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Free Pattern Friday – Super Mario Quilt Along

This is a fun group I just found on Flickr. The hostess – blogger Angela from Cut to Pieces created a really fun quilt along group with planned pixel blocks from Super Mario Bros. I loved browsing through the Flickr group and seeing what sorts of things people did with them! PDF instructions for each block can be found linked in the group for free download. Super Mario Bros Quilt Along – hosted by Cut to Pieces I love Nintendo games and I’ve planned out a few sprite blocks of my own – one is a very large Yoshi that I just haven’t purchased fabric to complete yet. This gives me inspiration! One person took each block...
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Free Pattern Friday – Mini Patchwork Pincushions

I’m hosting a new swap on Swapbot featuring cute pincushions so I’ve been drooling over some great pincushion tutorials. Here’s one I thought was really cute (I may be doing this for my swap partners too). Miniature Patchwork Pincushions @ The Purl Bee
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Free Pattern Friday – Improv Curves!

I really want to try this tutorial. Curved piecing baffles me and this looks like a great introduction to it.  It’s part of a larger block-a-long (links to other blocks are in the post). What curved piecing technique do you like? Rolling Tides Improv Curves Tutorial // something New sampler Happy Friday!
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Free Pattern Friday – Quilted Wallet

Here’s a cute idea from That * Darn * Kat on how to do a pretty quilted wallet! These make great gifts and come in handy when you need to make something to match a new bag. Pull out that pretty fabric you’ve been saving and treat yourself to a new fancy wallet. Quilted Wallet Tutorial
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Free Pattern Friday – Easy Applique Chevrons!

I saw this posted on Pinterest by Pat Sloan and thought “Gosh what a great idea!”  Chevrons are totally the thing right now and I love seeing how people do them in different ways. I’ve shared patterns for chevrons before but never with a technique like this! Applique Chevrons She uses it for a pillowcase but I can see this technique used for a baby quilt or even something larger. You can do this with any size strip of fabric too! Very beginner friendly. Give it a shot! I know I plan to.
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A quilter preps for a cruise

My cruise is coming up fast! I’m thinking of all the things I want to make, prep to take or do before the cruise and my mind can’t stop spinning with ideas! I have to make a list.  (I love making lists!) Make my camera strap pretty and have a matching lens cap pocket (my 17-50 Sigma 2.8 lens needs its own little cozy pocket).    Embroider a tote bag with subway art that I found and add an applique palmtree. I haven’t found a tote bag that I like yet. I need to do some shopping this weekend at actual stores. Bealls might have some cute totes. Optional: Transform a few of my cheap tank-tops into...
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Free Pattern Friday: Summer in the Park with Honeybuns!

I’ve got a few honeybuns that I wanted to do something with and I think I’ve found their calling. This is a great little strippy quilt and involves only sewing straight lines! They have a regular jelly roll variation but I kind of like the small and the large strips in this version. I think I might pull out my honeybuns and a jelly roll of solid strips and sew this up tomorrow. The Strip sets are sewn like this: Two honeybun strips together + solid strip + two honeybun strips Then you layer two of those strip sets right sides together and sew them into the “tube” with the seams on the long side. You...
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Free Pattern Friday – Quilted Christmas Ornaments (no sew)

I admired these ornaments whenever I saw someone else doing them and finally tried them myself! They aren’t very difficult to do just really time consuming. I think getting two sides “quilted” on one ball took me about an hour on my first try. The results were worth it though. I enjoyed making them and using up scraps of fabric! You’ll need: 3″ Styrofoam Balls Dressmaker Pins (LOTS) 2.5″ squares of fabric (I used this size for my ornaments and it worked fine. She uses 3″ in the video. Either size will work.) Glue gun Ribbon or strip of fabric for ball outside (I used a 3″ strip folded as shown in the video) Ribbon for...
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Free Pattern Friday – Minky!

Working with minky can be frustrating at times (I speak from experience) but it is a great material for baby gifts so sometimes it’s a necessary evil. I also love how the fabric looks once it is monogrammed or embroidered since the monogram really stands out! Here are a few great projects using minky: Minky Rag Quilt Video: Easy Baby Blanket Tutorial (great for learning how to sew with minky) Minky Rag Quilt Tutorial Minky Scarf Video Tutorial Minky Burp Cloth Tutorial
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