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December 18, 2014
Top 10 Tips for New Quilters - Sashing & Borders from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to this week's installment of the Top 10 Tips for new quilters - Sashing & Borders.  For the complete line up of weekly tips, please see this page.


The basic building block of a quilt is a quilt block.  Some quilts look fabulous by simply piecing these blocks together.  Some blocks even allow for a secondary design to shine through by placing them side by side.

But some quilt blocks just seem to need a little separation to keep them from drowning each other out.

Without Sashing:  Using EQ7, I drew up this simple brick layout made from Spiderman ...

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December 16, 2014
Pat Sloan: Day 8 of 12 Days of Giveaways! from Pat Sloan's Blog

 And we are on Day 8 of my 12 Days of Giveaways!!  The last giveaway will be right before Christmas.. and I may have a lucky #13 on New Years Eve.. so stay tuned!

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For my podcast I am lucky to work with a lot of different book publishers. The Fat Quarter shop has published several books and today they are Sponsoring this giveaway of Lori Holt books!

The top booklet is about Granny Squares. I am a self taught crocheter and the Granny Square is what got me started!

The bottom book is Lori's quilt along. Let's ...

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Giant HST Quilt Tutorial - (AKA My Turn To Be Queen Bee) from madebychrissied

Hard to believe it's almost December again and that means it's my turn to be Queen Bee in our NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild Bee.

When my daughter Flicky went off to uni she took her quilt with her (My Very First Ever Quilt) so I want to replace it for her trips home and I'm asking my Bee friends to help me.

My inspiration is this 3.5'  x 3.5'  box framed copy of Warhol's Marilyn Monroe hanging in our apartment over Flicky's bed.

I want a quilt that’s abstract, bold and ...

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December 15, 2014
Working with Text Part 2 from Free Motion Quilting Adventures

In the first part of this series, I showed you how to use Microsoft Word to make patterns for text projects. I covered how to not only get the letters or other text the font and size you want, but also how to make those huge letters in an easy to trace outline form.

enlarging text over multiple pages

It tends to be easiest to then print out the letters and use them individually, using a scaled-down version of your text document to guide the placement and spacing. If your printer can use larger paper than standard copy paper, you can use the paper size ...

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making things cozy from Crazy Mom Quilts

Last week I made a sweater pillow out of my husband's old sweater. This time around I recycled one of my own, because it only seemed fair. (Ha!) I still love the stripes and the colors of the sweater, but it had seen better days. I wore it a lot!
Turning your sweater into a pillow cover is easy! I was going to do a full-blown tutorial, but I had horrible lighting for photographs (oh, how I miss the sun!) and really, it isn't that complicated. So, I'll just run through the steps quickly, because I need ...

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December 14, 2014
Video Tutorials: The Quilt Codex from Zarkadia

Latest videos from The Quilt Codex.

Tree everlasting block

and in Greek.

Banner quilt block

and in Greek.

Bear Paw block

and in Greek.

Nine Patch block

and in Greek.

Roman squares block

and in Greek.

Visit also The Quilt Codex website for more information on each block!

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Tutorial: Quilted Oven Mitt plus free pattern from Craft Gossip

quilted oven mitt video tutorial Craft Gemini

Need to whip up a quick handmade gift? Vanessa of Crafty Gemini has you covered with a video tutorial for making theses quilted oven mitts. A gifted teacher, she’s right when she claims even a new sewer can successfully complete this project. She takes you though every step, giving excellent hints and tips along the way.

Go to Quilted Oven Mitt Video Tutorial at Crafty Gemini.

{image credit: Crafty Gemini}

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Pat Sloan: Day 7 of the 12 Days of Giveaways from Pat Sloan's Blog

And we are on Day 7 of my 12 Days of Giveaways!! I put out a call to the universe, to the gods of missing items, to the merry little elves.. to help me find at least ONE of my Christmas tree skirts!  I've designed several for magazines over the years but couldn't find them. 

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AND my plea was heard!!!  A year ago I must have found one and put it IN the ornament box.. I was SO HAPPY!

An added treat this year is that my mom sent me a box of ornaments from when when i ...

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December 13, 2014
You are My Cup of Tea Apron Tutorial at UCreate from Tea Rose Home

I am sharing this "You are My Cup of Tea apron" tutorial over at Ucreate. It is a challenge to find a pretty, unique, and functional gift for under $5, but I thought this apron could be just that. I used a kitchen towel I found at Target when it was on sale for around $3. If you are a sewer, I assume you already have some fabric scraps, heat & bond and some trims & pom-poms laying around... that is pretty much all you need to make this apron. Head over to see complete tutorial at Ucreate today!

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Pat Sloan: Show me YOUR quilt! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I am not one to sew complicated things late at night. .... after about 10pm it better be pretty darn easy because I don't want to make a design decision or do anything with great accuracy.  Thus was born the following project. 

pat sloan Scrap Happy 36square 1

My series called 'Scrap Happy Quilts' is ongoing (prior free patterns HERE).  

Earlier this year I went on 'THAT QUEST' to cut up my scraps.. i don't keep a lot of scraps so it was fairly quick going until I came to the messy fabric that needed ironing. let's just say those are still waiting.

I ...

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How to Shorten a Metal Zipper from Sew French

I found myself with a couple of spare minutes and am playing around with some of these Moda fabrics I have heard so many others blog about. Mochi Dot and Cotton and Steel are both a 70/30 cotton and linen blend. They are still fluid, like you think of linen, but in a firmer way. It is heavier that quilting cotton but not as heavy as a canvas. Somewhere in the middle, just a really nice-bodied fabric. Perfect for almost anything I can dream up. I am so happy to have a local fabric store that stocks all these ...

