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E-Book Cover – 1st Attempt

Closed – w/ Pocket I played around with some designs for a quilted e-book cover and came up with this.  My new Nook Color that I’m getting for Christmas is hidden in the house somewhere so I cut out a cardboard template based on dimensions of the product that I found online and fashioned this cover for it.  It was something quick I whipped up, definitely not perfect but a fun learning experience while putting everything together. Things I will be doing differently next time: Making it wider.  It needs to be 12″ at least.  Right now it is 10″ which isn’t enough at all to cover the device fully when it is inserted. Insert the...
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Singer 201-2 Update

Free Motion Fun on “Betty” I realized I haven’t really posted an update on using my Singer 201-2 in a while. I’ve named her “Betty” and she’s become my main sewing machine.  I hardly ever use my Janome 415 anymore unless I’m doing an appliqué stitch on something.  Piecing, quilting and binding are a cinch on my Singer. I do oil her regularly and I don’t often have to clean out lint since the thread I usually use doesn’t have a lot of lint in it.  Winding bobbins are pretty easy, the thread feeds just fine off of the Sulky cones and I don’t have a thread tension problem anymore even while Free Motion Quilting. I...
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Black Friday Steals

I don’t normally go anywhere on Black Friday.  I’d much prefer to sit around my house in my PJ’s eating leftovers and watching all the movies that come on over the weekend.  However – this year I got an e-mail from my LQS that they were selling fat quarters for $1.25 each and if you bought 10 you got 5 more for $1 each. Needless to say, I was there at 9:55AM waiting for the door to be opened.  I filled up my basket in record time.  After I was done there I headed over to Jo Annes and purchased a rolling sewing machine tote that I’ve been wanting and it was on sale for $29.99....
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Free Pattern Friday

Going to try to start a new thing here on the blog, links to free patterns that I like!  Who doesn’t like free patterns? First up – a pattern by Beth Gracie.  I don’t think it has a name though.  Each square is made up of 3 pieces and then four squares are sewn into a block to create the effect.  Possibilities are endless with different colors and color values. Here is the link to her pattern.  Enjoy!
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Scrappy Mug Rug Received!

Here are pictures of the mug rug I got from my partner in the swap – I love it!
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WIP Wednesday Roundup

Work in Progress Wednesday! My sewing room is a mess since these are all the things I’ve got going on right now: It’s a Jungle Out There Binding Jungle corgi Wallhanging Washing, labeling and photographing it for Etsy Labeling and photographing Pastel Corgi Wallhangings Labeling Pinwheel Pandemonium quilt Doing applique stitching around butterflies for butterfly quilt Piecing together rest of butterfly applique quilt top Pin basting flannel lap quilts together Quilting Binding Labeling and wrapping in Christmas Paper Sewing daisy quilt rows into a top Cutting yellow fabric for border Sewing border on Adding daisy applique Pin basting Quilting Binding Cutting more squares for square in a square blocks to get a handle on my scraps...
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Kimberly Einmo Class

I got my supplies list for my Kimberly Einmo class that I’m taking in January.  Decisions, decisions. As far as fabric goes, I’ve got to bring 1 jelly roll, 1.5 yards of light colored background fabric, 1.5 yards of fabric for an outer border.  That isn’t including the backing or batting. I’m going to have THE hardest time deciding on a jelly roll for this mystery quilt for the class.  Browsing on Fat Quarter Shop is making my decision even more difficult.  I may have to go to my LQS and look there before deciding.  Do I go batik or fun print?  I just don’t know.  I really like this Honeysuckle Strip-Tease Bun by Island Batiks. ...
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Gotta Love Estate Sales

A house across the street was having an estate sale.  We dropped in on it before heading to the grocery store at lunch.  Most of it had been picked over already but I did manage to find a sewing room.  There were a few items left that I wanted.  I was going to get a white storage case but decided against it as it wasn’t in great condition.  Here is what I did snag: Two thread organizers, a blocker and four packs of Fabric Sheets. I also got a roll of what I think is light weight stabilizer but I’m not 100% positive. I got all of it for $5. When I got home I found...
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Labeling – After the Fact

I listened to a recent podcast episode of Quilting for the Rest of Us and realized how I’ve completely avoided labeling my quilts. I’m regretting it now. It isn’t for lack of thinking about it or asking how to do it, I just skipped that step altogether because it was something I just simply didn’t know how to do and didn’t want to think about doing. The episode converted me and made me realize that it is an important step in putting together a quilt, as vital as binding it. So Sunday I purchased some of those inkjet fabric labels you can print onto and will be labeling my Pinwheel Pandemonium quilt and the wallhangings I’m...
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