Paper Piecing Basics and Tips

The Teacups Quilt Along is a go, so I thought I would do a primer on paper piecing in advance of the kickoff post.  Today, I'll show you how I sew paper pieced blocks, and give you some tips and tricks I use to make it easier.  This is a long and picture heavy post, …

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Camera Case for Christmas in July, Giveaway and Blog Hop!

It's time again to start on our holiday sewing for this year.  Today I will show you a new pattern for a camera case, and talk about some additional patterns with downloads for even more quick gifts.  These are all free patterns, and will remain on the blog for you to enjoy.  Plus, I am …

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Focus Fabric Purse Finishing

Picking up where we left off, today we finish the focus fabric purse.  Click on Focus Fabric Purse Part 1 if you missed it.  So far we've made the quilted base and the pockets, and added handles.  Today we finish the bag, adding embellishments, finishing the seams and boxing the corners. If you want to …

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Focus Fabric Purse

Designing this purse was a fun exercise in creativity.  I had a fabric that I wanted to showcase, focusing on it, but just making a purse out of it without some other design element was boring.  So, I took the basic idea of my Jelly Roll Market Bag, and did this one with the accent …

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Comfort Pillow

Charity sewing is a wonderful way to give back to the community.  I have a number of tutorials for making items other than quilts for chemo centers and nursing homes on my charity sewing tutorials page.  The Fidget Quilts and Port Softie Seatbelt Pads continue to be popular posts, and today I'll add another tutorial …

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Freehand Loop Quilting

A friend called recently to ask me if I would do a charity quilt she volunteered to do.  Someone else had made the top, but wasn't able to quilt it due to health reasons.  So, my friend volunteers after no one else in the club she attends would do it.  She wasn't feeling well either …

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Severely Damaged Quilt Repair

One of the services I offer is quilt repair of what I call well loved quilts.  This quilt was by far the most damaged I have ever been asked to repair.  The lady that brought it said that she had given it to her daughter and son-in-law for a wedding gift.  Once I had it …

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Half Square Triangles from Jelly Roll Strips

I am working a bit more on the new scrappy design in pink and brown that I am calling Chocolate Covered Cherries, and I really am pleased with the way the blocks are looking. In making a mountain of half-square triangles at the retreat, one would think I had plenty. But, when I was nearing …

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Repairing a Quilt with Tulle

Recently, a local quilter contacted me with a dilemma.  She had a family heirloom quilt in terrible shape, but her son really wanted it.  She wanted to know if there was any way to save it.  When she brought it over, I thought there was something that could be done, after all the backing and …

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