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August 21, 2014
Double Exposure Zippered Pouch - A New Pattern! from Amy Made That

Well, it's about time I introduced a new pattern!
Today I present the

In this pattern,
you'll learn how to apply "exposed" zippers,
which can then be trimmed with lace,
to resemble those gorgeous Japanese lace zippers.

{You know you've been wanting those lace zippers!}

This pouch is quick and easy to sew.
All you need are 2 or 3 fat quarters of fabric,
some Pellon 987F fusible fleece,
2 zippers
and 1 1/2 yds. lace or other trim.

For my sample,
I used Bonnie and Camille fabrics ...

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August 20, 2014
Pat Sloan: Imagine Quilts Book Tour from Pat Sloan's Blog

My friend Dana of the Old Red Barn wrote me awhile back and told me about her first book.. it's like a baby.. it's the FIRST one... and we ALL squeal and rejoice over the FIRST book FINALLY being published.. yes.. we all feel like that. I have had 30 books published and I still can remember how amazing it was to hold my first one.

Of course I had to have Dana on my show to chat about it... that was July 28,2014

CLICK HERE to listen to our Chat with Pat! AND Dana asked me ...

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August 19, 2014
Pat Sloan: Class Review Free Piece, Patch, Quilt from Craftsy from Pat Sloan's Blog

I am passionate about learning and teaching. I've been taking classes at Craftsy since ... well almost since the day they started!  I've interviewed their instructors and I've enjoyed seeing how they have refined and improved our online class experience over the years.  

Pat sloan workshop review button

I have partnered with Craftsy to bring you Class Reviews.  I am taking the classes then telling you about them and giving you the insider scoop on where you should NOT fast forward.. wink!

When my good friend Gail Kessler filmed a quilting basics class (it is FREE CLICK HERE)  I knew this would be ...

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Is Fear Stopping You from Learning a New Skill? from The Shabby

Summer is coming to an end, and kids are going back to school. Perhaps you're even starting to see the leaves changing color. Now is the perfect time to start on a Christmas sewing project and maybe even learn a new skill in the process!

"C is for Christmas" is Jennifer's latest quilt design and Block of the Month program. It starts in October 2014, so you can sit by the fire and work on the hand embroidery blocks throughout the holiday season! The program finishes in April, giving you plenty of time to complete the quilt before ...

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Pat Sloan: Fabric 101 - Other Border from Pat Sloan's Blog

And I put together the 2nd quilt for a little girl I know

pat sloan how to select a quilt border fabric 2

Instead of the Orange border I share HERE, I went digging into my scrap box of 'One for You, One for Me' to see what other larger pieces I already had cut from making the quilts to to with the fabric line. 

I found the large pieces of Aqua coneflowers, put them up on the wall.. and way I went!  I did use a cream inner border because I liked the calm of it.

Contact your favorite Quilt shop to see if 

'One for You, One ...

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Hi there!

Hope all of you that celebrated Thanksgiving had a great time with family and friends. I also hope you are ready for some Christmas ideas! Yes!Christmas is nearly here! 

I'm going to spend Christmas at home in Barcelona and I always enjoy helping my mom with all the decorations. This year's plan turns around making lots of long fabric braids! They are really easy to make and end up being really cute! At first I just wanted to use them to make fabric Christmas tree balls but I loved them so much that I decided ...

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Hello there! Who doesn't love economy /square in square blocks? We have seen lots of them lately on the blogosphere and on the internet in general that man, it's impossible to resist the temptation of making tones of them!

My last baby quilt was made in part of economy blocks, but I didn't have enough! So, this week I've been making lots of them, in many different sizes and using different techniques or approaches. It's been so useful to me that I've thought I would share a little bit of of it here.

The ...

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Hi! I can't believe it's already Monday, my weekend has flown by...we just got back home this morning, after eleven hours of train and three of ferry (no complains!), from a trip to the Lofoten islands. It was my birthday gift and wow, it's been truly amazing! It's such a special place to get lost if you enjoy NATURE and small villages. I will show you some pics later this week and I also want to recommend one of the places we slept where we felt almost better than home (just in case someone reading ...

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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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My favorite part of our new apartment is probably our red balcony! It's so nice to have a place at home where to go out and have some fresh air! Plus the weather couldn't be nicer these days! We have great plans for the balcony, we want to plant lots of flowers, herbs and buy/make nice outdoor lights! But as we just moved and there have been lots of things to buy and get ready first, I think we will have to wait until next summer because I guess that in less than we think, this balcony ...

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I am quite a mess taking care of plants, probably because of my lack of knowledge (most of the times I have no idea what kind of plant I'm buying) and also because sometimes I'm lazy and I don't check what a specific plant needs. I have to say that I'm trying to do things better each time, because I really like the presence of plants around... specially while they are alive :) 

But cacti are a different story! They resist! So, I guess that pretty much everyone loves cacti! Plus, they are amazingly pretty!  

