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May 7, 2021
Hanging Kitchen Towel Easy Tutorial from Pieced Brain

Hanging Kitchen Towel Easy Tutorial

Check out this Hanging Kitchen Towel Easy Tutorial and make a few in one afternoon. Jazz up your kitchen decor or gift them to family and friends!

I love kitchen towels made with flour sacks – they are very absorbent, easy to clean, and very durable. Some of the ones I use have been in my kitchen for decades! I have a bunch of these sacks just waiting to be made into cute towels and yesterday I spent a couple of hours making this one. Do you like it or do you love it?

I took some photos as I went ...

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May 2, 2021
The Fence Quilt - Patchwork Professional 03-2021 from Quiltmanufaktur

Vergangenes Jahr wurde ich von Frau Crane, der Chefredakteurin des Patchwork Professional Magazins angefragt, ob ich einen Quilt entwerfen und eine Anleitung dazu verfassen könnte. Aus dieser Anfrage entstand die Idee zum 'The Fence Quilt'. Seit dem 24. April findet man ihn im neuen Patchwork Professional Magazin und natürlich im Schaufenster der Quiltmanufaktur!

Quilt Buddys mit ins Boot nehmen

Gleich bei unserem Telefonat beschlossen Frau Crane und ich, dass der Quilt nicht nur als Anleitung erscheinen sollte, sondern dass ich mehr Platz für weitere Beispiele des noch zu entwerfenden Quilts bekommen würde. Mir schwebte vor, meine 'Quilt Buddys' zu fragen ...

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Hands2Help - A Great Tutorial From Guest Blogger Anja! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

May!  The lovely month of May has arrived, with beautiful springtime weather to enjoy and the end of this year's Hands2Help Challenge in sight.  Today we have another guest blogger joining us - Anja from Nova Scotia, who blogs at Anja Quilts!  Anja is always creating something beautiful, it seems, and she has a wonderful tutorial for us today.  So now I will turn the blog over to her!


Thanks to Sarah for hosting another year of Hands2Help and for the opportunity to guest blog.  I'm Anja, and I blog over at Anja Quilts and on Instagram ...

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April 22, 2021
We're Back "In the Garden" Again: Cornflowers from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

As Kara stated last week, we will be revisiting our time capsule of posts from a few years ago, and going back In the Garden. We will be using many of the stitches we learned in our Hopeful Flowers Stitch Along, and sharing tips in our Hopeful Stitchers Facebook group. Since this post was first published, the quilt has been assembled, quilted, bound, and taught in two year-long BOMs at Primitive Homespuns. We hope that you will enjoy our return visit In the Garden, and if you have already stitched some of the blocks, perhaps you might share some of ...

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April 16, 2021
Eyeglass Case Tutorial with Printable Pattern from Tea Rose Home

The idea for this project came purely from my own need, but I thought there might be some of you going through the same thing and looking for an eyeglass case.

I always had good eyesight up until few years ago (darn aging! My teen daughter often say, "Is there anything good about getting old??"), but I started needing glasses to see far and it seems to be getting worse. Because I am not used to carrying glasses around, I always forget to take them with me and I won't even think about them until I need to see ...

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April 11, 2021
Hands2Help - Meet Guest Blogger Carole With A Hometown Heroes Idea! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

It's time for another Hands2Help post, and this week our guest blogger is Carole, who blogs at From My Carolina Home.  Carole designs beautiful quilts and hosts mystery quilt-alongs for her designs, which are always named for dances.  Her current mystery is the Pachanga, which always makes me think of Dirty Dancing - how about you?  

This week Carole has a great suggestion and tutorial for our Hometown Heroes project, so let's get started!

Oh, and don't forget - this is a check-in week, so if you've got some progress to share, you can link up ...

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April 10, 2021
My FMQ fun from I Patch and Quilt

April last year, I shared lots of quilty eye candy and tutorials based on ribbon candy and wishbone patterns. I really enjoyed stitching out the samples and creating the tutorials. Let’s do a project like this again!

I have come up with a list of patterns and tools connected to freemotion quilting (FMQ). Each word will be visualized in a quilted sample or video. All of the samples that I share will be on what I enjoy about FMQ, therefore this series is called ‘My FMQ Fun’.

I will share about three ‘words’ in each blog post. So, let ...

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April 4, 2021
Hands2Help - Meet Guest Blogger Susan and her Stained Glass Tutorial! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict


Hi, all!

Welcome to the first guest blogger post of Hands2Help 2021!  This week I'm pleased to welcome Susan, of Stitched by Susan.  Susan quilts beautifully with her long arm, and is also generous in sharing her knowledge and skills via the internet.  AND she has a beautiful quilt tutorial to share with us today!  Ever a scrappy quilter, she has come up with a design that is a perfect scrap buster, and she shows it in several different color ways to show you just how versatile the pattern is.  So without further ado, I'll turn the blog ...

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March 27, 2021
Two new tutorials! from I Patch and Quilt

Welcome back everyone!

Thank you for taking the time to read this blogpost. It has been almost a year since I last added something to this blog. All of time and energy has been diverted to my day job in teaching high school. I fully intend to slowly pick up blogging again.

I have something fun to share with you today!

Have you ever struggled with quilting a feathered wreath consistently? Did your feathers not meet up in the end, or did it all look wonky once done?

