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August 1, 2014
Megan's Star - A Tutorial from Sewn


Well, I haven't finished my Micheal Miller Challenge quilt, but I did make the main block.  Baby steps.  Baby steps to the goal.  :)

I found some star designs that I liked and tweaked them to make this star.  I am calling it Megan's Star because the quilt is for my niece Megan (if I give it to her - I'm tempted to keep it - I really like it so far!).  

I really have a thing for pinky-coral fabric and wanted to work in some of my Meadowsweet scraps of into the quilt.  In order to get all of ...

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August's Block is Out! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Do you have a 'Sweet Tooth', I know I sure do! Every Christmas I make several batches of homemade caramel. Love caramel, so yummy. My nieces and nephews help me wrap  the caramel, they enjoy the samples while they wrap away. This month's strip is a row of wrapped candy. So what kind of candy will you have? Caramel, homemade taffy, butterscotch buttons or cinnamon red hot disks? Have fun with this month's section.

You can make all the candies with the same fabric, or mix it up and make each wrapper a different color. For my candies ...

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July's Block! from Quilt Doodle Doodles...

Cocoa, coffee, cappuccino, cookies and cake.... all good things start with the letter 'C'.  This month's block celebrates winter and our wintertime drinks. I love to sit in my favorite comfy chair, by the  fireplace with a nice hot cup of coffee, (or hot chocolate) on those cold, snowy Minnesota nights. A good book or a project to work on is an added bonus! This month's block is called 'Toasty Mugs'. It's a bigger section of the quilt. So I have an extra special giveaway for July's block. It's an awesome prize but I won ...

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Celestial Star QAL: Guest Blogger: Courtney Lyons & Finishing Your Quilt Block from From Blank Pages . . .

Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...

I am SO excited to introduce you to Courtney Lyons, of petit lyons. Courtney and I first "met" while co-hosting a blog event a few years ago with Rachel of imagine gnats. Over the years she has made me some beautiful items, always including her precious Anna Maria Horner prints (she's so generous!), and I just have to say that she has been a great friend! We also had our youngest boys in the same week last year, so watching them grow together has been so much fun! I feel like they should be best friends. I hope that ...

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Nancy Mahoney’s Scrap Star Tutorial for the Scrap Quilt Challenge from Fabrics N Quilts

{smitten: I love this block!}   Nancy has saved some scraps & found inspiration for squares in an unlikely place - in a circle!  Check out her scrappy star with full tutorial: Check out Nancy’s tutorial on her blog & don’t forget to add her to your RSS feed or Bloglovin’.  Oh, and you have to check out her Pinterest

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50 Zipper Pouch and Bag Tutorials from Patchwork Posse

I’m kind of addicted to little bag, big bags or ok…fine any bags.  My favorite are of the zipper pouch and bag style.

The zipper lets you trap your goods inside with no worries of it falling out and scattering across the floor. -which I of course have no experience in…..yeah right!

50 bag tutorials | patchwork posse | easy sewing projects and free quilt tutorials

I love small little handy bags {with zippers} that I can stuff full of sewing kits, change, cards, pencils and whatever else I find or need.  The more the merrier!  That’s my philosophy when it comes to bags and pouches.

zipper bag & pouch tutorials | patchwork posse | easy sewing projects and free quilt patterns

There is seriously no ...

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July 31, 2014
Celestial Star QAL: PAPER PIECING from From Blank Pages . . .

Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...

Today's Topic: Paper Piecing  
Assignment: Piece all the pattern sections.    
On the Blog: Write a blog post about it, sharing pictures of your patterns pieced, pre-joining segments, and link it up using the link up at the end of this post. OR you can also link up photos from Flickr* or Instagram.  
On Instagram: Complete the assignment (piece your patterns), take a picture and tag it using hashtag #CelestialStarQAL.
There is no giveaway in conjunction with this topic.  

You can pick up a pattern on Craftsy and Etsy.

*If you are sharing pictures from Flickr, I started a Celestial ...

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At long last... A Clutch Tutorial! from The Crooked Banana Quilts

OKAY! Guys. I did it. And I have new found respect for everyone who has every written a pattern or tutorial. It's a lot of work.

So without further ado... The Just the Essentials Clutch Tutorial!

A fat quarter or regular quarter yard of main (really you need a rectangle about 13x10.5 or two rectangles 6.5x10.5)
At least a fat quarter of lining fabric
Interfacing (I use Pellon SF101 for the inside and Pellon TP971F for the outside)
Narrow contrast strip for the wrist strap
Zipper at least 11" in length

Optional: D-ring and lobster ...

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Book Review: Mastering the Art of McTavishing 2nd Edition Expanded and Revised from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Hello everyone and welcome to a book tour and review of Karen McTavish's latest release  "Mastering the Art of McTavishing 2nd Edition ~ Expanded and Revised" ~ published June 2014 and available for purchase from

Photo Courtesy On-Word Bound Books
You all know that I absolutely love using McTavishing on my quilts -- especially as a background for wool applique.
If you're looking to learn Karen's beautiful signature technique to enhance your quilts, 
this is the book for you!

I received a "review" copy from the delightful Sara at On-Word Bound Books, and couldn't wait to ...

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Sherbet Stripes Tutorial from Quilting by the River

Sherbet Stripes Table Runner at Freemotion by the River
Finished size is 15 x 30
Yesterday I showed you this table runner and today I have the tutorial for making it.

