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October 24, 2014
Pat Sloan: Featured Friend Frances Newcombe from Pat Sloan's Blog

It was love at first sight when I saw Frances Newcombe's fabric. THEN I meet her and that just put stars in my eyes like all those cartoons!  Frances makes EVERYONE feel like you have known her for years and are her very best friend... of course we are! You have to love finding amazing people like Frances and wanting them in your life. If ONLY she didn't live on the 'other' coast!

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Listen to my chat with Frances on 6/2/14

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This quilt is Better Homes & Gardens Easy Applique' "Heart and Hand"pg 23 I changed ...

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DID YOU NOTICE? from Mountaintop Quilting Studio

This really is quite embarrassing, but in all the years I've been working with my website, today is the day I finally figured out the PROMOTION button/flat page. 

And that is good news for you!

If you click on the Promotion Button on the left sidebar

PROMOTIONS

it will ...

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October 23, 2014
How to run a successful swap from Mommy's Nap Time

I'm not going to claim to be an expert swap mama, but sometimes it's good to know a few things before deciding to host a sewing swap. Here's a little post about what I know (29 swaps worth of experience!). Please feel free to add comments at the end with any additional suggestions!

Before starting a swap you'll want to think about a few things, what sort of swap will it be? Is this for anyone to join, or just people you know and trust? Is it going to be a quick swap, or one that ...

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liberty of london coasters from pieceful life

I am making some coasters for my swap partner in the Liberty of London swap.
I thought it would be fun to show you the process/tutorial for these coasters.
Here goes:

Start with two  2 inch hexagons and sew them together using a slip stitch.




Remove the hexagon papers(I save them to use again) and secure the hexagons
 to the 5.5"X5.5" piece of fabric(I used osnaburg cotton) 
with washable glue or pins.




Machine or hand stitch the hexagons to the fabric square.




Cut a 5.5"X5.5" piece from thin batting and place ...

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Pat Sloan: Featured Shop from Pat Sloan's Blog

I want to start featuring shops that have my fabric, thread, books and patterns! 

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First I want to share a shop that is on Amazon, as so many of you tell me  you shop there often for all kinds of things.  My Friend Christa http://christaquilts.com/ wears a lot of hats. She is a shop owner, a designer and she travels to teach quilting.

Christa specializes in precuts and Aurifil thread.. what a SUPER combo, right?  What I love is that she has my PERFECT Box of Aurifil Neutrals and my PERFECT Box of colors. Since I travel so ...

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October 22, 2014
Felted Pincushions….Part 1 from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full



I made 2 dozen of these today!

I would have made more, but

I ran out of panty hose…




Felted Pincushions…








I watched an excellent tutorial video by Patsy Thompson








2 hours later….here they are!








I glued the pincushions into little dishes……how sweet.




Click the you tube video below:















CLICK HERE:  to see My Quilts


May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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Pat Sloan: Featured Friend Amy Smart from Pat Sloan's Blog

I found Amy Smart's website years ago and have been a fan ever since. I love her style, her writing, her teaching methods. AND Amy is one smart and encouraging cookie!  She has a wonderful free learn to quilt tutorial that you can point your friends to when they tell you 'I want to learn!'

Listen to my chats with Amy on 5/12/14 and 2/18/13 

Amy Smart

SO excited to be able to share my favorite quilt. In some ways, picking a favorite quilt is like picking a favorite family member. You like them all for different ...

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Chunky Wheel Table Runner Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

Half square triangles can be a lot of fun to sew with. They are quick to sew and can be rearranged into a variety of different layouts.

This table runner features 3 quilt blocks.  They are kind of a chunky wheel– thus the name.

chunky wheel table runner tutorial | patchwork posse #quilting #freepattern #diy

It is charm pack friendly.  Divide the pack into lights and darks.  The background doesn’t have to be a solid.  It can be just a lighter than the dark fabric– has enough contrast to stand out.  The design does blend the fabrics together if they are the same value, but when you look at it ...

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October 21, 2014
Pat Sloan: Life with Pat - food talk from Pat Sloan's Blog

I am addicted to food blogs, recipes and pinterest boards loaded with good stuff to eat. I read and ... ummm .... drool might be the right word! The other day I saw this article and just have to share it with you

Pat sloan food talk

A owner of a very expensive restaurant decided to treat a group of 2nd graders to his fancy 7 course meal. He hired a really good video person to film the dinner and then the magic happend!

He tells you that he never was exposed to different foods as a child, he grew up in the country on a ...

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Eyeball Coasters Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

I am over on the Thermoweb blog with a quick tutorial for making eye ball coasters tutorial!

These are so crazy and kind of fun.  They are great for adding a conversation piece to your halloween party

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 You’ll find the full tutorial here– Eye Ball Coasters Tutorial

Materials Needed:

Thermoweb Fabric Fuse

Thermoweb Vinyl 

felt- black and white for the eye

felt- colors for the eye

fabric for backing

pinking shears

circle template– here is a printable circle template if you need

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Eyeball Coasters Tutorial

What color of eyes will you make?

patchworkposse.com

The post Eyeball Coasters Tutorial appeared first ...

