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July 12, 2021
Meet the Maker at Nancy’s Notions from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Joi Mahon, Sewist at Nancy’s Notions

When and how did you first start sewing?
I started sewing somewhere between age 5-7. I would go to my grandma’s farm and read all of her Hershner’s catalogs and I would look at photos and try to figure out how projects and patterns were created. I guess I started teaching myself at an early age how to think creatively  and to figure out how things are put together. I hand sewed a lot for several years and started using a sewing machine around age 11. I think I was the ...

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Meet the Maker of One Big Happy from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Jenny Fish, Knitter at One Big Happy

When and how did you first start knitting?
Almost 20 years ago, I had a Lucy moment and convinced my best friend Becca to go a knitting class. The class was a disaster.  I don’t think we ever got past the cast on row. Looking back, it was quite hilarious, but at the time I was so frustrated!!! After that we stuck to books from the library and local yarn shops for tips and tricks. 

What advice would you give to someone who just started knitting?
Be Patient and Persistent. Knitting is ...

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In The Studio 01 from Blossom Heart Quilts

The bits and pieces I’ve been making, creating, reading, and doing – stitchy or otherwise.

Back in the day, (or as my kids used to say, “Back in the ages”!) I used to write fairly in-depth newsletters, sharing more “behind the scenes” bits and pieces, things I’ve been reading or buying or making or admiring. While I am an introvert, I do love a good quilty chit-chat! But it took quite a while to do that each week, and I had to change how I did things to make it more sustainable as life and work changed. I do ...

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May 25, 2021
You Should… No, I Won’t from Blossom Heart Quilts

When a pondering Instagram caption becomes too long and wordy, and instead, you ponder aloud in a blog post…

In life, in all areas of life, there are a lot of shoulds that swirl around. In parenting, in friendships, in relationships, in faith, in work, in play, in self-care…

You should have a daily routine and schedule.

You should spend time creating before consuming.

You should work harder to grow your business more and more.

You should get up earlier to go to the gym and read the Bible and prepare yourself mentally for the day before the kids get ...

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April 8, 2021
Cultural Appropriation and Pattern Discontinuation from Blossom Heart Quilts

When I first designed the Japanese foundation paper piecing quilt blocks, Hinamatsuri, Kokeshi, Tsuru, and Kimono, it was purely out of a desire to honour an important time my family’s life and our time in Japan. We did not live the stereotypical “expat life” that many people might imagine of living in a foreigner-dominant area and accessing as many English options as possible. We were in the suburbs, my husband worked in a Japanese government institute, our children went to the local Japanese preschool, we went to a Japanese church. It was very immersive. And as such, our time ...

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February 2, 2021
Family Football Traditions from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

The Doan Family celebrating last years big game in February 2020.

Does your family have football traditions? Here in Hamilton, Missouri we love to celebrate our favorite Kansas City football team and we are so excited to see them bringing more attention to the great state of Missouri once again. Whether your family goes to the backyard to throw around the pig skin or serves up an incredible halftime meal, we hope that you have a chance to enjoy your festivities of choice safely!

For those of us looking to make changes this year and celebrate smaller, there are still ...

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January 27, 2021
Daruma Yokota Sashiko Thread from The Ardent Thread

In the summer of 2019 I visited the Daruma Yokota thread dyeing factory in Kyoto, Japan. As our wholesale company, Orimono Imports, is a distributor for the brand and our retail shop, Kimonomomo has sold their thread for several years, I was hoping to learn more about the dyeing process and brainstorm some new ideas. In both regards, the visit was a resounding success.

Kyoto is typically hot and humid in summer, so much so that I always get blisters on my feet, no matter what kind of shoes or sandals I wear. With all the walking I do it ...

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December 1, 2020
A Quilting Life: Behind the Scenes & FAQ’s from A Quilting Life

A Quilting Life: Behind the Scenes featured by Top US Quilting Blog, A Quilting Life

Hello, friends! Today I’m sharing some A Quilting Life: Behind the Scenes & FAQ’s (frequently asked questions). We have had a lot of new readers over the past several months, and so I thought it was time for a re-introduction here on the blog. Many readers have joined recently from Moda Block Heads and from […]

The post A Quilting Life: Behind the Scenes & FAQ’s appeared first on A Quilting Life.

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November 18, 2020
Take a Look Behind the Scenes of BLOCK Magazine and Join Us for a BLOCK Party TONIGHT! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

BLOCK Magazine is an “idea book” designed, produced, and published by Missouri Star Quilt Co. As you flip through each glossy page you’ll find gorgeous photography, fun patterns, brilliant ideas, and one-of-a-kind stories! For seven years – hard work, creativity and pure love has been poured into each issue!

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Q: How many people does it take to make an issue of BLOCK Magazine?
A: It takes a team of about forty people!

Here’s how they do it:

Each issue of BLOCK starts with thoughtful planning months in advance. First, the design ...

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September 30, 2020
5 Lessons I Learned From Creative Burnout from Blossom Heart Quilts

Happy October! Well, as it’s 2020, I hope it’ll be a happy month… but nevertheless, October is here, and I am back, baby! I have spent the past three months resting, playing, surviving, and sometimes thriving. It has not been an easy year for anyone, but a quick recap of the past three months since I last posted (read that here)…

My state, Victoria, very quickly went from stage 3 lockdown (which included home learning) to stage 4 lockdown which included: mandatory masks; a 5km radius limit on travel except for permitted work, care or health; an 8pm ...

