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Alison Glass Thread and Fat Quarter Giveaway sponsored by Massdrop!

a Rafflecopter giveaway What is Massdrop? Massdrop is a group buy website that helps you get a large discount on popular items. Once enough interest is shown in an item or group of items they go to the company and negotiate a group buy discount. As more and more people sign up to participate in the “drop” the price goes down! Each drop is open for a certain number of days before they close it and place the order for the items. Then you receive your discounted item in the mail, usually with free shipping! What sorts of crafting items do they offer? Recently completed drops include: Aurifil thread kits, Designer fabric collections, Quilter’s Dream Batting,...
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Take the drag out of free motion quilting

When I bought my Powerquilter I had to think about ways to help reduce drag on large quilts as I’d be working on them. I didn’t purchase the extension table leafs because I thought perhaps I had a better solution. My idea was partially inspired by Leah Day’s bungee cord rigging she uses on her domestic machine.  I didn’t want to drill into my ceiling though so I thought of a different way that would work with any table I had. I have three corgis so I’m very familiar with lots of dog grooming products out on the market. One such item is something I thought might work perfectly for this.  It’s a dog grooming arm!...
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Memorial Day Sew In – Photos!

I got a new tool! The Versa Tool by Handiquilter has lots of different applications and so far I like it a lot even on my sit-down longarm. They don’t recommend using longarm rulers on domestic sewing machines since you can damage your machine (the feet on domestic machines raise too high and if you break a needle on the ruler you can really mess up your timing or something worse). But if you have a sitdown or regular longarm rulers like this are pretty common. This was my first try using one. I’ll probably mostly use it for straight line and small curve work.   A new owl joined the owl corner! She’s pretty fancy....
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Saturday Stash and Quiltsmart Gadget Cushion Finish

I missed Sunday stash earlier this week so better late than never! Also finished the absolute cutest gadget cushion ever using some fun fabric I picked up in Vegas at Quiltique. I can’t wait to make more of these! Really fast (made in less than an hour with minimal fabric) and super useful. I need to make a few more for home and one for work. They’d also make cute pincushions I think!   I fell prey to the Hancocks of Paducah batik precuts sale and loaded up on some Macaron bali pops and 5″ charm packs. Also received my Massdrop Aurifil order (who doesn’t need more basics?) and a few of the Gadget Cushion interfacing...
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WIP Wednesday – Back in the Saddle

I’m sewing again! Feels good to finally be having some creative fun. I made a denim bag with my cut off jeans hems so I could stop storing them: And I started working on my Modern Quilt Guild Michael Miller challenge quilt. I had several other ideas on what I wanted to do for this quilt and nothing felt right until I pulled out my EZ Dresden ruler and had an idea of where I wanted to go with this.   Didn’t have this teal in my stash so I had to shop on my lunch break to find it.   Found the perfect shade of Aurifil on my color card to do the quilting My...
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Creating Pixel Blocks Using Grid Interfacing – A Tutorial

Materials List: Quiltsmart Watercolor Grid Interfacing in the size of your choice. The width of the fabric strips you are using will determine the grid size. I am using 1.5″ grid since my strips are 1.5″ wide.  They have it in varying sizes: Quiltsmart 1″ Grid Quiltsmart 1.5″ Grid Quiltsmart 2″ Grid Quiltsmart 2.5″ Grid You will also need: Sharp fabric scissors (I used my Perfect Scissors for this project) Piecing thread (I used 50 wt Aurifil Cotton Mako) 90/14 Quilting Needle Purple Thang or small tool to keep fingers away from the needle Iron with steam Teflon Pressing Sheet (I use the Bear Thread Applique Pressing Sheet) Your pattern and fabric strips I recommend reading...
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WIP Wednesday – Experimentation and Nostalgia

I haven’t been doing a lot of sewing the past few weeks. I’m slowly getting back into the groove of things though. I did a bit of experimentation with some Pigma Paintstiks on fabric. That was interesting to play around with. The bottom of the feather I drew directly onto the fabric with the Paintstiks and towards the top I put the paint onto a stencil brush and brushed it on. I like the look at the top better – it almost looks airbrushed on. The corgis are enjoying the new couch. I’ve decided to start a new quilt this year. I’m participating with the Reddit Quilters group and will be working on the Super Mario...
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Panasonic Cordless Iron Review

The quilters on Twitter (we call ourselves “Twilters”) will be the first to tell you – I’m a bad influence. I find good deals on quilting stuff and share the info immediately. This cordless iron was one such deal that I found and several of us purchased one.  I mainly wanted to see if a cordless iron would be useful with my melt and blend crayon classes since the cord does get in the way sometimes.  I’ve been using the iron for over two months now so I think I’m ready to give it a review. Surprisingly enough, I’ve quickly found it’s become my main iron that I keep by my sewing machine. Panasonic Cordless Iron...
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Tutorial – Printing Directly Onto Fusible Web

I love machine applique but one of the things that I hate doing is tracing designs. They can be really time consuming to do especially if they are very intricate patterns you need to trace. The good news is there is a way to print onto fusible web using your ink-jet printer and it’s not very difficult to do. Supplies and Tools Needed: Your applique template, preferably sized to fit on a regular letter size sheet of paper. Download the Tinkerbell Star design here for free! One sheet of letter-size cardstock or medium weight paper Gluestick, lightweight spray adhesive or scotch tape Lightweight Fusible web – I used Heat and Bond Lite Scissors (paper scissors and serrated...
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