Working on Quilted Gift Ideas

There is a song that keeps going through my head by Dolly Parton, called a Hard Candy Christmas.  Seems like that will be this year, as we can't do many of the fun things and social gatherings that celebrate the season.  It seems to me that small gifts and heartfelt cards will be more important …

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Participating in a Pillowcase Challenge

First I have to tell you all, dear friends, that I really appreciate all the wonderful conversations that resulted from my last post.  It is very encouraging to know that so many of you feel like I do, reluctant to complain as I am so fortunate, but also coming up against challenges to keeping my …

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Wool Mat and Cutting Mat Carrier

I am completely sold on these wool pressing mats.  I have a large one on my ironing board, and decided to get a smaller one for using in classes and at retreat.  When Madam Sew put them on sale (and they are still on sale! Click on Wool Press Mat ), I had to get …

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Embroidered Ornaments

Making ornaments from embroidered motifs is fun, and a perfect exchange gift for your holiday parties. I have made ornaments from crewel work and cross stitch, and today I want to show you how to use your embroidery machine to do something different.  My embroidery machine has cards with motifs on them.  I began with …

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Autumn Jubilee Sewing Project – Placemats

Time for another sewing project, as Autumn Jubilee continues.  October is just slipping away too quickly!!  As promised, today I'll show you the tutorial for the placemats from yesterday's tablescape.  These are quick and easy to sew using chain piecing methods.  The finished size is 12-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches. Bernie's bundle will have some half …

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Tissue Covers and a note about Safelight

When we did the latest Safelight Project, wonderful reader Betty Giacomino sent 70 tissue covers to go with the cases made by readers.  It was delightful to see how many there were that went together well.  The last 15 or so didn't really match (I mean, how much can one expect, LOL!!), but at that …

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Blog Remix – Road Trip Pillow

Today I am pleased to be a part of The Fat Quarter Shop's Blog Remix event.   This pattern for a Road Trip Pillow Bag was originally posted on Jolly Jabber in May of last year.  It is sized on their pattern for a child's pillow, and shown with a bedtime story book in the …

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Cutting, Sewing and a Quick Repair

My sewing lately has been mostly on secret projects, making progress on the mystery quilt along Minuet and working on the next Teacup block.  I did another quilt repair that was so simple I didn't take any pictures, but it did take up a few hours.  Mostly I've been cutting up fabrics to make kits …

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A Basket of Comfort for the Recovering Heart

The day after Christmas, a dear friend had a heart attack, and then bypass surgery two days later.  We went to help bring him home on New Year's Day, taking a gift basket for the recovering patient.  I know from my experience with upper spine surgery just over 5 years ago, that after a week …

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Christmas Redwork Pillow

The Christmas Redwork project almost didn't get finished this season.  It seemed like the days just flew by and I didn't get a lot of stitching done each week.  Progress was made, but just not quickly. Last weekend, stitching resumed in earnest until the redwork was done.  I wanted to add some beads to dress …

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