your Bulldog? from Quilting Solutions

All kinds of people make quilts.  Some are more motivated than others about different parts of the process.  The vast majority of us make quilts for pleasure and the amount of time and care spent meets individual needs and goals.  What about quilting gives you pleasure?

I know a person who decided she didn't want to spend time being really careful.  She said, "I am not going to worry about points anymore."  So she doesn't worry about the tip of a point that gets a little clipped.  Her quilts are beautiful.  She makes quilts to be used and ...

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Wreath Tutorial featuring Here Comes the Fun by Sew Caroline from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there awesome makers!

Today is a busy day here at the office but I'm so in love with Sew Caroline's new collection, Here Comes the Fun that I had to make something with it. Since the holidays are coming soon, I wanted to make something related to them. So, I thought of a cool wreath. I decided to use Here Comes the Fun because of its colors and prints. Here in South Florida we have what we call a "warm-winter" because temperatures around the 60's and 70's are the coldest we can get. Basically, we ...

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Coupon Pack 2017 from Bear Patch Quilting

People have loved our Coupon Pack!  It's a great way to get a little gift each month of 2017!  Buy for yourself, or drop a big hint to someone who loves you, or give it to friends!

Twelve monthly coupons PLUS 4 bonus coupons are packaged in a clear vinyl zipper pouch for you.  Great for your next little project!  Or, it can hold candy or snacks! Or bobbins and feet!  Or needles and thread!  Or anything you can fit in there!

The packs cost only $10 and are available now through 1/15/17.  The cost of the ...

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Let's Talk Fabric - new AGF Youtube video series from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hola all sewists!

As of today we're excited to start a fun and educational video series:Let's Talk Fabrics! And we want to create it 100% with you in mind! We know that sewing and quilting are always interesting conversation starters and we want you to let us know what you're interested in. We're opening the doors to conversations about coordinating colors, favorite prints, fun techniques, and more! What would you like us to talk about? Do you want to see the scale of our fabric collections? Or maybe you are confused about quilting terminology and ...

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Angel Band Giveaway from Joy Studio



to get in on our

“Angel Band”

fabric giveaway

on HANDMAIDS® Facebook page.

We still need eight more likes on this page,

to reach our first 1,000 fans . . . by December 15.

So please help us IF you are on Facebook.

It has been an overwhelming response of

likes, tags, comments & shares there

which is all that it takes to play.


we have decided to choose

TEN winners!


Spread our Christmas cheer,

the more the merrier.

Filed under: Quilting & Fabric Tagged: Angel Band, Angels, Christmas Fabric, Fabric, Giveaway, Handmaids, Quilting, Sewing

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December 5, 2016
New ways to use up scraps, Charity Quilts, Modern tips & a behind the scenes from Pat Sloan's Blog

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My guests today are Diane Bohn, Amy Barickman, Amy Ellis & Jennifer Keltner!

SHOW #323 with Pat Sloan

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 
American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 323 Diane Bohn

Diane Bohn of From Blank Pages creates pretty amazing paper pieced quilts. The sparkle and have a life of their own as she encourages you to use fabrics that you love in her work. She also is an advocate of making ...

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Machine Quilting Tutorial - How to plan your quilting design to your project from Pat Sloan's Blog


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My first sew along from my Teach Me to Machine Quilt book is to quilt a panel.

For this BONUS Tutorial I'm going to teach you how to look at the panel and think about how you can quilt it.  

This video I walk you through the though process for the center of this Medallion panel.

I decided to show you how effective your walking foot can be for this panel. 

There are still a few Red & panels here,  Other neat panels here.

Pat Sloan Plan your Quilting design closeup 2

Here is the final that I did after the video.

I'm Quilting with Aurifil 50 ...

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December 4, 2016
Gilmore Girls mug rug ☕ from Charm About You

Whether you are a fan of the show or not, this free pattern from Anorina at Samelia's Mum is adorable and you could easily add your own quote. I happen to love the show and the new series. I listen to the theme song Where You Lead by Carole King on every episode!

It was a lot of fun picking the fabrics. The soft Make Drafts, Maker by AGF Studio is a sweet cup and I tried to balance it with the bold Shadow Dot, Hadley by Denyse Schmidt, which also fits nicely with the coffee theme!

I enjoy ...

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Fun Little Gift from Heart Desire Creations


Need a little gift for a sewing friend? How about a secret pal in your sewing group or quilt guild? How about these cute and colorful earrings?! Great stocking stuffers!

I began making these recently and have just kept going. Aren’t these fun? Quilters and sewers would sport these proudly. You may order them by contacting me at [email protected] Be sure to tell me the color and quantity and your mailing address. You will be invoiced via Pay Pal (payment within 24 hours).

Colors:  Green, Blue, Yellow, Black, Magenta, Teal, Purple, Orange       $10 pair + shipping


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December 3, 2016
Will you Help me decide what fabric to use for this house... from Pat Sloan's Blog

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This week the precuts are varied, which is so fun!   I can't believe it's Dec 3... I have been working to finalize a lot of projects to get delivered, I'm getting my 2017 Mystery ready to announce, and then I move onto to new projects that I can't wait to show you!  But first.. I'm a bit late... 

Nov Pat Sloan Sampler Box

The best present ever is a Sew Sampler box subscription for yourself. The Fat Quarter shop knocks it out of the park every month and this is a REALLY great one!  For 24.99+ shipping, you get ...

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Pincushions {Pt 5} ~~ finishes from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

New pincushions to add to the small basket. And I remembered to add my labels to these before I got to the hand-sewing part. Woohoo for on-time memory!

There are two but they are very different. One is large and round, the other is rectangular, but both were made from scraps. The fabric for the round cushion is the last of this cute, paper umbrellas print. To break up the print and add some drama, I sewed in some skinny strips of coordinating scraps; then quilted it in random diagonal lines. It has a modern, funky feel.

I left the ...

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Tunic Challenge - Part 3 from The Free Motion Quilting Project

Photo from The Tunic Bible
 It's our third week of the Tunic Challenge and I'm on the home stretch! Amy Johnson and I have been sewing along together for the past three weeks to push each other to make something for ourselves. We both bought a copy of The Tunic Bible and this week we're cutting out the pieces of our tunics to sew next week.

I've had a lot of fun picking out my fabrics and deciding how to stitch my tunic up a notch. In the book, we have 12 necklines and 6 sleeves ...

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Shop Small Saturday Recap from Becca's Crazy Projects

Yes, this is a week late, but I wanted to save it for a Saturday to share it.

I popped over to the Cloverhill Yarn shop in Catonsville, MD and picked up two yummy skeins of Tempting Ewe. If you haven't tried this local delicacy, you should. Now to decide what to make.
I also stopped in to Spring Water Designs in Columbia, MD, for their sale and to pick up some more fabrics for the new Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt. I certainly don't need more fabric, but that rarely stops me from buying it.

Day 3 of ...

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December 2, 2016
The Mega-Fun book tour winners are.... from Pat Sloan's Blog

  Pat Sloan Mega Fun Book Tour long winners

I appreciate every single person that stopped in during my Mega-Fun book tour!

All 40 of my generous friends who shared my book with you and over 7,500 of you who stopped in, left comments and meet new quilt friends!

It was a whirlwind of fun and now for the exciting part..

the winner's circle..

I've emailed ALL the winners.. this is who I wrote to win a prize:

SIX Copies of my 'Pat Sloan's Teach me to Machine Quilt'!

  1. Arlene F.
  2. Lisa A.
  3. Becki K.
  4. Christine O
  5. Carol W.
  6. and a signed copy to Susan ...

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