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February 25, 2017
If you see a seam ripper | Printable from Craft Gossip

Parents of young children who sew will laugh out loud  as they learn Susan’s of Crafter Hours reason for creating this printable. But really anyone who sews can appreciate the sentiment. Myself included.

I just downloaded it (you can too it’s free to do so), and printed it out on some nice paper. I plan to frame it and place in my sewing space. If you sew you rip, the saying goes, so get on over to Crafter Hours and get the printable.

If you see a seam ripper… FREE PRINTABLE, by Susan

{Image credit: Crafter Hours}

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Stringing Along: Quilting from Becca's Crazy Projects

Last week I posted about this string quilt. I finished the assembly and added a border. Why did I add a border? I think a border, while not always necessary for the design, is important for stabilizing the center of the quilt. All of these string blocks and the on-point setting made it pretty obvious to me that I would need to stabilize the quilt before loading onto the frame.
My favorite place to pick up wide backing fabric is Spring Water Designs. Every time I to they have something that just works with my quilt top. This backing was ...

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February 24, 2017
Liberty EPP plus pillow from Ellyn's Place

One of my first quarter goals for the finish-along was to take strips of this beautiful stack of Liberty:
make them into plus blocks:
And make it into "something" which quickly became a pillow:
there's something about Liberty prints that's just so yummy, isn't there? And English Paper Piecing with Liberty Lawn? Oh man! they stitch so beautifully. I really enjoyed this project.

I used a pretty pink grunge from my stash for the back, and bound the edges in one of the Liberty prints that was just too big for the EPP piecing:

This is my ...

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Zip-It Up: Bendy Bag from Liz Makes Crafts

The final project of my Zip-It Up class is the Bendy Bag, an adorable little bag with zipper casing and faux piping.

Up first is fabric selection. I'm using a fat quarter from the Paper Obsessed collection for the outside of the bag that I had left over from Snail Mail, and a neutral fat quarter for the lining. I'm pairing it with a bright yellow zipper, and I just love that color combination.

I'm not sure why this bag didn't need to be quilted, but that certainly saves time on the construction process. Constructing this ...

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what have I been doing?? from Frayed Edge

Last time I was sharing here, I was on vacation, and now that seems like so long ago even though it hasn't really been that long!  I have been trying to make the most of my time at home for sewing, but that has become more limited as I have been working more at the store.  We have needed to rearrange some hours and duties there, and some of that has come my way.  It's all things that I enjoy doing, I really love being a part of the quilt shop.  

We are adjusting to the absence of ...

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February 23, 2017
How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug Quilting Tutorial from Craftcore

In this tutorial, I’m going to teach you how to make this super cute heart mug rug. I’ve made mine in red, white and pinks, giving off a major Valentine’s Day vibe, but you could easily swap up the colours for a totally different look all year round.

You can watch my video tutorial or read the transcript below.  I’ve included a few photos for reference but the main tutorial is on the video portion of this posting.

How to Sew a Heart Mug Rug – Video Tutorial:

This is a great project to use up fabric ...

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Jolly Bar DONE! And let's do another! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I am declaring this a FINISH of a UFO for February. Top is done, binding cut, and it's been shipped off to the 'spa' to be quilted. 

Pat sloan jolly bar top

This is a fantastic Jolly Bar quilt to do as you 'stop and start' other projects. That is mostly how i did it. Cut it all out, then sewed it between other projects.  

Jolly Bars are a Fat Quarter shop exclusive precut of 5" x 10" rectangles... yummy stuff and... 

Pat sloan jolly bar ready to quilt

Sending off to be quilted is a sweet finish indeed!

I made this quilt using Sundrops.. not much of it left but ...

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A Long Overdue Update from Quilting with Care

Well, I jumped off the deep end for a moment and forgot to clue you all in. It’s been a little while since my last post.   On top of the quilt shop, I am still working a full time job. This week I had a business trip, so I did what every quilter would do […]

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AGF stitched Featuring Wonderful Things Fabrics by Bonnie Christine from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Hello, hello!

This week we’re excited to share with you the latest episode of AGF stitched with Kimberly! In Kimberly’s tutorial, you will learn how to make a beautiful Filigree quilt featuring Bonnie Christine's newest collection, Wonderful Things Fabrics Filigree-1

Download the free pattern of this quilt and watch Kimberly show you how to make each block! If you would like to recreate the same quilt with Wonderful Things fabrics,  you can purchase the quilt kit at Fat Quarter Shop.

If you would like to see the same quilt design made by other makers, these are the makers ...

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Want to try something new? from Pat Sloan's Blog

Amy of During Quiet Time is a good buddie of mine AND a very talented designer. 


When Amy asked if I'd do a write up of her Improv Paper Piecing book I was honored and thrilled!

You can read it at Amazon.

Her books are amazing teaching tools, and sources for patterns. 

Paper Trail by Amy Friend resized

I love how her cover is a cropped version of Paper Trail. Which IS my favorite quilt in the book!

She shows you several ways to layout the blocks. 

So I really wanted to give this a try.. but which quilt? 

Peacock Crossing by Amy Friend resized

I decided on Peacock Crossing. I ...