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December 11, 2014
Santa Baby: Ornament Tutorial from Sew Karen-ly Created...

I think I may have mentioned a time or two my love for all things Santa. A few years ago when my boys were young, I made these Santa ornaments as a bit of nonsense to hang on the tree.  Pictures of the boys were printed on inkjet fabric sheets and a little sheep's wool was added for the beard.They were a big hit and I ended up making quite a few as gifts for friends (with pictures of their own kids I mean, not mine!) All good fun.
I haven't made any for some years, but ...

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Pat Sloan: Day 5 of the 12 Days of Giveaways from Pat Sloan's Blog

Day 5 of my 12 days of Giveaways is ALL about my very favorite scissors.

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I have been on a quest the last few years to find light weight, smooth cutting, high quality, and very reasonably priced scissors. I have found my match made in Heaven with the Havel Company!!  

pat sloan day 5 of 12 days of giveaways havel scissors

If you have been in my workshops the last year or so, I've been passing and this pair of scissors and have converted almost everyone that has tried them. They are that awesome and amazing .... and... mmm.. is there another 'A+' word I can use? 

Well you just NEED ...

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Finished Baby Quilt + Tutorial from Diary of a Quilter

Sewing has been minimal lately. Life's been a little full (hello December!) but I did get the Stick-Shift baby quilt quilted and bound. It was nice to have some mindless straight-line quilting to work on when I had a minute to sit at the sewing machine. This quilt is made from Sweetwater's new Boathouse Collection for Moda. I used a Jolly Bar (collection of pre-cuts) from the Fat Quarter

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QUICK GIFT IDEA! from Kwilty Pleasures

Got 10 Minutes...Let's make a Table Runner
Make this with any fabric, for any season, for any reason
(baby's room, kitchen, dining room, patio table)

Gather two coordinating fabrics.
Backing piece is 18" x WOF (42")
Top piece is 12" x WOF (42")

Lay them right sides together
and down each side using 1/4" seam allowance
You will make a tube

Turn right sides out and press
Make sure the outer edges are the same size

Now fold the piece in half lengthwise
The backing piece is on the underside.
The top piece in on the ...

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Pat Sloan: Class Review AND Day 6 Giveaway from Pat Sloan's Blog

Day 6 of my 12 days of giveaways and a Craftsy class is my prize!  Today I have a review and giveaway of a class by my friend and awesome freemotion quilt expert Leah Day.  ALWAYS the #1 thing is that you want to do better,  is quilt your own quilt! Leah had joined me on my radio show each month in 2013, and we learned a lot. Her classes are awesome

Let's get to it! 

Pat sloan freemotion filler class review button

If you have ever seen Leah teach freemotion quilting, then you know she has a passion for sharing. Sharing that YOU CAN quilt ...

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December 10, 2014
Reversible Elastic Headband Tutorial from The Cloth Parcel

Cami has another fun and easy project for us today.  These don’t take much material and would be great for gifts.  Click here to see all of our Creative Team posts.

This is a great quick project to use up scraps.  These headbands are fun to give as gifts or just to keep unruly hair out of your own face.Reversible Elastic Headband Tutorial

-Scrap fabric
-Elastic 4-6 inches (I used foldable black elastic, but any elastic will work. The length of the elastic will depend on the size you are making and how tight you want the finished band to be ...

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Pat Sloan: Kerry Goulder, Jessica Alexandrakis, Susan Beal, and Jera Brandvig Chat with Pat from Pat Sloan's Blog

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American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast Susan Beal Dec 2014

I was hooked by the title, Hand-Stitched Home. That seems to embody what so many of us feel about making things for our family, friends, and our home.  Susan Beal is the author, and she writes at West Coast Crafty about all kinds of amazing topics. The fun thing about Susan's book is that it uses wool fabric in unique ways! 

American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast Kerry Goulder Dec 2014

Kerry Goulder like many of us, has sewn since she was little, starting with clothes for her dolls.  She has taken that ...

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Pat Sloan: 2015 FREE Mystery BOM Vacation Time - Supply List from Pat Sloan's Blog

Are you ready for some FUN in 2015? Join me for my FREE Mystery Block of the Month(BOM)! It's called VACATION TIME ... let me tell you how it works!

Pat Sloan Vacation Time asked me to design, write, make and host this FREE to YOU Block of Month. We did it in 2014, called Globetrotting, did you love that one?

This year the quilt is about the same size, and it's setting is different, but the concept is the same.

  • From Jan to Sept 2015 I'll give you the pattern for a block in the quilt.
  • October 2015 ...

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December 9, 2014
Pat Sloan: Bob Shaw, Virginia Lindsay, Sujata Shah and Nancy Mahoney Chat with Pat from Pat Sloan's Blog

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American Patchwork and Quilting Pocast Bob Shaw Dec 2014

Antique quilts are the core of our heritage. I am always drawn to them and follow (or stalk) the curators, dealers and authors who write about antique quilts. Bob Shaw is a noted scholar, curator, and lecturer who has written several comprehensive books about quilts, some new and some antique. Such as Art Quilts: A Celebration, The Art Quilt, Hawaiian Quilt Masterpieces and American Quilts: The Democratic Art. His newest book is upgraded version of the American Quilts book, which has been out of print. I'm ...

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