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January 28, 2021
A Stitching Book: Tell Me What YOU Want to See from Where Art & Life Meet

I’m working on a Left-Handed Stitching book. It’s a HUGE project, but I’m determined and am taking it one small stitch at a time. Yesterday I was working on a Threaded Backstitch and so I began to stitch on a piece of linen that I whipstitched some wool shapes onto. Once I had done one… Continue reading A Stitching Book: Tell Me What YOU Want to See

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January 24, 2021
How to Bind Your Quilted Wall Hanging with 1-1/2” Single Fold Binding from Mulberry Patch Quilts

Normally I bind my quilts (baby quilts, lap quilts, bed quilts) using double folded straight-of-grain binding cut between 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 inches wide, folded in half (wrong sides together) and sewn on the quilt. For more info on that process, go to my blog post: How to Bind a Quilt—The Secret to Perfect Corners. Double fold is great for projects that will take need to stand up to a lot of wear and tear.

But I’ve found that single fold binding is perfect for most of my smaller projects, like wall hangings, table toppers, etc. I ...

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January 13, 2021
thirty five wraps, a bullion loop. from Karen Ann Ruane

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December 5, 2020
traffic jam binding from Making A Lather

Yesterday, I posted my traffic jam finish. Today, I want to share a bit about a new experiment in machine binding I have been doing. One of the presenters at a guild presentation, this fall, mentioned, that, he used steam a seam when attaching his binding. I was intrigued and went to Joann fabrics that night to find what he used.

This is what I chose using a coupon. It was 2.39. I had decided that if that was too expensive, I might use the BYT and cut it myself. The package came with 2 rolls. 



I tried it ...

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November 27, 2020
Learn to Foundation Paper Piece from Expect Moore

If you’ve heard of Foundation Paper Piecing and want to know what the fuss is all about, or if you’ve never heard of Foundation Paper Piecing and now you’re curious, I can’t wait to tell you all about this really cool quilting technique! And, I created a free quilt block – the North Star Quilt […]

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November 18, 2020
Making a Sashiko Handkerchief – iine kits from Olympus – いいね from The Ardent Thread

いいね (iine) = Nice! And it is a nice little project. Make it in a weekend.

While one may argue that these kits aren’t really sashiko, they are definitely a happy diversion from everything else going on these days. So yes, I’m in. Here’s what you need to know about the kits so you can make one yourself.

When you open the package you’ll find a long piece of white cotton cloth with a pre-printed design in a 6″ square. Dotted lines show where you’ll stitch, and ...

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November 11, 2020
How to Sew a Pin Cushion from Expect Moore

These pin cushions make perfect gifts for friends and family who like to sew. They are quick and easy to make, inexpensive, and can be personalized for each recipient with specific fabrics and buttons! This post contains affiliate links. Making a purchase through these links provides a small commission to this site at no additional […]

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September 16, 2020
Quick & Easy No-Sew Pumpkin Tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Happy Fall, y’all! We’ve got a pretty plush pumpkin tutorial for you today. With 10 minutes to spare and some Cuddle fabric, you can upgrade your plain pumpkins into glamorous no-sew pumpkin decorations to display all season long.

We made our no-sew pumpkins with Shannon Cuddle fabrics. The Cuddle fabrics make for full and fluffy pumpkins. You can use fun prints to create chic pumpkins to match your style.

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Kimberly will show you how to make these quick no-sew pumpkins using just a few materials in this FREE video tutorial.

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September 7, 2020
How To Knit A Blanket For Your Dog’s Crate from Pippa Patchwork

Are you the one, who wants to knit a blanket for the dog’s kennel to make the pet feel comfortable and warm in the winter season? Have you ever knit any blanket, either for dog’s crate or for anything else? If you are doing knitting for the first time, then you are at the right platform. In the forthcoming paragraphs, we are going to elaborate a few tips regarding knitting the blanket for the dog’s crate.

KNOW ABOUT KNITTING TIPS

Well, having a dog at home is very lucky. A dog is like your family member, who ...

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August 2, 2020
Adjustable Face Mask in 3 Easy Steps from Mulberry Patch Quilts

So after making so many, many face masks to donate to clinics, friends, and family, you quickly realize that one size does NOT fit all. Not only are there different size heads, but even the distance from the mask to the ears is different from one person to another.

After doing some experimenting, I’ve come up with a way to make a face mask adjustable by adding 3 easy steps.

