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November 23, 2021
window zippered pouches from Charm About You

Back with another Aurifil Artisan project! This month I was sent some gorgeous Free Spirit fabrics to play with, along with a spool of 50 weight thread. I received two cuts of the stunning Little Fluffy Clouds in Cloud, Daydreamer by Tula Pink and a deep purple solid (which I think might be Tula Pink Solids in Tanzanite?!). The Daydreamer collection has some really stunning prints, including one called Lucy! 

The Little Fluffy Clouds print is a beautiful ombre, from yellow to green to blue - you get a better sense of it in this picture from the Free Spirit website ...

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October 14, 2021 from Living Water Quilter

How to Pick Thread Color for Machine QuiltingHow do you pick thread colors if the quilt top has...

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October 8, 2021
embroidery supplies and a crochet update [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

embroidery supplies and a crochet update

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recent buys and a crochet update from Karen Ann Ruane

embroidery supplies and a crochet update.

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August 27, 2021
Hexagon Junk from Becca's Crazy Projects

What to do with that junk mail printed on light cardstock? Make it into hexie papers for English Paper Piecing. 
This Fiskars extra large hexagon squeeze punch (Fiskars X-Large Squeeze Punch, Hexagon affiliate link) makes quick work of the light cardstock some junk mail is printed on. 
This means I can get a pretty good crop of hexagons out of that one piece of junk.
A little bit of time basting (I thread baste but I don't stitch through the hexagon paper) and you are ready to hand sew those little hexagons together. There are loads of videos on ...

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August 11, 2021
Announcing the Granita Stitch Along from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

The Granita Cross Stitch Pattern was inspired by the Granita Quilt Pattern from It’s Sew Emma! With stars and snowflakes, Granita is an ode to frosty windows and starlit nights. This cross stitch pattern includes three colorways in blue, red, and gray in both DMC and NPI conversions!

This stitch along will be from September 8 to November 3. Read more below to learn about our floss colorways and how you can stitch with us!

The Granita sampler was stitched in the called for Blue NPI on Cloud 25 Count Lugana by Lori Holt.


Stitch this winter wonderland ...

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July 3, 2021
Moonlight Flowers - Make A StencilDid you know you can make a stencil from line art you find on the... from Living Water Quilter

Moonlight Flowers - Make A StencilDid you know you can make a stencil from line art you find on the...

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June 26, 2021
a pocket and a page [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

a pocket and a page

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May 25, 2021
Boro Stitching - Needles & Threads from Joy of Quilting

Following on from my Boro Bag Post .  I want to talk a little today about Needles, Threads and Fabric for Boro Stitching.

Close up of my own Sashiko Boro Stitching

Basically to get the best results (and the most stress free Stitching experience) you need to use the best combination of needle and thread for the fabrics you are using.

Because, if you use a needle that is too small or big for you fabric and chosen thread your gonna hit problems, and at the very least your work is going to fight you. Basically not so much fun as frustration. So it pays to use the right ...

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April 13, 2021
FRAKTAL QUILT from That's Sew Kerry

 A Customer Quilt

A little while ago on Instagram there was a sew-a-long for this wonderful rainbowtastic quilt - Fraktal by Paula Steel Quilts run by Modern Quilt Club using the beautiful 'Phosphur' fabrics by Libs Elliot - my lovely customers joined in and have done an amazing job!

Measuring a healthy 72" x 72" this quilt is full of colour and modern flavour. They told me that the first few weeks of cutting and making all the units were challenging but the weekly tasks and community spirit made it all worthwhile. 

I know I am bias but I think they have ...

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March 26, 2021
Lost In Design…And Loving It from Nikki, In Stitches

I’ve completely lost myself in my current design.

I don’t mean like lost my sense of style, or lost my motivation, or even lost track of what direction I wanted to take this piece.

I mean like I literally lost myself.

I’ve been in my studio for hours on end, draping, drafting, and editing on repeat.

I am a complete mess, in every sense of the word.

My studio is covered in discarded pattern pieces, scraps of fabric, and candy wrappers (yes, I’ve also stopped really eating anything throughout the day except Hershey’s miniatures.)

I ...

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March 22, 2021
threads and pompoms [Flickr] from Karen Ann Ruane

contemporary embroidery posted a photo:

threads and pompoms

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threads and pompoms from Karen Ann Ruane

threads and pompoms

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February 26, 2021
a new piece with white thread and taking stock from Karen Ann Ruane

a new embroidered piece and taking stock of my samples

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February 20, 2021
I Have a New Favorite Thread Color! Meet My New BFF, Glide Khaki from Cheeky Cognoscenti

I recently had the opportunity to quilt an edge-to-edge design on a client's gloriously scrappy double four patch quilt.  My client's quilting hobby had been "dormant" for the past sixteen years, until her adult son asked her to make this quilt for him.  The most exciting thing about all of this for ME is that her fabrics are ones that I had never seen before, different from what's been available in quilt shops throughout my own quilting journey, but also different from the much older fabrics I encounter when repairing vintage and antique quilts.  However, the wide ...

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January 28, 2021
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January 27, 2021
sew organised from Charm About You

I'm going to show you around a little bit, sharing how I (try to) keep my sewing supplies and projects organised and how, as someone that has a lot of projects on the go, I like to keep things accessible and easy! The theme of this post 'sew organised' is the Aurifil Artisan challenge for this month and I thought it was the perfect opportunity for a peek at my honest craft space. Hopefully some of these ideas or tips might be helpful to you, or you simply enjoy seeing what works for me.

I do not have a ...

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Daruma Yokota Sashiko Thread from The Ardent Thread

In the summer of 2019 I visited the Daruma Yokota thread dyeing factory in Kyoto, Japan. As our wholesale company, Orimono Imports, is a distributor for the brand and our retail shop, Kimonomomo has sold their thread for several years, I was hoping to learn more about the dyeing process and brainstorm some new ideas. In both regards, the visit was a resounding success.

Kyoto is typically hot and humid in summer, so much so that I always get blisters on my feet, no matter what kind of shoes or sandals I wear. With all the walking I do it ...

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January 26, 2021
Channeling Aristotle: Using Ancient Design Principles for Better E2E Quilting from Cheeky Cognoscenti

Good morning, Lovelies, and Happy Tuesday!  

I often see quilters -- even seasoned professional longarm quilters with years of experience -- crowd-sourcing ideas for quilting designs on social media and in online forums.  You know, "how should I quilt this," "which thread would you choose," and "which panto design would look good on this quilt?"  If the quilter has a computerized machine, there are additional questions about what size to scale a particular design for quilting as well.  My interior design background kicks in whenever I'm faced with these kinds of choices, so I thought I'd take a moment today ...

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January 21, 2021
Stand up and cheer! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!


I seemed to spend the entire day in front of the computer! Oh well - but I did get a chance to get in front of a sewing machine for a bit. I also did a wee bit of online shopping. Remember that 8-page folder thing that I'm using to organize myself? Well, I LOVE it so much, I thought it would be great to have that for my day-job classes as well. I went to Staple's website, did a quick search, and found them. They are waiting to be picked up today, as well as food for Lexi ...

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