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    Making a Quilt Your Own Series – Part 2

    NOTE: This is part 2 and a series. Read part 1 here. One of the things I liked about the original pattern is the Dresden plate. This block has always appealed to me and I love the idea of taking something traditional and giving it an updated twist. An English professor once told me that we must learn and know the rules before we can know how to properly break them. I think that’s true with quilting as well, so the first thing I did is learn how to do a proper Dresden Plate. I use a wedge ruler. You can use any wedge you want depending on the size…

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    Making a Quilt Your Own Series- Part 1

    I just finished a quilt that I have been working on for awhile now. I finished it, of course, because I want it in my local guild’s quilt show in a couple weeks. I really need a deadline to push me to completion a lot of the time! But this quilt was a little different because I really wanted it to be my own design, all me, not just a pattern. So many months ago, I pulled out my graph paper and colored pencils and decided I would draw a quilt. I stared at the paper…and stared….and stared. Nothing ever got down on that paper. It was as if I…

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    Halloween Hand Embroidery with Free Pattern

    A few weeks back I was browsing through Pinterest and came across these adorable free printables created by Ashley Foster, the owner of Fancy Designs.     I love these! They are so whimsical and fun. I thought they would make a wonderful pattern for hand embroidery so I contacted Ashley. I asked her permission to manipulate the pictures and turn them into hand embroidery patterns. She said yes! Don’t worry, I have a link at the end of this post so you can download the patterns for free. Once I created the pattern, I printed them onto Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy and stuck them to the front of the fabrics…

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    Quick Snap Bag Pattern & Tutorial

    It is kind of ironic that I own yards and yards of fabric, I sew almost every day and yet more often than not, I carry projects and other miscellaneous things around in plastic zip top bags. The other day, I had 30 minutes to sew and decided to make some snap bags to put things in instead of those silly zip top bags.   Here is how I made them. Supplies: Fabric 1 metal measuring tape from the dollar store 1 pair of scissors from the dollar store Serger (optional) Sewing machine The first two, I made to go in my car and hold the head phones for the…

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    Football Table Runners & Coasters – Tutorials

    As I have mentioned before, I love football! Every Saturday during football season we invite people over to our house to watch the games. I love the time with family and friends and it also gives me a chance to decorate with fun football themed decor. Since most of the time we are gathered in my family room, I always have a table runner and coasters on the coffee table. I don’t want to use the same thing for every game so here are some of my favorites: 1. The 10 Minute Table Runner – Yes, it really does take 10 minutes. Here is a link to a pattern if you need a little more…

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    Off to College Bag and Towel Gift Set – Tutorial

    It’s back to school time! Here in Georgia, my kids are happy to be back at school. They love getting to see all of their friends, and quite frankly, we all do a little better when we are on a schedule. I also know several young men and women who are heading off to college for the first time. Do you need a gift to give an entering college freshman? If so, this bag and bath set might be perfect. It is quick and easy to make and is sure to be appreciated. I started with monogramming the towel. I think monogrammed towels at college are a must. With new…

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    Easy Chevron Quilt – Tutorial

    Sometimes you need a quilt and fast. There is a little girl at my church who was just diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma. She is 10 years old and she will start some pretty intensive chemo treatments this week. Although we are all praying for a full and complete recovery for her, we also know that she is about to walk a very hard road. I just couldn’t in good conscience allow her to start chemo without a snuggly quilt to take with her. When I was in Los Angeles for the Mimi G Style conference I found this wonderful Minky at Michael Levine’s. I knew this would be perfect for the…

  • Bag Tags – Free Pattern!

    I made these for my daughters to put on their backpacks for school before the school year started last year. My youngest daughter loved hers and even put it on her new backpack for this school year. My older daughter didn’t use hers so I stole it from her and put it on my lunch bag that I bring to work. It’s a great, easy FREE pattern from Studio Kat Designs.  Get the pattern here. I used Sulky Transfer Pens to put the pattern on the fabric. I love the Iron-On Transfer Pens, especially for things like this. You simply trace over the pattern lines with the pen then place the traced…

  • Upcycled Tote Bag

    Since two of my favorite past times are shopping and going to quilt shows, I have acquired my fair share of tote bags. I love these bags because they are usually well constructed and they were free! The problem is, I don’t love walking around with advertisements on my bag (Unless I’m advertising Sulky, of course!), so I decided to give this bag a makeover.   I started by seam ripping the pocket open. I knew I wanted to add an embroidered design to the pocket so I measured the pocket to see the size of the space and figure seam allowances. I chose to add 1 inch to the top…

  • Hand Embroidery Made Super Easy

    I have found one common denominator with most crafty people; we like to keep our hands busy at all times! I love to work on hand embroidery projects while I watch TV or riding in the car. It makes me feel more productive and keeps me from snacking. Not to toot my own horn, but I am a pretty good hand embroiderer. My stitches are fairly even; I always tie off before moving to another section and a can do a great stem stitch (I will teach you my secret, it is a quick tip that you will love). Although I liked hand embroidery, I didn’t love it for 2…