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February 10, 2016
How to Mark a Baptist Fan from Sew French

With a little help from my friends, I settled in on the Baptist Fan quilting design for my Garden Party quilt, I shared last week. I do mark the entire quilt top before I start quilting and ideally I mark it before I … Continue reading

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Mini Wednesday from Ravelly1

"Greener Grass" is the title of this mini. It is a type of doorway that I've gotten locked on. (see last week's mini "The Monk's Door) This one measures 9" by 11 1/2." Sorry the photo is blurry. My camera skills need work.
I started with a circle of blue sky fabric then chose dark fabrics to enclose the circle. As you can see I also added green fabric for grass and brown for the fence rails.
I then auditioned several fabrics for the foreground & background.
This looks good to me so I went with it ...

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Sew Mama Sew! A Guest Post and a Giveaway! from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!

How's your week? Busy???
Mine, too...as always.
That's why I want you to hop on over to the
where I've got an article just for you!


I've put together some simple suggestions
for making the most of your creative time.
You'll find inspiration and links to some great tutorials!

To celebrate,
I'm hosting a little February giveaway,
and you're all invited to play along.



The prize:
One winner will receive 3 patterns of their choice,

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February 9, 2016
Elsie: the tutorial from Butterfly Threads



I shared the Elsie quilt and story on Friday in this post. And after getting a few questions about it, decided to write a little tutorial on how I make this block. It's super easy and very fun. I used 2 1/2'' strips but you can use your favorite method for half square triangles.



Here are the directions to make one block...

Elsie Block 10''

Cutting Instructions:
From the dark fabric- cut 9 squares 2 1/2'' x 2 1/2''
From the dark fabric- cut one strip 2 1/2'' x 14''
From the light fabric- cut ...

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The Iris-A Machine Quilting Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! First–a quick apology about broken links….I’ve been trying to pre-schedule a few posts…and mistakenly I have hit the “publish” button which publishes a post immediately…oops!  Sorry for the inconvenience! I know it’s February, but it seems we … Continue reading

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Giant No-Waste Flying Geese with Layer Cakes from One Designer Pursuing her Dreams

Huge Giant Mega Flying Geese Quilt Block Tutorial What if a person werta make the mega flying geese block using the No-Waste Flying Geese method (which is found all over the internet) and precut...

See more sewing and quilting adventures from Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs

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February 8, 2016
DIY ~ Inset Sewing Machine Table from daintytime ~ Sherri Lynn Wood

How I inset my Juki TL-98E home sewing machine into a table and lined it with old rotary cutting mats. Continue reading

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Puppy Bow from Podunk Pretties

 Happy Monday morning!  My little puppy quilt is almost complete.  Instead of sharing my quilt top progress today I decided to share how I made the bows for this cute little free Westie quilt block.


My original plan was to hand draw the bow and make applique templates.  Well doesn't that sound like a lot of work?!  Why not just sew a real bow to the block?  Sounds soooo much easier.  



Now remember the fabrics in these blocks are all old shirts.  So I can't tell you how long to cut your pieces, but I can tell you ...

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Valentine’s Day-Coming Soon! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilt-Lovers! Need a Special Valentine for YOUR Special Valentine? Try a quick Whole cloth quilt! Use a Grid Composition-familiar to all quilters– and The Doodle Heart Tutorial. Add your own embellishments to create a quilt YOUR Valentine will … Continue reading

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February 7, 2016
First Crush Coffee Cups - Mini Quilt from Amy Made That

Do you know my sister Susie,
who blogs over at Susie's Sunroom?
She has a February birthday,
so I made a little mini quilt for her present!


I decided to make a mini quilt
that she could display in her kitchen,
on this sweet little quilt stand.



Susie likes coffee,
so I decided to make up 4 coffee mugs
using the Mug block from Quilty Fun,
by Lori Holt.

{Lori Holt calls them Cocoa Cups, and they're just super cute, no matter what is in them.}


Fabric selection for Susie's gift was really easy...
I chose First ...

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February 6, 2016
Tute: No More Empty Corners (aka Bunny Ears) from madebychrissied


Bunny ears - you know those floppy bits when your pillow cushion insert just doesn't reach into the corners.  
Do you just live with them or do you grab some polyester fibre fill and stuff them to make them look full and plump?

I'm going to show you how to get rid of them altogether.  
Whether your pillow cushion covers are homemade or shop bought in the 10 minutes it'll take you to whip those covers off, turn them inside out, draw 8 x 5" lines, sew along and trim them those irritating empty corners will be forever ...

