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April 20, 2018
What NOT to do when sewing Butterick 6214: Instructional Video from Crafty Gemini

I’m back with the next video in my Butterick 6214 sew along video! In this video tutorial I make the pattern the way I’ve seen my beginning sewing students try to make their clothes. There are many many no-nos in this video… trust me when I say I did them all on purpose! I want to show the newbies following along what they tend to end up with when they don’t yet have the knowledge and/or experience to know better.  If you have had failed attempts at making clothes in the past I hope you will ...

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One Direction Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

One Direction Quilt

When I’m laying out a quilt, I try my best to follow the pattern. But when I’m asked, for example, to turn every third block one clockwise quarter turn, I always end up with a couple flying geese headed the wrong direction! What can I say? Some of us are directionally challenged!

If you struggle too, the One Direction Quilt is calling your name! Every single one of these adorable arrows points right to the center of the quilt. No left or right to remember. You just can’t fail! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

One Direction Quilt

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April 19, 2018
A Favorite Quilt ~ Lessons Learned from quiltscapes

One of my first quilts!

"The Twelve Gifts of Birth" by Deonn Stott, 2005
Early in my quilting journey, I joined a local guild.  One particular year, our guild received permission from Cheri Saffiote, a friend of our guild president's mom, to use blocks from a pattern she was designing, Sweet Land of Liberty, as a block of the month.

Sweet Land of Liberty quilt pattern by Cheri Saffiote Payne
We would receive pattern installments each month to learn differnt techniques throughout the year. I adapted my design to be more about fairies and flowers than the primitive Americana ...

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April 18, 2018
Using THE Dream Machine 2’s decorative stitches to embellish placemats from Quilt Social


Have you chosen one (or more) of the 5 different settings to turn orphan blocks into placemat tops I showed you yesterday? Your orphan blocks can be any size, these 5 possibilities can work wonders. Today I’m using some of the decorative stitches on THE Dream Machine 2 to embellish any of the placemat settings.


THE Dream Machine 2
THE Dream Machine 2


I selected two of the simpler placemats that I made yesterday and layered them both with batting and backings. I used my Odif 505 spray to stick all of the layers together.

THE Dream Machine 2 from Brother comes with ...

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April 15, 2018
Hands2Help - Kate's Color Wheel - A Scrappy Quilt (Or Not!) from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Y'all, our guest bloggers are really outdoing themselves this year! This week Kate, who blogs over at Katie Mae Quilts, is sharing her wonderful talents with us. I love her blog bio, so I'm going to share it word for word: "I'm an Air Force wife and mom to two kids who are obsessed with minky quilt backs. I've let robots take over my housekeeping so I have more time to sew. I run half marathons (because full marathons are too long)." All I can say is I want some of those robots, Kate ...

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April 14, 2018
Doll Wipes and Pouch tutorial from The Crafty Quilter

Happy Friday!  I am extra happy to share this Doll Wipes & Pouch tutorial with you today!  This is more like a “learn from my mistakes” lesson, but that’s how it goes sometimes! </p>
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April 13, 2018
Keyhole Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Keyhole Quilt

The first time I bought a car that locked with a keychain remote, I felt pretty special. That is, until that newfangled remote stopped working.

But after an accidental trip through the washer and dryer, my key fob came back to life, locking and unlocking the car doors again and again. Lock. Unlock. Lock. Unlock. Finally, I was forced to remove the batteries.

Keyhole Quilt

I learned a lesson that day. Sometimes simple is best. Who needs a fancy remote when an old-fashioned key and keyhole will get the job done right every time?

Keyhole Quilt

The Keyhole Quilt is as simple as it ...

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Pin It Weekly #241 A Tutorial of Sorts from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Have you been on your Pinterest lately? I really haven't in the last few days, but I discovered a nice little surprise waiting for me.

This is what my home page looks like, or maybe it's the header page. It's the one that shows up first when I go to Pinterest. But yes, surprised! Apparently Pinterest takes pins from your most popular board and throws them into these bricks or blocks. That's all I can tell you, but I like it. 

Other changes: the next thing I see when I scroll down is a continuous loop ...

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March Studio Tour: Accurate foundation piecing from Cut Stitch and Piece

I posted this tutorial several years ago but wanted to revisit it because I think it is so important for getting beautiful results with your foundation piecing. This tutorial is a cutting technique for foundation paper piecing that will give you accurately cut fabric pieces, saving you time and precious fabric. This method is especially great for when you have multiple blocks to make. With

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April 12, 2018
Quilting with Cute Critters- How to make a Log Cabin Block from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hi Quilty Friends, 

The Log Cabin Block is finally making it's way into the AGF Quilt Block Collection. This well known block is a perfect beginner friendly block where all you need is a square piece of fabric for the center of your block and a variety of different fabric strips. For the center of our block we fussy cut the cute bunny from the "Radiant Menagerie Panel" from the Indigo & Aster fabric collection. We used a variety of different contrasting prints from Indigo & Aster Fabrics as well as adding some beautiful orange, blue and green  smooth denim fabrics ...

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Color your free motion quilting for the instant look of applique from Quilt Social


Yesterday I used a variety of methods to create our very own custom fabric simply and easily by drawing and coloring on cotton fabric.

