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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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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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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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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Safelight Project Update

Going to the mailbox these days is so fun, with all the packages to pick up!  The response from the greatest readers ever has been just awesome.  I am continually amazed at the generosity for a community in a rural area from literally all over the world.  That someone in Australia, or New Zealand, or …

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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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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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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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Quilted Sunglasses Case

One thing that always a problem is keeping my sunglasses scratch free.  I often have used drawstring bags, or quilted ones where the glasses slide in one end.  Those are easy to make, but the problem is the glasses will not stay inside.  They end up either sticking out the end,  or coming out altogether …

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More Fun at the Fair

Going back to the the Expo Building at the State Fair while the judges tasted the offerings in the cooking competition, I wanted to search out the two quilts I hadn't found on my previous visit, and get some better pictures.   Be My Carolina Neighbor was hanging with its second place ribbon. The Scrap Dance …

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