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June 19, 2017
Philippians 3:16. Sunday Slow Stitching with a Special Tool! from Faith, Trust and Breast Cancer

Philippians 3:16.


Oh yes, my brother Paul!  Keep on keeping on!  No looking back!  Keep moving forward!  


How many times have I read this verse and never seen it!  Thank you LORD for revealing it so me so powerfully this morning!  I can surely relate to Paul's advice!  

So many times, when the going got rough, I walked away from God.  Until I finally realized that without Him, I could achieve nothing!  I remember the moment so clearly - which is a miracle because my memory is.......well....not the best!  :)

I was driving, weeping and ...

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June 14, 2017
Facebook Rush from Liz Makes Crafts

Something kind of cool happened yesterday ... I was checking my blog analytics when lo and behold, I found 4000+ referrals from Facebook!

I was floored. I had no idea who was linking to me or why. I clicked around a bit until I realized that my Tools page where I keep a set of quilting calculators that I use, was being linked to. It took me more sleuthing to find who had linked to it:

So, thank you @FreeQuiltPatterns!. Thanks also to everybody who shared or visited or bookmarked the calculators.

I only have 4 calculators there for now, and ...

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May 27, 2017
These Useful Tools will Make the Most of Appliqué from Quilter Chic

Inside: Explore the best tools for needle-turn appliqué.

I taught myself how to hand appliqué with this quilt.

Applique quilt

U.L.S. 2 quilt designed by Karen K. Stone, pieced and quilted by Cheryl Brown.

Appliqué quilt

Detail of appliqué, ULS2 quilt by Cheryl Brown.

Yes, it was insane to think I could just figure it out! It was all reverse appliqué, and I did learn quite a bit by trial and error! Then I took an appliqué class from Jeanna Kimball (the appliqué queen), and I was totally hooked. Now I love hand appliqué! It is my happy place.

I know not ...

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May 22, 2017
Quilter's Tool Chest: Add-A-Quarter Ruler from Prairie Sewn Studios

Written by Laura Chaney, daughter

Today we're sharing another nifty notion that both Mom and I keep in our Quilter's Tool Chest: the Add-A-Quarter ruler .

Add-A-Quarter Ruler

The Add-A-Quarter ruler allows you to easily add a quarter-inch seam allowance to any straight seam that you've already sewn, which is an especially amazing technique when you're working with foundation piecing (regular paper piecing, as compared to English Paper Piecing).

To use the ruler with foundation piecing you slide the ruler right up along the edge where you want to add that quarter-inch seam allowance. The ruler has two different ...

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May 14, 2017
Happy Mother’s Day! Hint from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center

Thanks to all mothers for all that you do.

This is a hint I got from Sharon Williams of Quilter’s Slidelock, (fantastic addition to rulers!)  Most of us have several rulers at our cutting mat.  They aren’t usually easy to pick up.  That’s especially true with my favorite, our little “Erica’s ruler.”   (45153)

Handle 1

The simple home-made handle syou see in the photos do the trick.  Use electrical tape!  Did you know it comes in lots of colors?  Purple happened to fit into my color scheme nicely, so that’s what mine have.  handle

Now I don’t ...

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April 20, 2017
Quilting Questions from Jinny's Corner

I will be teaching hand quilting at the Studio this weekend. I love teaching this class because I only hand quilt my quilts and I love passing this skill along to others. In preparing for the class, I was reminded of the questions I am frequently asked about the topic. In an earlier blog, I talked about my favorite products but there were a few other areas I didn’t address. What color quilting thread should I use? Do I change the thread color when quilting over different fabrics or do I just use one? And then there is the ...

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April 12, 2017
Tuesday Archives #156:Tools from Val's Quilting Studio

Welcome to the linky party that rejuvenates your old quilting/sewing posts! 
Please click here to read more about this linky party.  
Val's Quilting Studio

This week's theme is: TOOLS

My favorite tool is....

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My Beam N Read!
It's little strap goes right around your neck. It's ran by four AA batteries and has two light settings.       (I think it even came with a magnifying glass??) Love it!

Val's Quilting Studio

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April 5, 2017
An Ode to Olfa from Blossom Heart Quilts

When I first started quilting in 2011, I went to Spotlight to stock up on some tools. I bought a some fabric scissors, a 12″x18″ OLFA cutting mat, a 1″x12″ ruler (don’t laugh, I had no idea!), and an ergonomic OLFA rotary cutter. Six years later, the rest have long since passed, but that cutter is still not only going strong, but my favourite type to use. And I’ve tried a few too! Even now, when I borrow a friend’s cutter to use and it’s not an OLFA, I am reassured just how much ...

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March 26, 2017
Getting to the Point from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center

knit ndl blog 1Knitters can’t do without them, but there are so many types of knitting needles available, how do you choose?  I often tell people it’s a personal thing, but here is some information to help with the choice.


Straight – these are the style that most people think of when you say “knitting needles”.  They are basically a straight stick with one end tapered to a point and a knob on the other end.  Straight needles come in a shorter or longer length, to accommodate fewer or more stitches. I only use shorter straight needles (I’ll explain why in ...

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February 21, 2017
Ruler Roundup from Liz Makes Crafts

While almost every quilter enjoys notions ... I think a lot of us really love to collect rulers. Each new one we add to the collection promises to make cutting easier, more fun, more accurate, and faster. I've been quilting for about a year, but I've already amassed a nice collection of rulers, both basic and specialty. I can say which ones I can't quilt without ... and which ones I could bear to clear away to make more space.

