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August 25, 2016
Benartex Back To School 2016 Blog Hop & Giveaway from madebychrissied

Welcome to Day 1 of the Benartex Back To School Blog Hop 2016.

Simply Chic Fabric for the pencil case and satchel along with the FQ bundle giveaway is supplied by Benartex for the purposes of the blog hop and at no cost to mbCD, all other materials are my own.  In all other respects, this post is for informational purposes only and no payment or commission is received on click-throughs to links shared.

If you haven't visited Benartex's Sew in Love {with Fabric} blog yet today then let me introduce you to the Simply Chic ...

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How to finish the quilt - The Self binding method from A Beautiful Day - O Zi Frumoasa

I decided to try different methods for finishing the quilts.  Until now, the only way I did this was sewing a folded in half strip of fabric around the outside of the quilt. This time, I used the one known as the self-binding method. Here are the steps I followed finishing my recent Forever Together quilt: The quilt had the backing and batting wider than the top. 1. After I quilted

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Tutorial: Four Patch Coasters with Faux Binding from Craft Gossip

FourPatchCoastersFauxBinding_CraftyStaciAre you Group 1 or 2? Staci of Craft Staci shares on her blog how to make these fun 4-patch coasters with a nod to Group 2. Of her project she explains,

They’re easy to make and, as I mentioned, avoid real binding completely, while still retaining some of that look.  I’m all about cheating when it comes to sewing and retaining my sanity.

Well said. And the binding on her coasters do look P-E-R-F-E-C-T.

Click to get the tutorial.

Four Patch Drink Coasters with Faux Binding, by Staci

{Image credit: Crafty Staci}

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Beyond Stippling-Five Tips for Better Quiltmaking from The Inbox jaunt

  Good Morning, Quilters! Thank you so much for your thoughtful responses to yesterday’s post, How to Ruin Your Quilt with Stippling.  It was  meant to be provocative.  I want to nudge everyone to spend a little more time thinking … Continue reading

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Reusable Lunch Bags – A Tutorial from Needle and Foot

I am all about reusing and recycling.  We try to minimize our garbage by recycling everything, composting all that we can and feeding many of our kitchen scraps to our chickens. As for single use plastic (e.g. zip lok bags), I really try to avoid them and when I do use them, I wash them and re-use them again and again because plastic just doesn’t break down or biodegrade. To that end, we have been using reusable bags for packing school and work lunches for the past several years. At this point they are looking pretty grungy.  As ...

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A New Laptop Case For Moriarty from madebychrissied

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Flicky flies back to Scotland on Friday to start her fourth and final year at The University of St Andrews.

St Andrews photo by

Those who have been following my blog since I started writing it four and a half years ago will no doubt be wondering just as I am, where did the time go?  

I snapped this pic of her when we were having coffee earlier this week - it goes without saying that I will miss her terribly.

Before she went to uni, Flicky was a regular model of my wares on the blog and together we followed her uni application, graduation ...

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No-Sew Blanket Tutorial from knot what it seams

I know, I know. This is quilt blog, and the last post didn’t actually have any thing to do with quilts. Or any craft really. Today shall be different! It’s not really about a quilt either, but it’s a blanket, so that counts. A dear friend of mine makes no-sew blankets (she even has a couple up on the Etsy store) and she has been commissioned to make another – so exciting!


There is a dilemma.

She has seriously hurt her back and  making the blanket is a bit beyond her right now. Very, very nicely she ...

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August 24, 2016
DIY Pregnancy Pillow Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, AGF Aficionados!

I’m here to share with you how I made my new favorite thing ever: this super comfy DIY Pregnancy Pillow!  Now that I’m clocking in at 7 months pregnant it’s become tougher to get a comfortable night’s sleep and even the simple act of actually tossing and turning is a bit of a challenge.  I decided to trade up my shifting multitude of pillows for an actual pregnancy pillow, but the price… yikes!  Thank goodness for our sewing machines!  This is a great DIY project for expectant mamas & for the crafty people in ...

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How to Ruin a Quilt with Stippling from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Last week, I outlined Six Ways to Ruin Your Quilt with Quilting.  For the next six weeks we will tackle the factors that lead to our overall FEAR of machine quilting.  By mid-October, YOU should be a FEARLESS machine … Continue reading

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August 23, 2016
Spring Bloom Block Tutorial from Canuck Quilter

After I posted pictures the spring blooms quilt I made last spring, I received a lot of requests for a block tutorial.  It's been slow coming, but here it is!

Fabric and Cutting

For a single 10" block you will need:

      4 - 4" squares assorted scraps (A) (I used different prints of one color)
      4 - 2" squares background (B)
      4 -  2" x 4"  background (C)
      4 - 2" x 5 1/2" background (D)
      4 - 2" squares green (E)

I made my flowers from scraps,  but I used just one fabric for all my block backgrounds to make the blooms ...

