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September 6, 2019
hugs not thugs from Charm About You


Gathering together to sew in company is really quite special. It can be lonely and a bit boring sometimes sewing at home by yourself. While that quiet time is still vital for my sanity, recently I have been much more open to getting out and taking part in sewing groups. Partly because I have more time in the evening now, also my anxiety is manageable, it feels nice to be sociable and join in. Also real life is better. 
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August 9, 2019
✿ tooth fairy dresden ✿ from Charm About You


My youngest recently had her first wobbly tooth. I asked her if she wanted to help me pick fabrics out to make a tooth fairy cushion and she was very excited. Lois is very into pink and glitter and flowers. We thought about colour combinations and she said she liked the colours on her dress:


So we used that as a starting point, pulling out prints from my stash and she would give a yes or no. Once we had a few prints she got selective and basically chose every print that had a flower on it.


To let those ...

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June 22, 2019
A Tardy Tutorial from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Better late than never is not our normal life mantra, but sometimes that's just the way life is—especially when it comes to blog posts! Thankfully, there are no blog police out there and we can just roll with what the week brings and deliver a blog post a day (or two) later than we normally do.

We are working feverishly on quite a few projects for next year and as we do, we try to be diligent about taking pictures for our handouts. When we teach a class, we feel it is important to give our students all ...

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June 23, 2018
Bulky Alphabet Printable from A Beautiful Day - O Zi Frumoasa


I like to add applique words to bags, pouches, T-shirts, pillow covers. Last year I created a set of capital letters that helped me to sew a lot of beautiful gifts for my friends.

Today I share with you a brand new set of capital letters, I named it Bulky (I think it's obvious why).


abeeautifulday.blogspot.com-Bulky Alphabet Letters Template


Creating it, my main aim was to make the design so that when stitching one letter in place to go all the way around without cutting the thread when moving from the exterior to the interior edge.

The first test was this simple beach ...

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April 13, 2018
Star, I'm Thinking - Part 2 from Ravelly1

I've added a row at the top and bottom of the body of the quilt to lend some length and that's that!!!

Now to get to work on the backing which sometimes takes longer to do than the top.....sigh
I'm using a couple of the t-shirts provided and the rest of the HSTs.

Finally done with the backing. Yeah!!! 
Now I'll need to quilt everything and present it to her.........I'm going to buckle down and get this done. You've heard it here!!

This is my own design that I sketched out a ...

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November 3, 2017
braid quilt and colour wheel (sort of!) from Charm About You


Last weekend I was on Sewing Quarter, using fun shapes and tools to create two small quilts - one of which used a bit of artistic licence! 


The first is this 'Braid' baby quilt, using inspiration from Carolyn Forster's book One Patch Quilts. It's a clever book that explores quilts made from a single repeating shape and is perfect for sparking ideas and playing with shapes. I used Scandi Basics by Makower and a solid red to make a striking repeat. This curved stitch has become one of my favourites for quilting. I used grey and red thread alternately ...

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