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January 28, 2015
Tutorial: Star Coasters from Craft Gossip

Star Coaster Tutorial

Rumi at 3PatchCrafts shares on her blog a tutorial that yields two quilted coasters. She explains her inspiration came from a quilt book by author Joy Lilly. This technique is similar to Stack N Whack.

Go to Star Coaster Tutorial.

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January 27, 2015
Taking the Kona Challenge from Sew Fresh Quilts

I am so excited!  Today my tutorial for this Flowering Table Runner is being featured on the Sew Sisters Quilt Shop blog! 

Flowering Table Runner - 12" x 58"

When offered the opportunity to take the Kona Club Challenge with Sew Sisters Quilt Shop, I was more than happy to oblige.  I do love me some solids.  And who can resist this pretty combination?

This was the April 2014 Kona Club bundle.  They sent me a fat quarter bundle of these luscious beauties: Carrot, Cactus, Buttercup and Eggshell.  Such fresh and spring like colours - they reminded me of flowers.  Spring colours ...

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A Day at The Beach–A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters and Quilt Lovers! Welcome to Tuesday–Free Motion Quilt tutorial day. The weather…oh the weather! Well let’s not think about it…Let’s have a day At the Beach! Today is the third in a series of Seashells.  We started … Continue reading 

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Hanging Towel Tutorial from Fort Worth Fabric Studio

Hello!  I'm Heather from Quilts Actually, and I will be sharing a tutorial to make a hanging towel for your oven handle.  If your kitchen is anything like mine, the towels tend to migrate from around the room and it is nice to be able to always have at least one that isn't going anywhere.

This project is a great way to use up your favorite scraps or to introduce the holidays into your kitchen by using seasonal fabric.  It is also quick.  You can complete this project in less than an hour!

Equipment Required: Rotary cutter and ...

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Scrappy Pillow from Southern Fabric

I have have made a whole slew of things for my boys bedroom from quilts to pillowcases to floor pillows to wall hanging so I had lots and lots of little scraps left over.  I had strips from Jelly Rolls, I had little charm pieces and I  had a few left over 10" by 10" Layer Cake pieces so I decided to cut it up and make them a decorative pillow.  We used Reunion by Sweetwater but sad to say this line came out years ago and it very hard to find now.  However, Sweetwater recently came out with another ...

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Playing with Colours from Thread Head

I wanted to call this post 'How I Dye', but it didn't sound right (my children think it is hilarious when I announce that 'I am off to dye').
This post had been in the works for a while, I just don't take the time to blog much anymore - too many other things to do and life is short.
My free motion quilting class filled up, and was so much fun for me!! Usually I teach the class as a one or two day workshop, so it was wonderful for me to see how everyone improved over the ...

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January 26, 2015
Pat Sloan: Free pattern from APQ Magazine and the Editors chat! from Pat Sloan's Blog

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All NEW Podcast from the American Patchwork and Quilting editors! 

Pink stars

This is one of my favorite quilts at the magazine's website done is soft pinks called Spun Sugar designed by my friends Sarah Maxwell & Dolores Smith of Homestead Hearth!

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Modern Block Monday - Leggings Block from Quilt Matters

The moment I saw Elizabeth Hartman's Knee Socks block, I was smitten. It's a block that finishes at 24" though, a little too large to be asking my OMQG Bee mates this month. I decided to do a cross between her Knee Socks block and the blocks I'll be making for this Fibonacci Flow design.

I give you...Leggings. ;)

It's a 12" finished block, fun for stash picking. I couldn't rightfully say stash busting because it just doesn't use all that many scraps, but it is fun.

Wanna make one yourself?

Cutting Directions:

Background ...

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Patchwork Heart Mug Rug Tutorial from Lori H Designs

This is super easy to put together.  But I thought I would write it out just in case anyone wanted to give it a try!

You will need:
106 - 1" squares in low volume prints
 74  - 1" squares in various pink/red prints
12" x 8" piece of batting
12" x 8" piece of backing
Minimum of 50" of binding

Helpful Hints:
1. I starched all fabrics before I started cutting.
2. Make your 1/4" seam as consistent as possible!  There's not extra wiggle room in this project.
3. I sewed mine together in four different quadrants before ...

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January 25, 2015
How to make a Two-Sided Magnetic (Fabric) Pin Cushion - Tutorial from Ella and Nesta's Little Room

Magnetic pin cushions are really handy for keeping your pins in one place, the only problem is... they're not made of fabric! Traditional pin cushions are very useful when you have to take a pin without looking (because you're busy working on your quilt...) and you don't want to hurt yourself!
So how about a Two-Sided Magnetic (Fabric) Pin Cushion? On one side of the pin cushion a magnet keeps your pins in place, on the other side you can insert your pins when you need too.

Here is what you need to make a Two-Sided Magnetic ...

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Snow Dyeing with Rubber Band Resist Tutorial from StegArt

I've finally prepared a tutorial for you on how I do my snow dyed fabrics. I did not invent this fun way of dyeing. Many many other fabric dyers have done this before me and for some reason I am just this year jumping on board with this fun technique.

There are many ways you can approach snow dyeing and this is just how I have found that I most enjoy doing it. The fabric can be manipulated many different ways to achieve a wide range of results.