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DIY Fabric Mood Necklace Tutorial from Late Night Quilter

I love these necklaces so much!  Once you’ve gathered your materials, they only take about 10 minutes to complete.

In fact, they’re so easy, you can change the fabric to suit your mood each day! They kind of remind me of those old mood rings we all used to have…. today my mood is Scrumptious.  But tomorrow, it might be Blueberry Park.


A jewelry setting (see below) and chain

A scrap of fabric that’s about 1/2″ bigger than your setting, on all sides

A scrap of batting that is cut to the shape of the ...

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Water and Ice-A Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Welcome to all our new followers from The Quilt Show, Pinterest, Facebook and more.  There has been a lot of interest in the Ruining Quilts post.  It is clear–we all have some fears associated with machine quilting. Fear … Continue reading

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Triangles Mini Quilt Tutorial + Hop from Craft Gossip

RainbowTrianglesMiniQuiltTutorial_CraftyMummyA calm border surrounds a livelier interior of bright triangles in this mini quilt made by Tonya Grant, of the The Crafty Mummy. She’s one of 13 participants making a mini quilt, then sharing how to make it, as part of the Marti Michell Mini Quilt Blog Hop. This event is just getting started, so be sure and check it out.

Click below to get the tutorial:

Rainbow Triangles Mini Quilt Tutorial, by Tonya Grant

{Image credit: The Crafty Mummy}



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August 20, 2016
Tutorial Block with Inset Triangle from Essie's Quilts

Hier een kleine "tutorial", deze is voor iedereen die meedoet aan de Sterren Blok van de Maand.
Het is makkelijker om via foto's te laten zien hoe we het blokje maken met "het hapje eruit" dan om het te beschrijven.
De werkwijze die ik hier laat zien is het patchen met de hand maar dit kan ook eenvoudig aangepast worden naar patchen met de machine.

Here is a small tutorial for all who are participating in the Stars Block of the Month.
Through these pictures I will show you how to make the blocks with the inset triangles.
The ...

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How I label my quilts from Canuck Quilter

I've been asked recently how I label my quilts.

Answer #1:  Label my quilts?  Oops!  I missed that step on the last few, and more before that...

That earned me a lecture.

Answer#2:  When I do remember to label, I use a square of muslin folded into a triangle sewed into the back corner of the binding.

That answer earned a blank stare, so I thought I'd share a short tutorial.  I don't claim to have come up with this method. I've seen it in various places and I don't remember where I saw ...

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August 19, 2016
Making a Block Keeper from Joy of Quilting

A few people have been asking how to make my Block Keeper.  So I thought I should repost a link to my Video Tutorial.
First some pictures of said Block Keeper.

Sew - here is my Quick and Easy Block Keeper Video Tutorial

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Smock Apron Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

After trying a few different kinds of aprons, I have found that I love the smock apron!  This apron will hang on your shoulders, cover your tops and with two large pockets you can pack around anything!

This summer was the first summer in the new home that has fruit trees.  It’s been quite a few years since I’ve had fruit trees… I have forgotten how crazy it gets with canning!

bottling jars 1

There is more fruit than meets the eye!

Of course this would mean that I needed a new apron.  The ones I have just weren’t cutting ...

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New Friday Tutorial: The Super Easy Hourglass Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Make an Hourglass Quilt the Super Easy way with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

For many Olympians, it’s all about speed, and the difference between last place and gold can be a matter of mere hundredths of a second! If speed-quilting were an Olympic event, surely the gold medal would go to Jenny and her Super Easy Hourglass quilt. This block can be constructed at lightning speed, and it’s so darn cute!

Make an Hourglass Quilt the Super Easy way with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

Click on the button to watch the YouTube video tutorial and get everything you need to make your very Hourglass Quilt, the Super Easy Way!

Watch the latest Quilting Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co with Jenny Doan!

Make an Hourglass Quilt the Super Easy way with Jenny Doan of MSQC!

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August 18, 2016
A Cup Coaster Or Two. Or Twelve. from knot what it seams

A little while ago I made a table runner with this beautiful fabric I had gotten from Textile Traders. It was the kind of material that couldn’t just be anything, it had to be something super special (the material’s sparkly, what can I say?). While I was at a quilting camp a couple of months ago I was staring at this material, wondering what I could make to fully capitalise the potential of this shimmery fabric. A couple of the other lady’s came up and it was soon decided that a table runner would be the best ...

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Cider Sleeve {Tutorial} from Samelia's Mum

Apple Cider... it's one of those delightfully bubbly drinks which bring forth visions of long, lazy summer afternoons.

What does every cider bottle need? Well a Cider Sleeve, of course!

I created these fun little Cider Sleeves with the cutest fabric. It's called Apple Farm by designer, Elea Lutz for Penny Rose Fabrics

Download the pattern and create your own Cider Sleeves... one for yourself and one for each of your apple cider loving friends.

My FREE Cider Sleeve pattern includes the basic template, instructions and step by step photos.

If you do create a Cider Sleeve, I ...

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