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February 22, 2017
A Little Bit Retro from Heart Desire Creations


Know what this is?! For a little more than 40 years I have had an outdoor clothesline. All our laundry is no longer hung outside on a regular basis due to allergies from pollen, but I do manage to hang some things out, especially in the winter. Recently, when I grabbed the clothespin bag I’ve had since day one, I couldn’t help but notice how shabby and threadbare it was. How the clothespins were staying inside was amazing.

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So…off to the home dec fabric bin to pic out something light and spring like. The home dec fabric ...

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February 21, 2017
Sewing Machine Stitches from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there!

As you all know I'm always posting learning materials because who doesn't love to learn or remember interesting things? I personally love learning new things! Here at AGF HQ we always say "everyday you learn something new" and I think it is so true! It's incredible how you get to learn or understand so many things in so little time.

Especially, when your friends or coworkers are from different parts of the world. Today, I started researching about the different types of stitches and I found lots of interesting information! Since I love making infographics ...

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Projects You Can Make with Fiesta Fun Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there fabulous makers!

It may be a new week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a little time to sew! Here at the AGF HQ, we’re still energized from the release of Fiesta Fun fabrics by Dana Willard. This bright collection has us wanting to throw a party every day. Have you had a chance to check out the look book for this collection? It has tons of funky outfits and vibrant quilts that are just perfect for spring! Here are a few of our favorites…

Fiesta Fun pinterest graphic

If you’re looking for some extra inspiration, we ...

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Sew Whatcha Making? linky Party from In the Boondocks

Hello out there! I am trying to decide if I want to invest time and a little money into having a linky party once a month or once a week! Maybe not at all! My questions to you is would you come and link up?

My idea is once a month I would do a post on what I have been making with the link. You could link anything you have created! Crocheting, knitting, sewing, quilting, paper crafts. I don't know maybe you paint rocks, like my friend does.

Then we could all look around and be inspired! Do ...

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Sorting and Letting Go of UFO’s (UnFinished Objects) from Jacquelynne Steves

This post is about how to sort your UFO’s- but let me tell you a little about the inspiration… This past Sunday, it was 72 degrees- it’s February and I live in NJ, folks! Crazy! We went for a long walk at the park with Alfie, and then treated ourselves to ice cream afterwards.

It’s feeling like Spring (though I’m sure that will only last another day or 2… then we’ll most likely get a seasonable arctic blast.) But while it’s warm and the sun is shining, it’s certainly putting me in a ...

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Surgery. $7.50 Club. Thank You from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

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Well, I had the cataract surgery this afternoon.  I wasn't as freaked out as I thought I'd be!  Yea!

I found this on Pinterest....I realize it's not a source to be cited, but I couldn't find the original author.  Either way, it made me smile!

$7.50 Club
Here is this month's $7.50 Club Block
pieces cut out
finished block
Yes, my finished block could be pressed better - and it was.  Somehow the contents of my purse attacked it!  
a inside a woman's purse funny pictures
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February 20, 2017
On my talk show today Felicia T. Brenoe, Kat Tucker, Brenda Ratliff, and Heather Valentine + a BOOK Giveaway! from Pat Sloan's Blog

>>>ENTER To Win Felicia's Book at the end!

My guests today are Felicia T. Brenoe, Kat Tucker, Brenda Ratliff, and Heather Valentine join me!

FREE Pattern at the end. 

SHOW #331 Talk Show with Pat Sloan

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 331 Felicia Brenoe

Felicia Brenoe is a talented quiltmaker and designer. From teeny tiny log cabin blocks to appliqueing a garden she has designed ...

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In the Mail Monday from Becca's Crazy Projects

This post is going to be super short and quick.

I received my February ration of thread. I love the gray!
I printed and pieced together this pattern from Colette. This is Hawthorn and I aim to make one, or two. The biggest hurdle for me when it comes to making garments is that I rarely buy more than a couple yards of a single fabric. Quilters are so about buying all the prints. So much so that we buy fabric in little bitty pieces.

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February 19, 2017
Charity Sew Along Block #2 .. they are cute & fast! from Pat Sloan's Blog

This is my 3rd year making a quilt to be auctioned for Charity. It's an honor to do this and I am partnering with the Fat Quarter shop & Moda fabrics to raise money this year. 

The Patchwork Quilt Along is a year full of quilting fun for a great cause! 
This is the full quilt, it's just Beautiful!  
If you love this exact quilt you can Order the Patchwork Quilt Kit & Backing!
Pat Sloan Patchwork Charity block 2 banner

Block #2 is super but to favorite HST and strips! I'm using my Sunday Drive fabric and a Navy Bella solid

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finding our place in the valley from block-a-day


windy road


dairy and piggery




metal topped

mower and cooker


who knows

meeting luna

noah and luna walking

patting luna


raggedy ann


shoe lasts



new skirt new clogs

lily and cattle race

all packed up

Well it’s been just over a year since we made Wombat Hill Farm, in the gorgeous Bega Valley, our permanent home.  And much to my daily delight and appreciation, it seems we are fitting right on in.

Surely, this is well helped by me taking up a new nursing position at a small hospice literally over the hill from us, where I help care for young people with profound disabilities who require round the clock nursing care.  It’s an amazing centre (and community resource!) staffed with lovely, caring, funny people who are passionate about providing the best environment ...

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