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September 21, 2020
A sneak peek into the next issue of BLOCK Magazine from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Dear Quilters,

Thanksgiving is just around the corner… talking about gratitude… I want to talk about the other side of giving, which is receiving. It is often easy to give of ourselves, but it can be difficult to accept help when we need it. I love this quote by Maya Angelou, “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” It reminds me that in every situation where there is a giver, there is also a receiver…

It’s wonderful to be on the giving end, as we so often are, but what about those times when we are ...

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July 21, 2020
Behind the scenes of BLOCK Magazine – August 2020 from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

A Note from Jenny

Dear Quilters,

This year has been so completely out of the ordinary, and challenging in so many ways, that I find myself simplifying again and experiencing great joy in the things that I have often taken for granted. Now, preparing for the holiday season is less about the hustle and bustle of finding just the right present, but taking the time to help create a warm, welcoming spirit in my home and in my community. 

As I contemplate the spirit of generosity, I recognize that giving comes in many forms. Some give of their time and energy, some share love ...

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July 9, 2020
The One Where We Are On A Break from Blossom Heart Quilts

We have seen all the 2020 memes. We have had the jokes and the tears and the chocolate and the naps. We’ve supervised home learning, while continuing on with all other jobs in life, whether it’s running a household or working from home or a combination of both. The relentless global events, with the bushfires here in my country and state, threatening friends and family since before Christmas last year, and no break since then in the heartbreak and horror.

When you add in the various personal issues we all face in our daily lives anyway, regardless of ...

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May 20, 2020
Sneak Peek: BLOCK Magazine Summer 2020 from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

A note from Jenny.

My hope is by the time I’ve written this letter to you and BLOCK arrives at your home, that life will have returned to normal. My hope is the sun will be shining outside your window… you’ll be free to gather with friends and family… you’ll feel comfortable greeting neighbors and walking the dog again, and a trip to the beach might be just around the corner. It’s hard to imagine after weeks of being separated from loved ones and anxiously watching the television, but I have great hope that we’ll make it through…many ...

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May 5, 2020
Now Available at Missouri Star: Liberty Fabrics! from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

In 1875, Arthur Lasenby Liberty opened Liberty on Regent Street in London. He sold imported goods from the East such as ornaments, textiles, and artifacts. The imported goods went so quickly, Liberty opened an in-house studio in which to design and print their own fabrics. Now, 140 years later, Liberty is internationally recognized as a leader in print design and textile innovation.

Each collection designed by Liberty is inspired by some form of worldly art – architecture, history, music, florals, etc. A new collection is released each season and every season the fabrics tell a new story.

Each design is created ...

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March 25, 2020
“Home is Where the Quilts Are” – Behind the scenes of BLOCK Magazine Volume 7 Issue 2 from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

A Note From Jenny BLOCK Magazine

Writing to you from the comfort of home is a privilege in this fast-paced world. I often find myself between places, driving long distances or flying to far-off locations to visit quilters around the world. It can be hard to feel comfortable in such circumstances, but I’ve found out something incredible about the quilting world. No matter where I go, as long as I can find a quilt shop, I feel right at home. After all, home is where the quilts are! 

Home is such a lovely place to be. I recently dug into my sewing studio for some ...

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February 27, 2020
Wandering Around: Mayfair from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Hello Fabric Lovers,

Our newest collection called Mayfair by Amy Sinibaldi takes you straight to London! Inspired by the neighborhood of the same name in Central London. A small interesting fact, the name Mayfair comes from a 17th-Century springtime celebration once held in that area. In this lovely collection, fabric patterns range from small dainty to big and expressive florals. Pastel to deep rich tones. Super versatile and perfectly suited for upcoming seasons like spring and summer.  

Reminiscing on her visits to Shepherd Market, Piccadilly, Hyde Park, and Covent Garden. Amy sketched the flower-filled neighborhoods that surrounded her beloved hotel ...

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January 27, 2020
Big ideas are coming to life with the next issue of BLOCK Magazine from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

A Note from Jenny - BLOCK Magazine 2020 Winter Issue

This is the time of year that we think about setting goals. We want to be better and all of you constantly inspire me to keep trying. This brand new issue of BLOCK has been spruced up from cover to cover to start 2020 off in style! The design has been refreshed, exciting changes are on every page, more stories from our readers, and even more to come throughout the year! We hope you love it.

Starting new also means celebrating success and recognizing growth. BLOCK has been through a lot over the past six years and so have you ...

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November 18, 2019
A Look Inside BLOCK Magazine: Winter 2019 from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

“Great stories happen to those who can tell them.” -Ira Glass

A Note From Jenny Doan, BLOCK Magazine Winter Issue 2019

After the winter holidays, I like to write down the moments that made me smile. Like the care that went into a handmade gift from a grandchild, the friendly chatter around the family dinner table, and the sweet older lady who talked to me at the post office. Every day there’s something to remind me there is good in this world. These little moments make up each day and when I stop to appreciate them, it changes my perspective, and ultimately, my life.

Our lives are composed of ...

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November 9, 2019
Organizing Quilt Projects with Trello from Snowy Days Quilting

A friend recently mentioned that she’s been keeping track of her quilt projects with Trello. As I’ve been feeling increasingly overwhelmed by my own myriad of projects, my interest was piqued. I decided to give it a try, and I really like it! Trello is a great way to see everything I have in flight, along with how much progress I’ve made on each item.

Since it’s a free app, I thought I’d share how I’ve been using it. Maybe this will inspire a few of you to organize your own project lists. They ...

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