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A few years ago I made a Sunbonnet Sue quilt with raw edge appliqué in 30’s feedsack prints. I used a light pink super-shiny synthetic thread for all the appliqué. It is a sweet quilt and I don’t mind the use of one color thread throughout, but these days I think of thread a little…

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I love this part of making a quilt

Don’t we all have our most favorite and least favorite parts of making a quilt? Planning Selecting fabric Cutting Starting to piece Seeing how the blocks go together Assembling the quilt top Basting (if basting is your favorite part I want to talk to you about that) Quilting Binding Personally, I love the planning and…

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A Cloud of Pretty Butterflies

  Here is a little sneak preview of one of my new patterns that will be out this spring; A whole cloud of pretty butterfly to decorate any room in your house. The butterfly symbolizes rebirth and renewal so make it as a gift for somebody in a life transition, or simply make it for…

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Mend & Make Fabulous

Mend and Make Fabulous by Denise Wild releases today from Interweave/F+W Media.  This is truly a book every sewist should have on his or her bookshelf. Why, you say, I am a quilter, not a garment sewer? Yes, I understand. I am also a quilter. The most garmenty things I have ever sewn are pajamas…

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UFO Quest

The other day my mom was on the phone and told me she had finally finished a quilt with blocks that had been laying around since the late 80’s. The blocks were given to her by a friend and she had finally sat down and assembled a quilt from them! Talk about UFO! This made…

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Butterfly On a Stick

I have been toying with the concept of making fabric butterflies for a while and here are a small family of them just hanging out among the nasturtium and calendula in my garden. I will make a pattern for these that will be for sale in May. I used springy batik fabrics from Island Batik’s Blender…

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Catch up on the Modern Bee quilt along

It occurred to me this week that Lindsay Connor’s Modern Bee quilt along is almost over….and I was intending to get that quilt I had started finished. Originally I had planned to get this baby done over the holidays, but you know how those self imposed deadlines tend to slide. The blocks were all done,…

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Great News for Yoko Saito Fans!

For those of you who are fans of Yoko Saito and the world of Japanese taupism there are some good news! Yoko Saito has written many books over the years. Unfortunately, those books haven’t been available in English. Most were translated to French so if you were willing to dig out your French 101 skills…

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Hand-Dyed Fun

This hand-dyed fabric thing could turn out to be a bit of an obsession. It is so fun to make your own fabric, and not really that difficult. The first time I was very cautious and meticulous and worried that I was doing everything right. But now, four batches later, I feel like I am…

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Aurifil + Island Batik = Love at first sight!

This last week all the  Aurifil thread to go with my Island Batik fabrics arrived.  There is something incredibly alluring about new supplies under the worst of circumstances, but when the fabric and the thread both glow like these do, euphoric creativity invariably follows….except I almost don’t want to break open the beautiful spools of…

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