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March 31, 2015
Bunny Baskets for Easter Egg Hunts from Incomparable Buttons

These fab-ric stacking baskets are not only pretty this Easter but also egg-ceptionally useful for collecting all those choccie eggs. They are quick to sew together and eggstra-ordinarily straight-forward to make.  I used the tutorial over on birch fabrics but made mine all quite a bit smaller. And I sewed on some cute little bunny shapes cut from felt…and gave each bunny an

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Tips and Tutorials Tuesday – My Quilt Labels from Late Night Quilter


Welcome to Tips and Tutorials Tuesday! I hope you’ll link up your own tutorials at the bottom of this post, and spend some time perusing the great ideas the bloggers in our community have this week (see below for their links)!

Today I thought I’d share with you a quick tutorial for my method for making my quilt labels.

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I love looking at the backs of other people’s quilts so I can see their labels.  They’re so personal and unique, and they say so much about the person who made them.  It feels so sneaky. Like ...

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March 30, 2015
Learn something new everyday!! from Quilting by the River

 Windows 8 delete confirmation is back
It has been almost a year since I bought a new laptop that had Windows 8 on it and it didn't take me long to realize that the confirmation button for deleting files and photos was gone. I just figured there was nothing that could be done about it.

Well.......last week I accidentally deleted my whole MY EQ folder and didn't even realize it until after I emptied the Recycle Bin and went to use Electric Quilt again. Was that ever a sickening feeling! Fortunately I had backed up my files and didn't lose too much ...

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March 29, 2015
Elephant Parade - Week 9 - Linky Party! from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to week 9 of the Elephant Parade!  I have been showing a block each week and am so happy to see the works of those who have quilted along.  Some people have shared photos of their quilts by email.  And lots of you have been sharing your progress on instagram using the #elephantparadeQAL hashtag. Some have made a block or two.  Some have made pillows and some have made table runners.  Some have made the full quilt as is.  Some used their imagination to make the Elephant Parade their own!

The original post about the inspiration for this baby ...

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Pat Sloan: Sunday Quilt Show and help pick my border from Pat Sloan's Blog

It's time for a quilt show! No better time than Sunday night to share what you are working on and see what everyone else is working on.. plus I want some help on my border option.. ready? 

pat sloan crush border options opt 1

I plan on using the HST that are from the trimmed points. (see more here)

This is a 2.5" wide border of large polka dots.. or.. 

pat sloan crush border options opt 2

The small polka dots.

HUGE difference right?

pat sloan crush border options opt 3

Or what about small, then HST, then LARGE polka dots?

Deciding if HST all go same way.. or not... 

pat sloan crush border options

Let me know in the comments which option you ...

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Pat Sloan: Red Rock Crush Which Border? from Pat Sloan's Blog

I now have all the blocks for my Red Version of my pattern "CRUSH"

My Red Rock Crush ready to sew up! 

Pat Sloan Red Rock Crush 1

Remember I asked about the LARGE dot or SMALL dots? (in the making at this link)...

I decided to use both, why not!

Pat Sloan Red Rock Crush 2

My pattern is inspired by an antique quilt block I saw, but i made it MUCH easier to sew.. like WAY easier and fast! 

I pulled mostly red and red/white prints, including my coveted out of print Lobster fabric which I may .. or may not.. have yardage of. 

Pat sloan Red rock crush 3

So love this with the BIG ...

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March 27, 2015
Pat Sloan: Friday Deals from Pat Sloan's Blog

The Fat Quarter shop made up my Aurifil Mini Dresden quilt and it's ADORABLE! 


Isn't this teapot just PERFECT sitting on my mini quilt? 

This is from My Aurifil Kit which includes a Mini charm, Thread and pattern 



Aurifil threads


They carry ALL the Mini kits, and I see one is on sale.. woohoo! Each has different threads, a different charm pack and a different mini quilt pattern



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Don't forget they now have an Aurifil Thread Club so you can collect colors once a month, I LOVE this! 


