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November 24, 2015
How to make a Non-Slip Sewing Machine Mat from On the Windy Side

I just realised that I wrote this tutorial for Leanne from shecanquilt but never shared it here.  So, here you go!

I came up with this idea after I got annoyed with my sewing machine sliding around on the table, especially when I was sewing quickly or free-motion quilting.  It makes such a difference to have a sewing machine that stays where you want it to!  It also adds a lovely personalised touch to your sewing space.

Non-Slip Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

What you will need:

- feature fabric
- low loft cotton batting
- backing fabric
- non-slip matting
- fabric for binding
- basting pins (curved safety pins)
- sewing ...

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Evergreen-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! If it weren’t for the Evergreens, Minnesota’s landscape would be pretty bleak by now… So let’s celebrate their faithfulness with a Tuesday Tutorial! These motifs are Easy and have Modern flair–but don’t hesitate to use them on … Continue reading

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November 23, 2015
Donut Decorations: Tutorial + Pattern {Handmade Christmas} from Samelia's Mum

Gather some felt, beads and matching cotton thread to create these 100% fat-free donut decorations.

Donut Decorations by Anorina Morris (

Download and print the full pattern by clicking through the link, which I’ve shared at the end of this post.

Honestly, just like the real thing, you can’t stop at just one. After making the first one one, I couldn’t stop and made more and more… and will probably make a few more… to gift, or to keep… either, or!


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How I Fund My Hobby {as a Stay at Home Mom} #longarmfund #fabricaddict from Sew at Home Mummy

how to fund your hobby without working outside the home | tips and tricks on making money for crafting quilting sewing from a stay at home mom | Sew at Home Mummy

For a long time I've been meaning to write a series of posts on how I manage to fund my fabric and thread stash as a stay-at-home mom and as a single income family. I decided to put it all into one big whopping post. Stick with me - it's worth the read. Note that I've included affiliate and referral links for your reference and convenience.

And now, I have the dream of owning my own longarm quilting machine. I keep entering to win one, but alas, nothing yet. And I'm pretty sure longarm companies don't ...

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Intrepid Thread Challenge and a Store Update from Alamosa Quilter

A little while ago I signed up for The Intrepid Thread Challenge (#intrepidthreadchallenge on Instagram). The deal was that the first so many folks to sign up would receive a mini charm pack of Modern Backgrounds - Paper plus a fat eighth and a fat quarter of two other prints. Below is what I received.

We were to make anything we wanted using the above and post it to Instagram, tagged appropriately, before the deadline, which I think is December 31st. I decided that with my new venture I needed to have this done by Thanksgiving. I've already posted my ...

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November 22, 2015
Festive Pot Holders {Tutorial : Handmade Christmas} from Samelia's Mum

I’m sharing a fun little tutorial today, on how to make these festive little pot holders. They’re perfect to use in your kitchen, or to make and gift to friends and family this coming Christmas.

Anorina Pattern - Christmas Oven Mits

To make these pot holders, you will need to gather some of your favourite festive print fabrics. I used the Xmas Basics range which is a fun contemporary range, available at Spotlight Stores.

Save and print the full pattern by following the link which I have included at the end of this post.

Please read the full pattern before commencing. All seams are ...

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November 21, 2015
Desert Path Table Runner from Quilting by the River

Desert Path Table Runner Tutorial
Last week.....before I got sick, I made a beautiful batik table runner and liked it so much....I had to make another one! I'm still not sure which one I like the best.
Desert Path Table Runners
The beautiful batiks I used for the table runners are from Island Batik's new Fall collection called Desert Rose.
Desert Rose from Island Batik
This table runner is made from an assortment of fabrics in the group while the other runner was made using the same fabric for the Drunkard's Path blocks and the plain blocks.
Desert Path Table Runner made with assorted batiks
This table runner is very easy to make ...

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November 20, 2015
More Mini Quilts Swaps PLUS Download My Free Swap Lables from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

The Mini Quilt Swaps Adventures Continue:


After a wonderful experience with the Halloween Quilt Swap, I decided to join another one. I searched and searched, and found that Schnitzel and Boo was accepting entries, I signed up immediately! Not receiving an email confirming the entry, I thought maybe my phone had made some sort of error. Not wanting to miss the opportunity to do the mini quilt swap again, I filled out another entry form. It was then when I read the message…”Your entry has been counted, please do not enter again.” OH NO!!!…

I must admit, I wasn ...

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Creeper Ornament from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

minecraft creeper ornament tutorial

I've been wanting to make a Minecraft something for my boys and, with Christmas quickly approaching, and ornament seemed like a good idea. It's larger than I like my ornaments to be, but it's as small as I could go and still piece the little squares. They finish at a half inch. 

If you decide to try this, be warned that the pieces are tiny and there are a lot of them. But, unlike the Dutchman's Puzzle ornament, there aren't half square triangles. That makes it sound almost easy!) I tend to singe my fingertips ...

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New Friday Tutorial: The Andes Quilt Featuring Guest Quilter and Fabric Designer Mary Fons from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Make the Andes Quilt with Jenny Doan and Mary Fons! Free Tutorial!

This quilt features the brand new fabric line created by Mary herself, called Small Wonders for Springs Creative and it is filled with what Mary calls “irresistible small scale prints” perfect for patchwork. If you love a print, you don’t have to worry about cutting your favorite design in half or not seeing the complete print when you cut your fabric to piece together into a quilt! It has a beautifully vintage flare and it’s just so cute!

