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Vintage Quilt Revival

A new book landed on my desk a few weeks ago, Vintage Quilt Revival, by Katie Clark Blakesley, Lee Heinrich, and Faith Jones. I have to admit that on first glance I was a little dismissive of this title. There are SO many new “modern” quilt books out there and my personal style is more…

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Doll Quilt with Moda Charm Squares

Maya, my 2-year-old, has reached an age where she is taking care of all of us. She serves me plastic spaghetti and eggs in little blue plastic bowls from her “kitchen” in the playroom, and tries to share her vitamin gummies with her stuffed monkey – Mambo. Lately, she has been rather frustrated with trying…

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Appliqué Is For Everybody!

“You have to remember, appliqué isn’t for everybody.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard this, and similar sentiments from people, from fabric manufacturers to shop owners in the quilting industry. Apparently, if I am to believe what I hear, quilters are intimidated by appliqué mainly because of three myths: appliqué is…

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The Soul Behind Stitch Publications

As you know, I am a huge fan of Yoko Saito. I have been wanting her books since I picked up my first issues of Quiltmania magazine about seven years ago – but they were only available in French and Japanese at the time, and I would have had to order them from Europe. Over…

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Tiputini Photo Shoot

Here are some more peeks at Tiputini. It is back from Lisa Sipes who did an beautiful job quilting it, and then I spent almost a week ditch quilting around all the appliqué and attaching the binding with its 360 inches of hand-stitching on the back. These things always take soooo much longer than I think…

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Jaelyn’s Sunshine (And a Bit of Gratitude)

“Why don’t I just come down tomorrow morning and make sure that you are doing it right?” It was my best friend Gerd in the phone last night. Gerd Corrigan is the designer behind my logo and my web page. She is a competent photographer and a talented graphic designer. If you browse the wedding…

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The Making of a Family Quilt: Part One

Remember from my recent post about the new book out from Interweave, Sew Fun by Deborah Fisher? I was feeling inspired to make a family quilt based on Deborah Fisher’s community quilt in the book. Last week the chance presented itself. Patrick had a late meeting out of town and I got to pick up…

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Sewing with Kids….or just by yourself.

I am such a sucker for new craft books! I usually don’t even think about whether I will make something from a book when making the purchase…I just consider how pretty the pictures are and how inspired I feel when I flip through it. Some books stay with me for many years, like Gwen Marston’s…

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Craftsy, Mimi Dietrich, and Wonder Clips

Maybe  I am a bit slow, but I have just discovered Craftsy.com in the last few months. What an AWESOME website! For those of you don’t know the website yet, it is basically an online craft school that has a some fabulous high quality quilting classes. Craftsy isn’t limited to quilting. They have courses in…

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My new and fancy Bernina 880

I haven’t shared this with you before, but I have a new and amazing sewing machine! For the last 15 years I have been sewing on a Viking machine that had clearly seen better days and it finally went to the eternal hunting ground for sewing machines back in October. (What exactly sewing machines hunt…

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