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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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September 6, 2017
Ooh, la la, a Ruler ToteHere is another ruler that has so MANY... from Living Water Quilter

Ooh, la la, a Ruler Tote

Here is another ruler that has so MANY quilting design possibilities. I wanted a bag to carry Juki ruler quilting supplies to classes that would double as a showcase of design options for one acrylic ruler. Rulers aren’t for “special” projects, but for any project including practical projects.


The ease of use and  pattern possibilities of the Squiggle ruler makes this ruler not only fun, but may I say, a must have.


The ruler has two sides, each with numerous design options. The tote bag above shows some of the patterns. Here are ...

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September 5, 2017
flower shop tote from Sotak Handmade

Issue 51 of Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine is now out and I'm happy to say you can find two of my projects featured inside. One is a quilt (which I'll share a bit later since I still need to take proper photos) and the other one is this super sweet Flower Shop Tote.

There are so many of my favorite things combined in this tote bag - simple patchwork, adorable Cotton and Steel fabric, Essex linen, hand quilting, as well as leather and brass accents. 

Each square forming a patchwork pocket was cut at 2.5" which would ...

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August 18, 2017
Pinafore Bag and Tilda's Harvest collection: a match made in sewing heaven from Carried Away Quilting

Last spring one of my dear blog sponsors, Allison Cotton of My Timeless Day, texted me with some exciting news. Allison had received word that her shop would be able to carry the much sought after Tilda collections. This popular Norwegian fabric was formerly unavailable in the United States! We were both thrilled, as we share an affinity for fabrics that are romantic and nostalgic, but also have a timeless feel.

Allison’s first shipment has finally arrived, and she has filled her shop with Tilda’s newest collection, Harvest. She was kind enough to send me this lovely combination ...

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August 16, 2017
Time for School from Needle and Foot

Hi Everyone — Today is the first day of school for Julia. Summer absolutely flew by. I posted a few pictures on Instagram last week about the county fair but I thought it would be fun to share some of the details with you.  Julia did a great job taking care of and showing Ella. When you show a pig at the fair, there are two places in which the kids compete. One is called Market Class which is where the judge assesses the quality of the pig, with regard to structure and muscle vs fat. Because the kid’s select ...

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August 15, 2017
Quilty Jolts Challenge #1 – Tote To Mini Quilt from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Hello Creatives!! Today I have a question for you. Do you ever feel like you are jumping from one project to another project without replenishing your creative being? I am definitely guilty of this, throwing myself into many projects at once. I get tunnel vision seeing only the gigantic list of things I have yet to finish. Spreading myself thin and wondering why I feel uninspired. Because of this, I decided to host a six-month series of Quilty Creative Jolts, with the first project Tote To Mini Quilt. I will post them on the 3rd week of every other month ...

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August 5, 2017
Tote Ruler Quilt Along - Final AssemblyAre you ready to complete... from Living Water Quilter

Tote Ruler Quilt Along - Final Assembly

Are you ready to complete your Lydia tote bag? Now that the front and back of the tote are quilted it’s time to assemble the two pieces and straps to complete the bag.

The Lydia tote bag pattern part 2 has step-by-step instructions and many photos. There are sewing tips for installing the Dritz grommets and stitching the straps. (Remember the pattern and quilting instructions are for personal use only.)


Several quilters in my Facebook group, Quilting with Rulers and Templates have completed their totes. I just love the variety of colors. The ...

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July 11, 2017
Lydia Tote Ruler QAL - Quilting HexagonsOur tote bag fronts are... from Living Water Quilter

Lydia Tote Ruler QAL - Quilting Hexagons

Our tote bag fronts are now pieced, quilted and looking good! Next, we focus on the tote bag back. There are three options for quilting the back.

  1. Use the same quilt pattern as the front on a pieced top or a whole cloth
  2. Concentric hexagon on a whole cloth or
  3. Create your own pattern on pieced or whole cloth using techniques learned

This ruler QAL tutorial shows how to mark for and quilt concentric hexagons and half hexagons with a straight ruler and spacing gauge.  The lesson includes written instructions with diagrams and videos ...

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June 27, 2017
Lydia Tote Ruler Quilt AlongLet the quilting of the Lydia tote... from Living Water Quilter

Lydia Tote Ruler Quilt Along

Let the quilting of the Lydia tote bag begin! 

The day has finally arrived for us to starting quilting out the front of the tote bag.  I have provided written instructions for your personal use only.


There are also two videos to help us start quilting the center section, A. My tote is quilted with a Juki QVP TL 2200 sit-down, Westalee Design 12" Curve ruler, Spacing gauge, Glide thread, and InBlue fabrics by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics.

Are you making the Lydia Tote bag and ruler quilting with us? If so, please ...

