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Tutorial – Sea Glass Mermaid

Download the free pattern at Craftsy I’ve been itching to post this tutorial since I finished it over the weekend! This was a fun tutorial I did for Therm-o-web demonstrating my favorite glue stick to use for ticker tape applique. My hairstylist is a huge mermaid fan and after seeing her for years I decided it was time to make something special in a mermaid theme. I hope you enjoy it! And some behind-the-scenes progress photos: And a timelapse video of coloring in the scrollwork border
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Sunday Stash & Peacock Finish

A finished project for once! Finally took the time to finish up my peacock. This was from a class I took a few months ago on making a stuffed bird. I love the end result and look forward to doing more stuffed creatures! It’s a nice change from quilting and sewing stuff all the time and lets you do some other things creatively that wouldn’t work on a quilt.  This peacock came from the book The Artful Bird, which I highly recommend if you want to try stuffed creatures. My hand embroidery isn’t that great (respect to all you hand embroidery experts out there!) so some of the details didn’t turn out quite how I envisioned...
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Hand Woven Bali Basket Finish

I’ve had this pattern for a month or two now and it ended up being the one quilty/sewy thing I did on my holiday break. You don’t have to use your sewing machine at all to make these and there is only a teeny bit of handsewing involved in the beginning and end of the basket. The rest is just weaving ends together and wrapping around the piping to create the basket. It was very simple to get the hang of and the pattern offered both written and photo instructions. Hand Woven Bali Basket Pattern The pattern is intended to be used with jelly roll strips so I tried it with a 1930′s solid jelly roll...
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Quilty Mail and Sundry

My week has been mostly focused on dealing with resodding my front lawn. That cascaded into a host of other issues since the sod people cut my FIOS and my neighbors Brighthouse cables in the process (despite them being marked by the underground utility spray markers that come out). Anyway – my mailbox has been more active with quilty stuff than anything else in my room this week. I wanted to share some fabric and such. These fabrics came from Hancocks of Paducah web sale fabrics. I’m so excited for this panel. I want to use it as an example in my FMQ class of a great way to practice FMQ with a panel that’s already...
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Stashing & Tampa Bay Comic Con

I’m sad my vacation is coming to an end. Tomorrow I’m back to work! I thought I’d share some recent fabric purchases that I’ve made during August. This is a combination of shopping at local quilt shops and a fat quarter shop 12 lb fabric bundle, as well as a few fabric panel bundles. On Friday I stopped by Tampa Bay Comic Con by myself since Ringo was at home awaiting computer parts for our new computers. I met author Hugh Howey and got my books signed in person. Such a nice guy! I didn’t really know what to say so I just kind of thanked him for writing such great stuff. He was surprised at...
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Fabric Storage and Organization Redux (+ a giveaway)

Whew – I feel like I need a vacation from my fabric! We’ve been rather intimate the past week as I’ve been sorting, purging, unfolding, folding and moving my stash from one closet to my new cabinet.  I love my new Prepac Storage Cabinet! It ended up being just the perfect thing for me. It went together in under an hour with Ringo helping me and this thing is sturdy and well made. You can see my old fabric storage situation in this post. I was previously using the comic book board method.  It’s okay but it wasn’t working for my shelves since they are so tall in the storage cabinet. I needed something that could...
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Rethinking Fabric Storage

My new sewing area is still a work in progress and my biggest problem is how to best store  and  organize my fabric. Most of my fabric cuts are 1 yard or smaller. Previously I’d begun using the comic book board “mini bolt” method but I’m finding that cumbersome to maintain so I think I’ll be switching to something else.  I still love my Clip It Up system and will continue utilizing that for fat quarters and small leftover pieces. While I think the Comic Book Board mini-bolts work well I’m thinking I need to utilize the space on my shelving a bit better and make it easy to store fabric without having to wrap it...
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The Making of Corgi Fairytale

I wanted to share the progress photos that I took during the making of Corgi Fairytale. It’s kind of weird doing this backwards – normally I’ve already blogged the progress of a quilt but this one came together so quickly I wanted to wait till I was done before blogging it. My first step was to cut a piece of Kona cotton to size and trace a silhouette of a corgi onto it. Then I pulled my ironing board over to my club chair and grabbed two bins of scraps. I used my glue stick and cut pieces to fit inside the corgi. The outside edges I wanted to fit just right so it would outline...
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Finished – Corgi Fairytale Quilt

Update: Pattern now available for purchase and instant download! After lamenting on my last podcast about not feeling like I knew where I fit in quilting this quilt came to be. I designed it on Monday afternoon (July 8th) on a post-it note, came home that night and got to work.  My local modern quilt guild had a negative space challenge and originally I hadn’t intended on entering anything. Then this design popped into my head. I had to do it. Cut the applique pieces on Monday and basted the quilt sandwich, Tuesday night I started the quilting and zig-zag around all the applique edges, Wednesday was more quilting, Thursday was labeling and binding and tonight...
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