For today’s post I’ll free motion quilt a design and then use the FABRIC FUN Fabric Markers to color the design for the appearance of instant applique. Let’s begin.


The look of applique without taking an extra stitch
The look of applique without taking an extra stitch


The correct batting, thread and needles-oh so important

It’s important that you choose a quilt batting that will be thick enough to absorb some of the color from your pens without bleeding through to ...

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April 11, 2018
Butterick 6214- Video Sew Along with Crafty Gemini from Crafty Gemini


butterick 6214 pattern video sew along with crafty gemini

The time has come! I started a new video sew along using Butterick 6214. I chose this pattern because it has a simple loose-fitting silhouette, no closures, very few pattern pieces and can be sewn up in both a woven and a stretch knit fabric.  All that combined seemed to fit the bill of what I was looking for to teach as a beginner friendly project!

If you have struggled with choosing the right size sewing pattern from a commercial envelope this sew along is just for you! In this new FREE series of videos I’ll be walking you ...

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April 10, 2018
Tuffet Pin Cushion Tutorial from Jacquelynne Steves

This is my Tuffet Pin Cushion tutorial. Are these the cutest, or what? I can’t get enough pin cushions, and judging by Pinterest, neither can anyone else (wink.)

These adorable little pin cushions remind of the “tuffets” that were going around the internet a couple of years ago. I got this idea because I’ve been saving up those little tiny dog food cans (when you have a little tiny dog, you accumulate a lot of those!) I hated to throw them away, and early on I got the idea that they’d be just the right size for ...

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April 9, 2018
Candy and Gum Drop For Sloan Part 2 from Donna's Lavender Nest

Hello sweet people.
Spring has sprung and our weather has
just been beautiful.  Some of my lavender
roses are already blooming and they smell
so good.

I know some of you are still getting snow.
Hope Spring happens soon for you.

Let's get started with Part 2

Cut 1 - 6 1/2 inch square of candy fabric.

Cut 4 - 2 inch white squares.

Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on your 
2 inch white squares.

Place a white 2 inch square in each corner of 
your 6 1/2 inch square like shown in the picture.

Sew ...

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Community Sampler Sew Along: Block 6- Square Dance from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hey Sewing Friends, 

It's already Week 7 of the Community Sampler Sew Along and we are starting to see our quilt come to life! Last week I got to sew up the Square Dance Block with my fellow marketing team member, Sophia! Sophia is one of the newest additions to the AGF team and after three months of working here she was totally ready to hop on a sewing machine and sew up a quilt block! Getting to sew with each one of the girls from AGF Team has been such a blast and my hopes are to teach ...

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April 6, 2018
Antietam Inspired Quilt {April IBA Challenge} from Little Bunny Quilts

Our Island Batik Ambassador theme for April is "Looking Back" -- this month we're taking inspiration from vintage quilts.

For those of you that have read Little Bunny Quilts for a long time will know that my husband works for the National Park Service ("Park Ranger Husband") and spent his first few years in the NPS working at Antietam National Battlefield. One of the more notable items at their museum is this quilt:

This quilt was made in 1850 by Barbara Miller, who lived nearby. Relatives owned one of the farms that became part of the field of battle on ...

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Stars and Stripes Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Stars and Stripes Quilt

How patriotic are you? Do you plant your petunias in bold stripes of red, white, and blue? Does your doorbell chime to the tune of Yankee Doodle? Is your station wagon decked out like a 4th of July parade float all year long?

Stars and Stripes Quilt

This week we’re paying tribute to Old Glory with a beautiful patriotic quilt. Stars and Stripes is a quick strip project that was inspired by the beautiful “United” Tonga Batiks by Timeless Treasures. Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Stars and Stripes

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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Friday Finds, April 6 from On The Go Quilting

I’m starting today’s Friday Finds with a Find I’ve already made!    I found this great Yoga Mat Shoulder Tote Tutorial over at sew4home HERE.   It’s an easy make and it’s so useful.   I will say that I added a few things but I’m one to always add a pocket to a bag.  What use if a bag with no pockets, even a yoga bag?

See mine in the picture on the front of the blog.   It’s a handy bag and I added the two pockets right between the straps on the front of ...

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April 5, 2018
Tips for Finding Your SewJo from Carol Lyles Shaw

Finding your sewjoWe probably all have those days or weeks when our quilting inspiration, motivation and energy just disappears.  It could be burnout (too much deadline sewing) or we might have lost our confidence (no one wants my quilts and, anyway, my quilts aren’t good, perfect or pretty  enough).  We have the time, we have the fabric, we have a pattern—-what we are missing is the energy to get in our sewing space and make something. What we need are easy ways for finding our SewJo. When our energy and motivation are back to healthy levels, we can tackle our ...

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April 4, 2018
Demo Day March 2018! from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

Last weekend we celebrated the first anniversary of our brick and mortar shop in Rock Island, IL, with a big Demo Day! We packed the day with free demos every hour and we filmed four of them for you to watch at home.

Scroll down to see FREE videos on paper piecing, ruler work on the longarm, cutting and sewing with 60 degree triangles and diamonds and how to make four different types of triangles al from squares.

It was a really fun day at the shop and I hope you all enjoy watching the videos at home too!

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