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October 20, 2014
Patchwork balls for baby – Make and repeat from Craft Gossip

Patchwork Balls Baby Gift

These patchwork play balls are sure to delight little hands. Abby of While She Naps created a nicely executed tutorial for making them. Yes, this has been out awhile, but it bears repeating for those who want to embrace handmade for the holidays. She uses an English paper piecing technique to create the fabric shell of pentagons. For those who love quilting, in all it’s forms, the size of this project makes it a reasonable goal for gifting.

Click the link to get the tutorial, Patchwork Play Ball Made with English Paper Piecing.

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Pat Sloan: Awesome New Look for the Podcast page from Pat Sloan's Blog

The incredible team at American Patchwork & Quilting magazine have been working to build a new Podcast page for me!  Here is the BIG reveal.. I'm SO EXCITED! 

Let's take a look

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When you go to the site on the top right is a tab that drops down and it  says 'Magazine & More'

Under that is 'Quilting Podcast'.. click it to the page above. You can listen to my welcome message HERE

Click at the bottom of the 'Past Shows' column and you go to a show page

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We now have a great list of all the shows!

You ...

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October 19, 2014
Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts

Thank you for all of your comments on my most recent project ~ the Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt! A few readers have inquired about what the best way is to sew and press seams of the Nine Patch blocks so that all of the seams nest when sewing blocks together into a quilt top, and so here today a quick and easy tutorial.

Nine Patch Checkerboard Quilt Tutorial

I have made each nine-patch block with just two fabrics (a light fabric, and a dark/er fabric) and I have alternated the layout of the fabrics; one Nine Patch block has a dark center fabric and matching ...

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October 17, 2014
20+ Oil Cloth Projects to Sew from Patchwork Posse

The past little bit I have found an interest in sewing with oil cloth or laminated fabric.

It’s a bit tricky to sew with, but really it’s a great fabric product to use when making something you are going to need to wipe over and over again.

oil cloth projects and tutorials | patchwork posse #freepattern #oilcloth #sewing

The fabric, though picky comes in a lot of patterns and prints.  There are a lot of uses for them too– it’s great fabric.

If you don’t have the oil cloth, you can use a product from Thermoweb laminating – that goes right over the fabric to make it slick ...

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Tutorial ~ Faux Button Down Tunic from Tea Rose Home

I realized that I had several guest tutorial posts I did for others, but haven't reposted here. Since I am working on a couple "secret" projects right now (and you won't see them till Spring/Summer), I thought it would be the perfect time to repost one. I am planning to repost different tutorials here and there in case you have missed them. :)

This is a very simple-to-make tunic and no major pattern is required. This particular tunic I made is for size XS and S, but if you need to make it larger, you can always add ...

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Wonky Bird Coasters {Tutorial} from Samelia's Mum

After finishing a few big projects, it’s been nice to create something small and fun. A quick finish project is always nice and I think it helps keep the creative juices flowing, and the old brain ticking over, planning the next big thing.

Last week, I posted about one of these small projects. I shared some images of the Wonky Improv Birds which I was playing with. I also shared an image on FB which received quite a few requests for a tutorial. The original source of the inspiration is an image by LauraJ on Flickr.


If you’d ...

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October 16, 2014
DIY Bookshelf Project from Crafty Gemini



My power tools and I have been buddies lately. I love them just as much as my sewing machine collection. To me they are very similar because they both allow me to make stuff with my hands. That's all I want to do, really. Make. Stuff. The principles of making things are very similar across all my different hobbies. The only thing that changes is the medium that I use to create.

I think woodworking and quilting are the most similar. A lot of math and measuring. Which I absolutely L-O-V-E! I'm the child of an engineer and ...

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Quilt Binding Tutorial and How to Hand Stitch the Binding Down from The Quilt Ladies Book Collection

I'm sharing the way "I" do quilt binding. Like everything in quilting there are MANY ways. This is the way "I" do it ! ! 

Cut your strip 2 ½” inches wide and long enough to go 

all the around your quilt PLUS 6-8 Inches

More is ALWAYS better with this ! 





 Cut enough strips to go around the outside edge of your quilt.
Sew all strips together with a 45-degree angle.
 Sew and Trim to ¼ inch seam allowance
Open and Press and trim any ends. 
Do this to make all binding needed.




 


BUT ALWAYS check YOUR BOBBIN THREAD, make sure ...

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This Way: Simply Sew Southern Pattern & Tutorial from Southern Fabric

It's time for another quilt tutorial!


This way is a quick and simple pattern using charms and layer cakes.

Supplies needed:

15 white - 10 x 5.5 rectangles { I just used a  Bella Solids White Layer Cake for Moda, 
                                        *their new Jr. Layer Cakes come with 20 so they would work out perfectly!}
1 Charm Pack {I used Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda}
1 White Charm Pack { or I used white yardage from Happy Go Lucky that I had}
8 Red - 2.5 x 45 in strips for sashing { I used Bella Solids Red Jelly Rol ...

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Are you ready for some Crafty Football Projects?! from 3 am Inspiration

badge2Today, I’m making a tray liner which can be used as a tabletopper. We have this cute tray/table that can be moved anywhere, which makes it idea for holding edible items for the big game! So let’s be honest here, this thing was purchased for a Quilt Market booth, because it’s light and portable and I convinced myself we could reuse it:)

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Portable tray table–works for Quilt Market booths and football!

In my family, we are all pretty passionate about football–but about different teams! My team is the Green Bay Packers, which my son ...

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