START WITH MY INSTRUCTIONS for making a rectangular, pleated style mask HERE, from my previous blog post.

To make this pattern adjustable, you’ll need two lengths of 1 ...

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Quilt Block Masks from Expect Moore

Ever since I learned that it was not only going to be socially acceptable to put fabric on my face, it was actually going to be mandatory, I have been wanting to make some quilt block masks. Because if people can’t see my smiling face, then at least they can see some happy quilt blocks! […]

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July 10, 2020
Summer Sew Camp! from Expect Moore

I am so excited to announce a project I’ve been working on for weeks and weeks… Summer Sew Camp! This is a week-long set of projects designed specifically for teaching kids how to sew. First of all – YES! Adults can play along as well (of course!) But I have designed this with kids in […]

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June 8, 2020
How to Calculate Quilt Sizes from Expect Moore

When designing a quilt, one of the most important elements is understanding how to calculate quilt sizes. How a quilt will be used is significantly impacted by its size. A small quilt that is less than 18″ square will likely be a wall hanging or table topper for a small table, whereas a quilt that […]

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May 25, 2020
Introducing QuiltMath! from Expect Moore

I invented QuiltMath – an easy way to calculate yardage requirements for quilts… that doesn’t actually require any math! Use the simple QuiltMath Pages to easily see how much yardage you need to create your quilt designs. I have been quilting over half my life. And while I do love a good pattern, I also […]

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April 5, 2020
Fabric Masks (how to) from Sotak Handmade

Hello friends, how are you all doing in this new upside down world of ours? 

Hope you're staying safe and healthy. Does anyone else feel like we suddenly live in some sort of insane dystopian society? I certainly get that feeling every time I venture into our local grocery store :(. 


Is wearing face masks required where you live? It's not here in the Netherlands so far, but I still made some for my family just in case. And, I got quite a few requests on IG for a video showing how I made my masks so I thought ...

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FREE Quick & Easy Zipper Pouch Tutorial from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Turn your fear of zippers and bags into a thing of the past. I’m here today to give you a cute, FREE tutorial for making a zipper pouch in no time flat! We couldn’t get enough of the new Canvas At Home Collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. It’s such a great quality fabric that will hold up after use making it the perfect pair for this tutorial. The finished pouch measures approximately 5″ X 9″. Let’s gather our materials and get started!

1/3 yard or two 10″ squares of fabric
We used At ...

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April 4, 2020
FREE Face Mask Sewing Tutorial with Straps & Size Options from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

We received a lot of comments requesting another tutorial for a face mask using straps instead of elastic so here ya go! Using the same construction as the previous tutorial, we just added an extra step. Again, the double layer of fabric creates an opening for inserting a filter for added protection.

This mask is NOT medical grade but there is evidence showing that it can help reduce the spread of germs.  If you would like to donate masks to medical centers locally, we recommend that you contact them beforehand and ask what requirements need to be met. Some need ...

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March 24, 2020
FREE Face Mask Sewing Tutorial with Hair Ties & Size Options from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

It’s time to come together and use our gift of sewing to pay it forward during these difficult times. We have come up with a FREE tutorial for you to make a face mask out of our favorite precut, Jolly Bars! However this project can be made using any of your scraps in hopes that you can use it or donate to those in need. Since elastic has been in short supply, this one uses hair ties, which you might have at home. The double layer of fabric creates an opening for inserting a filter for added protection.

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December 12, 2019
How to Make a Pillowcase with French Seams, No Raw Edges, No Serger Needed! from Quilt Addicts Anonymous

For our seventh Make of Christmas we are bringing back an oldie but a goodie. In this replay on how to make a pillowcase, I show you how to use your leftover yardage or novelty fabric to create a custom pillowcase with no raw edges.

That means we cover how to do a hot dog roll to get all of your raw edges concealed in the pillowcase sleeve, and how to make a French seam, which sounds way more complicated than it actually is, to give your pillowcase a finished look with no raw edges. No serger needed!

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October 23, 2019
Essex Wallet (new pdf pattern) from Sotak Handmade


Hello friends, I hope you all are doing well.

I'm super, super excited as I get to share my newest pattern with you today :)


This is Essex Wallet.

I've been meaning to design a wallet pattern for quite some time so having this cutie all finished feels even more special than usual.


I love how this wallet isn't too large, yet it's roomy enough for all the necessities one might need. There are slots for eight cards, two slip pockets for cash, and even a super handy zipper compartment. Plus a closure tab, of course.

I ...

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