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February 4, 2019
Week 5 of 52 Weeks of Hot Pads | Hexagon Flower from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

Welcome to the 5th week post of the 52 weeks of hot pads / quilted pot holders.


I thought it would be a great challenge for me to do a pot holder a.k.a hot pads every single week of 2019.

I am planning on having it displayed in my kitchen. They make ...

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February 2, 2019
Are you ready to sew along? + a deal on the lights I use in my studio from Pat Sloan's Blog

First let me tell you about my lights...

Pat Sloan Stella Light

Just this weekend, or until they are gone, the Fat Quarter shop has $25.00 off the Stella lights I use in my studio!

I have 3 of these and use them everyday. 

Features I love

  • When doing close up work, or by your machine, you can direct the light exactly as you need it. See the post shows you how flexible the arm is.
  • There are easy to use touch buttons on the base. you just tap to turn on, turn off.
  • You also just tap to change to one of ...

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February 1, 2019
"Handmade Getaway" Giveaway! from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

"When there's not enough time for making, sometimes you just need to get away. Handmade getaways are a rare chance to sew from morning to night, to eat delicious things, and to take care of our friends. There is nothing else quite like it."


If you're looking for a new book that's filled with projects and TONS of inspiration, you should definitely check out Handmade Getaway! This book was brought to life by the talented  Jacqueline Sava Clarke (who I had the pleasure of meeting at last year's Spring Market in Portland!) and Karyn Valino who ...

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Out of this World FREE Block #2 from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Block #2 of "Out of this World"... My Space theme this month is....

Pat Sloan Out of This World block 2 Button

Block #2 is about the Space Show!

TV shows... The Jetsons, My Favorite Martian, how about Mork & Mindy? 

Then on the 'Big Screen' we have so many incredible shows, any Star Wars or Trekkies sewing along?

** LINK at the end...

Pat Sloan 2019 out of this world pic 2

There are still a JUST a few kits left, if you want to use the same fabric as I am. Links below to individual pieces if you just want to pick up a couple...



Pat Sloan space options


Once you ...

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Minikins: Metro Double-Zip Pouch from Liz Makes Crafts

In January, I decided to participate in the Minikins challenge run by Sew Sweetness. Last year I made a few minikins (and they turned out really well) at my own pace, but since the January challenge is the Metro Double-Zip Pouch, something I'd been wanting to make anyway, I decided to do it in time for the challenge.

And can I just say, yowza. That was really, really hard. But it wasn't the zippers that gave me trouble. Or the hardware. Or even thick layers this time. No. It was the fact that there were parts of this ...

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January 31, 2019
Pin It Weekly #267 from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

It's time for PIW. And we're almost at 4,000 followers on Pinterest! How crazy is that? Here are a few who have been pinning some interesting winter ideas.

Mary Black has a board titled, "Mary's to do list." You KNOW I had to check it out!
Just add white!

Snowy Pine Pre-Cut Quilt Blocks Kit 48x48

Darlene Young has several adorable ideas pinned to her boards. Here are a few of my favs.
Free sewing case project patternMyArty

DIY: How To Make A Drawstring Backpack

"Carved wood doors" got my attention. Check out Judy Miller-Kelly's really interesting board.

Carved Doors and PanelsHand Carved Doors

Carved Door

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January 30, 2019
25 Valentine’s Day Projects That Will Fill Your Home With Love from Jacquelynne Steves

Love is in the air! I love to decorate for Valentine's Day- it's just so darn pretty and cheerful in the house with all those pops of red and pink. I think the cheerful colors really help to brighten up the place in the midst of gray winter days, and of course the hearts kind of feel like a little hug every time you look at them. So, we've looked and looked, and we've found 25 Valentine's Day projects to fill your home with love. Enjoy these free patterns and projects! (As of the writing ...

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Fleece Vest from Becca's Crazy Projects

I ran across a free pattern on Purl Soho for a quilted wool vest. I've been playing with the idea of  quilting one up with some fancy quilting, but then I got the crazy idea to make one using two layers of fleece.

Thankfully, I had enough fleece in my collection I could get one cut and stitched up. I used about 1 yard of the colorful print and the same amount of solid black.
The edges are bound with a narrow strip of fleece held in place with a nice cover stitch finish. It isn't perfect, but ...

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January 28, 2019
what’s new our quilting neighborhood + a Giveaway! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I had a fun fireside chat over the weekend and I want to be sure you had a chance to watch. That got me to thinking, I need a 'Just for Fun' giveaway too!  

Pat sloan olfa ruby

There are so many things that get shared online in my quilting neighborhood, I'm always afraid you'll miss something good! Here is a run down of what I don't want you to miss out on.

Pat Sloan oh my stars in little sweetheart sm

I love all your Oh My Stars quilts ...

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Do you need some storage tips? from Pat Sloan's Blog

The Magazine Editors Takeover on my Podcast today!

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 408 -- My favorite find at the end!

CLICK TO LISTEN at the station 

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 408 editors

A few times a year the amazing team of American Patchwork & quilting editors take over the podcast to share tips and insights. Like you and me, they are all quilters!

Reader Tips:

Editor Lindsay shares reader-submitted tips about storage ...

