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July 23, 2014
Celestial Star QAL: CUTTING FABRIC from From Blank Pages . . .

Celestial Star QAL with from blank pages...

Before we begin:

How are your coloring pages and fabric selections coming??? Make sure you link up your pictures of your DESIGN(s), aka coloring pages, and/or FABRIC SELECTION(s) on the blog today! (Link up here or here.) I'll pick a winner for the fat eight bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics tomorrow! If you are on instagram, make sure to tag your photos of your design and fabric with #CelestialStarDesign and #CelestialStarQAL.

Are you having a hard time narrowing down design ideas and color selections? Jennifer of Ginger Peach Studio wrote up a fantastic tutorial of how ...

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Quilts We’ve Made: Tumbling Jewels, Take 2 from The Cloth Parcel

Here is another version of the Tumbling Jewels pattern we did for Camelot Fabrics.   We wanted to make our own to play with a little different placement and to see how it would look in florals and more traditional prints.
Tumbling Jewels QuiltIt gets a more vintage vibe with retro fabric from Riley Blake’s Promenade by Cyndi Walker– we fell in love with these soft blues, lavenders and golds. We didn’t have quite enough and were lucky to find more on Etsy. The center and corners feature Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush Woodcut in Golden. The dark purple centers ...

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July 22, 2014
What's a Gathering Bodkin? from Sew There I was...

I use a safety pin to insert elastic in a seam. Then I heard about bodkins while watching a sewing program on TV.  When Joann's had a sale and notions were 60% off, I decided to try it

I used one-eighth inch elastic and threaded it into the opening of the bodkin, The it was threaded through the gathering seam with the ball point end.  Just slides through the fabric and faster too! 
I used 1/8-inch elastic 
Thread elastic through bodkin hole
Begin by inserting ball point end into seam opening
Pull through to other end
Pull bodkin ...

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How to Update a Dresser with Fabric! from Melanie Ham Designs

Hi there!  I was recently on the hunt for a dresser for my daughter.  Some friends of ours happened to be getting rid of theirs and gave them to us!  They were in good shape, and I didn’t want to spend the time sanding and painting etc, but wanted to add a bit of fun to them since they are in the kids’ room.  I decided to mod podge some fabric shapes on the dressers for a quick and easy update.  I filmed the process so you could see exactly how I did it!





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Fun Fanny Pack Tutorial from Flare Fabrics


I ride my bike a lot. And I like to have my arms free, while keeping my valuables close to me (instead of having them in my bike basket). So I decided it’s time to bring the fannypack back into style!

I made myself a fun pouch using fabric scraps from my stash and some fusible interfacing. Here’s a rough step-by-step tutorial!

You will need:

  • 2 pieces of fabric approximately 14″ by 20″ (one for the inside of the fanny pack, one for the outside)
  • an 8″ square for the pocket.
  • 1 yard of strap
  • 1 buckle
  • 1 ...

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How to spray baste a king-sized quilt from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

How to spray baste a king sized quilt

I may have registered my maple leaf log cabin quilt for my guild’s quilt show in September. Which means I actually have to finish it.

The top has been done for a year, but I haven’t quilted it because it is too large for the frame on the longarm I rent time on. There is a larger frame, but I’m not used to the machine and I think I will have better luck on my home machine. I have quilted a queen sized quilt on my Babylock, but it was a bear. So I took Quilting Big ...

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Tutorials: Lunch Bags from Southern Fabric

With my oldest starting school in about a week, the tutorial find of the week, hits home.
I have to start packing a lunch for her!

So what better way to send her on her school way than with a cute, fun lunch bag, right?

So here are 12 + Lunch bag Tutorials

You really gotta check these out.  They are great.

Here are 3 of my favorite:

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Kids Lunch Bag Pattern

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Lunch Bag

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Pat Sloan: Fabric 101 - Finding Friends from Pat Sloan's Blog

This Camera fabric has been calling my name.. and calling and calling.. until finally I went and got a 1/2 a yard.  It also comes in Black/white.. which I'm SURE I also need.  

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We are a HUGE Camera Family. I take photos .. my dad, his wife,  and husband have all been photographers for ever.. for fun, but they are all really good with a fancy camera.  I'm learning that part, but as I share in my Life with Pat series.. awesome photography is a huge inspiration to me.  

Do you see the adorable stars in some ...

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Pat Sloan: American Patchwork & Quilting Editors from Pat Sloan's Blog

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Fat Quarter Friendly Oven Mitt Tutorial (with patchwork option and afghan recipe) from On the Windy Side

I wrote this tutorial last year for Leanne at she can quilt as part of the 2013 Finish Along.  I've been meaning to re-post it here but came up with the idea of a version with patchwork pockets and felt like I really needed to try it out first!  So, here is the original tutorial, with some additional instructions in case you feel like making a version with patchwork pockets.  Also, I posted about making afghans, a very New Zealand biscuit*, on instagram lately, and someone asked if I'd post the recipe, so I thought I'd include ...

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July 21, 2014
Christmas in July – Dear Santa Letter Tray from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends!