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June 20, 2017
Just Because from Alamosa Quilter

I've had the materials for this bag sitting next to my sewing machine for several weeks. Last weekend I decided to set aside the shop sewing I needed to do and make something for myself. This was handy and quick.

This Moda Man comic print canvas is too funny! It was one of those things that when I saw it I knew I had to have some for my shop. For the lining I used the light blue polka dot print that is also on the straps. 

It's just a simple tote bag. No pockets, zippers, magnetic snaps ...

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June 6, 2017
Tote Bag Ruler QAL - Part 1Before we can break out the quilting... from Living Water Quilter

Tote Bag Ruler QAL - Part 1

Before we can break out the quilting rulers we must sew the tote bag front.  The Lydia tote bag pattern instructions will come in two phases. The first phase is piecing the hexagon design bag front.


Part 1 of Lydia tote bag pattern includes fabric requirements and cutting instructions.


There are tips, like chain piecing to save time. And tool recommendations for easy cutting. To get started download the Lydia Tote Bag pattern. 


So, I hope you will join the Ruler QAL and participate by joining us in the Facebook group, Quilting with ...

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May 30, 2017
Show & Tell Bag from Alamosa Quilter

I've been testing bag patterns recently. This one is called the Show & Tell bag.

It's a huge bag with an outer pocket on each side. The pattern calls for using leather on the bottom but I used some of the new cork fabric I recently received in my shop. It worked great for this project!

I actually made this bag a few weeks ago and have been using it to haul of my Sue Spargo BOM stuff around until I can get my Allium bag finished.

While I really like the finished bag, I'm not as thrilled ...

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May 23, 2017
Allium Bag :: Progress from Alamosa Quilter

Well that didn't take very long! I have finished the embroidery on the front of my Allium bag and now I'm ready to put it together.

I love the before and after embroidery on these projects!

There is some velcro that goes inside this bag at the bottom to hold the zipper pouches in place. I've ordered it but at the time of writing this it isn't here. I haven't read through the assembly instructions yet so I don't know how far I can get with the bag assembly before I need to add ...

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Let’s Ruler Quilt a Tote bagDo you remember the tote bag I made... from Living Water Quilter

Let’s Ruler Quilt a Tote bag

Do you remember the tote bag I made with Blithe Fabics by  Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics? If not, review the original Blithe Fabrics Blog Hop quilt and tote posts.

This cute and functional tote bag is the next ruler Quilt along project.


The ruler quilt along will include access to the Lydia tote pattern and step-by-step instructions quilting the tote bag with a straight acrylic ruler. Begin with reviewing the supply list and recommended quilting tools.


Some of the supplies are Soft and Stable by Annie, Westalee Design 12″ Curve C12-2 ...

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May 16, 2017
Mother's Day Sewing from Alamosa Quilter

I made myself a new purse over the weekend.

This is my Nancy Tote pattern with a few adjustments. The bottom is cork! It's a new product which I ordered months ago but just recently arrived at the shop. I've been anxious to try it out. It is very easy to use! I tested it with the iron. You can iron it but it doesn't seem to do much. I had best success with firmly finger pressing and then stitching the seam allowance down with topstitching. 

I also tried out another new product.

I found these metal ...

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May 9, 2017
#1 son and his surprising sewing talent! from Frayed Edge

So, I've been doting on my little grandsons lately, so I have to catch you up on something fun for my son, Dan.  He's the guy who lives way out in northwest Montana, loving life in the mountains around Glacier National Park.  He and his girlfriend, Jessica, find many ways to enjoy the outdoors there.  they ski a lot, sometimes clear UP the mountain when the lifts aren't running.

And then, there's the biking, and even though there's still plenty of snow at the higher elevations, they will bike up as far as they can ...

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May 1, 2017
Tote Bag ObsessionEveryone needs a tote bag or two. Right? I’ve... from Living Water Quilter

Tote Bag Obsession

Everyone needs a tote bag or two. Right? I’ve made seven tote bags using  Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Charm Pack tote bag pattern. 

I did change some of the ingredients. Instead of charm packs, I used yardage and instead of batting, I used Soft and Stable by Annie. It available at one of my favorite online quilting shops,  Connecting Threads.

 Each bag is quilted with a walking foot and a combination of programed quilting and decorative stitches on my Janome 7700.


I finally remembered to add Living Water Quilter labels to each bag.


The bags ...

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A "Little Red" tote bag from Carried Away Quilting

Apparently I have a new addiction quilting friends, because I’m back today with another fun tote bag starring those darling Sweet Fruit Handles (Atsuko Originals by Lecien). I’m also happy to feature a terrific single-block pattern by a talented pattern designer, Gracey of Burlap and Blossom Patterns

Here she is, Little Red Riding Hood all decked out in polka dots and heading off to her grandmother's house. This might look like paper pieceing, but it's actually a traditional pieced block that is easy to make following Gracey's clear instructions.  I made the 6 1/2 ...

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