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May 4, 2016
Make This: Tab Top Curtains Tutorial from The Cloth Parcel

We just love the look of custom home decor, and curtains are no exception.  Especially since we love quilting, it’s fun to tie the curtains into the color scheme of the quilts and decor in a room.    Since Audrey’s house has nine-foot ceilings on the main floor, it’s hard to find ready-made curtains that […]

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The Perfect Quilt For 3 Inch Scraps from Brown Bird Designs Quilts


Life has been crazy here! I have had this post on my list of things to do for months.  I must reassure you, although my blog has been dark and I haven’t posted anything lately, I have been working on many different quilts, challenges and special projects. Oh, how I wish there were more hours in the day.

This is my Scrappy Triangle Block.

After I finished my Moda Love Quilt, I cut all my leftover fabrics into 3″ strips. I had other projects on my cutting table so I put the scraps into a plastic project bin hoping ...

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May 3, 2016
Rainbow Chevron Tutorial from Patchwork Sampler Blog

The quilt I made is baby size, finishing about 40” x 48”.  I had six fat quarters and didn’t want to piece the back so that is the size I planned.  If you want a larger quilt it is easy to make more blocks, make the blocks larger or add borders.

To make this quilt you will need 6 different fat quarter prints and 3/4 yard EACH black solid and white solid. If your fabric measures at least 42” after the selvages are cut off you can get by with 1/2 yard each of black and white ...

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Blue Cross, Blue Shield: A Modern Upcycled Jeans Quilt Tutorial (Part I) from Gefilte Quilt

Piecing done, quilting to come:

Yes it's a Modernish Gee's Bend-inspired denim jeans quilt top!

My latest denim kick started a couple of weeks ago when I got the idea that I wanted to play around with denim crosses. I love plus signs/crosses because they are so graphic, and a little bit poignant (Math class made me cry.)

The very next thing that happened was that the phrase "Blue Cross, Blue Shield" lodged itself in my brain. Let me tell you, as bad as it is to get an Abba song stuck in your head, a health ...

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May 2, 2016
Ugly Christmas Sweaters - HST Bonus Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial from Sew Fresh Quilts

The instructions for all 21 of the blocks in the Ugly Christmas Sweaters QAL have been given. Today's tutorial is for the Bonus 2.5" half square triangles! If you have quilted along, and have made the 20 blocks for the Maxi size quilt, you will have 40 Bonus 2.5" HST's. 

I chose to use my HST's to make this beautiful 16" x 25" Sewing Machine Mat. That way I will always have a reminder of the Ugly Christmas Sweaters quilt, how much I enjoyed making it, and how much fun it was to have you ...

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April 29, 2016
New Friday Tutorial: The Cutting Corners Quilt! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Make a Cutting Corners Quilt with Jenny Doan in her Free Video Tutorial!

Cutting corners is usually looked down on. It’s the lazy man’s way out, ease over quality.  It’s duct-tape car repairs and “premium” chicken nuggets filled with mystery meat. But when Jenny talks cutting corners, you can bet she’s talking about creating something that is as completely fabulous as it is easy! Today’s Tutorial, Cutting Corners, combines strip sets and half square triangles together into one gorgeously simple design. It’s scrappy and it’s clean at the same time!


Click on the button to watch the tutorial and learn how to cut corners Jenny style!

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2 Sewing Tips You Need To Know from madebychrissied

After I shared my 13 Pixie Baskets on social media quite a few people commented that when they'd made them the lining didn't fit well and they wanted to know how I'd made my linings fit so smoothly.  

It's easy peasy and I'll share how I do it with you now.

How To Make A Bag/Basket Lining That Will Fit Better

I'm currently away in Austin and didn't sneak along a sewing machine in my baggage so I can't whip up a lining and share sew along photos with you but ...

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Trimming Mini Flying Geese from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Every time I work on a small project I think it takes as much time to make a mini as it does a full-size quilt.  This latest little wall hanging was no exception.  Awhile back I came across a pattern called Little Bites Whit by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company.  It intrigued me because it called for making flying geese blocks from 2-1/2 “ squares.  I had a couple of mini charm packs so thought it might be fun to use them in this project.

Almost as soon as I started this, I realized it would require two techniques I ...

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April 28, 2016
Tutorial: Hanging sleeve for mini quilt from Craft Gossip

Let Rose show you her way to hang a quilt

Show off your quilting – Hang it!

Mini quilts need a vertical place to shine. Annette, of Quilted Sunshine, has you covered. There, she shares her way to add a sleeve to the back. Timing is important for getting a professional looking finish. Notice the edges of her quilt, above. It’s before binding. But doing the binding is part of making the sleeve.

Click the link below to get the know-how.