Jenny and Mary Fons


This quilt is a slight variation of the 54-40 or Fight Quilt. Watch in the tutorial how you can flip ...

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Quilt and bind the Curling Rocks Quilted Runner from Quilt Social

Curling Rocks Runner Quilted And Bound
Curling Rocks Runner Quilted And Bound


Thanks for following along this week! If you’ve done your homework each day (grin) then you’ll be ready to quilt and bind your Curling Rocks Quilted Runner today. If not, simply go back to the posts you need to create the Curling Stone Blocks and to put together the runner top.

Black Binding for Curling Rocks Runner
Black Binding for Curling Rocks Runner


If you did the bonus homework last night (grin) then your binding is ready to go! If not that’s okay too. Take a few moments now to get it ready before we change our ...

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November 19, 2015
Guest Blogging - Joyeaux Noel Ornaments from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
Are you starting to get ready for Christmas?
I have a new quick and easy idea
for some pretty ornaments.

You can find a free tutorial for
Joyeaux Noel ornaments on my guest blog post

I was captivated when I first saw photos
of French General's latest line of Christmas fabrics,
Joyeaux Noel, months ago.
When I saw them in person, I was even more drawn to them...
the palette is subdued, with an Old World vibe.

The vignettes are charming and varied.
They just call out to be made into something for ...

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Echo Doodling from The Inbox jaunt

  Good Morning, Quilters and Doodlers! It’s time to pour yourself a cup of tea and join me for a little morning (doodle) exercise. Today’s lesson:  Echo Doodling…just like Echo Quilting! Begin by drawing a square or rectangle to contain … Continue reading

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Sewing together the Curling Rocks Quilted Runner from Quilt Social

The completed Curling Rocks Quilted Runner
The completed Curling Rocks Quilted Runner


Welcome back!

In today’s post we’ll put to good use the two Curling Stone Blocks made in the last post. The Curling Rocks Quilted Runner is made up of the two blocks joined by a middle piece of background fabric with some small borders to make sure your rocks are the stars of the piece!

Add borders to Curling Stone Block
Add borders to Curling Stone Block



Sew one 1 1/2″ x 8″ strip to each side of both Curling Stone Blocks. Press the seams to the strips.

Put the stone block on top of the border strip
Put the stone block on top of the border ...

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Christmas Is In My Heart… Let’s Talk Tags… from Seams To Be Sew

stbs-2015-Tags-0239I love Christmas Tags, so fun, so different, so many ways to create them.

They are these tiny little pieces of paper that one uses to place a To.. and a From on, to let the lucky recipient know who gave them a gift. Sometimes it’s a secret sister, sometimes it’s from a secret admirer, even family and friends get in on the act by giving gifts at Christmas. Yes, you can get away with handing the gift directly to the person without placing a tag on it, but really, how many times would you do that. Perhaps ...

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November 18, 2015
Square Peg quilt | Tute from Craft Gossip

Square Peg Quilt pattern Moda bake shopThe colors in this quilt make it sing (opera). Alison Vermilya, of Little Bunny Quilts, made it using fabric from the Basic Mixologie collection. This StudioM fabric line is so popular right now, the Fat Quarter Shop has a waiting list for the precuts and yardage. The skill level for this quilt is beginner, making it a good choice for a first quilt, or one an experienced quilter can sew up quickly.

Click the link below to get the recipe/tutorial.

Square Pegs Quilt, by Alison

{Image credit: Moda Bake Shop}

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Ho Ho Ho and on We Sew - Grippy Christmas Stocking Tutorial from Rose and Dhalia

Hello and welcome to my stop on the wonderful year round blog hop Ho Ho Ho and on We Sew, which is the creation of Fiona and Paula, to help and encourage us to get ahead on our crafting and present making for Christmas. Each month you have the chance to link up your makes and be in with a chance of winning a prize and as a bonus, each of us along the way might have a tutorial for you. Last year I shared my Wrapping Sack and this year I decided to play around with the traditional Christmas ...

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November 17, 2015
{VIDEO} DIY Mod Podge Glitter Jar from Hobbies Up To Here

When I’m not quilting or sewing, I’ve always got a new project on my mind. I love trying out new ways to take everyday items and make them into something beautiful and useful.

Hence my addiction to mod podge. I’ve not had much luck with mod podge so far BUT I’m determined to make it mine!

This weekend I had some success and created some great little jars for decorating your home either for the holidays or just to add a little glitz around your home.

Check out our little tutorial to make your own mod ...

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String of Beads-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! Today is Tutorial Day–and if it keeps raining here in Minnesota–it’s going to be a marathon quilting day, too!  (I’m not complaining about the rain–it could be SNOW!) Did you know that Christmas is just 38 days … Continue reading

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Mid-century Modern House Numbers Tutorial - Using Home Depot Paint Sticks! from Sew at Home Mummy

easy DIY midcentury modern floating house numbers / address numbers using Home Depot paint sticks! | tutorial by Sew at Home Mummy

So, ever since we purchased our mid-century modern home (built in 1959), we've been busy trying to fix it up, and trying to restore a bit of the MCM charm it undoubtedly had but over the years lost with previous owner's modifications.

One such thing bugging me was the house numbers; now, admittedly, they never would have looked like the ones I put up. But, I think they give the house a bit of flair.

I started scouring Pinterest in search of something cool but somewhat period appropriate, and came upon this tutorial by Michelle of 4 MEN ...

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