Today I am sharing a quick Christmas in July project to make for all of those Christmas cards you will receive in a few months – Dear Santa Letter Tray!

This is a very basic fabric tray jazzed up with a fun cutout and some festive holiday fabric. The size is also large enough to accommodate those LARGE Christmas letters to Santa.

Modern Handcraft - Dear Santa Letter Tray: A Tutorial

Materials needed:

  • Two pieces of Christmas fabric measuring 12″ x 15″ (fabric is Dear Santa by Quilting Treasures)
  • One piece of Heat n Bond Fusible Fleece measuring 12″ x 15″
  • **Optional – Silhouette CAMEO machine and Heat Transfer ...

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Texas Roadtrip QAL San Antonio! from Ellyn's Place

Hello friends! Welcome to the ellyn's place stop on the Texas Roadtrip. I am blogging to you from Allen, TX which is just north of Dallas. But I am lucky enough to tell you about one of my favorite Texas cities, other than Allen of course, San Antonio. 

Our family first visited San Antonio in 2003 shortly after becoming residents of Texas. We went down Thanksgiving weekend and had such a wonderful time. Walking along the riverfront, especially with the Christmas Lights shining, was such a joy! We also purchased seats to sit along the river and watch the ...

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July 20, 2014
Crochet Basics: Slip Knot & Chain Stitch from Crafty Gemini

The next video in my new How to Crochet Video Series is now live!  In this tutorial I show you how I like to hold the crochet hook and yarn and my suggestions on how you can get comfortable with this. Keep in mind everyone crochets a little differently and you need to work out what works best for you, feels comfortable and still gets the job done.  No matter what anyone tells you, there is no right or wrong way to hold your project.  Do what works for you... and have fun!

I will also teach you a foolproof ...

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July 19, 2014
Tutorial: New Mexico AMB Blog Tour Block from Dora Quilts

Here's the New Mexico Block for the American Made Brand Blog Tour: I made a chart to help with cutting, piecing, and organizing. I also made a chart in EQ7 that showed a bit more detail to help me envision fabric placement: It's not entirely accurate since I cut the top and bottom strips wider than the colored strips. We can print this photo and write in colors and measurements or use

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Tutorial: Embellish art quilts with zippers from Craft Gossip

Embellish art quilt with zippers

Jamie Fingal of Twisted Sister did a guest post at Bernina’s We All Sew blog on using zippers to embellish art quilts. She first shows us how to use a single side as trim around a circle (Double Wedding Ring in photo) without the pull. She then explains her technique for inserting a complete zipper on the surface of her art quilt “Dressed Up”. Visit How to Use Zippers as Embellishments in Art Quilts and learn how to embellish your next quilt or sewing project.

Image credit: Bernina

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Pat Sloan: Life with Pat - Morning Routine from Pat Sloan's Blog

Morning routines.

I find morning routines interesting. I've been reading about them a bit as some people that write about the simpler way of life. And ones that remind me to enjoy what I'm doing not always zoom zoom right onto the next thing (my preferred work speed is about Mach 3).

Sewing with Jane today! #nestedchurndash watch for my quilt on June 10!

Somehow I found my way to a photographer's site. She had this really nice article on her morning ritual, her routine.

So that got me to thinking about how much my morning routine has changed over the years, I bet you ...

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Sling Library Bag Tutorial from Patchwork Posse

Today I’m over on Skip to my Lou and sharing a quick tutorial on making a sling library bag.

It’s great for hands free shopping on the shelves, loading with good summer reading material, or just for outdoor playtime.

The bag is easy enough for a kid to sew….if they are just starting out and are a beginner sewer.

sling bag tutorial for the library | patchwork posse | easy sewing projects and quilt patterns

The front pocket is a little lower than the backside so it’s super easy to load and dig around in.  The back has interfacing to give it a bit more stability and not be such a floppy ...

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Walnut Kernel Block Tutorial from A Beautiful Day - O Zi Frumoasa

About a month ago I made this block, most of the time figuring out how to cut and stitch its units. As you may see, my inspiration is still in the needle points world.
After I made a quick table runner from three test-blocks I set the problem aside because I had other deadlines on the horizon.
These days I brought it back. This second attempt to work on this patchwork block has been occasioned by the participation in a Round Robin which just started these days.
I made some research work to gather information about similar blocks. I found ...

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Tutorial: Pretty Posy quilt block from Craft Gossip

Pretty Posy quilt block pattern

This Pretty Posy mini quilt is made up of four 9 patch blocks. The quilt-y girls at Fresh Quilts share on their blog how to make it. Plus, they show us two ideas for larger quilts. Get the Pretty Posy quilt block tutorial and pattern.

Image credit: Sew Fresh Quilts

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July 18, 2014

Hello there! I'm a step closer to get the curtains of our apartment done. I've always had a terrible fear of making curtains! I really don't know why...does anyone here have the same fear? I've always seen my mom and mom in law making lots and lots of curtains and I always though, okay, I don't have to worry about curtains...they will help me out! But as I happen to be far from home, I didn't have a choice...I had their advice, though! Plus, I found a lot of white fabric ...

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