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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Summer Grilled Vegetables

Summer is prime grilling season, and there is nothing that says summer more than that outdoor grilled flavor. While we usually concentrate on the meat or fish entree the most, the grill is the best place for your side dishes to cook too. The flavor and freshness of newly harvested vegetables could almost take center …

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Quilting the Teacup Candle Mat

Finishing up the candle mat from last week, I did the quilting on my domestic machine.  Beginning the quilting, the edge was stitched all the way around.  Note that I am using a walking foot for this. Next, stitching in the ditch all the way around the paper pieced section. Then, I wanted to stitch …

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Al Fresco Tablescape and Blog Hop

The heat is not quite as intense in the past few days, so of course I began thinking about having a luncheon with friends over to enjoy the veranda.  There are several new additions to my tablescaping closet, some from thrift stores and some from online auctions I just could not resist.  When I saw …

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Birdseed Bag Totes

When going to the grocery store or pharmacy or department stores, I have made the decision stop using the single use plastic bags.  As much as possible, and it is very possible to do this on every visit to every store, I will refuse those store bags in favor of my own reusable bags.   Even …

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Redwork Project for Christmas

I am finally getting to this project I've been wanting to start for over a year.  I got this adorable pattern from Red Brolly some time ago.  Unfortunately, Bronwen Hayes has closed her store, no longer posts to her website, and has abandoned her Facebook page.  The 'temporary closure' was in January 2017.  Messages to …

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Square Dance Finish

The 2018 mystery quilt along finished up last month, and I got busy on the quilting pretty quickly. Loading it on the longarm, I had to make decisions on thread and quilt design. I did my trick of folding it up to be sure all those borders were straight before beginning quilting.  If they hadn't …

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Watering Can Garden Art Project

This idea of a cute, painted watering can has been circulating around the internet for a while now, and I wanted to do something like it for my garden.  It was one of those projects that was planned quickly, but went low on the project list as other projects with deadlines took priority.  Then with …

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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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