Basic Rulers

  • 8.5" x 24.5" - the most commonly used ruler in my sewing room. If I had ...
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    December 15, 2016
    Perfecting Hand Quilting Stitches from Jinny's Corner

    Periodically we get questions from some of you about various aspects of quilting and we try to answer those questions when we can.

    The following came in some time back and I thought it would be a good issue to discuss:

    Learning to do hand quilting - any suggestions on how to practice my stitches?


    Quilt Frame


    First and foremost, the tools and materials you use really make a difference.


    Use high quality apparel weight 100% cotton fabric. If the fabric is heavy, you will get larger stitches.


    I like to use 100% cotton batting. One of my favorites is Quilters ...

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    December 14, 2016
    10 Crafty Holiday Stocking Stuffers from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

    Hey there makers!

    With the holidays around the corner, I know it’s crunch time to get all those handmade gifts finished on time. If you fear that you won’t have enough time to finish that special quilt or detailed pillow, don’t worry, I’ve prepared a list of stocking stuffers that your crafty friends will love. Check it out!

    Craft gifts graphics

    1. Seam Fix seam ripper

    Since I’m a beginner sewist I found myself using the seam ripper A LOT, but there’s always the issue of threads staying behind. When one of our product designers, Meli let ...

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    December 12, 2016
    Tips for Faced Quilt Bindings from Carol Lyles Shaw

    Making and putting on a quilt binding always seems to be low on my priority list.  I don’t know why I procrastinate–especially because quilt binding can go really fast! And, I usually do it while watching TV or listening to one of my favorite books.

    Fractured Disappearing 9 patch SMALLAs a modern quilter, I usually make a faced quilt binding so I can get that look of an infinite edge.  Faced bindings extend the negative space so beautifully. See how this Fractured 9 Patch quilt seems to just go on forever…..this pattern is in my book, Madly Modern Quilts that you ...

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    December 11, 2016
    Shiny Happy Threads from Liz Makes Crafts

    I used to not care about threads. I figured black, white, and a tan were all I needed. I bought Gutermann 100% Polyester from Jo-Ann. When I went to Quilt Festival back in April, I was baffled at the people crowding the Aurifil booth, drooling over their threads.

    That was then.

    ... And this is now. I've built up quite a collection of threads between 3 brands (Aurifil, Isacord, and Superior Threads). I use them for different purposes, though, and like them in different ways.

    Isacord #40 Weight Embroidery Thread

    I flocked to Isacord at the suggestion of Leah Day ...

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    December 8, 2016
    Do as I say, Not as I do from Stash Overflow

    I have a bad habit of buying block of the month kits only to put them away for years before working on them. DON’T DO THAT! For the last several months I’ve had the itch to work on the applique blocks (it’s half pieced and half applique) in a BOM (Home Sweet Home by Kelli Saffell) I bought in 1999 from a store that is long gone. Yes, that’s right, the BOM is almost old enough to vote. My desire to work on it was frustrated because I couldn’t find it. Last week I couldn ...

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    December 5, 2016
    Quick Tip! from Erica's Craft & Sewing Center

    I wanted to reuse this purple elastic with a new clasp. 1b The first one broke and the new one came with white elastic.  I couldn’t use that!  Anyway, I learned some time ago that I’d been using my seam ripper wrong, ever since I learned to use it in grade school!  I saw a video by Pam Damour, the Decorating Diva, and it changed my ripping life!

    First you need to be sure you have a good, sharp seam ripper.  My favorite has always been this one (29273)5b 

    I have one at my sewing machine, one at my ...

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    November 16, 2016
    Give Me Liberty! from From the Strawberry Patch...

    This is the Liberty Lemoyne block; a strip pieced star that is the ninth block in my LQS' block-of-the-month program this year; all of the blocks this time are Lemoyne variations using Deb Tucker's Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool. I am in love with this one (both the block and the tool)!  Last week I added a new toy to my ruler collection. I already have one of the Itty-Bitty Eights ruler (6"

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    Give Me Liberty! from From the Strawberry Patch...

    This is the Liberty Lemoyne block; a strip pieced star that is the ninth block in my LQS' block-of-the-month program this year; all of the blocks this time are Lemoyne variations using Deb Tucker's Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool. I am in love with this one (both the block and the tool)!  Last week I added a new toy to my ruler collection. I already have one of the Itty-Bitty Eights ruler (6"

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    November 14, 2016
    What Tools Do You Need to Start Quilting? from Craftcore

    Quilting is one of my all time favourite crafty activities.  I’m always trying to get my friends started on quilting (with a few successful recruits, hooray!).

    What do you need to get started quilting?

    You don’t really need much to get started. People have been quilting long before fancy sewing machines have existed.  You can cut patches out of fabric with a standard pair of scissors, and sew together by hand with a needle and thread.  So the bare-bones list would be: fabric, scissors, needle, thread, and batting.

    But I’ll be honest: I hate hand sewing, and ...

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    November 6, 2016
    Lighting for Hand Stitching from Val's Quilting Studio

    Kathy who hosts our Slow Stitching Sunday Linky is right, those of us who moved our clocks back an hour last night are going to be stitching in the dark much earlier at the end of days.
    (Personally, I slept in till 8:00 and woke up at 7:00 this morning and that felt wonderful!!)
    Kathy asked us to share our lighting tips. I have two.
    First, Jackson is showing you my evening stitching spot. 
    I use a floor lamp with a must have Ott Light Bulb.

    But next, for evenings when we are watching a good movie and ...

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