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August 2, 2020
Adjustable Face Mask in 3 Easy Steps from Mulberry Patch Quilts

So after making so many, many face masks to donate to clinics, friends, and family, you quickly realize that one size does NOT fit all. Not only are there different size heads, but even the distance from the mask to the ears is different from one person to another.

After doing some experimenting, I’ve come up with a way to make a face mask adjustable by adding 3 easy steps.

START WITH MY INSTRUCTIONS for making a rectangular, pleated style mask HERE, from my previous blog post.

To make this pattern adjustable, you’ll need two lengths of 1 ...

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August 1, 2020
August's Block Grandma's Attic BOM from Quilt Doodle Doodles...


Happy August! This month's block features flying geese. Flying Geese are one of my favorite quilt blocks to make. You can make your blocks using all the same fabric or you can switch it up and make it scrappy. It's totally up to you! I've named this month's block, Fly Away Home. 

After you download the this month's pattern and cut out all of your block pieces, it's time to start stitching your Fly Away Home blocks.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of B squares.
With right sides together, align 1 B ...

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August's Block Grandma's Attic BOM from Quilt Doodle Doodles


Happy August! This month's block features flying geese. Flying Geese are one of my favorite quilt blocks to make. You can make your blocks using all the same fabric or you can switch it up and make it scrappy. It's totally up to you! I've named this month's block, Fly Away Home. 

After you download the this month's pattern and cut out all of your block pieces, it's time to start stitching your Fly Away Home blocks.
Draw a diagonal line on the back of B squares.
With right sides together, align 1 B ...

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July 21, 2020
DISAPPEARING ACT from That's Sew Kerry



Disappearing Nine Patch 




Disappearing Nine Patch Tutorial


These blocks work really well if there is a contrast in the colours and fabrics you choose, ideally you want to have light, medium and dark fabrics. It's ok if you don't though as it's perfect for scrap busting.


Cutting:


Square size can vary depending on the size of block and/or finished quilt you want - as long as all squares are the same size it doesn't matter. For the purpose of this tutorial, I used a couple of charm packs so my squares are 5 inches.

Cut 9 ...

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July 17, 2020
Primitive Sunflower Tutorial and a bit about Craftsy from "...laugh yourself into *Stitches*, follow me..." ~Shakespeare~

Back in 2016...seems like yesterday...i posted a free tutorial 'how to Make Primitive Sunflowers' on Craftsy.  Remember Craftsy? 

If you remember...Craftsy was taken over by the new and 'improved' (or so they inferred) Bluprint owned by NBC Universal. 

Many of the Craftsy community was not impressed and if you had a Craftsy Pattern Store it was a wonderful place to share free downloads and sell patterns, but unfortunately not the case with Bluprint.

Once Bluprint took over, i received notice that most of the content in my Craftsy Pattern Store was going away...and to top if ...

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July 15, 2020
Quilt Designer Shop Hop from Patchwork Posse

I’m super excited to be playing along with the Quilt Designer Shop Hop!! There are some incredibly talented designers also participating that you’ll not want to miss!!

This quick quilt along features 10 blocks and 12 different layouts!

Can’t wait for them to be announced and shown off. This is how it works. Each designer has put together a quilt block. Each designer has also put together a quilt top that uses their one quilt block. In addition to that, there will be some designs that will use all 10 blocks (plus a few in some cases ...

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Quilt Designer Shop Hop from Patchwork Posse

I’m super excited to be playing along with the Quilt Designer Shop Hop!! There are some incredibly talented designers also participating that you’ll not want to miss!!

This quick quilt along features 10 blocks and 12 different layouts!

Can’t wait for them to be announced and shown off. This is how it works. Each designer has put together a quilt block. Each designer has also put together a quilt top that uses their one quilt block. In addition to that, there will be some designs that will use all 10 blocks (plus a few in some cases ...

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July 8, 2020
Masked Hexagons, Part II: A English Paper Piecing Variation from Gefilte Quilt

Help!

I'm going nuts making masks! 

These are a few of my new masked hexagons, made from the scraps of face masks I've been sewing since March. In my last installment, here, I described how I made these hexies, using conventional English Paper Piecing techniques. At the time, I had only made about 35 hexagons. 

Since then, I've made many more masks to donate - I'm closing in on 1,000 masks - and about 40 more masked hexagons. So here's the finished quilt, with a total of 73 masked hexagons, all socially distanced. My free, revised ...

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July 7, 2020
Quilted Hat Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, my fellow makers,

Today I want to take you on my journey of making a quilted hat. Like most of my design stories, it started with scrolling over Pinterest and Instagram. For some reason, I was always drawn to the images of summery and beautiful hats with big brims. When the soft and feminine Rosewood collection came out, I decided to look for a bucket hat tutorial and jump into the adventure. I realized that I could just use my love for improv piecing and the Dresden technique to replace the small brim of the tutorial for a big ...

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July 3, 2020
Template for Lily The Dragon from Quilt Art by Olena Pugachova

Several people have asked me for a pattern for Lily the Dragon quilt and I replied that it is an improvisational technique that does not require a pattern per se. However, I decided I can share the outline, let's call it a template, which can be a starting point for anybody who wants to make their own dragon, so here you go.



You can find a lot of tutorials on the "ticker-tape technique" online, I can recommend one by Ruth from Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner as I learned this technique in her workshop. I'll just quickly ...

