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November 22, 2017
Fussy Cut, Appliqué, Repeat- Indie Style Sewing Patterns from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

Have you seen the Indie Folk fabrics lookbook yet?  Words can't explain how amazing the appliqué projects are! So I knew I had to create a blog post all about different ways you can incorporate the art of appliqué into your sewing and diy projects. I am totally  in love with the bold, rich colors in Pat Bravo's new collection Indie Folk fabrics, which I think will go perfect paired with any sewing project this time of year! Take a look below at some of the great ways to add applique to garments and home decor ...

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November 21, 2017
Sashiko Subscription Box Beta coming soon! from The Ardent Thread

What is the Sashiko Subscription Box (beta), you ask? The beta part refers to the first box being a limited release which will also come with a feedback questionnaire so you can tell me what you think needs to be improved or what works well. The goal is to have a presentable subscription box that will launch in January with a seasonally appropriate project and/or set of nifty items every month. Prototypes are in the works right now.

Over the past year a few magazines approached me to design projects for them, and I couldn’t do it. I ...

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November 20, 2017
Sewing for the Season- Rustic Crossroads Mini Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

The ColorFun color of the month is the rich, beautiful rustic orange which usually makes its appearance this time of year in nature and in our home decor! Which is how the Rustic Crossroads mini came to be. This 20" x 20" mini is perfect to use as a center piece for your Thanksgiving table or to make as a large decorative pillow to bring out during the holiday season. Check out Fat quarter shop to find the Rustic Orange bundle to sew yourself some Thanksgiving decor!



Rustic-orange-Mini--Graphic

Fabrics Used: 

Fabric A- ART-43103-Mahogany Blocks
Fabric B- WAN-13303- Painted Pony ...

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November 19, 2017
Tips for Using a Stripology Ruler from Busy Hands Quilts

I'm so excited to share with you what I've learned about using the Stripology ruler!  I had heard great things about how easy it made cutting strips and bought one over a year ago.  But using it was another story, and I never did fall in love with it.  So there it sat.


Last week, when facing cutting 120 strips 2.5" wide, I decided to give the Stripology ruler another try.  And the light bulb went on, and I cut 120 strips in 45 minutes!

My main error was thinking that the ruler needed to line up ...

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How to Make Decorator Corners on Pillows Tutorial from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Yesterday I promised to write a tutorial on how to create pillow corners so that the corners look square. They really aren't, but you'll see that in a moment. I'll assume that you've already sandwiched and quilted the front panel of your pillow cover and are ready to make the back and sew everything together.

Cutting the back panels
First determine the size you will need for the envelope backing.  Let's say you are making a 14" square pillow cover. Your back will need to be 14" in length. To determine the width, take that ...

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Faced Binding Quilt Tutorial from Carol Lyles Shaw

Faced bindings are great for modern quilts.

Mini Quilt with faced binding

Back of mini quilt

 

Here is a simple tutorial for how I make a faced binding for my modern quilts.

You can download a PDF of the slides so that you can take notes as you watch.CL Shaw Faced Binding Tutorial slides

Hanging Sleeves:  I didn’t mention this in the video, but I attach my hanging sleeve to the back of the quilt by sewing the top of the sleeve about 3/8 inch from the top edge. I sew through the facing and backing and ...

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November 17, 2017
Holiday Tea Light Tutorial from On The Go Quilting

Yesterday I taught a class here in the Park.  I’ve been asked to chair the Arts and Crafts Committee which I was happy to do.   I did say I wouldn’t guarantee a class EVERY week but I would try for two a month and then if others want to step up and do a class we will have more.

This was my first class of the Season.  I taught the class how to make Holiday Tea Lights.  We focused on Christmas designs but you could do Fall or Halloween, or Spring or Easter, or non-holiday.

Supplies needed:

Plastic ...

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Dream Weaver Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Learn to make this pieced quilt that looks woven!

Children are born with an untamed sense of creativity. Give a child a box of crayons and you may end up with flying giraffes or polka-dot elephants. They don’t care how it’s “supposed” to look; they draw what they like.  But as we grow older, we start to worry about following the rules. For me, quilting is a wonderful way to get back to my creative roots. I love to take chances and try new colors and patterns.

Watch as Jenny shows you a neat technique for the Dream Weaver!

Today’s new quilt is a fun jelly roll pattern, and while Jenny uses a beautiful jelly roll for her ...

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November 15, 2017
Holiday Sewing- Give Thanks Table Runner Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi there, 

Are you prepared for the holiday season? Thanksgiving is around the corner and we are all adding the final touches to our home. Looking for some last min projects to make for your home or as a hostess gift? The Give Thanks table runner will instantly add the perfect amount of  holiday spirit to any home! If you have a afternoon to spare I suggest you give this project a try! It was so much fun fussy cutting the letters, florals, birds and beautiful butterflies from the painterly fabrics by Bari J.  Head over the the weallsew blog ...

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What is Thread Sketching? from Roxane Lessa Fine Textile Art

 

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Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the new readers!

What is thread sketching? I think it is intense free motion quilting for a desired effect. Thread painting on the other hand completely covers the underlying fabric. I generally don’t like to do that, since my fabrics are part of the design.

While I was in Kauai, I feel in love with these trees, and knew I had to make a piece about them. And what better background than the brilliant blue Pacific ocean?

When I got home and studied the picture ...