-------------------------  FQS sliper roses

It was 70 degrees the ...

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Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation from Red Pepper Quilts

The week in stitches.

Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015

I have had a big week behind the sewing machine with some last minute stitching before I take a break from my sewing machine, and my sewing machine takes a break from me. I am heading to the USA for a holiday and to teach at Sewtopia, and my sewing machine is spending some quality time with a technician. I am sure we will both come back refreshed, inspired, and eager to sew.
Color Wheel Block Quilt II - A Variation | Pattern and Tutorial available | Red Pepper Quilts 2015
In the meantime, and in preparation for this break, I have a number of new projects, including several quilts that I have worked ...

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Zany ZebraZ quilt block tutorial from Sew Fresh Quilts

Today I am happy to share with you a tutorial for the Zany ZebraZ quilt block!

It is my hope that you will enjoy the use of this free tutorial for making these crazy zebra blocks.  Make one for a mini or a cushion or tote bag.  Or make a few and you have a cute baby quilt.

Completed block will measure 14.5" tall by 12.5" wide including seam allowances.
The finished size is 14" x 12".

To make each Zany ZebraZ block, you will need....

From black and white prints:

Body – 4.5” x 6.5”
Legs ...

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Friday finds March 27 from Stitchin' Therapy

A mixed bag today.  Can you tell I am having fun as I look at things around the world?  With an eye open for inspiration, I found these  on Pinterest this week.

Quilt blocks made from vintage embroidery
From Hen House
   I love vintage linens, especially those with embroidered designs.  Sadly, they often have damaged areas, or are badly stained from time.  Hen House recycled the pretty part and created a mixed bag of blocks from her strip stash.  And she has an amazing stack of fabrics  from which to select.    She turned the blocks into a lovely quilt.  I would be inspired to create mug ...

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March 26, 2015
Pat Sloan: The String Bean Challenge - Quilts by YOU from Pat Sloan's Blog

Scrap Busting? Oh you love it don't it? For the last few weeks many of you have been ZOOMING on your String Bean Challenge!  AND... I want to poke some of you to start.. yes.. you STILL have time to BUST some scraps

pat sloan string bean challenge banner

This is my quilt that inspired the challenge... and the challenge is loose.. not a ton of rules but to be able to win my fabric prize package you do need to one a few little things..  

The Challenge Details..

  • Cut a lot of scraps into 2.5" strips. Use up left over jelly rolls, ends ...

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Wander Fabrics: Step Lively Table Runner Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Everyone! 

What have you all been sewing up lately? I have been working with the Wanderer fabric collection designed by April Rhodes. If you haven't checked out the look book yet click here to get inspired on what you can make with this collection. Today I created a table runner called Step Lively which was created using strips at various lengths and half square triangles. 



Here is what you need to get started.

Fabric Requirements  

Fabric A- WAN-23302 - 1/4 yd.
Fabric B- WAN-13305 - 1/6 yd.
Fabric C- WAN-23303 - 1/6 yd
Fabric D- WAN-23301- 1/6 ...

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Wisdom and a Jelly Roll throw from Craft Gossip


Deby of So Sew Easy is on a roll. She took her new serger for a spin, and ended up with a bunch of strips sewn together lengthwise. Ever so clever, she decided this would make a fabulous base for a quilt. So she whipped out a square ruler and got to cutting out blocks. From there, she sashed and sewed some more and came out with a quilt top (throw-size) in no time.

She knows you might need a quick quilt to sew up, so gives step-by-step instructions for how to use a precut, store bought, jelly roll to ...

