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March 12, 2018
Japanese knock off tote bag from Ellyn's Place

My friend Stephanie made an amazing Japanese knock off tote bag to use at Quiltcon.  I really loved it! She shared that it is a free tutorial from Sew Can She & I knew I would put it toward the top of my list of things to make after I got home. Because I clearly need more tote bags.

I decided to make my bag entirely of Cotton & Steel fabrics. Some I had in my stash, some I had just picked up at Quiltcon.
 I love that the bag is reversible! The patchwork "lining is really fun.

I also love the ...

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March 5, 2018
all the tote bags from Ellyn's Place

If you've been to Quiltcon before, you already know that you can come home with a huge stack of free tote bags! I had no idea.... live and learn! A few of the ones I ended up with are really great quality. Like the free bag we got with registration, designed by Violet Craft!

As much as I love it, I wish it had interior pockets. I had a brainstorm! Why not make some to insert. So I set to work.....
I made this pocket insert, with three slip pockets (perfect for my phone, etc) and a zipper pocket ...

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March 3, 2018
It’s Spring (Almost) – Leave the House, Take a Workshop! from Cultured Expressions

Luckily, we’re making our way thru winter fairly well here in Rahway, so my thoughts have already turned to the approaching Spring season, and all of the opportunities we have to Create with African fabrics — Birthdays, Proms, Mother’s Day, Women’s History Month, and of course, the still-growing influence of all things “Wakanda Style”!  I’m looking forward to our second season here at the studio, and with that, we release the Spring workshop schedule ; )

In addition to our old favorites, we’ve added three new workshops…

Plus, you can enjoy three new “Drop-In Demos” (spontaneous opportunities to ...

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March 1, 2018
zoe handbag parade from Sotak Handmade

Hello lovelies, welcome !!!

Things have been a bit crazy busy around here and I have only now realized I never showed you the gorgeous Zoe handbags my lovely testers made. 

Let's jump right in, shall we?

 (click on the maker's name below the photo to be taken to their IG feed)

♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

Beautiful bags, aren't they? It's such a delight to see each maker's taste and style reflected in the fabrics they chose. 

You did a fabulous job, ladies. Thank you for your help :)

Wishing you all a happy ...

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February 25, 2018
An Easter tote bag from Carried Away Quilting

Are you looking for a quick and easy Easter gift for a child in your life?  Then I have just the project for you! The kind folks at Quilt Girls recently sent me one of their newest springtime collections, Garden Gatherings, and I whipped up this sweet little bag in no time.

You may recognize this tote bag; it’s one of my free tutorials called the Easy Fat Quarter Shoulder Bag! Wouldn’t this make a fun gift? You could fill it with a new book, some crayons or markers, a small stuffed animal or even Easter candies!

I ...

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February 12, 2018
Best Dog Fabric Ever: I Shoulda Bought 30 Yards from Gefilte Quilt

Here are two of my most adorable creations, one age 19, and the other one born in mid-December: 
(Note DD's winter fashion boots, designed to simulate bare feet.) 
(Just kidding, we're in Southern California, she's barefoot and didn't get frostbite.) A closer look at the purse:
Whatever you're eating. they want:

I encountered this fabric while rifling through the remnant bin at the legendary Britex fabric store in San Francisco a couple of years back. The half-yard was cheap and discounted - I think it was $15 - but they also had yardage, which was much more ...

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February 6, 2018
More updates from the Forest Road retreat from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

What can I say - the three days that we were at the retreat were VERY productive. Here's the rest of the stuff that I worked on.

I had this in my retreat bag, but it was one of the projects that I didn't get to. This is a bag of Northcott Oh Canada  (and Sesquicentennial) fabric scraps. My intention is to make another one of those slab block quilts that everyone made for the Ronald McDonald houses last year. It's a good mindless project to work on at a retreat. It's back in the bag for ...

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February 1, 2018
20 Tote Bags You Can Make with AGF Canvas & Dritz Notions from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there, makers!

Can you believe it’s already February! Oh em gee, time flies! I hope you’ve been fulfilling all your sewing resolutions so far. One of our sewing resolutions involves sewing a lot of tote bags. We all know that tote bags are an essential every girl should have because they’re lightweight, spacious, and they’re great to take on errands. There’s just so many styles and ways you can sew totes!

We got so excited when our friends over at Dritz went on a tote bag frenzy and made 20 tote bags with AGF ...

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January 26, 2018
hanging basket tote bag from Charm About You

One of the joys of appliqué is creating anything you want from fabric shapes. I drew some simple flowers, petals and leave templates to make up this hanging basket design. The initial idea was a bowl of flowers, a modern take on the traditional basket quilt block design. It evolved into two pattern shapes, the bowl and the basket. The Kaffe Fassett prints were also perfect for some fussy cutting - in the same style as Bari J's beautiful fabric collage style - so it became a mix of appliqué shapes and collage. I like the organic look that creates. 

I ...

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December 22, 2017
Read Tote Bag - A Collaborative Project from Studio Dragonfly Quilts

Years ago (gosh, I can't believe it really has been years!), when my daughter lived at home, she would piddle with sewing and quilting from time to time. A few months ago when I cleaned out the sewing room, I found her box of fabric and projects.

There was this page of ideas.

