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January 18, 2021
Easy Patchwork: Triangle Corner made with a Square, or “Snowball” Corners from Mulberry Patch Quilts

It’s easy to make a triangle on the corner of a block, no math involved. I first heard of this technique from an amazing quilt teacher, Mary Ellen Hopkins, who wrote groundbreaking quilting books like “It’s OK if You Sit on My Quilt”, and “Connecting Triangles” among others. Mary Ellen was probably best known for creating the connector and perfect piecing triangles concepts. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to see her at her lecture in Milwaukee just a few years before she passed away (in 2013). Not only did she make quilting fun, her sense ...

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Devon Pouch (a fabulously handy zipper pouch) from Sotak Handmade


 Hello lovelies, happy Monday to you all!

If you've been following me for a while you would have noticed how much I enjoy sewing up zipper pouches :). It's one of my favorite projects to work on and today I wanted to talk a bit about one of my most favorite pouch ever, the Devon Pouch.

Here's just a little sampling of the Devon Pouches I made over the last year or so :).

I love putting these sweet fabric combinations together, matching them up with metal zippers, and whipping up these super useful pouches. I especially love having ...

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January 9, 2021
Boxed Zipper Pouch (how to) from Sotak Handmade


Hello everyone, happy Saturday to you all!

I'm super excited to bring you a new video tutorial

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December 29, 2020
6 Köpfe 12 Blöcke - Good Vibes - Special Edition 2020 from Quiltmanufaktur

Ich hoffe, ihr hattet ein schönes Weihnachtfest, konntet die Tage genießen und seid jetzt bereit, mit uns 6 Köpfen noch etwas Stimmung in dieses außergewöhnliche Jahr 2020 zu bringen? Verena / einfach bunt  hatte diese schöne Idee, dass wir alle ein bisschen Aufheiterung brauchen! Was gibt es da besseres, als sich an die Maschine zu setzten und loszulegen!


6 Köpfe 12 Blöcke Good Vibes Special Edition 2020


Ist das nicht ein cooler Block? Man kann mit ein paar Spielereien durch die Stoffe und Farben ganz unterschiedliche Wirkungen erzielen. Wie das erst ausschauen mag, wenn man daraus einen Quilt macht?!


Babyquilt - Blockgröße ...

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December 27, 2020
KEEPING DOLLY COZY from That's Sew Kerry

Quilted Sleeping Bag






Quilted Sleeping Bag Tutorial:

1.When your baby sister asks Santa for 'blankets for Dolly' you do what you can to help the big guy out! There are several ways this can be done, this is simply the way I made them and thought you may find it useful if you have small people who also want to keep their Dolly warm.







Cutting:

All squares are 2.5 inches the amount you need will vary depending on the dimensions of the doll you are making for. Dolly is 18 inches tall and is similar to the American ...

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December 22, 2020
Japanese rice bag from Charm About You


This adorable Japanese rice bag was another #justjudecollaborates make, this time it was the turn of lovely Stuart Hillard and his handy bag tutorial! I have made drawstring bags before but nothing like this style or shape of bag so I was really excited to learn how to make it. I'm not always brilliant with making 3D items, thankfully Stuart has a YouTube tutorial that shows every step to making this bag, so easy to follow!


And this is why I should always blog when I actually make the project not months later... I can't actually remember what ...

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December 18, 2020
Triple Play! Little Houses from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

I’ll always remember 2020 as the year we stayed home. We wore stretchy pants. We watched movies. We sewed and sewed and sewed (and sewed). And, we baked A LOT of banana bread. 

Jenny’s Design

Some days were boring; some were lonely. But through it all, I’ve felt grateful for the peace and safety of these four old walls. Dorothy was right, there’s no place like home.

Natalie’s Design

For this month’s Triple Play tutorial, Jenny and the gals used Daisy & Grace’s tiny house quilt-as-you-go templates to make a garland, a pillow, and ...

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December 15, 2020
Sparkling Table Runner Tutorial from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

New Year’s is right around the corner. Meaning the end of the year is less than 20 days away. Since I will be spending New Year’s hunkered down at home (in my bubble), I decided it would be fun to create an easy and fun project. SO… my New Year’s gift to you is a tutorial on how to make this Sparkling Table Runner. 

Spice up your table with a handmade table runner and decor from Crate and Barrel
Handmade Table Runner

The Sparkling Table Runner features large flying geese made up of half square triangles. For me, it is the perfect icon for the transition from 2020 to 2021 because I can’t wait ...

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December 13, 2020
The Moonflower Block from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

We had a great virtual AGMof the Irish Patchwork Society last Saturday, and as usual, one of the highlights was a quilt challenge, this year it was to make a 15'' flower block using one colour only (various tints and shades of it).

Mine was a simple stylised flower in a sort of pinkish-purple colour which I don't even know the name of. Would you call it magenta? fuchsia? orchid? My phalaenopsis is kind of similar.


I was lucky to have a matching variegated YLI thread to quilt the background, it gave the simple block a definite level up ...

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December 12, 2020
Sewing Themed (Watercolor) Bottle Brush Trees from A Little Bit Biased

 Hey friends!  It's been a while since I've checked in here!  I've missed you guys! 
I've been busy working on some quilts that I hope to share with you soon but today 
I have a festive and easy craft project I want to share with you!

While doing some Christmas shopping recently I spied these cute sewing themed 
bottle brush trees and just had to get them!   Aren't they so cute on the spools of twine?  
I found them at one of my favorite stores called Sunriver Gardens located in Orem, Utah.


Shortly after I ...

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December 10, 2020
Welcome Home #2 from Wedding Dress Blue

This past weekend did not go as planned. A Saturday morning visit to a walk in clinic with Husband turned into a trip to the emergency room turned into a nearly three day hospital stay.