I enjoy table runners that aren’t very long. We often use them on our dining room table during meals and also on small tables or chests. This is a great table runner to make out of your scraps.The side sections are made from various neutral fabrics.
  • Cut 12 – 4 ½ inch squares
  • Cut 6 – 2 ½ x 4 ½ rectangles
The center strips are 2 ½ x 7 ½
  • Cut 2 – Orange
  • Cut 2 - Pink
  • Cut ...

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Back To School Series with The Ribbon Retreat from Patchwork Posse

Back To School A-Z Series - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Hurry, hurry…the school bus is coming! Grab your lunch box, your back pack and those good lookin’ school smiles because the bell is about to ring!

Can you believe that in just a couple of weeks, school is starting and our kiddos will be out the door racing to the bus, skipping to their brand new classes, running around with their friends at recess and meeting their new teachers? Crazy!!!

This time of year brings so much excitement…including new school supplies, new clothes and super cool shoes (that of course make you run faster and jump so much ...

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Celestial Star QAL: JOIN WEDGES & CREATE A QUILT BLOCK from From Blank Pages . . .

Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...

Today's Topic: Join wedges and finish block
Assignment: Join all 12 wedges and complete your block.
On the Blog: Write a blog post about it, sharing pictures of your completed block(s), and link it up using the link up at the end of this post. OR you can also link up photos from Flickr* or Instagram.  
On Instagram: Complete the assignment, take a picture and tag it using hashtag #CelestialStarQAL AND #CelestialStarBlock.

Fat Quarter Shop
2 - $25 Gift Certificates

When you link up you completed quilt blocks, you are automatically entered to win one of two $25 gift certificates to The ...

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Celestial Star QAL: TRIM and JOIN from From Blank Pages . . .

Before we get into today's post, next week will be a progress week, and I don't have any posts scheduled. It will be a great time to answer any of your questions, or go into more detail on any of the topics. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, please ask them in the comments below, or in the comments on any of the posts. I am working on a step-by-step photo tutorial to add to the Paper Piecing post, and will have that up tonight, in addition to the video, if that helps anyone. If there is anything else, Please ...

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July 30, 2014
Covered Glass Flower Vase from Sew There I was...

I made this flower arrangement with a pave design, and placed in a square clear glass vase. Florists insert broad leaves inside the vase before arranging the flowers to hide the stems. Since I didn't have any, I thought "why not cover it with fabric?

I used Kona Cotton in the color Sand 
I measured the circumference of the vase at the top
Instead of measuring the bottom which is slightly smaller
The vase circumference measured 23 1/2 inches and the 
height measured 6 inches, I cut the fabric 24 inches long 
and 7 1/4 inches wide ...

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Pat Sloan: Sew 10 Minutes a Day from Pat Sloan's Blog

TRUE CONFESSIONS... When I'm on travel to teach at your guilds and shops I am not able to get in much sewing. I take along a project but I don't usually sew on it much. 

pat sloan sew 10 minutes a day challenge

I'm now home for a few days before I leave to Ohio to teach.  

decided that I am going to get in my 10 minutes a day for the rest of the month..

THEN see if I can do it for EVERY day in August.

What do you think?

In August I'm home more, so that will be perfect for ...

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3-D Flying Geese Quilt Block from Patchwork Posse

I love this block.  It looks harder than it is….which makes you look like a professional quilter :)

The seam in the center is hidden behind the flying geese part, making it an illusion.

3-d Flying Geese Quilt Block Tutorial | patchworkposse | easy sewing projects and free quilt patterns

Materials Needed:

2- background 3″ X 3″

1- flying geese 3″ X 5 1/2″


3-D Flying Geese Quilt Block Tutorial~

1)  Fold the rectangle in half and finger press

2)  Place this folded rectangle in between the two background squares- lining up the raw edge.  The fold will be just beyond 1/4″ from one edge of the background squares


3)  Sew along the side ...

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July 29, 2014
Confetti Curtain DIY from Melanie Ham Designs

In my last post, I showed you how I updated some dressers given to me by family friends with an easy fabric diy.  In order to accommodate these dressers, I had to take the closet doors off.  That was fine by me, because it added more space and ease for the kids to get in and out of this storage space.  I did however, want to put a curtain up so that it make the room look a little bit nicer when it is actually clean (which is not very often, ha!).  Anyway, I had this idea and thought it ...

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Just Roll with it. from Southern Fabric

Do you ever get frustrated trying to find your things when you are traveling?
By things, I mean those items that get tossed in your toiletries bag and become tangled or buried, making you dive and dig in your bag to find them?

Well then, I have a great solution.

Here's what you need:

  • Canvas fabric
  • Thin plastic
  • Bias ribbon
  • Elastic ribbon
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pattern DOWNLOAD HERE and HERE

*I love the genius addition of the thin plastic so that any residue from the brushes is ...

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The Serger Strip Quilt from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Serger Strip Quilt | ReannaLily Designs


After I folded my fabric in the Great Fabric Re-Fold of 2014, I decided I really needed to make up a few quick quilts.  I found a tutorial for really fast half-square triangles (which are really quarter square triangles – anywho).  I decided to take the same idea and make big ole quilt blocks with it.

Scrappy Strip Quilt Tutorial

Here’s a little tutorial for how it went:

**You can make this whole thing using a 1/4″ seam allowance and a straight stitch.  I used a serger because it was much faster.

First, I cut strips and serged them ...

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July 28, 2014

My favorite part of our new apartment is probably our red balcony! It's so nice to have a place at home where to go out and have some fresh air! Plus the weather couldn't be nicer these days! We have great plans for the balcony, we want to plant lots of flowers, herbs and buy/make nice outdoor lights! But as we just moved and there have been lots of things to buy and get ready first, I think we will have to wait until next summer because I guess that in less than we think, this balcony ...

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