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Succulent Shelf {a tutorial} from Material Girl Quilts

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The day has finally come that I can share my Succulent Shelf pattern with all of you who have been waiting!!  (Seriously, thank you so much for the love you have shown me over this pattern.  I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know!)  You can download the succulent plant and flower pot patterns in my Craftsy shop {here}.  The patterns will be a free download until May 1st!! So, get it early to take advantage of this offer :)

When you download the Succulents pattern pack, it will contain 4 succulent plant and 4 flower pot patterns.  You can ...

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March 25, 2015
Pat Sloan: a Free Stitchery & Pastel Spring Quilt, plus inset seam tutorial from Pat Sloan's Blog


Pat Sloan: Free pattern from my guests  Caroline Fairbanks, Alexandra Ledgerwood and Rebecca Danger! And the END are links to a FREE patterns from my guests! 

American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast guests Caroline Fairbanks March 2015

I first discovered Caroline Fairbanks projects when someone sent me a link to her website SewCanShe.  Caroline writes doable project patterns, hosts links to projects by others and has written a book 'Just for you' with co-author Sarah Markos.  Today we are going to talk about fun, fast projects and she'll share some tips ...

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How To Write a Craft Tutorial Blog Post from Childlike Fascination

How to Write a Craft Tutorial Blog Post Last week I listened to a stellar episode of one of my fave podcasts, Smart Passive Income about systematizing and productive workflows. Systematizing is all about breaking down the process into bite-sized, actionable steps. This system can be used to keep a project on track or as a checklist to make sure all the key steps are taken.  For example, a pattern or tutorial is essentially systematizing the making of an item.

The next day someone in one of my Facebook Groups was griping about tutorial posts; they’re the bread and butter of craft blogging but they’re really ...

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March 24, 2015
Pat Sloan: Let's see what's inside + a giveaway from Pat Sloan's Blog

I shared my new book's arrival with you the other day HERE, and now I'm sitting on pins and needles awaiting cartons of books! 

Pat Sloan Teach Me to Applique

I want to share quilts from my book. Flower Pop is a wonderful way to use up scraps, and then use a  Bella Solids border so you can have some amazing quilting done on it.

Pat Sloan Teach Me to Applique

My Favorite fruit has to be cherries!!  Pair them with a chain block and this is a wonderful quilt to snuggle under.

Pat Sloan Teach Me to Applique

Meadow Breeze pairs up my Aqua fabrics with lots of pretty peach prints. Gorgeous on a bed ...

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The Hyacinth Free Motion Quilt Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! It’s the fourth day of Spring, and snow is blanketing the gardens of Minnesota–dashing any thoughts of purple or pink hyacinths outside… So, a Spring Quilt will have to do for present…. Today, a tutorial Tomorrow, a … Continue reading 

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Quilted Footstool Tutorial from Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Hello, I'm Heather from Quilts Actually and I blog at QA Creations.  Today I am showing you how to make a quilted footstool to brighten up any room, and provide a valuable place to sit when playing with a 2 year old!

quilted footstool tutorial by Heather Seminelli of Quilts Actually for Fort Worth Fabric Studio

1 yard Petal and Plume Peacock Waltz Gala
1 yard Petal and Plume Panache Profundo
1/2 yard Oval Elements Passionate Fuchsia 
2 1/4 yards Kona Storm
Batting: 2 1/4 yards by 42 inches
5 yards 1/2" Piping cording
60" Zipper
Wonder Tape (optional)
Foam (my foam is 27"x15"x10", but I ...

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March 23, 2015
Pat Sloan: Free Herringbone pattern, laces and Paperpieced blocks from my Guests! from Pat Sloan's Blog


Pat Sloan: Free pattern from my guests Maureen Cracknell, Joan Lucchese and Suzanne Marshall! And the END are links to a FREE patterns from my guests! 

American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast guests Maureen Cracknell March 2015

Designer Maureen Cracknell has been creating inviting projects for a few years now, sharing at her very popular website and facebook back. This fall she showed her new fabric line and some amazing freeform machine 'sketching' with her needle and thread, it's so cool! We are going to chat about designing fabric and how ...

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