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April 19, 2014
Pat Sloan: Sew Along Time Line - Never Enough Chocolate! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I'm making a Never Enough Chocolate with my new fabric line showing in May at the trade show (SNEAK PEEK HERE).. and I am going to make one with some scraps too! And since I don't like to sew alone... 

Pat Sloan Never Enough chocolate Sew Along multi

The Sew Along Time line!  (remember you can buy the pattern AND NOT sew along... but isn't it more fun to sew with friends?)

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April 18, 2014
Diamond Star Playtime Sew-Along - Step 5 from Through Rose-Colored Trifocals

Welcome back!!  My collection of stars is growing -- how about yours?  While I intended to just make these stars for step photographing purposes, I seem to be building a new quilt.  The PDF for this step is here.  And if you are just discovering the Sew-Along, Step 1 is here, Step 2 is here, Step 3 is here and Step 4 is here.  It's not too late to join the adventure! 
Today, I'm going to share two star variations that bring hexagons into the mix.  This first one is very simple to piece -- no set-in seams again! 
If ...

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Fruity O's finish it up Friday! from Sew Fresh Quilts


noun \ˌin(t)-spə-ˈrā-shən, -(ˌ)spi-\
: something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create

: a force or influence that inspires someone

: a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something

: a good idea

Definition found here.

This post is dedicated to inspiration.

Back during the first week of April....
I was inspired by the finished Kansas Dugout quilt made by Rita of Red Pepper Quilts.
And I jumped on the Kansas Dugout block band wagon.
You ...

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Diamond Star Playtime Sew-Along -- Step 4 -- Splitting Diamonds from Through Rose-Colored Trifocals

I hope you are enjoying the results of participating in this Sew-Along!  Some of you are being shy about posting pics to Flickr -- come on, it will be a good exercise to learn how to use that site!  And if you want to make a comment about any of the photos posted in the group, hover your cursor along the bottom edge of each picture and a little "bubble" symbol appears near the lower right corner.  Click on it and you can tell one another how cool their stars are!!

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April 17, 2014
How I bury SHORT threads... A 'How I do it Tutorial' from Red Letter Quilts

One of the blogs I enjoy following, Quilter in the Closet, has begun a new linkup for quilter's to share tips and tutorials. I love the concept and thought I would share her link and add a tip of my own!

The blog is written by Newbie Jen, and today her host-post is a tutorial titled 'How to bury threads' (when Free Motion Quilting). Her procedure is the same as my own. Reading it really made me smile though, recalling how much more time I used to spend doing this in the past, before I discovered self-threading needles! When ...

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HST X Block Tute: My March 2014 NYC MQG Bee Block from madebychrissied

March's NYC Mod Guild Queen Bee is Hayden and she sent this gorgeous pack of fabrics for us to make her large HST X Block.

If you'd like to have a go at making the block yourself here's my tutorial

Cut 9 - 5" x 5" squares in background fabric (shown white)

Cut 9 more 5" x 5" squares from 4 colours and in the combinations shown here (1/2/3/3) shown in the picture below.

Place one white square right side together with each of the coloured squares.

Chain stitch a scant 1/4" seam along ...

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Easter Egg pillow for Therm O Web from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends!

Just wanted to share with you a new tutorial I have available over at the Therm O Web blog for a Sew as you go – Easter Egg Pillow. This is a great scrap buster project and a fun non candy Easter treat that the Easter bunny can bring your kiddos!

Modern Handcraft - Sew as you go Easter Egg Pillow

This pillow was created with my favorite – Therm O Web Fusible Fleece and some beautiful Timeless Treasures fabrics: Ziggy Candy, Sketch Dot Candy, Mini Dot Candy & coordinating bright Soho Solids.

Click here for the full tutorial & enjoy some finished pics below!

Modern Handcraft - Sew as you go Easter Egg Pillow Modern Handcraft - Sew as you go Easter Egg Pillow Modern Handcraft - Sew as you go Easter Egg Pillow

Thanks for stopping by friends and I ...

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Freezer cinnamon rolls for a month from edeenut

I love to have food ready to eat. I don't enjoy cooking dinner everyday because there is so much to do anyway. Come dinner time I just don't feel like cooking every single night seven days a week. We don't eat out a lot and I like to feed my family healthy foods. So I cook or do the prep work maybe once or twice a week for the entire week. I use my deep freezer to its full capacity.
Desserts are the same as dinner for me, I love to eat them but don't like ...

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An Amy Butler Bed - It's A Dog's Life from madebychrissied

Last August I was asked to guest post a tutorial over at Sew Can She, eight months on it's time to share that tutorial with you here just in case you missed it first time round.  Enjoy :D

Hi everyone, I'm Chrissie of made by ChrissieD, having studied Art & Design and Textile Art back home in England I now find myself quilting, sewing and blogging alongside working at The City Quilter in Manhattan and I'm a member of the NYC Metro Mod Quilt Guild.

If you've ever read my blog you'll know that much of ...

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April 16, 2014
Pat Sloan: Sew Along - A Scrappy Version of Never Enough Chocolate! from Pat Sloan's Blog

I had several people ask if my pattern 'Never Enough Chocolate' can be done scrappy

Well yes it can!

Pat sloan never enough chocolate scrappy 1

There are many 5" squares and 2.5" squares

So if you have left over charm squares. Leftover jelly roll strips. Or have been cutting scraps to these 2 sizes you are ready to roll!  You will need an alternate fabric to set each block, I'd suggest one fabric if possible.. but scrappy that too if you are in the mood. The outside triangles are a bit bigger, but I bet you have some LARGE scraps.. right?