We are home now, and he is on the mend, but, WOW, that wasn’t what I had planned.

Once I could leave the hospital to get some supplies, I grabbed a quilt.

Stitching down binding is a great way to pass the time. And quite a conversation starter.

And it is finished. Welcome Home to a future owner. And welcome home to Husband.

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December 5, 2020
traffic jam binding from Making A Lather

Yesterday, I posted my traffic jam finish. Today, I want to share a bit about a new experiment in machine binding I have been doing. One of the presenters at a guild presentation, this fall, mentioned, that, he used steam a seam when attaching his binding. I was intrigued and went to Joann fabrics that night to find what he used.

This is what I chose using a coupon. It was 2.39. I had decided that if that was too expensive, I might use the BYT and cut it myself. The package came with 2 rolls. 



I tried it ...

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Irish Chain Quilt - Tutorial from Quiltmanufaktur

Dieses Jahr fiel es mir erstaunlich schwer, mich mit der Weihnachts Dekokration für den Laden zu beschäftigen. Die rechte Stimmung will einfach nicht aufkommen. Geht euch das auch so? Was ein Glück gibt es Pinterest! Ich bin ja begeisterte Sammlerin von Pins mit Quiltmustern, die ich einfach schön finde oder mal irgendwann sogar machen will. Auf der Suche nach einen passenden Quilt bin ich dort auf das klassische Muster Irish Chain gestoßen; nicht kompliziertes, aber schön anzuschauen!

Als ich den Quilt während seiner Entstehung und dann auch fertig auf Instagram gezeigt habe, wurde ich gefragt, ob es dafür vielleicht eine ...

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December 4, 2020
TUTORIAL: Welcome Home Quilt Block from Wedding Dress Blue

If you are looking for a scrap quilt pattern that is versatile, good looking, beginner friendly, group friendly, quick and just plain FUN, you have found it: Welcome Home Quilt Block.

Yes, all of these are Welcome Home Blocks!

As long as the pieces match up, it does not matter what order you assemble them–traditional log cabin, court house steps, random–they all look good.

MATERIALS (for each block–it takes 48 blocks to make a 60″ x 80″ quilt)

From a variety of scraps, cut…

2 2-1/2″ x 2-1/2″ squares

2 2-1/2″x4-1/2″ strips ...

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December 2, 2020
stockings + top trend from Charm About You

You don't need me to tell you that the year so far has been crazy! I'm ready to settle down for a cosy, quiet winter. I still have a few projects to sew and if you're anything like me, you might have a few projects to sew this season too! 


Last year I created a tutorial for these simple patchwork stockings. A calm colour palette was called for by my girls (who are the users of these stockings!) but you could make them festive with Christmas prints or whatever colours fit your home.

The fun addition of ...

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November 18, 2020
Monette's Shawl from Quilting Stories

Beige knitted shawl

Beige knitted shawl

Beige knitted shawl

This is the third time I knit a shawl with the pattern I created five years ago. I love this pattern because it is so simple and the shawl turns out to be so comfy and beautiful!

I offered the two previous ones : the brown and The green, but I'll try to keep this one for myself... It is ideal to throw on my shoulders when I go outside to fill my basket with logs for the fireplace. As well I feel so warm and comfortable wrapped up in it, reading or watching tv on the sofa!

If you ...

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November 14, 2020
Tea Dyeing Tutorial from Quilting Stories

Fabric dyeing in hot tea

Tea dyeing

Tea dyeing

Tea dyeing

To progress with my scrappy Giant hexagon quilt,  I needed more reproduction style fabrics. Instead of ordering new fabrics I thought of dyeing some from my stash with the tea method, in order to give them the appearance of old fabrics. This was my first attempt to dye using this method, and I must say that the result was very satisfying. 

Here is what you need if you want to turn your modern fabric into a vintage one :

For one yard fabric :

1 large saucepan
1 Litre water
2 tablespoons salt
5 black tea bags

Here is the method :
  1. Bring ...

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November 13, 2020
Christmas Candy Mug Rugs from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Christmas gifting is as much about the present-ation as it is the present, and with this quick and easy scrap-busting project, you get both.  Who doesn't need a mug rug, especially when they come as sweetly packaged as these?! You can turn your mug rugs into lollipops...

...or candy treats!
As quilters, we have lots of cotton scrap fabrics lying around, and these only take 4" x WOF each of 3 different colours. Cotton strips are easy to braid, and may be joined by either the machine or by hand.  Naturally, I do mine by machine. 
The instructions below ...

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November 11, 2020
My Golden Rules for 'Piecing Tiny Pieces' from "...laugh yourself into *Stitches*, follow me..." ~Shakespeare~

 If you know my patterns, you know many of them have small pieces.  

I say, 'Don't be Afraid!...You Can Do It!"

Quilt pattern above is called 'And So it Crows' can be found on Etsy

I've been teaching 'Piecing Tiny Pieces' for years and I'm here to share some thoughts with you.

1920's Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt block above...pdf classes available on Etsy

The document below was created in 2014 and if you have not seen it yet, I hope you find it helpful in strengthening your piecing skills. 
 
Print it out using ...

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November 9, 2020
Facing EPP Quilt with EPP from Seaside Stitches

Let's say you've pieced together a top using English Paper Piecing and you have all these angular shapes around the edges. How will you finish those edges? You could certainly trim them and use a straight binding. Or you could create a facing with more EPP shapes! Here's how...

1. Press your top well, especially around the edges. Remove all of the papers.


2. Quilt as desired. Don't stitch into the seam allowances around the outside edges.

 

3. Trim away the batting and backing a little bit smaller than the finished edge.

 

 

4. Create a ring ...

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