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The Creative Craft Show ~ giveaway! from Charm About You


It is always fun to be among fellow crafters, take a workshop, get inspiration and shop a little (or a lot!).

At The Creative Craft Show at EventCity you can do just that!
Step into a haven of new supplies, demos, show discounts and exciting features.

"We’ve got so much in store, from a nationwide bee project to life sized felt animals and everything in-between! We also have a range of specially selected 60 and 90 minute workshops for beginners through to advanced" 

The Creative Craft Show offers all the very latest supplies, ideas and innovations ...

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Quest for Warmth from Becca's Crazy Projects

I have stacks and stacks of fleece fabric. Some I purchased, some was gifted to me by Aunt Betty (see this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty).

A friend said they were making a ruana and I wanted to join in. This seemed a great opportunity to use some of that fleece. I used this pattern from McCall's to get me started. After that, well, I just went my own way.

I had three yards of this fun print in my collection. It was more than enough for this project. The pattern calls for cutting the back ...

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Week 4 of 52 Weeks of Hot Pads | Pixel Heart from Sewing Under the Little Mushroom Cap

Welcome to the 3rd week post of the 52 weeks of hot pads / quilted pot holders.


I thought it would be a great challenge for me to do a pot holder a.k.a hot pads every single week of 2019.

I am planning on having it displayed in my kitchen. They make great decor don’t they?

While I ...

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The Promise of Good Things To Come! from Bear Patch Quilting

Hello friends!  We had a very enjoyable day Saturday with so many of you stopping in to shop, have a cupcake, and, of course, meet Diana as she gets ready to start her own new quilt shop, Affinity For Quilts.  So much promise of things to come! 

Now just 4 days remaining of the Bear Patch Quilting Co. that you have known for close to 22 years!  Yes, we do still have fabric, and we still have the good stuff, too!  The picture below was taken today, 1/27.  Good stuff!

During these last 4 days, we will take those ...

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Shop pinny from Granny Maud's Girl

Because I am again working casually at Calico & Ivy, I thought I would make an apron to carry a few handy bits and pieces about. The phone, especially, seems to like disappearing under bolts of fabric. When it rings, the first thing we must do is find it!

Craft or shop apron

When I grabbed a colleague to take a photo, I had not yet stuffed my pockets with phone, pen, notebook, etc.

I used Crafty Staci’s tutorial for the apron, but I made a few changes:

  • I cut the waistband and ties on the straight grain, not the bias, so that they ...

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January 25, 2019
Christmas Figs Sew Along Block #11 from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Block #11 will show off a pretty piece of fabric with Birds in the Air

Pat Sloan Christmas Fig block 11 pic 2

The Christmas Fig Book is Required

The Red & Green is just like the quilt in the book.

I am doing the tips with Something Blue Fabric  as I make a 2nd quilt

Pat Sloan Christmas figs blue block 11 pic 1

TIPS for Making the Blue version

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January 24, 2019
Hello Luv! A new free table mat pattern from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Love is in the air.... 

Pat Sloan Hello Luv cropped 1

Can you feel it? 

A little Hug... sprinkles with hearts

Pat Sloan Hello Luv cropped 3

A stolen kiss.... 

Oh so warm.... 

Pat Sloan Hello Luv full pic 1

The January Button club from the Fat Quarter shop has these delightful buttons! I decided to go for a table mat to celebrate Valentines day.

Hugs and Kisses...  XOXO  ... one of my favorite ways to sign off.  And this darling Hello Sweetheart is perfect!

Pat Sloan hello luv mug rug bonus 2

You make the shapes with sew and flip.  I trimmed sewed those trimming to make 2" HST for finished 1.5" HST. 

Turned them into bonus mug rugs! I ...

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January 23, 2019
27 Projects you can make to organize your sewing space and your life from Jacquelynne Steves

So, it's January and many people make a new year's resolution to get more organized... which sounds like a chore... but we can make it much more fun! We've gathered up some really cute projects that you can make that will help to organize your home, sewing space and projects. Many of these can be made with scraps and fat quarters- so think of it as cleaning up your stash, as well!! Here are 27 Projects you can make to organize your sewing space and your life!

Arm Chair Sewing Caddy

Easy Berry Basket Organizers

Fabric Basket ...

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January 22, 2019
Have you got a question on color? from Pat Sloan's Blog

Guests Kerry Foster, Babara Cain, and Christopher Thompson join Pat for a chat!

CLICK THE PLAYER & Listen to Show 407 -- My WEEKLY DEAL the end, it's a great one!

LISTEN to THIS show right at the player above. 

Enjoy my Fireside chat with a recap of my show plus some goings on in Pat's Quilting Neighborhood! 

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American Patchwork Quilting Pocast episode 407 Kerry Foster

Kerry Foster of Penny Dog Patchwork is a self professed serial crafter, I ...

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Tea Time with Friends – BFF Mug Rugs Tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we have the perfect little gift for your BFF! Our BFF Mug Rug is here to celebrate that person in your life that will sit with you and chat over tea, coffee or hot chocolate. We’ve designed it to work like those Best Friends Forever necklaces from when we were kids – you have one and your BFF gets one also. So make a mug rug for your friend and keep one for yourself! Come on, let’s get started …


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