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April 16, 2021
Broken Wheel from Zarkadia Quilts

I don’t know about you, but this block has made my day. Back when I was a rookie quilter, I thought that this was a really complex quilt block, but the Broken Wheel quilt block is a piece of cake!

via Cindy's Antique Quilt
Cutting Instructions for the Union Square quilt block

Remember that FINISHED SIZE means the size it will be in a completed quilt. The measurements given already have the ¼ inch allowance included.

Finished Block Size

*SQ = Square/Squares

Cut 4 SQs from main fabric
Cut 1 SQ from background fabric
Cut 1 strip from ...

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April 13, 2021
Union Square from Zarkadia Quilts

Making this block was so fun, that I decided to make a new quilt with this block, honoring the history behind it. The perfect geometry and harmony behind it is really fascinating for me.

There are many alternative block named after the same quilt block name, but here I am making the original one.

via Katy Quilts
A Little bit of History

A variation of the “saw-tooth” (or some say the Bear Paw) patchwork, this lovely quilt was made for a bride-to-be and named “Union Square” because at that time there was a great deal ...

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March 22, 2021
Spring Has Sprung & I'm So Glad from Ravelly1

 Greetings everyone. Wow! I didn't realize how long it's been since I've posted. Warning, this post will be filled with photos of the goings on around the farm and a couple of my favorite commercial videos thrown in.

First, my neighbor sold his old farm house and had it moved about 7 miles away.

Four days of digging, hammering, lifting, dragging & more cussing than I ever want to listen to again.....the house was finally on the truck....however, it was getting dark so the sheriff's deputy get the movers would have to start for the ...

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July 8, 2020
Checkerboard from Zarkadia Quilts

The classic 16 patch quilt block, the Checkerboard quilt block, is no brainer! It is the easiest quilt block out there, and I love using it even with my tiny 1.5 inch strips! Make this quilt in one weekend!

via Sew And Quilt
Cutting Instructions for the Checkerboard quilt block

You can make the Checkerboard quilt block using almost every final block size. Just use the following calculations:
A = Finished Block Size + 0.5 inches
B = (A x 2) + 0.5 inches
A x B = Wanted measurement of strips

In the following table you can find the measurements for ...

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July 1, 2020
White House Steps from Zarkadia Quilts

I am in love ❤! This is the most beautiful quilt block. The White House Steps, is easy, scrap-friendly, solids-friendly, it can be modern, it can be traditional! It fits literally everywhere, and for every quilt taste! You should definitely try to make it, and I have the right tutorial for you.

Cutting Instructions for the White House Steps quilt block

The cutting part for the White House Steps quilt block is reaaally easy! You will be surprised how fast you can prepare a 20 block quilt.

Always remember FINISHED SIZE means the size it will be in a completed quilt ...

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June 5, 2020
Now available: how to make a versatile face mask VIDEO and a discount on notions from The Crafty Quilter

Hi everyone! I wanted to pop in to let you know that I finally have a video available on how to make my Versatile Face Mask pattern. You can watch it on YouTube here and you’ll also find it on my original Versatile Face Mask Pattern blog post. Plus, keep reading for a great discount on notions from Purple Hobbies.

Versatile Face Mask Video walks you through all of the steps to make my versatile face mask pattern.

In this video, I walk you through all of the steps to make your own face mask. From supplies, to tie options and nose wire, you’ll get the whole process and then some. There are also additional resources ...

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May 25, 2020
Singer 6215C Sewing Machine Showcase from Craftcore

How to Thread the Singer 6215C Sewing Machine

According to the manual, the Singer 6215C sewing machine is from 1984, so it was one of the newest sewing machines in my vintage collection. According to the International Sewing Machine Collectors’ Society, the Singer 6215 models were produced in Brazil between 1985 and 1989. It features the free arm sewing machine bed option, 8 built-in stitches, buttonholes, and a drop in bobbin.

I won this item in an auction for 1 whole Canadian dollar – approximately $0.70 US.  I couldn’t resist when no one bid on it. It was described ...

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May 8, 2020
Video: How to Make a No-Sew Tutu out of Tulle and Elastic from Craftcore

In this video, I’ll show you how I made this no sew tulle tutu skirt.  I used it as a photo prop in my daughter’s one month milestone photos, but you can make this in any size or length by adjusting the calculated measurements.  This tutu is perfect for photos or dress up play.

This project comes together fast with just a few items: scissors, elastic, tulle, and either a single safety pin OR thread.  It’s a no sew project if you are comfortable using a safety pin as the waistband closure. This is fine if you ...

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April 30, 2020
Fabric origami pouch tutorial and video from The Crafty Quilter

I love a good pouch. They make great gifts and they’re perfect to store those little collections we seem to accumulate. Today, I’m going to show you how to make a fabric origami pouch that you guys are going to love! Be warned, it’s highly addictive. But, it’s a great way to use up those fat quarters!