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November 14, 2017
How to make a Shooting Star Block featuring Indie Folk Fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Quilty friends, 

Are you following along with the AGF Quilt Block Collection? Well, if you aren't this is the time to start! With every new fabric collection release comes a new addition to the AGF Quilt Block Collection! For every block we have a easy to follow video tutorial that breaks down the block step by step to complete a fun new quilt block to add to your quilting resume! 

I am also excited about the AGF Quilt Block Collection contest being held on our Instagram. Where two lucky winners will win a bundle of AGF fabrics for ...

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The Charming 4-Patch - Fast, Fun, and Fabulous! from Quilt Fabrication

The 4-patch block. One of the basic and useful building blocks in many quilt designs.


4.5in 4-patch quilt blocks from charm squares


And today, as promised, I'm going to show you a fast, fun way to make them from charm (5") squares.

I know, you're probably thinking, well, duh, just sew those charms together. That's great if the quilt needs a 9 1/2" unfinished 4-patch block.

But no, I want a 4 1/2" block. So, you say, cut the charm square in half horizontally and vertically, and sew together those 2 1/2" squares. 
Um, no thanks.

What I have to show ...

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November 13, 2017
Tutorial! Vegan leather notebook cover from The Village Haberdashery

We have these really cool packs of vegan leather in stock, but what can we make with them?! We put the question to the super talented Laura Howard and this is the second of four tutorials she’s written for us! Find the first tutorial here.

Take it away Laura…

Vegan Leather Mini Notebook

Make a mini notebook with a faux leather cover to keep it protected in your bag or pocket! These little notebooks are simple to make, and you can easily remove and reuse the leather cover once the notebook is full.

To make the notebook you will need:

* A synthetic leather ...

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The Charming 4-Patch - On Overdrive! from Quilt Fabrication

The Charming 4-Patch - Fast, Fun, and Fabulous tutorial and it's companion Youtube video are rocking the quilting world - ready to take it to the next level to make multiple 4-patches?


4.5 inch 4-patch units from charm squares


I promised this is for the over-achievers out there - those that really want to go full throttle with this technique - but anyone can do this!


Sew charms together


Just as in the Charming 4-patch tutorial, sew those charms into a strip. Sew as many into a strip as you're comfortable with, but sew an even number of charms. Another hint to make this all happen!

For my ...

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November 12, 2017
November Studio Tour: Raise Your Cutting Table to Reduce Back Strain from Cut Stitch and Piece

As a graphic designer, I sat for long hours at the computer. It was easy to get lost in my work and not pay attention to my body. I suppose I paid the price because this caused me to suffer from back pain for years. So, when I started quilting more, it became clear that I needed an ergonomically friendly cutting table. There were several options available to me, but I opted to buy the Linnmon/Finvard table from Ikea. This was a great buy, but there are other ways to get a raised table without spending a lot of ...

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How To Baste A Quilt – Pins And Spray from Blossom Heart Quilts

Knowing how to baste a quilt is an important step in the quilting process. But unlike roasting Thanksgiving or Christmas turkeys, there’s no meat juices involved, just some tape and curved safety pins or basting spray! Basting is what the process is called when you layer a quilt top with batting and backing fabric (affectionately referred to as a quilt sandwich), using pins or basting spray to temporarily hold it all together so that you can quilt it together.

Note – if you are sending your quilt top to a longarm quilter, then they will baste the quilt for you ...

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November 11, 2017
Pokemon Fridays: Eevee (block 4) from Seriously...I think it needs stitches

Happy Pokemon Friday! :) Today it's time to get on with making the characters. My son is so excited that I'm no longer working on the letters, the logo is finished and we're making Eevee. He will be 20 1/2 x 20 1/2" when pieced. (20" sq. block when finished in the quilt.) Bright Turquoise (background): 1 1/2" sq. (7) 1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (8) 1 1/2 x 20 1/2" (1) 2 1/2" sq. (2) 2 1/

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Flit and Bloom Table Runner + How to Piece Curves from The Cloth Parcel

Welcome to the Cloth Parcel blog!  Today it’s our turn for the Flit and Bloom blog tour.  Flit and Bloom is Patty Young‘s newest fabric line for Riley Blake Designs, and we got the chance to play with these fun prints and a variety of techniques.Look how bright and happy this collection is, all stacked […]

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November 10, 2017
Friday Finds from On The Go Quilting

Wow!  It’s Friday afternoon and I’m JUST getting here.  I bet you all beat me today!   Sorry to keep you waiting, and I have an excuse.  You can be the one to determine if it’s a good excuse or not.

Our park is a co-op park which means we, the members, run the park and make everything happen.  Our business year is November 1 to May 1 so that means business is just starting up again and there are dozens of committee meetings.  The most important of the meetings are the budget meetings which have to take ...

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Josh’s Star Quilt Tutorial from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Learn to make this darling quilt with Jenny and her Son, Josh!

Bouquets of roses. Long walks on the beach. Beautiful lines of poetry. There are plenty of ways to sweep a girl off her feet, but if you ask me, Jenny’s son Josh has romance down to an art. He teaches his dates to quilt!

Jenny and her sweet son, Josh walk you through this fun star quilt!

A while back, Josh and his special lady friend stopped by the Sewing Center. They selected a few pretty scraps and stitched up a fun new star block. Talk about a night to remember! Click HERE to learn how to make Josh’s Star!

It’s always fun to see blocks made into other fabrics ...

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