A Quilt Repair

Silk dupioni patches with tapestry and heavier upholstery patches are not the best compatible pair for a heavily used quilt.  As this shredded seam on the silk dupioni shows, the lighter weight fabric always takes the brunt of the stress, and dupioni tends to ravel.  When a lady brought this to me for repair, I …

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Omiyage

Gift giving is something I really enjoy.  Seeing someone's face as they receive a little remembrance as a surprise is fun.  In the Japanese tradition of Omiyage, in past times, gifts were given to the lords of the lands for protection with many rules on the gift itself down to how it was wrapped and …

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Sakura Tsuki Art Quilt

Japanese and Asian inspired fabrics are more easily found in stores now as well as online, or maybe I am just paying more attention to them more than I used to.  Beautiful prints with metallic accents are so appealing to me.  I have several pieces that I received from a friend before she passed, and …

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Travel Pillow Case

One thing that I do not like about traveling is hotel pillows.  For some reason most hotels have gone to all down pillows, which to me are very uncomfortable.  They go flat in a hurry, and I need the support for my neck to last all night.  So, I started asking for acrylic or polyester …

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How to Use a Towa Gauge

If you are a longarm quilter or you use a computerized embroidery machine with a bobbin case, a Towa gauge is either in your tool kit, or you have probably heard of it.  I have to admit that for several years I resisted buying one.  They are not cheap, and I just couldn't see the …

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Christmas Quilt Along Nine Patch Star

Our second week will see the construction of the block and beginning the quilting. So, here is where we left off.  If you missed last weeks beginning with the cutting instructions and the first unit construction, click HERE. Start by sewing the HSTs units together. Press the seams open on these units to reduce bulk. …

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Autumn Jubilee Sew Along Tablet Cover

Making gifts for the holidays especially for the guys in your life is sometimes a difficult task.  Today, we'll begin a sew-along to make a very fast tablet cover/carrier that will finish in just three installments.  The cutting and making the half-square triangles will begin today, using a different method - Moda Cake Mix papers …

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The Swing Bag – A Scrap Dance Pattern

Wouldn't you love to have a great travel bag for the holidays, or any travel weekend?  This weekender bag is compact yet packs a punch. You won't believe how much you can fit into it, and still have organization!  It will hold enough clothes and toiletries for a weekend getaway, just Swing it over your …

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How to Shorten Sleeves on Ready to Wear

Shopping can be such a chore at times. As much as I like wearing nice clothes, sometimes it is just next to impossible to find what I need.  It is hard enough to find things in petite sizing to accommodate my short stature, much less something cute.  Recently I spent quite a bit of time …

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Repairing an Old Damaged Quilt

One of the things I do is repair well-loved quilts that no one else will touch. Most of the time, someone that is truly using a quilt will not care that it isn't museum quality, they just want the worst of the damage repaired.   But many quilters won't touch these, believing they are too damaged …

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Making Card Carriers

With the NC Quilt Symposium coming to Asheville in 2018, our local longarm group is once again making small items to add to the goodie bags to get our group publicity.  For locals, and those who don't mind mailing quilts to be quilted, we have a number of wonderful longarm quilters ready to make your …

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Labeling Quilts and Keeping Records

How often we quilters talk about labeling your quilts!  We say that labeling is not only to remind you when you made a quilt, but to tell others that you made it and when, but it also has another purpose - one I hope you never need. I think most of us wait until after …

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Another Lesson on Measuring Borders

Recently, I was discussing borders with a lady after her quilt was done.  I asked if she had measured the borders and she said yes she had. But they were too big, and it occurred to me that I have not yet talked about why you need to measure a certain way to get the …

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How to Re-cover an Ironing Board

Ironing board covers do wear out regularly, and need replacing. If you have a standard board that most people have, just buying a new cover is easy. But, my board is a specialty shape that is no longer made. It is larger than the standard board, with an elongated end for ironing in the round, …

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Christmas in July! Sewing Kit Tutorial

Today I kickoff a Christmas in July Event at From My Carolina Home!  Get ready for 12 days of ideas, tutorials, giveaways, downloads and fun on my blog PLUS a quilt along over at a blog hop with more blogs to visit full of ideas.  On this post, I'll show you a tutorial for a …

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