How to Add a Hanging Sleeve to the Back of Your Quilt, by Annette

{Image credit: Quilted Sunshine}

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April 27, 2016
Make This: Sashing with Stars Tutorial from The Cloth Parcel

As you know, we have been working on our Little Playmates Quilt.  We showed you the individual blocks last time, and today we’re going to show you a fun little trick with the sashing.  This quick little quilting tutorial adds a little eight-point star in the intersections between the blocks.  For this sashing, you’ll need […]

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May Covered in Love Block Drive from Kat & Cat Quilts

Another month, another block for Covered in Love!  For anyone new around here, every month I host a block drive to benefit my pet charity, Covered in Love, which gives quilts to the families of patients who pass away in the hospital.  Anyone can participate in the block drives and make as many or as few blocks as you like.

This month we're making a very simple twist on a traditional nine patch block in a muted pastel color scheme.  Please consult the color palette guide below when selecting your fabrics.  If in doubt, go with more muted, pastel ...

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52 prompts to blog every week: Week 17 from 13 Woodhouse Road

I am a self taught quilter. There are techniques that I have learnt myself, ones I have learnt from the net, ones learnt from others at quilt meets and Quiltcon, some I have dreamt about and then a few more...

Of all of them, I love the technique I use in my book,'About face' the most. Its a kind of reverse applique, but then, not quite so!

I used it for the first time in my Harry Potter quilt.

I have made portraits with it and written a book and taught classes, both online and in person.

The first ...

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April 25, 2016
Basket Case or a Nut Bag from Sew Preeti Quilts

That is right.  I am a basket case right now. Or you could call me a nut bag.

There is no dearth of inspiration (or temptation, depending on your perspective) in blogland.   Seeing so many 1-hour baskets, I dived in too.

One-hour basket

It took me 2+ hours to make mine.
I am sure that after I have made a dozen, and I remember the pattern by heart, and all the fabric/interfacing is cut to the correct size, and I don't make any mistakes, and I don't get distracted...I will be able to make such a ...

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April 24, 2016
Tutorial: Thread catcher sewing helper from Craft Gossip

Trina Gallop Guest Tutorial at Janome

Keep your sewing space clutter-free with a thread catcher

Trina Gallop of Will Cook for Shoes did a guest post at Janome Life blog where she shares how she keeps her sewing table neat. Of the project she says,

This pretty little thread catcher definitely keeps my space a little neater and it’s a quick project!

This is much cuter than the plastic sandwich bag I tape near my machine. Click the link below to get the know-how.

Thread Catcher Tutorial, by Trina

{Image credit: Will Cook for Shoes}

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April 22, 2016
Curved Four Patch {For Sale & Tutorial} from Kat & Cat Quilts

In case it wasn't obvious, I really like creating blocks and tutorials.  I've been lucky enough to be a quilter with the NURTURE circle of do. Good Stitches for over 3 years now.  As a quilter I choose 2 blocks a year for our group to make.  More recently the Covered in Love block drives are letting me practice that creativity.

It may not always be obvious, but I do really think about all the blocks I ask people to make, and all of them get a test sew-up.  Group blocks need to be mostly easy to moderate ...

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April 20, 2016
How Do You See Spring? from From the Strawberry Patch...

Spring is in full swing here in North Carolina, how do you see spring where  you live? I stitched up some spring pillowcases for the grandchildren last week; each one illustrating a different aspect of the season. Mason's is all about soccer while his sister's is loaded with ladybugs. Gregory's pillowcase salutes the opening of baseball season and Lynnleigh's has spring chickens happily dancing

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How Do You See Spring? from From the Strawberry Patch...

Spring is in full swing here in North Carolina, how do you see spring where  you live? I stitched up some spring pillowcases for the grandchildren last week; each one illustrating a different aspect of the season. Mason's is all about soccer while his sister's is loaded with ladybugs. Gregory's pillowcase salutes the opening of baseball season and Lynnleigh's has spring chickens happily dancing

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wall pocket organizer {a tutorial} from Sotak Handmade

You guys, I'm super excited to show you my newest project ... 

...  a wall pocket organizer.

I've been in an organizing mood for quite some time now and one thing I really wanted to get was a simple wall pocket organizer to help me keep all the many piles of mail and bills from constantly spreading around my studio. 

I looked and looked, online as well as in stores, but I could not find exactly what I was looking for as I didn't want anything too bulky or made of plastic. In the end I decided to try ...

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Mini Wednesday from Ravelly1

The design of a lily from Clipart
Fabrics from my stash cut into 1 1/2" squares
This is really small but I'm forging ahead.
Lily parts cut out with Steam-a-Seam fused to back.
Lilies together on non-stick pressing sheet
All finished & bound. It measures 8" by 9". 
I stitched in the ditch so the squares pop out. I used mono thread which I really don't like but in this case it worked well.
I've named it "Stained Lilies."

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April 19, 2016
First Finish of 2016 from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Weather wise the past weekend was picture perfect here in northeast Wisconsin.  I spent some time both Saturday and Sunday outside on the deck hand stitching the binding on my Robbing Peter to Pay Paul Quilt.  It’s taken me just about a year to finish this quilt.  It wasn’t at all difficult, it just hasn’t been a priority.

This was my first experience sewing blocks that had been cut using an AccuQuilt and I was sold on it.  I purchased a “Go” cutter a few months ago along with some dies to cut more irregular shapes.  Cutting ...

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