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Nadra Ridgeway of Ellis and Higgs shares on her blog how to make these pretty patio chair cushions. She was one of several talented sewers who participated in the Summer Blog Party 2015. I know it’s 2016, but this bears repeating, especially if you want to learn to quilt. If you have a little sewing experience, this project is the perfect segue to patchwork.
Take a look at one of the finished cushion tops, and count from the top left corner. One-two-three makes Row One, four-five-six makes Row Two and seven-eight-nine makes Row Three. The fabric ground is essentially ...read more
4. CLEAN laundry.
And to make things a little easier, Craftsy is giving you up to 60% off kits and supplies to try out this technique or just have fun. Get everything you need to make something that's for the holidays and from the heart. Go HERE to check it out!
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Double Gauze fabric is kind of new out there. It’s light, airy and perfect for swaddling babies in the summer.
This baby blanket tutorial with a video will show you how to do a double folded hem or binding….and there are pom poms on the edge!
Don’t be afraid of the pom poms. Use a zipper foot to help stitch them on, but I’m telling you they are worth the extra fuss.
So cute and a great way to dress up a simple baby blanket or even quilt.
Double Gauze – 45″
pom pom minis ...read more
Yes, it’s July. Yes, we’re featuring Christmas fabric in our new tutorial! Anything to take our minds off of the sweltering Missouri summer heat!
What would happen if the One Seam Flying Geese Quilt and the Easy Cathedral Window Quilt had a baby? It would look a lot like the Flying Geese Diamond Quilt… and it would be the cutest baby ever.
This gorgeous quilt combines fast-as-lightning flying geese construction with deceptively simple curves for a look that is as stunning as it is easy! Click on the button to watch the tutorial and get all the supplies ...read more
We have another basic quilt block tutorial for you today: the quarter-square triangle. This block takes the regular half-square triangle block one step further, to give you four triangles instead of two. This method also gives you two blocks at once, so it’s great for saving precious quilting time! To begin, you will need two […]read more
Today we will go over how to square up half square triangles.
This is not my favorite task to do for quilting. Squaring up half square triangles. blah. Really that’s how I feel.
For many years and many projects I ignored this step of squaring up.
I thought it didn’t matter and wouldn’t be a big deal to skip it.
Well- I was wrong.
After being told by many including my mother…. I have changed my ways and have found that squaring up your half square triangles is pretty important.
Like, really important.
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Cathy Perlmutter of Gefilte Quilt goes under the sea with three of her latest sewing projects. All employ raw edge applique on a denim ground. Notice she used buttons for octopus tentacles. Clever. All you need to get started is a thrift-from-your-own-closet denim piece of clothing, then choose the creatures you want to feature. There is a small fee for her applique book. From the product description,
This 12 page booklet, for only $3.00, offers 35+ simple sea life designs, suitable for cutting and appliqué. It includes octopuses. fish, whales, sharks, rays, and even seaweed.
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And the A-side.
And the A-side.
Book Signing and Demos
I will be holding my first official book signing and modern quilting technique demos at FabricSmart –a wonderful local quilt shop located at 5401 Gulfport Blvd S, Gulfport FL 33707. Phone: 727-914-8850.
The book signing will take place on Sunday, July 24th from 1 to 5 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., I’ll conduct two demos related to projects in my book– improvisational curved blocks and improvisational piecing.
Karen, the owner, will be providing refreshments and some special discounts on notions and fabrics. FabricSmart has many new modern fabrics in stock so please come ...read more
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50 light years from earth sits a white dwarf star with a core of pure diamond. Think of it! 10 billion trillion trillion carats, just floating around in outer space! (I’m suddenly feeling an inclination for space travel!) So beautiful, and yet, so out of reach! This new tutorial, however, features many diamonds that are easily accessible to even the least experienced quilter! This is one block that is as quick to make as it is pretty! It’s called Diamonds Squared and we know you’re just going to ...read more
The double fold hem is super simple. It’s great for finishing up baby blankets, double gauze blankets, napkins, bags…whatever!
The idea is to fold the hem twice to hide the raw edge. No raveling with wear. Gives a nice finished edge.
Double Fold Hem Video
Steps for the hem:
1- Fold the edge over 1/4″
2- Fold the edge over again another 1/4″
3- Stitch along the edge of the hem to secure
4- Corners— fold the corner point up, diagonally. Then fold the new edge 1/4″ and again 1/4″. The last fold should ...read more
All materials are mbCD's own.