I've ...

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Tutorial Tuesday: Drawstring Backpack from Southern Fabric

Happy Tuesday everyone!
As summer is winding down, and the hustle and bustle of school has begun again, I wanted to find a quick and simple project to show you all that you could still have time to do, even with a new busy schedule.

Summer Backpack {that's perfect for any season that you need a little bag to grab and go!}

This tutorial comes by way of a feature on the Riley Blake Designs Blog from Melissa over at The Polka Dot Chair. {You should go check her out, she's got some really fun projects and patterns ...

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August 18, 2014
Half Dresden Baby Quilt for Sizzix from Modern Handcraft

Today I am sharing a quilt tutorial featuring the Dresden plate die from Sizzix... Read more...

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Halloween Parlor Quilt Tutorial from Michelle's Romantic Tangle

Got a bunch of 1 1/2" strips of blacks and neutrals and an urge for a fun new Halloween quilt? I love the way the intricately pieced borders of this one suggest an ornate frame.  For this year, I want to make myself another one with a scalloped black outer border.  

From neutral 1 1/2" strips, cut eight 8 1/2 strips and sew them long sides together to form the background for the center square. Press.

Print the bird silhouette and enlarge or reduce it so that it fits neatly into the center square. Using fusible web ...

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Saturday Sewing from Alamosa Quilter

After my guild meeting on Saturday a few ladies stayed to sew bags for our Quilts for Oncology project. I wrote a simple pattern - click here for the tutorial - that everyone followed.

Below are some of the bags I made as well as one donated by my mom.

A few of ladies also brought finished quilts to go in their bags. Below are the four I brought home to deliver to the hospital this week.

I put them all on my clothesline this morning and had to stand in the furtherest corner of the yard to get them all in ...

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Scaled stars (a quilt block tutorial) from On the Windy Side

 A few weeks ago, I enjoyed making some Scrappy Star blocks using Clover and Violet's awesome tutorial.  I used them in this quilt chunk which now lives with Jess from The Elven Garden.

Anyway, at the time I was doing my block a day July challenge, and I decided to scale down this star block to 6 1/2" so I could use it in my quilt.

This is my 6 1/2" version, liberty on a low volume background.  It's actually a slight variation on Jennie's original block, because it was easier for me to figure ...

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August 17, 2014
-und was gibt's Neues.... from I like to Quiltblog

z.B.  eine Mitmachaktion

Stoffpuppen nach Waldorfart

Das wollte ich schon immer lernen,
und deswegen mache ich da mit. 

Ich durfte ein E-Book getesten.
 Die Anleitung für die TaTüTa's mit schöne Rundungen von
Sehr ausführlich geschrieben, ich bin begeistert!
Die TaschencherTaschen sind ratzfatz genäht.
 Abgesehen von den TaTüTa's habe ich weiter an den
Tula Pink Blöcken genäht, das macht mir großen Spaß.
Damit das zusammen-nähen der Blöcke nachher nicht so
langweilig wird, nähe ich jetzt schon Sashings dran.
Jeweils oben und rechts einen ...

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Pat Sloan: Fabric 101 - How to Audition Borders from Pat Sloan's Blog

Fabric 101 is my on going series where I share how I use fabric. It might be a tutorial, it might be how I work with fabric, or like today, it's how I audition.  

pat sloan how to select a quilt border fabric

My fabric line 'One for You, One for Me' from Moda is arriving in stores and I wanted to play with the scraps a bit to celebrate! I'm using up scrap squares and strips for two quilts that will go to two precious little girls in my family. 

I shared the first part of the border audition the other day HERE. You can also ...

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August 16, 2014
Feather wreath tutorial from I Patch and Quilt

Have you ever tried to FMQ a feather wreath? Did you know you do not need a stencil to do one?

I have taken lots of pictures to show you how. Soooo… get ready for this picture heavy post!


Before we start:

- I used a Frixion pen to draw on the fabric. The lines disappear when heated (iron), but may appear when the fabric gets really cold. So maybe not the best pen to use on fabric that will be used in freezing temperatures, like in a car.

- In order to create this tutorial I did have to break thread ...

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August 15, 2014
Pat Sloan: Scrap Happy Baby Quilt Border Options from Pat Sloan's Blog

Well sometimes I'm very chatty!

When 'shuffling' my studio stuff (read here) I came across a pile of squares left over from making quilts for my next fabric line One for You, One for Me.

pat sloan scrap square quilt 1

I put those up on my design wall last night

and asked at my online Quilt Bee and Facebook if I should replace anything with the ONE extra green block I had.  If you have been reading along at my Quilt Bee you learn the insider scoop, only shared HERE

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Center done, now auditioning borders

This is for my little great niece!

Click the ...

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