Please note: I do not go into the basics of working ...

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Portable Block Design Board Tutorial from The Quilting Queen Blog

I've been making a few of these Portable Block Design Boards.  I just love them and thought you might like them too.  They are really pretty easy and oh so handy to have.  I can't believe I've pieced thousands of blocks without them.

I first learned of these cute, handy dandy boards when I was reading Lori Holt's blog Bee In My Bonnet.  She has a tutorial for them as well but her method is completely different than mine.  Lori uses hot glue and I'm not a huge fan of hot glue.  I always burn ...

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Tea Time Quilt from Monas Creativity

Tea Time Quilt in the snow at Vegglifjell, Norway.
Fabrics used was Christmas Play and Chinese Fan from Panduro Hobby, Kona Snow (for sashing) and some scraps. The pre-cut fabric was very inaccurately cut, so I had to trim them down to 4,5" before piecing. Blocks are  the traditional 9-patch blocks. Quilted in the ditch on my Bernina Aurora sewing machine. Sizee of quilt is 50 times 80 inches.
Here is a small tutorial on the very versatile 9-patch block. 
Sew together 9 4,5" blocks. To get the pattern in this quilt, place dark red (small squares) in ...

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Island Batik - Sock Hop and Twin Baby Quilts from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to Sew Fresh Quilts!  My name is Lorna and I so excited to be taking part in the Island Batik - Sock Hop Blog Hop. 

Each participant has featured their choice of Island Batiks new fabric collections in a Classic Block.

To make my project, I had the pleasure of using these new batiks from the Cry Me A River collection from Island Batik.  Aren't they dreamy? 

This collection has a beautiful variety of colours and prints.
I love the tear drops.  And these sea turtles?  Adorable!!

Once I had settled on the Stepping Stones quilt block as my ...

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Let's Bee Social #56 from Sew Fresh Quilts

What a whirlwind!  What a fabulous way to begin the new year!
Things are getting really busy around here this month!

Sew Fresh Quilts

I am overwhelmed and delighted with the positive response to the suggestion of hosting the Elephant Parade quilt along.  Your kind comments have all been greatly appreciated!  I am so excited and looking forward to the arrival of February 1st!
I've been working hard at preparing all the instructions for the Elephant Parade quilt along.  And have added an Elephant Parade page to the Sew Fresh Quilts blog.  The tab is just under the header at the top ...

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January 23, 2015
Pat Sloan: Handwork, do you do it? from Pat Sloan's Blog

I've decided I really want to take a handwork project with me to Florida. I love how wonderful it feels to sit and stitch. 

pat sloan thimbles

This Thimble wreath project has been hanging around waiting it's turn. 

pat sloan thimbles background fabric 1

I've actually DONE a whole bunch of them. This chocolate with the aqua dots makes my heart swoon, what is it about dots?

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So my bag is packed and ready to take along 

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Here is what they look like. I'm using my fabrics and scraps in this aqua and orange colors.  My plan is for a bed quilt, because ...well... why ...

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Friday Finds from Stitchin' Therapy

   From this week's pins. Please visit these blogs to see the complete post and details.  I am sure they would love some company!

From Chasing Cottons
 Pop Flower Coasters......a little smaller version of a mug rug..... I found this at Chasing Cottons blog.  She has a good tutorial for construction and the pattern pieces are there too.   I love the op-art style flowers---they remind me of the 60's style art.  Wouldn't they be cute for a border, on a tote bag, or even for a table runner?

must try this technique: A Guide to Board Basting | RIght Sides Together
From Right Sides Together blog

  I have not ...

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Tutorial: Hexagon cuff bracelet from Craft Gossip

Hexagon bracelet

Rebecca of Hugs are Fun took a few fabric scraps and whipped up this adorable hexie bracelet. This would be a great project to do as a group activity. It’s simple enough for beginning sewers plus the paper piecing can all be done by hand (no sewing machine required). Pick your fabrics according to the occasion, season or holiday. Valentine’s Day is soon approaching, but you have plenty of time to create a hexagon cuff or two.

Get the tutorial, Hexagon Cuff Bracelet, at Hugs are Fun.

{Image credit: Hugs are Fun}

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January 22, 2015
Pat Sloan: Tutorial Flying Geese Sew and Flip from Pat Sloan's Blog

I want to show you how to make flying geese one at a time with a super simple and effective sew and flip method. You will make perfect geese every time!

Also I want to give you the Flying geese one at a time 'formula'.

  • Rectangle = finished size of the unit + 1/2".  
  • Squares = half of the finished size of the unit + 1/2".

Here are some examples

A 2" x 4" finished Flying Geese unit has a

  • Cut 1 rectangle 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
  • Cut 2 squares 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"

 A 3 ...

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fabric bookmarks {a tutorial} from Sotak Handmade

I love books. Regular, old fashioned, paper books. I love the way they feel, and smell, I love turning the pages and getting lost in a good story. I also love craft books, and cookbooks, and of course any sewing/ quilting books as well. Which means I usually read quite a few books at a time but somehow I never have any proper bookmarks on hand.

Here are some of the things I used as bookmarks over the last few weeks - tissues (at least they were clean), coasters, old candy wrappers (yeah, I can get very classy), envelopes, and I ...

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