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April 25, 2014
Make a Quilt w/Kids Tutorial: Part 1 from Val's Quilting Studio

I've been teaching my Second Graders about the Life Cycles of Nature and and now we've moved onto learning about animal habitats. We took a little break inbetween the two and they each had the opportunity to create a block for our classroom quilt: 
I know many of you have children and grandchildren, so I thought I'd share our process of creating these adorable blocks as I can truly see this being a fun and easy project for children of all ages. Here are a few tips that will guarantee a successful outcome:
Supplies Needed:
White Cotton ...

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April 24, 2014
Machine Quilting 101:Introduction from Crazy Mom Quilts

I've been thinking of doing a machine quilting series on my blog for a few years (!!!) and I think it's finally time. (I know...I. am. speedy.)

The purpose of this series is to help YOU become confident in quilting your own quilts....on your own home sewing machine. Not to sound too much like a commercial, but it CAN be done! Over the next several weeks we will talk about prepping your quilt top, thread, needles, batting, basting, quilting, choosing a quilting design, choosing a thread color, and so much more. I plan to post once a ...

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April 23, 2014
Pat Sloan: Sew Along - Never Enough Chocolate Block 1 from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat sloan never enough chocolate block 1 pic 1

It's time to make blocks!  

Hopefully you have bought the pattern (HERE)

and have picked, repicked, mulled over... made a fabric selection. 

Pat sloan never enough chocolate block 1 pic 2

Remember I challenged you to FINALLY use that fabric you've been saving?

The good stuff? Yes?  Are you finally going to use it? 

The first version I'm making is with my new fabric line that I am showing to stores in May so they can order (CLICK HERE for the sneak peek)

Pat sloan never enough chocolate block 1 pic 4

I'm making the block with MORE parts first

That way they are done.. the second block goes faster!

Pat sloan never enough chocolate block 1 pic 5

Here they are in ...

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Tutorial for a Quick and Easy Chevron Zig Zag Quilt from Quilting Stories

Chevron top
Baby quilt top

Baby girl quilt top : size 47 inches / 34 inches.

Fabric selection
Fabric selection

For this project I selected 7 different fabrics.

Cutting bands

Fold your fabrics in two and cut bands of 7 inches width.

Cutting squares

Put 4 bands over each other and cut squares of 7/7 inches.


Arrange pairs.

Sewing along

With each pair, put both fabrics right side against right side, and sew all along the 4 sides.

Assembled squares
Pair of squares sewn all around.

Diagonal cuts

Cut the 2 diagonals.


Open and press hot, WITHOUT moving the iron, in order not to stretch 
the fabric, as you will now assemble your blocks along ...

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Around the Block | Round Robin Quilt Block 12 from Patchwork Posse

I haven’t met Susan in the ‘real’ world, but I have always admired her from afar.  She is super talented and spunky.  I think that’s my favorite part.  She isn’t afraid of speaking her mind, sharing her talent and adding a little bit of color punch- just because.

I knew asking her to participate would pay off — and it did, in color!  I love the simplicity of the quilt block that she has chosen and the bold colors that she inspires us to use.

Her tag line for her blog– where sophistication and mischief collide is right ...

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Tuesday Technique: Crazy Curves from Patchwork Sampler Blog

As I mentioned yesterday, I love using the curve templates from Elisa’s Back Porch.  When I discovered that the 8” Rainbow Template fit perfectly on a layer cake it became one of my go-to quilts.  It takes less than an hour to cut all the pieces and only a few hours more to piece the top.  If you have never used these templates, I really encourage you to try them.  Both the cutting and piecing go quickly and the quilts always turn out great!  I have all four sets of the “Crazy Curves” series:  7”, 3-1/2” , 8” and ...

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April 22, 2014
tiny nine patch {a tutorial} from Sotak Handmade

Hello, happy Tuesday to you all.

Last time when I talked about sewing with 1" finished squares quite a few of you said you love these little squares but find them too fiddly and tricky to work with. I agree. The smaller the blocks, the trickier things get.  But, when I made my tiny nine patches I used strips of fabric instead of individual tiny squares and it made for incredibly fast and precise blocks. Really.
Would you like to see? Here's how I make my blocks - I work on two blocks at a time which not only speeds ...

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I'm hosting a Free Fast Churn Dash Quilt Along! from Diary of a Quilter

This week I am so excited to share a new free quick quilt pattern starting this week at BERNINA's We All Sew site. This pattern uses a "fabulously fast" technique for making a traditional Churn Dash Quilt.
You may remember some sneak peaks of the work on this quilt over the past months. It's so fun to finally be able to share the full pattern and tutorial.
This is the quilt we'll be making. A Churn Dash block is as traditional as it gets, but by playing with colors, prints and solid fabrics, you can create a ...

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Stars and Scrappy Stripes Finished Top from Alamosa Quilter

Shew! Finally got this one to the finished top stage.

I love how it turned out!! It will finish at 45" by 54". I've put it in the stack of "things to be quilted."

I wrote a tutorial for this quilt. If you would like to make one you can find the tutorial by clicking the following link, Stars and Scrappy Stripes Tutorial. You can also find other tutorials I've written and a few written by others that I have bookmarked for myself by clicking on the tutorials tab at the top of this page.

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Let's have a party! from Southern Fabric

So, It's no surprise that I'm in love with April Showers by Bonnie & Camille.
I mean I could rattle off a list of reasons why, but they are obvious.
 So when Lisa from In the Boon Docks sent us this Party Dress:
{photos from Julia}
I just added another reason to love April Showers.  How stinkin' cute is this dress??!? {Helos that the model is darling, herself!}

And, this post just keeps getting better!
Do YOU wanna make this dress?
Well you can, with a free pattern.
The Party Dress Pattern from The Cottage Mama
All you have ...

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April Mini of the Month from Butterfly Threads

This month's mini pattern is based on the Christmas Candy pattern. I changed the 9 patches to 4 patches and reduced all the blocks by half. I also eliminated quite a few rows. I was in the mood to make more of a table runner than a small quilt so here it is...

Freedom Four Patch (13" x 30")

Fabrics needed:
2" strips of white scraps
2" strips of red scraps
fat eight of gold fabric
fat quarter of blue fabric

Make 21 FOUR PATCHES by sewing the red and white strips together lengthwise. Press toward the red, cross ...

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April 21, 2014
Pat Sloan: Editor show from Pat Sloan's Blog


Be sure to CLICK HERE to catch up on my prior shows!

1 Pat sloan apq radio jennifer keltner and jody sanders guest button

Jennifer Keltner and Jody Sanders chat about Stash RX and studio reorganization in this tip filled show! They recorded the show at the American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine office in Des Moines Iowa. 

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