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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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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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Sew Day Fun and a Patchwork Footstool

I promised photos from my sew day with Ann from A Girl in Paradise and here they are! I didn’t take very many because we were busy chatting and sewing most of the afternoon. You can see some of her great projects and the ones I worked on too. I was grabbing grommets in the upholstery section of JoAnns and stumbled upon this little footstool on clearance and snatched it up. I need something better for my feet at work and thought this would be a super fun project to use scraps of home dec fabric I have sitting in my bins. This was super fun! Start to finish I think it only took 30 minutes....
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Andrea and some more Paper Piecing

Six days in to hurricane season and we’ve already had our first tropical storm! Yesterday was kind of exciting at work. The tornado sirens sounded all over campus and no one really knew what to do. So we ended up huddling in a stairwell until we were given the all clear 10 minutes later. After that the weather kind of cleared up. I was surprised since I expected lots more rain and flooding. I printed out some more foundations and after consulting the book realized they should be 5.5″ square. My first one was about 8.75″ square and I can’t remember why I printed it out so large. It was good practice I guess. I love...
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Big WIP Wednesday Update

Lots of updates in this post! I can see the end nearing of my big quilting studio move finally. New Pegboards Installed I work best under deadlines. Since the A/C guy has to have lots of stuff moved around the garage it forced me to finish my painting projects. I got the dresser finished and moved out and the pegboards were done on Monday. I managed to hang them by myself. If you want to get the details on my hardware and pegboard choices you can read this previous post.  The new pegboards were painted using the same paint used on my dresser refurb.  It took two coats.  I removed all the thread and rulers from...
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Mail Call!

I love getting packages in the mail  but I always forget to share them on the blog for whatever reason! Hoping to be better about it in 2013. First up is not a mail package but I had to share it nonetheless – this is a wool candle mat given to me by Mary Jo from The Quilt Bear when we had dinner on Saturday. I love it so much! I still haven’t found the perfect place for it in my sewing room. I recently put in an order for an assortment of 14″ zippers so I could do more pouches, totes and pillowcovers. I found a great company that’s based in the US and had good prices...
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Baby Bibs and Scrap Bags

I made two reversible baby bibs for my friend that had a baby on Christmas. I can finally pack her blanket and bibs up to mail off tomorrow! Don’t laugh at my poor gnome, he was the only model I had that fit them since I don’t have a baby. Bib sayings came from Krissy Helvy.  Applique tie is a free download from Jolsons.  Bowtie design is from Big Dreams Embroidery. That is my laser squaring device that I bought a while ago and could never really figure out how to utilize until today. It came in so handy for centering designs on the bibs! My 12 lb box of scraps came in from The Fat Quarter Shop!...
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Quilting in Progress

I’m working on quilting the Iris quilt and since the final class preview for the melted crayon technique that I’m teaching is tonight I wanted to get the center part mostly done. I think I’m happy with the quilting. Not sure if I’ll add more or not yet.  I need to quilt the borders. Still undecided as to how I’m going to do those. (Forgive the bad cell phone photos – it was 11:30PM last night when I finished and dark this morning when I left work so no light to speak of and didn’t have time to do a DSLR pic) Marked with crosshatching lines. I spaced them 2″ apart and this is at a...
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