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September 19, 2019
Eaton’s Viking 788P Vintage Sewing Machine from Craftcore

This is the Viking 788P sewing machine.   Recently my husband was passing through Value Village when he spotted this machine in the electronics section.  He texted me immediately and told me it was a retro Viking sewing machine for $19.99.  The bobbin case, cord and foot pedal were all there.  It operated well – and did I want it?

Of course, I had to try it out.  Both of us figured it was an older Husqvarna machine.  But no!  These two Viking brands are totally unrelated. After doing some research online, I found out that Viking was the store brand ...

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September 7, 2019
Michaels Grab Bag Haul: September 2019 from Craftcore

Periodically, Michaels grab bags are available, where Michaels combine several products together in a mystery bag, package it together, and sell it all for $4.00 flat. They do this several times a year, but I’ve been unlucky with timing and they are always gone by the time I get over there.  I haven’t had the opportunity to purchase one for over five years!  My last bag was great, full of scrapbook stickers and various paper craft items, so I was hoping that this round would be as useful for the kind of crafts I like to make ...

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September 6, 2019
Video: How to Sew Quilt Binding 100% by Machine from Craftcore

This tutorial will show you the method that I use to sew my quilt binding in place – 100% sewn with sewing machine stitches.  I rarely hand sew, only when it’s absolutely necessary.  I’m someone who wishes she was a neater stitcher. However, I haven’t been able to force myself to practice more.  If I had to hand-sew my quilt binding in place, I think my work-in-progress pile would be even worse than it is now!  Meep!

Typically, the binding is sewn in place from one side, then folded over to the other side and hand sewn in ...

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July 30, 2019
Autograph Quilt from Zarkadia Quilts

The Autograph Quilt block tutorial follows the ‘easy road’ to make a beginner-friendly quilt block. This is a 7-grid quilt block.

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July 21, 2019
Video: How to Melt Your Old Candle Wax into New Candles from Craftcore

When I started stashing away my nearly empty candle jars, I had good intentions of repurposing the jars for storage or decor purposes.  Before I realized it, I had so many candle jars. There’s always those few millimeters of unusable wax at the bottom that I wanted combine together to form a new candle.

I’ll show you how my husband and I  turned 30 spent candle jars into 4 fresh candle jars.  The yield will depend on how much wax was left in each jar, so your mileage may vary.

Before we begin, just a quick disclaimer to ...

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June 25, 2019
Card Trick from Zarkadia Quilts

The Card Trick quilt block seems very, very difficult. I admit I was intimidated when I first saw it…But fear no more! The Quilt Codex has the solution.

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June 21, 2019
Video: Singer 127 and Singer 128 Threading and Identification Guide from Craftcore

In this video threading guide, I’ll be showing you how wind the bobbin, how to prepare the shuttle, and how to thread the Singer 128 and Singer 127 sewing machines. If you have a knee pedal version, I’ll also show you how to to install the knee bar lever. I’ll perform the demonstration on my model 128. The model 128 can be considered the little sister of the model 127, which is the same machine except at ¾ the size.  There are another pair of similar machines, model 27 and model 28, which are often confused.  If ...

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May 23, 2019
Pinwheel Pin Cushion & Mini Pillow Tutorial from Jacquelynne Steves

Hi Friends!! Isn't this pin wheel pin cushion adorable! I made the pin cushion (4" square), and had so much fun that I decided to make a larger one to use for a mini (9") pillow! They were really, really quick to make, too, because I used precut fabrics. Just use mini charm packs for the pin cushion, or a regular charm pack for the little pillow. There is a fun folding technique to make the double pinwheel design- but don't worry, it's pretty easy, and if your points in the center don't match up exactly ...

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May 8, 2019
White ESP Model 4000 Computerized Sewing Machine Guide from Craftcore

The latest sewing machine in my sewing machine collection is the White ESP model 4000 sewing machine. What attracted me to it was its small size – it’s no Featherweight, but while this sewing machine is in its case, it measures only 6 inches deep and 12.5” inches tall. After doing some research online, I learned that it was one of the first, if not THE first computerized sewing machines made by the White Sewing Machine Company, produced in the 1970s. This isn’t the type of sewing machine I usually seek out (I usually want them older), but ...

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March 13, 2019
Answers to your frequently asked questions! from Jacquelynne Steves

Last week I sent out an email to some of my followers, asking them what their biggest questions and struggles were. We got A LOT of responses! But the same questions and themes seemed to come up over and over- people want to learn embroidery, wool applique, and they struggle with getting projects done.

Below is a Facebook Live Video that I shot to answer the most Frequently Asked Questions. By the way, The Art of Home Club, which I mention in the video, is open only today through Friday March 15, 2019, then we’ll close to new members ...