Julie at The Crafty Quilter shows you how to make a fabric origami pouch in this tutorial and there's a video that walks you through the steps.

These pouches don’t require much cutting or pressing. They start with two squares of fabric and after a few folds and a few seams, you get this sweet pouch to brighten up your space. Better than that, they ...

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April 22, 2020
Quick seam ripper technique and video from The Crafty Quilter

Today I’m going to show you a quick seam ripper technique that will change your life (in a sewing kind of way). If you haven’t seen this technique before, you’re going to be amazed. I’ve been using it for about four years now and it takes the grimace out of un-sewing.

Quick & easy way to use a seam ripper includes a 2-minute video by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.

I made a short, 2-minute video so you can see it in action. I have to warn you, making my own videos is new to me. I didn’t have my phone oriented the right way, and I’m just learning to use my video ...

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April 11, 2020
Video: 5 Ways to Remove Leftover Wax from Candle Jars from Craftcore

This video is part 2 in my series on reusing candle wax. Previously I made a video on how to reuse candle wax by melting the wax in jars on the stove, then transferring all the hot wax to a new jar with a fresh wick.

I got a lot of great feedback via comments on my YouTube channel from viewers on more ways to remove wax from jars. I’m currently stuck in the house due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so it’s the perfect time to try out your suggestions! If you have a tried and true method ...

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April 3, 2020
Which Sashing do you like? from Pat Sloan's Blog

Pat sloan drive down bonnie lane full 3

*** It's a Wrap!- Drive Down Lane Sew Along ***

Happy Friday! Today I have a few things.. let's get to it!

Bonnie Lane  - It's a wrap! Thank you for sewing along! I love sewing this with you for a 2nd time.  it was so much fun!! 

(ps.. Photo take last summer)

Goodies - Pattern & My applique tools

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February 11, 2020
Cutting Fusible Web with the Cricut Maker from Craftcore

If you own the Cricut Maker, you know that you can cut a variety of materials, including fabric. But can you use it to cut out shapes from fabric that is already backed with fusible web and the paper liner for your applique projects? 

For some background, I was working on a baby quilt for my daughter who is due to be born next month. I wanted to applique some bunny shapes in the centre of my blocks.  I couldn’t find anyone online talking about using my favourite applique supply: Double Stick Fusible Web. I’ve filmed my experience ...

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January 18, 2020
How to Sew a Lined Christmas Stocking – with free pattern! from Craftcore

In this tutorial, I’ll teach you how to sew a lined Christmas stocking.  I’ve created a free pattern that you can download to make it easier to follow along, but it’s easy enough to make your own pattern as well.

Before we get started, let me tell you a little story.  For Christmas 2019, I planned on making my family a set of matching Christmas stockings with our names embroidered on the cuff.   I wanted to make stockings for me, my husband, our son, and even our unborn baby – really planning ahead so that I don’t ...

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January 12, 2020
How to Make Personalized Vinyl Water Bottle Labels with Cricut Maker from Craftcore

I recently purchased a Cricut Maker, and my first vinyl project was making personalized Batman water bottle decal labels for my Batman-obsessed son. I transformed  Contigo water bottles by personalizing them with my son’s name.

I’ll give you a quick walk-through of what I used to decorate these cups and the basic process of how to create a simple single-colour design featuring a shape with letters appearing in the negative space.

Video Tutorial: Make Personalized Vinyl Water Bottle Labels with Cricut Maker

FYI: These are just for personal use, so I’m not selling these nor would I ...

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November 20, 2019
Friendship from Zarkadia Quilts

The Friendship quilt block is a relatively easy to make, but also a bit tricky, especially regarding seam matching. But once you get the grip of it, and by using the right values on your blocks, the Friendship quilt block can really make ypur quilt special. It is also really scrappy friendly, and you can use up most of your scraps, just with a single block!

via Hope Nelson

Always remember FINISHED SIZE means the size it will be in a completed quilt. The measurements given already have the ¼ inch allowance included ...

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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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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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The post Autograph Quilt appeared first on Zarkadia Quilting Co..

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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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The post Card Trick appeared first on Zarkadia Quilting Co..

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May 10, 2017
The Aviary Block of the Month with Video Tutorials! from Quilt Fusion

We are super excited to finally announce that this Block of the Month laser cut fabric is available! As you know, we love to collaborate – and this project was a collaboration with Hoffman California Fabrics, Fons and Porter and QNNTV. We started working with the talented crew at Hoffman in designing the quilt using their gorgeous hand dyed Bali batiks. We then laid up the pattern and sent it off to QNNTV for them to shoot a video series, for each month and block of the quilt. Next up, Fons & Porter is offering pre-fused and laser cut fabric kits. No ...

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