Then I have the right tutorial for you!

I have developed a ...

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March 26, 2021
Quilting Tips: Fussy Cutting 101 from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog


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Hello, Makers! 

Coming back this week with another tutorial, if you missed what we spoke about last time, make sure to check out my Reverse Applique Flower Patch tutorial! As many of you may or may not know, my quilting journey started pretty recently as I dove headfirst into this industry and fell in love with fabrics! As I progressed my skills in the quilting world, my research was always intense as I was craving to learn more about it every week. One of my favorite things I learned about was Fussy Cutting! Which is a technique of choosing a ...

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March 24, 2021
Square in a Square/ Economy Patch from Humble Quilts

 Hello quilters! Someone mentioned that they wouldn't know how to make the economy patch by using my Electric Quilt cutting pattern.  I thought I'd show you how I would make a 3" finished economy patch block.

I'd cut the center square a tad smaller. It seems like I always lose my 1/4" seam allowance on this block.
Center square- cut (1) 2 1/2" square
background (a tad oversized) - cut (2) 2 1/2" squares, then cut on the diagonal to make 4 triangles. 

Find the center of your square and the center of you triangle ...

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March 21, 2021
Small zipper pouch tutorial from Quilt in Progress

String quilted zip pouch

The weather is warming up here in SW Missouri, and it will soon be auction time. We love to attend auctions to buy things we need, and even more things we don’t need but can’t resist. It’s a great way to get into collecting. I found out about vintage glassware makers and designs by paying attention to which ones bring higher bids, then researching them online.

Mostly I like to buy sewing machines. My favorite turn-around was when I purchased a Singer 99K. I bought it at auction as part of a 2-fer ...

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February 23, 2021
How to Sew a Quilted Puffy Scarf- DIY Sewing Tutorial from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello Makers, 

Are you staying warm? With Minnesota reaching well into the negative degrees Fahrenheit, having to go outside is chilling to the bone. Anytime it's winter, I always take the opportunity to use Art Gallery Fabrics substrates, because they are just the best to sew with. While I was looking through my fabric stash, I saw these lovely rayon prints in “Manhattan’s Foliage” by Bari J., “Honey”, and “Soleil Stripes” that I had to use! I was inspired by all the puffy accessories being created that I thought it would be a great idea to create my ...

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February 21, 2021
Our String Therapy Prompt This Week? Find Joy! from Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Hi, all!

Wow, what a week it has been.  Starting Sunday we had ice, freezing rain, sleet, and more ice.  Then snow.  Then more snow - lots more snow! And no sunshine.  Even with all the extra sewing time, it was enough to make one feel blue.  And then Friday, the clouds cleared, the sun came out, and everything started to melt.  Driving around, it was a pleasure to see the ice-covered trees sparkling like diamonds in the sun.  It was a truly joyful sight!

There are so many things that bring us joy, and sometimes the answer to a blue ...

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February 18, 2021
Assembling Foundation Pieced Batting from Kat & Cat Quilts

I know a lot of people have been curious about how the Jan/Feb string blocks that are foundation pieced onto batting will be put together.  I took advantage of the snow days to start putting some together so you can see.

I sorted out red and orange blocks for my first quilt.  Step one is to put right sides together and sew with a fat quarter inch seam through all the layers.

Step 2 is to finish the seam. I've done this before by finger pressing the seams open and stitching over them with a triple zigzag (visible ...

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January 28, 2021
Half Square Triangle Scraps – Using every bit from Brown Bird Designs Quilts

Use every bit of your fabric. This tutorial used the scraps from diagonal cuts.

Have you ever set aside half square triangle scraps with the intent to use them but can’t figure out what to do with them? What do you do with your project scraps? I always feel so good when I save them. They are perfect to use in charity blocks or a scrappie project. As I was working on two of the three Double Pinwheel Quilts I made, I did a little prep work and laid the foundation for a few hundred half square triangles all from scraps. They have been waiting patiently for me in a basket on top ...

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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 18, 2021
Easy Patchwork: Triangle Corner made with a Square, or “Snowball” Corners from Mulberry Patch Quilts

It’s easy to make a triangle on the corner of a block, no math involved. I first heard of this technique from an amazing quilt teacher, Mary Ellen Hopkins, who wrote groundbreaking quilting books like “It’s OK if You Sit on My Quilt”, and “Connecting Triangles” among others. Mary Ellen was probably best known for creating the connector and perfect piecing triangles concepts. I was so lucky to have the opportunity to see her at her lecture in Milwaukee just a few years before she passed away (in 2013). Not only did she make quilting fun, her sense ...

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Devon Pouch (a fabulously handy zipper pouch) from Sotak Handmade

 Hello lovelies, happy Monday to you all!

If you've been following me for a while you would have noticed how much I enjoy sewing up zipper pouches :). It's one of my favorite projects to work on and today I wanted to talk a bit about one of my most favorite pouch ever, the Devon Pouch.

Here's just a little sampling of the Devon Pouches I made over the last year or so :).

I love putting these sweet fabric combinations together, matching them up with metal zippers, and whipping up these super useful pouches. I especially love having ...

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January 9, 2021
Boxed Zipper Pouch (how to) from Sotak Handmade

Hello everyone, happy Saturday to you all!

I'm super excited to bring you a new video tutorial

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