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September 3, 2015
String Showcase Block Tutorial & New Quilt Block Hop from Childlike Fascination

Welcome to day 4 of the New Quilt Block Hop sponsored by Fabri-Quilt! I can’t even believe how many amazing blocks everyone has showcased this week.

Fabri-quilt generously donated fabric for myself and all the other bloggers today posting new blocks as part of the hop. We had 6 fat eighths of this fun watermelon summer color palette.

Fabri Quilt Block Hop August 31 - September 3 2015

So today I get to share my block along with 15 of my dearest bloggy friends. Check out blocks on the blogs of all my other Fabri-Quilt New Block Hop hoppers to see the blocks they’ve created!

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No Reply Bloggers, Commenting & Some ChitChat.. from Seams To Be Sew

Commenting 101

By no means and I going to sit here and tell you that I know everything there is to know about No Reply Bloggers.. Frankly, I don’t..

And now, I find myself doing the one type of post I said to myself I’d never do.. 

By nature, or just general all around being me… I am not big on commenting at blogs. I tend to be to honest, to opinionated, and generally if I love it, I really love it and that’s when you’ll get a comment from me.. It’s when my opinion is different ...

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Fabri-Quilt Block blog hop from Cat Approved Quilting

it's my turn on the Fabri-Quilt Blog Hop - a little late due to a delay in my computer getting fixed and some software issues when it returned!  Anyway, here's my block

Simple Scrappy Block

I wanted to make a block that would tessellate, and be as suitable with lots and lots of colours as with just 6!  Put this together with some more blocks, and it will form pinwheels, and also some little Broken Dish units to give structure to all the scrappy mayhem!

Firstly, pick out two colours for the half square triangles - I chose the ...

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September 2, 2015
Candy Corn Pillow Tutorial from The Cloth Parcel

Need a little something to put yourself in the mood for Fall?  Try this cute, fast, and easy candy corn pillow. Find fabric in your favorite candy corn colors. Here’s the list of materials you will need: Cotton fabric strips of the following colors: -White 4.75″ x 10″ -Orange 5.5″ x 18″ -Yellow 6.75″ x […]

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Pumpkin Tutorial & Martha Stewart American Made Finalist!! from Buttermilk Basin Design Studio

Happy Tuesday!  I just wanted to share a tutorial & some fun news with you!!!  First off..,  I'm thrilled to share with each of you that I have made it as a finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Contest! I think it's so great that I can represent us wool & cotton lovers!  Head over to her site and check it out!  I hope you can help me out by voting for BB starting September 21st!   Exciting!!!!

Also, since fall is near... that means it's time to stitch up some harvest goods!  Here is a super quick & easy ...

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September 1, 2015
Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop: Blue Island Tribal Block Tutorial from The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts

Hi, Today I am honored to share my entry into the Fabri-Quilt’s New Block Blog Hop. This week there is a group of 60 different quilt bloggers participating and sharing a quilt block and tutorial that they have designed. Fabri-Quilt fabric company generously provided each of us quilters with a bundle of 6 fat eighths from which we needed to use at least 3 of the colors in a  12.5 inch quilt block design. We only could use the fabrics provided. Our fabric bundle was called Watermelon Summer. I managed to use all six colors in my block ...

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EQ7 Seasonal Row Along - My Row & Giveaway from The Quilting Queen Blog

It's finally here.  The EQ7 Seasonal Row-A-Long has started today and I'm so glad you stopped by to see my row.  Welcome to The Quilting Queen Online Blog.  I want to thank Marian at Seams To Be Sew for coordinating all of this.  It was an amazing undertaking and she has done a fabulous job with it.  She also had a couple of helpers that made her job just a little easier, Amy Warner From Sew Incredibly Crazy,  Bea From Be A Quilter, and Darlene the Quilt Shop Gal.  Now, without further delay, here is my row.

You ...

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Home Sweet Home-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters, Homemakers and Doodlers! Are you frequently drawn to certain motifs?  Some people like butterflies (I do not…) or horses, or cats or dogs… I love flowers–I bet you guessed already… And sewing notions--who doesn’t?… I also love any fabric or … Continue reading

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Fabri-Quilt New Block Blog Hop: Watermelon Plate from Goer

Watermelon Plate is a simple, traditionally-pieced, geometric block featuring a secondary pattern when tiled. It goes together fast and I'm showing it in two block layouts.

I chose to use Coral, Chartreuse, White and Lapis Blue for my block. You'll need a fat eighth of each color.

Cutting Directions

  • Fabric A (Coral): Cut (1) 4.5-inch by 12.5-inch rectangle.
  • Fabric B (Chartreuse): Cut (2) 2.5-inch by 12.5-inch rectangles.
  • Fabric C (White): Cut (2) 2.5-inch by 12.5-inch rectangles.
  • Fabric D (Lapis Blue): Cut (4) 4.5-inch squares.

Piecing Directions

Sew all seams with an ...

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August 31, 2015
Hand Embroidery Video Tutorial: Running Stitch from Crafty Gemini

Hand Embroidery Video Series #3 how to do a running stitch

[Disclaimer: Some of the links included in this post are affiliate links. That means if you click on them and make a purchase I will receive compensation for the referral. Thanks for you support!]
If you are following along with my new hand embroidery video series here is Video #3! In this video, I jump right in and teach you how to do the running stitch. It’s the perfect stitch for beginners to start with.
Some notes on this video:

• The fabric I use is Osnaburg (100% cotton) fabric.

• The 100% cotton craft thread I used is this one ...