And this piece as a beginning. Hers actually stopped with six yellow "books", I added the two on the right. Since I was certain she had long forgotten about this project, I decided to finish it for her Christmas gift.

I love those elephants. They had ...

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December 2, 2017
Christmas Sewing from Sew........This Is My Blog

As usual at this time of year my quilty friends are talking about their holiday sewing - looking for new and interesting ideas for their gift making, sharing photos of their projects, making a list and checking it twice (or checking things off!) I rarely, if ever, make Christmas gifts.  First, the stress turns something fun into a chore.  Second, I have to start early in the year to get it done on time, and once I've completed something I cannot wait that long to gift it!  So, for the first time in a very long time I made a ...

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November 21, 2017
bagmaker tuesday no.6 (waxed canvas megan tote) from Sotak Handmade

I've been meaning to make myself a new handbag for a few weeks now but, once again, I found it crazily difficult to choose just the right design as well as fabric.

I wanted a sturdy medium sized bag with handles and removable crossbody strap, lots of pockets, and a zipper closure. Totally doable, don't you think? Oh, and I wanted to use waxed canvas for the main body as I love its water resistant quality and beautifully "rugged" look.

So, after much back and forth, I finally decided to make myself a bag based on my Megan ...

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November 2, 2017
Ready for Thanksgiving? - Sewing Patterns you will love from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey Everyone, 

November is here and it's time to start thinking about your holiday gatherings with family and friends! November is one of my favorite months because of the yummy food, the warm cozy colors that fill our home and the smells of cinnamon and pumpkin candles in the air all while being surround by family and friends. I put together some great sewing patterns that will come in handy during the Thanksgiving season!



1. The Popover Poncho

 The number one rule for Thanksgiving is always wear something comfortable! Which is why this Popover Poncho by April Rhodes is ...

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Festive Fall Tote Bag Tutorial - Sew Crafty from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey there sewing friends, 

What have you been sewing up lately?  November is one of my favorite months out of the year because  the weather is becoming cooler and hot chocolate becomes my drink of choice. We tend to do a lot of cooking in the month of November with Thanksgiving gatherings which means more time at the grocery store or local farmers market finding yummy things to make for family and friends. Which is why I thought making a Festive Fall Tote Bag Tutorial would be super fun and practical.  Make as many as you need and keep them ...

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October 19, 2017
And now for the quilting marathon! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Well, I had every intention of getting to the blog earlier, but that didn't happen!  Now a few minutes of downtime and to catch up on what's happening. 

When I got home last night, it was to the long arm where I had a lap sized quilt that needed to be in the FedEx box TODAY.  Of course, I wanted to do some custom quilting on it - I think it warranted it, but not tons of time to do anything super fancy!  But I'm super happy with the way it turned out.  This is just a peek ...

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Market Tote from Alamosa Quilter

I made this last week as a store sample.

The pattern has been around for a while but it's a new one for in the shop. I only ordered black mesh to start with to try out the pattern. I like the pattern so as the budget allows I will order the mesh in more colors. This was easy to make and it stands up nicely on its own thanks to the sturdy vinyl mesh. I wish I had had black cotton webbing when making this but we were out. The natural looks good with the fabrics I used ...

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October 18, 2017
What a day!!! from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

If you read my blog yesterday, you know that I was sequestered at home in my studio with a pile of sewing and pressing.  I started at my normal time of 5 AM or shortly thereafter. It was a LONG, LONG day. Probably the most intense sewing day in my life!  

It would have been one of those days when a camera that periodically takes shots would have been fun. Instead, I grabbed the camera and took a couple of shots. 

This is what the sewing table looked like when I went for breakfast. 

A few things to sew
And ...

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October 16, 2017
From Russia, With Guilt: PutinCrafts from Gefilte Quilt

I feel guilty.  I must confess. I made a Putin tote bag.

The back features Rasputin, and a matroyshka doll pocket.

Then, as penance, I made a Putin pincushion.

[UPDATE: It's just been pointed out to me that, with the pins, he looks like actor Ray Walston as...

 ...My Favorite Martian! Except MFM was a sweet guy. Image courtesy Wikipedia.]

How did I come to make crafts featuring a murderous and corrupt dictator who messed with the American elections by fomenting hatred on social media, and possibly penetrated our voting machines?

Well, in my weak defense, I ordered the ...

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October 13, 2017
handmade sale (oct. 2017) from Sotak Handmade

Hello, welcome everyone!

I'm happy to say it's time for yet another round of Handmade Sale. This time it's all about  pouches and bags and I hope you will find something you like (photo above is just a sampling of what's up for grabs).

Click here to go directly to my etsy shop.

Happy shopping and thank you :)


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September 14, 2017
6 Projects made with Capsules and Fusions: Mister Domestic's Sewing Party 2 from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, wonderful makers!

I hope everyone is great! At AGF we’re feeling thankful because it's been a week since we got back to the office after being out for Hurricane Irma. Luckily, South Florida wasn’t affected other than by minor flooding and an enormous power outage! So, we couldn’t be happier to be back to work doing what we love the most, sharing crafty things with all of you!

About 3 weeks ago, Mister Domestic hosted his second sewing party and like anything Mathew hosts, it was a blast! Here’s a little overdue recap of ...

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