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May 28, 2019
NEW YouTube Series - AGF Fabric Haul Videos from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


Are you a fabric fanatic? Can you remember the first time you were introduced to the magic of fabric and creating something out of it? How did you feel?

I don’t know about you but I don’t think I could be without fabric or give up the process of making something out of this precious material. Creating with fabric for me is just as important as food, fresh water, and shelter. It has become a basic necessity in my life and I know many of you feel the same way.  Which is why I am so excited to ...

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March 19, 2019
Farmer's Wife Class Two ~ Thoughts and Tips from "...laugh yourself into *Stitches*, follow me..." ~Shakespeare~

Are you working on your Farm Quilt??

In Class 2, we are learning Half Square Triangles, How to square hst's up properly, the Magic 8 Method, dealing with Loose Triangles and How to identify 16th inch measurements.

Farming or not...Come join me in my latest YouTube video and learn lots of quilting techniques!  

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March 3, 2019
Back to normal - almost.. from Crazy Quilter on a Bike!

Things are almost back to normal. Two computer things left that I can think of. My email contact list is gone so I have to remake my groups and contacts. Shoot - I must remember in future to make a copy of that file and have it save on the external hard disk That's a bit of a bummer, but it can be recreated. That means that I have NO autofill for e-mail addresses. As I send out notices, the autofill will be recreated, but right now - it's a pain to send out e-mails!

The second thing - I tried ...

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November 19, 2018
Cube Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner from Piece N Quilt

Over the years I've machine quilted several quilts for Paula and I've shared several of them here with you. I've loved quilting her darling quilts. She has made a quilt special for each of her grand-children and now that they've started getting married she's making quilts for their spouses. I really love that Paula lets the grand-kids pick out the patterns and fabrics, so you know they'll love and cherish the quilts that she's made for them forever!

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August 31, 2018
Magic 8 Method Chart ~ Made Print Friendly! Plus a YouTube Tutorial from "...laugh yourself into *Stitches*, follow me..." ~Shakespeare~

I just posted a Quilting YouTube video sharing the Magic 8 Method.  Hope you'll take a few minutes to watch!      

Here's a print friendly Magic 8 chart.  

Print Friendly and PDF

**To print just the chart, click on the green print friendly button and hit print. On the left sidebar, choose the 'landscape' as your layout.  Click on 'more setting' and find 'scale'.  Increase this to 155. 

  Now on the right side of your blog, scroll down through the post until you find the Magic 8 chart.  It should be on or around page 3.  Go back to the left side bar ...

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June 22, 2018
Riley Blake Fabrics – Not So Basic from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends! I am thrilled to share with you that I am on the Riley Blake Fabrics Not So Basic team! We will be sharing projects using Confetti Cottons, Kisses, Hashtags, Shades and the ever popular Swiss Dot! Riley Blake sent us a fun box of goodies for the start of the program and they sent me some extras – […]

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June 14, 2018
Why I love and hate YouTube from QUilting By-You

I love internet research.  I really do.  There is so much stuff out there that is easily accessible!  Patterns everywhere!  Quilt designers self-publishing patterns that you can purchase right from their website!  It’s amazing and super convenient!

Then there is YouTube and I’m loving that as well.  Not sure how to do something?  Look it up on YouTube.  We have fixed our dishwasher that way as well as our camera.  So much information!  There are quilters on YouTube as well.  Tours of quilting studios, videos of shopping hauls,  and how-to’s for just about anything you can think ...

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June 4, 2018
How to install a zipper in a pillow // Video Tutorial from Modern Handcraft

Hi friends, Over the summer I will be working on turning some of my more popular tutorials along with some requested tutorials into videos. Today I am sharing my newest video – How to install a zipper into a pillow – using my favorite method. This method takes a tiny bit more time and requires two sewing machine feet – […]

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June 3, 2018
Channel Trailer from Pebble Creek Arts

I got in the front of the camera for the first time! Talk about excruciating! It took several tries and several blunders, but I finally felt like it was good enough for posting.

I had a trailer for my YouTube channel, but it was not very interesting and I decided that I needed to emulate my favorite channels a little closer. Since my favorites are the ones with tutorials, I thought I would give it a shot. Since I am going to start doing tutorials, my first step was to create a new channel trailer that would represent that a ...

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May 4, 2018
Butterick 6214- Video Sew Along: Supplies, Prep Work & Cutting Fabric from Crafty Gemini

I’m on a roll! Have you noticed I’ve been editing and posting new videos in my Butterick 6214 Video Sew Along each day for the past 3 days! Phew! So, you’ll be happy to know that Video #4 and Video #5 are now ready for you to watch!