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Rust dyeing fabric, TUTORIAL - pouches, book cover from Ulla's Quilt World

Kaksi kankaista on ruostevärjättyä ja kolmas kangas on tavallista tilkkukangasta.
Two of the fabrics are rust dyed and the one is normal quilting fabric.

1) Kastele kangas/suikaleita vesi-etikka liuokseen 1 : 1. (Voi laittaa myös merisuolaa liuokseen.)

2) Kierrä, taittele,viikkaa, rullaa kangas ruosteisten esineiden ympärille tai sekaan.

3) Laita muovipussihauteeseen ja odota pari vuorokautta. Jatka haudutusta jos et ole tyytyväinen tulokseen, suihkuta vedellä ja hauduta lisää.

4) Käsipese kangas suolavedessä: n. 1-2 tl   2-3 l vettä. Suola pysäyttää prosessin. 

5) Konepesu 60 astetta. Käytä pesuainetta.

6) Kuivata ja silitä.
Book covers. /  Muistikirjan kansia. 

TUTORIAL in English: 

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August 30, 2015
All Seasons Placemats {Tutorial + Pattern} from Samelia's Mum

For everyday use, I like to use placemats on the dining table. Sure, when we have guests or parties, I’ll use a table cloth, but when its just our family, I have a tray in the centre of the table with placemats. Some of these are quite old. Like, really, REALLY old. I made them years ago when I wanted to practice free motion quilting and machine binding.

I figured it was time to make new ones (and perhaps get rid of some of the older faded ones). I bought some of this lovely “Wildwood” print by Cloud 9 ...

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September Block Drive from Kat & Cat Quilts

Last month I asked you to send in flying geese blocks for Covered in Love and you did! I'll be putting that quilt together soon once the last few blocks come in.  But, it's a new month, and we have a new block!

This month we're making what I'm calling a patchwork mosaic block, using the color palette below.

These block are basically 9 patches made of 4" units that will measure 12.5" unfinished.  Each block has between 0-3 pieced blocks, the rest being unpieced patches.  Use pattered fabrics, please, no solids. Decide on the ...

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August 28, 2015
Block tutorial from The Quilt Codex from Zarkadia Quilts

Latest videos from The Quilt Codex.

Birds in the air

and in greek.

Single Irish Chain

and in greek.

Visit also The Quilt Codex website for more information on each block!

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August 27, 2015
Apple Core Edges from Applique 'n Patch Quilting

Since I have been asked how my apple core edges were done, here is my step-by-step 'how to'.  Enjoy! My edges are made from strips of red fabric (2-1/4" wide) and they are appliquéd to the edges of my apple cores.  Some of you thought that I cut out a whole bunch of red apple cores, sewed them on and then squared up the edges to get a straight edge.  Nope, that was way too much work!  :o) This

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August 26, 2015
linen house coasters {tutorial} from Sotak Handmade

Hello friends, I have a fun little project for you today ...

... super simple linen coasters that are quick and easy to whip up. Plus, they are adorable, and charmingly rustic looking, and scrap friendly :), so definitely a win win in my book.

I've always loved the combination of linen and chunky uneven stitches, so I decided to use running stitch (as opposed to using blind stitch) to sew the openings of the coasters closed and made that part of the design element.

I like the use of bright, happy prints on the back of the coasters as they provide ...

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August 25, 2015
Buzzing with Top Ten Freebies - Thanks AURIbuzz! from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Woohoo -- did you know that the Aurifil blog "AURIbuzz" is featuring Top Ten projects, tips and tutorials every Tuesday?

Yes, that's right -- and Whoop Whoop - - this week my "Redbird and Berries" Mini Quilt for the Moda Bake Shop was highlighted as one of the AURIbuzz Top Ten Tuesday{Christmas} projects -- it made my heart sing!!  

Last weeks post was: Top Ten Tuesday {Cushion Covers}

The week before that it was Top Ten Tuesday {Bags & Accessories}

and the week before that - Lovely Pincushions

Now be sure to jump over to the AURIbuzz Blog and get signed ...

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Woven Quilted Dishes from Gefilte Quilt

Sometimes you just need to weave. I made a bunch of woven batik wallhangings a few months ago (Basic technique here). 

More recently, while rummaging through my silk stash, I found an assortment of cotton/nylon blend fat quarters, in gorgeous colors, with a hand-dyed look and a silken sheen. I cut strips. and wove them on top of a piece of muslin backed with batting. The resulting strip measured about 9" x 18"
I zigzagged over all the raw edges with holographic thread: 
Cut the weaving into two pieces, each about 9"x 9". 
On the first piece, I ...

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Southwest Summer Quilt Block Tutorial from Red Letter Quilts

Summer in the Southwest is HOT, inspiring me to pull my deepest orange for this project!
I love the way it plays with this Echino NiCo Scooter Fabric!

Finished block = 13.5" x 17"
Although there are bias edges to be careful with, this is an easy block and a fun method...

1. Select three fabrics with good contrast.

2. Cutting:
     Fabric One: Cut your center fabric 6.5" Square.

     Fabric Two: Cut four pieces of the contrast fabric, (to be sewn next to the center):
          2 - 3.5" x 6.5"
          2 - 3.5" x 12.5"

     Fabric Three ...

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The Delicious Apple-A Free Motion (Long Arm) Quilt Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! It’s always sad to see the school buses round the corner… It’s Back to School here in Minnesota-a bit earlier this year. Honestly…it’s mixed emotions for most of us--It means more quilting time!!! Let’s kick off the … Continue reading

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