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Masked Hexagons, Socially Distanced: An English Paper Pieced Mystery Scrap Quilt from Gefilte Quilt

If you are one of the thousands of quilters giving time and fabric to make lifesaving masks, thank you. For me, making masks is not only a good deed, but a powerful way to reduce anxiety in a tragic  time. 


You may also be putting mask scraps aside, to someday make a  quilt. Here’s one idea that you can work on as you continue to make masks: 


And here's what it would have looked like on white:

It's not finished - it's just a top - because as I continue to make masks, I will grow it. The ...

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June 30, 2020
New Events added to BOTM post… from Seams To Be Sew

Hi Everyone, it’s been a really interesting year thus far in 2020. Things happening that I never imagined in my lifetime are happening and it brings not only great sadness but depression to many people affected by what is happening in the world today. It makes it hard to get things done but the one thing we all have in common is sewing and quilting. So, let’s pick ourselves up and start a new project. Smile even when you don’t feel like doing so, say hi, and pray for peace in the world again. June was a ...

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June 16, 2020
Curl Center Rose from Shawkl

Way back in 2014 there was a post shared about a couple of stemmed roses that I had stitched in Silk Ribbon and perle cotton. Here is the Link.

Well I've been playing with that rose idea again, and thought you might like a little tutorial as I progressed through the stitching. This little variety is only about 2-inches tall from ground to tip; a perfect little motif size for any block. But, to enlarge just use 13mm ribbon and longer straight stitches and/or add more "rounds" of petals.

Kathy's Curl Center Rose

First off, I should ...

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June 14, 2020
Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial from Red Pepper Quilts

Work in Progress

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

My first machine pieced quilt for the year! It's been so long since I switched on the trusty Juki but having plenty of home time and a significant fabric stash meant there was no excuse for lounging around. Although I did plenty of that too. 

Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020
Scrappy Cross Quilt and Tutorial | © Red Pepper Quilts 2020

Scrap quilts are my favorite, especially simple designs pieced from small patches of fabric. I have a shoe box full of 2 inch squares that I add to regularly. Whenever I cut fabric for a quilt and have a small scrap of fabric leftover, I cut that piece into 2 inch ...

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June 12, 2020
Starting a Dresden Bloom Quilt Top from Jan's Quilts


All the prep is done for making a Dresden Bloom Quilt Top, inspired by Jenny at Missouri Star.  I'm just waiting for the Large Dresden Template Ruler that I ordered from them.  Because of the pandemic, shipping is s-l-o-w, all over.  The fabric I'm using is a Jelly Roll of Well Said by Sandy Gervais for Moda.

I've already modified the tutorial, nothing drastic!  The tute calls for the white strips to be 2, 3, 4, and 5 inches.  I decided on 2.5, 3, 4, and 4.5 inches, it's the little things.  I'm ...

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TUTORIAL: Star Kissed Big Block Baby Quilt from Wedding Dress Blue

When a single block is 28″, it is easy to turn it into a baby quilt, wall hanging or table topper.

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BIG BLOCK BABY
Finished size: 36-1/2″ x  36-1/2″

MATERIALS

ONE Size Large (based on 2-1/2″ squares) Star Kissed Block.  It will measure 28-1/2″. You can find all directions HERE.

64 2-1/2″ scrappy squares
1/4 yard background fabric (NOTE:  I matched the background to the star block itself, but it is OK to use a scrappy background as long as it is very similar value.  Otherwise, the star won’t shine as bright)
1-1 ...

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June 7, 2020
A few face masks from Quilt in Progress

I had sewn some face masks for my mom and my brother. Brother wanted a single closure, so I did 3/8″ inch elastic around the base of his head, and he says it’s perfect. For my mom I cut the ultra soft elastic off of disposable masks so she would have the ultra soft. Today I decided to sew a few for a daughter-in-law and a couple more for me.

[The finished product.]

I know everyone has their own patterns or tutorials on how to make a mask, but I thought I’d add a very small one ...

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May 28, 2020
Going Around in Circles from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last week, Kara share a tutorial for appliquéing tiny circles. It seems that we appliqué artists never run out of circles to stitch in our designs, so I (Teri) thought we might look at a few other methods, and focus on one of my favorites.

Circles, like the soul, are neverending and turn round and round without a stop. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


As Kara noted last week, when we taught this first class a few years ago, this block (an Elly Sienkiewicz design) needed some small berries. In my version of the block, I made the berries in three different ...

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May 26, 2020
Surgical Caps for Kids {Photo Heavy} from Alamosa Quilter

What you will need:

Fabric and the pattern, download it here, you will need to scroll down a bit. Below the header image is a link to download the pattern for the surgical cap. 5/8 yard of fabric will make four caps but you can also use scraps. The pieces don't have to all be from the same fabric.

Be sure your printer settings are correct: no scaling, print at 100%, uncheck the "fit to page" box if it is checked. If you have problems printing the pattern and want me to mail you a printed copy send ...

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May 24, 2020
Hands2Help 2020 - Our Final Guest Blogger! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

I hope you are all having a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!  Please keep social distancing in mind while you are celebrating this weekend and stay safe - but I hope, like me, you are enjoying lots of beautiful weather, grilling and family time.

Today we are welcoming our final guest blogger, Kathy Bruckman. You may already be familiar with her blog, Kathy's Kwilts and More - always a fun place to visit!  Kathy loves blog hops and sharing her creations - and today, despite being in the middle of a remodel at her house, she has a tutorial for ...

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