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Valentine Picked By Jen from Patterns by Jen




 This Picked By Jen  comes from The Sassy Quilter and is called "Feel The Love". I pinned this tutorial when it came out in 2014, and pieced it right away. However it sat without the pieced border for another year.  

A year later I added the pieced border. After sewing your 10" strips together you will be trimming off a 3 1/2" section. I trimmed those down to 2" strips, pieced them together end to end, to get the striped border. I adore it. A year after that it is now quilted and ready to be hung.


Before quilting ...

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February 5, 2016
Scrappy Appliqué Shapes Tutorial from Mrs Moen

The second tutorial using scraps for appliqué makes use of those tiny little scraps that you’d otherwise throw away. At least I usually do, but I kept a few for these samples. Both these techniques can be used to make any shape you’d like.

The first sample uses scraps with fusible web on the back.


Draw your shape on a piece of parchment paper, deli paper or similar paper. Your scraps may have any shape or size, but for this tree shape, you can cut your scraps into small triangles. I used scraps from cutting out the dot ...

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Mini Butterfly Pillow Cushion from madebychrissied


Working through my UFO/WIPs for January and it seemed like time to finish this project I started back in December 2012!  Way back then I pattern tested an FPP butterfly 6" block for Juliet @The Tartankiwi and said I'd make it into a cushion to sell alongside a matching baby quilt in my soon-to-be Etsy shop.  The quilt was already made but the cushion and the Etsy shop have never materialised, until now!!!


Here's what I've finally done with that FPP Butterfly block.

First I trimmed it down so the distance from the bottom of the ...

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February 3, 2016
Snow Dyeing Tips from Field Trips in Fiber

Lots of people like the effect of snow dyed fabric. Some want to buy the fabrics but some people want to make it themselves instead. Yesterday’s post was for the buyers. Today’s post is for the makers. For those who want to do snow dyeing this is not a full tutorial but here are some tips from my sessions last week. If you need a full tutorial try this one from Dharma Trading.

Soda Soaked Fabric

Feb 3 dyeing 1

The fabrics has to be soda soaked first. I tried working with it dry and wet and found no real difference. I ...

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Mini Wednesday from Ravelly1

"The Monk's Door" is my latest mini and I'm in love with all the fabrics, most of which I purchased from England Designs.
This mini measures 12" square.
Watch as this neat mini develops. This is why I take so many photos, so that I can see what's working, placement, shapes, etc.


I did an in-lay design on the door and I wanted it to be off kilter a bit. Sometimes straight lines aren't necessary.
A bit of black on one side of the door to lend depth.

I' used a lighter wood grain around the ...

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Ticker Tape Tree Tutorial from Mrs Moen

As I have been catching up on last year’s scrap theme, I have promised to post a few tutorials and here is the first one – the Ticker Tape Tree.


I had a lot of oddly shaped scraps of one fabric, so I made my background from different scraps in a similar value. If you are using lots of different fabrics in your tree, you may want to keep your background calmer.

Layer your batting and backing, and cover it with scraps (or one piece of background fabric) – dark for a light tree and light for a dark tree.

Secure ...

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February 2, 2016
Tips, Tricks, and Tuts Tuesday - Quilted Jewelry Tray from The Quilting Queen Blog

Have you ever left your jewelry behind in a hotel room?  I never have in a hotel room but I did once at a friend's house.  At DeKalb County Quilter's Guild last week, they hosted a Round Robin.  Now this wasn't like any Round Robin I was thinking of.  But it was fun and I learned a lot. So what does Quilt Guild have to do with leaving my jewelry somewhere?  Well.... glad you asked.

You see, at Quilt Guild there were various stations set up around the room and each station featured something different.  One station ...

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The Apple Core-A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! You know what they say…an “Apple a Day…” Winter apples…well…sometimes it’s easier to quilt an apple a day! Wouldn’t these look adorable on a table runner? THE APPLE CORE-MACHINE QUILT TUTORIAL The easiest way to stitch Apple … Continue reading

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February 1, 2016
super sized broken dishes pillow {a tutorial} from Sotak Handmade

Happy Monday, friends.

I'm quite a fan of simple patchwork projects using super sized blocks and today I'd like to share my take on a traditional broken dishes block.




Pretty fun, isn't it? I like how graphic and modern looking these pillows turned out. And, to top it off, they were incredibly easy and quick to make. Just my kind of a project these days :).

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Here's how to make your own super sized broken dishes pillow.

To make one 16" pillow you will need:
two 9" squares in solid fabric
one 9" square in darker print ...

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