If you are following along with the sew along series please watch the videos in their entirety. Many of the questions I’m being asked have been covered in the video lessons.

We sold out of our rayon challis print fabrics and only have some solids left in the ...

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May 2, 2018
Understanding a Sewing Pattern Envelope: Butterick 6214 from Crafty Gemini

butterick 6214 sewing pattern

Video #3 in my Butterick 6214 video sew along series is ready for you! I will warn you, though. It’s long and I talk a lot. But I promise it’s a good one! So much information and so far the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and amazing! Thank you to everyone who has watched the video and sent me comments and emails. As a teacher it’s always so rewarding when you provide your students with nuggets of information that make them have light bulb moments! I hope you’ll experience the same thing when you watch this ...

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April 26, 2018
Giant Jelly Roll Tote | Video Tutorial from The Shabby

This Giant Jelly Roll Tote might just be the best Summer bag we've ever made! It is, obviously, gigantic so it can carry everything you need. We all know that with the Summer season comes farmer's markets, picnics, beach days, and endless outings where the perfect tote can come in very, very handy! We have a full step-by-step tutorial for you to follow along with as well as some great notions that will make creating this bag a breeze!

Click HERE to get the free download which includes all of the fabric requirements and templates you'll need ...

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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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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 9, 2018
Sewing Clothes Video Series: How to take Body Measurements from Crafty Gemini

CLIP & slide 60" measuring tape

I’m having so much fun making my clothes this year! I can’t wait to share with you all my different video tutorials, pattern reviews and even brand new Crafty Gemini Sewing Patterns (coming soon!)

As we kick off a new video tutorial series on sewing your own clothes I decided to begin with a video on how to take the three most basic measurements often needed when working with sewing patterns: bust, waist and hip. If you are new to sewing clothes there is a lot of information in this video that will be an eye opener for ...

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March 25, 2018
In the Hoop Bunny Bookmark Machine Embroidery Tutorial & FREE design from Crafty Gemini

crafty gemini bunny bookmark ith embroidery design

It’s been a while since I did a machine embroidery video tutorial. So, here is a quick and easy in-the-hoop bunny bookmark for those of you that have an embroidery machine! In the video tutorial I use my Brother PE770 embroidery machine. This is the machine I recommend for embroidery beginners. But any embroidery machine with at least a 4×4 hoop will work for this project.

My bunny bookmark is a fun and easy beginner friendly ITH (in the hoop) embroidery project. If you have an embroidery machine but have yet to try an in the hoop project ...

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March 8, 2018
sparkle bee from Charm About You

tula pink wonky star quilt blocks

I got to play with some Tula Pink All Stars fabric this week and I adore the bee print! Wonky stars are a fun quick sew and it's nice to mix up the points, using different prints and solids. I made the bees the star of the show by fussy cutting them for the centre of the wonky star blocks.

tula pink all stars bee fabric wonky star quilt block

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February 6, 2018
YouTube Freemotion Quilting Mini Quilt Part 1 from Lily Patch Quilts

For those of you who have a YouTube channel, you know that the change is coming up quickly and those who don't have enough subscribers will lose their partnership agreement. I am one of those subscribers that will be affected by this new rule. I took a break for school so didn't put out as much videos as I'd like. I have plans to share quilting, crafting and stamping videos on my channel. 
If you would like to keep-up-date, please subscribe to my YouTube channel to see new videos as I get them done.

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February 4, 2018
This week w/Jenn @Quilters Depot from Jenn's Quilters Depot Blog

I went Hi Tech this week.  Or I tried to.  If you want to see the video I did for this edition of this week w/Jenn you will have to go to our facebook page or our twitter account to check it out or use this link from you tube to view it.  What do you think?  Do you like the video idea?

Basically it told you I have been working on a harley tshirt quilt.  doing a real cool motorcycle design on the pro stitcher.

working on my BOM.

showed you the classes coming ...

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January 24, 2018
A Bit of Subtle and a Giveaway to Lift your Seasonal Blues from Karen's Quilts, Crows, & Cardinals

Welcome - welcome Quilty Friends!
I'm excited to guest post on the
Aurifil Blog today sharing
a free project & tutorial:
~ The Subtle Tree ~
an 11" x 13" mini quilt.
The Subtle Tree is an exercise in thread painting, machine applique, and free motion quilting on a home sewing machine using my debut Aurifil Designer thread collection,
The Subtle Sampler.
Summer Heat or Winter Blues
have you down ?

The Subtle Tree can be stitched in a weekend and will brighten most any decor.
The tutorial video (below) will take you through the steps necessary to
Subtle Tree.

Be ...

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