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December 16, 2018
How to Use the Autopunch Feature on the Singer Quantum Futura Embroidery Machine, CE-200 from Craftcore

I’ve wanted an embroidery machine for years, but the cost of these fantastic machines had always prevented me from taking the plunge.  That’s why when I saw this Singer Quantum Futura Embroidery machine pop up for auction on a local buy and sell group on Facebook with a starting bid of $150 back in October, I knew I wanted to get in on it. I heard that this was a good beginner machine, but the reviews were mixed online.

This was the listing photo that pulled me in:  Singer Futura Listing Photo

After the 24 hour auction with $1 increments was over ...

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November 15, 2018

Free Video Workshop Series starts November 19…

I have some FUN free video workshops coming up!! I asked on Facebook what people were interested in learning about, and the top 2 answers were English Paper Piecing (EPP/hexies) and embroidery, so I’ll be talking about & demonstrating both!!

PLUS- we’ll have a Workshop EXCLUSIVE project that we’ll be working on together! This will be fast and fun- it’s designed for you to be able to complete it while the workshop series is running.

We’ll also be talking a little more about creativity and finding time for ...

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November 8, 2018
Our NEW Building, and a BIG SALE Coming! from Jacquelynne Steves

Well- there is just SO MUCH going on here!! Did I mention to you that we bought a building for our business??? I put it in a newsletter a while back, but I've been so busy that blogging has been pushed to the back burner.... so if you're not receiving my newsletters you may not know about it. While packing & moving, I realized that I have waaaayyyyy too much STUFF! So, we're having a giant sale next week!! I'm calling it the Holiday Hooennany Sale- 'cause it's gonna be a hoot!! It will run Monday ...

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October 30, 2018
Messy or Neat?? Creativity and Organization Ideas from Jacquelynne Steves

I’ve been wondering about something lately…. is there truth to that stereotype about creative people being messy? I, for one, work much better in a clean organized space- I feel like clutter makes me overwhelmed and stressed. I think whether you are messy or neat, you have to be at least a LITTLE organized so you can find your stuff…. We’re all so busy and I hear so many people saying that they don’t have the time to be creative. There’s nothing worse than finding 15 minutes to work on a project, and then wasting that ...

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July 8, 2018
How to Thread the Singer 66 and Prepare to Sew from Craftcore

I’ve written about my Singer 66 before, but I wanted to share some videos I prepared about this fantastic, reliable vintage sewing machine.  If you don’t have the manual, it can be tricky to thread the machine and wind the bobbin.  I’ve created a video series that showcases the steps required get the Singer 66 vintage sewing machine up and running, from opening the cabinet, to threading and operating the machine, to winding the bobbin.  I shared the threading video on my channel five months ago and finally finished up the bobbin video today.

Video 1: Opening ...

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June 24, 2018
Corgi Pride – Quilted Pillow Tutorial from The Quilted Magnolia

Just in time for Pride weekend – a new tutorial! I love this rainbow corgi on a decorative pillow. I’ll show you how to make this in my latest YouTube tutorial: Download Applique Template...

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June 17, 2018
Video: Diagonal Slice Quilt Block Tutorial from Craftcore

My go-to baby quilt for gifting is the diagonal slice quilt block. I love that this quilt looks so complicated yet comes together so quickly.  Here is an example of one single block:

I’ve created this tutorial as a video to show you just how easy it is to make your own diagonal slice quilt.  However, if you prefer written instructions, you can view my text and image only tutorial here.  This video will teach you how to create the diagonal slice quilt block and how to assemble it into the quilt top. I’m using a slicing technique ...

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June 1, 2018
Alaska Cruise 2018 Vlog – Part 3 – Skagway Dog Sledding, Ketchikan and Victoria, BC from The Quilted Magnolia

This is the finale of our trip if you’ve been following the vlog series thus far. We go to a mushers camp and learn all about dog sledding in Skagway in an Alaskan Rainforest. Our ship briefly...

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May 30, 2018
Alaska Cruise 2018 Vlog – Part 2 – Juneau Whale Watching and Glacier Tour from The Quilted Magnolia

Hello quilters! Part 2 of my vlog features our ship setting sail for Alaska and our excursions in our first port of Juneau.  Our tour consisted of about 45 minutes at Mendenhall Glacier National Park...

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May 29, 2018
Presenting… Perfect Plumes! from Lisa H Calle's Blog


Some things are worth the wait, and I have to admit these are one of those things!  If you’ve been yearning to master the technique of creating beautiful heirloom feathers then, Perfect Plumes is calling your name!  The class is broken down into steps that are easy to understand and provides the knowledge and skills needed to enhance this aspect of quilting. The only catch is there is no magic fairy dust..



You may not want to hear this folks but the fact remains, like many things, the key to success with creating feathers is practice, practice, practice! You ...

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