Pat sloan never enough chocolate scrappy 2

Let's audition ...

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Fun Flower Candle Mat from Quilting by the River

AccuQuilt Fun Flower Candle Mat at Freemotion by the River
Remember the cute little candles I got for my birthday.......well I decided I need a little candle mat for them so I pulled out a cute batik with little hexagons on it and my AccuQuilt Fun Flower die.
AccuQuilt Fun Flower die at Freemotion by the River
You will need the following:
  • 1 - 16 x 16 inch background fabric
  • 1 - fat quarter of a batik for the the flowers
  • Iron on fusible webbing - I used Heat n Bond Lite
  • 1 - 16 x 16 piece of batting - I used Warm & Natural
  • 1 - 16 x 16 backing fabric
  • 2 - 2 1/2 inch strips the width of fabric for binding ...

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EQ7 Photo Fun Hop and Giveaway from Sew Incredibly Crazy

Let's start with I LOVE
my EQ7!  I have designed most
of my quilts in it
and enjoy playing with it.
When Carol asked me to join in
the Photo Fun hop,
I of course jumped right in.
I started with a picture I had taken
of a primrose in my backyard.

I played with it a bit with
the generic photo shop on my computer
to change up the colors to be a little
Which ended looking like this...

I am going to make a pixel quilt
so it is easier to make the colors
a little ...

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April 15, 2014
Pat Sloan: Sew Along - Never Enough Chocolate! from Pat Sloan's Blog

Time for a fun Sew Along using My 'Never Enough Chocolate' pattern! 

Pat Sloan Never Enough chocolate Sew Along

Do you have a favorite fabric that you really want to use, but just haven't yet? Not the right project, not sure, can't bare the thought of cutting into it (oh yeah.. been there!)   

I would like to challenge you to use that fabric in my Never Enough Chocolate Sew Along! 

Pat Sloan Never enough Chocolate quilt variations

I have made my pattern in many fabrics and here are four of the versions!  You can see how different the quilt looks with different fabrics, yummy right?

Pat sloan never enough chocolate one for you option

It's not a Sew along unless ...

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Single Irish Chain Block Tute: My April 2014 NYC MQG Bee Block from madebychrissied

The final Bee Block of the Bee year and April's NYC Mod Guild Queen Bee is Maren and here's her fabric selection Treasure - Patience from the Wish Collection by Valori Wells for Free Spirit and a yummy raspberry pink solid, and she's chosen a Single Irish Chain block for us to make.

If you'd like to have a go at making the block yourself here's my photo tutorial

A Single Irish Chain Block

Cut 4 of 2.5" x 4.5" rectangles (shown floral)
4 of 2.5" x 8.5" rectangles (shown floral)
1 ...

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Pat Sloan: Thread Color Quick Tip from Pat Sloan's Blog

I'm putting a section in my next book on thread and was doing a photo shoot of my samples and thought you might like a Quick Tip!

Pat sloan thread color quick tip

I store my thread in these awesome containers and stack them on my shelf.  I got them at Amazon.  I have 6 shallow ones and 3 deep ones to hold LOTS Of thread!  yummy right? 

Romanoff 5" Stowaway® Letter Box Red

Pat sloan picking a color

For this aqua fabric I selected sevearl threads to try.  Pulling a single strand out I set all the spools to take a look at them.  I like seeing several threads ...

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Riley Blake Designs Union Jack Pajama Pant Tutorial from My Fabric Obsession

A friend of mine mentioned she would love to see Riley Blake's Union Jack panels made up into a pair of pajama pants with each leg being a different print. I thought it was brilliant, so Miranda, this tutorial is for you!

Let's get started!
I decided to start with the basic Red, White and Blue panel, but Riley Blake came out with the cutest Pink, Purple and Yellow panels as well. I'm sure I'll be making more of these jammies in every color! 
Before cutting into the fabric, I decided to add a little visual ...

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Ready to Make the Blocks from Alamosa Quilter

My scrap group meets again this week. We are not starting a new project this month so that we all have time to make more progress on what we started last month.

It took a long time, but I finally finished all 240 sets of three strips I need. Half of those need to have the star points added to them.

The above units now all have their star points so I'm ready to sew these into blocks on Wednesday.

Once I get the top finished I will update the tutorial I did for this project to include a ...

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Easter-y Spring-y Crafts from Southern Fabric

Here are some fun Spring time-Easter time crafts I ran across.
I love that they are fun for a beginner sewer, as in, something I can start teaching my daughter!
I found the first two via
Spring Chick by Patchwork Posse

{*photo credit here}
Cute, right?  YOu could even make these using Christmas fabric and make them into ornaments. Versitile crafting; I love it.

Next up,
Easter Bunny Plushie Pattern by Patchwork Posse
{photo credit here}
Now check this out, you can make these just cuting out one picg piece of fabric, or you can do it the ...

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April 14, 2014
Pat Sloan: Talks to Amy Friend, Carla Crim, Nancy Mahoney and Bec Mcallister from Pat Sloan's Blog

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

Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Amy Friend guest

Amy Friend and I meet during some Therm-o-webs design team chats. Many of the designs for Therm-o-web are paper and mixed media artists. So whenever a I have a chance to chat with another quilt person on the team I'm excited! Amy is a designer, one of the founders of the SeaCoast Modern Quilt Guild and involved with the 'To Boston with Love' banner exhibit.

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Post on To Boston with Love

Pat Sloan American Patchwork and Quilting radio Carla Crim guest

Carla Crim of the Scientific Seamstress ...

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