Sewing Fun and Keeping Busy

Last week I posted that I was feeling somewhat aimless with all these days of being at home stretching out before me.  I made some goals, and posted those (Staying Busy in Challenging Times), and I've been working on them.  I think this is easier for me than most because I have so much space …

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Another Well Loved Quilt Repair

Staying at home most of the time right now gives me a chance to make some headway on the backlog of quilt repairs.  This one was so typical of damage on tied quilts.  The ties just don't hold the layers together well, and the top is often a different size than the back.  In this …

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National Quilting Day

Today is National Quilting Day and World Wide Quilting Day, a celebration of our favorite activity. With the current situation, I am sure many of the planned events have been canceled, including our own local show.  It is unfortunate as our local guild was making placemat size wall art for the show, then would have …

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Finding the Silver Lining

It seems that everyone is really busy right now, with more things to do around the house, working from home, video conferencing, kids home from school, and trying to be sure we have what we need for an extended home stay-cation.  I saw another blogger call it a 'corona-cation', and that seems like a good …

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Having Fun With New Quilting Books

I love books, and enjoy reading about new techniques and patterns. Sometimes, I just like looking at design books to spark my own creativity or boost my motivation.  One of the perks of being an affiliate for C&T Publishing is getting advance notice of new releases, along with digital review copies.  For April, they are …

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National Craft Month

March is National Craft Month, so let's get our crafting smocks on, fire up the sewing machines, and have some fun for spring!  Today I have gathered some of my spring inspired projects and some really great deals for you.  First up, paint a watering can to hang in your garden with my Watering Can …

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Churches in Attic Windows Quilt

Fresh off the frame is this customer quilt that I just had to show you.  She did such an interesting thing with her borders!  I loaded her backing, batting and top on the longarm and got busy quilting. The quilt top is fussy cut churches in attic windows. She chose a small looping pantograph that …

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Christmas Tree and Bell Table Topper

Sometimes I do designs for MadamSew, and this little table topper is one of those with two new block designs.  The Tree and Bell blocks are 10 inches square, and are set in the round.   For here, I'd like to show you how I quilted it. The patterns for the two blocks are on the …

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Reworking My Ironing Board

This unusual shaped ironing board has been in my sewing room for many years.  It isn't made anymore, but was great when I was sewing most of my clothing.  That hasn't been the case for the past 15 years, as I have been doing much more quilting.  I've recovered it twice and did a tutorial …

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November Decorating with Quilts and Stitchery

Decorating in the fall is my favorite time, I just love these colors.  This year I got out the Autumn inspired projects, and used them to decorate.  Did you know that all the patterns I do for the Autumn Jubilee events remain free on my blog forever?  I'll show you a few of those in …

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